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,…

Beautiful Back Alley

I don’t know why but I love exploring back alleys. Perhaps because it’s not a common sight in Singapore. Here, housing estates get painted every few years, and there are constant renovations going on… While these are good, sometimes I wish some places are left as it is, so that they will mature. Let’s let…

Deepavali Decorations

Though Deepavali is over, the decorations are still around in Little India. I really love this place…it’s my favourite place to be in Singapore ;) Look closely and you’ll see a note on the right, it says “DON’T SMELL THE FLOWERS. THANK YOU”. This is not part of the Deepavali decorations, but I just thought…

5 hours in Singapore

Recently I posted 6 hours in Singapore, after exploring my tiny island. Today, I spent 5 hours with someone from Couchsurfing. (I love Couchsurfing by the way, it’s one of the best things which happened to me!) We did not go to Chinatown as Claire’s hostel is smacked right in the heart of it, so we…

mid-autumn festival, Singapore, lanterns

6 hours in Singapore

In light of gearing up for our next trip (YAY!), my best friend and I decided to live the life of a backpacker. In our own country. Well, island actually, since we’re so tiny (can’t help but chuckle every time I refer to her as a country). Anyway, six hours in Singapore is feasible, considering…