At the end of this year (2013) J got new job that made him have to move to another island. Soon or later myself and the kids will also follow but for the time being we are entering another episode of long distance marriage. As you all know the kids have started school and I feel it is not a good timing for us to move them to a new one, not only from financial point of view but also for their adaptation to new environment.
Therefore since J is moving to Bintan we decided to spend the year end in that beautiful island while checking out J’s housing. I think if you are Singaporean or to the least, stay in Singapore, this island should be quite familiar to you because it is only 45 minutes away by ferry and it has few gorgeous resorts with beautiful beaches.
The kids and I left Medan one day after J because his work commitment couldn’t wait for another day. From Medan we had to take a flight to Batam and then took a speedboat to reach Bintan Island and continued by car to reach Lagoi, where J’s housing is. Can you imagine me going through all that with the kids only? Crazy! Totally!
We took the earliest morning flight 7 am and reached Batam at 8.20 am. The airport was so small. Once we collected our luggages, we walked straight to the outside where the taxis were aligned. It was very easy and the airport was “nice”; meaning there was less random people offering you transportation. We took a taxi to Punggur, the small port where ferries and speedboats to Tanjung Pinang and Tanjung Uban were. Our next destination was Tanjung Uban.
We didn’t have to wait long for a speedboat. By 9.30 am we left Punggur for Tanjung Uban. For Punggur first timer who is going to Tanjung Uban followings are what you have to do once you get off the taxi:
- Walk straight to the entrance gate, don’t mind people offering you boat to Tanjung Pinang.
- At the entrance gate you need to buy an entrance fee that will cost you IDR 5,000 or approximately around USD 0.5
- The gate-keeper will show you the direction to the embarkation spot. Walk straight to the end and turn right.
- Once you turn right, go straight. You will find a left turning to the ferry (which they call it: roro). Don’t take the turn, instead go straight to the last end, where speedboats are docked. That is the place for you to wait for a speedboat going to Tanjung Uban. You can pay the fare once you’re already onboard. The fare is IDR 39,000.-. Keep the ticket safe with you because you will have to return it back to the boatman before getting off.
It was the end of December so the ocean was a bit rough. A very bumpy trip with a speedboat but the kids enjoyed it so much. It was as if we were riding a roller-coaster!
Our friend whose home in Tanjung Uban picked us up and took us to Lagoi. It was a total madness but exciting trip to K and little A for sure, and a very stressful one for me ha ha…
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