Shopping guide

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, Britain and was tagged with shopping, eco living, Devon, Shopping guide


Souvenir from Asia

Posted on June 13, 2013 by Toothpicker

A long-overdue entry on some interesting finds I bought while I was traveling around Asia...
Japan
 

Fun 3-dimensional cards from Japan
 
In my previous entries on Kyoto and Tokyo ( click here to read), I have included some stationery and cards that I bought from specific shops, but here are some others including a washi [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Stationery, Shopping, Shopping guide, Packaging, Greeting cards, Japanese stationery, Graphics & illustrations, Anything Japanese, Taiwanese design, Hong Kong design, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, stationery, shopping, greeting cards, graphic design, Hong Kong design, Taiwanese design


Hong Kong's neighbourhood: Sheung Wan

Posted on May 21, 2013 by Toothpicker

Main: Tai Ping Shing Street; bottom right: Xin Xin gallery
 
I often feel blessed to have lived in different cities around the world, which I believe helps me to be open minded about different cultures and people. Yet I have always felt like an outsider ( not always by choice), and never felt [...]

This post was posted in Coffee, Hong Kong, Food & dining, Architecture, Photography, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Street art & graffiti, Street life and was tagged with Coffee, Hong Kong, Food & dining, shopping, Sheung wan, street life


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


Design & craft shopping in Dadaocheng & Datong

Posted on April 18, 2013 by Toothpicker

The beautiful ArtYard is a relaxing place for tea, coffee and craft shopping
 
Dadaocheng:
ArtYard ( 67, Sec. 1, Dihua St)- Converted from a historical building built in 1923 near the Xiahai City God Temple, the airy and relaxing ArtYard is consisted of a craft shop, art gallery, tea room and cafe. Some [...]

This post was posted in Coffee, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Paper art & craft, Taiwanese design, Taipei, Design and was tagged with Coffee, shopping, Taiwanese design, Taipei, Letterpress, Taiwan


In search of old Taipei: Dadaocheng

Posted on April 16, 2013 by Toothpicker

Top left: Dadaocheng wharf; top right: Xiahai City God Temple; Main & bottom: traditional shops and food stalls

 
After visiting the Lin Liu-hsin Puppet Theatre Museum, I decided to explore the flavourful and historical Dadaocheng district. Walking towards the museum, I couldn't help but notice the beautiful colonial architecture that are rare to [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Taipei, Architectural conservation, Colonial architecture and was tagged with shopping, Colonial architecture, Taipei


Kaohsiung's Bamboo street

Posted on April 5, 2013 by Toothpicker

Bamboo street's bamboo and rattan handicrafts

 
When I first started writing this blog, I was slightly reluctant and hesitant. Although I love to share with people, sharing with the public about my life and inner thoughts seem slightly out of my character.
However, over the time I have learned to use this as a [...]

This post was posted in Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Traditional arts & crafts, Taiwanese design, Kaohsiung, Design and was tagged with Kaohsiung, Taiwanese design, traditional crafts


Design & stationery shopping in Tokyo

Posted on March 1, 2013 by Toothpicker

Main: Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku; bottom left: Yuse's sandwich tags; bottom right: fun fish pencil cases
 
With so many cool and unique design shops all over Tokyo, it is almost impossible to give a comprehensive list, so here is an overview of just some of them:
Omotesando
Tokyo's Tokyo ( 4-30-3 Jingumae) - Located on [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Tokyo, Stationery, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Japanese stationery, Anything Japanese, Design, Visual merchandising, Japan and was tagged with Tokyo, Japanese designs, stationery, shopping, Muji, Japan, visual merchandising


Tsukiji fish market

Posted on February 26, 2013 by Toothpicker

 
Although I have been to Tsukiji fish market many times, I have never been able to get up early enough to see the auctions or other market activities. However, I still enjoy strolling around and having omakase sushi breakfast whenever I visit. But when I heard that the 78-year old market is [...]

This post was posted in Tokyo, Food & dining, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Markets, Anything Japanese, Japan and was tagged with Tokyo, Food & dining, Markets, sushi, Japan


Yanesen: step back in time

Posted on February 24, 2013 by Toothpicker

Top left: Scai the bathhouse; top right: a temples in Yanaka; main: the nostalgic Yanaka
 
There are so many cool and interesting neighbourhoods in Tokyo, but my favourite is the area known as Yanesen ( including three neighbourhoods: Yanaka, Nezu and Sendagi). In a metropolis where everything changes faster than the blink of [...]

This post was posted in Coffee, Tokyo, Photography, Stationery, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Japanese stationery, Anything Japanese, Street life, Japan and was tagged with Coffee, Tokyo, stationery, shopping, Japan, street life


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