Research Post: Japan Traditional Ceramics Dream Trip ( WARNING: a rather wordy post)

I love Japan, and I love beautiful things. So it comes as a surprise that I have never been deeply into the Japanese art of ceramics. I was lucky enough to visit Japan three times, and every time I would go to one of the small shops in or near Tsukiji fish market and pick up some pretty but inexpensive bowls, sake cups and rectangular plates, or a bento box.  I bought a small vase in a flea market in Himeji and marvelled at its perfectly imperfect...

An Ode to the Atlanta Hotel, Bangkok

The Atlanta Hotel in Bangkok is one of the oldest hotels and one of the quirkiest places to stay in this thriving and expanding city. Set deeply back in the 1950’s, lacking the ultramodern comforts that have become standards in city hotels, and applying a moral policy that some find not just obsolete but offending, it wouldn’t be an obvious choice for the independent traveller. So why stay there? Just check this out: A cat concierge. That alone would be a reason to visit, right? In fact,...

An Ode to the Atlanta Hotel Restaurant

The Atlanta Hotel is a special case. So, after writing my ode about that one, I felt serving up a huge extra portion about the equally special  restaurant in the same post would be a bit too much. Especially since I appear to have eaten there quite a lot (and have taken enough photos to fill an extra post), so here is a taste of things to come. But first, let me take you for breakfast at the AH! Restaurant. I really wish you will go and...

Haiku No.3

      * This is not a very traditional Haiku (the second line has eight syllables) but since I already butchered Line One and Three. Also, I wondered for some time whether I can love a place that belongs to a country that has such a poor animal welfare record and demands animal testing on cosmetics. However… Hongkong actually has, with the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), a strong animal welfare advocacy, and recognises international cosmetic safety standards and does not require additional...