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My Progress As Self-Taught Web Designer

Since my main web site is in maintenance I am transferring most of my post here.

As you might not know, I am in progress of studying web-design and I am writing whatever I have learnt, my resources, experiences and thought for future reference. So here it goes.

Updating from June 14…”I started to read book about web design in January. At that time, I was reading and practicing exercises from Learning Web Design, 4th edition written by Jennifer Robbins. I got distracted from web design around March to focus on building my youtube channel and around May, I started again and registered for 2 design courses in OCAD. The courses I took in OCAD do teach me the foundation of web design, however, I still will not recommend anyone to take the courses if you are not going to put time in the week to practice writing code or revising what you have learnt. One of the reason is the courses I took, though priced cheaper than most web development courses you can get here in Toronto, there are no assignments, homework etc. I realize web design is not difficult but require your hard works than your IQ, because if i do not put extra time to study during the week, there is high chance you have no recollection of what you studied in your next class. After almost 2 months studying, I have started to be able to imagine how a website is created, for example, I could look at a web site and know their html structure and how they create their design. And I do still need help from google…

Everyone have different way of studying but here is one of my studying methods and resources.

1. Web Design from Toronto Reference Library.

2. Attend meet-up

3. Lynda.com

4. Development Tools: Im using coda and dream waver, using coda more for small exercises. only use dream weaver if i want to practice writing the whole actual webpages.

5. Design classes at Ocad.

6. Others resources from Google

Lastly, the technology is always changing so even though you are confident with your skills you need to always update your knowledge”


Updated July 2nd…

I started picking up actual project and apply whatever I have learnt into it. Then I realized I still need to learn a lot to be able to do web designing from a to z. Im almost done with the home page but I wasn’t completely happy with my design, especially the typography part and I feel it lack of consistency. I have some struggle with Java/ Jquery so I just mostly used the Jquery plugin, it is easier and require less time to learn.

Other new studying resources.

1. Codeacademy- it helped me a lot nailing down the basic of Jquery and understand what the code means…

2. Khanacademy -right now im doing it for fun- im still at the java drawing part.

I dropped the membership with lynda.com since I am also busy studying google analytics and using different sources I do not use it much at the moment.

I am using mostly Sublime Text now. Dreamweaver sometimes is slow to load and same with Coda.

Updating July 4th…

The project is picking up quickly except for a few small areas. I am happy with the new fonts after doing some research. However, the final result is still depend on the client.

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FASTEST VIDEO TO INSTAGRAM TRICK EVER

IF you read my previous post about how to post youtube video to Instagram. Now that I have figured out the fastest way, Im so happy to share. So what is it??

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Just do Step 1 guys, go to en. savefrom.net and click to download under .mp4. It would go straight to Download folder in your Gallery if you owe an S4 like me.

Yay. So much time saved!!!

Ciao~

anh

DIY Ipad Mini Leather Case – A Collaboration with Dodaleather.com

Hey guys, Im so excited announcing my first time working with dodaleather.com and definitely appreciate my girl, Ni for teaching me how to work with leather.

We have so much fun filming the video together and I have learnt so much. However, I just realized it is not easy at all to work with leather even though Ni tried to show me one of the easiest one to learn, the Ipad mini case. Leather is really hard to sew especially if you want to stitch them by hand. Ni let me punches the hole at first but my holes werent deep enough for her needles to go through so it took extra times. Now I feel much appreciated for those leather artists how hard it would be for them to make their items. Because I do love the process, I would like to try again in the near future with different projects. Im so happy that I learned so much about leather in one day. Ni also told me leather looks better as they age. Here is our video of instructions how to make this cool, vintage and fashionable leather case. And here I throw you some tips to rock your looks with your new leather case. Match your leather case with distressed denim jeans and lots of wristlets and bangles and a vintage watch together.

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Guys, thank you so much for watching. Please check out Ni’s website here and subscribe to my channel.

