March 24, 2013 2 Comments
I always love the tranquillity of a sunny, breezy, peaceful beach life. I often picture myself buying a nice retiring pool villa at some remote beach towns, enjoying a quiet retreat with my family. It was Elkan’s March school holiday, Felicia booked a 3-day beach resort getaway at Bintan Lagoon Resorts. Since our last Bintan trip back in September 2011, I have been longing to return to its pristine beaches and world-class resorts. Elkan was as excited as us as he wanted to go swimming and kayaking by the beach.
It was a great retreat for the family. The resort is just 1 hour away from Singapore. The ferry brought us right to Bintan Lagoon Resorts – the immigration is located within the resort’s compound, there is no need to take any bus transfer. From the immigration office, it took us only 2-minute walk to check in into our room. Fresh morning air, powdery sands, clear waters, breezy shades under the coconut trees and super warm Indonesian hospitality, it’s a paradise here. I must say Bintan Lagoon Resorts are as good (but a lot cheaper) as those 5-stars Shangri-La Beach Resorts I have stayed. Life was so peaceful and relaxing. Felicia and I spent the afternoon lazing under the shades, watching Elkan by the pool and at the beach. Unfortunately, work tailed me to Bintan. Occasionally I have to take a break from my paradise to answer some important work matters. Nevertheless, it was still a wholesome break for me – a good recharge I need for the coming months.
One of the sweetest things that happened in Bintan was bumping into my favourite cousin and childhood friend, Qianqian. She was holidaying with her husband and son at the resort too! Felicia spotted her at the pool and brought her to see me. I was so happy and surprised to see her! It has been over 5 years since we last met! Fate has been a great buddy of mine lately! (Unbelievably, Fate managed to bring all my Katong friends together just a few days ago!) Both of our sons connected with one another immediately! Elkan didn’t even know the other boy is his cousin! The boys had so much fun at the pool that Elkan kept asking for his newly-found cousin the next morning! Felicia and I had a great time catching up with my cousin and her husband over dinner!
It was a very rewarding trip for the family. Elkan mastered a new skill and successfully kayaked solo (and he met a new friend / cousin!). Felicia and I enjoyed a good break – something that we both needed badly before the hectic months of April and May. And best of all, we met up with Qianqian and her beautiful family. Enjoy our holiday fun video below.