Coffee Plantation Tour At MesaStila Resort – Must Do?

Coffee plant flowers - MesaStila Resort

Last year SOTG supposed to visit a coffee plantation in Ijen but the place closed just when I finished a 70km trail running race later in the afternoon. So when came across that MesaStila, a luxury resort in Magelang exist on a coffee plantation, SOTG was overjoyed. Not a heavy coffee drinker, but I valueRead more

Magical MesaStila – A Javanese Royal Retreat?

What a view while sipping a cuppa

When a friendly chauffeur greeted at the airport at an early crack of dawn, it was just a sign the holiday will be a wonderful one. Between munching on complimentary snacks and short shut-eye in about 1.5 hours journey, the vehicle made its final turn into a long driveway where the discovery of MesaStila ResortRead more

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