Third Singapore Visa Run

Saturday, 1 November 2008
Balikpapan, Indonesia

I made my third visa run to Singapore on 28 October, and here are the boring details:

28 Oct: Mandala flight Balikpapan – Jakarta. Rp 503,200. Stayed at “the place” next to Asri (which was full). They have mounted an air conditioner at “the place”, great! The room now costs Rp 90,000.

29 Oct: Lion Air flight Jakarta – Singapore. Rp 499,000. Took the MRT from Changi Airport to downtown first (Raffles Place) to do some business, then took another MRT to Harbourfront ferry terminal and catched a ferry to Batam, Indonesia. Checked into Hotel Hallo Batam after a survey of two other hotels in the neighbourhood. Hotel Hallo Batam is still my choice.

30 Oct: Lion Air flight Batam – Jakarta. Rp 479,000. I arrived at terminal 1 around 17:30, and from there took a shuttle bus to terminal 2 and checked into the airport transit hotel, which was booked the day before at the outrageously high price of Rp 1,550,000. I then went to the arrival gate to wait for Uno (my father), who arrived from Frankfurt around 19:15. We spent the night at the airport transit hotel.

31 Oct: Lion Air flight Jakarta – Balikpapan. Rp 669,000. Uno and I were picked up at the airport by Caecil. Thank you Caecil! Uno then checked into Pacific Hotel, downtown Balikpapan. He was lucky enough to get the Total E&P Indonesie corporate daily rate of Rp 405,000, thanks to Caecil. We then had lunch at our residence in Bukit Damai Indah. Dinner in the evening at Ocean restaurant (sea food).

Dinner at Ocean restaurant. From left to right: Uno, Made, Kalvin, Caecil, Astrid.

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