Guest Blog: Places #3

Hello,

Let’s talk about virtual places this time — the internet. Here are three of my current favourite websites:

(1) ilove.cat
The web address says it all. If you’re not a cat person, you should visit. You might change your mind about cats after that.

(2) Feasting Never Stops
An excellent resource for food-related ephemera and beautiful photography. Very much like a food-only version of But Does It Float.

(3) Peter Nencini’s blog
A wonderful sense of aesthetic and impeccable craftsmanship and detailing. I enjoy reading his posts too.

 

 

Bonus link: Casual Days
The wonderful people behind Casual Poet have recently launched a new lifestyle magazine entitled Casual Days. Their journal, though fairly new, is a simple, easy pleasure to browse through.

 

Thank you Euphe for this opportunity! I hope you had fun in Bangkok.

See you soon
May

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Guest Blog: Coffee Table People

Hello everyone, how have you been doing since I last popped by? :)

Besides blogging my photographs and travels at Green Tea Fields, I am also one-half of the blog Coffee Table People. My friend, C, and I started it in April this year and our basic modus operandi is to cover interesting cafe concepts in Singapore and beyond. I provide the photography (we feature only film photography for our cafe reviews), C provides the words, and together we get to drink a lot of coffee and tea. Not bad, eh? Here are some of my favourite photographs from our various jaunts!

xx Michelle.

Guest Blog: Places #2

Hello,

Let’s move closer to reality a little. Maybe even slightly hyper-real?

Venice, to me, is hyper-real. From the moment you step out of the train station, the midday view overwhelms you. At once beautiful and horrible at the same time, too much to take in, an authentic fake.

(But I don’t have a photo to illustrate this. My need to document is always secondary to [a] my personal safety, and [b] making sure I’m walking in the right direction. This usually means what I document on my camera and phone ends up to be a very selective viewpoint of the experience.)

You might want to imagine a display of advertisement billboards for Persol and Dolce & Gabbana, placed alongside, and over, facades of crumbly, stucco-ed palazzos, little jet boats zooming along the canal, the water a perfect blue…

I could only think of home — specifically our casinos and theme parks.

Out of fatigue I declared Venice a monstrosity and decided I wouldn’t like this place very much.

Venice is one huge tourist attraction, isn’t it? The locals, they must live underground — or maybe on a hidden island not shown on any map, where they have a hospital, a prison, and a supermarket. How ‘authentic’ is this gelato shop, compared to a street food stall in Bangkok? Do gondoliers really shop here? Will Venice’s demise be a simulation itself? Maybe the death of Venice will be a future fable — like a reverse of the Merlion’s tale.

— May

(Yes, the gelato is mostly real. Real good.)

Guest Blog: Chinatown

Hello, it’s Michelle, back in the don’t kay siao house again with more Bangkok photos to share!

I have been to Bangkok quite a few times in the past few years but this trip was the first time that I ventured into Bangkok’s Chinatown. Being quite a fair distance from Bangkok central where I was stayed, I hailed a tuk-tuk to get there. It was a long way through lots of dark and gloomy streets before the tuk-tuk suddenly burst out into this bright and rowdy thoroughfare that instantly reminded me of Hong Kong! It was incredible! All the street hawkers were out there doing their thing, cooking up a storm and trying to tempt the hungry souls walking past them. After having my fill of tomyum soup, I eventually ended up in a quiet sidelane for desserts where the hawkers catered more to the residents rather than the tourists. If you haven’t been to Bangkok’s Chinatown yet, make sure you mark it down in your itinerary the next time!

xx Michelle.

Guest Blog: Places #1

Hello,

Let me take you somewhere else.

I’ve just returned home after watching two films today. The thought of these led me to remember this one film — Chris Marker’s La Jetée. You can say it changed my life.

Made in 1962, it remains timeless. The story, the execution, the idea resonates with minimal, limited effects and timeframe. One of the best stories told in 27 minutes.

May

Guest Blog: Bangkok Black & White

Hi everyone, this is Michelle from Green Tea Fields, keeping you company for the next few days while Euphemia is partying it up in Bangkok! Euphemia and I met over the internet, I think, some time after my trip to Seoul earlier this April. Being big fans of both Seoul and film photography, we immediately bonded and have been chatting up a storm on Twitter ever since! And when she asked me to guest blog for her while she was away, I immediately said “YES”!

Today, I am going to share my photographs of the trip I made to Bangkok earlier this year. It was a quick three-day jaunt but I enjoyed being there for the first time since I started film photography. To me, Bangkok is a wonderfully atmospheric and gritty sort of city, and I naturally gravitated towards using a black and white film when I was deciding on the type of films to bring. I am not particularly a black and white film type of person but for once, the film was just screaming at me to pop it into the camera and I am so glad I did. These are some of my favourites from the roll, I hope you enjoy them and I will be back in a bit with more photographs, of bangkok in colour, the next time.

xx Michelle.

Five things I’ve learnt about Hong Kong (or myself) so far

Hello there, I’m Wee Ling from chopchopcurrypok and I’m back again for my second (and last) installment. Thanks Euphemia for this lovely jaunt at her blog. Hope you guys have as much fun as I did. Till later !

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1. Where there is a red light district, there’s tasty Thai food. Well, at least that’s how it works in Wan Chai. I’m always going to Lockhart Road to satisfy my Thai food cravings, currently rather obsessively at about 1-2 times a week. While I’m hardly a proper Thai expert (there’s someone else who is better qualified), I do know it’s not easy finding restaurants that serve Goong Chae Nam Pla (raw white prawns with spicy fish sauce). I go to Thai Farmer Restaurant solely for this dish, no stomachaches so far. Hurray !

2. Beyond the air-conditioned shopping malls and super-dense concrete jungle Hong Kong is usually known for, there are actually plenty of fantastic beaches, islands and hiking trails to explore that are unfortunately much neglected by stopover tourists and Singaporeans on eat-and-shop weekend getaways. It is amazing how one can be in the midst of nature just 30 minutes from the hustle and bustle of downtown Hong Kong.

3. Wanton mee and fishball noodles are delicious and everywhere but it’s just not the same without pickled green chilli and red chilli in soy sauce respectively.

4. Excerpts from my Twitter timeline yesterday –

@weelingsoh: Stepped out of the office, it’s so humid even my fingers are feeling sticky. #FirstTasteOfHKSummer #KillMeNow
@notabilia: @weelingsoh, um, didn’t you grow up in Singapore :)? #HKHasSeasons #SingaporeisSweltering

5. Whenever I’m in Central with friends and we need to get a drink, my favorite place to head to has got to be the roof garden at the Hong Kong Fringe Club. It’s probably Central’s best kept secret but that depends on how swanky one is. Swanky types will probably turn their noses up at the venue but I like it just fine, away from the pretentious din of nearby Wyndham Road and its crowded sidewalks. Don’t forget it is closed on Sundays though.

Thai Farmer Restaurant
98 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
香港灣仔駱克道98號

Hong Kong Fringe Club 藝穗會 roof garden
2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong
香港中環下亞厘畢道2號
+852 2521 7251