Hong Kong's eco design movement

Posted on March 12, 2012 by Toothpicker

Many people will be shocked when they read the title of this blog entry, actually, so am I! For those who know Hong Kong well will know that it is far down on the list for being eco-friendly, way behind other Asian cities like Singapore and Taipei. Yet, from what I have [...]

This post was posted in Eco designs, Eco living & sustainability, Hong Kong design, Design and was tagged with eco designs, eco living, Hong Kong design

MUJI & Naoto Fukasawa

Posted on March 10, 2012 by Toothpicker

As soon as I heard that Naoto Fukasawa (Japanese product designer and advisor for MUJI) will be in town to give a talk at the Design Museum, I booked the ticket immediately knowing that it will be sold-out event (and I was right). I have always liked his minimalist designs i.e. his [...]

This post was posted in London, Japanese designs, Exhibitions, Shopping, Shopping guide, Talks, Eco designs, Anything Japanese, Design and was tagged with London, Japanese designs, Japanese designers, art and design exhibitions, talks, Muji

Tranquil English countryside

Posted on March 5, 2012 by Toothpicker

I used to work in very competitive industries with long working hours, not only did my body suffered, I was constantly stressed out and would experience skin allergies as a result. At the time, I didn't know how to balance my life and my escape was to eat, drink, shop and party [...]

This post was posted in Nature, Hiking & walking and was tagged with walks, nature

The skin we live in

Posted on March 2, 2012 by Toothpicker

I walked past Neal's Yard Remedies last week and saw them promoting their paraben-free week. Potential customers were encouraged to swap their skincare products with parabens for 20% off the store's non-paraben products. It's not a bad way to promote their products and ethics, as well as raising awareness on an issue [...]

This post was posted in Eco living & sustainability, Read & write and was tagged with skincare, books

The 'new' ICA

Posted on February 28, 2012 by Toothpicker

In Numbers: Serial Publications by Artists Since 1955
I used to hang out at the ICA when I was an art student many years ago. It was the 'IT' place for 'cool' art and art house films, I even remember seeing Derek Jarman's film for the first time there. I don't remember when [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Films & documentaries and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, documentaries, ICA

From graffiti to art: Style Wars

Posted on February 23, 2012 by Toothpicker

The most famous street art gallery: East side gallery, Berlin
I have always been fascinated by street art and graffiti, and I have taken photographs of these works of 'art' for quite a few years esp. during my travels. Hence I was glad that I managed to get one of the last few [...]

This post was posted in London, Travel, Films & documentaries, Street art & graffiti and was tagged with London, documentaries, graffiti/ street art

Silent meditation retreat

Posted on February 20, 2012 by Toothpicker

Not so many years ago, I used to enjoy the 'cool' lifestyle. Then one day, this lifestyle became superficial and meaningless to me, and my life took a very drastic change.
I never would have imagined myself becoming a nature-loving person who would regularly hike, meditate and go on retreats in the most [...]

This post was posted in Nature, Buddhism & meditation and was tagged with walks, meditation, nature, retreats

Pilgrimage at Wellcome Collection

Posted on February 16, 2012 by Toothpicker

Is religion the topic of the moment? I would say 'yes' judging by the talks and events happening in London in recent months. I have always enjoyed the exhibitions and events organised by the Wellcome Collection but as it becomes more popular, it is also harder to book onto their free events.
I [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Talks and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, talks, wellcome collection


Posted on February 13, 2012 by Toothpicker

Coffee has always been my obsession and I can't drink enough of it. But since a few years ago, I developed a new obsession with green tea latte (basically it's matcha powder + hot milk + sugar), which was almost impossible to find in London until recently.
Everytime I go to Japan/ Asia [...]

This post was posted in London, Tokyo, Food & dining, Travel, Anything Japanese and was tagged with London, Tokyo, Food & dining, green tea

Goodbye +J!

Posted on February 7, 2012 by Toothpicker

Finally, the successful collaboration between Jil Sander and Uniqlo has come to an end. Who could have guessed that Uniqlo would be the retailer to launch Jil Sander's comeback? From what I recall, this is probably one of the most successful fashion designer + retailer collaborations in recent years besides the H [...]

This post was posted in Shopping, Fashion, Anything Japanese and was tagged with shopping, fashion, Uniqlo

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