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Batam Day 3: The Most Beautiful Day

Have you ever woken up one morning knowing that it was going to be a beautiful day? I did. Who would have have thought that lazing about the entire day prior would have such an optimistic effect… obviously I need to be lazy more often.

MOTD: Selfie in white at Batam.Selfie, because even my makeup was on point.

Flatlay of my makeup regime during my holiday to Batam, Indonesia.Profusion My Beauty Collection 96 color eye shadow palette, Silky Girl silver eyeliner pencil and primer, Dolly Wink liquid eyeliner, Revlon Photoready foundation, Shophouse Sixtyfive Sentosa Island lip balm, Etude House lipsticks, Belif Aqua Bomb moisturiser sample – these were the day’s arsenal of makeup; a number of them new additions to my collection.

Vacations are one of my favourite opportunities to experiment with types and brands, not just because I find myself in need of travel-sized products, but also the freedom of being faceless in a different land gives me the courage to be a little more daring.

Resort Island OOTD: Ralph Polo mermaid bikini top, M)phosis sheer white chiffon blouse, H&M white beach hat, Haute Hippie slit drape pants in olive green, Taobao white platform sandals.

Resort Island OOTD: Ralph Polo mermaid bikini top, M)phosis sheer white chiffon blouse, H&M white beach hat, Haute Hippie slit drape pants in olive green, Taobao white platform sandals, 24:01 black round sunglasses via Zalora.After that I dragged Ottie out to the neglected beach behind Harris Waterfront Resort for a couple of outfit photos. They had well-kept cabanas overlooking the cove there. We virtually had the whole area to ourselves, which was great for my photos, although I felt bad that the resort didn’t have as much business due to the off-peak season.

We then took a cab to Nagoya Hill Shopping Centre for the fixed price of 130,000 IDR (SGD 13) thanks to our hotel’s facilitation, where we immediately zoomed in to A&W, a fast food chain that’s been long since extinct on Singapore shores. Ottie was amused at the irony of traveling all the way to Batam just to have ‘All American Food’.

Curly fries and root beer float at A&W in Nagoya Hill Shopping Center, Batam, Indonesia.Curly fries and a cup of melty root beer float.

Mozza burger at A&W in Nagoya Hill Shopping Center, Batam, Indonesia.Mozza burger. I have no regrets.

Hunger sated, we took a stroll around the stores in the shopping center:

Fake Barbie and Ken dolls at a department store in Nagoya Hill Shopping Center, Batam, Indonesia.These Barbie and Ken lookalike dolls are ridiculously fabulous. Especially Kenny with his brooding eyeshadow.

Arcade place at Nagoya Hill Shopping Center, Batam, Indonesia.Just like in the US, old school arcade places are dying out in Singapore. It was nice to take a trip down memory lane. The amount of smokers in the place were a huge no-no for us though.

Panties Pizza and Happiness Restaurant at Nagoya Hill Shopping Center, Batam, Indonesia.Panties Pizza situated next to Happiness Restaurant. Not sure how to feel about that.

Oreo shake and Buffalo Wings at Bistro Godiva in Nagoya Hill Shopping Center, Batam, Indonesia.We chilled at Bistro Godiva for a bit, and I cleared a plate of buffalo wings plus an oreo shake all by myself. The oreo shake was too sweet for me, but it did the job quenching my thirst.

Selfie with the staff at Bistro Godiva in Nagoya Hill Shopping Center, Batam, Indonesia. The staff asked for a photo with us when we left. At first Ottie and I thought that they wanted to take one with him, because you know, exotic white people and stuff. But then it turned out that they wanted to take one with me! I was apparently a tall, beautiful person. Those ladies made our day. (^w^) Took a selfie while they figured out how to work their camera.

Our last item of the day was to head down to Turi Beach Resort to catch the sunset. Getting a cab in Batam is pretty easy, but getting the right fare requires a bit of finesse. We were approached by potential cab drivers willing to take us to our destination, but we cut the cab drivers so low while haggling in our ignorance that they eventually gave up quoting us slightly inflated fares and succumbed to showing us the official cab fare prices hidden in plain sight at an innocuous little booth by the side of the shopping center’s entrance. The official cab fare was 160,000 IDR (SGD $16) according to the price chart. Anyway, we totally underestimated the travel time from the shopping center to the resort, so I didn’t get to catch the golden hour that I originally planned for.