Cheers,

xoxo

Website: dodaleather.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dodaleather

First Youtube Video(in Eng) Nude Runway Makeup Look

Yes, of course Im no makeup expert and I am not always willing to pay my money for cosmetic all the times (even though I would be more easy-going when it comes to shoes and tech) >TT,TT<

Still, here it goes, my first makeup tutorial in English!! yay!! Please cheer me up a little since i was pulling my jar out trying to speak correctly (yes, i need to learn speaking more, my accent is pretty heavy) 😛

My eyes was terribly red last Friday (probably because of the contact lenses). I promised with my girls hanging out with them in the club while avoiding apply my eyes makeup. It is contrasted with my club makeup all the time- with a lot of mascara/ lash/ eyeliners, eyeshadow and glitters. I called this my Nude Runway Makeup Look.

And here it is.

Thank you for watching and Happy Women Day Ladies!!!!

Winterlicious is back! My trip to Red Lobster, La Petite France, Auberge du Pommier and Canoe

Time to bombard food photos. Yay!!! I did have fun time playing with #photogrid #afterlight and #instamag

Friday 13th Feb 2015 Red Lobster aka Chattime chilling with my girls

I havent hang out with them for so long- def one of the best night out ever, especially before Valentine day. (we could heard couples whispering Happy Valentine Day beside our table). Haha – i left my bf chilling with his laptop at home Friday night.

Our girl talks still as Loud, Stupid & diRty as ever! lol

Since 4 girls hanging out alone before Valentine, a couple of incident happened. We got invited to hang out with some other guys but we rejected it. & there was this viet guy passed by our table @redlobster & told me he understood Viet & what we said (all my friends went to WC & left me there alone when he came to talk to me). I told all my frds afterward, all of us were like…”you heard our talk???omgggg” Not to mention we were all of laughing not so long ago about how we were so lucky no one here understand our language. :)))

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We were also constantly looking at the live window @chattime to see if our hashtag instagram+pictures there. We saw it in the end but its too fast we couldnt take pictures.

Friday Feb 6th 2015 La Petite France Winterlicious/ 7West Cafe friends reunion 

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We all thought La Petite France was in downtown- turn out its in Etobicoke. This family owed restaurant was full of older people- we were the only young group there. :0

The food turned out to be so good- does not look as fancy as Canoe but this home comforting food tasted so yummy/ im so in love w the chef’s seasoning- yum yum. The dessert was so nomnom too- we all have Poire Belle Helene (peach with vanilla icecream & chocolate sauce?) the chocolate moose was sold out & we all werent so fond of lemon tarte

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Later we hung out at the 7 West Cafe to enjoy some sweet &tea- how come I just find out about this gem?? its so close to my house too (the velvet cheesecake is so yum!!!)

Sunday Feb 1st 2015 First Winterlicious @ Canoe

Me & my boyfriend were kinda lost inside the path before going to Canoe (it was such a snow-storming day too & we were having a fight over choosing the direction)

I must say the courses were a feast to the eyes. And thats the end. The price were too high for us to consider going back again.

Oh~ and it is also my first time seeing a proposal inside the restaurant.

I heard:”omg , you are so mean”. Looking up, thinking “are they going to fight?!2#@. And saw this guys in his knee & took out the ring. Thats so sweet, I do wish them a happy life forever:).  Still, if it were me, I wouldnt like the idea of proposal inside the restaurant full of people looking at you like watching some kind of movie.

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Sunday Feb 8th 2015 Winterlicious @ Auberge du Pommier

Though they actually the same chain of company with Canoe, one thing i have to say about this place, the Service is Top-notch – best I ever experienced. I also like the ambient elegant atmosphere, nice decoration and soft music.

The food is so delicious- well worth the price. I would rate 5 star for this experience.

