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2011 in review

January 1, 2012

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,500 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

news: JoB’s taichung city

February 20, 2011

Want to know how to get to the places you read about on JoB? Now you can with JoB’s map to Taichung City.

The painstaking task of mapping all the cafes, restaurants, galleries, art districts, shopping areas and nature trails talked about on JoB has been completed. Every place you read about on this site will be added to the map in an attempt to get people out and exploring this ever improving Taiwanese city.

JoB Google Map Feb11

Click here to browse JoB’s Taichung City.

The map has it’s permanent home here.

Please note that this is NOT a comprehensive guide to everything Taichung has to offer, nor will it probably ever be. It’s just an attempt to record the places talked about on JoB.

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News: JoB’s 2010 in review

January 3, 2011

I am being very lazy and posting the summary below that kindly put together for me. First post for the first week of 2011 down! No, I will try to put together one more post for this week and I did actually think this info was interesting.

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads, “This blog is on fire!”

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 5,100 times in 2010. That’s about 12 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 40 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 59 posts. There were 223 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 93mb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was March 22nd with 152 views. The most popular post that day was critique: is taichung soulless?.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for taichung jazz festival 2010, taichung jazz festival, jar of buttons, cardboard furniture, and sea turtle.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


critique: is taichung soulless? March 2010


write up: waterfall, 2009 summer issue function February 2010


write up: match cafe March 2010


write up: viewpoints and viewing points – 2009 asian art biennale January 2010


JoB likes: DAKENG SCENIC AREA January 2010

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News: I’m going to be blogging once a week!

December 31, 2010


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Because I’ve been so super slack at posting on this blog in the last half of 2010 I’ve decided to sign up to be part of WordPress’ PostAWeek 2011 challenge. Yes, they sent me an email and I spontaneously decided to join in.

I think it’s a really great way to inspire me to post regularly on all the little things I make and buy and all the restaurants and places of interest I stumble across during my time in Taiwan with, of course, a focus on what’s going on here in Taichung.

Oh, and I’ll be posting more on contemporary art in Taiwan. I’ll talk about the interviews I undertake and the galleries I visit. And about my job with Art Radar Asia. And…

If you want to join in, too, then here’s the instructions as written by WordPress. They’re running a post-daily challenge, too.

How to Join:

Signing up is simple – do the following:

  1. Post on your blog, right now, that you’re participating
  2. (You can grab a sample post from
  3. Use the tag postaday2011 or postaweek2011 in your posts (tips on tagging here)
  4. Go to
  5. Subscribe to– you’ll get reminders and inspirations every day to help you bring your full potential to your WordPress blog!

So, stay tuned for heaps more content from this little blog. And happy New Year!

news: new Taichung ex-pat mag Guanxi is out

July 26, 2010

Taichung’s newest ex-pat magazine, Guanxi, is out and available in a ton of shops, cafes and restaurants around Taichung City. It was kind of funny to see my article in print. I submitted it such a long time ago that I’d all but forgotten about it.

As with every new magazine, Guanxi needs to spend some time finding it’s voice, particularly because it needs to appeal to such a varied audience, but hopefully this won’t be too much of a struggle for it. Really, it’s just good to see something out there that’s publishing actual articles rather than the pay-and-we-write-on-you model that Compass offers it’s readers.

The magazine will be released quarterly – at the start of every season – and the next one issue is due out sometime in September. I’ll be contributing a series on the artist studios at Stock 20.

News: JoB is back, but probably still sporadically

July 14, 2010

I’ve been tied up with nearly one million things of late: planning for my impending wedding here in Taiwan, travelling over the mountains on a scooter from Taichung to Hualien and back, editing and writing (well, mostly editing) for Art Radar Asia, writing an article for new Taichung ex-pat mag, Guanxi, and counting down the days until I finish up as an English teacher with Hess.

So, poor old JoB has been completely neglected over the past few months. But, as I recently noticed that people are still actually visiting this space, I’m going to try my darnedest to remedy this by posting short, informative posts on interesting stuff.

Some things to look forward to:

  • A picture feast of adventures over the spine of Taichung on a scooter.
  • A round-up of my articles published on Art Radar Asia recently, including a link to my impending interview with seminal Taiwanese contemporary artist Tsong Pu.
  • A copy/link to my article on comedy group Taichung Improv in the soon-to-be released first issue of Guanxi magazine.
  • Other stuff that I feel like posting on as I see fit.

Lots to stop by for, huh?

Travelling along Taiwan's mountain highway, Highway 14.

Travelling along Taiwan's mountain highway, Highway 14.

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news: the dearth will not continue

March 19, 2010

Sorry for the complete dearth of posts over the last month or so. I left my previous branch and started at a new one, have been writing a lot for Art Radar, and have begun taking Chinese classes five days per week at Feng Chia University here in Taichung. I’m also totally broke and am moving house in a few weeks. So, I’ve been stupidly busy with all this stuff to think about and am waiting for it all to settle down.

Once again, apologies all round. I will be sure to get some tantalizing reads up here again in two or three weeks time. Don’t abandon me just yet!

In the meantime you can read the latest issue of Waterfall Magazine, available for purchase here.


news: JoB is on Bloglovin

February 19, 2010

You can follow me on Bloglovin. I’m still working it all out but it looks similar to Google Reader but more like a social networking site.

If you really want to get those fingers in the button jar then join the JoB page on Facebook.

I promise I will soon post about my camping trip to Liyu Lake and a unique little cafe/B & B that resides along the lake’s shores.

I hope you had an awesome Chinese New Year break. I’m sad that it will be over so soon.

JoB x

news: changes are afoot

January 15, 2010

Just like the scrumptious treats I post about in baking teensy, there are some creations in the Internet oven.

I am now writing for Art Radar Asia and as a result have less time to spend on my beloved jar of buttons. However, this does not mean I’m deserting this space for greener pastures.

It does mean that I will be changing some of the content on the site, namely the weekly fixture get to it. From now on I will list one event in the categories of music, art and other, events that I would choose to go to over no other. This will cut down my posting time and, I think, it will also be better for you, the reader.

I am also going to revamp the look of JoB over the next few months. A new look is always a good thing. Suggestions are, of course, always welcome. Send your thoughts through to or leave a comment.

So is there anything for you, the reader, to look forward to? Of course there is.

  • I will be posting a new edition of baking teensy this weekend – a tasty vegetarian treat designed to get you toasty during these chilled winter months.
  • I hope to visit this on Sunday morning so should have a review up just after.
  • If you do need some reading material before the weekend, you can check out the new articles on Art Radar Asia.
  • Or peruse the lovely use of internet space that is The Renegade Bean.
  • If you want to get out of the house and explore the culture settings of your current hometown, take a look at Taiwan Culture Portal‘s list of events.
  • For the more adventurous of spirit, perhaps you fancy a hike in the snow? The pics in this story are amazing!

Whatever you do, I hope you have an absolutely awesome weekend. Don’t forget to check back soon.

JoB x

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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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