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Old 01-10-2014, 09:06 PM   #31
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As posted, a review on a.piaw, basically, pronounce as "Ah Biao" for those to know chinese.

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Language: Uncle Biao is chinese himself so you can communicate with him without any language barrier.. if you are chinese. Don't know Bahasa Indonesia?? no worry ! He can help you with translation if you have problem talking to the local too.

Service level :
Service level is pleasant to be honest.
  1. bring us around without complain as we are traveling in his vehicle since the moment we reach Batam. only back to hotel room by 12am~!! He has no complain and very friendly from the moment we met him till we leave batam.
  2. He has 1 spare phone (simple nokia phone la) which he can loan to you for the convenience to contact him if you need to do your own things like spa or shopping.. so he can go drink kopi own his own while you do your stuff. Kinda good so i don't need to spend money on SIM card to call him whenever i am done.
  3. The only Hicup is when we reached Batam we cannot find Uncle Biao because we don't have his number.. and there so many tourists and tour guides around. So i suggest TS or people who contact Uncle for his service please get his mobile number or prearrange a specify meet up place. I only have TS Line contact and when i reach Batam.. there is no internet!!! and the free wifi at the jetty is basically died that day.. so to be on the safe side.. get Uncle Biao number and see if you can borrow a phone to call him when u reach Jetty.

Price : Reasonable.. as we are travelling in a group of 4.. so after dividing out.. i think quite good deal. More detail on the pricing please neg with TS. Uncle Biao don't understand english and don't use LINE or whatsapp.

Conclusion : Not a bad start to kick start your virgin trip to Batam.. Do you own homework and ask him to bring you to those place where u like to visit, eat or sightseeing. You can also ask him for recommendation if you have no idea where to go. He also don't bring you to those touristy place to chop your carrot head too. unless u wanna go la of course..
Wow.. thanks alot guys for testi and suggestion.
I'll take note for next time.
Hope you can reuse my dad services
thank you so much
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Old 04-10-2014, 12:27 PM   #32
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The Spa Secret - Batam

“Great Experience”
4 of 5 starsReviewed September 30, 2014 NEW
Bought Spa Secret offer on Deal.com.sg. Went there with my girlfriends.
First impression when I got to the place was WOW!!!
We were greeted by really friendly staff. They gave us couple rooms, although I would have much preferred a single room. Aside from that, everything else was awesome. The atmosphere of the place as well as the room is excellent. Services rendered by them was excellent. Would definitely not hesitate to go back there on my next trip to Batam.

Visited September 2014

Source : tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g297717-d2510514-Reviews-The_Spa_Secret-Batam_Riau_Archipelago_Riau_Islands_Province.html#REVIEWS
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Old 04-10-2014, 04:46 PM   #33
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Finally done with my blog post!

Read my $38 groupon 2D1N deal to Batam: My Weekend Trip to Batam, Pacific Palace HotelFlyhoneystars x Follow My Footsteps | Flyhoneystars x Follow My Footsteps

but.. I ended up spending $200 for the whole trip :/
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Old 06-10-2014, 01:12 AM   #34
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Finally done with my blog post!

Read my $38 groupon 2D1N deal to Batam: My Weekend Trip to Batam, Pacific Palace HotelFlyhoneystars x Follow My Footsteps | Flyhoneystars x Follow My Footsteps

but.. I ended up spending $200 for the whole trip :/
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"no shop to buy my data simcard."

just a note... and also to let other ppl who is arriving at sekupang know.. you can buy data simcard or SIM card at the convenient store after you arrive. should be departure hall if i am not wrong. Just take the escalator near the information counter to second level and walk about less than 20m.. you see a convenience store there.. the auntie speak mandarin too. i bought a SIM card (out of desperation, from my review a post above) from the convenient store. total spend around 84,000 rupiah including 10,000 top up for call. i was told that the 2GB data worth can last me 1 year!!!
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Old 06-10-2014, 07:44 PM   #35
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Juz came back over the weekend.
tipping n fee for my driver is 80.
A bit more than previous trip coz we travel all the way south to pulau galang temple. Normally will be 50 to 60 for 2D1N. Give lower coz he also join us in food, drinks n chiong...
practically full time driver. From 3.30pm reach till 3am after drinking, nextday from 1030 till 6pm back to terminal.
The kelong seafood near the 1st hanging bridge is worth the journey there. 14 pax about 2.45 includes 4 lobster, 3 grouper, 14 big flower crab n misc...
massage go secretspa, eska or sports massage wont go wrong.
windsor seafood a bit overpriced comoare to elsewhere.. but if need convenient sake of 10mins away from nagoya then go ba..
1st night seafood at windsor about 2.6 but the amount cannot compare to the lunch seafood at kelong restoran
Go batam change rate is higher. Sg giving 9.2 but batam giving 9.5
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Old 06-10-2014, 07:55 PM   #36
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For those staying goodway or harmoni...
Dun waste $$ on taxi. Take bus only 3k ruppiah = 30cents. 3 to 5 min journey. Remember to be on the correct direction.

