Finally, Back to Pekanbaru, Indonesia.

Trip Start Apr 16, 2010
Trip End Apr 18, 2010

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Flag of Indonesia  , Sumatra,
Saturday, April 17, 2010

From there, headed straight to the hotel. We arrived at the hotel at 1745. The total distance from the Gua Tujuh Serangkai to the hotel doorstep was 108 Kilometers. The moment I got off the car and put my foot on the stairs at the hotel lobby, I could see how dirty my shoes was with the sand mark stains.

Directly went to the Mall and bought myself a new paid of pants and socks. Then I walked to Plaza Bintan which is just close by to do some alteration to my pants, the length as I was told there are tailor shops there, but they were all closed for the day. Hence, I decided just to fold the jeans and use it anyway. 

Once back to the room at 1830, there was a power black out which lasted for 5 minutes and this happened twice in a row. Seemed like the entire Pekanbaru experienced the blackout that day. Just relaxed in the room for a while and then went out at 2000 to get my self some dinner. 

Somehow, I must have sprained my foot and the pain was terrible. First thing that I did was to go to a nearby pharmacy and get myself some analgesic balm for the pain. Seems that the pharmacies here mostly are 24 hours. Walked around for a while after that and decided to have some street food for dinner. 

Stopped at a Satay Padang stall and ordered that for dinner. The taste is not like the local satays. The gravy is flat and spicy unlike the Malaysian satay which is sweet. In a set, there were 5 sticks of chicken satay and one full ketupat, which is made of rice. That itself fills your stomach. Finished eating at 2030. The total bill for food came only to IDR 10,000 . 

Then stopped at a Martabak stall. It is actually the same Apam Balik as it in known in Malaysia. There had a variety of flavors to offer. Originally, I thought that Apam Balik originated in Indonesia but it seems here that they market it as Martabak Mesir. I do not know the correlation but it seems that according to the locals, this food originated in Egypt. Bought a set, the standard flavor. It cost me IDR 8,000 . They packed it nicely in a box for take away. 

Being back in the room, decided to sleep off but was not feeling too sleepy. Hence went down to the pub downstairs which has a live band from Jakarta. Mostly they sing English numbers. Suddenly, I was surprised to hear A.R. Rahman's number, Jai Ho being sung and the locals joined in to the dance floor to dance to that tune. I was just here for an hour. Back to the room at 0030 and called it a night. 

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