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

Warmest Place / Pizza Casa Italia

Italian pizza restaurant runs by an Italian family in Bintan. It does sound weird yet perfect for me tho, in this tiny far away island. No wonder, all the pizzas here are super yummy. The place is so nice and homey, with raw wooden table and seater in a middle of big trees, and the area is surrounded by beach with a little island not far from there. In the hours around low tide, the beach gets dry and you can walk to the little island.

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To do list : Eat pizza – since there is no other option for other food, lol! Taste is awesome, the dough is so thin and crispy, and the topping is always fresh. The perfect humble homemade italian pizza! Our fave is the mushroom & tuna!

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The owner Mr Armando is a serious – funny type of guy, he loves Indonesia so much. He’s been living in Indonesia since 1980s, no wonder his Bahasa Indonesia is excellent. “In Italy you must go through winter around half year, such a waste of time you can’t feel the sun! I like being here coz it’s summer  around the yearl, the weather is so great!” he said.

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In memoriam : our friend Signori Armando -2017.

photo courtesy : my partner in crime Aronio Tobiaso

Max and The Sand Dunes

Our close friend, Max, is a photographer from J town ( read: it’s a slank word for Jakarta ) who recently came to Bintan coz his client want to do photo session here. As many of our J town friends are clueless about this island, so we cant believe, it’s such a miracle! So when we asked him why his client interested to have photo session here in Bintan, he answered, “It’s bcoz Patricia’s photo on instagram you fool!”. It was a big lol, and then i asked which photo is it, he answered again, “This fuckin sand dunes picture get me ticket to your island man”. So here’s the picture that Patricia posted on IG.

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So, the photo session became reality, and of course we became their happy guide to bring them stroll around the island, started out with picked them up at the airport. They all came as a group of six happy people: Max as the photographer, the bride and groom to be Inez and Kevin, their closest friends Flo and Melissa (Max’s wife) as stylist, the eccentric videographer Jay, and the makeup artist Melia who is Patricia’s besties back in college.

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We went to Trikora beach (we have our fave spot called Mama Beach, coz it has no name yet, and the local who lived there is a nice friendly woman whom we call Mama), then through to a rubber forest plantation, and last but not least the not-so-famous-yet Busung sand dunes. Everybody was quite happy and amazed by Bintan Power!!            so…cheers for all of us!

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You should check out their work here ( hyperlink ) :

Max / NOT YOUR MOM PHOTOGRAPHER 

Melissa, Ines & Flo / PEA AND PIE & they other project KALA WEDDINGS

The Doctor Jay Nelson / KING MAKER OF CONTENT

Melia / MELIYABI MAKEUP ARTIST

with love, baba