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

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

Rice Container, Kowloon City, Hong Kong

This is what store keepers at traditional general goods store (集貨店) or rice shop in Hong Kong used to store and sell rice. This one is quite beat-up as you … Continue reading

March 9, 2012 · Leave a 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

Tim Ho Wan, Dim Sum Specialist 添好運點心專門店 , Shum Shui Po, Hong Kong

Tim Ho Wan is famous for their exquisite dim sum at reasonable prices. But their Mong Kok location is constantly full with a line of people waiting outside ALL THE TIME. … Continue reading

March 5, 2012 · Leave a 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

Sushi Dai 壽司大, Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo, Japan

To the sushi aficionados, Sushi Dai should already be a familiar name. But ironically Sushi Dai is actually tiny. The capacity of this tiny sushi bar is only about 10-12. … Continue reading

February 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

Pietro Panizzolo, Venice, Italy

I stumbled upon this small memorable eatery by chance when I was in Venice a few years ago. Tucked away at the end of an alley, this place is casual … Continue reading

February 22, 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

Naughty Nuri’s Warung & Grill, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

If you like barbequed ribs and martini’s and if you are near Ubud, then Naughty Nuri’s is the place for you. This is a casual road-side joint, and all you … Continue reading

February 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

Onsen Papawaqa, Miaoli, Taiwan

Miaoli City is located in Miaoli County which is located south-west of Taipei, and takes about 1 hour on the train from Taipei. I came across this onsen hotel in … Continue reading

February 15, 2012 · Leave a comment