Singapore is expensive. Beer is $15 a pint and a nice steak at a restaurant (not Michelin Star restaurant but of a good standard) will set you back about $40 at least. Accommodation takes expensive to another level. In fact, over the past 12-18 months I have noted that Singapore is really starting to price itself out of its own markets. International observers are starting to say the same thing.
So, as I have two weeks to kill before starting my next job (more about that later) and as income is tight, I calculated that two weeks in a resort in Indonesia would set us back less than staying a week in Singapore. The choice then was between the views out the window shown to the left, and the view from the Cabana below.
No brainer really.
Evil Danny decided to join us at the resort as well for a few days to get himself out of Singapore whilst considering his future so last night we had dinner at the resort we are staying out. Now up front I should mention that the room cost is about $50 a night before tax and service charge so already it is half the price of the apartment we rented in Singapore, and that $50 included breakfast.
Last night we had dinner. Evil Danny, Madam and myself. We also had beer, Bintang beer. Madam had a seafood pasta, Danny a vegetable soup and nasi goreng and I had a asparagus beef salad and a steak. We also had about 12 large bottles of beer, maybe more. The total cost for the dinner was slightly less than $100. The same dinner in Singapore would set us back about $250.
So, we are living in the cabana (well, except for Danny, we got him a room on the other side of the resort), in a quiet part of Batam, and will probably stay here a few days longer before heading to Jakarta for a couple of days, then ultimately on to the next location – but more of that later!