To build a space
where one finds a home away from home
abundant sunlight, abundant books 
the smell of dried eucalyptus, records playing
communal and private corners
furniture with stories in their being
the coffee may not be fantastic, but it is good
good for rain, good for sadness, good for love
good with soul food and  desserts at the whimsy of tweedlebakes
this is the first floor. the second:
a studio space for workshops and classes, for
art, language, yoga, crafts
all ages, all kinds, all here always just to learn.


Q: How would you convince a potential sponsor that art and stories can change the world?
A: By changing their world first through art and stories. I want them to sincerely believe in it, not simply to agree with it.

Jovanny Varela-Ferreyra, ex-curator behind Berlin-Artparasites and founder of The Artidote

“A work of art is good if it has arisen out of necessity. That is the only way one can judge it.

And your doubt can become a good quality if you train it. It must become knowing, it must become criticism. Ask it, whenever it wants to spoil something for you, why something is ugly, demand proofs from it, test it, and you will find it perhaps bewildered and embarrased, perhaps also protesting. But don’t give in, insist on arguments, and act in this way, attentive and persistent, every single time, and the day will come when, instead of being a destroyer, it will become one of your best workers–perhaps the most intelligent of all the ones that are building your life.”

Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

Daily inspiration

The Artidote
Humans of New York

Sebastião Salgado
Master of light, textures, and composition. Heart torn by humanity, his empathy and dedication through his art.

Lovers(3) by Jarek PuczelLovers(1) by Jarek Puczel
Lovers, Jarek Puczel, and


Egon Schiele (June 12, 1890 – October 31, 1918) (pronounced [ˈʃiːlə], approximately SHEE-luh) was an Austrian painter, a protégé of Gustav Klimt, and a major figurative painter of the early 20th century.





A note on favourites: it seems that at a certain age, I no longer could determine if something made the list. Experience had seeped too much into consciousness and works of art I encountered could no longer be separated adequately: a book would resonate particularly during a certain period but not at all after; a song never leaves because it was a favourite someone once beloved; a film I couldn’t get through before may shoot through my being one day.

So the favourites listed here were mostly found till I was about the age of 14-15. I’d love to hear about your favourites too, please do share them by commenting below!

Authors & Books:
Roald Dahl’s adult short stories
The Time Traveller’s Wife (an example of the above; I fell utterly in love when I first read it more than a decade ago, but may not if I did now, especially with the damage of its film adaptation)
The Tao of Pooh
Banana Yoshimoto

Closer, Leon the Profession, Watchmen, Moonrise Kingdom, Hugo, Vicky Christina Barcelona, Requiem For A Dream, Lord of The Rings…

More recently: The Salt of the Earth, The Assassin, Rurouni Kenshin trilogy, Sherlock Holmes (the only TV series I got through)…

Still so many to catch up on. Hirokazu Koreeda, Wong Kar Wai…
And always, our local industry.

Olafur Arnalds, Sigur Ros, Stella by Kashiwa Daisuke, The xx, The Civil Wars, Feist, The Killers, Muse, Coldplay, Angus & Julia Stone, John Lennon, Max Richter, Ruichi Sakamoto, Mogwai, M83, Damien Rice, Maroon 5 (when it was still a band and not a one-man show), Ben Howard, Sia, Alt-J, oh this is hard to limit…



The duo behind Cupplets, Sam and Ernest, has a no-nonsense attitude towards dedication, perfection, and at the same time, humility. Despite the challenges, they’ve never stopped pushing creative boundaries. They’ve built Cupplets up from mere ideas to a little cafe, and is now a bakery with a whole range of creative services from dessert tables to styling. Cupplets cakes are very recognisable—they’re little havens of earthy tones topped with berry brightness and gold dust.


Ng Li Tying

A superwoman who manages business relations at Naiise, bakes stories at The Spatula and The Pen, and dances. You’d think that this demanding lifestyle would lead to one grumpy fart, but Li Tying strongly feels she should give back, which she does whenever possible through her baking and other collaborations.

updated April 2016