Wall trees in Hong Kong

Posted on April 20, 2016 by Toothpicker

The remains of the banyan wall trees on Bonham Road
Unsurprisingly, the image that is often associated with Hong Kong is its famous skyline and high-rise. Yet personally, I consider the city's banyan wall tress to be its most unique sight and heritage. In recent years, trees have become a hot topic in [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Nature, Social issues and was tagged with Hong Kong, nature, heritage, trees

Cherry Blossom in London

Posted on April 16, 2016 by Toothpicker

Believe it or not, but you don't have to travel to Japan to view sakura/cherry blossom! These photos of sakura were taken in London's Swiss Cottage!
I wasn't aware that the Camden Council had planted rows of cherry trees between the Swiss Cottage Library/leisure Centre and Hampstead theatre, so I was slightly in [...]

This post was posted in London, Nature and was tagged with London, nature, spring, cherry blossom

The London Coffee Festival 2016

Posted on April 11, 2016 by Toothpicker


I have never been to The London Coffee festival at the Old Truman Brewery before, but I was curious to see what was on offer this year. As a coffee enthusiast, I can't seem to resist coffee-related activities, and one of my favourite is coffee cupping.
Since I wanted to avoid crowds [...]

This post was posted in London, Coffee and was tagged with London, Coffee, The London Coffee Festival

How I fell out of love with Zaha Hadid's architecture

Posted on April 4, 2016 by Toothpicker

The Peak leisure club – Zaha Hadid's competition winning-design in Hong Kong (1982-83), though the project was never realised
Like most people, the death of world-renowned British Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid came as a shock when I heard it on the radio one afternoon. Suddenly, memories came flooding back, as she was someone [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Contemporary and was tagged with contemporary architecture, Zaha Hadid

Live animation workshop with The Paper cinema

Posted on March 30, 2016 by Toothpicker

The Paper cinema at work
As a fan of paper, puppetry and animation, I was feeling quite ecstatic when I found out about a one-day live animation workshop with The Paper cinema at the Little Angel Theatre in Islington.
Famed for their charming 'Odyssey' show premiered in 2012, The Paper Cinema was founded in [...]

This post was posted in London, Graphics & illustrations, Traditional arts & crafts, Puppetry, Theatre & performance art and was tagged with London, puppetry, illustrations, theatre, The Paper Cinema

Hooligan Sparrow

Posted on March 15, 2016 by Toothpicker

The Chinese human rights activist Ye Haiyan
Last week I attended the opening night of the Human Rights watch film festival to watch a new documentary called 'Hooligan Sparrow' by young Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang.
The filmmaker originally wanted to make a film about the abuse of sex workers in China, but ended up [...]

This post was posted in London, Films & documentaries, Social issues, Human rights and was tagged with documentaries, Film festival, Human rights, Hooligan Sparrow

Iceland's Museum of Design and Applied Art

Posted on February 23, 2016 by Toothpicker

There are many museums in the centre of Reykjavik, so I am not sure how many tourists would venture out of the city to The Museum of Design and Applied Art located 6 km away from the centre. I managed to board onto the correct bus (number 1 from the City Hall [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Travel, Contemporary crafts, Design, Iceland, Icelandic design and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, ceramics & potteries, Iceland, Icelandic design

Reykjavik's street art

Posted on February 19, 2016 by Toothpicker

Street art has become a global cultural phenomenon in the 21st century. What started as a subversive culture in the 1970s/80s New York has now evolved into a contemporary art movement.
While numerous street artists employ this medium to express their political views towards their governments and society, there are many who simply [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Street art & graffiti, Iceland, Reykjavijk and was tagged with graffiti/ street art, Iceland, Reykjavik

Reykjavik's contemporary architecture

Posted on February 16, 2016 by Toothpicker


Harpa concert and conference centre

This is my last entry on the architecture in Reykjavik, which focuses on the contemporary buildings in the city.
The most distinguished contemporary building in Reykjavik has to be the Harpa Concert and Conference Centre, opened in 2011. Designed by Danish architecture studio Henning Larsen Architects and Icelandic studio [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Design, Contemporary, Iceland, Reykjavijk, Icelandic design and was tagged with contemporary architecture, Iceland, Reykjavik, Icelandic design

The Nordic House by Alvar Aalto

Posted on February 12, 2016 by Toothpicker


I am a big fan of Finnish Modernist architect Alvar Aalto's work ( you can read my previous entry on him here). Although most of Aalto's buildings are located in Finland, he did build a few outside of Finland in his later years, and The Nordic House in Reykjavik is one [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Finnish design, Design, Modernist & Art Deco, Iceland, Reykjavijk and was tagged with alvar aalto, Finnish design, modernist architecture, Reykjavik

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