Tag Archives: nature

Streetscape of Fort Kochi

Posted on March 28, 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


'Just sitting' at the zazen weekend retreat

Posted on February 20, 2020 by Toothpicker

 
For the past few years, I would spend one February weekend attending an annual zazen retreat organised by my zazen group at a farm outside of London. Our zazen group is quite small, so most of us know each other quite well. People come and go, and there is no pressure to [...]

This post was posted in Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Anything Japanese, Britain and was tagged with meditation, nature, Buddhism, retreats, Zen Buddhism, zazen


London's unusual sunset spot: Emirates Air Line

Posted on December 4, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
I feel that sometimes when we live in a place for a long time, we would start taking things for granted, and stop noticing our surroundings. Yet if you talk to tourists or friends visiting from abroad, you are likely to be surprised by their discovery and knowledge about your home city/town/village [...]

This post was posted in London, Nature, Transport and was tagged with London, nature, sunset, Emirates Air Line, cable car


The splendid Dale Chihuly exhibition at Kew Gardens

Posted on November 2, 2019 by Toothpicker

Sapphire Star, 2010

 
I am not sure why it took me so long to visit the 'Chihuly - Reflections on nature' exhibition at Kew Gardens, but I finally managed to catch it a few days before it ended. It was not the best day to visit Kew, but the autumn foliage made up [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Nature, Art, Contemporary craft, Gardens & parks, contemporary, Sculptures and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, nature, gardens, contemporary crafts, sculptures, contemporary art, autumn, kew gardens, Dale Chihuly, glass


William Morris' Red House in Bexleyheath

Posted on August 25, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Architecture in Bexleyheath
 
Although I live in London, there are still many areas of the city that I am unfamiliar with or have never been to. I have long wanted to visit William Morris' former residence Red House in Bexleyheath, but somehow never got round to it. Since August is a quiet [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, British design, Nature, Art, Traditional arts & crafts, Gardens & parks, Architectural conservation, Designers & artists, Design, British art, British heritage and was tagged with London, architecture, nature, gardens, British design, heritage, William Morris, Architectural conservation, arts & crafts movements, Red House


Tsz Shan Monastery & Buddhist Art Museum, Hong Kong

Posted on June 4, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Of course we all know this: money can't buy you happiness. But for Li Ka-shing, Asia's riches man, money can buy him a Buddhist Monastery, and possibly nirvana. I have wanted to visit Tsz Shan Monastery funded by the Li Ka Shing Foundation since its opening four years ago. However, the online [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Architecture, Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Art, Buddhist art and was tagged with Hong Kong, architecture, nature, Buddhism, Buddhist art, Tsz Shan Monastery, Buddhist art museum


Hong Kong heritage: old Tai Po Police station/ Green Hub

Posted on May 30, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Even though Hong Kong is a small city, there are many hidden gems that are off the beaten track, and Green Hub is one of them. I only discovered this place via google map while I was in Tai Po after a visit to the Tsz Shan Monastery. Originally I was simply [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Food & dining, Architecture, Nature, Eco living & sustainability, Architectural conservation, Colonial architecture and was tagged with Hong Kong, Food & dining, architecture, nature, eco living, Colonial architecture, heritage, Architectural conservation, sustainability, Green Hub, Tai Po


Hiking in Hong Kong: Lamma island

Posted on May 24, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Hiking is definitely one of my favourite acitivities in Hong Kong, and I would do at least one hike whatever I visit the city. Not long ago, I reconnected with an old friend in the city who is a keen hiker, and she suggested taking the ferry to Lamma Island (35 minutes [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Food & dining, Travel, Nature, Hiking & walking and was tagged with Hong Kong, hiking, Food & dining, nature, sunset, beach, Lamma Island


Shaam E Sarhad village resort & Hodka village visit

Posted on May 9, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Unexpectedly, on the edge of the desert region lies a wonderful eco-friendly and rustic village resort owned and run by the Village Tourism Committee of Hodka village. The village is believed to have been set up by the 'Halepotra' clan from Sindh (now Pakistan) who were cattle herders and eventually settled in [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Architecture, Travel, Nature, Design, Textiles, India, Indian design, embroidery, Kutch and was tagged with Food & dining, architecture, nature, embroidery, India, Indian design, Kutch, Indian textiles, Kutch textiles, Indian craft, Shaam E Sarhad village resort, Hodka


Mumbai's ancient Kanheri Buddhist caves

Posted on April 16, 2019 by Toothpicker

The view of Mumbai's highrise from the top of the hill
 
Before my trip to Mumbai, I was told by my friends from Mumbai that there isn't much sightseeing to do in the city, yet it is up to the visitors to find out what this city really has to offer. And they [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Art, Gardens & parks, Mumbai, India, Archaeology, Indian art, Buddhist art and was tagged with nature, Buddhism, Buddhist art, Mumbai, India, Kanheri caves, Cave art, park


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