Monthly Archives: August 2013

Show me your type: London

Posted on August 30, 2013 by Toothpicker

The Granary building, home to Central St Marins' new campus
For those of us who have lived in London long enough would remember what Kings Cross used to be like: seedy! Now after much investment has been poured into the area, it is barely recognisable especially north of Kings Cross and St Pancras [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Graphics & illustrations and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, graphic design, Kings Cross

Traditional Chinese paper cuts

Posted on August 26, 2013 by Toothpicker

As promised, I shall continue to 'show off' my vintage collection... and this time, it is traditional Chinese paper cuts that I collected when I was young. As a child, I loved to draw, cut, fold ( origami) and build ( lego). Of course my cutting technique was hardly refined, but I [...]

This post was posted in Paper art & craft, Chinese design, Traditional arts & crafts, Design and was tagged with paper craft, chinese design, Chinese paper cuts, folk arts & craft

The act of killing

Posted on August 24, 2013 by Toothpicker

I was aware of all the positive reviews on the documentary, "The act of killing" ( directed by Joshua Oppenheimer and executive produced by Werner Herzog) when it was released here about 2 months ago, but with the subject matter and the heat wave ( yes, I am blaming the sunny weather) [...]

This post was posted in Films & documentaries and was tagged with documentaries

Alternative guide to the universe exhibition

Posted on August 21, 2013 by Toothpicker

I went to see the Alternative guide to the universe exhibition at the Hayward Gallery last month but I haven't had the chance to write about it. Since it is closing on Sunday, I want to write about it before it ends.
The art shown at this vast exhibition is usually considered as [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Art and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, outsider art

Marina Abramovic Institute

Posted on August 18, 2013 by Toothpicker

Previously, I have written about performance artist, Marina Abramovic's documentary, "The Artist Is Present". Now the NY-based artist is pledging on Kickstarter for backers to contribute towards her latest, ambitious and ground-breaking project, Marina Abramovic Institute.
The buzz lately has been mostly about the fundraising video featuring Lady Gaga naked practicing the performance [...]

This post was posted in Art, Theatre & performance art and was tagged with Marina Abramovic, performance art

Natural and eco-friendly: Charcoal

Posted on August 16, 2013 by Toothpicker

Unlike other e-tailers, I rarely promote our products on this blog, but this time, I feel the need to write a bit more about charcoal and our newly launched product, Sumi eco KuKKu shoe deodorisers made from recycled charcoal paper. This is our second eco-friendly charcoal product from Japan, after Chikuno cube [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Business, Eco designs, Eco living & sustainability, Anything Japanese, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, eco designs, eco living, recycling

Vintage Japanese & Chinese bookmarks

Posted on August 12, 2013 by Toothpicker

This month, I would like to 'show-off' some of my vintage stationery collection from both my childhood and travels. Even though I have loved stationery since I was a child, I never thought that I would be selling stationery one day, so life is really full of surprises sometimes!
Recently I found a [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Stationery, Japanese stationery, Chinese design, Graphics & illustrations, Anything Japanese, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, stationery, graphic design, chinese design, illustrations, vintage bookmarks

Summer colours in London

Posted on August 9, 2013 by Toothpicker

The month-long heat wave in London finally came to an end, apparently we will be experiencing more typical British summer weather ( which means cooler temperature with a mix of rain, clouds and sun) in the next few weeks.
During the heat wave, I took the opportunity to take some photos of [...]

This post was posted in London, Gardens & parks and was tagged with London, architecture, gardens

Retreat aftermath

Posted on August 7, 2013 by Toothpicker

Stunning scenery from the train journey between Edinburgh and Newcastle
It has been about 5 days since I returned from Scotland, and I am still feeling slightly disorientated ( which seems to always happen after a week-long retreat).
I remember on the day of departure, some retreat friends and I had some spare time [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Business, Transport and was tagged with meditation, business, Scotland, retreats

Summer retreat in Scotland

Posted on August 4, 2013 by Toothpicker

Top left and right: Dhanakosa; Main: Loch voil
What is your ideal summer holiday? Sun and beach? Doing eurorail across Europe? Or adventures in South America? After spending three months traveling and working in Asia earlier in the year, I felt the need to give myself some 'me' time and space, and to [...]

This post was posted in Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Eco living & sustainability, Hiking & walking, Britain and was tagged with hiking, meditation, nature, Buddhism, Scotland, retreats

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