Quick Batam Getaway 15-16 Dec 2013

We did a quick one night Batam Getaway with Aunty Linda and family when they were in Singapore this December. Though it was short, it was definitely a good and relaxing trip and a refreshing time with family.

I realised that this is actually probably my fifth trip to Batam! Through the years, have been to Batam for school trips, planning retreat, church camp etc. My last most recent trip was just 2 years ago. It was one of Daniel’s first overseas trip. One of the things I like best about Batam is that it is an hour behind Singapore. But somehow, though it is just an hour, the pace seems much slower and that fast paced Singapore. It is a good place to just chill and slow down. I remember the last time I was there 2 years back, my watch actually stopped working. And amazingly, the moment I got back to Singapore, it started ticking away again. And during that trip, I actually felt as if I stopped noticing the time and simply just relax. No rushing to beat the clock and to complete tasks!

Thus was looking forward to this trip after a hectic week – post renovation cleaning and preparation for Yuping’s wedding the week before. All in, it was a good trip. Love our hotel – Harris Batam Centre. It was contemporary with vibrant colours. And it was just 5 minutes walk from the shopping area too. We had some great food too. Love the Indonesian meals we had. We also had a seafood dinner. I have had seafood at Batam at the same place (Golden Prawn) numerous times but what was so special about this time was that we chose our ‘live seafood’ that we wanted for dinner. That was fun!

For activities, as it was only one day, we didn’t do much other than just R&R. Wanted to do a massage but somehow, the timing was not right. As always, bringing the boy on a holiday meant that it was difficult to get any kind of shopping done. So we didn’t shop much too. I just got the main thing I came to Batam to buy and that was it. Wacoal undergarments are really a good buy in Batam and it is a must buy whenever I come since I discovered that the last time I came 2 years back.

Another highlight was the one hour or so I spent with Daniel and Adora at the arcade while Daddy went for spa. The arcade in Batam costs so much less. Paid for about five sing dollars worth of credits and had about slightly more than an hour of entertainment. Can never get that in Singapore arcades! What I also like about the Batam arcades is that the games are much simpler and fun …… although some might say backward. But I actually prefer these than some of the complex machines back in Singapore. In Singapore, I don’t really like walking into arcades as it is super noisy and has a scary atmosphere (for lack of a better description!).

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Mothers’ Day 2013

Was a lovely Mothers’ Day weekend. Would have been better if not for a nasty flu which made me feel miserable. Nevertheless, it really was a lovely weekend. We did not really celebrate it as we would be having our celebrations next week. But we stayed over at my parents’ place to keep Pris company while the rest of the family was away in Japan for a holiday. So it felt like a mini vacation of some sorts. Got to spend more time with Pris as she is now on no pay leave and at Bible school. Had a nice chat with her while Daniel was sleeping in between her trying to do her assignments. After that we went for a simple zi char dinner at Tampines. At night, after Daniel had fallen asleep, Ivan, Pris and I played with the new card game we bought – Lemonade Stand. Then we decided to sleep early as we had to wake up early to attend first service. Had a great time catching up with my sister. Ever since I got married, moved out and she got so busy with her work, rarely have time to just sit and chat for extended periods. So I really cherish such times.

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First time receiving Mothers’ day gifts from Daniel, thanks to hardworking teachers from his childcare and Sunday school class.

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On the day itself, we also had a ‘Celebrate Ties’ Sunday in church where there were lots of photo booths set up. Our cell group took a pic together to celebrate tis spiritual family we have.

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Lee Lee did this for me too:

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Also planned a mothers’ day celebration event for our mummies. Decided to do it a week after to avoid the crowd. Also because my family was away for holiday on the actual weekend itself.
We went to see the Tulipmania at Gardens followed by family dinner at Peach Garden noodle house at super tree dining. The tulips were pretty. My only gripe was that it was too crowded. There was a queue to buy tickets and a queue to enter the tulip area to see the tulips.

The food was quite good and did not take that long either, considering the crowd. The highlight of the dinner were the desserts served in coconut. Yummy! Too bad I forgot to take a pic of it.

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Making a hand bouquet

Really attracted to a groupon deal for a floral arrangement class on making a hand bouquet. Started looking for someone to attend with me. Sadly, not many were interested. So I was quite surprised when my sister Adora was actually agreeable to going with me. Not sure if she was really interested or just being a good sister to accompany her big sister!

Anyway, it was quite a nice experience.

It was a rough start though. It was pouring that day and the place was so difficult to find. It was in some ulu building in Moutbatten which was quite difficult to access and we had difficulty locating the place. Ended up about 25 min late. And when I stepped in, I half regretted my decision. Certainly, it was not quite what I had envisioned a floral arrangement class to be. Firstly, the room was cramped and there was not much working space. Secondly, they were actually using the premises of a tuition centre. Thirdly, the instructor was a guy who could not speak English very well!!

After I got over these gripes, the class was actually quite enjoyable. The instructor and his assistant (both guys) were quite patient and approachable. The steps were simple enough to follow. And how could anyone stay grumpy for long looking at lovely red roses 🙂 The company was good too. Adora was very accommodating of all my silly questions and comments and it was quite fun to attend a class together with my sister 🙂

Felt very happy with myself for making a decent hand bouquet and enjoyed going for class together with my dear sister. Also a fresh love for flowers!! Didn’t realise I love flowers so much and felt very rejuvenated by the whole experience. It ‘s always nice to learn something new as well I guess 🙂

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