Visiting bookstores is one of my favourite things to do when I am traveling overseas. Maybe you say I can find all the books I need in my home Hong Kong, as an international city. I can tell you absolutely that it's not, and exploring local bookstores is always fun! Besides, I have recently got the habit of reading paper books even outside Hong Kong, and I still need to get books from the bookshops there.
I did not study design at school, but I am interested in it to see how people design products and services, especially when travelling. Staying in a design hotel is a part of it, and Container Hotel in Ipoh, Malaysia was the recent experience. To admit that the hotel does have a great design in terms of facilities and style, but it still depends on how people treat it. People who manage and work there play a critical role as designers.
Although my role was to be a 'travel guide', revisiting on foot, i.e. walking in the city, can always let me open my eyes and mind, by observing and discovering things you haven't noticed before, even I have been the exact there for so many times. Walking can also be a source of inspiration, imagination and creativity.
Jeonju was one of the cities I visited in Korea. Like Gyeongju it is a city full of old Korean houses and historic sites, but the great difference is in terms of the experience staying there. When riding bikes becomes the lifestyle in Gyeongju, walking and taking a rest and even a nap is what everyone can do in Jeonju.