Posted on June 12, 2016 by Toothpicker
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
After the disappointing DMY design festival, I stumbled upon The 9th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art (4th June until 18th September) by chance, and decided to check out it out. A €16 ticket (€26 including a boat trip) includes admission to four venues across the city. Due to [...]
Posted on June 9, 2016 by Toothpicker
The design festival's 2016 location – the former power plant, Kraftwerk Mitte
Back in 2010, I visited Berlin and DMY International Design Festival for the first time; and not only did I fall in love with the city, I also found the festival inspiring. The 5-day event took place at the splendid [...]
Posted on May 25, 2016 by Toothpicker
Odisy and Aroe MSK's Run DMC mural in Kensington Street, created in 2008
Brighton is known for its arts and culture scene, and so it is not surprising to see a thriving street art scene here. The city is full of original street art pieces including a Banksy – the two kissing policemen [...]
Posted on May 20, 2016 by Toothpicker
Top: Brighton railway station, built in 1840; Bottom: Brighton from the train
It has been a while since I have visited Brighton, and the annual Brighton Festival (6th - 28th May) gave me a perfect excuse to revisit this popular coastal city.
The trick to train travel in the UK is to book as [...]
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Posted on April 27, 2016 by Toothpicker
A view of Hong Kong from the Peak trail
Every time I visit Hong Kong, I have to fit in either a day hike or take the ferry to the outlying islands to unwind and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
One of my favourite hikes is the Lung Fu [...]
Posted on April 20, 2016 by Toothpicker
The remains of the banyan wall trees on Bonham Road
Unsurprisingly, the image that is often associated with Hong Kong is its famous skyline and high-rise. Yet personally, I consider the city's banyan wall tress to be its most unique sight and heritage. In recent years, trees have become a hot topic in [...]
Posted on April 16, 2016 by Toothpicker
Believe it or not, but you don't have to travel to Japan to view sakura/cherry blossom! These photos of sakura were taken in London's Swiss Cottage!
I wasn't aware that the Camden Council had planted rows of cherry trees between the Swiss Cottage Library/leisure Centre and Hampstead theatre, so I was slightly in [...]
Posted on April 11, 2016 by Toothpicker
I have never been to The London Coffee festival at the Old Truman Brewery before, but I was curious to see what was on offer this year. As a coffee enthusiast, I can't seem to resist coffee-related activities, and one of my favourite is coffee cupping.
Since I wanted to avoid crowds [...]
Posted on April 4, 2016 by Toothpicker
The Peak leisure club – Zaha Hadid's competition winning-design in Hong Kong (1982-83), though the project was never realised
Like most people, the death of world-renowned British Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid came as a shock when I heard it on the radio one afternoon. Suddenly, memories came flooding back, as she was someone [...]
Posted on March 30, 2016 by Toothpicker
The Paper cinema at work
As a fan of paper, puppetry and animation, I was feeling quite ecstatic when I found out about a one-day live animation workshop with The Paper cinema at the Little Angel Theatre in Islington.
Famed for their charming 'Odyssey' show premiered in 2012, The Paper Cinema was founded in [...]