I couldn’t express my love for pandas, I guess I love them because I have panda eyes like them, also they are super fluffy and huggable weeeee :3 Whilst I am enjoying my summer holiday back home in Hong Kong, I visited my lovely panda friends at PMQ, a new creative and art space which is a former Police Married Quarters. My friends and I always thought the quarter is a haunted place when we walked pass it at night, we even thought of using the space to do an interactive walk through performance like punchdrunk.
As the weather in London is getting more and more summerily pleasant, my friend and I decided to give the open theatre at Regent’s Park a go. We checked the weather forecast and it showed a perfect 24C sunny day on Friday and we checked out 2 tickets for the second row of upper circle.
I have been trying to sample Dum Dum Doughtnuterie’s doughnuts for a while now, but the doors were always shut whenever I passed by after work at around 6pm. So I made a special effort to get there early recently – at 8.15am there was already a queue – and boy, was it worth it. Founded by artisanal baker Paul Hurley, who has been making doughnuts since 1997, and whose quest is simply to create ‘the world’s best doughnut’, Dum Dum’s doughnuts differ from others by being baked rather than fried. This means they are better for you, of course, but more crucially (finally, no one eats a doughnut to feel healthy), they taste more delicious than any other doughnut we’ve ever eaten. Dum Dum’s selection is mouth-wateringly varied too, with fillings ranging from traditional raspberry jam, to more exotic almond crème and pistachio, and everything is made using natural ingredients (their strawberry puree is made from smashed fruit, for example), rather than anything processed or artificial. I tried their zebra ‘cro-nuts’ (a croissant/doughnut hybrid), which is made up of layers of croissant and chocolate croissant dough, separated by chocolate butter cream. It was like biting into sensational layers of chocolate crepes. I also, for the sake of research, had a crème brûlée doughnut – fabulous – which boasts a crispy caramel coating, but somehow didn’t taste overly sweet. In fact both the doughnuts I tried were super-soft, but surprisingly un-sugary. O stayed in the shop for about 20 minutes and watched a continual stream of people coming in, so it didn’t surprise us to learn that Dum Dum’s make about 1000 doughnuts every day and close their doors once they are sold – which is usually by about 3pm. But then, these are doughnuts worth getting up early for :)))
This is what I always wanted to do. Drive-in cinema at a stunning place with your a lovely friend whom could drive better than you (haha).
To celebrate my acceptance to Parsons’s Interactive Design graduate program for next fall, my wonderful friend brought me to Dans Le Noir in Farringdon. It was nothing new in town but something I have always wanted to try and experience!
As a set designer, I am always alert to the highest potential of use of space within a limited area to portray a certain of atmosphere and vibe visually.
Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined at Royal Academy of Arts is an interesting exhibition with architects to think out of the box and create installations inside a box (RA). I find the some profound convictions within these architects – Li Xiaodong believes “It doesn’t matter what is the container made of, it is what in the container that matters.”, and one of the library he designed in the forest with ridges and limbs was one of his attempts to allow an architectural building to emerge in the natural environment without creating awkward disturbance. Other than that, I am deeply in love with Eduardo Souto de Moura. To him, architecture is a transformation of existing forms with another material. He is a also a wise man with a lot of aspiring ideas of how we should see, read or live in architecture. The work by Diebedo Francis Kere has a huge wow factor as it involves audience to interact with the installation by creating their own little artwork with colourful straws. I admire the interaction elements of this installation but I do not like the work to be honest, it’s too wow and commercial. Despite that, I like Kere’s interpretation of architecture. Due to his background with scarce natural resources, he wanted to create a space that would capture light and allow it to dance through the interior naturally.
I used to think architecture is an art deals with economic, geography, mathematics and physics – something technical. Throughout this exhibition, I am totally in love with the idea of architecture capturing the beauty of light and how this free natural resource is manipulating how buildings or spaces should be designed – either for aesthestic or practicability.
With the anticipation from my last Secret Cinema experience (Brazil), I was thrilled to book the tickets of their latest production – The Grand Budapest Hotel. Different from the ideology of their usual secretive experience, we know which movie we are going to watch but I refuse to do any research upon the movie to keep a little surprise for myself. Bagging with my excitement, my friend &I tried our biggest effort to add a 1930s touch to our fashion of the day.
I have always been a fan of maps since L6 when I was working on a project titled as “Rooftop” (OK it might not sounds logical to you but it makes perfect sense to me). Vintage maps, 3D maps, digital maps… They have been a very valuable influence and inspirations of my work – The information given, abstract lines, font, indication patches… everything! I really love reading maps! So when I know the Southwark Playhouse is showing The A-Z of Mrs P – I know I. Must. Go!
It was a sunny day after the horrible storm from last night, and my first visit to the Fashion and Textile Museum for their Picasso to Warhol exhibition was so perfect with the stunning orange building under the clear blue sky! :)))
Arebyte, a digital and performing art gallery in Hackney Wick which I am part-time interning with did a 24 hour project with Mark Farid – Alone Together.