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Tokyo street life

Posted on May 16, 2015 by Toothpicker

People-watching is my favourite pastime when I travel. I enjoy immersing myself in the surroundings and observing the quirks and odd sights. Sometimes being an outsider enables you to notice interesting sightings that are often neglected by the locals. What is 'norm' to the locals may be fascinating to the outsiders, our [...]

This post was posted in Tokyo, Photography, Travel, Anything Japanese, Street life and was tagged with Tokyo, graffiti/ street art, street life

Spring blossom in Tokyo

Posted on May 14, 2015 by Toothpicker

The last days of cherry blossom in Tokyo's Shiba park
Due to all the traveling, I have been slacking on the blog writing lately. The next few entries will be on my trip to Japan last month...
This year, sakura/cherry blossom arrived in Tokyo at the end of March, as predicted by [...]

This post was posted in Tokyo, Travel, Nature, Anything Japanese and was tagged with Tokyo, nature, cherry blossom

Hong Kong's street art & exhibitions 2015

Posted on May 10, 2015 by Toothpicker

A giant pig in Mui Wo by Smile maker Hong Kong
It is interesting to see Hong Kong's street art scene evolving over the last few years (you can read my previous entry from last year here). Compare to city like London, it is still in its infancy, but it is certainly more [...]

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

Hong Kong on Istagram

Posted on May 8, 2015 by Toothpicker

I have been using Instagram on and off for a while now, but on this trip to Asia, I decided to use Instagram as the main social media outlet. It has been fun, but also slightly addictive.
I think Hong Kong is a beguiling city to be photographed; and during my stay, I [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Architecture, Photography, Travel, Nature, Street life and was tagged with Hong Kong, architecture, nature, photography, instagram, street life

PMQ - Hong Kong's creative hub

Posted on May 6, 2015 by Toothpicker

PMQ's Staunton Street entrance
Back in 2010, I visited the disused Grade 3 listed former Hollywood Road Police Married Quarters, which was temporarily transformed into an arts and design hub by deTour (part of The Business of design week). Built in 1951 as housing or dormitory for Chinese rank and file police officers [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Exhibitions, Architecture, Shopping, Travel, Art, Hong Kong design, Architectural conservation, Design and was tagged with Hong Kong, shopping, Hong Kong design, Architectural conservation

Hong Kong's hidden gem: Foo Tak building

Posted on April 28, 2015 by Toothpicker

Foo Tak building in Wan Chai
Sometimes I am surprised by readers' responses to my blog entries. My previous entry on Hong Kong's secondhand bookstores have generated more responses than I expected, so I gathered that people are still interested in independent/secondhand booksellers.
What astonishes me about Hong Kong is that it has [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Shopping, Travel, Graphics & illustrations, books and was tagged with Hong Kong, shopping, bookshops

Hong Kong International film festival 2015

Posted on April 22, 2015 by Toothpicker

While in Hong Kong, two major culture festivals were taking place, so I took the opportunity to attend the Hong Kong Arts Festival, where I saw a China and Hong Kong collaborative play 'The Crowd' and listened to traditional Korean music reinterpreted by contemporary groups Jeong Ga Ak Hoe & Su:m.
However, as [...]

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

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

What I learnt at Art Basel Hong Kong...

Posted on March 27, 2015 by Toothpicker

The alluring appeal of Gilbert & George...
I arrived in Hong Kong in the midst of the Art Basel weekend, and ART was the hottest topic in town. From a city that was once nicknamed 'cultural desert', Hong Kong has come a long way to become the new art hub of Asia. But [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Travel, Art, Art fair, Asian art and was tagged with Hong Kong, art fairs, Asian art, contemporary art, Art Basel Hong Kong

Spring in London!

Posted on March 24, 2015 by Toothpicker

Technically speaking, spring has yet to arrive when I took these photos before my annual trip to Asia. Yet flowers in London have started to blossom despite the persistent cold weather.
If you take a stroll in the park, you will notice colours like yellow, purple and pink starting to emerge. Daffodils and [...]

This post was posted in London, Nature, Gardens & parks and was tagged with London, nature, parks, spring

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