For smokers, if coming by skupang terminal, go buy ciggies only from the Le cake shop directly opposite Pacific ferry counter on lvl 2. All other shops selling 2.8 n above. The cake shop sell 1.8

Fake goods plenty at Nagoya hill.
Sunglass about sgd 8 to 15
Watches like tissot, fossil, swiss abt 15.
rolex cartier will be much higher. But easily can see its fake.

Clothings more than sgd 15 dun bother to buy considered very ex..might as well buy in Sin. Looking for sports wear go Batam mall... like emporium.

food wise follow what the locals eat n u can hardly b wrong.

Oh..btw..nagoya hill anw rootbeer float abt 1.60 sgd wor...
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Old 07-10-2014, 12:48 AM   #37
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hey Honeystar..

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"no shop to buy my data simcard."

just a note... and also to let other ppl who is arriving at sekupang know.. you can buy data simcard or SIM card at the convenient store after you arrive. should be departure hall if i am not wrong. Just take the escalator near the information counter to second level and walk about less than 20m.. you see a convenience store there.. the auntie speak mandarin too. i bought a SIM card (out of desperation, from my review a post above) from the convenient store. total spend around 84,000 rupiah including 10,000 top up for call. i was told that the 2GB data worth can last me 1 year!!!
thanks for the feedback on the SIMcard. The tour guide didn't tell me that it could be bought from the convenience store I'm sure to get one in my next trip =)
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Old 11-10-2014, 10:57 AM   #38
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GO! Massage

“Awesome & highly recommended!”
5 of 5 starsReviewed September 11, 2014
My second visit and everyone truly enjoyed the massage. Good service provided by go! Massage especially the friendly manager who went the extra mile to seek for our feedback and assist us when we had some questions. Thumb up and we would definately recommend all our friends/family here.

Source : tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g297717-d2636661-Reviews-GO_Massage-Batam_Riau_Archipelago_Riau_Islands_Province.html

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Old 13-10-2014, 03:20 PM   #39
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Barelang Bridge


4 of 5 starsReviewed September 10, 2014
the view along and from the bridge is awesome. very good location for photography. this is the best part of batam form me.

source : tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g297717-d3253492-Reviews-Barelang_Bridge-Batam_Riau_Archipelago_Riau_Islands_Province.html

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Old 20-10-2014, 05:34 PM   #40
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Tua Pek Kong Temple

“Plan your itinerary for Batam”
2 of 5 starsReviewed September 29, 2014
We were first time visitors to Batam so we relied on a tour guide to take us around. Before coming to this temple, the guide told us how popular this place was, etc., etc. When we arrived, it felt like we got lost somewhere and ended up in a different place.

This is indeed a temple and probably a popular place for the locals who go there for religious purposes. The place is in need of serious upkeep and some cleaning. We've seen a lot of better temples in Thailand, Singapore, Hongkong and Macau. Frankly, this should not be included as a tour stop as there's nothing to see or new to learn.

My advice: If you're going to Batam, plan your itinerary well and get a good tour operator. As for this temple, you'll lose nothing if you skip this one.

Visited July 2014

Source : tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g297717-d7141284-Reviews-Tua_Pek_Kong_Temple-Batam_Riau_Archipelago_Riau_Islands_Province.html
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Old 25-10-2014, 07:37 PM   #41
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For those staying goodway or harmoni...
Dun waste $$ on taxi. Take bus only 3k ruppiah = 30cents. 3 to 5 min journey. Remember to be on the correct direction.

For smokers, if coming by skupang terminal, go buy ciggies only from the Le cake shop directly opposite Pacific ferry counter on lvl 2. All other shops selling 2.8 n above. The cake shop sell 1.8

Fake goods plenty at Nagoya hill.
Sunglass about sgd 8 to 15
Watches like tissot, fossil, swiss abt 15.
rolex cartier will be much higher. But easily can see its fake.

