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Holiday Inn Batam

Holiday Inn Batam is just a minute drive from the ferry terminal. We were pleasantly welcomed by a clean and classy sight as we stepped into the lobby. Service was excellent- check in procedures were swiftly done and we were ushered right into our 1 bedroom suite. Unlike Scarlet, the introduction to our suite was brief and concise, and didn’t manage to annoy me.

Beautiful pool view from our suite from the sixth storey! The white slide is quite fun (when you slide down it the first time)!

Pillow menu consisting of feather, sinthetic, dacron and foam pillows. We had the former 2 in our room already, and ordered in the latter 2 just to test out the differences between the 4 types of pillows!

The 60 mins aromatherapy massage that was included in the package was insufficient to satisfy us; it left us craving for more! We just had to pamper ourselves with another 90 mins stone massage (using heated basalt stones) on the next day. We have always wanted to try out heated stones massage, and there we go! I enjoyed the experience of a mix of hands and heated basalt stones because the stones can soothe tension at places where hands cannot. But Louis prefers a wholly hand massage- because he is heat-intolerant.

Their outdoor jacuzzi which we experienced at night- and was much prettier than in the day.

Food at Holiday Inn was nothing to rave about. Well, with the exception of their warm chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream- check out that hidden treasure oozing out… ORGASMIC. (I’m secretly glad that Louis doesn’t have a tooth as sweet as mine- that means nearly everything was devoured by yours truly!)

Total expenses charged to our room: 1.7 *GASPS* MILLION rupiahs. (Includes a lunch at their terrace, in-room dinner, and two 90 mins stone massage)

Total cost  in SING DOLLARS: 320 (package)+40 (charges at Harbourfront Center)+12 (charges at Batam Waterfront Ferry Terminal) +269 (extra room charges)= SGD641

Okay, enough of Batam for us!

My intangible surprise from Louis ♥

Is It Friday Already?

One presentation down! I wouldn’t say it was well done though. Oh wells, it’s only 5%.

Headed for JP to try our luck for the $1.00 Fish & Co meal, but as expected, the redemption limit has been reached. Clara and I wandered around trying to find somewhere that falls within my budget, and finally settled for Pepper Lunch in the atas food court. Pepper Lunch is such a hassle- I was kept so busy flipping my beef slices, making sure they were not burnt; adding the sauce and stirring the rice and beef together so that the flavour would immerse into the rice and beef while the hot plate was still at 260°C. Made me wonder why on earth was I paying to cook my own food? That’s why I am not a fan of BBQs and steamboats- I don’t like waiting for my food to be cooked. Nevertheless, I was quite a good cook today! (: Yum yum! Then, we had Pepper Lunch’s matcha ice cream, which was simply vanilla ice cream topped with matcha powder- akin to Macdonald’s.

Casting aside our original intention to study, we decided to head for the movies. But girls being girls, we totally forgot about our intention to check out movie timings, and immersed ourselves in the world of clothes. We each got ourselves a black dress (the same one in fact!), and Clara got me a polka dotted dress for my birthday ( i know it’s kinda early but yeah.. )! Totally love it! Thank you my darling! *hugs* (:

Oh, will someone please remind us that our exams are not yet over?

Green Tea Obsession

We just can’t get enough of green tea stuff!

After buying ToriQ lunch takeaways, Clara (yes, you see your name here again) and I just couldn’t resist walking by the Japanese titbits store at JP without getting the green tea chocolate with crisp that we have been eyeing on since Thursday. So, both of us shared a box (contains 12 individual tiny packs), which is still on discount at $4.00 (usual price is $5.50). The green tea taste is quite strong, but the crisps are no longer crunchy- looking at the expiry date (04/2010), we figured out why it was no longer cripsy and why it was $1.50 cheaper. There is really a price to pay for quality. But it was still nice- so nice that we finished all 12 within an hour!

Green Tea Kit Kat is still the unbeatable winner! That was really awesome to the max!! Green tea lovers, please get a pack at the Jap store while stocks last! It was out of stock the last time we went. Costs about $3.50 per pack with 4 sticks.

Next up: Meiji Green Tea Chocolates!

