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I’ve known Caroline since I was 18 way before she got into the home decor business. She always had immaculate taste in accessories, makeup, clothes etc. The creative spark extended to home furnishings. I went with her to sales and she threw lots of intimate gatherings to get rid of the overflow and supply of […]

Going home after living away for more than a decade always feels new and old at the same time. Catching up with old friends at new hip places and going to the same places I’ve been going to for decades with my parents. I still feel displaced, alienated, happy, sad all at once and I […]

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Textiles and fabric shopping has been one of my big loves for a while and I really miss Beijing, searching for vintage fabrics in the least likely places and working with my tailor to get things made. Only now, I try to sew them myself! I have never shopped for textiles at Arab street before but […]

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This shop opened a couple of months ago discreetly in the old part of town with walls stacked from floor to ceiling of beautiful sardine cans. I don’t know about others, but I have a bad habit of buying stuff for their beautiful packaging and have a number of sardines boxes and cans after consuming the […]

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I thought it’d be fitting to revisit and finally get down to my Berlin posts as my best friend from Beijing was visiting this week over Christmas. A core part of my “growing up” into adulthood during my 4+ years working and living in Beijing with friends I have made for life. Earlier in the […]

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If you are looking for alternative choices outside of the giant malls, here are my top 3 choices to go for gift shopping this festive period. Two are new and carry lots of cool imported products. If you missed the shopping suggestions in Macau – here are more ideas. If you’re running out of time […]

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While I have never been part of the fashion forward crew, and certainly not a shopping type for the lack of patience. But then, there are the late nights I am trawling Pinterest and Etsy and buying one off pieces painstakingly made by creatives. Chatelles shoes are my latest crush, they didn’t have a physical […]

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A piece I wrote for the SCMP, here’s my unedited version, and all photography by me. Buddy Candy Store This psychedelic candy store is tucked away in an alley way corner just a stone’s throw from St Pauls Ruins alongside some hipster fashion boutiques. Buddy Candy Store sells candies in all shapes, sizes and colours, including […]

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Botalic is a little gem in Macau that i stumbled upon. While what they have can’t compare to the extensive gorgeous selection at Typehype, there’s an eclectic collection of notebooks, cards and stationery. They also have a letter press machine and do everything the old school way – bring back the old school romantic type […]

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One of the places I diligently made notes about was the Type Hype store, and sadly everything was out of our budget from 70€ posters to 50€ cushion covers… we didn’t end up buying any type chocolates either! I didn’t make it out to the typography museum, which a friend said was nice but very […]

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