Tuesday, December 14, 2010


I'm back from my vacation, pallies! Still a little heady though after a krazyyy week of chaotic fun. Together with my dad, we met up with my sister and her family in Singapore where we headed for the sun-kissed paradise of Nirwana Gardens in Bintan, Indonesia. The beach resort lived up to its name which translates as "perfect bliss".

Bintan Island (Negeri Segantang Lada), an island in the Riau archipelago of Indonesia, is only an hour's ferry ride away from Singapore's Tanah Merah ferry terminal.

We stayed at the Indra Maya Villas

The 3 bedroom villa, a fusion of Indonesian, Thai and Chinese architecture comes with a six-seater buggy, a private pool, a courtyard, an open-air sunken bath and a fully-equipped kitchen.

All the bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms wrap around the airy central atrium that soars into an inverted 'V' ceiling.

The living room opens to a balinese courtyard on one side and spills over to the generous terrace where the pool and cabana are located.

The dining area

The open-air sunken bath

One of the guest rooms

The Balinese courtyard

Rodney couldn't wait to jump into the pool!

A private haven

Beyond the railing, the terrace cascades down a tropical hillside

Look who squirrelled away our lunch on the cabana!

The villa at night

Aunty J chauffeuring my dad and the boys around the resort

Josh and Rodney

Josh rifle shooting

Rodney doing the Trampoline Bungee

Josh towing cousin B and Aunty J to sea

Brave little Rodney trying out the Flying Fox, a sport not for the faint hearted!
The zip-line towers at 75m above sea level and is 888m long, probably the longest in Asia.

Climbing up the ladder

Getting ready to zip off

Gliding 888 metres across

Grabbing the net before sliding back to the ground

Josh ferrying cousin B on an electric bike around the 'village'

Just another day in paradise

Me and Rodney

Rodney and cousin B


Sommer J said...

looks like it was a great trip! everything looks so beautiful :)

blueviolet said...

That looks extraordinary!!!! I'm glad you had such a great time.

Welcome home!

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Welcome back! What a nice retreat in the tropical paradise. I must try to visit and hop from S'pore when I'm there.

Mommyof2girlz said...

I am so glad your back!! Wow what an amazing vacation! Absolutely beautiful on all aspects. I am wicked jealous. I would love to be in a paradise like that even for one day.

Mom et al said...

What an amazing place! I am glad that you all had a wonderful time, and welcome back! :)

Grace said...

What beautiful pictures of a beautiful place. So glad you enjoyed yourself and so glad your back.

Kirby said...

I'm jealous! Looks like you had so much fun!

Mommyof2girlz said...

p.s. now that your back here is the website for the comment numbering..super easy to use :)

Lin said...

Seriously???! I'm freezing my a** off in snowy, blustery, gloomy Chicago and you are vacationing in paradise???! Sigh. Oh, Veronica, it looks so darn lovely and I am very envious of you right now. I'm not kidding when I tell you it is 4 degrees here. Yes, as in 4 measly degrees above ZERO. As in wayyyyyy below freezing. :(

I'm coming to visit you.

Candace said...

Beautiful photos! I enjoyed your travelogue.

Have a great Wednesday,

Steadfast Ahoy! said...

Oh Veronica, What a wonderful villa, pool, courtyard...all the amenities. I bet you didn't want to leave! I'm with Chicago...freezing, below freezing, shovelling snow and still eating off paper plates here. Heading for the Bahamas can't come soon enough for me. Well,Girl, welcome back to reality. Have a wonderful Christmas time. Good to have you back. Rosemary

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

I just have one thing to say...Next time, please invite me! That looks wonderful!!! I don't know if I'd be ready to head back home. So much to see and do. The perfect place for families to spend time playing and relaxing.

The Drama Mama said...

What beautiful pictures!! It looks like it was a great trip.

Mrs. Quach said...

Looks like you all had an amazing time! I am so jealous!!! Thank you for sharing! Now.. about the yummy food you ate.. you going to post some photos?! ;)

Pam said...

Awesome pictures of your vacation. Thanks for sharing.

Melissa said...

Looks like you had an amazing time. Glad to see you back in the blogosphere.

Gina Alfani said...

WOW gorgeous photos . . . looks like a place I'd like to vacation :)

Have an awesome day . . . Gina

Link up at my linky . . .

Ashleigh said...

What an amazing place! That's so lovely that you have such great pictures to remember it with too.

Teresha@Marlie and Me said...

that sure does look like perfect bliss! Happy WW!

Jidhu Jose said...

super trip.
happy WW

allstarme said...

That place looks amazing! Also, love your blog title; found you for Wordless Wednesday.

~ Noelle said...

that looks beautiful
and so fun!!!
thanks for sharing..
so much different than here !

Andrea said...

That looks like an amazing vacation! Welcome back!

Banteringblonde said...

I'm jealous ... bring me next time!

I am Harriet said...

I (almost but, could never really) hate you. We have snow and ice on the ground and have another storm heading toward us. We haven't seen the freeze mark in a week and won't for another week. Yuck!!!

Have a great day!

Steph said...

Beautiful photos! And the green is so lush looking!

Happy WW! Hope to see you stop by!

my little world said...

A vacation how nice!!! and warm!!!

LeeAnn said...

Wow! It looks like you had a great vacation! That resort is beautiful, and it looks like there was plenty to do. I'm a little bit jealous right now. :-)

Thanks for linking up with me for WW. I hope you're having a great week!

Fresh Mommy said...

Oh My Goodness!!! Jealous. This looks amazing. I'm so glad you had a wonderful time, and it's good to have you back!


Belly Charms said...

Wow, I want to go there. I need a vacation:)

mr. pineapple man said...

Youre definitely having a good time!!! so lucky~

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Trish.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

What an amazing set of photos & holiday. Gorgoeus spot.
Happy WW ! Thanks for joining in

Sofia @ From PDX with Love said...

WOW...this place is gorgeous!! I so wanna go there!

Mo 'Betta said...

Looks like a fabulous vacation!!

lesnor123 said...

Wonderful! Great fun and a lovely family vacation! We stayed at one of the Indonesia Bintan hotels and had super duper fun with a sun-soaked beach vacation!

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