Tag: Indonesia

Taman Bunga Nusantara – The Not So Secret Garden of Puncak

Taman Bunga Nusantara – The Not So Secret Garden of Puncak

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 […]

Paragliding in Puncak Bogor

Paragliding in Puncak Bogor

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” ― Leonardo da Vinci All his life, man has wanted nothing but to fly. We have […]

The Plight of the Civets – The Practice of Kopi Luwak Production

The Plight of the Civets – The Practice of Kopi Luwak Production

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.

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Movies That Inspired My Wanderlust

Movies That Inspired My Wanderlust

Movies are like magic, they transport us to a bygone era so that we may learn lessons in history; they take us to the future so that we may see the promise of what is to come; and they make everything impossible seem possible. These […]

The Beat of Bali – Day 2

The Beat of Bali – Day 2

After much needed respite for walking more than 10,000 steps on day 1, we were very much looking forward to day 2 and exploring more of Bali. We had a sumptuous breakfast enjoyed at the hotel’s Nebula Café. We started the day right with a […]

Pura Luhur Uluwatu

Pura Luhur Uluwatu

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.

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Kecak and Fire Dance in Uluwatu

Kecak and Fire Dance in Uluwatu

“Cak cak cak”. On and on goes the chant from half-naked men sitting in a circle around a fire. They are in a trance, “cak cak cak”. Inebriated perhaps? No. Got a little hash-hish in their system? Wrong again. This is the most stunning of […]

The Beat of Bali – Day 1

The Beat of Bali – Day 1

Bali, the images the island conjures are that of almost naked bodies clad in the skimpiest bikinis; tanning lotion; surfboards; and temples. Bali, the island of the gods has so much to offer us mere mortals. If the gods are to be pleased with Bali, […]

The Misadventures of the Chicken “Rambut”

The Misadventures of the Chicken “Rambut”

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.

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Sekar Kedhaton, one of the best Javanese restaurants in Yogyakarta

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Candi Borobudur: A Journey to Nirvana

Candi Borobudur: A Journey to Nirvana

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 […]