Clothings more than sgd 15 dun bother to buy considered very ex..might as well buy in Sin. Looking for sports wear go Batam mall... like emporium.

food wise follow what the locals eat n u can hardly b wrong.

Oh..btw..nagoya hill anw rootbeer float abt 1.60 sgd wor...

how to take bus when we are not familiar with the place
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Old 25-10-2014, 07:42 PM   #42
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Tua Pek Kong Temple

“Plan your itinerary for Batam”
2 of 5 starsReviewed September 29, 2014
We were first time visitors to Batam so we relied on a tour guide to take us around. Before coming to this temple, the guide told us how popular this place was, etc., etc. When we arrived, it felt like we got lost somewhere and ended up in a different place.

This is indeed a temple and probably a popular place for the locals who go there for religious purposes. The place is in need of serious upkeep and some cleaning. We've seen a lot of better temples in Thailand, Singapore, Hongkong and Macau. Frankly, this should not be included as a tour stop as there's nothing to see or new to learn.

My advice: If you're going to Batam, plan your itinerary well and get a good tour operator. As for this temple, you'll lose nothing if you skip this one.

Visited July 2014

Source : tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g297717-d7141284-Reviews-Tua_Pek_Kong_Temple-Batam_Riau_Archipelago_Riau_Islands_Province.html
this one very small n nothing much....prefer the laughing buddha one
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Old 29-10-2014, 04:07 PM   #43
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Golden View Hotel Batam

“HONEST & RELIABLE STAFF”
5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2014
I was at the Murai Lounge busy working on my project. My friend came to see me and she left after 5 min. with another guest. Just after she left, the F & B staff happened to walk passed and she saw something on the floor near to where I was seated. She picked it up and discovered 02 pieces of S$50.00 folded together. She asked me whether I had dropped my money. Immediately I called my friend to check it out. Her replied was : I drop my $100, $50 x 2 pieces. The F & B staff immediately handed the 2 pieces to me to pass it to my friend.
I wanted to say that the hotel management is very lucky to have such HONEST and RELIABLE staff working among them. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

Source : Golden View Hotel Batam (Indonesia) - Hotel Reviews - TripAdvisor
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Old 01-11-2014, 12:54 PM   #44
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Gideon Hotel Batam

“Just like home!”
4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago NEW
Finally got a chance to stay in this hotel, with the great value, friendly bellboy to front desk staff, it is definitely a must stay in batam. Not to mention the location, there are BCS shopping mall in walking distance that had a great variety of hand phone accessories in basement, supermarket for your basic needs requirement, nice and trendy clothing shops too! We stayed in the superior room and the decor was so cosy and clean, just love the bed! But the setback is, there are no shelf to hold your toiletries when you shower, so pls prepare a toiletries bag that can be hanged, the water heater are not so hot and there are no mat available and thus u might have to request for it. We are definitely coming back to this hotel for sure! Taxi from hotel to ferry terminal is only 70,000 rupiah, which cost only about $7.50. For hello kitty lovers, there is a wholesale shop just directly opp the hotel and also hair accessories wholesale shop over there too. Local food tidbits are a must as gifts to friends before u return to spore.

Room Tip: Try not to get a room near the lift as it is pretty noisy during weekends.


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Old 05-11-2014, 09:09 AM   #45
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“Great Go-Karting Fun!”
4 of 5 starsReviewed September 11, 2014
Bengkong area is located about 20min away from Nagoya city, at a pretty secluded area. The area has Go-Kart, outdoor terrain ride, miniature Indonesia ( Taman Mini Indonesia Indah) and a factory outlet. Great Go-Kart experience for reasonable pricing! Cost about USD12/ 10 min drive, or USD 24 for 25 min. Disposable shower caps and helmets are provided for each players, but dun expect the helmets to be new!
The kids had a great time driving in the circuit for about 30 min, and we visited the factory outlet for a while. Try visiting this place early in the morning at around 9am, to avoid the tourist crowd and afternoon sun!

PS: there is no locker available, so you will need to take turns to try the rides, while someone look after your belongings

Visited September 2014

Source : Golden City Go-Kart - Batam Center - Reviews of Golden City Go-Kart - TripAdvisor
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