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


Beat the winter blues...

Posted on February 3, 2012 by Toothpicker

After a hectic trip to Paris, I had to return to work... i.e. back to my computer. Ironiclly, as much as I like what I do, I don't enjoy working in front of the computer all the time, hence, I would try to get out whenever possible esp. out of London.
The drop [...]

This post was posted in London, Food & dining, Nature and was tagged with London, Food & dining, nature


Musée des Arts Décoratifs exhibitions (Jan 2012)

Posted on February 2, 2012 by Toothpicker

On a grey and wet January day in Paris, I chose to spend the afternoon at Musee des Arts Decoratifs next to the Louvre. Very much like the V & A in London, this museum has an interesting collection of furniture, crafts, ceramics, designs, fashion and textiles as well as advertising work [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Photography, Travel, Paris, Art and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, paris, photography


My ideal day in Paris...

Posted on February 1, 2012 by Toothpicker

I have a love/hate relationship with Paris (like I do with London, New York and Hong Kong), perhaps it's like any human relationships, the less you know, the better. Now that I keep a fair distance from Paris, I am able to enjoy it more. Contrary to the advice from travel guidebooks [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Travel, Paris and was tagged with paris, Food & dining


Paris exhibitions (Jan 2012)

Posted on January 29, 2012 by Toothpicker

Thierry Mouillé's "Brass Space, Pavillon 1" at Espace culturel Louis Vuitton
 
If I have to choose three cities that offer the most inspiring, original and diverse art/ design/ photography exhibitions, they would be Berlin, Paris and Tokyo (in no particular order), followed by either London or New York. London is not on my [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Photography, Travel, Paris, Art and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, paris, photography


Maison et objet (Jan 2012)

Posted on January 25, 2012 by Toothpicker

It was a last minute decision to go to Maison et objet in Paris (one of the largest trade shows in the world) because I am not very fond of attending trade shows. I have visited the show as well as Ambiente in Frankfurt a few years ago, but I didn't enjoy [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Business, Paris, Trade fairs, Design and was tagged with paris, Maison & objet, Trade fair


Clams & linguine alle vongole

Posted on January 21, 2012 by Toothpicker

Unlike most people, I am not a huge fan of pasta and I don't particularly like pasta with tomato-based sauces. My favourite pasta dish is linguine alle vongole, which is simple, easy and quick to cook but taste delicious.
Since I embarked on a 'meatless' home diet last year, I have been experimenting [...]

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


'Building the revolution' exhibition & House on the embankment

Posted on January 19, 2012 by Toothpicker

Visiting the exhibition, 'Building the revolution: Soviet art and architecture 1915-1935' at the Royal Academy of Art turned out to be quite an emotional experience especially when I saw photographs of where I used to live in Moscow. It brought back many memories but not all good ones.
Due to certain circumstances, I [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Architecture and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, architecture, Moscow


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