Broadway and Ernakulam market in Kochi

Posted on April 13, 2020 by Toothpicker

 
I love visiting local food markets when I travel, so I asked my homestay host to recommend one. She recommended Broadway and Ernakulam market, where there are fresh fruits and vegetable stalls, as well as shops selling spices, fashion, fabrics, and homeware etc. I took a ferry from Vypin island to Ernakulam [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Photography, Shopping, Travel, Markets, Street life, India, Kerala and was tagged with Food & dining, shopping, Food markets, street life, India, Kerala, Kochi


Cooking & homestay on Vypin Island, Kochi

Posted on April 11, 2020 by Toothpicker

Chinese fishing nets at Vypin Island
 
I think the rise of Airbnb has contributed to how we travel these days. Now even traditional b & b and homestay have opted to list their accommodations on Airbnb to increase competitiveness. I have had both positive and negative experiences using Airbnb, and the negative experiences [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Architecture, Photography, Cookery, Travel, Street life, India, Colonial architecture, Kerala and was tagged with Food & dining, architecture, cookery, Colonial architecture, Architectural conservation, street life, India, Kerala, Kochi, churches, Vypin Island


Street art & graffiti in Fort Kochi

Posted on April 8, 2020 by Toothpicker

Meydad Eliyahu's "Red Crown Green Parrot" project for the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018 in Jew Town.

 
If you walk around the streets of Fort Kochi and Mattancherry, you are highly likely to come across many street art pieces created by local artists. In the past, people often referred to artists working in the streets [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Street art & graffiti, India, Kerala and was tagged with graffiti/ street art, India, Fort Kochi, Kerala, Kochi


Eat and shop in Fort Kochi

Posted on April 6, 2020 by Toothpicker

Kashi Art Gallery
 
Prior to my visit to Fort Kochi, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Yet after I arrived, I felt very at ease and safe. Despite the hot weather, it was pleasant to stroll around and enjoy the Bohemian atmosphere. There are many art galleries/cafes, heritage accommodations, churches and [...]

This post was posted in Coffee, Food & dining, Shopping, Shopping guide, Fashion, Travel, books, India, Kerala and was tagged with Food & dining, shopping, fashion, Shopping guide, cafes, bookshops, India, Fort Kochi, Kerala


Colonial architecture and churches in Kochi

Posted on April 3, 2020 by Toothpicker

St Francis Church
 
I love architecture and I am particularly fascinated by colonial style architecture. In Fort Kochi, you are likely to encounter numerous built in Dutch and Portuguese styles, including many beautiful Portuguese churches and cathedral.
Heritage hotels
I chose to spend the first night at a mid-range 3-star heritage hotel by the Chinese [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Architectural conservation, Modernist & Art Deco, India, Colonial architecture, Kerala and was tagged with Colonial architecture, Architectural conservation, modernist architecture, walking, India, Fort Kochi, Kerala, Kochi, churches


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


Forgotten Masterpieces: Indian Painting for the East India Company

Posted on March 2, 2020 by Toothpicker

 
 
Even though I am a regular art exhibition-goer in London, I often miss many excellent but less publicised exhibitions in town. Luckily, I did manage to see the rare and wonderful "Forgotten Masterpieces: Indian Painting for the East India Company" at The Wallace Collection before my travels to Asia.
Guest curated by [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Architecture, Art, British heritage, Botanical art, Indian art and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, architecture, heritage, botanical art, Indian art, art, Wallace Collection, Forgotten Masters


Winter soup dinner diet & comfort homecooking

Posted on February 25, 2020 by Toothpicker

Autumn/winter vegetables bought from the organic farmers market
 
Last winter, I embarked on a 'soup dinner diet' for a few months during the autumn/winter period, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, so I did it again this year. Oddly enough, I don't actually believe in diets, and have only been on diets a few [...]

This post was posted in London, Food & dining, Cookery and was tagged with London, Food & dining, cookery, soup diet


'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


Emmanuelle Moureaux's 'Slices of Time' exhibition at Now Gallery

Posted on February 10, 2020 by Toothpicker

 
I have been a fan of Tokyo-based French architect Emmanuelle Moureaux and her colour-driven architecture for some time. Since 1996, she has been living in Tokyo where she established Emmanuelle Moureaux architecture + design in 2003. I have never actually seen Moureaux's architecture and installations in real life, so I was really [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Architecture, Paper art & craft, Graphics & illustrations, Art, Anything Japanese, Design, Contemporary, contemporary and was tagged with London, Japanese designs, art and design exhibitions, architecture, graphic design, contemporary art, contemporary architecture, Emmanuelle Moureaux, art, paper art


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