In February, Batam roads were enlivened by banners and lanterns dominant with red and gold color. Not only that, the complexes, offices, malls and other ornaments were colored and decorated the same. This indicates that the Chinese New Year has arrived. It always glorious each year with the presence of the Chinese New Year typical decoration such as lanterns, which can be found around the corners of Batam city.
Various events were held in almost all places of entertainment and recreation in Batam. I had a chance to take a stroll to see the Chinese New Year that happened to be at the end of the week.
The first place I visited was Nagoya City Walk. Indie Lunar Parade was held here for over 2 days, which is February 9 to 10. The event was enlivened by the indie bands of Batam. After spend time on Nagoya City Walk, I headed to Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall, which is relatively close from Nagoya City Walk.
Nagoya Hill was very crowded by visitors by the day. Upon entering Nagoya Hill area there are tour buses parked in the parking lot, indicating the existence of tourists who come to shop or just walk. And it’s true, it is the tourists who come from the group of neighboring countries, Malaysia.
Great discounts were available on all major shopping corners or stands. Products such as branded bags and perfumes, clothing and also other various items sold at a huge discount. In addition, there is a bazaar in the hall on the ground floor which is also nuanced Lunar Festival.
Aside of Nagoya City Walk and Nagoya Hill, in the Kepri Mall there are ice skating entertainment that has been going on since December last year. Although it was rain almost for all day, but it did not discourage parents and children to come to the Kepri Mall to goes playing ice skating.