Outdoor Act – A Reward of Mount Batur Trekking

Do you have a plan to trek Mount Batur? Here are my experiences climbing the beauty of Mount Batur, Kintamani, Bali.

2017 was my first time trekking. Even I was born and grew up in Bali, I have never climbed Mount Batur before. My parents always brought guests or my family from Java to go to tourist destinations in the south of Bali, such as Kuta, Jimbaran, or near to the north side of Bali, like Bedugul, Candi Kuning, etc. I’ve been always go around Bali with my parents using a car. I never go around alone either with motorbike or car. Because I was too young and small to ride a bike. But since grew up and got taller, I am riding a motorbike until now.

But then I have had move to Yogyakarta for study in Gadjah Mada University, took French Litterature as major. Once again, I have lost the chance to climb it.

A few years later I went back to Bali, and did it. Yeah, as I said, it was 2017, with my office collegues.

I was working in Bali’s digital agency in that moment as French SEO specialist, and always got wonderful weekend with my office collegues to explore Bali.

At first hiking, I was trembling. Because it was also my first time I didn’t sleep. Well I never spent my time in night club and always sleep at 9 pm. Hahah\na.. oh sorry, let’s back to mount Batur!

We left Denpasar at 1 am, and must climbed at 2.30 am.

Oh yes, Mount Batur is located in Kintamani by the way, and we must spent approximately 1 hour riding a bike from Denpasar to Kintamani.

Arrived in there, we started to explore mount Batur at 3 am. Hoping we don’t miss the sunrise view at the summit of Mount Batur. And yeah we got it! Even when we were on the way to the summit, I said to my friends that I want to sleep, and ran out the energy. Plus, I cannot see anything because it was really dark and blur with my minus eyes. I forgot my glasses and I can’t see anything in the dark. I got help from my friend named Yusnia, to take my hand while climbing, so I didn’t get lost with my blurry eyes. Hahhaa. And then the reward was really beautiful! I saw the sunrise at the top of Mount Batur which is 1717m above sea level! (Of course with my sleepy face)

Sunrise at The Summit of Batur
Sunrise at The Summit of Batur

The second trekking was in March 2018. Which I was ready ready!

I slept in the afternoon to charge the energy and then climbed Batur for the second time with my collueges (also with glasses in the eyes hahaha). I was not nervous anymore and didn’t need help just like the first time hiking. Then it was really easy to step the summit at the second climbed, cause I think I have adapted and already knew the trick to step up on the Mount Batur. We spent 2-3 hours to arrive at the top of Mount Batur.

Mount Batur Second Sunrise
Mount Batur Second Sunrise

We felt like … A bunch random persons.

“Owww we are in heaven now!!”

See that beautiful cloud around??

I felt like we were in Avatar Ang’s country. πŸ˜‚

FWI, there’s a ticket entry for tourist to do Mount Batur Trekking. It costs IDR 400.000/persons in 2018 accompanied with local guide.

There are also different prices from travel agents in Bali. Could be cheaper or more expensive.

After all, I hope my blog gives you enough reference of Mount Batur Trekking.

Happy Ramadhan for all Muslim and also for my self as a Muslim Girl grew up with Balinese Culture. Heheh. πŸ˜ŠπŸ™

I will share you later about my lovely cultural life and art in Bali ❀️

See ya!

Outdoor Act – Visiting Secret Garden Village

Menyambut tahun baru China 2019, tahun Babi. Hari ini saya, kakak dan teman saya mendapat ide untuk berkunjung ke Secret Garden Village.
Welcoming Chinese New Year 2019, the year of the pig. Today, me, my sister & my friend just got an idea to discover Secret Garden Village.

Outdoor Act - Secret Garden Village - Lobby
Outdoor Act – Secret Garden Village – Lobby

Kebun raya ini berlokasi di Jl. Raya Denpasar – Bedugul KM 36, Tabanan Bali. Dibangun di atas tanah seluas 35.000 meter persegi. Sebuah kompleks wisata yang luas, menawarkan program wisata edukasi tentang warisan budaya Bali – Indonesia.
This amazing garden located in Jl. Raya Denpasar – Bedugul KM 36, Tabanan Bali. Built on the land of approximately 35.000 square meters. A large tourism complex that offers an educational tour program of Indonesian-Balinese Heritage.

