Pulau Batam Local Customs

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    Apokat Juice (Avocado with Chocolate)

    by machomikemd Updated May 29, 2011

    Batam has lots of local food stuffs and one of them is the Apokat, again it is one of the local street food specialties in the Batam area and the Apokat Juice which is avocado which is blended in a mixer and mixed with chocolate Syrup and a glass will cost 7,000 Rupiah and is available everywhere in stalls, hawker centers, food courts, street stalls in batam. You must taste it to savor the creaminess and sweetness of this local delicacy and a caution, this is a very filling drink cum dessert so have a glass of water nearby if you find it too sweet.

    Apokat more eat your apokat cousin
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    Kek Lapis (local Cake Specialty)

    by machomikemd Updated May 29, 2011

    the Kek Lapis is a local multi-layered cake and is a batam and Indonesian specialty. The kek lapis originated in The netherlands and is modified by the indonesians into the Kek Lapis and there are a number of indonesian varieties and the most famous will be the Lapis Legit (or the very sweet cake). The cakes are expensive since making it is a labor intensive process wherein the multi layered structured is achieved by using two colours of batter, dark and light, which are poured on top of the cured layer consecutively. Batam has it's own version of the Kek Lapis and one small box will cost about 165,000 Indonesian rupiah and is available in bakeries and malls around Batam.

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    Batam Refrigerator Magnets

    by machomikemd Written May 25, 2011

    the last time I was herein 1999 was the time that i was not into collecting souvenirs of the places that i've visited but not anymore so in a Pulau Batam revisit in 2011, I must buy my favorite souvenir items particularly the Refrigerator Magnets and the Shot Glasses but unfortunately, I cannot find any Batam Shot glasses anywhere so I settled on the other favorite collector item which was the Refrigerto Magnet. The Magnets here have limited designs and are available oney as sea shells with a small magnet at the back and some paintings at the front of the sea shell and are available in the souvenir shops in Pulau Batam and costs 8,000 to 10,000 Indonesian Rupiah.

    the magnet buying to the souvenir shop
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    Indonesian Coffee

    by machomikemd Updated May 21, 2011

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    Indonesia is the Fourth Largest Coffee Producer in the World hence coffee and coffee related products are many in this archipelago and you can buy assorted coffee brands as gifts for people back home to drink. The most popular coffee varieties here are the Robusta and Arabica Coffee Beans. The coffee here are really good and the taste is woody such that the famed starbucks has a coffee blend called Sumatran Blend being sold in it's stores worldwide. They sell the Good Morning Breakfast 100% arabica Blend either whole beans or already grounded into coffee granules, they are produced by Bel Canto Coffee, a large coffee company in Indonesia. a pack of the Good Morning Breakfast Blend is 40,000 Rupiah for a 250 gram pack and 80,000 Rupiah for a 500 gram pack (either grounded or whole beans) and are available in malls, stores, shops in Batam.

    have indonesian coffee more coffee pls i want some more choices coffee galore
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    Things Are Upside Down

    by Aidy_p Updated May 20, 2007

    I am not too sure if it's a custom or whether the store owner is a quirky character, but all the cans I saw were upside down. Is it to ensure that the cans are able to survive longer? Or is it to ensure that the gases in the soft drinks are left intact. Well, my tour guide explained that it was more stable and also, to ensure that the top of the cans remain clean. Smart move.

    This is the Right side Up

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    Prostitution

    by rajitravel Written Mar 27, 2006

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    It is very normal in Batam with prostitution. The girls are brought in mostly from the mainland. Some are sold like slaves to Karaoke pubs and discoteche. Some was sold by their parents are money is more important than their daughter. So, whatever the reason is; it is actually quite scarry to hear the truth. From as young as 13 years to 18 years old. The saddest thing about all this things, once became a prostitute they tend to forget about their origin. These prostitutes normally have a "broncis" which is actually a man that these girls paid for companionship. Not that the men are handsome or tough, but just a mere companion. Hard money being earned from a customer, but on the other hand wasted it on a "broncis" man who eventually will run away with her money. So, it's a circular thing in motion without an ending. If you felt pity for them think again. I have nothing against these prostitutes. But, just too bad for them.