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Thats sum up for my half of Feb weekend. 🙂 lalala~

The thing I should have said…

I went to drink with my bf & his guys on a Tues night. I know it is unusual, we went there after a product launching party. Well, i was sitting at the bar, righthand side is my bf group of people, left hand side are strangers. My bf came up to say hi to the guy sitting beside me after his washroom break, we were all just exchanging a few words and some introduction. Afterward, my bf went to talk to his co-workers, leaving me, who also stranger to everyone (first time seeing his colleagues) with the guy he was just talking to. So we exchanged few words, about my country and so on. Unintentionally it might appeared to the guys that Im flirting to other guy while my bf is here, well i just laughed at them & said there nothing. Still, the other guys pulled me to sit on the other side of the counter, I was confused about what to do. It came to me later that night that I might put the other guy into a really uncomfortable situation, he looked confused too. More importantly, I should have turned over to him and said “sorry, hope you understand” or”have a good night” than just abruptly left and said nothing.

I was in middle of my shift for my part-time job. I am working as seasonal associate at a department store, my job mostly cleaning up, put the items at the right place, refill the stocks and so on… During a busy evening, I saw this lady taking a lot of gloves from the shelves and put them on the displayed merchandise table close by. Then I saw a lot of gloves on the floor full of dust and they all are so dirty, one missing the tag. I came over and ask “do you need help with anything?”. She said no and abruptly asked me” Can I put the gloves here and look at it?” I was confused about what to do. I was a little shock to begin with looking at the scene. The word just slipping out of my mouth “ok”. Then I just grabbed whatever gloves on the floor and some on the table and put it back. I got a little irritated of the situation after seeing so many gloves got destroyed, i came over again and ask: do you need any size?. she repeated again in stronger tone that she want to look at them. i went away with unsettled feeling after cleaning it up. Later, i saw other gloves on the ground again. This lady have to messed up the whole thing just to find a pair of glove!!! I thought about it again and again. I asked my co-worker what to do too because I kinda have the mindset that you have to be nice to all of the customer. One of the co-worker told me that I could call the security guy. Thinking about the situation, I should have said to her question: “No, sorry we hang all of the gloves on the shelf so that everyone can look at it and you can not also use this table, this is only for the displayed merchandise”, “if you want to choose a pair of gloves, let me hang all of them up to you, you are welcome to try but please put it back after to right place so that other can also look at it”… well, my first retail job. I have learned my lesson.

Parkdale LabCab Festival.

Another weekend have passed by, so many things happened and here I am struggling with how to write it all down. I have bad memory, the days was so fun and certainly I do not want to forget any single details…

I love festivals in Toronto and all among the festivals that I visited recently, this is one of the best, the most fascinating and entertaining  in Toronto. You can read about Lab Cab festival here.  The festival started during the week of July 26-27 and we came there  Sunday, July 27.

Upon arriving to the festival in which we start walking down from Dufferin and Queen Street East intersection, everyone received a little handbook from the volunteer.

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Inside the handbook, you will see all of the details about the events, shows, performance and workshops happening in Queen Street West intersecting Dufferin until Roncesvalles Ave.  A little tip next time for anyone coming to the festival, look at the time of the event happening and match it with your starting point or your located area. For example, the event would start at 2pm from dufferin/ queen street and continuing to the next street in the next hour or so.

I did not go to all of them because of a little “ket-chup” to my friend birthday later in the same afternoon, still, I was lucky to be early to the festival and be able to enjoyed myself as much as possible that day.

1. BBQ Free Lunch

The BBQ free lunch started at 2pm in Dufferin Amphitheatre. We were 15 mins early so we could get into one of the first lines.

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Good times the band started preparing too and around 2 there would came the singer.

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Can you believe this all for free? 2 packs of Meal-to- Go with Hot dog- corns, potatoes and a free pop of your choice!!!

While you are waiting, you could listen to French songs and people dancing (me dancing )

2. One minute portrait. 

In the same amphitheatre, we also have little workshop where you can get free children face painting and one minutes blind portrait.

Since I am not a kid anymore, cry* I cant get a colourful face painting so I run up to the blind portrait. >>> Blind portrait is something that when the artist draw your face by looking at you (this is a little awkward) without looking at his or her canvas.

She said the picture doesnt do me justice. I said it looks lovely to me and ask for her signature.

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oh! I do love it-hehe  ❤

3. Free The Bird.

We went to The Workroom – a participated event venue for the festival. It was kind of a bizarre performance.

