It is no secret that Bali offers all kinds of spontaneous and adventurous things to do. From exotic and magical views, incredible wildlife, delicious dishes, to historic sites, this island appeals to tourists at every level. So being open-minded, flexible and deliberately seeking out new experiences, here is a must, even if it means you have to go out of your comfort zone. Speaking of adventurous, what would you do if you had the chance to hug a bear? Have you even ever imagined yourself standing so close to this big, furry mammal, let alone giving one a hug?
All of us would agree that bears are scary, and it is better to keep a safe distance from them. Honey bears are no different! They are predators with long arms that can hold someone close. However, this adrenalin-fuelled activity offered at Pod Chocolate Factory isn’t that intense. As a matter of fact, it is quite comforting.
My best bruv asked me to join him for a quick visit to Pod Chocolate Factory and Café, near Sangeh Monkey Forest. So I thought, “Why not?” As a huge fan of chocolate, I was curious to find out more about their products and how they are made at their factory. But it turned out, I got distracted when I laid eyes on this cute mammal. One thing led to another, I got the chance to hug a honey bear. Trust me, to experience such a marvellous encounter as “hugging a honey bear” is something that anyone will cherish forever. The honey bear was extremely cute and adorable, and I feel very fortunate to have been able to capture this moment.
It really is a comforting experience to hug a bear, and no wonder, since I believe that there is an “animal instinct” that we share with other mammals. Hugging a honey evokes a sense of serenity, calmness and confidence and – at least for a minute or two – existential angst melts away! Humans, like other mammals, sometimes have negative feelings and to be embraced and feel cherished triggers our brains to release neurotransmitters associated with well-being and pleasure, we make ourselves feel better and eliminate negative emotions.
So… let’s see… swimming with sharks, bungee jumping, sky diving, hardcore rafting, completing a seven-day hike? Nah… I would much rather hug a honey bear. Check out our other bucket list activities?