From Batam to Singapore

Singapore has been one of the most favorite travel destination for a lot of Indonesians. One is because it’s quite close to some cities in Indonesia; second is because of the easy access of public transportation like SMRT.

Sometimes, you can get budget flights tickets to and from Singapore by Jetstar or AirAsia. You can travel for less than Rp.1.000.000 or S$100 (return way). For my city Medan, we usually take Jetstar (for budget flight) or SilkAir. But sometimes in a high season you cannot get cheap price. Jetstar sometimes can be very expensive too. Lidat how?

Don’t worry. There is another alternative to travel to Singapore. How? Take ferry from Batam.

Batam is a small island in Indonesia’s Riau archipelago in the South China Sea. It’s a free trade zone with multiple busy ports, known for its beaches, raucous nightlife and malls offering duty-free shopping. Upscale resorts in the shoreline areas of Nongsa and Waterfront City offer golf courses and water sports including windsurfing, parasailing and jet skiing. (Source : google)

IMG_20160313_132716So, you can take flight from your city to Batam first then you take ferry to Singapore. Of course, there are + and – by taking ferry.

> sometimes you can get cheaper price. If you travel from Medan, flight + ferry + cab fee can be less than Rp.1.500.000 (S$150). Flight is around Rp.700.000 (S$70), ferry is Rp.300.000 (S$30) and cab is Rp.200.000.(S$20). Ferry is open date ticket and all price is in return way.
> Batam is popular of their seafood, resorts, massage, and shopping. You can consider staying one night at Batam too!
> You can enjoy the sea and see a nice view from the deck. Pretty cool isit?

> it takes more time, especially on weekends. For some times, you can q for so long at the immigration. Worst, it can take up to 2 hrs!
> more tiring of course.

So, you wanna consider taking ferry for a new experience? 😊


Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum (新加坡佛牙寺龙华院)

Location : Chinatown, Singapore

Address : Southbridge Rd.
Rate : 9.5/10

Buddha Tooth Relic TeIMG_20151002_171621_HDRmple and Museum (新加坡佛牙寺龙华院) is a four-storey Buddhist Temple located in the Central district of Singapore. It was built based on the Tang Dynasty architectural style and also to house the tooIMG_20151002_170607_HDRth relic of the historical Buddha – claimed that it was found in 1980 in Myanmar.

From outside, you can see the grand building, like super huge temple, and it is! When you step inside, you can see every beautiful part of the temple. It’s artistic, colorful, and very Zen. It gives you warmth and peace when you are inside the temple. It’s also very clean and wide. You can take elevator to go to the Sacred Light Hall (Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic Chamber) on the top floor, which is the repository of the sacred Buddha tooth. *no photographs allowed in this place




There are a lot of Buddha statues around the temple. There’s also a beautiful garden located on the top floor. I suggest you to visit this place at least once even if you’re not Buddhist. It’s worth it to see around the place and enjoy the Zen vibe.



Around the temple, it’s already the Chinatown market which sells lots of cheap things and souvenirs.



Tips :

If you want to visit this place, for ladies I recommend to wear shirt / dress that can cover up your shoulder and also long skirt / pants. But if you wear sexy shirt like me last time also don’t worry because the temple provide a scarf to cover your body before you enter the temple.


Lady M again!

Location : Orchard Central, One Fullerton, Westgate, Singapore

Rate : 8.5 / 10

Yeah, I’m back to this place again! I wasn’t satisfy enough when I first visited that place coz I think the cakes were too creamy and sweet. Okay maybe that sounds like an excuse tho, haha I admit that I want to try their another cake :p

I’ve written a review about LadyM before, in case you want to take a look then here you go >> Lady M

So this time I visited Lady M on January 2nd, 2016. We were walking around Orchard when I decided to stop by Lady M at Orchard Central. Same as the first time I went there, the place was still very crowded. The Q was damn crazy. I decided to dabao (takeaway) and I still have to Q, but not as long as the one who wanted to eat there.

IMG_20160102_175151I was confused about choosing which cake should I order. I planned to have checker but my friend said tahat checker was “too common” for LadyM so I order the chocolate Mille Crêpes since I never tried it before.

