Trip to Johor Bahru & Singapore

I am finally getting around to posting photos from our family trip to Johor Bahru and Singapore when our fams came visit us here in Bintan last month. We went to JB on the ferry from Pelabuhan Sri Bintan Pura Tanjung Pinang. It was our first experience and we didn’t expect a three hours ride. Too bad we didn’t prepare that and had nothing to entertain ourselves, so… we just slept like a log until we arrived!

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One of the beautiful street mural creations in JB made a great photo background for me and my sist.

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Strolled around the city, and found some cool little shops, selling vintage stuff and locally made things.

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Then we took some afternoon bites at Roost. We love the foods and the drinks here, and not to forget, the interior! The whole area was decorated with recycled furniture. They used oil barrels, crates, cardboard and even a trolley. Not that kind of cafe with fancy decorations, but it was so cozy and homey! 

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We stayed a night in JB, and then the next morning we went to Singapore on the train. We had brunch at our fave place, Lola’s Cafe. My fave is their egg benedict and iced mocha. Yum!

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Last but not least, we went to the Yayoi Kusama Exhibition at National Gallery Singapore. Drown in Kusama’s colorful world, one great way to end this short trip! 

Xo, Pat

Cycling Life!

Bintan Island was made by tectonic earthquake long time ago, it made the island structure upside down, quote by some local geologist professor that i met not so long ago. That was what made Bintan has many hills and upside down road. And also made the most awesome and challenging cycling track i ever had, since i lived in Jakarta for a long time, they dont have any extreme upside down road like here.

Another excitement is the beautiful scenery along the road, fresh air, low traffic (especially outer Tanjung Pinang), and the distance between town isn’t too far (around 20-30km). So you can explore town to town, go to beach, or even go explore the uncharted area around, plus you got a healthier and slimmer body!

Well, guess we keep cyclin then!
DSCF1110bycicleDSCF1072bycicleDSCF1116bycicle235Route 1 : Batu 9 Tanjung Pinang – Kijang (22km), really tough route to beat for me. It’s just.. the uphill, is so devastating , but thank god we can survive on the way back LOL.

IMAG3308bycicleIMAG3322bycicleIMAG3311bycicleIMAG3338bycicleRoute 2 : Batu 8 Tanjung Pinang – Dompak (13km), Favourite route so far, coz is near home and Dompak has a wide stretch of road and clear traffic, images above is us (with Aldo) went cycling in rain, but still yo happiness around.

IMG_2185bycicleaIMG_2163bycicleIMG_2173bycicleRoute 3 : Batu 9 Tanjung Pinang – Galau Beach Dompak (17km), road is off and it’s time to offroad riding, near the beach we must push our bike because the sand is thick. We go there with our lovely neighbour Iqbal & Mayang. Oh yeah its me pose on that Galau Rocky Beach, cheers!

– Baba –

The Temporary House

After long searching for a place to stay, finally we decided to rent a small nice house in Tanjung Pinang, the capital city of Bintan Island. It’s just about 8 x 8 meters house with a garden in front of it and a small backyard, enough to fit the two of us comfortably. We got 1 small bathroom and 2 bedroom (it was really a mess at the first day so we decided to make 1 bedroom into a storage room).

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Why we called it a temporary house? Because our plan hasn’t settled yet, we got so much to do and think about our future in this island, and we’re still looking for the beach house, so we decided to rent a house. And because it is a rented house, we use really simple furnitures, we even build some of them ourselves,  like the DIY wardrobe, kitchen storage and many more. The bad thing is we don’t have much place to hide our things, so it may look a bit messy sometimes, but since it’s a cheap renovation, can’t complain! 

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And our favourite spot in the house is the living room, cause it’s more like living-dining-working room! We have our TV and comfy sofa there, together with our big workstation table (a.k.a dining table). Our friends and family massively hang around there (cause there’s no other room, lol), plus it has a bright vibe comes from the windows around there, so during the day it has the best light. Anyway, did we mention our comfy sofa? Yeah, it’s the besttt cause it’s super comfy, makes you just wanna jump into it, and never get up for the rest of the day!

with love, baba

The Green Colony

Hello weekend! It’s been another weekend since the last time I remember. Time flies so fast I guess, and now it’s time for home improvement, although it’s still a temporary one coz our dream is to live in a beach house – so we’re still saving money for it. No matter what, we need a cozy place to stay – we believe that inspirations may come from our surroundings, so that this weekend  Mrs. Patricia is in action to make our living space more green!

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It was a really sunny day and removing plants from the polybag to pot in direct sunlight was not a good idea, but Pat insisted to do it bcoz it was the day she’s been waiting for coz yeaaah we finally had some plants! And we’ve just realized that having plants inside home is kinda like a serious business bcoz yes they’re living creatures which should be taken care of, and the green vibes that come from them, it’s so relaxing and like giving us more energy! Our tips for choosing houseplants : look for different unique shapes of the plants, their color and texture, and of course their ability to grow in indirect sunlight. Any plant has the power to add a little mystery and magic to your space, but the big one can create the impression into your living room.

