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The View from the walkway adjacent to the beach

Holiday Where-to: Batam Island

I had previously travelled to Batam City for Business. However, it seemed that the island had so much potential for a holiday that I just had to try! Well I tried it recently and the holiday was pretty awesome!  Here are some things about Batam City, for those who want to travel there!

 How do I get there?

Location:

Batam City or Batam Island is in the Riau Islands, in Indonesia. It is part of a few Islands that are “tax free” 0% tax on all goods and services offered in the Island. There are two ways to get to Batam, Flight or Ferry.

Visa:

Citizens from the following countries do not require a visa, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, Malaysia, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore.

For more information on Visas for Indonesia visit: imigrasi.go.id

How do I get around?

Batam City has multiple taxi operators and “private” taxis that are un-licensed. A good car rental and private passenger carrier that I have personally tried is http://www.batamrental.com. I would recommend a private operator as the comfort and driver familiarity of the roads are often better. The local taxis are usually dirty and uncomfortable; a pretty terrible ride.

What is on the island really?

Resorts, Hotels, Shopping Malls, Temples and many other attractions and sites to see!

Resorts

The Resort that I stayed at Turi Beach Resort (Agoda Link: Agoda.com) in Nongsa was pretty awesome. Good service, Attentive Staff, Large rooms and most of all, a private beach and pier.

Other Facilities provided by Turi Beach resort:

Island Bar, Spa, Outdoor swimming pool with pool bar, Tennis courts, Rock wall climbing, Water sports, Yacht Club, Conference rooms, ballroom, business center

Some pictures from my stay there:

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Shopping

You can choose from various shopping Malls in Batam City Center, including Nagoya Hill Mall, MegaMall and other malls in the area. Sadly, I have no photos of the malls. Might take some when i’m back there again.

Other Attractions

Batam is also home to the largest temple in South East Asia, the Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Buddhist Temple, (Trip Advisor Link: Tripadvisor.com)

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Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Buddhist Temple

All in All Batam is a great experience to relax, unwind and is not as crowded as other tourist destinations such as Bali, Indonesia or Phuket, Thailand.

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Words: Mr Teo Ser Luck, Y U NO SEE DEVIL?

Teo Ser Luck defends underage prostitute: She is still young and deserves to be protected.

Y U NO SEE DEVIL?

His views were supported by another fellow MP Halimah Yacob who opined her future should be safe-guarded:

“Everyone deserves a chance to repent. The most important thing is, she should receive proper counseling in the future to prevent her from prostituting herself again.”Temasek Times.

I will start by saying that I might not be right. I cannot disagree with that statement entirely, everyone deserves a right to repent, though, everyone deserves the right to see “justice” and “fairness” served on a silver platter to those whom CLEARLY demonstrate to the society, their willingness to push others into fire and brimstone as long as they know they will not fall in themselves. This is ludicrous , so now they are arguing for a girl who has chosen to sell her body for quick cash even when she knew full well she was breaking the law by soliciting because she is under 18? Really?  Letting her go scott-free will send a clear message to her and to the society at large.

If you are a SYT(Sweet Young Thing), perhaps in need of money for your Gucci Bags and Jimmy Choo’s  sell yourself. Really, the law will not fault you for it, because you are minor, plus you are a veblen good just like all the things you wish to buy, the higher  your price, the more men want to get between your legs.

I believe that Mr Subhas Anandan is right in requesting for the girl’s identity to be out in the open, she made the decision, with a clear mind, HELL, her pimp even paid her 50 Dollars for a “test drive”. Look at it this way, she is more expensive to test drive than a Ferrari at a showroom, which you could test drive with just a little interest and looking like you actually have money. If you wanted her for an hour, it is 500 dollars, hell, she earns more per hour than some law consultants. 

What I am trying to say is, if you look at it in an economic sense, a law degree in Singapore would set you back, about 30,000SGD (approx ~ 20,000USD), by allowing her to go scott-free, the policy-makes, MPs, and the Judicial System itself, would be unconsciously promoting,

START EARLY! BE A PROSTITUTE

  • THE LEGAL GREY AREA SHIELDS YOU FROM INCARCERATION IF YOU’RE UNDER 18!
  • CONDOMS SHIELD YOU FROM BABIES AND STDS!
  • PLUS YOU EARN MORE PER HOUR THAN SOMEONE WHO SPENDS 30,000 DOLLARS ON THEIR DEGREE IN LAW! 
  • JUST LIE THERE AND SPREAD IT BABY!
  • Other Benefits include:
    •  Starting work Earlier!
    • A job that pays you while you’re in BED!

Personally, I feel that this is not something that you would want to put across to the public, even though she “deserves” a second chance, due to her “young and tender age” and her “impressionable teenage mind”. I believe that she represents two poisons of the society, Greed and Decadence. If she had been less greedy, she would not have the motivations to work herself to the point of 4 clients in a SINGLE DAYIf she had less decadence she would do something else, I mean waiting tables for money is still more respectable and less of a thorn in societies flesh. When I was in Integrated programme in Junior College I waited tables at Shangri-La, earning about 50 bucks a night for my efforts, It was tiring but when I collected my payslip I would feel like that money was worth it. I had deserved every single cent of it.

In essence, I urge the people up there in the position of power, to reconsider their stance, and I hope that Mr Subhas Anandan manages to convince the courts!

No not him, YOU!