The skin we live in

Posted on March 2, 2012 by Toothpicker

I walked past Neal's Yard Remedies last week and saw them promoting their paraben-free week. Potential customers were encouraged to swap their skincare products with parabens for 20% off the store's non-paraben products. It's not a bad way to promote their products and ethics, as well as raising awareness on an issue [...]

This post was posted in Eco living, Read & write and was tagged with skincare, books


The 'new' ICA

Posted on February 28, 2012 by Toothpicker

In Numbers: Serial Publications by Artists Since 1955
 
I used to hang out at the ICA when I was an art student many years ago. It was the 'IT' place for 'cool' art and art house films, I even remember seeing Derek Jarman's film for the first time there. I don't remember when [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Films & documentaries and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, documentaries, ICA


From graffiti to art: Style Wars

Posted on February 23, 2012 by Toothpicker

The most famous street art gallery: East side gallery, Berlin
 
I have always been fascinated by street art and graffiti, and I have taken photographs of these works of 'art' for quite a few years esp. during my travels. Hence I was glad that I managed to get one of the last few [...]

This post was posted in London, Travel, Films & documentaries, Street art & graffiti and was tagged with London, documentaries, graffiti/ street art


Silent meditation retreat

Posted on February 20, 2012 by Toothpicker

 
Not so many years ago, I used to enjoy the 'cool' lifestyle. Then one day, this lifestyle became superficial and meaningless to me, and my life took a very drastic change.
I never would have imagined myself becoming a nature-loving person who would regularly hike, meditate and go on retreats in the most [...]

This post was posted in Nature, Meditation & Buddhism and was tagged with walks, meditation, nature, retreats


Pilgrimage at Wellcome Collection

Posted on February 16, 2012 by Toothpicker

Is religion the topic of the moment? I would say 'yes' judging by the talks and events happening in London in recent months. I have always enjoyed the exhibitions and events organised by the Wellcome Collection but as it becomes more popular, it is also harder to book onto their free events.
I [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Talks and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, talks, wellcome collection


Matchamania

Posted on February 13, 2012 by Toothpicker

Coffee has always been my obsession and I can't drink enough of it. But since a few years ago, I developed a new obsession with green tea latte (basically it's matcha powder + hot milk + sugar), which was almost impossible to find in London until recently.
Everytime I go to Japan/ Asia [...]

This post was posted in London, Tokyo, Food & dining, Travel, Anything Japanese and was tagged with London, Tokyo, green tea, Food & dining


Goodbye +J!

Posted on February 7, 2012 by Toothpicker

Finally, the successful collaboration between Jil Sander and Uniqlo has come to an end. Who could have guessed that Uniqlo would be the retailer to launch Jil Sander's comeback? From what I recall, this is probably one of the most successful fashion designer + retailer collaborations in recent years besides the H [...]

This post was posted in Shopping, Fashion, Anything Japanese and was tagged with shopping, fashion, Uniqlo


War of the atheists

Posted on February 6, 2012 by Toothpicker

I am a bit reluctant to talk about religion on this blog as it is a sensitive subject (along with politics), but I cannot bear the ongoing religious debate anymore. I think it is a propaganda started by Richard Dawkins to divide our society into two groups: believers (in his eyes: ignorants) [...]

This post was posted in Talks and was tagged with talks, Alain de Botton


Beat the winter blues... baking

Posted on February 5, 2012 by Toothpicker

My walking group's outing to the Chilterns has been cancelled due to the snow, so I am staying indoors for the day. Then I suddenly had this urge to bake... I love cooking but baking isn't exactly my thing. However, since I discovered a great muffin recipe last year, I have been [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Cookery and was tagged with Food & dining, cookery


Beat the winter blues... California dreaming

Posted on February 4, 2012 by Toothpicker

No, I haven't flown to California yet... I was listening to 'California dreaming' while I was out in sub-zero temperature and I couldn't stop daydreaming (one of my favourite hobbies) about it!! Oh, how I wish I was there now! You will know what I mean when you look at the photos [...]

This post was posted in Uncategorized, Travel, Nature and was tagged with Daydreaming, California


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