Mumbai's splendid colonial architecture

Posted on April 21, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
I arrived late in the evening to Mumbai, and as the cab drove towards Fort (the older part of Mumbai), I was completely capitivated by the impressive colonial architecture out of the window. And in the following days, I spent much of my time wandering around the southern part of Mumbai, which [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Architectural conservation, Mumbai, India, Colonial architecture and was tagged with Colonial architecture, Architectural conservation, Mumbai


Dharavi - the largest slum in Mumbai

Posted on April 18, 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 16, 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


Scottish Highlands: Ullapool

Posted on December 4, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
This summer, I spent two weeks staying in Ullapool, a small picturesque port on the shores of Loch Broom with around 1,500 inhabitants up in the Scottish Highlands. Before this trip, I have never travelled anywhere beyond Inverness in the Highlands. Since Ullapool cannot be reached by rail, I had to take [...]

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Papermaking with plants workshop in The Highlands

Posted on December 2, 2018 by Toothpicker

The scenery from Ullapool to Assynt
 
Scotland is one of my favourite places in the world. I love the landscape, wilderness, people and traditions; however, I am not so fond of its weather – a crucial element that has put me off moving up there. I have been traveling up to Scotland annually [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Eco living & sustainability, Paper art & craft, Scotland, The Highlands and was tagged with nature, eco designs, eco living, paper craft, Scotland, sustainability, craft, papermaking, The Highlands, ecoprinting, Printing


Glasgow: 150 years of Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Posted on November 15, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
The first stop of my three-week trip in Scotland this summer was Glasgow. Although the city is not as glamourous as Edinburgh, I tend to have a bias towards Glasgow, partly because of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and partly because of its friendly residents.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Exhibitions, Architecture, British designs, Travel, Architectural conservation, Designers & artists, Design, Glasgow, British heritage, Scotland and was tagged with architecture, British design, heritage, Scotland, art nouveau architecture, Glasgow, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, arts & crafts movements, Scottish design, The Glasgow art club, Mackintosh at The Willow


Manhole cover designs in Japan

Posted on November 4, 2018 by Toothpicker

Sakura motifs are often featured in Japanese manhole cover designs
 
If you have visited Japan before, you have probably seen the wonderul manhole covers on the pavements all over Japan – it would be hard to miss them! The popularity of these manhole covers has been growing rapidly both locally and overseas, and [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Travel, Graphics & illustrations, Art, Anything Japanese, Design, Japanese art, Japan and was tagged with Japanese designs, graphic design, illustrations, Japan, Japanese craft, manhole covers


Tomigaya: All you need is a dog in Tokyo!

Posted on November 2, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
Dogs in strollers
 
When you think of dog-loving cities, most likely you are going to think of Paris, but on the other side of the world, Tokyo is now the 'Paris of the East' (in terms of their obessions with their pets or dogs).
Tomigaya is an area in Shibuya, located on the [...]

This post was posted in Coffee, Tokyo, Food & dining, Stationery, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Japanese stationery, Anything Japanese, books, Japan and was tagged with Coffee, Tokyo, Food & dining, stationery, shopping, Shopping guide, cafes, street life, bookshops, dog, Tomigaya


Boro textiles at Amuse museum (closed in 2019)

Posted on November 1, 2018 by Toothpicker

Boro – real astonishment exhibition
 
After spending so much time in the rural countryside, I found it hard to cope with the hustle and bustle back in Tokyo, and felt slightly dazy and detached from reality. My original Airbnb booking was cancelled by a host in Tokyo at the last minute, (the 2nd [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Tokyo, Exhibitions, Fashion, Travel, Art, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Design, Japanese art, Japan, Textiles, indigo dyeing, woodblock printing, Boro and was tagged with Tokyo, art and design exhibitions, fashion, museums, traditional crafts, Japanese art, Japan, textiles, indigo dyeing, Japanese craft, Japanese textiles, Boro, Amuse museum


Art, nature & permaculture in Fujino

Posted on October 30, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
Most foreigners who visit Japan tend to stick to big cities or well-known onsen/resorts, and they rarely travel to the rural parts of Japan. On this trip, I completely fell in love with Japan's rural countryside. The Kumano Kodo pilgrimage was a highlight, but I also loved Fujino, a rural town (with [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Food & dining, Shopping, Travel, Nature, Eco living & sustainability, Art, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Contemporary craft, Hiking & walking, Design, Japanese art, ceramics & potteries, Japan, basketry and was tagged with hiking, Japanese designs, Food & dining, shopping, nature, eco living, Japanese art, Japan, pottery, Japanese craft, sustainability, Fujino, basketry, permaculture, transition town


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