Anyways, Jenny, the sweet lady that works with Aaron in the post office, was taking a few of the reservists over there before they left for home on Monday. She invited us along and since we'd never been and had nothing else to do, we went.
Batam is an island of Indonesia located to the south of Singapore. To get there, you have to take a ferry (a.k.a. a transport yacht). It's only about an hour ride from Singapore to Batam. Not too shabby. We got a nice view of the man-made beaches of Singapore and the millions of ships just chillin in the harbor. (Most of which are really in bad shape and look like they can sink at any minute.)
Here's Aaron and I waiting in the terminal to board the ferry to Indonesia.
This is the "transport yacht"/ferry that takes you over there. Inside, there are lines and lines of cheap-looking airplane seats and two bathrooms. It's not fancy by any means, but it's definitely nicer than the Staten Island Ferry in New York.
The currency in Indonesia is seriously on crack. One U.S. dollar is equal to 9,132.40 Indonesian Rupiah. It was really hard to fathom how much things cost. Especially since neither of our phones could figure the exchange rate for Rupiah. Thankfully, many places would accept Sing dollars.
This is the Mega Mall in Batam. It's a really great mall for cheap, real-looking knockoffs. However, that's about it. Needless to say, we didn't buy much.
Jenny said that Batam is more of a place to go for inexpensive shopping. Bintan is an Indonesian island just to the southeast of Batam and it's the prettier of the two. It's known for it's beaches and nightlife. We're going to try to plan a trip there next. Bring on the beaches and cocktails!
Back in Singapore, we stopped at Vivomart (the grocery store in Vivo City) to get some ingredients for my Rachael Ray Chili Dog Chili recipe. The Singaporeans didn't make this store "Aaron-proof". His head hit the signs hanging from the ceilings. He was sad.