The Best Peking Duck in Peking

When in Beijing, eat Peking Duck. Indeed, the name Peking Duck come from the city of Peking, or more known as Beijing, the capital of China.

While browsing for best restaurant that serve Peking Duck, the name Da Dong come into the picture. The Michelin star rating guarantee that the food at Da Don won’t disappoint hungry stomach.

Da Dong Peking Duck

To date, it is still the best Peking Duck I ate in and out of China. The skin of the duck is just crispy yet remain moist, melting in mouth when combined with the wrapping. Or even when ate alone.

Definitely the most satisfying food to close the night.

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Street Collage

It seems that business owner in Jakarta just can’t leave a pole clean. They will stick ads for their business on the pole. Most that I can find in today’s morning run is toilet cleaning and house for sale.

Pole Ads

There are also ads for English language, with a mention that it will be taught by a Bule (local term for foreigner from the west with white skin and golden hair). And if you need to run a child’s birthday party, you can also get a Badut (Clown).

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The Bridge Runner

Over my amateur running life, I have been running across 3 bridges. These are no small bridge. These are major bridge that connected significant amount of land masses, or even continent.

The Sentosa Island Bridge, Singapore

Bridge to Sentosa
Photo by Soham Banerjee

This bridge is my first bridge crossing in a major running event, the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore, 2012. The starting point of the half marathon is just few hundred meters on the Singapore island side. The run itself cross the bridge twice, one right after start to Sentosa Island, and another one few kilometers later back from Sentosa Island to Singapore Island.

This is also the shortest bridge crossing I did in an running event. Soon it is followed by the longest bridge crossing on foot.

The 2nd Penang Bridge, Malaysia

Sunrise On Penang Bridge

Until today, the Penang 2nd Bridge is the longest bridge crossing that I did, on foot. I joined a Penang Bridge International Marathon in 2014, and they can fit almost the whole 42km course on the bridge itself. We started on Penang Island, and less than 1 km to the run, we are already on the bridge. The 21km turning point is 1-2 km inland on Malaysia mainland, and then we are back on the bridge.

The Bosphorus Bridge, Turkey

Bosphorus Bridge

My latest running saga brought me to the legendary Bosphorus Bridge. It is legendary, because it connects 2 continents, Asia and Europe. The bridge is normally closed for pedestrian after few suicides, except once a year during the Istanbul Marathon. I crossed the bridge during Istanbul Marathon 2016.

The starting line is few hundred meters on the Asian side of Bosphorus bridge. As I run on the bridge, and I can feel that the bridge shake from the tramping of hundreds of runners.

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Keraton (Palace) Ratu Boko

One of the mystery of Central Java that is still remain unsolved today is Keraton Ratu Boko (Keraton = Palace) in Sleman, Yogyakarta. In fact, it is also still being disputed whether this place was used as palace. Some disputed that this place was for rest and recreation for royal families and friend, or even a monastery.

It was estimated that this palace (or monastery) was built in 8th century. When it was found inĀ  18th century, nature has take its part on the palace, and the palace was left in ruins.

The Main Gate of Ratu Boko

The picture above shows what is left from the main gate. I was standing inside the palace when taking the picture. The wall that surrounds the main building was no more.

Lies in ruins

Big boulders scattered around Ratu Boko area. Experts are still studying this place to determine to which part of Ratu Boko Palace does these boulders belong.

Royal Swimming Pool

This place was the pool in the bathing room. It was suspected that this is the place for the concubines to take a bath, and where the King will pleasure himself.

Wall of the Bedroom

Perhaps, the most well-preserved structure in this complex is the Pendopo, or meeting room. Pendopo lies behind this wall, through the small entrance. The room itself is also pretty much well preserved.

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Sultan Ahmed Mosque of Istanbul (Blue Mosque)

Inside the Blue Mosque

The nickname of Blue Mosque originated from the blue hue of sunlight coming from its windows. Unless you look up, you will be deceived by the red color of the carpet.

The official name of Blue Mosque of Istanbul is Sultan Ahmed Mosque. It was built by Sultan Ahmed I in 1600s, and serve as place to pray, as well as symbol of power of Ottoman Empire.

The Blue Mosque is still functioning as Mosque today. Men still come to pray 5 times a day, and also for the Friday Prayer.

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Not a Tourist, Not a Backpacker