Shake 583: Oishii

November 9, 2011

Jem, Kyoto (Japan), August 2011

And just maybe a pen holder as well!

I read today that Japan is considered one of the top eating destinations in the world. The yakitori, the seafood, the udon, the sake… I could go on for ages. Basically, I concur!

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Shake 522: And the other one

September 9, 2011

Jem, Tokyo (Japan), year?

We’ve been without a little Jem-magic for a while. Have you been feeling it? This is the other set of hair baubles. How much do we love? Two statements and two questions. We’re all in balance. I sound crazy! Can you tell that I’m dying for the weekend?!

Shake 426: Unclaimed

June 5, 2011

Jem... are these from you?

Hello Kitty bauble domes

A winter brew

So. Four hundred domes in and I’ve come to an unhappy realisation. Look at the ‘Claim your dome’ Category to the right of this post. There are over 100 sad, unclaimed wittle orphans. I have to conclude: you guys are just as bad at remembering your dome gifts as I am! Have a little browse through when you’ve got that ‘procrastinating’ feeling and see if you can recognise any.

Sunny winter Sunday coffees are the best!

Shake 424: Grotesque

June 3, 2011

Jem, Tokyo (Japan)? Year?

Don’t you just love Wikipedia? I always thought gargoyles were just part of the gothic architectural style, but I Wiki-learn today that they actually have a purpose other than decoration. They’re a design device to protect masonry walls from water erosion by directing the rain away, usually via a spout like the gargoyle’s mouth. Wiki-interesting huh? But my little gargoyle looks a little depressed. I really should have saved this dome for a rainy day.

Mr Blunt, Kyoto (Japan), Mar 2011

The beautiful temple

After failing to find me a dome after six months in the Philippines, D aka ‘Mr Blunt’ has been on a mission ever since to save his reputation. Considering the pressure, he hasn’t done too badly at all! Check out his beautiful contribution from Kyoto. He claims it’s rare, but can we really believe him? I can’t let him off too easily now can I?

A sunny Saturday morning brew

Bunny, Tokyo (Japan), April 2010

It’s only March and we’ve had devastating floods in Queensland, a tragic earthquake in Christchurch and now a heartbreaking disaster in Japan. There is neither rhyme nor reason.

Shirley, I hope you’re well and ok over there!

My coffee mojo is back!

Shirley, Tokyo's 100 Yen Shop (Japan), Feb 2011

When you grow up in each others’ pockets and your fathers are best buddies, you might as well call each other family. So when I talk about Shirley, I always affectionately call her my cousin. Shirley has spent the last 3 years devoting herself to a scholarship masters degree at the Tokyo University of the Arts while living on carrot sticks, sultanas and occasionally some sake when she’s got the money.

She’s returned briefly with a suitcase full of artwork and more importantly, to be fattened up by her grandmother! On her last visit home, she asked friends to draw their dream spinning top on a postcard which would form the basis of a year-long project – the results now being exhibited at the Gaffa Gallery. The pieces are colourful, intricate and what I love is that each contributor (via their postcard) adds as much humour as the artist does. It’s a beautiful harmony of individual artwork and Shirley’s 3D interpretation. My favourite was the albino alpaca, which just needed a little bit of water to transform it into a spinning snowdome top. It’s definitely a lot of fun and she’s had an amazing response to it, so check it out. There’s even a little table filled with spinning tops so you can spin yourself out!

Unfortunately, I caught the tail end of the exhibition, so there are only a couple of days left. They stop spinning on Tuesday.

Shirley's The Spinning Top

'Albert the albino alpaca is dancing upon the spinning earth'

The Newfie's beauty inspired by a German postage stamp

A beautiful red skirted spin

A hovering UFO

Some more magical pieces

Spin yourself out!

Shake 244: Multi-shakes

December 5, 2010

Jem's tri-pack, Japan, year?

First there were the yellow blooms, then the fluttering butterflies, and today, I found these sweet, rustic houses. It seems I totally underestimated Jem and her multi-packs of snow domes. I’m beginning to wonder whether I’ll find another in this set and soon crown her Queen of the Quad-packs.

My Sunday brew

Shake 189: Tie-land

October 11, 2010

Jem, Tokyo (Japan), 2002

What would a week be without a little Jem-magic? If there’s a dome in an unconventional form, Jem will find it. What are they? Snowdome hair ties! Sometimes I wonder whether she did anything else in Japan besides dome-hunting, not even I can track these things down.

Shake 181: Taste testing

October 3, 2010

Jeff, Osaka (Japan), Feb 2010

Our favourite cocktail connoisseur, LL Wine and Dine’s Ricky was good enough to give us a sneak peek and taste of one of his yet unnamed cocktail soon to be featured on his new summer menu. Let’s just say it’s adventurous, green and has a bit of summer heat! We LOVE. Are you ready for a little Summer? I certainly am. Come and join me for a couple because…. I am officially on holiday!