Arnott’s Lemon Crisp

This is really something to rave about! It’s not just any lemon puffs, it’s Arnott’s Lemon Crisp! The nicely salted biscuits go so well with the slab of sweet tangy lemon that I can pop four in my mouth at one go (mind you, this is already with self-constraint)!! Can be found in Fairprice for $3.70/ $3.90 (can’t remember). I can foresee the 2 packets that my parents just stocked up from their weekly grocery shopping trip disappearing within 2 days!

Batam Here We Come!

In exactly a week’s time…

we would be enjoying our night’s stay at Holiday Inn Batam, celebrating our 3rd anniversary! For avid massage lovers like us- a Holiday Inn SPA package would be the most befitting to rejuvenate and ready ourselves for the upcoming exams! We have decided Holiday Inn over Harris although it is pricier, all in the name of a new and better experience. It had better be worth the price!

Good Friday was the day I finally plucked my courage to experiment with digital perming at Monsoon Storm, after nine years of rebonding- I first did it because I entered NYGH a year before they decided do away with the senseless short hair rule. After 5 long hours in the salon, it was revelation time. Around me, the hairstylists commented it was sexy; but in my head, I thought otherwise. It was NOT sexay. It was a disaster. I really didn’t know whether to pat myself in the back for my bravery to try something that I have always wanted to, or to smack myself in the face for allowing myself to do what I just did. I headed as fast as possible to the bus interchange, hoping that I wouldn’t run into anyone- they probably wouldn’t have recognised me anyway.

After our satisfying dinner at NYNY (their steaks are quite good) with Louis’s 1-for-1 main course voucher that coincidentally expired on that day, we headed home to catch 500 Days of Summer over mini tubs of Haagen Dazs. Once again, I dozed off halfway through. (What’s new?) The only thing about the show that stuck in my head was the beauty of Summer- I love everything about her- her hair, her eyes, and her smile! Melts every guy’s heart!

After my hour long nap, I stood before the mirror in exasperation, trying out different hairdos so that the curls wouldn’t be too conspicuous for school. Thank goodness for the invention of a rubber band, I finally got a genuine “quite nice” from the voice in my head, and from Louis.

Two days with my newly permed hair, I am slowly starting to accept it, to get used to it, and to like it. So, if you are shocked when you first catch me with my new hair, I can totally understand. (:

Sidenote: Yew Tee Point’s food court has really nice sliced fish soup! That stall has the longest queue, even longer than the famous Yu Kee duck rice stall.

I finally used my SU options on 3 out of 4 electives! So, I can almost officially declare holidays after 22nd April! ((:

Happy April Fools’ Day!

Green Tea Kit Kat from my dearest Clara! MUACKS! I LOVE MATCHA. I LOVE CLARA.

Finally tasted Fig and Olive today with Clara and Potato Kong! We had 5 mains arriving at our table for just the 3 of us. Not because we were such great eaters, but because we rejected 2 of the entirely well done steaks- when I had actually ordered a medium rare, and Clara, a medium; we decided not to trust their steaks and reordered 2 dory fillets with pasta (but they ran out of pasta at 20:15, can you believe it?) So, we settled for olive rice. Of course, amidst all the waiting, we put on the brightest smiles on our faces, hoping that our food wouldn’t be spat on (Clara’s greatest phobia). The dory fillets were good! The olive rice tasted like biryani rice- I like! The chicken kebab that Weijia ordered was good too! Another thing- can you believe that they ran out of root beer at 19:30? We settled for Clara’s-improvised-Pepsi float instead. We will return again, with the value for money dinner promotion ($19.90 for a drink+main+ice cream), and lunch promotion (one-for-one) for selected few pastas. I forgot to mention that both of them shared a fork throughout the dinner- seriously? But seriously, I contemplated dropping mine too, so that 3 of us could share a fork.

I want to do something exciting. We will see how tomorrow.

Had a really entertaining night today! (: It feels like exams are over!

Matcha

Anything green tea, Clara and I are on for it!

Each of us got one packet from the bazaar at Can B! 12 pieces inside for $3.50. Made in Japan, which justifies the price. There was the slightest hint of matcha. Would have liked it better if the matcha and chocolate layers are reversed!