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Angsana Bintan

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Angsana is one of the many resorts in Bintan. It houses a private beach and a range of activities to choose from.

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The check-in for the hotel is at 3pm Indonesian time, so if you arrived earlier than that, they will ask you to go around the resort first and come back for check-in. Same with checking out. Check-out time is at 12nn. If your ferry back to Singapore is at 1:35pm, you have to check-out by 12nn. Their shuttle bus will leave the hotel at 12, and you have to stay and wait at Bandar Bentan Telani till the ferry departs. Angsana is just 15 minutes away from Bandar Bentan Telani.

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Angsana is not designed modernistically. It is built to let its patrons have a local feel. It is a hotel close to nature, which is perfect for a relaxing vacation!

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Your stay in Angsana will never be a boring one! Everyday, they have various activities for their patrons to choose from. Here is a complete guide of activities that Angsana offers all throught the week:

I joined Sunrise Yoga at 5:35am. Even though I was the only one to do yoga at that time, they still continued with the event. I had then a one-to-one yoga and my own personal instructor that time. Lucky me!

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Also, I participated in their Guided Bike Tour. I am beginner level in cycling. However, the tour leader patiently waited for me. The supposed to be 1hr biking, finished at 1hr and 40 minutes.

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I would want to come back again to Angsana because of various activities they offer. It is always good to stay active and adventurous!

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What to do in Plaza Lagoi?

Plaza Lagoi is the only shopping mall located in the “heart” of Bintan. There is a complimentary shuttle bus that can take you to this two-storey shopping mall from Bintan Resorts hotel or Bandar Bentan Telani.

Restaurants, food court, money changer, mini-mart and retail shop can be found here. Food for hotel prices are usually expensive. If you are living frugally and want a meal for lunch and dinner that is 4x or more cheaper than the hotel price, then head to Plaza Lagoi.

In Plaza Lagoi, they have a food court called Food Gram. It is clean and has a modern look and colorful design. The food is freshly cooked and is served hot for the customers.

Nothing much to do here, but it is worth a visit if you intend to change money into Indonesian Rupiah or you want to purchase food with price way lower than what your hotel offers. Just a tip: if you are buying food here, make sure you have ample time to wait because the staff serve slow.

How to go to Bintan

Bintan is the most promoted beach in Indonesia. (Well, next to Bali!) This island is at least 45 minutes away from Singapore depending on which point you are entering.

From Singapore, you have to take a ferry at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. There are three entry points in Bintan: Tanjung Pinang, Bandar Bentan Telani and Bintan Lagoon Resort.

Tanjung Pinang is the capital of Bintan and it is 2 hours away from Singapore. Bandar Bentan Telani is where the famous resorts in Bintan are located, and it is 1 hour away from Singapore. Bintan Lagoon Resort is 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Singapore.

When boarding the ferry, be at the terminal 1 hour and 30 minutes before the ferry departs. You need to check-in, go through immigration and board the ferry 20 minutes before the departure.

Enjoy your holiday in Bintan!

St Regis Nusa Dua Bali

St Regis Bali is the quintessence of pure elegance and comfort. Your stay in this luxurious hotel will surely be an unforgettable one!

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Come and let me tour you around St Regis Bali!

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Spacious living room with all the finest details where one would love to sit all day sipping a Balinese coffee or eating tropical fruits.

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A huge bathroom area where you can make your DIY spa to pamper yourself as you indulge into a relaxing bath.

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Outdoor table and chairs if you prefer to have your meal outside under the warm heat of the sun.

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Feel free to enjoy your swim at your villa’s private pool!

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Relax at its exquisite beach chairs when you are feeling tired.

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When you are jaded with swimming at your private pool, head to the hotel’s private beach!

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My accommodation at St Regis Bali is indescribable! Aside from superb services, the hotel gave Balinese bag and hat as complimentary items to its patrons.

Staying at St Regis Bali is a once in a lifetime experience that will forever linger on my mind!

