September is an important month for Singapore. Grand Prix, the night race gets me very excited and in the mood for a good fun.

I look forward to the concerts, amazing parties and of course watching the race. However this year I wanted to do something cultural and out of town.

On Indonesia’s island Java, there is Borobudur, the largest Buddhist monument in the world. Constructed in the 8th and 9th centuries and abandoned around the 14th century, Borobudur was largely forgotten until it was rediscovered in 1814. It’s hard to imagine that this beauty was covered with dirt for so long. This temple is best visited at dawn when the sun is just slowly waking up and shining it’s rays on the stone temple.

I stayed in Amanjiwo, a part of Aman hotels. It was one of the most unique hotels I ever stayed in Asia. Enveloped by the rainforest of central Java, it’s a place for spirituality and relaxation. The majestic temple can be seen from almost everywhere in the hotel grounds.

I could not help myself to take these photos and share with you. It’s a shame that I could not bring the smell and sounds of this magical place. If you are ever in the area, it’s worth a visit.