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Blackberry Hills - a tranquil eco resort in Munnar

Posted on April 25, 2020 by Toothpicker

 
I was due to leave India for Hong Kong after the Aranya conference at the end of February, but at the time, COVID-19 was starting to spread in Hong Kong, hence I decided to prolong my trip at the last minute. Luckily, the airline did not charge me for the change due [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Nature, Eco living & sustainability, India, Kerala and was tagged with architecture, walks, nature, eco living, India, sustainability, Kerala, plants, Munnar, tea plantations, Blackberry Hills eco resort


Two-day natural dyeing workshops at Aranya Natural, Munnar

Posted on April 22, 2020 by Toothpicker

 
The first two days of "The sustainability of natural dyes" conference took place at Eastend hotel in Munnar, followed by two days of natural dyeing workshops (at an extra cost) at Aranya Natural's HQ. Due to limited numbers, all the spaces for the workshops filled up quickly, but many conference attendees requested [...]

This post was posted in Fashion, Travel, Nature, Eco living & sustainability, Social issues, Anything Japanese, Designers & artists, Textiles, natural dyeing, indigo dyeing, India, sustainability, Katazome, Kerala and was tagged with nature, traditional crafts, textiles, natural dyeing, indigo dyeing, India, sustainability, Japanese textiles, katazome, eco, Indian textiles, BUAISOU, Kerala, workshop, Munnar, Aranya Natural, Michel Garia


Aranya Natural & Athulya at Srishti Welfare Centre in Munnar

Posted on April 20, 2020 by Toothpicker

 
Before visiting Munnar, I was not aware of the health issues related to tea plantation workers in India. Often foreign media would focus on the working conditions of garment factory workers, yet the problems related to tea plantation workers (primarily female) are largely ignored. Although they are not stuck inside cramped factories [...]

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Munnar: Greenland spice & Ayurvedic garden

Posted on April 14, 2020 by Toothpicker

 
Munnar is not only famous for tea, you can also find abundance of spices here, and prices are much cheaper than Kochi. I asked the driver to take me to a spice garden, and he said he knew just the place. Greenland spice and ayurvedic garden is located in Thekkady, and it [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Travel, Nature, Eco living & sustainability, Gardens & parks, India, Kerala and was tagged with Food & dining, nature, eco living, gardens, India, sustainability, Kerala, wild foods, plants, Munnar, spice garden, spices, ayurveda


Munnar: KFDC Floriculture Centre & tea museum

Posted on April 11, 2020 by Toothpicker

 
In Munnar, there are many botanical gardens, and KFDC Floriculture Centre/Munnar rose garden is one of them. Run by Kerala Forest Developerment Centre, KFDC Floriculture Centre is built on a hill slope, and has a nice view of the nearby tea planation. I think the term 'floriculture centre' is appropriate because it [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Gardens & parks, India, Kerala and was tagged with nature, India, botanical gardens, Kerala, Munnar, tea, tea museum


Kerala's picturesque Hill station: Munnar

Posted on April 8, 2020 by Toothpicker

A view from the Top station in Munnar
 
Situated 1,600 metres (5,200 ft) above sea leverl, Munnar is a famous hill station in Kerala, and known as the 'Kashmir of South India'. It is not only popular with foreign tourists but also with the locals. From 1880 onwards, Munnar flourished as a tea-producing region [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Travel, Nature, India, Kerala and was tagged with Food & dining, nature, trees, Kerala, Munnar, tea plantations


Streetscape of Fort Kochi

Posted on March 19, 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


Autumn/winter wild food foraging in Hampstead Heath

Posted on December 8, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Although wild food foraging is nothing new, it has become quite popular in recent years. I think this is due to our growing interest in sustainability and back-to-basics lifestyle after decades of consumerism. As we know, endless purchase of consumer goods and fast fashion does not fulfil our lives, nor does it [...]

This post was posted in London, Food & dining, Nature, Eco living & sustainability, Hiking & walking, Gardens & parks and was tagged with London, Food & dining, walks, nature, eco living, Hampstead, trees, workshop, foraging, wild foods, plants


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


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