A living network that promotes and supports the small businesses and community initiatives that are crucial to the well-being of our neighborhoods.

Juming Museum, Jinshan Dist., New Taipei City, Taiwan

My brother is a big fan of sculptor Ju Ming, and on a recent trip to Taiwan, we all paid a visit to this museum dedicated to his work. There … Continue reading

April 19, 2012 · 2 Comments

Shen Nong Street, Tainan City, Taiwan (神農街, 台南市, 台灣)

This charming street is one of the highlights from my recent trip to Tainan. It is a stone- paved pedestrian street flanked by 2-3 story buildings on both sides. I … Continue reading

April 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

Tiny Shop in Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong

This is a tiny shop underneath a staircase of an old building in Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Those two working inside look like a husband and wife team, … Continue reading

March 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

Art for Everyone in Shenzhen

Before you recoil in horror that the artist is actually stepping on the painting – recall that not all art needs to be so hallowed. Art-against-high-culture is alive and well … Continue reading

March 12, 2012 · 1 Comment

Trash Matters: A new approach to waste?

The saying goes that “Chinese care about input, not about output” and anyone who has had to visit a public toilet or stand next to a garbage bin in China … Continue reading

March 9, 2012 · 1 Comment

What makes a street enjoyable to walk on?

 All over Europe and in some cities in the US, I find many excellent streets for walking. — and its finally becoming clear to me why so many streets in … Continue reading

March 4, 2012 · 1 Comment

Wang Shu, recipient of the Pritzker Prize 2012

Congratulations to Mr. Wang Shu (and his Amateur Architecture Studio) for receiving the Pritzker Prize 2012 in Architecture. I was at first surprised that Mr. Wang got the prize. First … Continue reading

February 29, 2012 · 5 Comments

Global Jewelry, Hong Kong

Possibly the smallest shop in Hong Kong (or elsewhere)! This shop redefines what claustrophobia is. Don’t misunderstand, this is not a jewelry shop where you buy jewelry from, but a … Continue reading

February 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

National Sports Complex, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

This complex designed by Vann Molyvann is a glorious example of Modern Khmer architecture. It was built between 1963-64. The exterior is reminiscent of brutalist architecture with exposed cast-in-place reinforced … Continue reading

February 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

Bike + Mittens, Beijing, China

Extreme conditions call for desperate measures, which can be comical sometimes. We have here a witty invention: a pair of mittens attached (with a string) to the handles of a … Continue reading

February 15, 2012 · 1 Comment

Fish Massage, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Let me clarify: The fishes don’t actually massage your feet. Instead they eat the dead skin off of your feet.  I have also heard about such a massage in Zhuhai, … Continue reading

February 13, 2012 · Leave a comment