Thursday, November 28, 2013

Magnificent Bali - Kopi Luwak Farm and Kintamani Volcano

After a good long lunch at Bebek Tepi Sawah, we were brought up the hill at Ubud.

When in Bali, must visit Kopi Luwak farm!

Kopi Luwak is the most expensive coffee in the world produced from civet’s excretion. So it’s literally shit coffee, but the most expensive of all coffee!

Somewhere on the volcano hill there was a coffee farm that produces Luwak coffee. Was excited to check out the process of coffee making and at the same time, to taste this legendary coffee myself.

Did you know that coffee beans come from coffee berries? I didn't. I thought they were just. .  beans.

Those are cocoa, not starfruits. LOL.

Fat cow grazing.

Me and the fat cow wtf.

Some alien-looking plant.

Mint leaves.

The civet cat!!!

“Watchu looking at huh?” Civet was clearly unamused.

It’s day time so its sleeping. The civet is usually active at night.

Fed this active one some banana. Teehee.

According to the host, these civets are solely for exhibition purpose. The coffee beans come from the wild civets that roam around the forest. You can’t force feed civets coffee berries as they only eat what they pick. In other words the workers of the farm have to go around hunting for their excretion. LOL.

The coffee-making process here is purely traditional. No high-tech equipment or whatsoever.

Frying the coffee beans. Not even using a stove yo! Just some woods and charcoal. Amazing.

Free coffee tasting session after the tour. We were given 9 flavours of coffee to try!

Some of them tasted quite awful. Our favourites were ginseng and coconut.

The mountain view from the place we were sitting.

No free Luwak coffee unfortunately! Paid RM15 for a tiny cup just to try it out. Still, its way cheaper than the selling price out there.

How does it taste? I can tell you that Angela and Meiyan both hated it! LOL. They gave up after one sip. I found it okay but not amazing. It’s definitely different from the usual coffee I drink. It’s way thicker and the texture is as if someone added hot water into half a cup of soil. After finishing the coffee, you will see plenty of soil-looking substance on the bottom of the cup. I suppose those are civet shit XD

Of course, they wouldn’t give us free coffee for no reason. We were brought to the sales gallery with a variety of coffee on display. Purchase is not mandatory, but of course if we don’t buy also paiseh la after all their hard work. The factory peeps are quite friendly and down to earth after all. They deserve some reward :)

Went further uphill to watch the view of Kintamani volcano. It was quite a pleasant drive as the air was fresh and cooling. Except certain part when we smelt cow dung used as fertilizers at some farm T_T

The journey was so damn worth it! The view of Kintamani volcano was breathtaking!!!

So magnificent! It’s the kind of view I would love to capture with my own eyes and store in my permanent memory.

Thank God the weather was great and the mountain was free from misty clouds hence we could enjoy such amazing view. We spent quite some time there admiring the beautiful scenery while breathing in the fresh mountain air.

Panoramic view.

The beauty of nature. They are real. They don’t only exist in postcard and computer wallpaper!

Group selca before we bid goodbye to Kintamani. 2nd day at Bali, and we were truthfully awed :)

Saturday, November 23, 2013

[ADV] Facial Care - Metrosexual vs Vanity

"You don't judge a book by its cover"

As much as I hate being judgmental (what a lie HAHA), I beg to differ the above statement.

Looks DO matter especially when you first meet someone. The first impression you portray is really important as it is the image that will forever be imprinted in others' mindset!

Think of those times when you couldn't recall someone's name but instead describe them based on their physical appearances:

The skinny boy who has acne all over his face (WTF!).

The muscular man with a dog tattooed onto his chest LOL

The pretty girl with big eyes and fair complexion.

Sorry really buey paiseh insert my own photo XD

Men and women, boys and girls, regardless what gender and age group you fall into, it is extremely important when it comes to grooming. Putting aside fashion, one major step to leave a good impression is to have great skin condition. 

ü  Trendy hairstyle 
ü  Fashionable outfit
ü  Good skin

Impression level up! Thanks to his beautician wife XD that's my dad by the way, not my bf in case some of you haven't already know.

Seriously, I can't stand guys who sometimes announce proudly to the world that they use nothing apart from soap and tap water to wash their face everyday! *horrified* It is totally fine if you are naturally blessed with baby skin but definitely not okay if your face is oily and full of blackheads! Eeew!

Of course, as far as I'm concerned most of my guy friends do use facial wash. If they expect their girlfriend to have smooth radiant skin, obviously they ought to do something about their own 'face problem' first? Teehee.

Some guys tend to perceive skincare as feminine, sissy, unmanly etc. etc. and they avoid using it fearing that they would be labeled as gay. -.-

Hello what era are you living in?? Metrosexual men are the sexiest who men who get all the girls! Or at least smart and interesting girls like me. lololol.

Just make sure you don’t overdo it okay T_T

Oh well if you hate going through the trouble of using toner, moisturizer, serum, eye cream and all those stuff, the least you should have is a decent facial wash. That's not too much to expect from a guy I suppose?

After all you can’t be wearing a surgical mask everyday.

Now you guys know girls like me prefer men who take care of themselves, its time to make a small difference to your life, start to look good and feel good, and let the girls come to you *wink*?

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