Friday, October 31, 2008

A Little Taste of Western China

Shanxi province, located at the middle-west part of China, is famous for their wheat food, such as noodles and stuffed steamed bread.

I stumbled across this nice little restaurant on Bei Xinqiao Street and my stomach refused to go on without tasting some of their delicious western China cuisine.

Stepping inside the restaurant you are immediately surrounded by elements of the traditional western China culture. The paper cuts, little sculptures of farm animals, artcrafts used in ancient sacrificing ceremonies, and some very lovely paintings showcasing the farmers’ lives.

Here comes the famous Shaozi Noodle (noodle with mashed assorted vegetables). Note the 2 empty bowls at the background, I already had several other very tasty local side dishes before the noodle!

I got so sleepy with my full stomach when I walked out the restaurant with satisfaction and new hope for the world, and forgot to take note of the name of the restaurant. But you can find it easily beside the only Dao Xiangcun Supermarket on Bei Xinqiao Street. If you are visiting the Lama Temple, why not try out here since they are just a block away? It’ll make your day!

Reposted from with the kind permission of Bai.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Okhi Day

National pride
28 October. Okhi Day. The Greeks celebrate their "No" to the invading Italian army and their engagement in World War 2.

National pride
Sometimes when I see pictures like these around me, it makes me wonder. How better our cities could look if we were under Italian administration?

Florence, 1998.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Abandoned Soviet Youth Camp

Picnic in the forest is always cool, especially in this time of year.

It is also pretty cool, when it is in abandoned camp for children of labourers.

It seems this place was kept intact for almost 20 years. Images of Lenin, propagandist graffiti's are still vivid.

This place used to be a "pioneer camp" for children of the Metro builders. Approximately 1985 map of the future development of Kyiv metro. Still too optimistic even for today...

Every morning, children were queuing up to wash their faces and brush their teeth. Seems pretty, and nostalgic, but ugly and disgusting, as I try to recall it, especially the stench from the "toilets".

Thursday, October 23, 2008

On the internet nobody knows you are a plant

Realizing that having the same number of blog posts as a plant from Japan questions my commitment to blogging I decided to take matters into my own hands and put something together.

So, just to one-up the silly plant, I grabbed my phone, downloaded whatever pictures I had recently taken and started writing. Most of them happen to be from the TV on the Radio show I went to a couple of weeks ago. The venue was really intimate and as the lead singer remarked the crowd seemed to be enjoying themselves despite the lack of alcohol.

Frankly, he said, we were the best crowd ever even though Boston sucks. Because, as he alluded, someone was getting in his way to the gig and that's why they were so late, apologies.

Enthusiastic as the crowd was nobody danced more than the cow. See it? Balcony, first row? And it's not even Halloween yet.

Walking out I glanced at the display just down the street. It was advertising the upcoming show of none other than Mario Fragoulis. Belch. Here is some quality instead:

Looking forward to your next post Midori-san - you motivate me.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


you know,

i could


a co-driver

to take

some photos

while i

drive around


to moody music.

cause when i do it alone

i keep all the joy to myself.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Bird’s Nest and Water Cube during the Golden Week

Daily visitors at the Olympic Green, in which Bird’s Nest and Water Cube are located, exceeded 200,000 during the 7 day “golden week”.

Standing under the Bird’s Nest gave me a feeling of tightness and pressure.

The Water Cube.

Boy can’t hold it. Too much Cocacola.

Interesting poses:

People were really having a good time.

Reposted from with the kind permission of Bai.

Thursday, October 9, 2008