If you wish to book this hotel, check out the price and availability here.

 

2 days in Bali: What to do?

Seriously? 2 days in Bali, Indonesia? How could that be possible?

If you have only two days to be spent in Bali, what would you do? Well, no worries! Rent a van to tour you around.

Here are the five places you would be able to see in two days:

Monkey Forest. This 12.5 hectares forest is situated in the town of Ubud within the village of Padangtegal. Monkey Forest is viewed by the village’s residents as an important spiritual, economic, educational, and conservation center for the village. There are many point of interests that you can see here such as an estimated of around 700 monkeys and 186 species of trees. Upon entry, you need to pay an entrance fee of 4USD.

Taman Ayun. Taman Ayun is a Balinese temple located in Mengwi subdistrict in Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia. This temple was built in 1634 and extensively renovated in 1937.

Tanah Lot. Tanah Lot is a rock formation off the Indonesian island of Bali. Its name is derived from the Balinese language “tanah” which means “land” and “lot” which means “sea”. Tourists come here to visit the home of the ancient Hindu pilgrimage temple Pura Tanah Lot, and also, to witness the beautiful sunset at this area.

Rice Paddy. Bali is a home to many rice terraces. If you want to visit an excellent one, head to Jatiluwih! It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Jatiluwih, as the name itself says, “jati” meaning “really” and “luwih” meaning “excellent”. It is “really excellent” in Jatiluwih!

Beach. Bali, Indonesia has numerous of beaches to choose from. The beach where we head to was in Nusa Dua. As the sea is part of the Indian Ocean expect furious waves hitting and pushing you back to the shore!

That is a glimpse of Bali, Indonesia in two days! Happy exploring!

For accommodation around Bali, click the link below:

Ubud: https://www.booking.com/city/id/ubud.en.html?aid=1180716&no_rooms=1&group_adults=1

Seminyak: https://www.booking.com/city/id/seminyak.en.html?aid=1180716&no_rooms=1&group_adults=1

Nusa Dua: https://www.booking.com/city/id/nusa-dua-id.en.html?aid=1180716&no_rooms=1&group_adults=1

Kuta: https://www.booking.com/city/id/kuta.en.html?aid=1180716&no_rooms=1&group_adults=1

 

Is a day trip to Batam, Indonesia worth it?

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Batam Island is 45 minutes away from Singapore by ferry boat. It is used to be a poor place, but because of its strategic location (being close to Singapore and Malacca Straight), this island is slowly improving in terms of economy.

If you have plans of having a day trip from Singapore to Batam, be sure that you know your destinations once you reach Batam Island. The residents of Batam do not know how to speak the English language. There are some (only a few, very few) who knows a bit, but they are not that conversant. They may know how to speak English, but they cannot express it well and so you cannot also get the information you need.

The first place that you will see once you reach the island is the Batam Centre. Batam Centre is a place where you can shop for souvenirs. There are also eating places where you can dine to feed your hungry stomach.

During our visit in the island, we did not enjoy much because we were not able to see their tourist spots. We did not have much information about the place because their Tourist Information Center that time was closed and also their residents could not express well about the attractions that they have. To be safe, we just toured around the place by foot.

To be fair with Batam, they may not have the most appealing place for tourists, but you can still stay overnight in one of their hotels to relax. There are many hotels and resorts in Batam where you can enjoy swimming and play water sports. To check for hotel prices and availability around Batam, check here.

Climbing Mount Sibayak, an active volcano in Sumatra

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Mount Sibayak is an active volcano in northern Sumatra, Indonesia in the town of Berastagi that erupted more than 100 years ago. It is 2 212m high, and is relatively easy to climb.

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We began our expedition at 4:30am and reached the peak of the volcano after a hour.

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On the mountain, there was a strong smell  of sulfur emitted by the steam vents.

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From the mountain top, we also got a bird’s eye view of the whole town of Berastagi.

