At play in Batam


I have no idea why Dewi was giggling

I have no idea why Dewi was giggling

Getting pretty boring here as Batam does not offer a lot to do. The highlight of the week often is going to the mall (Nagoya Hill) to replenish cat, liquor and chocolate supplies. Sometimes, as in this week, some “friends” will drop by at Goodies.

Nagoya Hill is a four-story mall with mostly clothing stores for women. There is also a duty

The A&W at Nagoya Hill. No real ice cream, just the soft stuff

The A&W at Nagoya Hill. No real ice cream, just the soft stuff

free store, some restaurants, an A&W, a BFC chicken place (takeoff on KFC), the Hypermart grocery store, an ACE Hardware, and numerous cellphone and camera equipment stalls and stores. A good place to people watch and very crowded on the weekends.

Sunday, I asked Via if she’d like to meet me there and so we met up – after not being able to find each other because my phone was not working and she didn’t pay attention to where I said to meet. Pre-meeting instructions are apparently no good when people have a phone and use it to find you rather than planning ahead.

After buying the cat stuff and some chocolate at the Hypermart, we went looking for

Coffee-chocolate iced drink

Coffee-chocolate iced drink

something for Via, settling on a knock-off purse and some perfume.

Then we went downstairs to where all the cellphone stalls were located to reactivate my phone. Apparently, I had not used my credit in the allotted time so it stopped working even though I had plenty of credit remaining.

Then it was off to a coffee place, where we ordered a couple of iced drinks and, finally, a visit to the duty free for ground Sumatran coffee and some JD.

That was Sunday. On Monday, Via asked if her friends could come over to Goodies to go swimming. No problem, although I knew there would be drinks and food involved.

By the time Rosa and Dewi arrived, the swimming idea had lost its appeal, so we all settled

Rosa, Dewi and Via

Rosa, Dewi and Via

into a table by the pool table and juices were ordered all around. Dewi wanted to play pool, which she discovered was not such a good idea against me. A pizza was ordered because Chef Marco had told me he was making a new dough that would make the pizzas so much better. He was right and the vegetable pizza was excellent.

As the girls chatted in their language, I just sat and watched. And then, figuring everyone would still be hungry, ordered some ebi furai (prawns) with fries. Finally, as we were leaving, the girls found another reason to take some photos – a nice new white Subaru sports car in the parking lot. Didn’t matter whose it was, just a good photo op.

It’s getting pretty quiet here as Christmas approaches. A lot of the expats have gone home for the holidays and a number of them who had been living here have been reassigned to other countries. Time to meet new people, I guess.

And my Christmas present to myself – the trip to Yogyakarta – is only 10 days away. Via and are are very excited – the travel break is just what the doctor ordered.

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About 2bagsandapack

Lifetime journalist, author, magazine editor and publisher, now semi-retired and traveling the world. My plan, after living in Costa Rica for 14 months, was to visit a new country in southern Europe every three months to experience the culture and the challenge of adapting to a new environment, while on a fixed income. That plan was sidetracked when I was offered a job in Indonesia, providing an opportunity to explore Asia. Indonesia lasted for a 4 wonderful years but I have now moved on to Hua Hin, Thailand.
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