Monthly Archives: April 2013

The wonders of Guilin

Posted on April 30, 2013 by Toothpicker

The scenic Guilin city centre
Renowned for its unique and picturesque scenery, Guilin is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in China. I wasn't sure what to expect spending after 2 peaceful days in the Yangshuo countryside, but I was quite pleasantly surprised by the city's greenery and relaxing atmosphere [...]

This post was posted in Photography, Travel, Nature, Street life and was tagged with gardens, Guilin, street life, China

The tranquil beauty of Yangshuo

Posted on April 29, 2013 by Toothpicker

Main: Camel hill in the background; bottom right: Moon hill
It has been years since I last visited China ( Hong Kong and Macau don't count), and Guilin has always been on my mind, so I suggested it to a friend who was also keen on exploring this part of China.
Our original plan [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Sports, Transport and was tagged with nature, cycling, China

The return of Taiwanese cinema

Posted on April 27, 2013 by Toothpicker

Taiwanese cinema enjoyed its peak from the early 80s until mid 90s. This was the New Wave and second New Wave period during which many talented directors made their marks. Apart from the art house cinema's favourite, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, there are also Wu Nien-jen, Tsai Ming-liang,now the most famous Taiwanese director, Ang [...]

This post was posted in Films & documentaries and was tagged with documentaries, films, Taiwanese cinema

Creative Taiwanese packaging & graphics

Posted on April 22, 2013 by Toothpicker

Sweets/ candies packaging
I have always been a fan of Japanese packaging but when I was in Taiwan, I was quite excited by the creative and humourous packaging especially with food. From tea to honey, rice, candies, crackers and cakes, every package has its own style and uniqueness. Here are just some snapshots [...]

This post was posted in Packaging, Graphics & illustrations, Taiwanese design, Design and was tagged with Packaging, graphic design, Taiwanese design, Taiwan

Design & craft shopping in Dadaocheng & Datong

Posted on April 18, 2013 by Toothpicker

The beautiful ArtYard is a relaxing place for tea, coffee and craft shopping
ArtYard ( 67, Sec. 1, Dihua St)- Converted from a historical building built in 1923 near the Xiahai City God Temple, the airy and relaxing ArtYard is consisted of a craft shop, art gallery, tea room and cafe. Some [...]

This post was posted in Coffee, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Paper art & craft, Taiwanese design, Taipei, Design and was tagged with Coffee, shopping, Taiwanese design, Taipei, Letterpress, Taiwan

In search of old Taipei: Dadaocheng

Posted on April 16, 2013 by Toothpicker

Top left: Dadaocheng wharf; top right: Xiahai City God Temple; Main & bottom: traditional shops and food stalls

After visiting the Lin Liu-hsin Puppet Theatre Museum, I decided to explore the flavourful and historical Dadaocheng district. Walking towards the museum, I couldn't help but notice the beautiful colonial architecture that are rare to [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Taipei, Architectural conservation, Colonial architecture and was tagged with shopping, Colonial architecture, Taipei

Taipei's paper and puppet museums

Posted on April 14, 2013 by Toothpicker

There are many arts and crafts museums in Taipei but I found these two museums particularly unique and charming, especially for those who are interested in traditional arts and crafts. Suho memorial paper museum is located in a busy business district and can be easily missed, but once inside, the museum has [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Paper art & craft, Traditional arts & crafts, Puppetry, Taipei and was tagged with paper craft, puppetry, traditional crafts, Taipei

Taipei's bid for 2016 World Design Capital

Posted on April 9, 2013 by Toothpicker

The Red House in Xiemen

The reason why I want to emphasise Taipei's bid to become the next World Design Capital ( after Cape Town in 2014) is because their effort can be seen and felt while I was in Taipei. They even dedicated a website for this, so they are quite determined [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Taiwanese design, Taipei, Design and was tagged with architecture, Taiwanese design, Taipei, Taiwan

Kaohsiung's Bamboo street

Posted on April 5, 2013 by Toothpicker

Bamboo street's bamboo and rattan handicrafts

When I first started writing this blog, I was slightly reluctant and hesitant. Although I love to share with people, sharing with the public about my life and inner thoughts seem slightly out of my character.
However, over the time I have learned to use this as a [...]

This post was posted in Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Traditional arts & crafts, Taiwanese design, Kaohsiung, Design and was tagged with Kaohsiung, Taiwanese design, traditional crafts

Kaohsiung's Pier-2 art center & 25Togo shop

Posted on April 3, 2013 by Toothpicker

Like I mentioned in the previous blog entry, in recent years, Kaohsiung's city government has been investing a lot of money and effort aiming to turn Kaohsiung into a more competitive and livable city, and one of the city's biggest project was the development of an old pier full of abandoned warehouses.
Similar [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Travel, Art, Taiwanese design, Kaohsiung, Design, Chinese art and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, Kaohsiung, Taiwanese design, 25Togo

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