Anyway, I do love the tea party theme in the garden at the back of the workroom. Lovely tea & welcoming host. 🙂

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I didnt take many pictures because of the shutter phone noise.

4. Terrarium Workshop 

We also went to the terrarium workshop in Crown Flora Studio, I did not know we have to book for the workshop and it was all full. However, they gave out beautiful flowers for free in front of the store. I gave it later to the birthday girl (my friend birthday is on the same day- we went to Ten-ichi, please look forward to my next restaurant review).

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Pardon my sickly face.

5. Others. 

There was this experiment that look like to a staring contest to me- but it is spiritually- amusing to my bf. You can find it here – it called how can I kill you after look into your eyes?

The experiment consists of 2 people sitting opposite of each other & have to look at each other eyes until another person want to replace you and they would tap lightly on the participating person’s shoulder. Later, each participants would need to record their thoughts into the notebook. Which later I found it here

As he explained to me “it is difficult to kill someone after you see aspect of yourself in them”…

I felt awkward & I was so glad some guy came up and tap him out.

Oh. Obviously cant wait to show you guys my new Oxford vintage shoes- bought in Common Sort.

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Laters,

xoxo

A.

SUMMERLICIOUS – LA MAQUETTE -CONTINUE…

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It was raining last Saturday while we were on our way to La Maquette.

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Arriving to La Maquette, we were first seated on the first floor then we told the hostess that we would like to change our seats to 2nd floor. The views are amazing upstair. It would be nice seating in the patio outside too if only it was not raining.

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Me while waiting for the food coming…

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La Maquette

$35 Dinner

Plus taxes and gratuity

Appetizer

LA MAQUETTE’S SPECIALTY SOUP OF THE DAY (butternut squash soup with sourcream)

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The soup is warm and delicious.
or
WILD BOAR APRICOT AND CHERRY TERRINE
served with blackberry coulis

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I like the apricot – really delicious. Only the bread is a little hard to chew on.

or
GREEN LEAF, RADICCHIO AND BELGIUM ENDIVE (vegan)
parmigiano shavings and balsamic vinaigrette

Main Entree

VEAL TENDERLOIN AND A DUET OF GRILLED SCALLOPS
served with a light mustard cream sauce and Ontario market vegetables

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This is so tasty!!! especially the scallop (so soft & sweet), I was turn off a bit because the saltiness in the veal but when I tried to eat both the veal & scallop & dip with sauce & mashed potatoes, it actually amazing delicious, so much nom nom ❤ ❤

or
TWO 4 OZ LOBSTER TAILS
with a white wine cream sauce, jasmine rice and Ontario farm vegetables

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The lobster and the veal look kinda similar. haha. I would say it is not as good as the lobster I ate in Fred’s Not Here. One of them was burned more than the other.

or
SMOKED CHICKEN LINGUINE TOSSED
with rustic tomato and julienne of vegetables
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CHEF’S VEGETARIAN OPTION OF THE DAY (vegan)

Dessert

PROFITEROLE WITH BUTTERSCOTCH ICE CREAM
and drizzle of chocolate sauce

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La Maquette have the best deserts out of three restaurants I tried this Summerlicious. And The butterscotch Ice Cream is the best, not only fulfilling my chocolate thirst, it is so fresh and make me to eat more even after the 2 previous courses .  The profiterole is genius too, i love how I can feel the chocolate kicks to my nose and the crunchiness and softness of the cream puff.
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FRESH FRUIT BOWL (vegan)
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PAVLOVA WITH STRAWBERRY CREAM

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This totally good looking guy have too much sugar for me.  It seem like I come home carry 2 more pounds of fat with me. Well. Great presentation. ❤

Rating:

Appetizer: 3.5/5 Good but not stand out

Main Entree: 4/5. Delicious but inconsistent among dishes

Desert: 4.5/5. Nom nom

Service: 5/5. Good services

Atmosphere: 5/5 Romantic Date, excellent music- they have live music and their own guitarist. Def coming back again.

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