Hi all, happy day.
For you who will live in Batam. I would to share how the Batam it self generally.
Transport: @>= 2,000 IDR (shortest distance such as internal industry area)
Total in a month (minimum):
Eat: ((2 x 5 work days x 15,000)+(3 x 2 days off x 15,000)) x 4 weeks =1.000,000 IDR
Transport: ((2 x 5 work days x 2,000)+(2 x 1 day off x 2,000)) x 4 weeks = 96,000 IDR
Rent House: 300,000 IDR
Miscellaneous: 200,000 IDR
Total: 1,596,000 IDR
That is the minimum spent for live in Batam,if you categorized to the shopaholic people, you should prepare your cash more than that.
For your information, you could find the cheap gadget in Batam, especially in some mall such as Lucky Plaza and Nagoya Hill, but the gadget's warranty is local for Batam or warranty from Singapore.
The recreation places you can find are Jembatan Barelang, Kampung Vietnam, Pantai Mirota, Resorts, etc.
The foods mostly are same in Java, like Ayam Bakar (original, bumbu kacang, cabe hijau), Nasi Campur, Nasi Pecel, Soto, Nasi Padang, Soups, and many more.