Island life, love it!
Remember that old jingle from an old advert (which I suddenly can’t recall)?
Bintan was awesomely fun, even though the resort wasn’t what I expected.. I think a part of me was expecting a villa of some sort. Ha, the things you subconsciously expect when you surf too much roomporn on Reddit!
However, the rustic feel of the resort made me fall in love with it totally, especially when we set foot on the beach for the first time there (: We ate a lot, snorkeled (which kinda failed because the waters were murky and the snorkels were somewhat faulty), drank coconut water from really big and fresh coconuts, collected seashells, found 3 hermit crabs!! And had an awesome spa experience too. Therapeutic didn’t even begin to describe it. 😀 In part, it was my birthday trip, and being spoiled in a way makes me happy.. Though of course I can’t be overly spoiled as I’d really hate that side of me if it ever pops up! He insisted on checking the pool out first before our food came. Oh in case you’re wondering, the sandwiches, burger and nuggets were from the resort’s bistro (where we also had our complimentary breakfasts). And the bistro is right next to the swimming pool! ^^ Happy face! (: When on holiday, screw the diet. Above foods were what myself and Jem had once we checked into Bintan Agro Beach Resort. We love the nuggets and their chilli sauce! There’s just something about Indonesian chilli sauce that’s different from Singapore’s one (read: more spicy), but oh-so-good too. We even bought a bottle of chilli sauce each from their convenience store before we came back to Singapore, to try out for cooking! 1960s vintage Holden. There were a few of these vintage cars around in the resort, which we fell in love with for its old school charm. Everything about this place oozed island and golden oldie charm. I must emphasize that the resort bar’s mee goreng was SO. DAMN. GOOD. As I’m typing this, I feel my stomach growling and craving it. Coconut drinks! Trust me when I say that they were really good! Even Jem who doesn’t really like coconut in general reckoned that this was good! Waking up to this view in the morning.. No matter how many times you wake up to the sunrise, it’s never enough. I never fail to be captivated by the beauty of Mother Nature, especially when I’m on holiday. We found this beauty of a mare (she’s pregnant too, though it can’t really be seen in this photo!) 😀 We definitely had to snap a photo with her, and ride in the horse carriage too! We also fed her with some leaves and she just ate them off our palms too 😀 It was extremely funny to hear her fart, and subsequently do a poop (there’s a bag attached to the carriage and saddle where the poop is deposited), that every time we heard the fart – loud ones at that – both of us as well as the mare’s handler would laugh!
Snorkeling failed due to murky waters and not-so-good-quality snorkeling equipment, so we were on White Island (or so the locals called it, located further north of the resort where snorkeling takes place) and decided to explore the island in general. So many beautiful seashells, and I collected quite a lot back as well! And who would expect that 1 of the seashells collected would contain a little hermit crab inside! So yep, we found 3 in total, and tried to see if they would fight when placed inside the coconut.. But of course we set them free afterwards!
After the snorkeling/island exploring, we also kayaked (and got a bit sunburnt in the process). We wanted banana boat too but by then it was already nearly 2pm Bintan time, and all sea sports had to cease due to low tide.. So spa treatment it was! So, so therapeutic. 🙂
How the resort bar looks at night.. Oh so beautiful. Candlelight dining, and dining under the stars.. My life really felt absolutely complete then too. Service was really good in this bar.. We ordered a chilli crab to share, and the server came to us with a live crab shortly afterward to ask us if the size of it was decent. I honestly didn’t expect such service at all, even in another country. Sadly, this grilled beef rib rice meal was a miss.. The beef was too tough! ): After this photo was taken, 1 of the durian shells slid off the plate and ended up on the table mat HAHAHA. 1 of the seeds spilled out too! That was our fullest, and most fattening dinner ever.. Who’d imagine we’d have chilli crab AND durian at 1 sitting? Not to mention that overall, when converted to SGD, our chilli crab, kangkong, grilled beef rib rice and durian would cost just slightly below $50!! View of the resort, from the bar’s perspective, at night.
View of a fishing kelong from the beach.
I really couldn’t bear to leave when it was time to check out. If I could, I really would want to be a beach bum.. Except that it’s something that can’t be done all the time!