Despite all the times I’ve been to Japan, I’ve actually never been to Yoyogi Park until this trip. I have this one side of me that’s completely all about the city, and then there’s this other side that’s likes to meditate in nature and zone out.
So this is a little post dedicated to that nature freak in me. The side that likes to take photos of trees, moss, and chill with ravens.
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While Amanda and I were in Omotesando, we randomly found Luke’s Lobster. Oh My Goodness. There’s nothing in life that my mouth loves more than this. (Hey now!)
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A few weeks ago, my friend took me to Kubrick, a bookstore-cafe that’s off my usual beaten path. Located in Yau Ma Tei, connected to the art house Broadway Cinematheque, this store had a charming air of authenticity and character that was so refreshing to walk into.
I am such a bookworm, and found myself digging into the stacks and stacks of obscure titles that I wouldn’t normally see in other bookstores. The reading culture has changed so much, with some bookstores focusing on only selling best-sellers (it’s a business after all), to the instant gratification attention span of people reading tweets/facebook/online media.
Digging into a good book requires time. It requires depth. It requires you to lock yourself away and get lost in something. Some people don’t do that anymore because they either don’t have the time, or they don’t care. (*cries inside!*)
But this place really brought me back to why I love reading. I love digesting words and thoughts. I love imagining things. But most of all, I love the smell of paper.
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Super A Market was one of my favorite spots in Tokyo. Located in Aoyama, this multi- brand store houses a mix of luxury items in a fun, easy, and light space that resembles the feel of shopping in a supermarket. I was too caught up in looking at the racks to take proper photos, but here are the ones I managed to sneak in.
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While in Macau, we checked out this really cool multi-brand, lifestyle store called Branco. Carrying brands like Rag & Bone, T by Alex Wang, Pamela Love, Sophie Hulme, Elizabeth and James, and Rebecca Minkoff to name a few, this store hits that sweet spot between the luxury labels or local treasures in the Macau fashion scene, introducing an alternative option for shopping.
More Photos After the Jump…
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Bibo, a French fine dining restaurant located in Sheung Wan, brings back memories of me stalking Wooster Collective at 3 am. The restaurant is filled with notable artists that I’ve watched/interviewed throughout the past few years: Shepard Fairey, JR, Banksy, Kaws….
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A quick trip to Manila last week led me to a new restaurant at the Fort called The Wholesome Table. A concept by health advocate and author Bianca Elizalde, this restaurant serves “comfort food” with an organic twist.
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As I mentioned on my previous post, I’m throwing a sale this coming Saturday (June 21) for Change Clothes at Big Bad Wolf. Why I adore BBW? Well, this place is so sentimental to me…
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One of the most amazing qualities of my better half: he always seeks to find new interesting projects that people are working on around the world. Because of his passion for innovation and sustainability, we decided to check out The Green School in Bali and take a tour around it’s campus.
The Green School was created by John Hardy (the same John Hardy who started the global jewelry line.) After selling his company in 2007, he started the Green School, with the aim to bring together sustainable architecture and unconventional educational practices to create a more natural and holistic way for children to learn.
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While in Tokyo, I was able to finally see T-Site, the spin-off bookstore by Tsutaya located in my favorite neighborhood, Daikanyama. This impressive bookstore was designed by architecture firm Klein Dytham, western architects who are based in Japan and who also designed the Google Japan office.
What T-site did right was that they went beyond being a conventional bookstore, and instead curated a lifestyle of learning and exploration.
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