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Mount Sinabung, a superactive volcano, can also be seen from the top of Mount Sibayak.

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And of course, climbing a volcano is incomplete without seeing its crater. Its crater has a small lake with acidic discoloration due to the seepage of sulfurous gases.

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After trekking, it was good to relax dipping ourself in a hot bath from the hot spring.

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Overall, it was an unforgettable experience to hike to the top of a volcano and see its crater, sulfur mine and indulge in a healing bath thereafter.

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An inspiring interview with a teacher traveller

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Teacher Sherilyn is proud to present to you our blog guest on the theme “Teacher on Holiday”. Our visitant is none other than Marga Placido!

Teacher Marga, as what her students and colleagues would call her, is famous for taking annual leave at work to travel. When she files for leave, her colleagues automatically ask her which country she will go.

Her recent trip, she was able to visit Vietnam, Thailand and Hongkong in a span of ten days. Let’s find out what motivates her to travel! Here is our interview with Teacher Marga:

Which places have you been to?

Philippines (Boracay, Bohol, Cebu, Davao, Benguet/Sagada), Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia (Bali), Hongkong, Macau, Thailand (Bangkok, Krabi and Phuket), Qatar, Georgia (Tbilisi), Vietnam (HCM)

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Among the countries you have visited, which one do you like best?

Of all the countries that I’ve been to… I can’t say that I have favorite, because I believe that each country has different to offer like the food, cultures/beliefs, breathtaking views and people. I also think that it is not really about the place, it’s the people who you’re with and the experience that you’ll gain in that particular place… It creates memories for a lifetime and that makes your travel more unforgettable.

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Why do you like to travel?

I like to travel simply because it teaches me how to be happy and I think that’s one of the most important things in life, “happiness”. It also makes a person a better person. You’ll become more confident with yourself, more adventurous, it helps you not to get scared to try new things… In short, it pushes your boundaries.

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One of the reasons also why I love to travel is learning to appreciate simple things like having a nice buffet breakfast every morning! =)) 

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What effects has travelling done to you as a preschool teacher?

I always believe in the saying, “Experience is a good teacher” but now I do believe also that “Travel is the best teacher”. We have the whole world to learn about. In every place I discover and every person I meet, it helps me to see the real world… It also helps me broaden my mind and vision in life.

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Whenever I travel, I always share my experience with my students. They maybe are still young and can’t really understand the real world but as teachers, we can share to them our travel photos and stories that can awaken them to what the world has to offer… It surprises me sometimes that some of them can relate to my stories.

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Do you think teachers should travel during one of their breaks? Why?

Definitely yes! We all have our stress in our lives and sometimes our work can be too demanding but whether you’re a teacher or not you should at least travel once in a while. You must explore new places and break out of your daily lifestyles. For me, travelling is a good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.

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Do you have any last message to our readers?

Enjoy life…Travel while you’re young and able to! =))

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What can we take-away from Teacher Marga’s interview?

Take-away 1: As what Teacher Marga said, we need to travel once in a while to break away from our mundane, day-to-day activities. Travelling will make us come back to our work with fresh mind to start anew.

Take-away 2: Looking for the best teacher? Then, travel! For Teacher Marga, “Travel is the best teacher”… There is so much thing to learn about the world..  This helps her to see the real world, broaden her mind and awareness. Indeed! Travelling widens our sphere. Do not be confined staying in one place. Go around, connect the dots and see the bigger picture! Make the world your vast classroom, a venue where you can learn anything you want to learn… a place where you take charge of your own learning!

Take-away 3: Teacher Marga gave an advice to “travel while still young and able to”. This is actually true! Travel while still young because this is the stage in your life where you should keep learning to discover not only the world but more on uncovering yourself. This will equip your life with necessary skills needed as you grow older and as life’s demands become more stringent. So, again, travel the world while you’re young and able to!

P.S. For more travel updates from Teacher Marga, you may follow her on Instagram. Her account is traveltoremember.