Eco living & sustainability

Silent walking weekend

Posted on September 23, 2014 by Toothpicker

 
As a keen hiker/walker, I have joined various walking groups and did many day hikes/walks out of London in recent years. Walking aside, these groups are sociable and provide opportunities to meet and mingle with other walkers who live in London.
Lately, however, I find some group leaders overly keen to get [...]

This post was posted in Photography, Travel, Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Eco living & sustainability, Hiking & walking, England and was tagged with walks, meditation, nature, photography, eco living, retreats


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 on 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


Souvenir from Devon

Posted on December 31, 2013 by Toothpicker

Main: Devon coastline at Teignmouth; bottom left and right: the historical market town, Totnes
 
Many years ago when I still at University, I was invited to be the witness at two good friends' wedding ceremony in Exeter. I have since lost touch with the couple ( I don't even know if [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Eco living & sustainability, England and was tagged with shopping, eco living, Devon, Shopping guide


A very special Christmas retreat

Posted on December 31, 2013 by Toothpicker

Recently a few people have asked me this question: "Why do you continue to go to these meditation retreats?" My answer is simple: I need to get away from the city, work, stress and reconnect with nature and myself. Retreats help me to detox my body and mind, when you are cut [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Eco living & sustainability, Hiking & walking, England, British heritage and was tagged with walks, meditation, nature, Buddhism, eco living, heritage, Devon, retreats


All about Fungi

Posted on November 19, 2013 by Toothpicker

 
I have always loved eating mushrooms, ( it's funny to say this but Campbell's mushroom soup was one of my favourite when I was a kid) years ago, I even bought a hardback cookbook on mushrooms only. About two years ago, I met a couple on a hike who like to [...]

This post was posted in London, Food & dining, Nature, Eco living & sustainability, Hiking & walking and was tagged with London, Food & dining, walks, nature, eco living, fungi


Garrison & the moreTrees project

Posted on October 24, 2013 by Toothpicker

 
A long overdue post on our 'last' product launch before the theme changes this week. Garrison was a brand I was introduced to at the Tokyo Gift Fair back in February.
After being introduced to different company directors who were all very formal and polite, it was quite refreshing to meet the passionate [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Business, Eco designs, Eco living & sustainability, Social issues, Anything Japanese, Designers & artists, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, eco designs, eco living, wood products


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 designs, Business, Eco designs, Eco living & sustainability, Anything Japanese, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, eco designs, eco living, recycling


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 Travel, Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Eco living & sustainability, Hiking & walking, England and was tagged with hiking, meditation, nature, Buddhism, Scotland, retreats


Hong Kong's secondhand bookstores

Posted on May 14, 2013 by Toothpicker

While poverty is a growing issue in Hong Kong, it is still a city of plenty for many. Consumption is a way of life, but the mindset for recycling is still not very popular nor widespread.
A few years ago, I started to change my buying habit and cut down my consumption on [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Eco living & sustainability, Read & write and was tagged with Hong Kong, shopping, books, recycling


Beef 2012 by Seungho Lee

Posted on November 9, 2012 by Toothpicker

This blog post is long overdue... I told Seungho that I would write about his award-winning MA project after my Helsinki trip, but it has taken me all this time to get round to it!
I have been corresponding with Seungho from About:blank via emails since I started stocking their notebooks. Hence, it [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Finnish design, Eco living & sustainability, Social issues, Korean design, Designers & artists, Design, Videos & animations and was tagged with Food & dining, Helsinki, Finnish design, eco living


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