Other Islands of Riau Province
When you are at Batam, you can explore the other islands of the Riau Province. In order to do this, you need to go to the Sekupang ferry terminal at Batam and take a ferry to these islands, however it is better to get some locals to bring you there because they are rather off the beaten path. Good places worth visiting are Palau Karimun, Bengkalis and Selatpanjang. You can also visit Bintan Island which is just next to Batam Island. More information and photographs are at my VT pages on Pulau Karimun Besar, Bengkalis and Selatpanjang.
Leave your namecard and win a night stay!
Do bring extra namecards when you are at Batam View Resort...
Drop some namecards in a bowl on the reception counter and stand a chance to win a night stay at the resort..
My friend was so lucky.. She dropped her last piece of namecard into the bowl and 3 weeks later, she won the free accomodation... Just try your luck ok!
If you travel by road, you'd probably notice the many advertising on the side of the road. Like what you can see here as we pass by the road. While in Singapore, things are becoming too electronic where you could hardly see advertising board like this around.
The people of Batam
The original people of Batam are actually the Malays. But many have come to try out their luck in riches. Batam is eyed by many other people of Indonesia as a place where jobs are plenty with higher income. Which is actually very true. But unfortunately, not all are successful. Some end up cheated by agents with no money once arrived. Some end up in a brothel place. Some really got what they came for and eventually became filthy rich. With business with Singaporeans and Malaysians.
Rumah Sakit Budi kemuliaan
Rumah Sakit Budi Kemuliaan is one of the oldest hospital in Batam. Before other private hospitals were built, this hospital used to be for the rich and famous. The charges are very expensive to the average Indonesian standards. But as the people of Batam have more secured jobs with higher income, it now became a normal private hospital.