Eco living

King's Cross Pond Club & the New Horizon pavilions

Posted on July 5, 2015 by Toothpicker

The pond club is the new art installation at King's Cross ongoing redevelopment
 
Last month, I attended a tour of the Of Soil and Water: King's Cross Pond Club organised by property developmer Argent ( responsible for the regeneration of King's Cross) as part of the London festival of architecture. If you are [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, British designs, Eco living, Art, Design, Contemporary, Irish design and was tagged with London, architecture, eco designs, British design, Kings Cross, London festival of architecture, outdoor art installations, Irish design


Spring hike in Hong Kong

Posted on April 4, 2015 by Toothpicker

Silver Mine Bay, Mui Wo
 
So far this year, I have only hiked twice, yet both took place in the rain and mist... first in Surrey and then in Hong Kong!
Spring is probably not the best time to visit Hong Kong as the weather is humid, damp, foggy and unpredictable. After the fog [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Travel, Nature, Eco living, Hiking & walking and was tagged with Hong Kong, hiking, nature, eco living


Silent walking weekend

Posted on September 23, 2014 by Toothpicker

 
As a keen hiker/walker, I have joined various walking groups and did many day hikes/walks out of London in recent years. Walking aside, these groups are sociable and provide opportunities to meet and mingle with other walkers who live in London.
Lately, however, I find some group leaders overly keen to get [...]

This post was posted in Photography, Travel, Nature, Meditation & Buddhism, Eco living, Hiking & walking, Britain and was tagged with walks, meditation, nature, photography, eco living, retreats


Slow living on Peng Chau Island

Posted on June 1, 2014 by Toothpicker

 
While I was in Hong Kong, the weather was greyer and cooler than usual and I hardly saw the sun. Hence when the sun came out one day, I decided to take the opportunity to get out of the city. But where? I browsed through the little booklet on Hong Kong's outlying islands [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Photography, Travel, Nature, Eco living, Hiking & walking, Street life and was tagged with Hong Kong, hiking, nature, peng chau, street art


Souvenir from Devon

Posted on December 31, 2013 by Toothpicker

Main: Devon coastline at Teignmouth; bottom left and right: the historical market town, Totnes
 
Many years ago when I still at University, I was invited to be the witness at two good friends' wedding ceremony in Exeter. I have since lost touch with the couple ( I don't even know if [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Eco living, Britain and was tagged with shopping, eco living, Devon, Shopping guide


A very special Christmas retreat

Posted on December 31, 2013 by Toothpicker

Recently a few people have asked me this question: "Why do you continue to go to these meditation retreats?" My answer is simple: I need to get away from the city, work, stress and reconnect with nature and myself. Retreats help me to detox my body and mind, when you are cut [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Nature, Meditation & Buddhism, Eco living, Hiking & walking, Britain, British heritage and was tagged with walks, meditation, nature, Buddhism, eco living, heritage, Devon, retreats


All about Fungi

Posted on November 19, 2013 by Toothpicker

 
I have always loved eating mushrooms, ( it's funny to say this but Campbell's mushroom soup was one of my favourite when I was a kid) years ago, I even bought a hardback cookbook on mushrooms only. About two years ago, I met a couple on a hike who like to [...]

This post was posted in London, Food & dining, Nature, Eco living, Hiking & walking and was tagged with London, Food & dining, walks, nature, eco living, fungi


Garrison & the moreTrees project

Posted on October 24, 2013 by Toothpicker

 
A long overdue post on our 'last' product launch before the theme changes this week. Garrison was a brand I was introduced to at the Tokyo Gift Fair back in February.
After being introduced to different company directors who were all very formal and polite, it was quite refreshing to meet the passionate [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Business, Eco designs, Eco living, Social issues, Anything Japanese, Designers at work, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, eco designs, eco living, wood products


Natural and eco-friendly: Charcoal

Posted on August 16, 2013 by Toothpicker

Unlike other e-tailers, I rarely promote our products on this blog, but this time, I feel the need to write a bit more about charcoal and our newly launched product, Sumi eco KuKKu shoe deodorisers made from recycled charcoal paper. This is our second eco-friendly charcoal product from Japan, after Chikuno cube [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Business, Eco designs, Eco living, Anything Japanese, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, eco designs, eco living, recycling


Summer retreat in Scotland

Posted on August 4, 2013 by Toothpicker

Top left and right: Dhanakosa; Main: Loch voil
 
What is your ideal summer holiday? Sun and beach? Doing eurorail across Europe? Or adventures in South America? After spending three months traveling and working in Asia earlier in the year, I felt the need to give myself some 'me' time and space, and to [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Meditation & Buddhism, Eco living, Hiking & walking, Britain and was tagged with hiking, meditation, nature, Buddhism, Scotland, retreats


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