Ponytail Journal

THE DEEP NIGHT’S SHINING BLUE
Get to know your blues in the mountainous Dong village of Guizhou with Songyi, as she takes you through their tradition of indigo dyeing.... Read More
THE DREAMIEST ROLL AROUND PARIS
Our gal Songyi Yan has laid down paving for the ultimate skate around Paris, treats, spectacles, and digs included. Roll up! ... Read More
FUNNEST LIFE IN NAGANO.
Anne Berry has plucked a few select spots from her favourites for your next winter cruise. We are sure Nagano is no slouch in the summer, but everyone knows winter holds all the best rewards... Read More
THE FUNNEST SCHWAGG TRAIL ON OLD INCENSE HARBOUR
It’s that time of the year again, and in Hong Kong that means fake snow and ridiculously lavish mall installations. While the high-street brands adorn their plastic mannequins with the anointed sequined dress of the season, we’ve done a little Ponytail round-up of Hong Kong’s homegrown stores that are anything but fake. It’s only natural that when you find people and projects so dedicated to their craft, they only need to whisper to be heard.... Read More
KIRO AND ERIC’S NYC
Come on a wild ride with Eric and Kiro through their favourite digs, eats, party times, and treats of the big apple. ... Read More
HOW TO SPEND A WEEKEND IN LUANG PRABANG / FUNNEST TRAVELS
Our gal Rosie follows her nose through the charming city of Luang Prabang, the old capital of Laos that lies in a valley at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers.... Read More
CLIMBING MOUNT DAVIS / HONG KONG
In Hong Kong, the cool air of autumn also marks the start of hiking season. This city is known for its high-rise buildings and tightly packed business districts, but can be delightfully surprising once you cross the boundaries that distinguish the urban jungle and well, the real jungle. Today, we’ll explore the best kept secret in the saltiest side of Hong Kong: Mount Davis. ... Read More
THE GREAT TRAVERSE ACROSS SHIKOKU ISLAND
This week Anne travels by rail around the island of Shikoku to explore the land of udon, intricate feudal castles, and her favourite fruit – the prized yuzu. ... Read More
KIRO & ERIC’S GUIDE TO L.A.
On the yearly vintage run to LA, Kapital designer Kiro Hirata starts the hunt for inspiration for his ever wild mens and women's collections. He joins his buddy Eric Kvatek who has been shooting Kapital's cult catalogue for over 2 decades to scour, drink, ride, roll, and side-step their way through the bountiful world of American vintage. 'Take it from here Eric... Read More
TRAVELLING TO TROPICAL THAILAND WITH YOOX / SPONSORED
This summer, Lauren took the Yoox team to one of her favourite secluded islands in the Gulf of Thailand to show them what the tastiest, funnest, dreamiest vacation can be.... Read More
A DAY TRIP TO THE KINGDOM OF AYUTTHAYA / EXPLORE
The ancient kingdom of Ayutthaya, the previous capital of Thailand, is a day trip away from Bangkok and a soulful place to visit. If you're planning to go, you may have already scoured through the millions of travel guides, Lonely Planet advice, and perhaps even Wiki-ed it, but let us show you what makes it so special.... Read More
ANNE KAYAKS THROUGH EL NIDO IN THE PHILIPPINES.
El Nido is living proof that marine life has the ability bounce back in diversity and beauty from nothing thanks to blast fishing that wipes out entire coral reefs and all of its inhabitants. So our travel guru Anne Berry takes us with her on a kayak journey through the set of pristine islands - come along with her ... Read More
SYDNEY’S BEST FISHING SPOTS.

Sydney's Best Fishing Spots from Lauren Yates on Vimeo.

