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Two days away in Batam

by thegoldparachute

Just came back from Batam a couple of days ago with Linwei, Kelly & Debbie! (the above photo was taken at Kelly’s 21st hee) Headed to Batam for a short trip together on Sunday-Monday cos we finally managed to find a time where we can all make it, i.e Linwei’s in Singapore & all our schedules are free from work/school. Got a deal online for $69 which included a one night stay at Harris Resort, breakfast, bowling as well as massage. Met at Harbourfront Centre early in the morning & we had Toast Box (& bought bread from Breadtalk for lunch rationing) before setting off! The ferry ride kind of felt like forever actually, more than 45 mins or something. This trip was kind of unique in a sense because it’s the probably the first time my friends packed more than me & were more conscious/worried about motion sickness than me HAHAHA. I used to be quite prone to air sickness (not so much of seasick) until I finally got over it. The 3 of them were talking about how they’re worried they’d get seasick & how Lin Wei & Kelly didn’t want to look at the water when the ferry started moving. Realized that we actually have more in common than I realized awww.

Harris Resort was actually pretty cosy & nice, kinda on the old side but luckily we were given rooms in the Trendy wing, which is the new wing with awesome & clean rooms. Bunked in w Linwei while Kelly & Debbie took the other room! Our rooms were adjoined hehe & the king sized bed was so excessively comfortable (which will explain a later part of the post). Couldn’t check in yet cos we had to wait until 2pm (Batam’s time is 1hr behind Singapore’s) so we went bowling first! Was pretty fun hehe, the bowling balls that we chose somehow ended up all pinkish/red maybe cos they were the 8-10 pound ones. Finished one round so quickly so we decided to try the air shooting since we had plenty of time! The rifle was so flipping heavy so we preferred using the hand gun. It was much easier to shoot with the rifle though because of the aiming aid. The shooting targets had differing difficulties depending on the width of it so they had like cans & all. Debbie & I were trying to shoot down the candles towards the end & we finally managed to. Felt so happy :D The goggles we had to wear kept puffing up with condensation though, it was so humid & warm.

Alright so after checking in we decided to go look for some other activities to do & we settled with the $20 ATV (all terrain vehicle) tour + banana boat + canoe package. We ultimately did not manage to do the banana boat + canoe in the end cos we got too comfortable on the bed on the 2nd day HAHAHA. After a hearty breakfast buffet (which was much better than expected cos we expected it to be kind of lousy) we just crashed in the hotel & somehow none of us had the heart to get up & go out hahahaha. It was the kind of situation where you’re like “since no one said anything maybe we’re all too lazy/still sleeping” so no one said anything until we had to check out of the place at 12pm. Seriously damn epic please, we were lamenting at how horribly lazy we were that morning.

ANYWAY. Main highlight/disaster of the trip was the ATV ride. Quoting Kelly, that was positively “the scariest ride of our lives”. I think the vehicles were horribly under maintained cos the accelerators & brakes were totally not working well. The accelerators were working too fast & the brakes were just completely non-functional. We ended up smashing 3 out of the 4 ATVs we took HAHAHA. The entire episode was both hilarious & horrifying. Kelly was going up this slope we had to go past to u-turn & get back, & just as I thought to myself how she had done it so amazingly, the accelerators failed & she suddenly slid down the slope & crashed into the drain behind. I immediately got off my vehicle & I was just like “I’m not gonna do that shit” kind of thing. So while my ATV was stationary & on brake gear, it suddenly moved & pushed against Linwei’s one which moved as well & suddenly both were out of control. Luckily Linwei reacted fast enough & jumped out of it before it then crashed into the fairly deep drain. Kelly’s engine totally died so the guy tied a rope to hers & dragged it along while Linwei rode pillion on Debbie’s ATV. While we were on the way back, I was blocked by this short broken trunk stuck & had to reverse. The brake/accelerator were both screwed & I seriously flew backward okay. It was supposed to reverse but it flew haphazardly & Linwei said she was screaming “VEGEEEEEE” while I was flying. Thankfully, I crashed into a tree & the flying finally stopped. Only Debbie’s ATV was the survivor.

So after the very horrifying, adrenaline-pumping experience we went to redeem our free massage! I’ve never done one like this before cos we had to remove all our clothing including your bra but not your underwear. It was kind of awkward being so exposed because she even spread the oil over your boobs. Linwei was like “okay let’s make this less awkward by not looking at each other” HAHAHA cos obviously when we’re laughing with awkwardness we’d unconsciously glance towards each other.

