an amazing view

Summer’s here and its family travel season! Spending time together is part of it, the other part is having and taking the time to see and explore a new place. How about a view from one of these places?? Looks incredible. Willis Tower Skydeck, Chicago, IL, USA Iguazu waterfall in Brazil Aurland, Norway See the […]

Blow Sofa

A collapsable blow up sofa…cool concept, but a bit excessive with supports and accessories? The blow-up, minimalist concept is great! The reference to natural, recycled, packaging material is a bit of trend: The sofa is made from 100% recycled paper dunnage bags with a metal rack and rubber straps. It is easy to transport when flat and […]

trailer park hotel

Grand Daddy Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa rents out it’s penthouse as a trailer park. Teaming with Cape Town design studio Whatiftheworld, the hotel worked with local artists to decorate the 7 American Airstream trailers as two-person accommodations. The trailer park is situated around the hotel’s rooftop bar. In addition to the concepts from “The […]

flickr uploads: Suzhou and Zhouzhuang (苏州和周庄)

Suzhou, known as the Venice of China is famous for its canals (many of which have now been filled in), but there are also many smaller towns around Suzhou also built on the canal system. Zhouzhuang is on of them. A true tourist destination, having to pay RMB$100 to even enter the town as a […]

flickr uploads: Hangzhou and West Lake (西湖, 杭州)

Definitely one of my favorite trips: Our trip to Hangzhou was oddly perfectly (un)planned… trying to save money on one nights lodging, we decided to take a slow train (7 hrs) and get sleepers on the train instead of taking the typical 3 hour ride from Nanjing to Hangzhou. We arrived Hangzhou at 4:30am… just […]

bus stop: Suzhou

I loved the traditional Chinese architecture inspired bus stops of Suzhou! It really does emphasize and tie together the  historical significance of the gardens in this city. Lovely :)

street maps: wayfinding in Nanjing

I love seeing these maps on the streets, most likely aimed specifically at tourists. Yet useful even if you’re not a tourist. We can see a big difference between the old version of these street maps and the new version…I’m particularly found of how a story is told with the worn out section of the […]

view from a Rickshaw

These men work really hard… especially when there’s 3 of us in the back! As a passenger, the view is very different from this angle compared to biking on your own or in a taxi or bus. It’s totally enjoyable to be a passenger on the back of a bicycle.. your attention doesn’t have to […]

Pantone hotel: Belgium

The 59 room Pantone Hotel uses 7 different color palettes, making each room unique; I quite like the idea of having a somewhat individualized room within a hotel. Designed by Belgian interior designer Michel Penneman and Belgian architect Olivier Hannaert, each of the hotel’s seven floors are enlightened by different color palettes to complement guests’ […]

train toilet

I’m used to the squatting toilet by now, but on the train is a different story. That hole goes strait outside… to the train tracks underneath. There’s still flushing water though, to wash down anything that may have gotten left behind..

random photo: Hangzhou

I was just reflecting on a recent trip I took with some schoolmates to Hangzhou during the May 1st holiday. And here’s one of many photos from the trip, though as always, looking to find the time to edit and post the remaining photos… Our trip to Hangzhou was oddly perfectly (un)planned… trying to save […]

wanderlust posters

Wonderful Wanderlust graphic posters of  the 7 continents: Africa, Antarctica, Asia, South America, North America, Australia and Europe. I want! via JoshSpear

this city needs a bike rental system

It’s been about 2 months since I’ve arrived in this sprawling city of Beijing. I find myself keeping quite active with exploring and meeting some great people. Though, I continually wish for a more walkable city and more manageable scale. I wonder how long it will take me to fully adjust, or if I will. […]

NanLuoGuXiang Hutong

A visit to NanLouGuXiang was great to see with all the small independent and creative shops. From the pottery to Tibetan yogurt and craftmanship items. It’s a shame to come across this article in the Beijinger noting the change in environment from an authentically developed ‘tourist attraction’ to one that will potentially be artificially enforced. […]

Cherry Blossoms

A few photos from YuYuanTan Park (玉渊潭公园) this weekend:

flagged umbrella

A tour guide with her flag and umbrella.. clever and inventive way of combining the use and function of 2 products:

Why travel? It makes you smarter.

Jonah Lehrer wrote a thoughtful article in the San Francisco Panorama about the cognitive benefits of travel. Travel is not only for business or pleasure; travel allows people to think differently about problems and enhances creativity. Why do we travel? It’s not the flying I mind–I will always be awed by the physics that get a fat metal […]

Moleskine’s Beijing City Notebook

I got a little going away gift in preparation for my Beijing departure from my good friend over at Moto and Design. Can’t wait to put it to good use! There are a variety of useful references included among the blank pages for note-taking or journal writing. I’ve always been a fan of Moleskines, and usually […]

Looking forward to Vancouver!

With a nice list from the NYTimes and DesignWeek Vancouver, I’m sure that I’ll wish I had more than a week to eat my way through the city! I had heard that there’s a great deal of Asian food in Vancouver, but I had no idea that it was to such a great extent. I’ll let you […]