seen . heard . tasted . thought

December 29, 2010

June 24, 2010

Rice village

Batad, Philippines

June 19, 2010

Rock city

Cappadocia, Turkey

June 8, 2010

Still life photography

Jay-Z album cover by Dan Tobin Smith. Image:

A closer examination of the picture will reveal that the three bars are not artificially added but painted on the actual objects. 


June 2, 2010

Recycling from another perspective

Motorbike fuel in recycled bottles on the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

May 29, 2010

Are monks happy?

Monks walking in Fort Canning Park, Singapore

May 27, 2010

The idea of a vase

d.lab at Design Incubation Center, National University of Singapore.

May 25, 2010

Red wall

Deichtorhallen, Hamburg

May 13, 2010

Pop Life

Warhol's "Good business is the best art" is a statement that with all rights summarizes the exhibition Pop Life featuring artists like Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Keith Haring and of course Warhol himself. Navigating through the exhibition felt like walking through a comic book with a mixture of commercialism, individualism and controversy. It triggered thoughts and affection. As a result I walked out of the building with materialized pieces of Keith Haring.

Keith Haring inspired room

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

Takashi Murakami collaboration with Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton

Takashi Murakami

May 8, 2010

On the river

Container ship on Elbe

May 4, 2010

Chai Tea

Chai tea is a heavily spiced tea. It's flavoured to the degree that it's more about spices than tea in my opinion. Nevertheless it's nice to have a cold day with milk and honey. 

The mix I bought shown in the photo contains: black tea, cinnamon, aniseed, ginger pieces, black pepper grains, cloves, cardamom seeds and whole cardamom.

May 1, 2010

(A)symmetry - Hamburg



Hauptkirche Sankt Michaelis

April 28, 2010

Street graphics - Hamburg

Seen on the streets of Hamburg.



Lack of windows

April 22, 2010

Japan's oldest tea caddy maker - Kaikado

Kaikado [開化堂] has been making quality Japanese tea caddies since 1875. The first tea caddies were made in tin and today they are offered in copper and brass as well. As they age the metal will change colour which makes them a nice item to keep. Combined with the timeless design the tea caddies will probably be one of the longest lasting items in the kitchen.


Aging stages of the three materials. Image:



April 19, 2010

Steamed egg with blue mussels

For this dinner we planned to serve blue mussels raw. They didn't look very appetizing after taking them out of the shells. What we came up with was to steam it with egg. I have once before steamed egg with dried shrimps which was a nice combination, so a different seafood ingredient like blue mussel couldn't be too wrong. Other than blue mussels, chives and dashi stock was added to the egg before putting it into the steamer. The result was far better than imagined. More water or stock could have been added for more tender texture though.

Finished, steamed egg with blue mussels

April 16, 2010

Patrick Demarchelier

The French photographer Patrick Demarchelier is primarily working within advertising and fashion. Some of his interesting pieces however are less commercial. It is true that many good photographs are created without any large budget supporting it but I believe that the extra lighting and equipment brings a picture closer to what's in the photographer's mind, especially when it comes to art/studio photography. Here are some photos by Demarchelier I like.

Christy Turlington, Vogue UK 1992. Image:

Nadja & Cecelia. Miami 1993. Image:

Elephant. New York 1991. Image:

Nadja. New York 1995. Image:

Erin O'Connor 1998. Image:

Robert Altman. New York 1994. Image:

April 14, 2010

Furniture designer Bae Se-Hwa

The international furniture fair in Milan, Salone Internazionale del Mobile, just launched today. Being the largest furniture fair in the world most furniture designers worth knowing of are probably present. 1000 some exhibitors from last year were Italian while only 290 foreign were represented. With that said I found an interesting South Korean furniture designer Bae Se-Hwa last week. Most of his products are made of wood with soft lines and curves. It's always fun to see things from countries that are not often mentioned, in this case South Korea.