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Naoshima: A Paradise For Architects [3/3]

Naoshima: A Paradise For Architects [3/3]

This post is the continuation of previously Naoshima: A Paradise of Architects [2/3].

Naoshima: A Paradise For Architects [2/3]

Naoshima: A Paradise For Architects [2/3]

This post is the continuation of previously Naoshima: A Paradise of Architects [1/3].

Naoshima: A Paradise For Architects [1/3]

Naoshima: A Paradise For Architects [1/3]

Although it has been more than a month since I traveled to Japan, it feels like it was just yesterday. All the memories are still fresh in my head, especially the ones in Naohima and Teshima Islands, which are the highlight of the trip. This is my story in Naoshima. Continue reading Naoshima: A Paradise For Architects [1/3]

Teshima: The Island of Arts [2/2]

Teshima: The Island of Arts [2/2]

This post is the continuation of previously Teshima, The Island of Arts [1/2].

Teshima: The Island of Arts [1/2]

Teshima: The Island of Arts [1/2]

This early fall, I had the chance to spend 11 days in Japan with my colleagues. It was my first time in Japan, so everything was very fascinating and interesting for me. One of the highlights of the trip was undoubtedly two days we spent…

Honey Mustard Greek Yogurt Dressing

Honey Mustard Greek Yogurt Dressing

Some of my friends had been trying to change their lifestyle by eating salad more regularly. Seeing them, I was tempted to make some at home because of several health reasons. I also believed that to have a healthy and tasty salad, you should try making my own salad dressing. I just wanted to make sure every ingredient used are healthy and low in calories for daily intake. That was why I had been experimenting some dressing recipe for my vegetables and greens. I must say that Honey Mustard Greek Yogurt Dressing is one of my favorite from my experiment list. Continue reading Honey Mustard Greek Yogurt Dressing

Furikake Rice Balls

Furikake Rice Balls

I did not know if it was just my laziness or post-travel fatigue from my last vacation to Japan that I had gotten very exhausted lately. Then, I scurried into the kitchen to grab a bite to eat and upon glancing in the fridge, I…

Matcha Pancakes

Matcha Pancakes

I just restocked my matcha powder in my pantry from my latest trip to Japan. I decided to make some Matcha Pancakes because I still had half of previous Red Bean Ice Cream. Matcha and red bean combination seems obvious, given how these two ingredients…

Red Bean Ice Cream

Red Bean Ice Cream

The inspiration for making Red Bean Ice Cream recipe actually came from my sister. She made to much red bean paste and asked me if I could make something with it. Hell yeah, I could make some ice cream with it. The result is a creamy, sweet, and slightly nutty cold refreshing treat with bits of chewy red adzuki beans inside. Continue reading Red Bean Ice Cream

Gyudon (Beef Bowl)

Gyudon (Beef Bowl)

This Gyudon (Beef Bowl) tastes just like the popular Japanese fast food Yoshinoya beef bowl. Yoshinoya is famous for thinly shaven beef and sweet onion slices over a bowl of steaming rice. I know that you can buy it pretty much everywhere with affordable price,…

Egg Mayo

Egg Mayo

Egg Mayo is truly the easiest recipe with minimal ingredients and so quick to make. It is a dish made primarily of chopped hard-boiled eggs and mayonnaise. Have you ever read my previous Egg Mayo Sandwich recipe? You will realize that this recipe is basically…

Celebrating First Anniversary

Celebrating First Anniversary

Time flies very fast and today finally marks the first anniversary of Jaja Bakes. It actually took years before I was brave enough to start blogging. Starting a blog for the first time was an amazing, yet intimidating experience. Thinking that people are actually going to read or even share something you wrote. It was unlike any other feeling I could describe.

I love cooking, but I want to challenge myself to try something new everyday. I set myself the task of writing at least a post for a week because I still have my corporate job. Now that I have been doing this for a year, I have published 86 recipes and hopefully many more for the following years.

Making Jaja Bakes is not all about rainbows and butterflies. A year ago, I had zero idea how to run a blog. Starting a blog is a hard work, especially if it is your first time. Once I had my blog figured out, then came even bigger problem like I need to learn photography, food styling, how to write, and so on. People do not understand the effort that goes behind the scenes for each and every recipe post. It takes some trial and error, research, and a lot of reading to realize the importance of how to make a good blog.

In short, blogging has changed my life in ways I could not ever have imagined during this one year and I must say I could not be happier. In fact, if you compare my first post vs the recent ones, you could get a picture of my learning phase and the journey so far. For now, I am still struggling how to improve my food styling and photography editing. Hopefully everything will be figured out during the next year of blogging.

I want to express my sincerest thank you to all of those who have been following me since I started making Jaja Bakes. Hopefully you will all continue to keep an eye out on my social feeds and blog for some food inspiration.

 

Best Regards,

Jaja Bakes Creator

Jaja

 

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