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We place the houseplant at some spots inside the house to give a little balance to the interior. Some of them are on the shelves, hanged near the window, next to the TV cabinet, or just sit on this diy gold painted pail. Looking at that curly one lol so exciting, although after few days it’s slowly been dried out, but hang on we’re on our way to revive you curly plant! I’ll update you soon! *fingercrossed*

with love, baba

Behind the curtain

Ivan is a clown, a happy person, talkative, sometimes incredibly absurd with his crazy ideas. Besides, he’s a well positive and futuristic thinker type of man. For him every opportunity is worth trying. On the other hand, Patricia is a crafty-shy-introvert girl. With her persistence, she always make sure everything is safe and sound before her family future destroyed by her impulsive husband ;Puntitled-9798 copyWe are the 2 souls behind this blog, Patricia and I were married in Jakarta and moved to Bintan island since then, we are both graphic designers and photographers. So many new things for us to learn in this new place, thats why we write this blog, Bintan Island fun journal from our personal experience!

Ivan grew up in Bali – the paradise island, the beach, the local culture, and all the vibe, I’m sure you know what I’m sayin about. But you know what? Everybody just wants to live there. And from my perspective, now the island is geting too crowded, coz not only the foreign tourist, nowadays many of my Jakarta friends move and live there! No wonder  the island now being reclamated, causing tensions among the Balinese people and the government, and that’s sad.

Teenage days in Bali were so memorable.  First thing: the culture is so diverse, there are sooo many people from all over the world, playing buggy surf with a bare known kawaii Japanese chick (Reiko-chan where are you now?) I was just 15 years old and played around with my mate, Sylvester ( now he’s a DJ in Bali I think?). And at school we had to take part time job, that’s why I’m having experience as a waiter, roomboy, and a bookstore staff. Until one day, I moved to Jakarta to start college, and met my wife, Patricia.IMAG0706bintan, babalove htc copyMeanwhile Patricia was born and grew up in Jakarta, the city with the worst traffic congestion in the world. Her dad is from Jogja, and her mum is a Sundanese from Bandung. She is the youngest of two daughters. Her elder sister, Yohanna, works as a creative director at one of digital creative agency in Jakarta.

Since Patricia’s dad is from Jogja, art runs in their blood. Some of her family on her dad’s side were a painter or antiques & vintage collector, including her dad who had some vintage onthel bikes, to 40’s Italian ‘Ferbedo’ scooter. While her mum loves to be in the kitchen, cooking german dishes and baking cookies.mamapapaunyil1kue11. Patricia’s parents | 2. Her sister Yohanna at antique shop | 3. Homemade cookies

Just like a modern artsy & trendy lady, Patricia loves anything about design, fashion, and crafty things. She likes to designing digital paper on etsy (we need extra $$$ so it must be a hobby haha!), making diy pompoms, and reading fashion magazine.

And oh, there are two things she likes to doing recently, cooking and gardening (even though not every food she cooks are edible and her plants starts to dying, lol – hang on there little plants!)  One thing for sure, she likes being at home and doing her thing, including watching next top model on TV.pom2pet nanemAnd when my wife doing her own thing, I like doing my own things too: playing my beloved PS4, or dota – hello my fellow angry steam friends out there! Other than games, I love photography. I always seeing myself as master of photography, and always brainwashing all my friends to believe that, haha! Furthermore I got a band called suasanasabtupagi, a collective band consists of a very talented non musician Jakarta youngsters.zzzBack then, Patricia worked in a jewelry company as creative designer and I helped my family running a japanese food stall. Living amidst the hustle and bustle of Jakarta made us feel like loosing our dreams of living peacefully. That made us pondered on how to get out of this city and gain a new life to start, and then we decided to move to a place faraway, an island with fresh air and no polution, live in breezy & cozy beach hut, with no 24 hours traffic noise. But, where to, was still a BIG questionmark. Until one day when I was from Singapore, I made a stop at Bintan Island and visited my friend Iqbal who lived there. After strolled around at Tanjung Pinang and Trikora Beach, felt the atmosphere and the friendly people, I finally found the paradise we’ve been looking for!

And here we are! Having a peacefully new life with so many dreams to catch on in this island! We are not having our own beach house yet, but hopefully everything goes well here and maybe one day all our dreams will come true! *fingercrossed*bintan isDear friends & families, how are you now? Moving to an island, leaving our family and friends is never an easy decision and does take courage. We make this blog to share all the island experience from other perspective – you know, sometimes true potential only can be seen from other person, right? That’s what we’re trying to do in this island, giving positive vibes, exploring the potential of this island, making Bintan Island great again, and hopefully our friends & family willing to come here as soon as possible to see us and this beautiful island! Miss you guys all!friend1friend5friend4fren ikavn394943_10151321377094020_1060306342_nfriend81. Our friend  Nana and Nia on our last day in Jakarta | 2. Our friend Mul in action | 3. One fine dinner | 4. Ivan’s college friend called The Bangsat | 5. Xmas dinner with Patricia’s friend | 6. Ivan’s mom and her poodle Ben drop us at the airport