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CrystalPhuong.net is a Personal Style & Travel Blog based in Singapore, written by Crystal Phuong. The blog was nominated FOUR times in Top 10 Best Fashion Blogs in the annual Singapore Blog Award from 2012- 2015, voted as one of the Best Lifestyle Blogs in Singapore in 2013 by Hotelclub.com, and Best Travel Blogs in 2016 by Foodpanda.com. Crystal hopes to connect and inspire young women to lead a healthy and happy life. Be confident, be positive, and be kind.


A quick post before the snail internet connection dies on me. Can't believe how slow it could be and i wasn't able to update my blog last night at all as promised *pissed*

Anyway, this post was supposed to be written on Monday about my Bintan trip. Initially, it was 2D1N trip, but end up we only spent a day there to explore some places. Nothing much happening to attract nightlife persons like me and Keef. We went back at 8pm on that day itself. 

Overall, below is my rating about Bintan, it will be good for those who want to visit this place.

Traveling time: 1 hour by....ferry. 1 hour is bloody long to travel by sea for God's sake. Even though, it was good, comfortable sitting, I just simply couldn't wait that long. I dont know about you!

Hotel: I stayed in Nirwana Beach Club hotel which quite disappointed me at the first place. It is located near by the sea but toward inside a garden which appears like a forest to me with many big treas around. It could be quite scary at night because there is not much light except your own room, lolz

I don't know whether the owner of this hotel wants to create a vintage, foresty feel of the hotel or it's called the combination of nature and modern kind of theme as all furnitures are made by wood like a table is made by a piece of raw wood (not polished yet) and there is 14" TV (those types from 1990s). Nothing else to entertain us! Everything is small and old. When I first stepped into the room, I thought i was a Snow White stepping into the 7 dwarfs' house, hahahaha...I don't mind if it's clean tho' but unfortunately, hmm.....Overall, I think Singapore Hotel81 is still much better -_-

Nightlife: zero! Seriously, there was a bar bistro by the beach but not many people, I counted there were only 4. The road is dark with no light at all. I was quite scared when I was on the cab even if Keef was with me. Imagine, if the cab driver wants to rob us. That's it! 

Food: Ok only! Not really extremely fantastic or what. So 6/10

Currency: All prices are in Singapore Dollar!!!!!!!!!!!! And yet, it's even more expensive than in Singapore. For instant, 1 mango juice in Singapore food court costs you about S$2.50, yes? There? S$4.50 without fail. WTF!!!! Asking yourself this question TWICE before you go over "Why must you spend so much more while you can get the same thing in much cheaper price in Singapore?" Doesn't make sense to travel to Bintan and things are even more expensive. It's not like in US or Europe or what. I rate 2/10

Scenery: Pure island, still. I see the potential in this island if only there will be more investments in the future. I like the beach scenery here. Rate 7/10!

Activities: Ok, this is the only thing I'm excited to share about. There are quite many interesting outdoor activities for you to do the whole day. I could say, this is the best place for team building, outdoor activities purposes provided that you are going in a group, not a couple. The only thing is all activities are chargeable and in Singapore Dollar, again! Rate 8/10

I think my comments are covering pretty sufficient so far. Now,


Arrived at Bintan Ferry Terminal! Immigration checkpoint

Hotel room! Failed!

On the shuttle bus to some places! Blur photo but I find it's quite artistic, ehhehe...

 With Keef as usual

 One more! 

Like I said, scenery is rated 7/10. Worth seeing!

 ME playing rifle shooting, first time! Posing is nice but playing is SUCK, hahahaa....I think men are born to be shooters, not women! :D

 But I gained point in playing archery. Yeahhhhh!!!!

 Dont mess with me, hor!!!!! 
 Look at my awesome score for the first time playing!!!! :D 

Last pic to cheer you up for all the negative comments, flower and it's white *in case any of you are color-blinded, lolz.....

I wanted to put a video recorded me during the games, unfortunately, haven't had time to edit them yet. Wait til it's done.

For now, off to go drinking at Se7en1nch, it's Friday night!!!!!!

Crystal Phuong
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