In case you don't know how Pekanbaru look like, it's a town more or less like Seremban. Not a tourist spot, nor a shopping heaven. In fact, it's a quiet town. This was how Pekanbaru, Riau look like from the plane we were in.
We visited another university on the second day. A public U, and more 'kaya' then the private U we went the day before. I was not surprised, as our local public U s are also 'luxurious' with various facilities as compared to many other private institutions. We paid a courtesy call to the Vice Chansellor before we proceed to the meeting room for more presentations and discussions.
We had fruitful discussions, with great possibility of collaborations in the future. Visited their labs thereafter before we went for lunch in a beautiful restaurant. The hosting university gave us a treat. I noticed that the Riau like to call their restaurant Rumah Makan or Pondok.
Interestingly, the restaurant would place all sorts of food on the table. Rather, they would place all the food available (in small portion) in that restaurant on our table. They'll tick and calculate how much we have taken, by counting the empty plates.
I remember that satay stalls in Kajang used to have this kind of system about 15 years ago. Patrons were seated, and the stall will serve all sorts of satay. They'll count the bamboo sticks at the end of the meal. But due to hygiene reason, this system is no longer practiced.
Oh ya, coming soon --- THE RIAU TRIP - THE INTERESTING PART.