In the beginning of December 2014, I had office outing in Bali (again). I guess it’s a good opportunity to explore one part of Bali that I was very curious about, which is Ubud. There’s no beaches around, just a village full of artist, surrounded by rice field, where you can get closer to local houses and temples, and museums. In short, I asked for one day extension to enjoy Ubud. Officially the outing took 3 days however the last day was not really effective for office matters. So, I could spend two days in Ubud. Wondering the best way to enjoy Ubud, I decided to take a cycling tour.
I booked a tour by Bali Eco and was picked up very early in my official outing hotel. I was not by myself, since I was accompanied by my colleague. Here, we met the other 10 tourists, all of them coming from foreign countries, which were Vietnam and Australia.
At first stop, we stopped at phenomenal Tegallang Rice Field Terrace. It’s a a very short stop to take pictures.
Then, we had breakfast in a restaurant when we could see the lake view of Mount Batur.
Coincidentally, we met other colleagues who were taking Harley Davidson motor touring.
Then, the tour took us to a coffee plantation where they explained us about the plants, how luwak coffee was made, and etc. We got coffee testing too. :)
Finally, we started to bike!! During cycling, we stopped many times just to visit the local house and temple, rice mill, rice fields.
I was so happy I took the tour by Bali Eco Cycling Tour. It was a bit expensive since it costed us 450.000 IDR (per person). However, the tour guide was awesome, talkative, and informative. I also felt secure since they really prioritized our safety. They provided water and bananas for the break. In the end of the tour, they took us to a restaurant where the food was very tasty.
I was never really into forest conservation campaign since “human are the only creatures who cut the trees, make paper from it, and then write “SAVE THE TREES” on it”. However, this year I got a very wonderful chance to work for about 2 weeks at the international non-profit organization that conducts research about forestry challenge, CIFOR. The head office was located precisely at the forest conservation in Bogor, Indonesia and during those two weeks, they held International Forum Week in there where all the researchers came from all over the world. Lots of journal published and could be consumed by public. What a coincident! What a lesson!
Note: You may find the research paper on the official websites. They are talking about climate change, carbon usage, illegal logging, forest products, and so on.
Well during my stay, I saw butterflies flying and squirrels jumping from one tree to another from my room window. I saw it everyday. During the break, I walked around and explored the area and saw small lizards and so-big spiders. They were all so real frightened (I realized what I would be facing if I went hiking someday because of this).
I really wish I could come here again next year. It was so green and refreshing. So peaceful and mysterious at the same time.