First Impression of Blakang Padang

First Impression of Blakang Padang

As soon as we left the jetty, we were welcome with curious eyes and friendly rickshaw drivers offering their services, “Becak?” Unlike some other parts of Asia, the locals here don’t hassle you. A smile and a polite ‘no’ would suffice. How lovely! I was eager to see the island. I wanted to know what’s…

From Sekupang to Blakang Padang

So the journey begins… Not knowing what to expect as no research was done, I came with no expectations. Of course I have an idea of the village life in Southeast Asia. As soon as we got out of Sekupang Ferry Terminal, we took a right turn and walked to the jetty, which is about…

Warung

What I love about Indonesia is their warung (cafe/restaurant). It’s not just about the delicious savoury food. It’s the cosy ambience, the friendly locals, the way the dishes are stacked nicely, waiting for us to pick and eat them.

Blakang Padang

The Island: My best friend Fahez gave me an opportunity to experience village life in Blakang Padang (Field Behind), also known as Pulau Penawar Rindu (Island of Remedy for Longing Hearts), a small island 15 minutes away from Batam by boat. This little island of Indonesia houses not more than 20,000 people, sits no malls, supermarkets,…

First Sunrise From The Train

Oh it was such a lovely journey, breakfast were served twice, at 9am and 40 minutes later. There were no annoying passengers on board, or wailing babies or running kids, etc. To top it all off, we caught the sunrise! It was lovely, really lovely. Whatever misadventures we had in the morning just evaporated together…

First Train Experience in India

The train from Delhi to Agra departs at around five in the morning. My friend Irfa and I woke Shailja’s sister up and bade farewell. Shailja was out till late last night and her sister said it was okay to not wake her up. We jumped into the taxi Shailja booked for us earlier. Sleepy…

First Couchsurfing Experience!

Couchsurfing is the best way to meet travellers. Prior to this trip, I’ve been meeting Couchsurfers, bringing them around Singapore or just meeting them for drinks. Unfortunately, I can’t host them as I’m still living with my parents (a norm for Singaporeans, read about our housing system!) so I can’t have travellers crashing my place.…

Gurgaon Haryana India

Gurgaon Road at Night

Gosh. I just realised that I visited an extra state! I thought Gurgaon is in Delhi but nooo! Gurgaon is in Haryana, south-west of New Delhi! No wonder the train ride to Chandni Chowk took a while, it all makes sense now! Gurgaon is a developed place with multinational corporations setting up offices in the…

Indian War Memorial Museum

There are museums in the Red Fort and the displays are impressive. I learnt a lot about India in times of war, see uniforms and the weapons they used, etc. Here’s a sneak peak! However, the place is so stuffy and therefore warm, despite the winter weather! It was suffocating. You need to bring a…