We didn't celebrate Chinese New Year this year because my grandma passed away just a week before. So we decided to have a quick one night couple's getaway in Batam instead.
Batam is one of our favourite getaways because it's easy to get to and easy to get around as well. We usually take the first morning ferry to Batam Centre (no queues, we get through immigration in minutes!) and book a driver for the day. But because this time round, it was pretty last minute, we could only get afternoon ferry tickets... and wow... Batam immigration was a pain in the ass. Long queues snaking outside the ferry terminal and moving so painfully slow.
Our go to place for fishing in Batam is Barelang Pond. We've had sessions there which were bad (rarely) and like no bites, wait damn long for a bite then the line snaps, ughhh those kind of sessions. But thankfully, it was a very good 3 hour fishing session this time round. It was also pretty empty... don't know if it's because Chinese New Year, or because there's a new pond to go to in Batam.
I posted our catch on Instagram and video of me (very poorly) reeling one in.
Fishing there is much cheaper (Sgd 35 for 3 hours) compared to Singapore ponds, and the bite rate is much better. Also the size, more exciting haha.
When you step in, you go to to the live seafood part first and pick your seafood. Lobsters, crabs, prawns, mantis shrimp, scallops, clams, grouper, seabass... We went for dinner later this time, like 8plus (because we had a late start in Batam, thanks to immigration queues), so no more scallops and only the small ones left. We usually go at 6pm, and get huge scallops, steamed with garlic and served in a halfshell.
Next step, the guy will weigh your pickings, and you let him know how you want each thing done... steamed, black pepper, chilli, etc.
Once done, he will take you to your table, there's like never a shortage of tables to choose from. The place is huge! And on stilts so you're eating on this platform above water. Erm, bring mosquito spray for yourself.
After many rounds of food... I like to make my own bowl of porridge there, and load it with all the good stuff.
Something new I noticed this time round, their juice dispensers have little pots of fresh herbs in front of them, so you can pluck and put in your drink.
If you haven't had a holiday in a while, and want something that won't bust the bank, yet is quite 'splurgy' (because food etc in IDrupiah) and you can eat great seafood, have drinks, sleep like a dream and wake up to a fabulous breakfast. Do what we did in Batam.
P/s- this is what my desk looks like when I try to blog in the day time, within the next few minutes Mj will start pulling my laptop and press random keys. So forgive the typos when you do spot them, I work under great pressure siah hahahaaa