Taipei

Two weekends ago Frank surprised me with a sweet city trip for Valentine. I only found out where we were heading to just before we checked in. Turns out we were going to Taipei! As soon as we landed we felt at home right away, like nothing had changed, like nothing happened in the mean time. You see, we left Taiwan after living in Taipei for 2,5 years and missed it ever since. Now, 1,5 years later we were back and we visited all our favourite restaurants, bars and walked through our favourite neighbourhoods asking each other 'Why did we ever leave again?'. We even walked passed our old house, staring at it, hoping the guards would recognise us so we could talk about what has been. But "our" guards were new guards so we moved on. 

Taipei has changed since we left, many cute new restaurant's and bistro's have opened. The Japanese vibe is getting stronger in some area's (which I enjoyed), mixed with a Taiwanese twist. But the people are still friendly, the food is still to die for and the pace of life is still so relaxed compared to Hong Kong. 

In a couple of years, when we go back for a visit, i'm really curious to see how much it would've changed again. And I hope our old house will still be there so we can walk past it and remember the life we had there.

Mandarin Oriental Taipei

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Zhongshan neighborhood

Amsterdam

I finally took the time to select and edit my shots from when I was in Amsterdam last winter. It's funny for me to feel the exact kind of cold of when I was there when I look at these photos (freezing!)

Lately i'm super interested in black and white photography. Although it does not work great when shooting food, I think it's interesting to see how it turns food into weird shapes and shadows. Anyway, hope you enjoy. xa

Latitude 22N Hong Kong

A while ago, I met with designer and artist couple Julie Progin and Jesse Mc Lin in their studio and porcelain shop based in Chai Wan. The gorgeous blue and mint coloured studio is filled with porcelains created by the duo, inspired by Chinese history with a modern twist and a human touch. 

Julie was born and raised in Hong Kong by her Swiss parents before moving around the world to study design. Jesse originally from the US, met Julie in New York where he was studying art and ceramics. There they decided to move to HK to launch Latitude 22N. 

If you're around and looking for some amazing, one of a kind porcelains, definitely pay them a visit. Changes are high you'll get an inspirational tour of the workshop and leave with a bag full of new goodies for your home.

Latitude 22N