Posts Tagged ‘Taichung Jazz Festival’

finds: dear plastic’s paper making kit

January 18, 2011

It arrived! My recycled and up-cycled paper making kit from Dear Plastic made it all the way from Australia to Taiwan without one little bit of damage. See me unpack it.

Dear Plastic Paper Making Kit ... opening the box.

Dear Plastic Paper Making Kit ... opening the box.

Dear Plastic Paper Making Kit ... the packaging has gone.

Dear Plastic Paper Making Kit ... the packaging has gone.

Dear Plastic Paper Making Kit ... reading all the lovely hand-printed notes.

Dear Plastic Paper Making Kit ... reading all the lovely hand-written notes.

Dear Plastic Paper Making Kit ... the kit!

Dear Plastic Paper Making Kit ... the kit!

The box for the kit is made out of old Sydney Opera house plastic posters and it came with hand-written instructions. I haven’t opened the jar to investigate what’s in it yet but I’m sure the instructions or the video (below) will tell all. You can buy one, too! Click here to visit the Dear Plastic website.

So what can I make with my beautifully recycled paper? I was thinking of putting together a cute little art and culture zine to distribute around Taichung City every two weeks or so. Or…

I also found this cool idea for making recycled paper beads. These beads put me in mind me of a jewellery making book I had in the 80s.

What else? Leave your ideas as a comment below!

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News: JoB’s 2010 in review

January 3, 2011

I am being very lazy and posting the summary below that WordPress.com 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 WordPress.com 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

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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 facebook.com, hungryintaipei.blogspot.com, taiwanderful.net, bloglovin.com, and en.wordpress.com.

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.

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critique: is taichung soulless? March 2010
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2

write up: waterfall, 2009 summer issue function February 2010

3

write up: match cafe March 2010

4

write up: viewpoints and viewing points – 2009 asian art biennale January 2010
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5

JoB likes: DAKENG SCENIC AREA January 2010
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reads: mollie’s used books live underground in taichung

October 18, 2010

Friends of ours have been staying with us on their way from Southeast Asia to India. I was out and about with them on Saturday, checking out the early hours of the opening of this year’s Taichung Jazz Festival, and stumbled across this haven of the printed word on Gongyi Road, right next to the 7/11 near the People’s Park.

Mollie Used Books has a good feel to it. Located at basement level it is was a bit of a struggle to find the entrance until we noticed the not-so-clear sign on the glass shopfront pointing it out. It has a cafe with some pretty good-looking food and a decent and varied selection of English books. Of course, if you can read Chinese there’s an enormous selection of books printed in this language. Adding to the excitement there’s also an exhibition space, currently showing photography.

Here are some pics so you can get a feel for the place:

Inside Mollie Used Books, a new second-hand bookstore in Taichung City, Taiwan.

A view of the Mollie Used Books cafe area. The second-hand bookstore chain has just opened a new store in Taichung City, Taiwan.

I bought three books that day. Martin Amis: The Essential Guide (Reynolds and Noakes, NTD80), Of Mice and Men (Steinbeck, NTD60), and The Dharma Bums (Kerouac, NTD150).

Books bought from Mollie Used Books, a new second-hand bookstore that has just opened in Taichung City.

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baking teensy: edition 5 (chocolate and crunch Kiwiana)

April 21, 2010

I made these today.

Afghan Biscuits are, as far as I know, a solely New Zealand invention, first appearing in the iconic Edmonds Cookery Book. They are basically chocolate cookies with the strange but truly wonderful edition of Skippy Cornflakes to give a crunchy texture. I, however, used Special K because I couldn’t find cornflakes.

I’m not sure if you can see in the picture above but there are two different colors of icing. That’s because the icing is actually pure cooking chocolate, and because the first batch I made I melted it in a bowl in a pot of water. I managed to put too much water in the pot and some of it leeked into the bowl. This makes the chocolate go all weird and dark and bitsy. It still tasted like chocolate though, so I used it anyway. The next batch I made I took out some of the water; problem solved.

While I’m admitting to my baking errors, I also managed to burn the bottom of the biscuits and had to spend about ten minutes scrapping the burnt off with a serrated knife. Does anyone have any tips on how to not burn the bottom of biscuits when cooking in a toaster oven? Please post them here because I’m not sure if I can work it out.

I will be making these Afghan Biscuits and New Zealand Lolly Cake to sell at the International Food Festival being held at Feng Chia University next Friday. Come along, bring your friends. At my stall alone there will be food and drink from New Zealand, Japan, Thailand and Indonesia, and there is a whole floor of stalls!

Actually, a quick side note, my Thai classmate just made me aware that there is a small Thai market somewhere near Tunghai University. When I find out more, I’ll pass it on to you.

The International Food Festival will on from 9 am to 3 pm on Friday 30th April. Come to the fourth floor of Administration Building II, Feng Chia University, No. 100, Wenhwa Rd., Seatwen, Taichung. Here’s a campus map.

I just realised, this is the first baking teensy I’ve posted on something sweet. Weird.

To make your own Afghan Biscuits, here’s the recipe I used.

To make your own New Zealand Lolly Cake, here’s the recipe I will use.

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critique: is taichung soulless?

March 22, 2010

Can we really say that Taichung is a soulless city? Well, I kinda think yes.

A recent article is doing the rounds of all the English language newspapers in Taiwan. It discusses the possibility that Taichung is a soulless city, a city searching for it’s identity. After having lived here for a year, I must say that I think it is. It seems that there was once potential for it to become a culturally active city, but I feel that it has let those opportunities pass, or hasn’t promoted what it already has.

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Being an inland, centrally positioned city often has its disadvantages and Taichung is not quite near the coast and not quite near the mountains. While the Dakeng Scenic Area is only a short scooter drive from Taichung’s Beitun District and is a really nice hiking trail area, the coastal areas near Taichung Port are underdeveloped and lacking promotion. In the same regard, central Taichung (the area around Taichung Train Station) has fallen into disrepair: “it would take at least five to six years to complete urban regeneration of the downtown area, the city’s earliest developed region which has lost its luster after business activities had moved elsewhere as Taichung developed into a multi-core city.”

Art Street

The article in the China Post goes into more detail regarding the past, present and future-planned developments of Taichung so I’ll let you read it for yourself here.

There are really only a handful of great places to eat, drink, view art and listen to music but overall, I feel there is a slim picking of cultural events, particularly public cultural events, to choose from each year. Perhaps I feel this way because I can’t access information in Chinese but I feel that after living here for a year and a bit I would know about at least the big events.

Sunday movies at Cat Lair

Of course, I don’t think the city is completely without soul. Here’s a quick list of my cultural, soul-growing spots and events:

Cat Lair (I just discovered that on Sundays they play movies outdoors just after the sun sets)
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National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts
Art Street – particularly the shop Hukurou
Taiyuan Flea Market
Taichung Jazz Festival
Taichung International Food and Music Festival

Let me know if you know of any other eateries, bars, galleries or events by leaving a comment. I’d LOVE to learn more about the city. Prove Taichung’s soul to me!

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