In case you’re wondering why I haven’t written in the last four days… well, it’s a long story, but here goes…
OK, maybe that was a TINY bit exaggerating. We actually went to a small traditional fishing island off the coast of Batam Island off the coast of Indonesia near Singapore. The journey was pretty hectic.
My mum’s brother took us to Harbourfront, where we could travel to Indonesia by ferry. We then met up with my mum’s niece, her husband and her 3 year old daughter, who talks more than me (I’m her uncle by the way… it’s complicated). Then we got on a ferry to get to Batam Island of Indonesia. When we arrived at the customs, there was a rule saying “Don’t make noise”. Three young men behind us got told off by security for talking. After THAT, we got on an hour long mini van journey until we stopped over at a village – it was just a wooden house floating on the sea. The village was very primitive. I needed the toilet desperately, so we went into the house and the toilet was just a hole in the ground. I was utterly flabbergasted.
After THAT we went on ANOTHER boat to a tiny island called Labun. The houses were called Kelongs and they were on stilts and floating. Luckily there were proper flush toilets.
We had lunch and got introduced to a dog called Daisy, who MY niece (the 3 year old talkative girl) was scared of. Daisy was very friendly (but sometimes a bit over friendly though). At the Kelong, there was a mini-aquarium where there were sharks and fish swimming about. I saw nurse sharks and angle fish.
Have you been to a Kelong before?
I will be writing more on my holiday. One post for each day!