Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Shopping in NYC Part II

After we came back to NY from our Niagara-Canada tour, it was evening, we collected our luggages from Schwartz Travel, and checked into the Big Apple Hostel (a 4 bed dorm).

We had time to take a walk at Times Square and saw the newly opened Disney store (literally, because it had not opened yet before we left for Niagara-Canada). Whether you have kids or are a kid-at-heart, you really must pop into this store! Even just admiring the store decor is a good enough reason, I say. Not convinced? Let the pictures do the convincing.

One of each, please

Monday, March 28, 2011

Shopping in NYC Part I

Sorry, I've been a little remiss in my US posting.

This post is part 1 of my 2 days and 1 evening of shopping in NYC, a thororoughly enjoyable affair, as can be expected from shopping in one of the world's most premier shopping destination. As SATC's Carrie puts it, there are 2 'L's women look out for in NYC, "Love" and "Labels". Forget about the former, the latter is what we most seek. ;) See also my post on Soho here.

We had breakfast at chain restaurant called PAX, at 225 West 42nd Street (between 7th and 8th Ave). It can be found in several other locations too. I like their orange juice, very fresh and sweet, and the breakfast is pretty good too - fluffy pancakes and crisp bacon and toast.

Monday, March 14, 2011

A Village in Takayama

It has been depressing reading and watching the news recently, and I believe that regardless of our individual religous beliefs, most of us are in prayers for the Japanese. I fervently hope that good news will loom in the horizon, and the Japanese will emerge stronger from this ordeal.

In the last of my Japanese-inspired sketchbook project submission,  I attach here a sketch of Hida Folk Village in Takayama, a picturesque 'open air museum' in Gunma prefecture in Japan. It was one of the destinations in our packaged tour itinerary during my central Japan tour a few years back. It is one of the loveliest places I've ever seen, a green expanse of valley, scattered with carefully preserved traditional houses with thatched roofs, and surrounded by rising mountain peaks. I understand that the north-eastern coast of Japan was the hardest hit region, and I guess the Gunma prefecture, being in the northwestern part of the Kanto plain and mostly mountainous, was not affected by the quake and tsunami.

The village is far more beautiful than what my limited drawing skills could possibly render, so please excuse my lack of skill and do take my word for it, that it is one of the special places on earth that you wouldn't mind visiting again.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Perfect Bookshelf

Fell in love with this pretty bookshelf from Japan. Am loving the cubby-hole design. It would certainly be able to house my growing novel collection and still have plenty of space for my manga too.

From, there's plenty more porn from where it's from!

See here for the perfect wardrobe (IMHO, of course)!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Treasures of Soho

The same day that we visited Liberty and Ellis Island and had dinner at Chinatown, we quite literally walked off our dinner calories, when we walked from Chinatown to Little Italy to Soho. It was late by the time we reached Soho, and we had a very lovely time browsing at a shop called Kate's Paperie at 72 Spring Street. The shop decor was amazing, and all the items in the shop were designed to tug at a paper lover's heart.

Huge paper flowers adorn the ceiling

Friday, March 4, 2011


I have resisted the siren call of online shopping mammoths for years now - the likes of ASOS, Shopbop, Net-a-Porter, Revolve Clothing . Until 3 days ago, that is.

This was what broke my resolve.

Picture from Revolve Clothing


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