December 20th, 2011
I’ve said so much about this store I’m starting to sound like an annoying broken record player. Go here and here to read what I’ve written in the past and have been constantly telling my friends and family. Praises galore yes, so it’s no surprise that I made my way to their new location during my recent trip to Shanghai. They now have space for a teahouse/café on the third floor though it wasn’t open when I visited.
No. 360 Kangding Lu (near Shaanxi Bei Lu), Jing’an district, Shanghai, P.R. China
June 22nd, 2011
Bronze ginger shredder (铜姜礤)
This is a tool for making ginger slices and ginger juice, with a strainer in the front to separate the ginger juice from the scrapes after the ginger is rubbed on the handle.
Bronze oven (铜烤炉)
The four corners of the oven are tilted upwards to hold tongs and other cooking tools. Four wheels are installed under the bottom for convenience of movement.
All captions courtesy of the Museum of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King in Guangzhou, China.
January 17th, 2011
Hong Kong appears to be a treasure chest of exotic old-school food packaging designs as I’ve come to realize over the past months, complete with Wade-Giles romanization. Not all products originate from Hong Kong though, such as these bottles of medicinal liquor. Comparatively speaking from my own experience, I’m surprised how such vintage designs are actually less pervasive on the Mainland (give and take the occasional Feiyue and Warrior shoe packaging). Anyone knows why ?
November 17th, 2010
Quite the perfect excuse, really, to buy myself a bottle of Madame Pearl’s Cough Syrup. How could anyone have resisted the vintage packaging which appears not to have changed much since 1954, those to-die-for fonts and contrasting pop colors ? Apparently it’s also Hong Kong’s best-selling cough syrup brand, or so its website claims.
Well now, time to see if it works as well as it looks. (Even if it doesn’t, I guess I’ve already got my money’s worth.)
UPDATE: It works !!
September 18th, 2010
Aren’t these the loveliest coins in the world ? Wish there were more in the series.
April 24th, 2010
I have a soft spot for well-designed business cards. Pocketed these two from my most recent trip back to Singapore.
February 4th, 2010
There is something about the design of Chinese envelopes that rings back to old-fashioned ways of the past, despite my inability to write on them correctly. There are two postal code fields and I know they are respectively for the mailing and return addresses but I’m not sure which goes where so I just slink back into international protocol: writing the return address on the back.
Sending out Chinese New Year cards to the family is an annual ritual I’ve adopted since I started living overseas, which is a little ironic considering I resented doing it when I was younger. My mom used to make my sister and I send out cards and we would get into trouble (usually scoldings) for all sorts of reasons ranging from mailing them late, poor handwriting (by mom’s standards), too many cancellations and forgetting archaic Chinese letter-writing formalities.
From this year onwards, I’ll be writing twice as many cards each year though I’m not complaining. I hope my new family in France and Spain will like them too.