Secret Garden Village mempunyai 4 macam atraksi yang merupakan kombinasi antara product kecantikan Herborist beserta pabriknya, kemudian museum kopi dan lounge oleh the Black Eye, pemandangan sawah yang luas dengan berbagai tempat untuk berfoto, dan dua buah restaurant besar dari Rice View dan The Luwus. Kawasan wisata ini juga menyediakan satu buah musholla, ATM Center, dan toilet yang ada hampir di setiap sudut ruang.
Secret Garden Village has 4 main attractions which is a combination between beauty products and its factory under Herborist label, Coffee museum & lounge under the Black Eye label, a large breathtaking rice fields and photo spots and two great restaurants by Rice View and The Luwus. This tourist area also has one musholla, ATM centre, and toilets in almost every corner.

Outdoor Act - Secret Garden Village - Musholla & ATM Center
Outdoor Act – Secret Garden Village – Musholla & ATM Center

Pertama-tama, tentulah Kami harus membeli tiket seharga Rp 50.000/orang. Kami mendapat satu buah stiker sebagai karcis masuknya dan satu buah voucher belanja seharga Rp 25.000 per orang.
First, we must buy the tickets which costs Rp 50.000/person. We get a sticker as the ticket and one shopping voucher Rp 25.000 per person.

Kami mendapat satu orang guide untuk berkeliling ke museum kecantikan Herborist. Katanya, produk-produk Herborist ini dibuat dari bahan alami, seperti minyak zaitun, teh hijau, beras, dan lain-lain. Ia juga menambahkan informasi mengenai aroma dan kegunaan dari setiap bahan-bahan yang digunakan.
We get a tour guide to drive us around and enter Herborist beauty museum. He said that all Herborist’s products are made by natural Ingredients, for example olive oil, green tea, rice, etc. He also explains the savour and function of each ingredient.

Outdoor Act - Secret Garden Village - Guide
Outdoor Act – Secret Garden Village – Guide

Setelah itu, ia mengajak kami untuk melihat proses produksi ke dalam pabrik kecil milik Herborist. Kalau kalian tertarik ikut grup dan masuk pabriknya kalian akan dipinjamkan jas putih panjang, masker dan penutup kepala, mirip dokter-dokter yang siap masuk ruang gawat darurat πŸ˜‚. Tapi kalau kalian mager masuk ke dalam, kalian bisa tunggu di luar sambil menikmati sawah hijau sampai mereka selesai tur.
After the explanation, he takes us to enter their mini factory, and see the process of making Herborist’s products. If you’re interested to join the group entering the factory, you’ll get a long white coat, mask, and head cover, so you will look like a doctor who will enter the emergency room πŸ˜‚. But if you’re not interested to join the group, you can wait in front of the building and enjoy the Paddy’s field till they finish their tour.

Outdoor Act - Secret Garden Village - Paddy's field
Outdoor Act – Secret Garden Village – Paddy’s field

Kemudian Kita akan diantar ke ruang teater untuk menonton iklan Herborist πŸ˜‚, sebelum masuk ke tokonya. Di sana, Kita bisa membeli produk kecantikan yang kita butuhkan. Ada parfum, body scrub, body butter, lotion, hand cream, dan masih banyak lagi.
Then we enter theatre room to watch an attractive Herborist’s advertisment πŸ˜‚, before we go into the store. In there, we can buy all the beauty products we need. There are perfumes, body scrub, body butter, lotion, hand cream, and many more.

Salah seorang SPG mendekati saya dan menawarkan tiga macam masker wajah. Satu masker whitening, masker anti ageing, dan masker glowing. Saya ambil yang anti ageing karena taon ini saya 27 tahun ya ges. Jadi, kalau pun saya gak nikah di umur 30 atau 40 (Bodo amat), seperti yang selalu ditanyakan orang-orang, setidaknya muka saya akan tetep terlihat muda. πŸ˜…
A sales promotion girl approaches me and offers me three different face masks which are a whitening face mask, an anti ageing face mask, and a glowing face mask. I take the anti ageing because am 27 y o AF. So, even If I am not married yet until 30 or 40 (I don’t care), just like what people are constantly asking me, at least I still look young πŸ˜…

Ayolahh.. kenapa sih kalian gak berhenti aja nanyain gituan?
Oh c’mon people, why don’t you just stop asking someone about that?

