Street life

Broadway and Ernakulam market in Kochi

Posted on April 3, 2020 by Toothpicker

 
I love visiting local food markets when I travel, so I asked my homestay host to recommend one. She recommended Broadway and Ernakulam market, where there are fresh fruits and vegetable stalls, as well as shops selling spices, fashion, fabrics, and homeware etc. I took a ferry from Vypin island to Ernakulam [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Photography, Shopping, Travel, Markets, Street life, India, Kerala and was tagged with Food & dining, shopping, Food markets, street life, India, Kerala, Kochi


Cooking & homestay on Vypin Island, Kochi

Posted on March 30, 2020 by Toothpicker

Chinese fishing nets at Vypin Island
 
I think the rise of Airbnb has contributed to how we travel these days. Now even traditional b & b and homestay have opted to list their accommodations on Airbnb to increase competitiveness. I have had both positive and negative experiences using Airbnb, and the negative experiences [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Architecture, Photography, Cookery, Travel, Street life, India, Colonial architecture, Kerala and was tagged with Food & dining, architecture, cookery, Colonial architecture, Architectural conservation, street life, India, Kerala, Kochi, churches, Vypin Island


Streetscape of Fort Kochi

Posted on March 19, 2020 by Toothpicker

The famous Chinese fishing nets
 
In February, I was lucky enough to travel to Kerala before lockdowns began around the world. It was an extraordinary trip and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I feel grateful that I was able to make this trip, and I hope I can visit India again when it is [...]

This post was posted in Photography, Travel, Nature, Hiking & walking, Street life, India, Kerala and was tagged with walks, nature, street life, walking, India, Fort Kochi, Kerala


Bhuj: 18 years after the earthquake

Posted on April 18, 2019 by Toothpicker

Aina Mahal
 
For my first trip to India, I skipped the popular Rajasthan and opted for a 16-day textiles tour around the less touristy Gujarat, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I joined the group in Bhuj after my 5-day textiles workshop, where we spent a few days visiting the city's sights and textiles studios.
Founded [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Photography, Shopping, Travel, Street life, India, Kutch and was tagged with architecture, shopping, Colonial architecture, heritage, street life, India, Kutch, Bhuj, Gujarat, The Bhuj House


Dharavi - the largest slum in Mumbai

Posted on April 5, 2019 by Toothpicker

The foot bridge to Dharavi 
 
Inequality is increasingly becoming a global issue, but it is more apparent in rich cities like Mumbai - the world's 12th richest city. According to the statistics from 2016, about 55% of the city's population lives in slums, or areas of extreme poverty that lack the basics such [...]

This post was posted in Photography, Travel, Social issues, Street life, Mumbai, India, Inequality & poverty and was tagged with street life, inequality, Mumbai, India, Dharavi, slum tour, poverty


The fascinating streets of Mumbai

Posted on April 3, 2019 by Toothpicker

Mornings and Sundays are the best times to ramble around Mumbai
 
I have wanted to visit India for years and yet never made it until recently. However, due to all the negative press on safety issues for female travellers in recent years, it made me quite anxious before my trip. The only 'alone [...]

This post was posted in Photography, Travel, Street art & graffiti, Street life, Mumbai, India and was tagged with graphic design, sunset, street life, street art, street food, Mumbai, India


Christmas in London

Posted on December 30, 2017 by Toothpicker

Regent Street's Christmas lights
 
Apparently, the British are the most Christmas-obsessed people in the world, according to the results of a recent research. This doesn't seem to surprise me judging from shoppers' behaviour before Christmas. However, there is also a large population of people here who, under different circumstances, do not have families [...]

This post was posted in London, Food & dining, Architecture, Photography, Street art & graffiti, Hiking & walking, Street life and was tagged with London, Food & dining, architecture, street life, street art, walking, Christmas, Christmas lights


The doors of Paris

Posted on September 18, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
 
Top: Petit Palais' Beaux-art façade designed by Charles Girault
 
This post is dedicated to all the beautiful, magnificent, elegant, quirky, stylish, and unconventional doors in Paris. If you haven't noticed the doors in Paris, then start looking when you are in the city next time. Here is a collection that I [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Photography, Travel, Paris, Modernist & Art Deco, Street life and was tagged with architecture, paris, art deco architecture, art nouveau architecture, doors


Hong Kong's streetsigns & urban typography

Posted on April 20, 2017 by Toothpicker

Neon lights and advertising billboards outside of the iconic Sunbeam Theatre in North Point
 
This post is a follow-up of the previous one on Hong Kong's urban typography... Over the years, I have documented the city's streetscape and the relationships between visual communications, architecture, and its perpetually changing identity.
Hong Kong has always [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Photography, Calligraphy, Graphics & illustrations, Traditional arts & crafts, Hong Kong design, Design, Street life, Typography and was tagged with Hong Kong, graphic design, Hong Kong design, street life, typography, calligraphy, street signs


Myanmar's food markets & vendors

Posted on March 31, 2017 by Toothpicker

Bagan
 
Food markets in Asia are always vibrant, colourful and stimulating. In Myanmar, we visited several village and town food markets, and I thoroughly enjoyed the experiences. Aside from food like fish, meat, vegetables, eggs, chilies and dried herbs, we also saw some unusual stuff like the addictive betel leaves and thanaka [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Photography, Travel, Markets, Street life, Myanmar and was tagged with shopping, Food markets, street life, Myanmar, street food


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