Gardens and flowers have a way of bringing people together, drawing them from their homes ~ Clare Ansberry Bogor pleasantly surprised me. I thought that the only thing worth doing there was just paragliding but it has more to offer. Located 3 hours from the […]
It was with much anticipation that I finally took a sip of the most expensive coffee in the world, kopi luwak, while in Bali and I was disappointed to say the least. It was not exceptional. As a matter of fact, it was bland. How could something so expensive taste so simple?
I am not a coffee connoisseur, as a matter of fact I don’t drink coffee that much, thanks to my sensitive stomach and constant bouts of hyperacidity. But I do love the smell of coffee, it is a treat which I look forward to every morning so I thank all the coffee-drinkers of the world for the wonderful aroma of coffee.
Before we partook of the kopi luwak, we went through a garden of coffee beans while the tour guide of the small plantation showed us the many variety of teas and coffee beans, as well as the luwak sleeping in their cages (it was daytime and luwaks are nocturnal creatures). The luwak is a palm chivet or small cat-like creature which eats the coffee beans and poops it. This process makes the coffee beans more flavorful or so they say, although I tend to disagree with this.
Southeast Asia is a place which has a profusion of temples and Buddha statues. Bali, aptly called the Island of the Gods, is home to magnificent temples but I have to admit that the one which impressed me most was Pura Luhur Uluwatu.
Also known as the Balinese sea temple, it is precipitously perched on a cliff, overlooking the Indian Ocean. The views at sunset are some of the most gorgeous you will ever get so if you have plans to go to Bali and Uluwatu, make sure that you have your camera handy. It is as if the gods themselves ordered men to build the temple at this exact location.
Whenever I book tickets, I make sure that the weather is good for the planned travel dates. Nobody wants to travel to an exciting and lovely place during rainy season when you can’t do anything but stay in the hotel or hostel.
I was thinking of just that when I booked I and my friend’s tickets to Yogyakarta. But alas! Luck was not with me. No one could have predicted that the nearby Mt. Kelud would erupt a week before our trip. Save for the invigorating and excellent Javanese massage and the Javanese cuisine at Sekar Kedhaton, which tickled and delighted my taste buds to no end, everything else did not go my way.
It was a little overcast when our plane finally landed at Adisucipto International Airport but at least it was no longer raining. After a quick check through immigration ( my friend and I did not need a visa as we are Filipinos), we exited the […]