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Muffin Monday Mix [003]: Shanghai blue skies, kitties, and books














The sky was perfectly blue all Sunday. After lazily doing laundry at my place with all the windows open, I went into town for an impromptu picnic with Max and Taurin. Afterwards, we met up with Jacob and his girlfriend for some coffee at 1984, a cozy garden bookstore and cafe on Hunan Road. On our table was a friendly stack of a Milan Kundera novel, Michel Foucault’s book of theory, and Uncocoro (the Japanese book about “intestinal health”). Inside the bookstore they also have little knickknacks and handmade stationary. Shanghai must have so many hidden nooks and places I haven’t been to yet.

P.S. I’m really excited about sharing this mix with you all. It’s not very long, but I think you’ll like it!

1. Green Rain – Shugo Tokumaru
2. Gobbledigook – Sigur Ros
3. Flow in a Tide – Takako Minekawa, Michiko Endoh
4. An Owl With Knees – The Books
5. La Harpe Jaune – Areski et Brigitte Fontaine
6. ’85 into the Night – Beams
7. Ursulan Uni – Paavoharju
8. Breathing Place – Vibrasphere

listen here + a muffin recipe


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    May 29, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    There’s a gorgeous, peaceful quality to your photographs that I can’t quite define – this is a lovely set.

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      May 30, 2011 at 6:19 am

      Thank you. It was a rare sunny day in Shanghai, and it always helps to have good natural light. 🙂

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    May 30, 2011 at 12:45 am

    These photos are beautiful, the little kitten is too cute!!

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      May 30, 2011 at 6:20 am

      That kitten was so tiny! 🙂

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    May 30, 2011 at 3:12 am

    such a nice day that was. and that cafe sounds like the perfect place: Kundera & Foucault, oh boy! I miss my reading days. and cafes are the best places to read them.

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      May 30, 2011 at 6:21 am

      Ohh it was such an adorable cafe. I wish I could read Chinese well enough to sit there and actually read. One day!

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    May 30, 2011 at 5:58 am

    What a good day; books, kittens, and good weather.
    sounds like a perfect day to me.
    This is a good mix! It seems we have similar taste in music! ♥
    mmmmm Banana bread muffins. I have a really good banana bread recipe.
    Sometimes I fill the batter in muffin pans. Over the years I’ve added my own little touch; I top if off with chocolate chips!
    It’s really delicious, I’ll email you if you’re interested. ;o

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      May 30, 2011 at 6:25 am

      I hope my summer continues to be this great! P.S. Your banana bread muffins + choco chips sound so good! I’ve love the recipe! My e-mail address is collectingmaps at gmail dot com. 🙂

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    May 30, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    impromptu picnics are the best kind! looks like a lovely day to have one as well (: xo

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    May 31, 2011 at 2:11 am

    Your photos are always so lovely looking, this set is especially nice, it makes me think of warm weather :] That cafe sounds really intriguing, wish I could visit lol.

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    May 31, 2011 at 8:06 am

    thank you for your comment, i’m glad you like the list!
    so i’m in your blog for the first time and i’m amazed. your photos have got such a good quality! what you shoot always looks great, the subjects are really good and the genereal graphism of your blog is stunning. i think i mave just found the kind of blog i’m willing to have… i hope this doesn’t sound creepy, please.

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    June 1, 2011 at 6:03 am

    These photos make me want to travel far far away. Thanks for sharing them and feel free to drop by me too, soon.


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    June 1, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    looove the colors in these photos!

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    June 1, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Sewon! As always, beautiful photos 🙂 That little cafe in shanghai sounds like a dream….I love finding little hidden gems of that sort too 🙂

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    June 1, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    ahh just found your blog! consider me obsessed

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    June 1, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Your blog is amazing (I’ve just went through the whole thing), your pictures are amazing. And now I’m going to watch Take Care of My Cat which I’ve been putting it off for far too long.

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    Johanna Tagada
    June 3, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Dear Sewon,

    Thank you for your comments & your good luck wishes !
    I’m glad you like the postcards. (You wrote about may ordering some, it would be possible for me to ship them to Shangai, let me know)

    I’m also happy to discover your blog & work! I like your picture. I wil pass here often.

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