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Walking in Cornwall

Posted on April 6, 2012 by Toothpicker

What are the key components of a perfect getaway? Good companion, great food and wine, cosy and comfortable accomodation, hassle-free transportation and stunning scenery. Well, I experienced them all when I joined a wonderful walking group to Cornwall last weekend! Words fail to describe the experience, so I will let the photos [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Hiking & walking, Britain and was tagged with walks, nature, Cornwall


This is not a film & Iranian cinema

Posted on April 4, 2012 by Toothpicker

I first encountered Iranian cinema around the mid 90s, and I found myself being mesmerised by films from directors like Abbas Kiarostami, Mohsen Makhmalbaaf, and Jafar Panahi. Panahi's 'The White balloon' in particular, left a very strong impression on me. I liked the simplicity and humanity of the story, which has a [...]

This post was posted in Films & documentaries, Social issues, Human rights and was tagged with documentaries, films, Human rights, Jafar Panahi


A mindful evening with Thich Nhat Hanh

Posted on March 25, 2012 by Toothpicker

Thich Nhat Hanh's calligraphy exhibition in Hong Kong, 2010
 
There are not that many living leaders I truly respect; politically, it's Aung San Suu Kyi while spiritually, it's Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh. Both of them are Buddhists from Southeast Asia who have experienced turmoil in their own countries, but both have [...]

This post was posted in London, Talks, Meditation & Buddhism and was tagged with London, meditation, talks, Buddhism, Thich Nhat Hanh


'The price of sex' by Mimi Chakarova

Posted on March 25, 2012 by Toothpicker

I hope that my blog title will not attract the wrong crowd thinking that this is a porn site! It's actually about a documentary that I saw at the Human Rights Watch film festival currently showing in London.
Before launching the website, I found the whole idea of social media quite daunting. Little [...]

This post was posted in Talks, Films & documentaries, Social issues and was tagged with talks, documentaries, ICA


The joy (and pain) of origami

Posted on March 24, 2012 by Toothpicker

One of the perks of my job involves sourcing unusual and interesting products from different designers or companies. But sometimes, it is not easy placing orders without seeing the actual products, esp. if they require self-assembly. I love origami and so I requested some Japanese origami product samples from Tokyo Shiki, a [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Stationery, Greeting cards, Paper craft, Japanese stationery, Anything Japanese, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, stationery, greeting cards, origami


2 verdicts on 2 business events in 2 days

Posted on March 22, 2012 by Toothpicker

For a change, this entry is businessy and contains no photo... it is my afterthoughts of the two business events that I attended earlier this week.
I used to attend many business events before launching the business, but only less than a handful since. Experiences taught me that not all events are relevant [...]

This post was posted in London, Business, Talks and was tagged with London, talks


My greeting card collection

Posted on March 16, 2012 by Toothpicker

Some people like to collect silverware or vintage cars or even Louis Vuitton handbags, I, on the otherhand, have been collecting stationery (esp. Snoopy ones) since I was a child. I started collecting mini erasers given to me at the doctor's clinic ( I wonder if doctors still do that now?), followed [...]

This post was posted in Stationery, Greeting cards, Paper craft, Japanese stationery, Anything Japanese, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, stationery, greeting cards, origami


Hong Kong's eco design movement

Posted on March 12, 2012 by Toothpicker

Many people will be shocked when they read the title of this blog entry, actually, so am I! For those who know Hong Kong well will know that it is far down on the list for being eco-friendly, way behind other Asian cities like Singapore and Taipei. Yet, from what I have [...]

This post was posted in Eco designs, Eco living, Hong Kong design, Design and was tagged with eco designs, eco living, Hong Kong design


MUJI & Naoto Fukasawa

Posted on March 10, 2012 by Toothpicker

As soon as I heard that Naoto Fukasawa (Japanese product designer and advisor for MUJI) will be in town to give a talk at the Design Museum, I booked the ticket immediately knowing that it will be sold-out event (and I was right). I have always liked his minimalist designs i.e. his [...]

This post was posted in London, Japanese designs, Exhibitions, Shopping, Shopping guide, Talks, Eco designs, Anything Japanese, Design and was tagged with London, Japanese designs, Japanese designers, art and design exhibitions, talks, Muji


Tranquil English countryside

Posted on March 5, 2012 by Toothpicker

I used to work in very competitive industries with long working hours, not only did my body suffered, I was constantly stressed out and would experience skin allergies as a result. At the time, I didn't know how to balance my life and my escape was to eat, drink, shop and party [...]

This post was posted in Nature, Hiking & walking and was tagged with walks, nature


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