Author Archives: Toothpicker

Slow pace in Bangkok... Baan Pra Nond

Posted on April 28, 2012 by Toothpicker

I can't say that Bangkok is on my top 10 favourite cities' list, but it certainly has its charm despite the chaos, pollution and notorious traffic jams. I was meant to visit Bangkok in October for the gift and furniture trade fair, but had to cancel at the last minute because of [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Bangkok and was tagged with architecture, Bangkok, b & b, Thailand


Tango moments

Posted on April 18, 2012 by Toothpicker

Tango al fresco at Regents Park
 
You don't have to be a tango dancer to appreciate this sensual and elegant dance, and I am talking about Argentinian tango, not the dramatic ballroom or 'Strictly come dancing' style. A lot of people get confused with the two as they still have this idea of [...]

This post was posted in Tango, Dance, Videos & animations and was tagged with tango, short films, dance, videos


Ttable office & Korean stationery

Posted on April 13, 2012 by Toothpicker

As a huge fan of Japanese design and stationery, I was quite oblivious to Korean stationery until my first visit to Seoul two years ago. What I did not expect was to see so many independent stationery shops, occupying prime locations and in big shopping malls. This is quite rare to see [...]

This post was posted in Stationery, Greeting cards, Korean stationery, Korean design, Design and was tagged with greeting cards, Korean stationery, Ttable office


Walking in Cornwall

Posted on April 6, 2012 by Toothpicker

What are the key components of a perfect getaway? Good companion, great food and wine, cosy and comfortable accomodation, hassle-free transportation and stunning scenery. Well, I experienced them all when I joined a wonderful walking group to Cornwall last weekend! Words fail to describe the experience, so I will let the photos [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Hiking & walking, England and was tagged with walks, nature, Cornwall


This is not a film & Iranian cinema

Posted on April 4, 2012 by Toothpicker

I first encountered Iranian cinema around the mid 90s, and I found myself being mesmerised by films from directors like Abbas Kiarostami, Mohsen Makhmalbaaf, and Jafar Panahi. Panahi's 'The White balloon' in particular, left a very strong impression on me. I liked the simplicity and humanity of the story, which has a [...]

This post was posted in Films & documentaries, Social issues, Human rights and was tagged with documentaries, films, Human rights, Jafar Panahi


A mindful evening with Thich Nhat Hanh

Posted on March 25, 2012 by Toothpicker

Thich Nhat Hanh's calligraphy exhibition in Hong Kong, 2010
 
There are not that many living leaders I truly respect; politically, it's Aung San Suu Kyi while spiritually, it's Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh. Both of them are Buddhists from Southeast Asia who have experienced turmoil in their own countries, but both have [...]

This post was posted in London, Talks, Buddhism & meditation and was tagged with London, meditation, talks, Buddhism, Thich Nhat Hanh


'The price of sex' by Mimi Chakarova

Posted on March 25, 2012 by Toothpicker

I hope that my blog title will not attract the wrong crowd thinking that this is a porn site! It's actually about a documentary that I saw at the Human Rights Watch film festival currently showing in London.
Before launching the website, I found the whole idea of social media quite daunting. Little [...]

This post was posted in Talks, Films & documentaries, Social issues and was tagged with talks, documentaries, ICA


The joy (and pain) of origami

Posted on March 24, 2012 by Toothpicker

One of the perks of my job involves sourcing unusual and interesting products from different designers or companies. But sometimes, it is not easy placing orders without seeing the actual products, esp. if they require self-assembly. I love origami and so I requested some Japanese origami product samples from Tokyo Shiki, a [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Stationery, Greeting cards, Paper art & craft, Japanese stationery, Anything Japanese, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, stationery, greeting cards, origami


2 verdicts on 2 business events in 2 days

Posted on March 22, 2012 by Toothpicker

For a change, this entry is businessy and contains no photo... it is my afterthoughts of the two business events that I attended earlier this week.
I used to attend many business events before launching the business, but only less than a handful since. Experiences taught me that not all events are relevant [...]

This post was posted in London, Business, Talks and was tagged with London, talks


My greeting card collection

Posted on March 16, 2012 by Toothpicker

Some people like to collect silverware or vintage cars or even Louis Vuitton handbags, I, on the otherhand, have been collecting stationery (esp. Snoopy ones) since I was a child. I started collecting mini erasers given to me at the doctor's clinic ( I wonder if doctors still do that now?), followed [...]

This post was posted in Stationery, Greeting cards, Paper art & craft, Japanese stationery, Anything Japanese, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, stationery, greeting cards, origami


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