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Almost, but not quite

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And we’re back in the city.

Our quick escape to Bintan was almost perfect. Rudel and i agreed that in all of our past trips to Indonesia this has been (so far) the best yet.  We loved the hotel we stayed in and i really liked the body massage service at Nirwana’s Recreation Centre.
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We spent most of our morning in this hut bonding. I loved that we were able to talk about a lot of things without being distracted by  the TV or computer.  To be honest though, we were tempted to use our phones. It’s the hardest part to stay away from specially Instagram, Flipboard and FaceBook (yes, in that order!).

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I was really surprised how beautiful the beach in Bintan is. It was almost perfect if not for the tar (black oil) that tainted the place.

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Our almost perfect dinner. It was good but i think the price was just too much, way too expensive! We had these on our last night. If you ever come to this resort, please please do not order any Korean or Italian food. I don’t know why they even have those in their menu. They obviously have no idea how properly to make them  (to be edible at least!). Their Kimchi soup and Spaghetti bolognese was really yuck and grose! Sorry but those are the only adjectives i can think of. I mean if you really want to please your guests and really want them to be back, invest in your chef! Send them in a Korean or Italian cooking school. I’m sure it will be worth the investment. People will come back again and again because one you have a great place and service and second but most important of all you serve the best food. REMEMBER, good food makes people happy. And if they are happy, they won’t mind spending a lot of money.

 

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March 7th, 2013 at 11:59 pm

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Here now at Nirwana Gardens

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We are here now at Nirwana Gardens Bintan, Indonesia. Amazingly, I’m able to blog not because of the hotel’s internet connection but through our internet connection at home. Yes, you read it right. I’m connected somehow to our secure internet in Singapore. I don’t know how my genius husband did it but it works!

Anyway, we decided to get away from city life for the weekend. Eating out and watching movies felt like a weekend routine already and it’s the last thing we wanted to do for our 2nd wedding anniversary. I think everyone will agree that this island’s nearness (along with Batam) to Singapore is the main reason why city dwellers prefer going here over Thailand, Malaysia or even Bali.  Going here require’s less effort and that’s what you’re paying for.

It’s our first time at this resort hotel and so far we are enjoying it (except for the food but that’s another story that deserves a separate entry). Their customer service had minor hiccups at first but we forgot all about it as soon as we saw this amazing and relaxing view.

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Forget their lobby. All you need is this view and unlimited sweet and salty fresh air.

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After the stressful process of checking-in we were greeted by this lovely living room. Check out the rattan carpet and reading chair.

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And then we saw our bedroom. So ROMANTIC!

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The TV can be rotated. Hence, you can either watch from your bedroom or  living room. Nice idea eh?

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The bathroom was clean and so spacious. Toilet and shower room were separated. I also love the sliding door.

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His and her sink plus huge mirror!

Can i stay here for a week? For free?

 

 

 

 

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March 3rd, 2013 at 12:32 am

Weekend in Mt. Bromo Part 2

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The second leg of our trip was the actual ‘hike’ to the volcano.

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The locals calls this Sea of Sand.

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Horses are for rent if you don’t feel like walking….

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…but only up to the foot of the mountain. after that you’re on your own.
 

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it’s a long way up!

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and this is how close we got to the crater. It’s quite dangerous, now we realized.

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August 23rd, 2011 at 9:26 am

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Weekend in Mt. Bromo Part 1

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Last month we went to Mt. Bromo, an active volcano in East Java, Indonesia. After more than 3 months of hibernating , we decided that it was time to travel again. Rudel and I both enjoy travelling. We specially love to go to places where nature is involved. Being in an unfamiliar place, getting lost, eating local food, learning about different cultures and even being duped by a bad tourists guides are all part of the adventure we warmly embrace (except for the last part of course hehehe). Travelling is a form of a reset for us from our daily routine and from work.

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On our way from the airport to the village of the volcano we saw this ‘Pedicab’ version of Surabaya Indonesia

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Chicken Curry Bromo style as it says in the menu. It tasted like tinola and only has a hint of curry. It was sooo good! Perfect for the cold weather.

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of course I wouldn’t let this beautiful site pass. sunrise and sunsets are my favorite photo subjects

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Mt. Bromo from afar. Can you see the smoke coming out from it’s crater?

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taken around 7am. loved the sun rays on my face.

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onion farms surrounding the village

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August 20th, 2011 at 1:20 pm

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