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Showing posts with label indonesia. Show all posts

Video: Mountain Biking a Volcano in Indonesia

One of the things I love about mountain biking is that it often allows you to explore on two-wheels places that you might not get a chance to see otherwise. Case in point, int his clip pro rider Kurt Sorge travels to Indonesia to ride an impressive looking trail down a volcano, while another one erupts on the background. It makes for a beautiful setting with a dramatic backdrop to say the least. Where did you ride today?

Rare Sumatran Rhino Dies Days After Being Found

A few weeks back I shared a story that had conservationist feeling optimistic about the potential future for a rare species of rhino. Now, a short time later, that story has turned tragic, as it was revealed that the rhino has now died in captivity.

Back in March, it was revealed that a rare, and highly endangered, species of rhino was discovered in the wilds of Sumatra. Those creatures were believed to be totally extinct, as none have been spotted there in more than 40 years. In order to protect the animal, she was captured in a pit trap and taken to a sanctuary where it was believed that she would be well protected from poachers.

But over the past few days, the rhino – who was named Najaq – saw a down turn in her health as she struggled to fight off an infection. On Tuesday, it was announced that she lost the fight, and passed away due to complications from the infection. There is a pending investigation to learn more about the situation, but it is believed that Najaq suffered an injury from a snare set by poachers prior to her being discovered. Wounds from that injury grew infected, leading to the death of the rhino.

This is obviously sad news. A few weeks ago the discovery of this creature brought hope that perhaps the species could be brought back from the brink of extinction, but this is a setback that makes those efforts even more difficult. Najaq does give us hope however that there are rhinos still out there in the wilds of Sumatra just waiting to be discovered. Hopefully conservationists find them before the poachers do.

Rhino Thought to be Extinct in the Wild Found After 40 Years

There was good news from the World Wildlife Fund this week when it was announced that a very rare Sumatran rhino was found in Kalimantan, the Indonesia part of Borneo. It is the first time that such a creature has been spotted in the wild in more than 40 years, and bringing hope to conservationists that the species can be brought back from the edge of extinction.

The female rhino is said to be about four or five years old, and she was reportedly safely captured in a pit trap on March 12. She is now being held in a safe enclosure until she can be transported to a safe sanctuary in Indonesia.

It is believed that fewer than 100 Sumatran rhinos still exist in the wild, all of them on the island of Sumatra. The rhinos that existed in Kalimantan were declared extinct last year, although now there is hope that a few may yet wander the jungles there.

As with rhinos in Africa, the Sumatran rhino has faced serious threats from poaching, but also encroachments on their territory from miners, loggers, and farmers as well. These challenges have made the species one of the rarest on Earth.

In the same press release, the WWF also announced that three new calves have joined the breeding herd of Javan rhinos in Ujung Kulon National Park. That rhino population was down to just 60 animals worldwide as of September, 2015. But now, another three rhinos have been born as the slow process of reviving that species continues as well.

Hopefully these positive gains to these rhino species will continue.

Video: Surfing Trails in Bali

The Indonesian island of Bali is largely known as a tropical paradise with some amazing surfing opportunities. But, it turns out it has some fantastic mountain biking as well as you'll see in this beautiful video. The riders in the 3+ minute clip shred single track, plummet down the side of a volcano, and generally find surprisingly good places to ride wherever they go. I doubt that mountain biking will supplant surfing as a top adventure sport in Bali anytime soon, but it is nice to know that there are opportunities available there.

::: SURFING TRAILS - IN BALI from ION on Vimeo.

Video: Rare Rhino Calves Caught on Video

It is well known that rhino populations across the globe have seen significant declines over the past few decades, mostly due to illegal poaching. In fact, there has been little good news in the rhino conservation department for quite some time. But now, the World Wide Fund for nature (WWF) has released this great video which was captured by a camera trap on Java. It features an extremely rare female rhino with a baby in tow. Better yet, there have been three calves spotted in the Indonesia’s Ujung Kulon National Park in recent months, and the population there has risen to 60 animals, twice what it was just a few decades ago. That is cause for celebration, although these animals are far from out of the woods just yet. Still, it is great to see them starting to edge back from the brink of extinction.

Video: Wingsuit Flight Over an Active Volcano

We've been overdue for a good wingsuit video for awhile, and now it comes to us in the form of this clip that features a trio of pilots flying over an active volcano. The video was shot on Mount Bromo in Indonesia, and as usual includes some dizzying perspectives of the ground below. It is a wild flight that begins with a leap from a helicopter and ends with a landing in the beautiful countryside.

The Matt Prior Adventure Academy Website is Live!

A few weeks back I first told you about the Matt Prior Adventure Academy, which looks to give would-be adventures a nudge out the door by providing them with the skills they need to explore the world around them with confidence. At the time, the concept was still in its planning stages as it prepared for its launch in 2015. Now, the official website for the Adventure Academy is up and running, and ready to start taking applications.

Visitors to the newly launched site will find much more information about the Academy, as well as its founder  – Matt Prior. Matt brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table, which he has earned on his own adventures which have seen him visit more than 85 countries across the globe, often blending unique methods of travel with cultural and historical immersion. He plans to pass that knowledge on to participants in his "courses" which will teach vital skills to travelers, while visiting remote destinations around the globe.

The first of those courses will be offered starting in May, with others to follow in June, August, September, and October of this year. Each of them will take place in Indonesia where participants will spend a week exploring the landscape by motor bike, while also gaining the skills and confidence they need to launch their own adventurous travels in the future. The cost of the Academy courses are £999 (or roughly $1500) which covers internal flights, motorbike and helmet rental, all fuel, entry permits and fees to national parks, guide fees, food and drinks. Additionally, 5% of all profits will be donated to the NSPCC, an organization dedicated to ending child abuse.

