Monthly Archives: May 2014

Furze Chan's Chai Wan studio visit

Posted on May 26, 2014 by Toothpicker

One of the perks of my job is to have opportunities to communicate with designers from different backgrounds and nationalities. Often I am intrigued by them and want to know more about the person/team behind the designs. And Hong Kong illustrator/designer Furze Chan is one of them.
I came across Furze's With her [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Stationery, Shopping, Travel, Greeting cards, Hong Kong design, Designers at work, Design and was tagged with Hong Kong, Hong Kong design, Furze Chan, Chai Wan


Ju Ming - Sculpting the Living World

Posted on May 24, 2014 by Toothpicker

Ju Ming's playful and interactive sculptures outside of the museum
 
Although I have seen some of the internationally renowned Taiwanese artist/ sculptor Ju Ming's distinctive sculptures before, I was not aware of what has achieved until I visited his first retrospective in Hong Kong at the Hong Kong museum of Art [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Exhibitions, Travel, Art, Chinese art, Sculptures and was tagged with Hong Kong, art and design exhibitions, Ju Ming, sculptures


Hong Kong International film festival 2014

Posted on May 20, 2014 by Toothpicker

The 38th Hong Kong's International film festival took place from 24th March to 7th April, and I was able to see some films that are yet to be released or may not even get general releases.
As always, with so many films and limited time, it was hard to narrow the selection down [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Travel, Films & documentaries and was tagged with Hong Kong, documentaries, films, Film festival


Hong Kong's new street art scene

Posted on May 15, 2014 by Toothpicker

Graham street mural
 
Hong Kong has never been regarded as an art and creative hub, but in recent years things are changing... aside from the annual Art Basel, new galleries (including international ones) are opening all the time, and the city will finally have its first world-class visual culture museum in 2017 ( [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Travel, Street art & graffiti, Social issues and was tagged with Hong Kong, graffiti/ street art


The debate of 27 Lugard Road in Hong Kong

Posted on May 11, 2014 by Toothpicker

The rooftop with possibly the best view of Hong Kong?
 
Since last year, there has been much debate regarding the future of the century-old historic house at 27 Lugard Road up on the Peak of Hong Kong. It all started when Hong Kong's Town Planning Board approved the conversion of this Grade II [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Architecture, Travel, Architectural conservation and was tagged with Hong Kong, Colonial architecture, Architectural conservation


Sights, colours & tastes of Sinagpore's Chinatown

Posted on May 9, 2014 by Toothpicker

 A view of the city of Ann Siang Hill Park
 
When I visit urban cities, aside from the price, the location of the accommodation is a crucial factor for my decision-making. In Singapore, reasonably-priced accommodations are hard to find, even on Airbnb, options are limited and uninspiring. After some extensive search, I chose [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Architecture, Photography, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Singapore, Architectural conservation, Street life and was tagged with shopping, Colonial architecture, Shopping guide, Singapore, Architectural conservation, Food & dining, street life


Singapores's Tiong Bahru neighbourhood

Posted on May 6, 2014 by Toothpicker

Tiong Bahru estate
 
Tiong Bahru is home to Singapore’s first housing estate, built in the 1930s west of Chinatown. Yet the term 'Tiong Bahru' means new cemetery because it was a swampy land used as a burial site since the late 19th century. Eventually the area was redeveloped and the first set [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Architecture, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Singapore, Singapore design, Architectural conservation, Design, Modernist & Art Deco, books and was tagged with shopping, Shopping guide, art deco architecture, Singapore, Architectural conservation, bookshops, social housing


Singapore's Gardens by the Bay

Posted on May 3, 2014 by Toothpicker

A futuristic-looking garden by Marina Bay
 
When I first saw the photos of Gardens by the Bay a few years ago, I was very impressed by the futuristic architecture and concept. Built on reclaimed land spanning 101 hectares, the tropical gardens are designed by British architects Wilkinson Eyre and landscape architects Grant [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Nature, Gardens & parks, Singapore, Singapore design, Contemporary and was tagged with nature, gardens, Singapore, contemporary architecture


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