05 January 2011

Batam, Once Again

For the last 2 days of 2010, we went to Batam (again), even though we just went there mid this year... wahahaha.. Well, it's partly bcoz I suddenly remember that I still got some unredeemed points from my hotel stay in one of the biz trip years ago. It's a good thing that the points never expire! :D  So we can have a free night stay in Holiday Inn.. Sooo.. in the end, we're going to Batam! Anyway the hotel is free and the review for this resort is quite good :)

The ferry departed from HarbourFront at 07:50 AM. Wow yeah that's real early. Luckily Vio is an early bird, so getting him to get ready that early is no big fuss..

Reaching the hotel, our room was apparently not ready yet. Well, it wasn't check-in time yet. So we decided to just go around the resort first to see what's there.

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Vio was quite excited at the sight of water. He keep asking whether he can play with the water. Well, as much as we want to, we can't let him play that time. We got no room yet! And all the clothes and bathing things are still inside luggage! So we told him that we'll let him play later, and continue to walk around...

.... and we found the spa!

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The spa has many good reviews, so we decided to book a session for us. But of course, we need to take turns.. Haha.. Can't possibly go at the same time... Who will look after Vio? So pi booked a session for massage, while I booked a session for facial. And while waiting for our discussion with the lady, Vio kept himself busy with the gamelan he found there.

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From here, we decided to visit the Kids Club...

[caption id="attachment_1926" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="Peek A Boo!"]Peek A Boo![/caption]

Hmm... I'd say that Harris Resort's Kids Club is nicer than Holiday Inn's one. There are more things to play with, and the lady inside is chattier and livelier... There were nothing much to play with in the Kids Club, and the toys were kinda old and half-spoiled.

Luckilyyyyy... our room was ready then! All the rooms in Holiday Inn are like "suites". All have their own (rather big) living & dining room. And the bedroom is a separate room by its own. It's certainly much nicer than Harris Resort's room!

[caption id="attachment_1927" align="aligncenter" width="224" caption="Living & Dining Room"]Living & Dining Room[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1928" align="aligncenter" width="224" caption="The Bedroom"]The Bedroom[/caption]

And they were providing 1 hard and 1 soft pillow for each person. Wow, that's quite thoughtful :p

Keeping our promise to Vio, we quickly changed and let him play in the swimming pool. The swimming pool was much cleaner and nicer than Harris Resort's one. Vio loved it so much he didn't want to get out even though he was cold! But of course, in the end we managed to lure him out, and we were back to the room to bathe.

And then... we're starving! Inside the resort itself, there were actually 4 restaurants. Sadly, the 2 interesting ones that we want to try only open for dinner... *sigh*  so we're left with Chinese restaurant or the Hotel's restaurant... So we went with the 2nd choice and seated by the poolside. Looking at the menu.... Wow! Look at that price! Fried kway teow for more than Rp 100K! Tsk!! The food was real expensive.. So we ordered something a bit special (Ayam Panggang and Nasi Rames), since they're the same price with the Fried Kway Teow!

The food was not bad, though we waited for about 20-30 mins for it.. Tsk tsk... And in the midst of eating... suddenly... Vio start to close his eyes and almost fall asleep! He fell asleep during eating! Wah.. he must be very tired ya... So we quickly brought him back to the room to have his afternoon nap..

... and we wait and we wait for him to wake up... But he didn't wanna wake up.. so in the end we miss the shuttle bus to Nagoya Hill.. But Vio looked so tired that we had no heart to wake him up. So when he woke up, we took a cab to Nagoya Hill for some shopping and dinner there. And also not forgetting.. we bought many bread for our supper and breakfast (since our room is free, it doesn't come with complimentary breakfast... aiks..). Going back to the hotel, we didn't do much other than enjoying our spa session... And that's the end of day 1...

And at 6am the next morning, TUT TUT TUT TUT... a rather loud sound woke us up (including Vio), and we were all wondering what the hell is that sound?? Apparently it came from the alarm clock that Vio played with many times the night before... And I suppose he accidentally turn on the alarm. Argghh! And after that, he just refused to sleep again... :'(

We spent the morning having breakfast and lazing around in our room... After that we let Vio played in the swimming pool again...

[caption id="attachment_1929" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Throw Water... Throw Water.."]Throw Water... Throw Water..[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1930" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="Oh Look! A Floating Ball!"]Oh Look! A Floating Ball![/caption]

And we had our lunch at the same restaurant again, after that we bid sayonara to the hotel.. Hm... What a short holiday ya? :D

Oh a cute thing that Vio love to do in the hotel room: he likes to pick up the phone, press some numbers, and say "Hello? Yes?".. Just like adult does! Haha! That was really cute...


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