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there’s a beautiful expression that costa ricans use that’s as common as hello: pura vida. it literally means ‘pure life’. i experienced its meaning when i traveled there (guanacaste) back in july. thousands of miles from city lights and sales and wireless access, i remembered what it was to be moved by nature. trees. air. water. space.

so now, during this period of exuberant festive commerce – when i’m consumed by thoughts of what i need to buy buy buy – wordsworth’s worthy words creep into my mind.

The World Is Too Much with us
The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers:
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
The Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;
For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
It moves us not.–Great God! I’d rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn.

and i think about pure life in costa rica…


sometimes you come across conceptual art and you get the idea, but you still think it’s a load of crap. but sometimes you come across it and it just captivates you.

the ‘it’s a small world’ exhibition at the danish design centre features a ‘soul wash’, allowing you to walk through spinning tassels and do just that. created by artists henrik vibskov and andreas emenius, both graduates of central saint martins.

hc andersens boulevard 27
dk-1553 copenhagen v

“by seeing london, i’ve seen as much as the world can show” – samuel johnson

old sammy boy may’ve been slightly biased–what with the whole ‘tired of london, tired of life’ diatribe (clearly he never had to take the 43 bus home from old street on a rainy monday night)–but he had a point. if you can’t find a way to amuse yourself in london, you may be beyond pleasing.

try, for starters, the vibrant, bustlingly dickensian borough market for brunch with a limitless menu of sarnies, salads, raclettes,  paellas, mezzes, cakes and more (with plenty to sample)…

borough market

go for the smoked toulouse sausage sandwich with rocket and mustard and a flat white coffee (a bargain for six quid as it’s a three-mealer, i.e., breakfast, lunch and dinner all-in-one)

smoked toulouse sausage from borough market

then follow it up with a clove-filled mulled wine (three quid) served up with a smile (free)…

mulled wine at borough market

if you’re up for stroll, venture down the south bank and catch a free concert along the way under blackfriars bridge

blackfriars tunnel quartet

brave the crowds at the tate modern or hop on a bus down to shoreditch to check out some galleries for something completely different. like PETROL, a show of painted car bonnets, at signal gallery on curtain road…

curtain road gallery

or just walk around to see the art on the street.

curtain road grafitti

cordy house

total cost for all that food and culture = 11 quid.

palais de tokyo

palais de tokyo skaters

palais de tokyo foyer


almost missed day 2 of my ‘100 days of holiday’ set. oops. i took this one high atop victoria peak in hong kong, after a winding bus trip teetering up the mountain. the most surreal and stunning parts of the journey were the towering skyscrapers that hug the peak all the way up. reminded me of beijing artist cao fei’s second life city.

slightly bewildered after hopping off the bus (we didn’t really have a plan), we wandered into the most enchanting walking trail, which is where i snapped this shot. it’s so high, i swear the mist is actually a cloud. with the exception of a few passing tourists, we could’ve been in another century it’s so other worldly. i was tempted to climb that ladder to nowhere…

like so many, i’m obssessed with taking photos on holiday. i want to capture every pixel of relaxation and happiness in my camera and save it for a rainy day. but in this digital age, so many images get lost. instead of being pasted into scrapbooks and photo albums, they’re dumped into the hard drive and forgotten. that’s why i want to post a holiday pic every day for a 100 days. if only to re-live the moment of the image.

this is one of my favourites from my recent trip to australia. i took it underneath a jetty at picnic bay on magnetic island. the beach was magnificent and picture perfect…but i was mesmerised by the spectrum of colours in the solitude of the shade. i look at this and can still smell the sweetness of the ocean.

picnic bay jetty


view of kowloon from ferry


hong kong island vista


hidden waterfall on walk around victoria peak