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image via @designandarchitecturemag I reviewed Swire Hotels’ latest new addition The Middle House in Shanghai for D+A magazine.   Read the article here.

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My story, a double page spread was out in yesterday’s Straits Times, it’s behind a paywall so I’m sharing it here as I always believed travel tips and info are best shared to enhance other people’s trips and experiences. All the photos were taken by me except the Starbucks Roastery and Bvlgari hotel’s pool.   […]

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   An Art Deco journey through Shanghai’s belle époque for Lonely Planet  Shanghai is home to one of the richest collections of Art Deco architectures in the world. Unlike Miami and New York, some buildings of the Art Deco era in Shanghai combine elements of both Art Deco and “Chinese Deco”, fusing elements of Chinese […]

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Several of my friends owned sidecars in Beijing and I commuted several times in them, it’s fun, but my main and preferred transport remains the humble bicycle. We started with a stop at the local quarters and a little tour through the market, frogs and all on sale alongside noodle and dumpling makeshift stalls.   […]

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I zipped in and out of Shanghai on a business trip, but thankfully there is always time for a meal and what better time when it’s hairy crabs season! (November to early December). The hairy crabs are best during this season when it’s mating season, hence the presence of plenty of roe and for male […]

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While more eyes are on the Chinese design/art/fashion scape, the Chinese media has also done an excellent job hosting large scale events, promoting and faciliating the cultural exchanges with the rest of the world. Shortly after the media launch by Casa Abitare and Italian publishing giant Rizzoli to kick start the London/ Beijing Design Week […]

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This is old news, but not many people have talked about it, so I thought I’d share. This concept store is a little girl’s haven. The amazing space embodies both the classic beauty by Martell and has Barbie subtly embracing a form of subversive feminism. Yes, girl power. Here you’ll find Barbie through the ages, […]

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I’m blogging like a maniac today after I set out a list of tasks to do while holidaying in Qingdao over the long weekend. It was a dizzying March. I met with 4 Michelin starred chefs who made their way to Asia, three with their namesake restaurants in Beijing and Shanghai. Two star Michelin chef […]

The best sheng jian bao is allegedly right opposite Jia Jia Tang Bao, so don’t miss it when you go there for breakfast! The two best places to get Xiao Long Bao in Shanghai is here: Jia Jia Tang Bao (佳家汤包) 90 Huanghe Lu ,People’s Square near Fengyang Lu, 黄河路90号, 近凤阳路 and Nanxiang Tang Bao […]