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off topic: A Better World by Design ’09

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

The Association for Community Design has posted my article about “A Better World by Design” conference that happened last month! Re-posted below:

The 2nd annual “A Better World by Design conference” hosted by RISD and Brown University from Oct 2-4, 2009 in Providence, RI surpassed expectations, particularly for a first time attendee. The conference was fully organized and run by students, who are already actively engaged with projects that change our world. With a diverse speaker list and panel discussions, conversations ranged from affordable housing and architecture in the developing world to clean energy, emerging markets, and social entrepreneurship. As described on the website, “A Better World by Design brings a global community of innovators to Providence, Rhode Island, to reach across disciplines and unite under a common goal. [The event] is an immersive experience that deepens our understanding of the power of design, technology, and enterprise to reshape our communities and sustain our environment.” Themes of cross-disciplinary collaboration, contextual projects, and the future of community empowerment were apparent.


just for fun: Swings

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Who doesn’t like swings? They were always my favorite at the playground!

This project is a study into different ways of bringing play back into public space. It focuses on ways of incorporating incidental play in the public realm by not so much as having separate play equipment that dictates the users but by using existing furniture and architectural elements that indicate playful behaviour for all.

via DesignVerb (more…)

The Senses: links (videos) on Food-Related-Design

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

‘The best restaurant in the World,’ ElBulli is a 3 star Michelin in the little town of Cala Monjoi outside of Barcelona. And it looks amazing! Much more than visual eye candy, the gastronomical works of art must be a delight to experience. See the rest of Adam Roberts’ detailed account of his 30 course meal at ElBulli (with more videos and images) of his experience over at Amateur Gourmet and his El Bulli Recap (thanks to Allen the links!)
Wallpaper has a review and selection of pages from the book “ElBulli: Food for Thought, Thought for Food”. (more…)

Drink: a unique addition to the Boston bar scene

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Summer is coming to an end and Labor Day weekend is just around the corner. 2009 is flying by! I’ve been meaning to write this entry months ago. There’s no real excuse, except for a fun-filled summer and as a result entries have been scarce. Apologies to any readers out there!


So here goes:
Almost a year ago, a friend took me to Drink at 348 Congress Street in the FortPoint area of South Boston. At the time, little did I know this cozy place was a new food and drink concept started by local chef Barbara Lynch alongside her bar maestro John Gertsen, which opened in September 2008.

Super fresh ingredients and knowledgeable bar staff are just the beginning. It’s truly about the experience and enjoyment of mingling. The odd zig-zag shaped bar allows for intimate conversation as sounds bounce around. Dark colors, metal decor and cool grays reflect the neighborhood’s transitioning industrial zone. Lighting is dim but welcoming; vibrant colors from fresh fruit will make you focus behind the bar. Scarce decor puts your attention to the basic ingredients and tools for a great cocktail.

Be patient since mixologists take longer than normal to stir-up a sensory experience. Bartenders go back and forth from the prep table to pick fresh herbs or peel fresh fruit and back to the bar to press olives for their juices for your beverage. The non-existent drink menu tests their skills as you describe the flavors you enjoy or ask for a suggestion. Well worth the wait for a strong, but not overpowering drink (I can’t recall what it was, but I’ll tell you whatever I had was delicious!)  The decor is well thought out and the choice of tableware is delightful. Bravo! Go check it out 🙂

Read more about Barbara Lynch’s Drink at and FortPointBlog.

Fresh ingredients are more than just a trend. Pursip offers consultancy services and shares drink recipes using fresh ingredients that seem to revolve around interaction.

my new Posterous blog

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009


I’ve just started my posterous blog “Through Open Eyes: observations and inspiration” as a very quick way to share- can you guess? Observations and Inspiration! And to document all the other things that interest me but may not fit on Dine. Travel. Design.

Have a look and follow what others are posting on Posterous or start your own.

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!


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.


Mood Beams: colorfilled creatures

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

Look what I got for Christmas from a friend- a cute glowing little critter!


More glowing images from GadgetShop.

Mood Beams, by Radica Games are interactive little creatures that flash changing color lights to the beat of music. Or personalize the rhythm with pre-programmed ‘moods.’ A great visual stimulation (especially in multiples) to supplement the music listening experience that often reflects mood.

Thanks Pauline!!
Can be found at Amazon for under $30/each.

Sarah’s Smash Shack, San Diego

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008


I didn’t have the best of days today and coincidently heard a short report about Sarah’s Smash Shack on the radio during my drive home this evening! Too bad it’s all the way out in San Diego, CA. But what a great business concept! Choose from a “menu” of breakables and go into the “Break room” to express your emotions, whatever they may be or just go in to have some fun that you wouldn’t at home 🙂 Plus broken glass and ceramic is donated to local mosaic artists.

aah, knowing that this place exists makes me feel better already!

YouTube Video Report and YouTube Fun with Photos and more at

new to twitter

Friday, September 12th, 2008


I joined Twitter a few weeks ago..

So far, I’m just tweeting to myself, but just came across this article from BusinessWeek. Now, just gotta learn to do it right 🙂 My feed is on the right-hand navigation column. enjoy!

Pros + Cons of Twitter from BusinessWeek and Graphpaper‘s blog thoughts

drive-thru convenience store

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Nothing short of awesome.


Dutchland Drive-thru in West Bridgewater, MA
For snacks, goodies, and all your convenience store necessities.

Green Drinks: food, drinks and conversation

Monday, August 25th, 2008

A couple weeks ago I made a new friend and found out about Green Drinks. Last week I attended my first gathering. Get together with friends and strangers alike at a pre-determined location (that changes each meeting, so make sure you’re on the local email list!) Talk about things-green (or not green) and meet some interesting people over food and beverages 🙂 Simple and fun.

Check out the very simple, yet necessary information at the Green Drinks site. They have groups worldwide!