view of the island/pier

yes i promised to get the photos from batam up and running… heheh been a bit caught up and not really wanting to stare at the comp in the dead of the night… anyway… i have uploaded a few images from the batam trip on flickr… you can view them here

the place is developed in a haphazard manner.. you have many built buildings that are new and yet deserted (according to my colleague its because the shops are always being looted…) and you can have grand residences/buildings on one side and squatter huts on the other…

batam is located around half hour ferry ride from singapore… there’s a polo factory outlet there (think could be fake one) selling all sorts of polo tees and shirts etc for pretty cheap rates (i got polo tee wif the horse logo for twenty singapore dollars…) however its not a place that you would go on a backpacking trip i think coz the place is apparently not very safe… most people who visit batam is either for their notorious nightlife or in group tours i guess…

one thing that got to us was the fact that you suddenly become a millionaire in indonesia… can get really hard to count the change when its like Rp 10,5300!! gotta look at the notes and check to see whether its correct.. ahahha…