Heaven on Earth!
Trip Start Aug 24, 2010
53Trip End Sep 01, 2011
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Where I stayed
Telunas Beach Resort
We took the ferry from Singapore to Batam Island, Indonesia. From our hotel, we could still see Singapore...and Marina Bay Sands...but had to switch our clocks back an hour...it's like we could look across the time change..lol. We asked about 4 locals for information on what there is to do on Batam Island...since we were staying there for two nights before heading to Sugi. All of them gave us blank looks and said we could go to a shopping mall...haha. So we did! We took a taxi to the Nagoya Shopping Mall, because they all said it was definitely too far to walk....although we ended up walking the 10 minutes back to the hotel later...lol. Something with Asia...if it's more than 5 minutes away...it's too far to walk! We didn't want to shop, but thought we'd walk around the area and see what we could see....not too much! So we went for some local lunch....and decided to find a Post Office, buy some postcards and send them home
In the morning, we headed out to Sekupang to catch the Ferry to Sugi Island (1.5 hours by ferry). Chaos!! The local ferry was packed...people pushing to get on...I don't know how the children don't get pushed overboard! We finally made it on, found a seat, and enjoyed the bumpy ride to Moro. The ride was beautiful, passing by all the islands, most of them still undeveloped. There were numerous floating villages along the way and a few fishermen too. When we got to Moro, we switched to the resort's boat....another 15 minute ride to the resort....WOW!!! It was amazing. There was nothing around...and then all we could see was the resort...a few little bungalows in the water, between two islands....what an amazing place! Telunas Beach Resort...Heaven on Earth!
All of the buildings are Indonesian style, grass roof, rustic wood structures...but the inside was amazingly comfortable and well furnished. We were welcomed with a welcome drink and friendly staff. They had lunch ready for us when we arrived. We stayed for two nights. There was only us and another young couple from Ukraine. We had the whole resort. There is so much to do there....but so easy to relax! It was rainy for most of our time there, so we caught up on our journals and got to know our new friends from the Ukraine
In the morning, we headed back to Moro...we had some time, so Jay and I went off to explore the town a bit...so interesting. And the people are so friendly. We love Indonesia...well, that part of it...haven't made it anywhere else yet. We caught the local ferry back to Sekupang, and then the ferry to Singapore. I wish we were staying longer in Telunas!
We spent one night in Singapore...packed our stuff...said goodbye to my relatives...and we're off to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia!