Alvin In The Room: Journal

Visiting local bookstores while traveling

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.

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The art of thinking about smartphone clearly

There are so many articles about the ways of outsmarting your smartphone. I have thought of, and tried many different methods to achieve it. Instead of providing tips, I here raise three questions to let readers think about your smartphone clearly, as well as make use of it better.

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Ping Che revisited

My friends who haven't been there took a chance and I revisited there. I do really hope their projects can keep going on! The place can one day be occupied by the government 'for the sake of development'.

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Container Hotel Ipoh - nice design but lacks good management

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.

City walk as everyday's practice

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.

Cafe: Sensory Zero

You're welcome to sense everything you like! Wong Chuk Hang, the southern part of Hong Kong Island, is a small industrial area. It used not to be an attractive place until there are more new cafes, creative spaces and a commercial tower. Sensory Zero is definitely one of them!

Jeonju, the walkable, historic, slow city in Korea

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.

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