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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


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

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

    Welcome home!

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

  4. 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.

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

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

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

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

  9. 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.

  10. Beautiful photos! I enjoyed your travelogue.

    Have a great Wednesday,

  11. 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

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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?! ;)

  15. Awesome pictures of your vacation. Thanks for sharing.

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

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

    Have an awesome day . . . Gina

    Link up at my linky . . .

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

  19. that sure does look like perfect bliss! Happy WW!

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

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

  22. That looks like an amazing vacation! Welcome back!

  23. 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!

  24. Beautiful photos! And the green is so lush looking!

    Happy WW! Hope to see you stop by!

  25. 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!

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


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

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

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

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

  31. 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!

  32. you certainly have a great time there in Bintan!