This is my first overseas trip this year -
It is somewhere really near - Penggarang, Johor.
Yeah, in terms of traveling, this year is quite pathetic so far.
Even though it is a short trip, it is still an enjoyable getaway.
Changi Jetty > Penggarang Jetty > 18km bike ride > Si-Wan Town (overnight and back)
Being to Penggarang a few times before (with family in car), and this is the first time I travel in bike. Even though traveling in car is more comfortable, less tiring, less dirty, no perspiration, it could not beat the experience of riding a bike along the road.
Somehow, while I was riding the bike, all my senses were triggered. I could "feel" my environment better like looking at simple kampong houses & coconut trees, smelling of the burning plants, feeling the sea breeze passing my face etc.... and enduring the pain on my butt while cycling over those humps.
I felt more connected to the environment and the place.
Now, I can understand why people prefers to ride a motorcycle or bicycle instead of driving a car.
Even though it was not always fun to get "burnt" under the scorching sun, or face the cold of the rain, or felt the pain on the butt after riding sometime, it is still an enjoyable experience. Somehow, I felt more alive.
This is my first time visiting a farm after being a flexitarian.
I felt sick when I saw how the animals were being treated.
The Ostriches are kept in confined places - it is meant to be running in the wild.
The monkey is kept in the small cage for 10 years and is crazy.
I am guilty as well...
I paid 10RM for the entrance fee - which is signalling to the farm owner that he is doing the right thing. In fact, the owner is a very friendly and nice guy, but his farm makes me sick.
the animals are suffering.
the visit reminded me why I wanted to be flexitarian.
(yup! I still lack the discipline to be a full-fledge vegetarian)