Day 357 : A Batam Hopover

Popped over to Batam for the weekend and the first thing that friends said when they heard I’m going is that I must be a sex tourist. This unflattering image is the result of many middle-aged taxi uncles keeping mistresses on the neighbouring Indonesian island just a 45-minute boat ride away. I used to hear stories like that in the past but I’m not sure if it is still true now that internet porn is widespread.

The last time I was in Batam was more than 2 years ago and although that place has little places of interest to offer, in my opinion, it’s a nice weekend getaway for a change of scenery. Took this photo of a boy playing in a muddy pool during one of our stops. When he saw me pointing my Casio EX-ZR1000 at him, he immediately smiled and did a James Bond pose.

And just like that, Batam became interesting for me. I’m glad I haven’t lost the ability to delight in simple joys 🙂

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