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    Illegal housing

    by rajitravel Written Mar 27, 2006

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    Illegal housings here are common here. At the outskirt of the island, you can see many of these houses. Mostly, they are illegal. The land may belong to anyone or the state land. What these settlers do are just a form of shelter and a form of money generating scheme. If you have a land in Indonesia, make sure no one put up anything on it. Cause, if someone does, in order to chase him away you have to compensate them. It's within the law of Indonesia. If you don't chase them away, come 5 years of full stay they can claim for the land which is actually yours.

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    Local housing

    by rajitravel Written Mar 27, 2006

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    This is where the local live. There are a few classes of housing here. Mainly: 1. Perumahan murah (Cheap housing) 2. Perumahan sederhana (Average housing) 3. Perumahan menengah keatas (Middle class housing and above) 4. Perumahan elit (The Elite housing for the riches) The photo taken is from Taman Sari Hijau which is located at Sekupang as an Average housing area. Selling price about Rp 40,000,000 ~ Rp 56,000,000. Many owned by Singaporean to keep their 2nd wife there.

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    Electricity

    by rajitravel Written Mar 27, 2006

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    Power supply is usually 220 volts/250 cycles in large cities, but 110 volts is still used in some areas. Normal outlets are plugs with two rounded pins. Check before you plug your appliances in. Don't count on all hotels to provide adapters.

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    Climate

    by rajitravel Written Mar 27, 2006

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    Because Batam is right on the equator the weather is hot and humid with temperatures ranging from 21C to 33C. You made need a sweater is needed for cooler mountain nights. The wet season is Nov - Apr and the dry season is May - Oct.

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    Time Difference

    by rajitravel Written Mar 27, 2006

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    In every hotels, it is common to find two clocks on the wall. One shows the local Indonesian time, while the other shows Singapore time. One hour difference, the latter the earlier. For example, if the singapore time is 10.30 a.m, then the Indonesian time is 9.30 a.m

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    The People

    by rajitravel Written Mar 27, 2006

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    The native people of Batam are of Malay origin, but with the rapid growth and development of the area various ethnic groups from all over Indonesia has come here in search for jobs and a better life. Traditionally most of the people live in coastal villages, while the "Orang Laut" (sea people) continue to live on boathouses and boats and generally fish for a living. Some of their catch are sold to Singapore. Bahasa Indonesia is the language used to communicate among the multi-ethnic population here, while many now also understand English, which is commonly used in business communication.

    Indonesian people are very friendly. They always treat us with warm smile whereas singapore people are not friendly.

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    Traditional houses & the sea

    by victorwkf Updated Feb 20, 2006

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    The traditional houses at Batam as well as in this region are mainly made from wood and some of them are actually built on the water. Life at the more remote parts of Batam are still very much dependent on the sea, especially the abundance of seafood in the tropical region.

    Traditional houses at Batam, Indonesia
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    Colourful and interesting buildings

    by victorwkf Written Jan 29, 2006

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    One of the striking thing about Batam is you will see many colourful and interesting buildings of which their design seem more like a theme park such as Disneyland. Also, these colourful buildings do not seem to blend well with the surrounding scenery. It makes me laugh when I see these buildings.

    Colourful and fanciful building, Batam
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    Local food and drinks

    by victorwkf Written Jan 29, 2006

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    The local food in Batam is hot, spicy but delicious. The dishes mainly revolves around curry, rice, mutton, seafood, vegetables, chilli and coconut. A local drink worth trying is the avocado fruit drink. Food and drinks at Batam are generally very cheap.

    Local food at Batam, Indonesia
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