Published on November 23, 2014
Batam, an Indonesian island, located 12 miles off Singapore’s south coast is identical in size to Singapore. Not quite an unabashed island resort or reaching a level of modernization to be considered metropolitan, Batam's identity crisis could perhaps be founded in the haste of its development to mirror Singapore. Dusty mud paths adjoin smooth paved roads while swanky developments are juxtaposed with dilapidated short houses. Mystic!” I thought to myself.