Then again as the saying goes, every cloud has a silver lining. We ended up privy to the most beautiful sunset over Singapore. It was a magical moment. But first, in more ignorance:

Climbing rocks by the sea at Turi Beach Resort, Batam, Indonesia. Wearing: Ralph Polo mermaid bikini top, M)phosis sheer white chiffon blouse, H&M white beach hat, Haute Hippie slit drape pants in olive green, Taobao white platform sandals, 24:01 round sunglasses via Zalora.Here I was climbing rocks and trying to ignore those blistering barnacles I hate so much because they’re gross and are indecently lewd (which actually makes them awesome if only I could get past those irregular holes).

Dipping toes by the sea at Turi Beach Resort, Batam, Indonesia. Wearing: Ralph Polo mermaid bikini top, M)phosis sheer white chiffon blouse, H&M white beach hat, Haute Hippie slit drape pants in olive green, Taobao white platform sandals, 24:01 round sunglasses via Zalora.

The sun was hidden behind an outcrop, so we didn’t realise just what we were missing until we decided to explore the jetty. Ottie wanted me to run down to the end of the jetty to catch the beautiful scene (for outfit photos) that we belatedly realised was there all along, but I was a little occupied with capturing some pictures of it on the way:

Sunset over Singapore from across the sea.

Sunset over Singapore.Singapore has never looked so pretty.

Gazing at the sunset over Singapore from the jetty at Turi Beach Resort, Batam, Indonesia.Got my shot with the scenic backdrop.

Gazing at the sunset over Singapore from the jetty at Turi Beach Resort, Batam, Indonesia.Here’s the photo I posted on my Instagram back then. ♥

Some shots that I finally got a chance to take at leisure after the sun had well and truly disappeared past the horizon:

Against the sea at dusk in Turi Beach Resort, Batam, Indonesia.

Against the sea at dusk in Turi Beach Resort, Batam, Indonesia.

Turi Beach Resort, Batam, Indonesia.Looking back at the resort.

Stairs along the jetty at Turi Beach Resort, Batam, Indonesia.

Dusk at Turi Beach Resort, Batam, Indonesia.

Swarm of termites nesting in the crack of a piece of wood along the jetty at Turi Beach Resort, Batam, Indonesia.A swarm of termites were buzzing about this piece of wood, likely having made a nest in the cracks.

Ottie admiring the swarm of termites at Turi Beach Resort, Batam, Indonesia.Ottie stood fascinated by them for a good while before mosquito bites forced him to retreat. I don’t remember why he was carrying all my stuff.

Jetty Turi Beach Resort, Batam, Indonesia.The jetty at dusk.

Cocktail at Taming Sari Café in Turi Beach Resort, Batam, Indonesia.Got myself a Pina Colada at the only restaurant open at Turi Beach Resort to cap off a beautiful day.

Life was good.

Wearing
White chiffon shirt – M)phosis
White beach hat – H&M
Drape jersey harem pants – Haute Hippie
Round sunglasses – 24:01
White platform sandals – Taobao

Outfit photos assisted by Ottie.

5 Comments

  • Bivisyani Q. (@alivegurl)

    I love the last shots you (and Ottie) took by the sunset. They’re so gorgeous!
    And OF COURSE you’re a tall beautiful person! As an Indonesian, I totally get what they meant. So glad they made your day! Hope you’ll be able to see them again when you come back to Batam :)

    Also, that thing about the Panties Pizza and Happiness Restaurant. I really hope that was by accident as opposed to…on purpose. Never seen the chain anywhere else so it must be a Batam specialty or something…

    Alive as Always

    • ✿ren

      Ahhh thank you so much for your kind words Bivi! My platform sandals definitely added to the elevation too ^^

      Yea it was weird to see a store name so blatantly undergarment-y, but it was pretty amusing at least. Never tried their pizza though, not sure if I’d want to. XD

  • Bubbles

    Hi! Those sunset shots are gorgeous! Did you have to pay an entrance fee to access Turi Beach Resort since you weren’t a hotel guest?

    • ✿ren

      Hi Bubbles, wow thanks! Ottie and I didn’t pay any entrance fee – we simply walked in as if we were hotel guests. Faked it till we made it to the jetty I guess :P

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