Archive for April, 2015

  • Lacquer ware anyone?

    Lacquer ware anyone?

    Lacquer ware has been made for centuries the length and breadth of East Asia. I didn't pay much attention to it until I moved to Vietnam, and even then I found it too shiny for my taste. Eventually, though, it began to grow on me -- enough, in fact, to inspire a bit of shopping. Imagine my excitement then, when I happened on some silver and gold Vietnamese trays while browsing through the stalls at the Itaewon Antiques Fair in Seoul. This outdoor event takes place on the streets of the Itaewon district every October, which is the sunniest month of the year in Korea. Naturally, I bought them all.But what does one do with a silver lacquer tray? Myself, I find they come in very handy for serving for afternoon coffee for one. Read More

    23/04/2015 Home Ware, Lacquer Ware 0
  • My first time in Bangkok

    My first time in Bangkok

    Many years ago, when I first arrived in Bangkok, I was beguiled by the lotus plants floating serenely on just about every calm water surface, even in murky klong, or canals. I soon began to notice them everywhere, even in domestic spaces like balconies and courtyards, where people would have lotuses floating in ceramic basins. These lovely lotus blooms were floating in one such basin at the exquisite Jim Thompson House in Bangkok, home of the late, legendary American 'Silk King'. More on Thompson and his house in a future post!Read More

    16/04/2015 Travel, Thailand 0

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