Dear Runners for Borobudur Marathon: Don’t Register Until You Have Understood These 11 Things

Medal Borobudur Marathon
Medal Borobudur Marathon

When I heard that Stamford Raffles (British Governor and founder of modern Singapore) in 1814 went to look for this sanctuary deep in the island of Java and how serene the picture of Borobudur in front my coffee table travel book ‘The Road Less Travelled‘, without much delay I signed up the full marathon 42.2kmRead more

Incredible Ijen – 70km volcano run

More than 40 ultra runners battled a route up an active volcanic crater and then ran back down – what enticed them? For me, it was about longing for sense of adventure, to witness and be charmed by wonder of nature in an area that is remote yet famous among tourist. My first visit to East Java Island,Read more

Taste of Japan and All Kansai Festival

Taste of Japan and All Kansai Festival

My knowledge of Japanese cuisine is somehow limited that revolved around sushi, miso, teriyaki, udon, soba, and matcha. In fact, I used to enjoy onigiri (rice ball) during lunch break back when working in Auckland, New Zealand – pretty much every day. Then after, living in the Middle East did not help much to expandRead more