Monthly Archives: December 2014

Winter sun seeking in London

Posted on December 30, 2014 by Toothpicker

The idea of sun seeking in London esp. in the winter sounds as mad as a hatter. Whenever I travel abroad and tell people that I live in London, they usually would grin and say something as follows: "Nice city but miserable weather" or "Is it foggy and rainy all the time? [...]

This post was posted in London, Photography, Nature, Street life and was tagged with London, nature, sunset, street life

Vintage shopping at Old Spitalfields market

Posted on December 22, 2014 by Toothpicker


Since it is the shopping season (whether you enjoy it or not), I shall write about shopping... not Christmas but vintage shopping. My shopaholic days were over years ago, now I seldom go shopping unless it is necessary. Yet a few weeks back, I found myself spending hours rummaging around Old Spitalfields [...]

This post was posted in London, Shopping, Vintage and was tagged with London, vintage shopping, Old Spitalfields market

Our new retail stockist: Anthropologie

Posted on December 15, 2014 by Toothpicker

 The facade of Anthropologie store on Kings Road
We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with Anthropologie, one of America's most popular retailers this autumn/winter. The company is our first major retail outlet, which is a big step forward for us. It is exciting to see Gongjang's eco balance monthly [...]

This post was posted in London, Stationery, Shopping, Shopping guide, Business, Korean stationery, Visual merchandising and was tagged with London, architecture, Korean stationery, business, Gongjang

Ai Weiwei at Blenheim Palace

Posted on December 14, 2014 by Toothpicker

Blenheim Palace
For years, I have wanted to visit the 18th century Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill and home of the Dukes of Marlborough; and finally last weekend, my friend and I joined a group to visit this splendid Baroque palace in Oxfordshire. We also managed to see Chinese artist [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Architecture, Travel, Art, Chinese art, British heritage, Britain and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, Chinese art, heritage, Ai Weiwei, Blenheim Palace

Manchester's past & present

Posted on December 11, 2014 by Toothpicker

Bridgewater canal in Castlefield
Like human beings, all cities have their own characteristics, memories and energies. Having lived in several major cities at different stages of my life, I have come to realised that some cities' energies and mine just don't blend well (possibly to do with feng shui?). There are cities that I [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Photography, Travel, Street art & graffiti, Street life, British heritage, Britain and was tagged with architecture, graffiti/ street art, Manchester, street life, England's canals

36 hours in Manchester

Posted on December 4, 2014 by Toothpicker

The historical Castlefield is a conservation area
Whenever independent travelers arrive in an unfamiliar city, the first hurdle that they have to overcome is the initial disorientation stage. Although Manchester is much smaller than London in size, it was still a bit daunting arriving at a station full of busy commuters. Luckily, I [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Architecture, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Art, Contemporary, Britain and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, shopping, Manchester, contemporary architecture

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