Kembali ke Kebon. Saya akhirnya pergi ke kasir dan membayar face mask itu dengan menggunakan voucher supaya dapat discount. Produknya murah, mulai dari Rp 25.000-an hingga Rp 70.000 an, kemudian dapat discount lagi dari voucher.
Back to the Garden. I go to the cashier and pay for the face mask by using the shopping voucher to get discount. The products are really cheap, it start from Rp 25.000 to Rp 70.000, plus, you’ll get the discount again from your voucher.

Oiya, berhubung saya satu-satunya yang ga bawa pasangan, jadi saya cuma dapat satu voucher. Dimana jika anda pergi berpasangan, seperti kakak dan teman saya yang masing-masing bawa pacar, secara otomatis akan dapat voucher double. Karena satu orang dapat satu voucher. Tapi karena laki-laki jarang mau Beli produk kecantikan (Kali aja ya kan cyinn? Misalnya parfum gitchu), mereka akhirnya gak pakai voucher itu atau memberikannya ke kakak maupun teman saya. Beruntungnya mereka, tapi bodo amat. Murah ini.
Oh yeah, I am the only one who don’t bring boyfriend, so I only get one voucher. My friend and my sister just got double discount because they bring their boyfriend and get another voucher. One person get one. But the boys rarely buy a beauty product (But well.. maybe they want something, for example perfume), they don’t use it or give it to my sister & my friend. Lucky them, but I don’t care. It’s cheap anyway.

Outdoor Act - Secret Garden Village - Guys
Outdoor Act – Secret Garden Village – Guys

Jadi kesimpulannya, kalau kalian mau dapat double voucher, jangan lupa bawa pacar yes! πŸ˜‚
So, the conclusion is….. if you wish to get double discount voucher, bring your girlfriend or boyfriend then! 😁

Kami lanjut menuju ke sawah untuk foto-foto (kakak ama pacarnya aja sih. Saya nontonin aja dipojokan sambil ngopi).
We go to the large rice field to take photos (well, actually just my sister and her boyfriend. Me, I just watch them in the corner and ship a cup of coffee).

Yap kami menikmati pemandangan sawah sambil menyeruput secangkir kopi, tepat di depan museum kopi The Black Eye. Di sana kami juga menonton dua barongsai yang sedang perform, karena ya ini lagi imlek.
Yap we enjoy the scenery, and drink a cup of coffee just in front of the Black Eye coffee museum. In there, we watch two barongsai performing, yeah because it’s a Chinese New Year.

Outdoor Act - Secret Garden Village - 2nd Lobby
Outdoor Act – Secret Garden Village – 2nd Lobby

Oh iya, di Indonesia, terutama di Bali, kalian akan dengan mudah menemukan suasana damai antara 6 agama berbeda, dan kami menjaga satu sama lain. Yah.. walaupun masih ada masalah atau isu terkait di daerah lain. Tapi di Bali, kalian akan terus hidup dalam suasana yang seimbang ini. Inilah yang membuat saya cinta tinggal di Bali.
Ow remember, in Indonesia, especially in Bali, you’ll find the most peaceful ambience of living between 6 different religions, and we take care of each other. Well, even if there’s still some problems or issues about this diversity in some regions. But in Bali, you’ll always find this balance. That’s what I love about living in Bali.

Kami juga menjaga kenyamanan turis. Selama mereka mengikuti peraturan yang ada di sini (maksud saya setiap daerah pasti punya peraturan yang berbeda), saya yakin mereka akan aman dari masalah apapun. Intinya kami hanya ingin menjaga kenyamanan semua orang sehingga mereka tidak segan datang lagi ke Bali πŸ˜‰
We also take care of the tourist’s comfort. As long as they follow the rules of living in here (I mean every region must have different rules), I am sure they wont get into a trouble. The point is that we want to make sure everyone’s comfort, so they are willing to come back again to Bali. πŸ˜‰

Setelah istirahat selama beberapa menit, kami pun melanjutkan liburan kami.
After take a rest for a few minutes, we decide to continue our short holiday.

Well, happy Chinese New Year 2019!!