Bintan Family Trip

When it comes to vacation, I’m one who prefers exploring places, hiking in the forests, visiting places of interest to check off the ‘to-go’ places on my list. A result of years of back-packing, I guess? I remember in those days when the internet was not so accessible, we had to rely on maps and recommendations from Lonely Planet guidebooks. It was exciting and challenging.

As much as possible, I tend to avoid a beach holiday. Not a beach bum most definitely though I wish I could. 😂

This time round, the family (in-laws inclusive) decided to go to Bintan for a short getaway. It was ten years ago that I was at Bintan for the triathlon which I DNF 🤣 due to a punctured tyre during the race and I didn’t bring a spare. This time round, I came with the family with two very active young kids.

Even though we live on an island (Singapore is an island, no?), the kids have never really enjoyed the sea. In fact, they fear being in the sea water. This time round, the water was inviting and the sand so smooth that the kids found themselves gravitating to it. We didn’t have much equipment for sand play but the two could entertain themselves with their own imaginative play.

They had a feel of the waves and were both thrilled and terrified of them. Can’t blame them, my city kids.

Forced the man to take a pic of me and the boy. Memories … and I want to be reminded that I was in it.

I would very much love to have some quiet moments to myself and to reflect on this past year. It has been a fruitful and full year, with much thanksgiving and lessons to be learnt. It’s truly a discipline to be quiet before the Lord and to listen to His small still voice. Most of the time, I find it difficult with the kids around me. This practice is something I very much wanted yet I haven’t gotten good at it.

Still couldn’t have a good half an hour to read and reflect. It’s a season and I’ve to recognise that and not allow bitterness to take root. At the very least, I’ve the privilege to witness their development throughout their childhood and that is a true blessing.

We hired a driver to bring us to Tanjung Pinang and off we went to the local market. Brought back memories to the time when I was a girl, following my mom to the wet market and she would explain to me how to look out for fresh fish and vegetables and the like. Nowadays, our kids are only exposed to supermarkets and naturally they found this local market none too exciting.

Sunset at Lagoi Bay and took the opportunity to take a family pic in these colourful changing rooms. We went to the shore since it was low tide and saw hermit crabs and other sea creatures. It was fascinating to me!

Such a beautiful sunset and it kind of marked the end of this short getaway.