Love of maps, making globes, and the art of getting lost

(Thank you @marjanblan for use of this image; we’ve called it the “geometric art map of the world”.) In this year when it’s so difficult to travel, we are reminded of these things called maps.  In fact, we are crazy about maps, and in that spirit, are sharing “Dancing with the spirit of Marco Polo”, a Read more

Island tales #2: East meets West in beautiful beachscapes, remote villages, church ruins and Hakka clans

One of the most astounding things about this ultra-urban city of Hong Kong is that there are still some tiny and remote villages that are not accessible by vehicles, are mainly populated by village houses, and rather untouched by urbanism, and many of these are in Sai Kung, a large area in the Northeastern part Read more

Keep calm and learn some history: portrait of a city under siege

[An early April update: Hong Kong Museum of Art has opened up some of its multimedia collections online in its virtually@HKMoA initiative while the museum is itself still closed to public access.] We at Madeleine’s have been spending time in a city where there is definitely a siege-like feel: shops have shorter hours, office-workers are working Read more

In London this winter

Having been in London earlier in November, we are looking forward to being back in London in 2 weeks which would be mid-December.  Here’s our 5 favourites for this winter in this cool city: Theatre. OK, even our London insider who isn’t that into theatre was urging us to go see this production: Translations at Read more

A small London obsession: sofas and cushions, high windows, and 3 billion-lettered science

We wanted to share our small obsession about London’s Wellcome Collection including its library with comfy sofas and cushions as well as tall windows with lots of light and space and its “Bookshelf of the Human Genome”. Really, it is one of the coolest places in London. It is a “library” with cushions scattered over Read more

Urban re-inventions #1: Hong Kong’s Tai Kwun hits its 1.5-year-old mark

We at Madeleine’s recently had the opportunity to do a “revisit” to a big urban renewal and revitalisation project: Tai Kwun, which celebrates its second Christmas (and hits the first-year-and-a-half anniversary of its opening). This is a complex sitting almost in the middle of Central, just 100 steps up the hill from Queens Road Central Read more