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Sunday, February 7th, 2010

hutong02.jpgApologies for the lack of posts. I’ve been getting my life together for a big move to Beijing. Find out more at my new blog!  I’ll be leaving this one behind as I start on some new adventures. Please continue to enjoy the content that resides here at Dine. Travel. Design. More importantly, please visit my new home to keep up with my posts and join me in some Creative Wanderings! Cheers!

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Wine Labels: rebirth of authentic Chinese design?

Thursday, January 21st, 2010


I must admit (and ashamed that), I’m not well-versed in Chinese (or Asian) art/design history, but this short article from PSFK, got me connecting some dots. It looks like China’s on the verge of a new design revolution (of course, among other things), where the Chinese embrace their cultural heritage and contemporize it.

Not too long ago, Chinese wine connoisseurs had a diverse range of wine selections with amazingly intricate and detailed design packaging. But after foreign imported wines began entering the Chinese market, many of these wine brands died off, along with their special wine design aesthetic.

Just look at the ingredients of these wines, there’s grape, rice, sorghum, millet, and even more rarely seen these days are Chinese gooseberry, sweet-smelling osmanthus, cherry, longan, apple and tangerine flavors.

The thought of these unique labels and ingredients remind me of an LA Soda Pop Shop, who carries over 500 varieties of naturally sweet and flavored sodas, free of high-fructose corn syrup.

As creativity and confidence creeps back into the minds of Chinese designers, it’s possible that a distinct Chinese wine label aesthetic will once again bloom and quench the thirsts of those who remember when wine had flavor and beauty.


via PSFK

Alessi’s OrienTales: a whimsical east meets west

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009


Alessi‘s OrienTales by Stefano Giovannoni.

In collaboration with the National Palace Museum of Taiwan, Giovannoni shows his ability to provide everyday utensils with a playful slant in this new collection that provided for the creation of the corresponding book OrienTales – Eastern stories through Western eyes.

See or buy individual pieces at AllModern.

via Otto

Chinese New Year 2009 in HK

Friday, March 6th, 2009

It’s been almost a month since I came back from Asia and celebrating Chinese New Year (Jan 26) in Hong Kong. Here’s the CNY celebration recap: People, people, people everywhere! (1,330,044,544 people in China from July 2008 estimate)


New Year’s Fair in Victoria Park, Hong Kong is filled with people!! We could barely see or stop to look at all the souvenirs for sale on the side of the aisles. Vendors are screaming for attention at the sidelines and have the wackiest signs as high as possible with balloons and the like so that you have a glimpse of what they’re selling.. buy it only if you can go through the crowd to get there in the first place. Fun vibe!


Goods of Desire re-interprets food as gift

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

G.O.D. (Goods of Desire) is one of my must-see stores whenever in Hong Kong. I love seeing all the expressive east-meets-west lifestyle elements. However, this press release has me both excited and disappointed.


These tasty roll-bustos have an irresistible charcoal grilled aroma. They are made from natural egg white and black sugar. Egg white is full of protein and is low in cholesterol. In the production process, natural minerals and vitamins that are beneficial to health have been carefully retained. It is a delicious treat with tea and coffee.

From cigars to eggrolls: brilliant concept, but are they trying to sell me the wonderfully novel idea or the supposedly great health benefits? What do you think?

Visit G.O.D to learn more about their concept and the products they carry. Visit them in 3 HK locations here.

Taipei Night Markets

Friday, February 27th, 2009


The first of the many Taipei night-market stops was ShiLin Night Market… I didn’t even know where to begin with the overwhelming amount of Chinese food that, even with my being Chinese, was foreign. As you may know, Chinese food (along with language) is very regional and this is evident (along with Japanese influence) in Taipei.


Hong Kong and Taipei: food adventures

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009


From dim-sum and abolone in Hong Kong to oyster omelets, uber-fresh fruit juices, and fresh egg rolls in Taipei, there’s never a dull moment with home cooked meals or street food. My appetite far surpassed what I could physically eat and there was a lot more that I wanted to try! Below are a few highlights in more detail.


Taipei: East meets West

Friday, February 13th, 2009


American Pooh and Asian Pooh, ShiLin Night Market


airport shopping and eating utensils

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

During my trip to Hong Kong, I also took a small trip to Taipei and while waiting for my flight back to HK, I spent my remaining Taiwanese dollars at the airport. I couldn’t resist picking up this pair of chopsticks… the chopstick stand doubles as a container of sorts. Clever.


Back in the States and catching up with some blog reading, this product reminds me of the chopsticks…


Give It A Rest Utensils by Godefroy de Virieu, set of 6 sold for $24.

via Core77

More from my Hong Kong and Taipei trip to come shortly!

Ding: cast iron casserole dish

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008


“Ding” by Office for Product Design is a reinterpretation of traditional Chinese cookware. Well done.

via Core 77

Jia Wei and Chinese Design with LKK

Monday, September 1st, 2008

An interesting and insightful interview with Jia Wei, director of LKK Design. Read the complete interview at visionunion.

Q: How do you view the current state of Chinese design?
A: We’re not short of good designers in China, nor good design agencies and good clients. What we do lack is a systematic approach to design, a design process with a particular cultural basis. I’ve always believed that it’s the underlying economic foundation that determines what can be built. The current boom in the Chinese art market is a result of the expansion of the economy.
I am convinced we will soon be seeing a similar boom in Chinese design. The important thing for a designer is to be able to use economic, artistic, cultural and scientific methods to make design something three-dimensional. Design that only considers artistic or scientific aspects is not good design. So many designers now fail to use this three-dimensional approach when they design a product. They only consider aesthetic aspects and try to copy that clean European look. That is someone else’s creation and they’ve been developing the style for decades now. Even if we do design like that really well, that’s not being creative, it’s just continuing what’s gone before. We ought to be creating an age of three-dimensional design
that is our own thing.

Q: What kind of designer would you like to become?
A: I don’t think China is short of good designers, what it does lack is professional ones. There are no professional standards by which you can measure this industry. I think a professional designer needs to have passion for design, a sense of responsibility and sincerity in their job, and the will to learn. Design is like digging a well. If you haven’t found water it’s because you haven’t dug deep enough. All you have to do is keep on digging deeper and eventually you’ll find fresh water.

Q: Do you have any advice for young designers?
A: Study. Keep at it. Love life. A designer should be a person who really knows how to live.

via visionunion

leaving HK

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

I’m sitting at the airport waiting for my flight to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City).
Seems that there could be improvements on the way that travelers use their movile devices:


Here are a few photos I’ve taken in the past 5 days…