For the evening, we got a taxi which we paid S$50 in total to bring us to Golden Prawn 933 for a seafood dinner & then to Nagoya shopping centre! The streets in Batam are so dimly lit compared to in Singapore. Anyway, we ended up shopping around & feeling damn gross because of our oily hair HAHAHA. The massage involved an oil massage part where we were completely smothered in oil from our hair roots to our toes. Felt so embarrassed when we were walking around & whenever saw ourselves in the mirrors. Did some grocery shopping in the supermarket!

Sigh, really really love traveling because you get to see the different kinds of lives in different countries. It was my first time in Indonesia & I’d really love to go back there again :) Love my 4 friends so much too, the bestest table partners in secondary 3 & 4 <3

Shall update about the super happening National Day eve yesterday when I’ve got more energy tomorrow. My ears are still ringing like crazy from the mere 1 hr of clubbing. Super regret it now cos I think the music was exceptionally loud & the ringing in my ears seems to be more disturbing this time round :( I promise to continue wearing ear plugs when I go clubbing in future. Should’ve stuffed some tissue in or something.

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Genting Trip! & the last night before school starts again.

by thegoldparachute

Since it’s the start of the new year, I’ve decided I should try recording down the various events for memory’s sake in this new space. Re-reading them later on months down the road will remind me of the excitement & happiness I felt when those incidents occurred. Anyway, I’ve been feeling really horrid these days, the pain in my stomache & lower region has been working up & I feel nauseous. I don’t know if it’s because I went on the Genting trip without recovering fully, or it’s something serious. I pray that it’s not something serious like an infection because I really want to be well. I do take care of my diet & all recently, try not to skip meals at all or my gastric will act up like a bitch. You see, it’s so hard trying to keep to my losing weight plans & exercise like crazy when I’m having pains like that. Going to go see the doctor tomorrow after my first lecture this semester! Pray pray that I’ll be fine.

Shall continue describing about the 3D2N Genting trip that I went on with the JC 08s31 friends! Vivian, Yongyi, Ivan & I were so spontaneous, I’m actually pretty surprised that the trip materialized. Initially thought that the trip would be highly awkward because it’s not like the 4 of us usually hung around in school together, but it was much much better than Vivian & I expected :) It was really, really fun, hope they thoroughly enjoyed themselves too! We did almost everything there was to do there – Karaoke, Haunted House Adventure, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Outdoor & Indoor Theme Parks (I conquered the Flying Coaster & overcame my fear of heights!), Go Karting, Archery, Bowling, Temporary airbrushed tattoos (it’s still on my back after 4 days!), & Movie! Love Vivian man, she’s always willing to do spontaneous, unnecessary stuff with me like the temporary tattoo. We almost decided to get another one hehe.

I’ve always wanted to go for the Haunted House Adventure because I’ve never gone for it before despite having gone to Genting several times with my family already. Vivian was too afraid to go, so I went with the other 2 guys & like always, it was damn hilarious when we all became so chicken neh neh & were damn scared. We walked in the choo-choo train style with our hands on the back of the person in front, so I could feel it when Yongyi’s hands were trembling! Still can’t stop laughing whenever I think back about it. He described it as “wah no more pride already” but actually it’s nothing much right, anyone will be scared by the people jumping out to touch & scare us from time to time! Archery was also alot more fun than I remembered previously in secondary 2, I have no idea why! Maybe because the weather there is so awesome that it makes you enjoy whatever you’re doing.

Oh, & I learnt 2 new card games! The Angry Birds card game & The Game of Life card game. The Angry Birds one was really fun even though I kept losing on the first night! I’ve only won once, hahahaha. You’re supposed to clear your 6 bird cards by rolling the dice, and then you get a chance to shoot the standing pig with a dice from a distance away. On the 2nd night, Ivan cursed the pig or something because the rest of the 3 of us still couldn’t hit it down even after 9 tries. Seriously a damn hilarious game hahaha.

All in all, the trip was really fun & it was the first time I did such minimal shopping in Genting. Wish I could have a litttllleee more time to shop though, realized that I had quite a few stuff I wanted to look at since their clothes were on sale. Gave it up in the end ‘cos it was too much of a hassle! The trip back to Singapore was really comfortable on Grassland’s royal VIP coach hahaha. Quoting my friends, it’s “living like a king” on the bus man. Was kind of upset that the trip ended so quickly. Escapism mentality on again.

Sigh, tonight’s the last night of my holidays before another crazy, torturous 4 months of school. Thinking about how I slogged through certain parts of the previous semesters kind of gives me the chills already. It is just so stressful at times. Joyce & Yiwei are away on exchange & I’m pretty sure I’m going to feel an infinite times more lonely without them.

I want to be strong. I want to exercise tomorrow. Let me be well.

Goodnight everybody :)