Tag Archives: shopping

Eat, drink and be merry in Andalusia

Posted on February 11, 2014 by Toothpicker

Dining out in Andalusia is a social activity with friends or with your local bartenders and neighbours
For some reason, Spanish cuisine is not as popular and as 'recognised' internationally as Italian cuisine. Perhaps it has something to do with its cooking varying a great deal from region to region, and that authentic [...]

This post was posted in Coffee, Food & dining, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Markets, Andalusia and was tagged with Coffee, Food & dining, shopping, Markets, seville, Andalusia, Cordoba, Granada, tapas, Spain

Souvenir from Devon

Posted on December 31, 2013 by Toothpicker

Main: Devon coastline at Teignmouth; bottom left and right: the historical market town, Totnes
Many years ago when I still at University, I was invited to be the witness at two good friends' wedding ceremony in Exeter. I have since lost touch with the couple ( I don't even know if [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Eco living & sustainability, Britain and was tagged with shopping, eco living, Devon, Shopping guide

Summer fashion accessories from Asia

Posted on July 16, 2013 by Toothpicker

I rarely write about fashion here because I am not a fashion blogger, nor do I follow the current fashion trends. These days, I would rather buy less but spend on quality items that are well-made, timeless and slightly unusual. As a huge fan of all things Japanese, I am surprised by [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Shopping, Fashion, Anything Japanese, Hong Kong design, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, shopping, fashion, Hong Kong design

Fine cell work

Posted on June 27, 2013 by Toothpicker

I was not aware of the organisation Fine cell work until my friend brought me to their one day exhibition/ sale in Hampstead. And I was quite genuinely surprised by what I saw at the event.
The showroom was set inside a lovely house in Hampstead with a beautiful garden. We were greeted [...]

This post was posted in London, Shopping, British design, Contemporary craft, Design and was tagged with London, shopping, British design, contemporary crafts

Souvenir from Asia

Posted on June 13, 2013 by Toothpicker

A long-overdue entry on some interesting finds I bought while I was traveling around Asia...

Fun 3-dimensional cards from Japan
In my previous entries on Kyoto and Tokyo ( click here to read), I have included some stationery and cards that I bought from specific shops, but here are some others including a washi [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Stationery, Shopping, Shopping guide, Packaging, Greeting cards, Japanese stationery, Graphics & illustrations, Anything Japanese, Taiwanese design, Hong Kong design, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, stationery, shopping, greeting cards, graphic design, Hong Kong design, Taiwanese design

Hong Kong's neighbourhood: Sheung Wan

Posted on May 21, 2013 by Toothpicker

Main: Tai Ping Shing Street; bottom right: Xin Xin gallery
I often feel blessed to have lived in different cities around the world, which I believe helps me to be open minded about different cultures and people. Yet I have always felt like an outsider ( not always by choice), and never felt [...]

This post was posted in Coffee, Hong Kong, Food & dining, Architecture, Photography, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Street art & graffiti, Street life and was tagged with Coffee, Hong Kong, Food & dining, shopping, Sheung wan, street life

Hong Kong's secondhand bookstores

Posted on May 14, 2013 by Toothpicker

While poverty is a growing issue in Hong Kong, it is still a city of plenty for many. Consumption is a way of life, but the mindset for recycling is still not very popular nor widespread.
A few years ago, I started to change my buying habit and cut down my consumption on [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Eco living & sustainability, Read & write and was tagged with Hong Kong, shopping, books, recycling

Design & craft shopping in Dadaocheng & Datong

Posted on April 18, 2013 by Toothpicker

The beautiful ArtYard is a relaxing place for tea, coffee and craft shopping
ArtYard ( 67, Sec. 1, Dihua St)- Converted from a historical building built in 1923 near the Xiahai City God Temple, the airy and relaxing ArtYard is consisted of a craft shop, art gallery, tea room and cafe. Some [...]

This post was posted in Coffee, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Paper art & craft, Taiwanese design, Taipei, Design and was tagged with Coffee, shopping, Taiwanese design, Taipei, Letterpress, Taiwan

In search of old Taipei: Dadaocheng

Posted on April 16, 2013 by Toothpicker

Top left: Dadaocheng wharf; top right: Xiahai City God Temple; Main & bottom: traditional shops and food stalls

After visiting the Lin Liu-hsin Puppet Theatre Museum, I decided to explore the flavourful and historical Dadaocheng district. Walking towards the museum, I couldn't help but notice the beautiful colonial architecture that are rare to [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Taipei, Architectural conservation, Colonial architecture and was tagged with shopping, Colonial architecture, Taipei

Design & stationery shopping in Tokyo

Posted on March 1, 2013 by Toothpicker

Main: Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku; bottom left: Yuse's sandwich tags; bottom right: fun fish pencil cases
With so many cool and unique design shops all over Tokyo, it is almost impossible to give a comprehensive list, so here is an overview of just some of them:
Tokyo's Tokyo ( 4-30-3 Jingumae) - Located on [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Tokyo, Stationery, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Japanese stationery, Anything Japanese, Design, Visual merchandising, Japan and was tagged with Tokyo, Japanese designs, stationery, shopping, Muji, Japan, visual merchandising

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