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Early hours in NED BATAM - During the long weekend of last week the island was flooded with Indonesian and foreign tourists that either want to shop cheaper, or want to do things that they can not do at home. Some prefer to get completely wasted on alcohol - more cheap here than in Singapore - in a matter of hours to he can take the boat back a few hours later, the other spends a night on the island to taste some of the forbidden fruits here.

There is no problem in telling that prostitution is legal in Singapore and in Batam it is not. Newspapers on the island however regularly bring stories in which the authorities seem to reason about some form of legalized prostitution which then makes it taxable as well. So for the time being what often happens on Batam can not be shown to the public just yet.

It is not that strange to see that life here changes after is has become dark - and that is fairly early on the evening here, the day is extended into the evening here. The cafe's and clubs that have opened up earlier on the day in NED (Nagoya Entertainment District, fairly euphemistic) actually show that they are open by now and some staff is in front of the door to attract customers.

Around this time, most Indonesians celebrating their holiday have disappeared already. They are in Singapore to enjoy things that are not allowed on Batam, which includes gambling since a couple of months. They might also very well be in bed with their one night stand in one of the many cheap hotel rooms in the area. Indonesians, above all, do not like drinking beer, especially if there are foreigners that can 'steal' women from them.

The many places of entertainment, mainly small cafe's and places with very loud music, many less-dressed women and lots and lots of alcohol turn into some form of brothel later in the evening. You should also not be afraid to see things that you did not really expect, because they happen right under your nose here.

In the many cafe's with names that have little to hide like Hotspot and 4play, but also places like Steps - a very dark place with loud noise as music - the Red Cock (hmm, rather not) and the somewhat more quiet places like Chili Bar and Black Cat you will all find similar content; a bar where people can get cold alcoholic drinks, some tables to get some food and a billiard-table to get some physical exercise as well.

None of all these places is really unique, unless you find yourself eating at the Bistro. This business, which sells various dishes of imported food, is run by a real German guy who greets his long-time customers with a schnaps and also likes to join you when drinking. Unique, because he closes his place at ten in the evening. It is his hobby and he tells his customers that if they are looking for hookers, they should go somewhere else. They are not welcome in his place as well.

After midnight, children here are still outside, begging for money. They know they will get money from the average drunk employee that is looking for extra credit for his mobile phone to inform the people at home that everything is fine and to contact the girl he just met to make an appointment for later that night. The prostitutes here - from the normal ones to the real whores - are only released by cafe owners when there is enough turnover in the cafe on her name, but this can be arranged in hard cash with the boss as well.

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Posted in Tourism @ 03 June 2010 07:57 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink

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