Monthly Archives: June 2014

Eastbourne & Beachy Head hike

Posted on June 25, 2014 by Toothpicker

Birling Gap at Beachy Head
The hiking season has resumed! Although hiking can be an all year round activity, it is most enjoyable during the summer because the sun sets later (which means we can do longer hikes) and the temperature is warmer. My first UK hike this year was a circular hike [...]

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

Clerkenwell design week 2014

Posted on June 24, 2014 by Toothpicker

Top & bottom left: The Familoe building; Top middle: Kenneth Grange's talk; St James's church; Bottom right: Studio Weave's Smith pavilion
Over the years, I have witnessed the Clerkenwell design week growing bigger and now it has become one of the important international design events. Aside from the several main venues, showrooms [...]

This post was posted in London, British design, Talks, Design festivals & shows, Design and was tagged with London, talks, British design, Clerkenwell design week

Collect crafts fair 2014

Posted on June 17, 2014 by Toothpicker

Top left: Saatchi Gallery; Top right: Kaori Tatebayashi; 2nd row middle: Richard Slee & James Maskrey; 2nd row right: Clare Twomey's '1000 bowls'; Bottom left: Sachi Fujikake; Bottom right: Shigekazu Nagae

May and Sept must be two of the busiest months in London for designers and crafts people as there are [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Contemporary craft and was tagged with London, contemporary crafts, Craft fair, Collect

A week of silence in Devon

Posted on June 15, 2014 by Toothpicker

Main: The 13th century Grade I listed West Ogwell Church; bottom right: Gaia house
Not long after I returned from Asia, I went to Devon for my first week-long silent meditation retreat at Gaia House, a well-known Buddhist meditation retreat centre which was a former convent. Although I have been meditating [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Britain and was tagged with meditation, nature, Buddhism, Devon, retreats, mindfulness

Pick me up 2014 exhibition

Posted on June 13, 2014 by Toothpicker

Main: Jessica Das' Cat island; bottom middle: Artomatic; Bottom right: Hey

Life has been rather hectic since I got back to London, so there is a backlog of entries... Back in May, I visited the fifth Pick me up 2014 exhibition at the Somerset house, a contemporary graphic arts festival that showcases [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Photography, British design, Graphics & illustrations, Design and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, photography, graphic design, British design, Pick me up

Revisiting Hong Kong's Western district

Posted on June 8, 2014 by Toothpicker

The Hong Kong Museum of Medical SciencesĀ 
Last year I wrote about Hong Kong's mid-levels and Sheung Wan districts, and within a year, the streetscape has changed immensely in this rapidly-changing city, so I have returned to see what is new and how things have changed.
My journey began from Mid-Level's Caine Road, the [...]

This post was posted in Coffee, Hong Kong, Food & dining, Exhibitions, Architecture, Photography, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Markets, Street life, Colonial architecture and was tagged with Coffee, Hong Kong, Food & dining, shopping, museums, Colonial architecture, Shopping guide, street life

Slow living on Peng Chau Island

Posted on June 1, 2014 by Toothpicker

While I was in Hong Kong, the weather was greyer and cooler than usual and I hardly saw the sun. Hence when the sun came out one day, I decided to take the opportunity to get out of the city. But where? I browsed through the little booklet onĀ Hong Kong's outlying islands [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Photography, Travel, Nature, Eco living & sustainability, Hiking & walking, Street life and was tagged with Hong Kong, hiking, nature, peng chau, street art, beach

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