While in Sydney last, we went fishing with Matt Rees of marine research group, 'Fish Thinkers' to understand more about how we should be moving towards a foraged bait system when we go fishing. We fished for luderick that day using floats and some stinky weed bait, and you can learn how to do it yourself here too.... Read More
ANNE’S GUIDE TO TAKAYAMA AND KANAZAWA.
The hokuriku shinkansen between Tokyo and Kanazawa has opened a door for those wary of the long hours and unnecessary stops accompanied with train travel. This week, Ponytail correspondent Anne Berry takes you on a detour through the chilly calm of the Hida Region, and the salty winds of the Kanazawa coast.... Read More
WELCOME TO OUR BANGKOK. / ONE YOUNG WORLD SUMMIT
This week we welcome the world's pearls of wisdom into the Kingdom of Thailand for the 2015 One Young World summit, an organisation that voices young peace makers, environmentalists, sustainable business advocates, and delegates of equality on a global stage. It comes at a time where the world is seeking freedom, comfort, answers, and guidance after recent terror attacks and the overwhelming number of refugees seeking hope, yet the message is simple: live life with the freedom that we are entitled to.... Read More
PONYTAIL + BACKYARD BILL DO PARIS.
Presenting you our favourite things to do in Paris. Every stone surface, marble floor, forged iron fence, grandaddy fruit tree, and crack in the pavement is a magnificent mark of time, and I think the French are right to be preserving it with a mighty stubborn foot. So we tip our hat to inspirational juju that's rooted in Paris, and the many colourful characters who explore the Universe in a wonderfully French light.... Read More
PONYTAIL JOURNAL + BACKYARD BILL DO NYC.
Welcome to PTJ's New York city. I’m sure you’ve seen a bunch about it on the internet, or perhaps watched your fair share of Law and Order, but my New York city is a series of personal interactions with some wonderful folk who define the great hub. Last month we teamed up with our pal Bill Gentle ( or Backyard Bill ) to eat and hop our way through the wild city for Farfetch.... Read More
KIWI IN KYOTO / HAYAKAWA CUTLERY VISIT
PTJ pal Kiwi travels to Kyoto in search for perfection, and gathers her precious thoughts on everyday thoughtlessness that has made us wasteful 22nd century-ers. She also goes to a sweet knife shop to nerd out on blades.... Read More
TREASURE HUNTING IN 21ST CENTURY HONG KONG
Hong Kong, a powerful sensory punch in the face, is somewhere yo need to visit before you die. Besides the Michelin starred dim sum joints that will have you queuing round the block for a table, and the incredible hikes you can take in the mountainous landscape, it has so much to offer the Ponytail traveller. One of our favourite things to do in any city would be thrifting for old things, a treasure hunt if you want to call it that, and Ponytail correspondant Anne Berry shows us how it's done in the balmy harbour city...... Read More
OUR MUCH DELICIOUS GUIDE TO LANGUEDOC, SOUTH OF FRANCE
The following are our highlights and must do's in and amongst the region of Languedoc, that is very much overshadowed by the popular Aix en Provence, but definitely a bolder and wiser choice in our books. In this region we have extraordinary wines, olive oils, great French cookery, Medieval towns, archeological sites, swimmin' holes, specialty pate's, pies, and one of the best music festivals ever.... Read More
TRAVEL / OUR GUIDE TO HANOI, VIETNAM.
Ponytail correspondant Anne Berry went to Hanoi to hunt for all that goodness we so love. This is all you need to know about eating, drinking, shopping, playing, and seeing in the wild world of sensory explosions.... Read More
THE PTJ GUIDE TO CONVENIENCE IN TOKYO.
Leave judgements by the sliding beep-y door, we bring you our guide to much convenience. An essential part of life in Tokyo.... Read More
BOAT DOES BANGKOK.
PTJ previews Boat magazine's latest issue on Bangkok. Read and be bewildered, because Bangkok is surreal like that.... Read More
PTJ’S BANGKOK IN WEEKEND WEEKLY MAGAZINE / FUNNEST LIFE !

A few weeks back I took team Weekend Weekly magazine around my hangouts in Bangkok.  This is how it went down, and out popped a PTJ guide to Bangkok!  Hope it’s fun for your eyeballs, I sure had a blast eating my way through it. Thank you Gloria Chung for writing the story and putting… Read More

THE P.T.J. W’MENSWEAR DAY-GUIDE TO LONDON

One day in London?  Here’s a walking tour of W’Menswear goodness, but don’t expect to see any Beefeaters!  Here are some of my favourite stores and spots in the Covent Garden area of London.  You can follow this quick guide (in order) to see what it’s all about around town, then you might like to… Read More

THE PTJ GUIDE TO LITTLE INDIA, SINGAPORE.

I lived in Singapore for a while, back when I was a little thinner and living the life of a model on the road.  Little India seemed to be my happy place, maybe because it radiated warmth and friendliness.  It’s also wonderfully colourful and full of interesting things that I don’t usually come by like… Read More

SUMMER MARKET GAME IN FRANCE / PTJ’S FRENCH TRIPPIN’

One of my favourite things to do on the weekend when in France is to go digging for goodness at flea markets.  Even better, is when it’s summer time, and you’re in a small country town near the coast.  This is where you’ll find really cheap goodies like hand painted ceramic oyster plates, home made… Read More

A TEXTURAL TOUR OF LE HAVRE / PTJ’S FRENCH TRIPPIN’

Moving on from a very interesting wedding date in Lille, we pack the car and head South West to Le Havre.  Because it’s not too far away, we decide to take the smaller roads through the quaint country towns to avoid the monotonous landscape of the highway, and being a little treasure hunter at heart,… Read More

PTJ IN PARIS / AN ARMY SURPLUS TREASURE CHEST / MARCHE AUX PUCES

Im a sucker for flea markets.  I really think I was a hoarder in a past life, because my eyes light up when I see nice old things.  Some people can’t stand the thought of buying something that has been used, worn, or just been sitting in a warehouse for decades on end, but the sound of… Read More

PTJ DOWN UNDER / MY FAVOURITE THINGS TO DO.

I was recently asked by a friend to recommend things to do in Sydney so I’ve taken the opportunity to do some flash-backs on some good moments down under.  When I’m in town, no matter what season, you’ll probably find me fishing, surfing, bush walking, or eating some of the incredible food that Australia has to… Read More

PTJ ALPINO / AN INTRODUCTION TO NORTHERN JAPAN

Travelling A Winter Landscape / Fluffy White Stuff / Moss & Lichens / Local Honey / BBQ / Yotsuba Butter / And Potato Like You’ve Never Had It Before / Welcome To Hokkaido.      

PTJ QUATTRO FORMAGGI TOURS / ISTANBUL / A TEXTURAL TOUR

Istanbul seems like heaven for people who have a fetish for textures.  I admire the detailed workmanship of all the textiles and ceramics I came across, as well as the dedication that store owners had to knowing all about the origins of their wares.  I value this kind of tracing back.  Cheers to being passionate.