Archive for December, 2009

news: we won

December 21, 2009

We won! JoB won in the General Category – Popular Vote in the Best Taiwan Blog Awards 2009.

Thanks heaps and heaps for all your support! Couldn’t have done it without you! Don’t forget to keep coming back.

In other news, I have been accepted as an intern with Art Radar Asia, based in Hong Kong. I’ll be posting my articles on this site after they’ve been published on the Art Radar site so there’ll be a lot of interesitng, artsy content up very soon.

I’ll also soon have some Christmas baking to report on and that review on Waterfall Magazine is coming, I promise!

JoB x

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finds: chong-yo

December 13, 2009

Introducing finds – a new section highlighting recent purchases and lucky stumbles upon things of beauty and intrigue.

Today I went shopping for the first time at Chong-Yo in south-east Taichung. It’s a huge department store. While I still prefer the Eslite bookstore mall near Hotel One, I definitely like Chong-Yo more than Sogo or Mitsukoshi.

I overspent at the M.A.C. counter, purchasing a beautiful cherry red lipstick, a stick of matching lip liner and some great black liquid eyeliner that has a slight green tinge to it. Lovely.

M.A.C. Liquidlast Liner – Inkspill
M.A.C. Retro Matte Lipstick – Ruby Wood
M.A.C. Lip Pencil – Cherry

I also found that Chong-Yo contains one of my favourite stores, a la sha. I absolutely love their stuff and splurged on a cute red blouse and a super comfy yellow overcoat. Here they are:

But, my most excitement-inducing purchase was a copy of waterfall magazine. I bought it at Eslite on the 12 floor of Chong-Yo.

I haven’t seen this magazine before and have no idea whether or not I’m behind the times announcing this one, especially considering it’s been on the shelves since July 2009, but I don’t care. I’ve only flicked through it and I’m already smitten. I haven’t dared to pry open the covers too far yet. I really want to savour my deep-sea dive into it, holding my breath and searching for treasure. Therefore, I won’t elaborate too much on the content and what I thought of it (or will think of it) in this post. Stay tuned for an in-depth review.

One last thing. An old friend from New Zealand has bundled together some artwork on Mischief Champion. I laughed a lot at many of them and particularly enjoyed Deer Deer, Beautiful Hat and Rabbit Pig.

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JoB likes: OTHER CHRISTMASie STUFF

December 8, 2009

Here’s the tree decorated. Yes, those are chocolate Santas. All the way from New Zealand.

And here’s a pic of the cards I made to send abroad. All you need is some origami paper, colored card, scissors and glue.


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baking teensy: edition 3

December 6, 2009

Taiwanese winter has hit. It is cold. Well, it’s cold when compared with Taiwanese summer. Which is killer hot.

I decided that, since I officially dusted off the scarves just the other day, it was cold enough for a casserole. A lovely, steaming, goodness-filled vegetable concoction designed to instil a feeling of warmth and security in its indulger.

So, here it is.

Enjoy.

Vegetable Casserole
for two or three people

what you need:

This casserole has no need for a fancy smancy title. As you don your oven mitts and slide it out of the oven, place it on the bench and lift the lid, you will see it speaks for itself.

1 big carrot, diced

1 medium onion, diced (I used half of a really big one)

A handful of fresh green beans, chopped

2 potatoes, chopped roughly

A handful of mushrooms, halved or quartered

Fresh or dried herbs to taste, as always fresh is better (I used dried oregano, parsley, rosemary and basil)

1 cup vegetable, mushroom or chicken stock

3 tablespoons plain flour

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

A dash or three of red wine

Olive oil

how to do it:

Prepare all the vegetables as above and put aside. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees C. As you know, I have a tiny Taitung toaster oven so that’s what mine cooked at. Yours might be different. Experiment.

Heat a little olive oil or butter in a big saucepan and put in all the vegetables. Stir them around over the heat for 5 minutes or so then add the flour. Cook this for around 1 minute and then take off the heat.

Tip the vegetables into a medium sized ceramic casserole dish and pour over the stock and the wine. Add the herbs and salt and pepper. Turn it all with your trusty wooden spoon to get everything all mixed together.

Put into the oven and cook for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Or there abouts. Don’t forget to check and turn it once or twice.

teensy tid bits:

You can use any vegetables you like for this recipe. I think pumpkin and sweet potato would be really good. Oh, and celery is always nice. Chop up a couple of fresh tomatoes and add those.

Add a can of red kidney beans, broad beans or any other kind of legume to make it a little more hearty. I’ve noticed that some Welcome supermarkets sell canned kidney beans or try the Mitsukoshi supermarkets for other types of canned beans.

If you want to make a meat or seafood version just brown the meat or seafood of your choice in the same way I described for the vegetables. Remove from the saucepan and then brown the vegetables. Then put it all in the casserole dish together and pour over the liquids.

Experiment with different red and white wines. The better the quality of the wine, the better the flavour of your casserole.

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JoB likes: HAND-WRITING LETTERS

December 3, 2009

I want to start a letter writing club like this one. I just need to get a couple of old typewriters and some writing pads and some pens and a club house. And some colored pencils. Yes, some well-sharpened colored pencils would complete this collection of implements. It would be just beautiful to produce some hand-written, hand-decorated letters. Don’t you think?

Hmmm, anyone keen to start one here in Taichung? Email jarofbuttons@gmail.com or leave a comment on this post.

If I have to, I’ll become the club’s only member. Don’t leave me lonely.

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JoB likes: CHRISTMAS TREES

December 2, 2009

We recently bought a real live pine tree as our Christmas tree this year. I feel guilty that one day I may have to get rid of it as an actual tree-sized Christmas tree will soon no longer fit on our balcony, but I have justified it. A fake Christmas tree made of plastic is totally non-biodegradable whereas my tree, even if we throw it away, will break down easily. Also, my tree is busy everyday releasing lots of great oxygen into the atmosphere to counteract all those nasty gases floating around up there.

See, justified. And it smells like pine tree. How can I resist!

No decorations yet. I’ll post a pic when that’s all done. The cardboard things behind it are chocolate Christmas calendars that I brought back from NZ.

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news: best taiwan blog awards

December 1, 2009

Vote for JoB in the Best Taiwan Blog Awards. I mean, of course you were going to. This is the best blog in Taiwan after all. I truly think it is a silly but honest little blog that deserves a little recognition.

It’s easy to vote – just visit JoB on Taiwanderful and click the plus sign on the vote box. It should add another vote to the count. More info on Taiwanderful if you get stuck.

Wouldn’t it be great if this little blog won!

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