October 25th, 2013 |
Art/Design, China, Creative, Hong Kong, Travel
September 9th, 2013 |
Art/Design, hotels, Travel
We’ve stayed here 3 summers in a row, a cosy 21 room 3* hotel run by chef Flora Mikula. She’s at the helm of the kitchen downstairs and the rooms are divided into themes of gardening, Bohemian and nature. We go with the Garden theme every year – there’s always cherry tomatoes in full bloom outside our window, a huge watering can keychain and carefully curated and thoughtfully handpicked little items that fill the room makes one smile.
The rooms while small are clean and cosy, quirky and pleasant. The location is great with plenty of restaurants and bars in the area and just a short walk from Bastille Métro. The food downstairs is down to earth brasserie food with a pretty decent wine list.
Plenty of garden elements with watering cans in the bathroom, a wallpaper of vegetable peels, last year we were in a room with aubergine, this year courgettes… all garden themed rooms have the same sink – utility wise, not entirely practical for toiletries (but there’s a metal stand beside the sink for all that.)
Our welcome amenity – bubbles to start the stay.
The wooden bathtub are for the Nature themed rooms, with an open bath concept and slightly smaller than our garden room. Reminds me of my old wooden bathtub I had in Beijing!
We spent something between 120-180€ the three summers we stayed.
44 Boulevard Richard-Lenoir
75011 Paris, France
Tel: 33 147005277
August 20th, 2013 |
Here in Le Haut Marais is a trendy lifestyle space of book store, design furniture store, bookstore, café and linen store all rolled into one – full of colours, style and that understated Parisian flair in a large courtyard compound space with wonderfully endless tall ceilings. Why don’t we just move in, already?
There’s everything to love about Merci Paris, everyone loves a Fiat500, Le Marais, beautiful stationary, linens and designer products – of which sales proceeds go to charity. While not as hot as when it first opened a couple of years ago, a trip to Le Marais is not complete without popping in and grabbing a souvenir or two. And for us who don’t have deep pockets will surely find some interior decor inspiration for the home and photos to go on the Pinterest board.
MERCI, 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais – 3rd
Tel : 00 33 1 42 77 00 33
Open daily Monday to Saturday 10am-8pm
Metro Saint Sébastien Froissard
August 19th, 2013 |
Art/Design, Food, Macau, Travel
Single Origin Macau is one of my favourite coffee spots for a pitstop on long day walks with the lovely Aromasysabores – my explorer partner in crime. They take coffee super seriously here, the kind of reverence I very seldom see in Asia. The owner Keith is a local Macanese, and the only European certified barista here in Macau, sharing his love of the roasted beans through workshops and classes. Thank you Heidi for introducing me to this spot!
Some people get annoyed at how they tell you to drink your coffee as they are a little authoritative here – I overheard someone ordering an iced cuppucino to beat the beat, but he wasn’t allowed to because it has to be drunk hot, the barista suggests a latte instead. I admire how they take coffee really seriously here and unless you’re a coffee connoisseur, you probably wouldn’t know the whole gamut and art of drinking coffee. So, I let them lecture me here.
The quality coffees don’t come cheap here – similar to Starbucks prices and they’ve also recently added a menu of croissants, danish and cakes for the perfect afternoon pitstop.
As part of an ongoing series flurry of creative activities going on this month through September, Single Origin (some of the best brews in town) is conducting some Latte art and coffee workshops. There are similar coffee workshops and professional classes conducted at Blooom, Keith’s other space, be sure to call in advance as they are not open everyday.
Expect to pay about 50-70MOP for coffee and a cake/croissant here for an afternoon snack.
Rua de Abreu Nunes 19 ,
荷蘭園二馬路 19 號地下, 000 Macao, China
Tel: +853 6698 7475
August 18th, 2013 |
Art/Design, Macau, Travel
Triple Major is one of our favourite trendy hipster ‘multibrand’ boutique in Shanghai and it was my awesome ex flatmate Samantha Culp who introduced her friend Ritchie Chan’s store to me. Turns out C-Space here is their Macau arm of the business, stores like these are rare and far between in sleep casino town, so it’s one of those golden nuggets I found this year! The up and coming underground scene
C-Space is a singular standalone three storey building on a little island space on the junction of the busy Macau main street intersections of Praia Grande and diagonally opposite New Yaohan. You’re unlikely to miss it. There’s an art installation collaboration series going on this month until Sep 8, which sees participating stores with installations.
This fabulous paper skull was the main feature in the store’s second floor, by Hong Kong designers Stickyline. For those interested, there’s also a paper skull making workshop on Sep 7 at Single Origin (320MOP) per person.
And also ZO-EE a jewellery designer will be conducting a jewellery making workshop on Aug 31 (540MOP), more details here.
Plenty of super cool souvenirs here from magnets to purposes, stationary and plenty of accessories by local designers, one of my favourites with her signature style is UUendy Lau who makes animal purses and accessories. (my favourite the Lamma).
There are also racks and racks of clothes, all quite edgy and eclectic, not to everyone’s taste.
Here’s what the giant skull looks like from the exterior.
C Space Macau
Avenida Doctor Mário Soares
澳門南灣蘇亞利斯博士大馬路, C-Shop (舊法院正對面),