Wednesday, July 22, 2009

...batam trip

we stayed at harris resort in batam for 3 nights.. they had this 'all-inclusive' offer which we availed.. it included all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning and afternoon snacks), drinks, an hour's indonesian massage each per day plus a lot of different sports (bowling, billiards, squash, table tennis)..bowling was the only feasible sport for us since we had tsug with us.. (could take turns looking after tsug) it was a pretty good deal since i didn't really want to worry about food.

ferry was at harbourfront terminal, which i found a bit more confusing than the one in tanah merah.. (i guess because its waaay bigger, and we had to do stuff in two floors) the ride itself was a no brainer, and i was ready this time because i took some bonamine singapore version (was feeling pretty high during the trip).. the ride had 2 stops..our stop was the 2nd one, waterfront city terminal.. on the first stop at sekupang terminal, there wasn't any annoucement whatsoever, so i guess some guests left the ferry too soon.. we knew because this japanese couple behind us (whom tsugtsug was playing with.. the jap girl even gave tsug her cellphone which freaked me out haha..) who alighted at sekupang,.. we saw them arriving in a taxi in harris resort! poor things.

anyway, it was a sunday so everyone was still checking out.. had to wait till about 1:30pm for us to get a room.. it was worth the wait though, as we were assigned to the newly opened wing.. it was a cool room! modern, minimalist.. and the toilet had a bathtub and a rainshower head hehe.. our room was on the ground floor, and had a door going straight to the wading pool, perfect for tsug. they also provided us a baby cot for free. tsug just used that for his afternoon naps and when we wanted to confine him in hehe.


for 3 nights our schedule was pretty much this.. we wait for tsug to wake up (haha as if we really wait) i mean, we get up once tsug wakes us up..avail the breakfast buffet.. (tsug has congee with egg, i usually eat pancakes, raymond eats the rice stuff) then go for a morning swim. tsug really loves to swim! he would even move his arms and kick his feet as if he's really swimming.. the water was pretty cold too, but tsug didn't seem to mind.


then it'll be time for lunch.. after lunch he'll have his afternoon nap.. and that's the time i go to the spa and have my massage. i am now, no longer a massage virgin harhar. i'm veeery ticklish, so i was a bit apprehensive.. but i loved it. maybe because it was very private, just one person in each hut, and my masseuse(?) was excellent.. her name was Dani (seee? you always remember your first. LOL) and she worked in a slow, fluid motion. (my 2nd was rushed and it hurt at times like hell)

once i get back to the room, it'll be raymond's turn to go. tsug would wake up around this time.. we'll just wait a bit for pangs then we'll go to the playroom. tsug loved it there.. and i loved it too because he could practice walking on the carpeted floor without us hovering above him (and consequently, the chronic back pain).


it'll then be afternoon snack time.. the pizza and burger alone, made our trip. thin crust pizza, beef was so flavorful.. definitely the best pizza i've ever had. the burger was huuuge and just as delicious. (tsug liked the pizza too!) first 2 days, we'll drink the guava juice.. then pangs grew tired of it and we just had cokes/sprites.

tsug enjoying his french fry

after that we'll have a game of bowling.. (in which we both sucked.. i guess Wii skills don't apply in real life? LOL) the highest score we got was 100 haha yeah i know, pathetic.


then before we know it, it's Dinner time. first night, it was a buffet which was just so-so.. mostly spicy and curry stuff.. i did like the grilled lamb.. however, on the 2nd and 3rd night because of the few guests in the hotel, (we were there on a weekday.. sunday-wednesday) we were able to choose from their menu.. a salad, soup, main course and dessert! woohooo! i had rib eye steak the first time, pistacio crusted salmon on the 2nd. tomato soup then broccoli blue cheese soup. tiramisu with ice cream, then snickers cheesecake. i forgot the salad i ordered. lol. oh, it was avocado something. also good! so yeah, you could guess what we basically just did on this trip.

the staff were wonderful..., friendly and helpful. they would always play with tsugtsug, to the enjoyment of my narcissistic son. (one even gave him a banana from the kitchen, hence the banana bow)

all in all it was truly a relaxing vacation.. a much needed change of scenery for us. i'd recommend it to families with young children, or couples for the spa. it was pretty much laidback so not really for those looking for the bar scene as that was non existent hehe.


that's it. till the next one!

i want a next tripppppp bwahahaha *evil laugh*


Cathleen said...

ang ganda naman ng hotel nyo!
ang laki na ni tsug! :)

jane said...

mukhang ok yung trip nyo.. tapos since package sya.. less things to worry about.. actually nothing na nga yata in your case.. =D