So, after around 20 minutes Q, I finally got my cake for 9.65 SGD! (Don’t convert it to IDR please :’))

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LadyM updated menu – Jan 2016

So, I may say that this is the best mille Crêpes I have tasted so far, and I think the chocolate one is still better than the green tea. (that’s also why I give higher rate on the chocolate mille Crêpes :p). You can taste the chocolate on every small bite of the cake. It’s sweet yes, but the chocolate flavor cover the sweetness so can’t really taste the sweet, it’s just all the chocolate!





IMG_20160102_180932I would recommend this chocolate Mille Crêpes as your GO, but if you’re a green tea or vanilla lover, then it’s not wrong to try them too!

(ps. I’m a vanilla lover and I still prefer the chocolate rather than the vanilla one)

So, what’s your favorite in LadyM?


One day at Batu Caves – Kuala Lumpur

IMG_20150625_095509_HDRBatu Caves is a popular place for tourists located in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur. It is a hill that has caves and Hindu temples. Its main attraction is the huge statue of Lord Murugan. You can see it even before you reach Batu Caves itself.

Rate : 9/10

HOW to go?

It was the second time for me to go there, on October 2015 with my colleagues. The first time I visited Batu Caves was in June 2015 with my family. There are few ways to get to Batu Caves :

  1. By Taxi / Car

If you’re traveling with family or big groups and you need to rush the time, taxi / car is the best option. The first time I went there was from Genting Highlands and the second time I went there was also by taxi from Bukit Bintang – Kuala Lumpur. I stayed at Soleil (ex Radius) Hotel at Bukit Bintang and it costed RM40 – around US$10 to get to Batu Caves. I think it is not expensive because it needs around 30-40 minutes to reach Batu Caves and there were 5 of us, so if you divide the price, it was worth it.

  1. By Train

If you’re not in the rush, you can take monorail and train. I never tried this before but I read and asked lots of people about how to get to Batu Caves by train. If you stay at Bukit Bintang, you need to walk straight to the monorail station and take Bukit Bintang Monorail to KL Sentral then you have to change to KTM Komuter from KL Sentral to Batu Caves. It costs around RM2 for one person. Very cheap rite? Maybe I will try this on my next visit.

WHEN is the Perfect Time to go?

Most people usually  go to Batu Caves in the morning because the weather is good. But I think it’s okay to go in the afternoon as long as it is not very sunny. The first time I went there was in the morning, and the weather was perfectly good. The second time I went there was in the afternoon around 2 p.m. Luckily it was not sunny and a bit windy. So, I think there’s no perfect time to go. As long as you feel okay, then just go with it. But if you want to explore the whole place, I may say morning is your best time to go.

WHAT to do?

  1. Take pictures!

Well, it’s a number #1 must do thing when you reach Batu Caves, especially if you are a photo freak like me :p

You HAVE TO take pictures in the entrance, in front of the huge statue of Lord Murugan, and also with the pigeons! You also can take pictures with the Hanoman Statue on the left side before entrance.

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  1. Climb to the cave

If it’s your first time coming to Batu Caves, you sure have to go up and climb to the cave. It takes 272 steps to get inside the cave but believe me, it was totally worth it! If you continue to climb the steps, it will take you about 20 minutes then you can get there.

  1. Pray?

When you arrived at the cave, you have to take some more steps to reach the temple. There are two temples in the cave. For you foreigners and tourists who want to pray there, I suggest you to go to the second temple coz I think that the first temple is only for Hindu people (pls correct me if I’m wrong).


  1. Enjoy the view


WHAT to wear?

For you who wants to come here, I suggest you to wear as comfortable shirt as you can. And for you ladies, wear clothes that cover your knees and shoulders. If you wear short skirt / pant, you have to rent a sarung to cover your thighs and legs and then you have to pay extra RM2 or RM3 (kinda forget).

Extra tips :

  • Even though it’s okay to visit Batu Caves in the morning and afternoon, but don’t go there over 4 p.m because the sky is getting dark and you won’t be able to snap the good pics and it will be very dark inside the cave.
  • Watch out for the monkeys! Don’t bring any drinks/ snacks in your hands when you want to take the steps to go inside the cave. The monkeys can grab them from your hands. It is safe if you put your drinks/ snacks inside your bag. And the monkeys won’t go for your cameras or phones so don’t worry about it.

Do you have other stories or tips about this place? If you do, please do not hesitate share with me! ^^