December 22, 2009

53rd Asia Pacific Film Festival and How My Hair Did.

Well, we were a little drained by the experience, having to sit through very slow Taiwanese pop music medleys and most of the show in Chinese. We took the opportunity to document our presence. I am particularly proud of my hair, which, though it looks quite plain, was curled to perfection at the back, in the ponytail. Next day I took a pic - and the curls were still there!

I've had my hair curled with a blowdrier at a salon, and despite assurances it would last a few days, it had gotten plank-straight by the time I stepped into the hotel at the event I had it done for. Yeesh. Home techniques that work, really do work. So I do it myself now. It only comes out when I next wash it.

The Beauty of the Unnecessary Paper Product.

I do recycle most of the time. I use my own shopping bags and even have one stowed in my handbag for unplanned grocery shopping. I get very guilty if I have to use plastic bags from the supermarket. During our trip to Taiwan it was obvious how far ahead in government policy and community attitude they are than us. Their recycling bins are properly utilised. People throw away their own rubbish and return their trays at MacDonald's an after movies at the cinema. All paper products in public facilities are supposedly recycled. And yet they have stationery galore that would make a scrapbooker weep.

I came across these goodies at a corner supermarkety place in Kaohsiung in Shin Jue Jiang. They're just pieces of paper printed with gorgeous prints and oh, I love them so! I plan to use them in lieu of greeting cards as they are so small and therefore use less extraneous paper, they require less to be written (I like), and they're gorgeous.

This is a selection of printed cards which come in a lovely printed box. I have another set with a cat motif, whose colours are more monochromatic, black, whites, greys. Almost too gorgeous to use.

Little angpow packets. great for birthday presents you forgot to get and are replacing with money.

A little pad of origami papers which I can't bear to crease. So I think these will be used for cards or notes as well. Sorry for the picture quality. Turns out my phone camera lens had a finger print on it : /

And then came across these lovely things, which at first I thought were little purses. Turns out they'r face masks. I don't think they're to protect against virus, more to keep dust and smoke out of the faces of motorcyclists. They're a textile lover's dream...

December 19, 2009

Cute Fruit

I thought these were apples. Came across them at a farmer's equity stall at the cultural market being hosted by the 53APFF here in Kaohsiung Taiwan. I sampled a slice and it had the texture of a yellow chinese pear like you would get at a Malaysian supermarket, but tasted caramelly, very sweet and lusciously refreshing.

Turns out it has a stone in the middle instead of seeds, so it's some sort of plum I guess. Yummy.

I apologise

I promised to post a picture of the goodies we got from 7-11, but we've eaten it all. Sorry.

December 18, 2009

I don't know how to to say this but...

There's a little something on your roof.

We came out of our hotel yesterday after breakfast and realised there was a ferris wheel on the building in front of ours. The whole resort has not officially opened, so while the hotel is functioning, services are limited, and we are half an hour away from town. And there's a ferris wheel blowing in the wind on the roof of the building opposite. At night they light it up. I must say the early chills in the morning is lovely and bracing.

We missed breakfast today but luckily we shopped like crazy tourists yesterday and brought back instant allsorts for our morning feast. Though I am still hungry and hubby boo has not stirred from the computer since discovering that you can download youtube videos in Taiwan faster than a politician can think up a lie - and that's pretty fast where we come from! I reminded him that I needed to be fed and he just kind of looked at me blankly. It's been about an hour of blank looks and now I have played the trump card of guilt. He has begun to move.

Will post a pic of the fabulous 7-11 goodies we found. They have boiled eggs in shrink wrap. Pannacotta, which was delicious, thanks.

December 17, 2009


After a long day travelling, a bumpy ride, bus trip and finally a got shower and wonderful sleep, this view upon waking makes it all seem worth it. Hope it's chilly cold today! Breakfast. Wifi. Shopping?