Siapa Yang Kentut
Well it happened… Taylor got sick. Thank god it was just a bad cold, but he was out for the count for our adventure to Ubud. I ended up going to Ubud with our friend from the UK, Jamie. He has been staying at our hotel for around a month, sorting out visa stuff in Australia. We started our trip off to Ubud with a 1 hour moped ride North. We were able to follow road signs to Ubud, as it is a popular place to visit. After weaving through rice fields and small villages we made it to our first stop, the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. We were some of the first tourists to arrive at this forest, and were blown away by the amount of monkeys in this place. Hundreds of monkeys were scattered throughout the forest. They ranged from 1 lb to 15-20 lbs. In the sanctuary we were given the option to buy bananas and feed them to the monkeys, of course we jumped on that opportunity. After we bought the bananas chaos ensued. Being the morning the monkeys were hungry. At the single sight of a banana these monkeys would climb all over you and get the bananas by any means necessary. One monkey jumped about 10 feet off a fence on the Jamie’s back to grab his bananas. This became a game for Jamie and I, taking turns letting the monkeys jump all over us and eat the bananas. One of the monkeys tried to take my water bottle and was not happy when I wouldn’t give it to him. So he did what any 5 year old child would do when they don’t get their way, he bit me.
After an hour or two in the monkey forest, Jamie and I began to explore Ubud in search of Kopi Luwak coffee. This is known as one of the rarest drinks in the world and a cup of it in the states can run you $50. The reason for the rarity of the coffee has to do with the method used for collecting the beans. The beans are first picked by a small rodent called the Asian Palm Civet. This animal eats the beans and its stomach enzymes are what help give the beans its flavor. The Civet is also knows for picking only the best and ripest beans. The Civet then shits the beans out, as its stomach only digests the outer coating of the bean. The poop is then sifted through by workers and they collect and roast the beans.
While taking cover from the rain in the parking garage at the monkey forest, we luckily ran into a a guy who worked for a Kopi Luwak plantation. He offered to take us to the plantation where they make the coffee. We tried a variety of local teas and coffees. The Kopi Luwak coffee cost 50,000 rp ($4) for a cup. The coffee was delicious. It had the slight sour taste of espresso but is made just by mixing hot water with the fine coffee grounds. No filter is used to make the coffee, which makes the last sip of the coffee a bit crunchy.
After the plantation our new friend, that worked for the plantation, offered to take us to a waterfall in Ubud. We assumed he was going to charge us for it, but he told us that he’s just doing it for good karma. The shocking thing about this is that he was actually serious about it. He genuinely wanted to help us and show us his city. This was just more proof that the Indonesian people are some of the kindest people I have ever met. We went to the waterfall, swam around, and got pounded by the power of the falls. Our guide showed us how to get back to Kuta, and after thanking him profusely, we threw him a few bucks for his trouble.