Braun Design Collection & Dieter Rams

Posted on June 14, 2016 by Toothpicker

 
Like London, New York and Paris, Berlin is a cultural city well-known for its world-class art museums. Aside from art, the city also have many inspiring photography and design museums and galleries. The Bauhaus Archive Museum of Design is an obvious choice for all design lovers. However, as a design geek and [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Design, Berlin, German design and was tagged with museums, Berlin, Braun design collection, industrial design, Dieter Rams, product design, German design


Berlin

Posted on June 13, 2016 by Toothpicker

 
 
While many people dislike metropolises for their high density, fast pace, congestion, noise level, pollution, rudeness, and high property prices etc; Berlin, however, seems to be an exception because it still retains an unpretentious charm of a smaller city.
The city is relatively cheap (compare to London and other mega cities), it is [...]

This post was posted in Photography, Travel, Social issues, Street life, Homelessness, Berlin and was tagged with Food & dining, street life, homelessness, Berlin


The 9th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art

Posted on June 12, 2016 by Toothpicker

KW Institute for Contemporary Art
 
After the disappointing DMY design festival, I stumbled upon The 9th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art (4th June until 18th September) by chance, and decided to check out it out. A €16 ticket (€26 including a boat trip) includes admission to four venues across the city. Due to [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Travel, Art, Berlin and was tagged with contemporary art, Art festival, Berlin, Berlin Biennial


Berlin's DMY International Design Festival

Posted on June 9, 2016 by Toothpicker

 
The design festival's 2016 location – the former power plant, Kraftwerk Mitte
 
Back in 2010, I visited Berlin and DMY International Design Festival for the first time; and not only did I fall in love with the city, I also found the festival inspiring. The 5-day event took place at the splendid [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Design festivals & shows, Design, Berlin and was tagged with architecture, Berlin, DMY design festival


Street art and graffiti in Brighton

Posted on May 25, 2016 by Toothpicker

Odisy and Aroe MSK's Run DMC mural in Kensington Street, created in 2008

 
Brighton is known for its arts and culture scene, and so it is not surprising to see a thriving street art scene here. The city is full of original street art pieces including a Banksy – the two kissing policemen [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Street art & graffiti, Britain and was tagged with graffiti/ street art, Brighton


Brighton Festival 2016

Posted on May 20, 2016 by Toothpicker

Top: Brighton railway station, built in 1840; Bottom: Brighton from the train
 
It has been a while since I have visited Brighton, and the annual Brighton Festival (6th - 28th May) gave me a perfect excuse to revisit this popular coastal city.
The trick to train travel in the UK is to book as [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Britain, Architectural conservation, Modernist & Art Deco, Theatre & performance art and was tagged with art deco architecture, theatre, Art festival, modernist architecture, Brighton


Hiking in Hong Kong – From Lung Fu Shan to the Peak

Posted on April 27, 2016 by Toothpicker

A view of Hong Kong from the Peak trail
 
Every time I visit Hong Kong, I have to fit in either a day hike or take the ferry to the outlying islands to unwind and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
One of my favourite hikes is the Lung Fu [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Nature, Hiking & walking and was tagged with Hong Kong, hiking, nature


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


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