The video below will provide you with more insights into the Adventure Academy, including some testimonials from those who have traveled with Matt, and a glimpse at the landscapes that the courses will be visiting. To find out more visit MPAdventureAcademy.com. If you're interested in applying to join one of the trips, the application form can be found here.

As I've said before, I think the idea behind the Adventure Academy is a brilliant one, and anything that helps encourage people to put a little more adventure into their lives is wonderful.


Indonesia - Bali : The Cursed Island day 1

Bali trip - July 2014


I only got to know about the cursed myth of Bali from my colleagues when I decided to go Bali. Rumor has it that all unmarried couples who travel to Bali by themselves are cursed to break up. The version that I heard was couples who watch sunset together at Tanah Lot temple, their love will also set with the sunset.

Anyway, the myth goes like this. Once upon a time, there was a prince and princess in Bali and very much in love. One day, the prince decided to break up with the princess probably because of third party. The princess got very furious with the prince. In fit of anger, she put a curse on all the couples who visited Bali. 

Both Bf and I do not believe in myth and decided to put our 9 years of relationship into this test. If it works, then hallelujah. lol. We even joked "YES, finally a good reason to get a relief from this relationship." #okweverychildish

Day 1 (Sunday)

"We are going to a cycling trip in Bali!"


We were very excited about this cycling trip as this is our first time cycling oversea.

Now I can show off to people that I went to "tour de bali" before. #Isoundedquitebimbo


We booked the eco cycling tour online before our trip. They picked us up from our hotel at 8am and they were on time. On our way up to Mount Kintamani, we stopped by for a very nice view of rice terraces.



The aim of this tour is to take a step back from the Bali urban touristy areas, to see ‘the real Bali’ and to learn about the Balinese culture.


We finally arrived at our first stop for breakfast! The Lookout Restaurant & Bar is located at the peak of Mount Kintamani where it offers a spectacular panoramic view of Mount Batur.

Mount Batur

Indeed the best spot to see Mount Batur in Bali...

..and its crater lake.


Could not believe we are going to have breakfast in front of an active volcano. 




Balinese breakfast

I would come back here to stay for a night.

After breakfast, the tour guide brought us to have a heavenly but most expensive taste of their best gourmet coffee in the world.

Bf was learning how to be a good barista.

 Luwak coffee bean that I have always wanted to try. 

 Handpicking the good beans. 


Different type of coffee/tea for trying.
Ginseng coffee
Hot cocoa
Lemongrass tea
Pandanus tea
Rosella tea
Coconut coffee
Ginger tea
Saffon tea
Lemon tea
Vanilla coffee
Mocha


Luwak coffee! 
"The most EXOTIC, RICH, SMOOTH and EXCELLENT COFFEE from Bali. 1 cup only Rp. 60K"
This is how they promote their coffee lol


The famous cat-poo-cino

The taste was indeed very rich! It had a noticeable less bitter yet more sour than normal coffee. I was a little disappointed as the taste disappeared very fast in my mouth. Then it immediately shot back from my throat to my nose and stayed for a while in my whole mouth. 

I would say this is the most everlasting coffee aroma that stay in my taste bud. I am not a sucker for coffee though. I will continue stick to the coffee house near my office lol.

The real identity of the animal that shits out the most expensive coffee beans.

Given the name - cat poo coffee, I thought the animal is a cat. From what I see, it looks more like a baby bear.

The luwak, a small catlike animal. They gorge on the most ripe crop during the night, digest the fruit and expel the beans which farmers collect, wash and roast a real delicacy.


Finally was the highlight of the tour! 

 My tour mates. They were mostly Caucasians. 

Let's start the downhill cycling!

We were on our mountain bikes through the rural heartland of Bali, travelling downhill on non tourist village roads and forested areas, experiencing typical Balinese daily life and enjoying the beautiful countryside to Ubud. 







  



This banyan tree is so humongous that it makes the kid look very little.


Thousand of years.

Our last stop of the tour. We were served with Balinese lunch in the serene surrounds of rice paddies.







This fried spider dish was served to a birthday boy in our tour and he was forced to eat the insect under peer pressure.

We were fetched back to our respective hotel around 2+ in the afternoon. We were very exhausted so we rested and slacked in our hotel room till dinner time.


Bali Eco Cycling
Rp. 420,000 per adult


The sky was already dark at 6pm and felt like it was already 8pm in Singapore. We were not hungry so we decided to explore the town area near our hotel. We were quite shocked to see Korean's brand over there!



Their traffic jam... is worst than in Singapore.. 

Horse carriage! I feel for the horse though. The horses take in carbon monoxide every day even worse when they stuck in traffic jam.

Their most urban shopping mall! The price range is more on the luxury side. They have Mango, Armani Jeans, Pull & Bear and many big brands.



We continued walking along the street and settled down at Rosso Vivo for dinner.





Risotto al nerd di seppia con salmone alla griglia (Black rice ink squid with salmon fillet and beetroot sauce) Rp 130,000

Vellutata di mais con gamberoni alla griglia (Corn soup with grilled prawn) Rp 90,000

Linguine al gamberoni, calamari, tonno in salsa di pomodoro fresco (Linguine with prawn, squid, tuna and grilled prawn) Rp 180,000




Ended our day with this temporary tattoo imprinted on my body. =D! I have always wanted to have a star tattoo behind my ear but was too afraid of pain. I was super proud of myself for getting these temporary tattoo to strike off one of my dying wishes. hehe