Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Tokyo Guide REPRINT!!!

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Due to popular demand I am printing a few extras!

These orders will be posted out on December 15th, 2015.

Don't miss out on your copy!

Click here to order.

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Dakota Crescent, Singapore

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Those amazingly cool kids Ant and Stanley from The Little Drom Store were soooooo spot on with the things I would be interested in seeing in Singapore. One day they took me to explore Dakota Crescent, one of Singapore's oldest housing estates. For me this was photo paradise! Potted plants, pastel doors, clusters of washing, faded play equipment, patterned tiles, and hazy light. As soon as Stanley parked the car I think I was like 'Okay guys, I'll meet you back here in three hours'. That Aussie humour...just can't get rid of it. Unfortunately this beautiful little retro community is due to be pulled down and residents have until the end of 2016 to move out.

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This kind of reminded me of Culburra, where I spent most of my childhood summer vacations.

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The sign reads "Please don't throw cats here". Wahhhhh.

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The top of this stone table has a chess board carved out for local residents to enjoy. The faded paint with the pastel pink is just perfection for me.

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We walked around, popping up the residential stairways and Ant and Stanley even chatted through the windows with some local residents. MAN I wanted to take photos of that. But luckily you can see what the inside of some of these fantastic apartments look like over here.

Miss you, Singapore! And miss you Ant and Stanley! xoxo

And - love you, Tokyo. It's a grey and rainy day over here in Shimokitazawa. I'm listening to Grimes' new album and relaxing looking out over this gorgeous almost-winter weather. OMG and Koichi got us tickets to Grimes' live in Tokyo! Yassssss! ありがとうこいちさん!Man, and look at this amazing tour schedule. I want a dream schedule like this! Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Utrecht...The dream! And she's also going to Sydney and Melbourne for any Aussie readers out there.

By the way, I'm off to Shiogama next week for a workshop with Birdo Flugas, and then back to Ishinomaki to visit Hiro-san again!

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Win a copy of 'Hello Tokyo' with Gorman!

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Sandwiches! Would you like a copy of my new book 'Hello Tokyo'? Click over to Gorman to win a copy!

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The first #HelloHawker

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This is my first ever #HelloHawker lunch using my new melamine from Singapore.

Sure, the lemon wedge probably didn't need it's own bowl, but I couldn't resist adding that coral colour to the setting.

In this amazing Tokyo autumn light was - Miso with wakame and toumyou. Egg with dill to remind me of my trip to Lithuania. Organic vegetables from the farmers markets. Tuna so I could run 6kms this afternoon. And lemon so I could use the coral bowl hah.

Hope you had a nice day, Sandwiches! It's so nice to be back to blogging again!


Tiles (and marble) in Singapore

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Morning, Sandwiches!

Some more pastel prettiness from Singapore.

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Colourful houses in Singapore

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Singapore is sooooooo beautiful!

Stanley and Antoinette (pictured above) from The Little Drom Store took me around on what we came to call the 'instagram tour' and showed me so many pretty houses! There was so much to see, with such little time, and on one occasion Stanley even pulled out the car before I had closed my door. Ha ha. It was literally the ideal tour for me. GET THE PHOTO! LET'S GO! NEXT!

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I mean, these pretty colours! Do you die?! Soooooo cute!

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Most of these photos were taken with my Fujifilm X100T in the Joo Chiat area which is ridiculously pretty. The tiles, the colours...I basically walked around with my jaw dropped to the ground.

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Hello Hawker!

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Hello Sandwiches!!!

How are you all? It's F I N A L L Y getting cold in Tokyo. I made nabe tonight, and am wearing heat tech, and my feet are cold and I can smell winter. It's brilliant.

I'm just back from Singapore where I hosted a series of workshops and had a pop-up at The Little Drom Store. Gosh it's been incredible travelling around lately. Lithuania, Amsterdam and Singapore. I have a giant backlog of images to show you, but for now, here are some pics from the hawker food center.

OMG this place, and all it's amazing colour and delicious foo.! I can't even!

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Antoinette and Stanley from The Little Drom store took me to their favourite fresh fruit juice stall. I'd caught a cold in Singapore, and Antoinette recommended a Singapore remedy of, I think it was starfruit and salt. It was super delicious and I'm sure it helped me recover. Stanley had mentioned that he really loved the retro signage at the hawker food center, and we had long conversations about the fonts, printing types, and acrylic signs. The perfect conversation.

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The curry puff uncle! Singapore is F U L L of smiles.

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Lilac bowls!

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Canary yellow. Green. Turquoise. And lime. Yassssss!

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Orange and lime.

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Even the stacks of dirty plates made it onto my Fujifilm X100T.

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Love the cutlery identification tagging technique.

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Bobochacha (which is ridiculously fun to say) and other amazing Singapore desserts.

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In case it wasn't already amazing enough, Stanley came back with drinks in bags. And check out the bags - purple and red. Teamed with the little fluoro green ties - I can't even. 

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Pink drink in a bag. With a yellow straw! STOP!!!

"Let's shoot it again, without the line and with both hands"

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Do you die?
I die!

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Each stall paints the ends of their cutlery so they can be returned to the correct stall. Swoon!

"It looks cute with the tiles too, don't you think?"

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Okay so people who bring their own coloured melamine to the hawker food center (which is already filled with coloured melamine) ARE THE BEST!

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We did a shoot for Polkaros' new 'Singapore Dessert' collection. Antoinette said it felt like she was making me work, but for me it was heaven. I LOVE a good shoot. Ant and Stanley brought along their own props and we stood on chairs taking overhead shots in the middle of the hawker food center. We even made good use of a mint tray as a reflector board. Lol. You can take the girl outta Vogue Living...

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This polkaros collection is ridiculously cute!

And ZOMG. You guys! This is a chance to get one of the very last copies of my Tokyo Guide! The Little Drom Store have opened up their online shop with a few of their copies! Head over here if you'd like one.

I can't wait to tell you more about this amazing store we found full of melamine plates. On thwe way back to Tokyo my suitcase was full with 'Hello Hawker' items. I can't wait to have a #HelloHawker picnic before it gets too cold.

In the time being, head over to my instagram or snapchat for pics and snippets.

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