It's near end of September, 75% of the year is gone, I have managed to save... $2000? What have I been doing with my money? I don't know, I'm the worst at money management. How did I used to pay £800 plus fees for rent on my own in UK and still travels? I want to be on a mortgage lol, the way I live is based how much I can spend, and I rather have my money go into something that'll be useful in my life for the next 10 years There's not many reads on this post, cause... I haven't read much haha, but the dribbble article is quite good, I especially like this part: I see designer after designer focus on the fourth layer without really considering the others. Working from the bottom up rather than the top down. The grid, font, colour, and aesthetic style are irrelevant if the other three layers haven’t been resolved first. Many designers say they do this, but don’t walk the walk, because sometimes it’s just more fun to draw nice pictures and bury oneself in pixels than deal with complicated business decisions and people with different opinions. That’s fine, stay in the fourth layer, but that’s art not design. You’re a digital artist, not a designer. http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2013/08/29/innovative-appraoches-web-layout/ Original And Innovative Web Layouts http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2013/09/03/flat-and-thin-are-in/ Flat And Thin Are In http://insideintercom.io/the-dribbblisation-of-design/ THE DRIBBBLISATION OF DESIGN
Me and Lil_lam have been going on hikes around the city - up SFU, Lynn Canyon, Deep Cove, and maybe another spot I forgot. I quite enjoy it, I prefer the more intermediate ones instead of walking on a trail, and our goal is to hike the chief at some point. After that there are still crazy ice caves hike and multi day hikes! Yay for living in beautiful British Columbia =)
Look at this blog, I haven't posted a thing in 6 months! I didn't even write about my work trip to China and Shanghai! What happened >.< I would say, I got video games back happened, and I got an insane list of games to catch up on so my daily weekday schedule on my own is now work, 10 minute exercise (some is better than none?), dinner, games rest of the night. I started to do this diet thing with Eric, my own purpose was to lose some weight before I go on the cruise, so I've been trying to follow his routine, in about 60% capacity. He exercised hardcore for 20 min, I do mediocre intensity for 10 min. He eats 1 cheat meal a week, I eat 2.5 a week lol. I've been eating baked chicken breast for about 90% of my lunch and dinner, and if I don't find something else soon, this stuff is gonna old. Anyway, I'm going to try to stick with this, I'm even logging meal details (also at 60% accuracy... well maybe 80) in a fitness app! Serious shit yo. You know what though, at the end of the day, I'm still eating way better and less than what I normally would, so that should help. I'm not going to finish my previous couple of posts. I will, still post all the reads I did half year ago lol, I should get back into that too... The UX Thinking Behind Mailbox’s 800,000-Person Waiting List Copying Others Is Not The Answer Web Design: How do creatives choose beautiful imagery for websites? What’s The Secret To Great Infographics? Form(s) vs Function: Making Official Docs Look Better--And Work Harder The Flat Design Era CSS Architecture The importance of sketching in product design Thirteen Tenets Of User Experience
Feel like I should post stuff again, and read more stuff too, I've been pretty lazy on reading articles ever since I got an iphone. Always gaming instead of reading tsk tsk. Anyway, instead of keeping all these draft posts, here's my last one, from when I came back home from London. Oh and this cover image needs to be in color to show off our beautiful Vancouver ;p *** It almost felt like now that I'm home, there's no more weekend travelling, and so there's no need to blog ;p it's the life of Vancouver, chill out, stay home, play games, snowboard, eat Japanese food, drink mega mugs. The life of busy sardine packing style but convenient commute on the tube has been replaced by long commute on the tiny skytrain or drive in traffic hours. The life of drinks after work BEFORE dinner is now go home, eat, and beat the 8 video games lined up from all the no gaming last year. The life of where we going this weekend and catching 430am bus for 630am flight is now... I guess snowboarding, the only thing I really wake up for. The life of being a bum because everything in pounds is too baller is now buy EVERYTHING - anime figures, games, snowboards, shoes, lego, apps, board games, a mattress. Articles When Pixels Dominate Design, Your Hardware Is The Brand Design Mistakes We Made in Our iPhone App Why Won’t Helvetica Go Away? Comcast Takes NBC Peacock Hostage 10 Moleskine Journals From Some Of The Most Interesting Creatives Alive Using White Space For Readability In HTML And CSS
(This has been sitting in draft for too long, not even gonna bother to proof read) Finally got around to go through some of my pics in Germany. From what I remembered, it was a giant Xmas markets, went on for blocks and blocks and blocks. We ate heaps of sausages with bread (straight up sausage and just mustard is soooo tasty), and drank a lot of glühwine. Day trip to Munich was quite nice but too short, at least the train ticket was cheap. There wasn't much else to do, we even went shopping for a bit, I bought all my Starbucks mugs, but couldn't find the damn "hot dog sauce". Don't forget all groceries close on Sunday, and they have super nice subway system. Would I go back? Germany in general? Yeah, I mean, mega mug is like their regular beer! Nuremburg? ... maybe it's a day trip thing ;p
(this was also about a month ago, now I don't even turn my computer lol) I recently had to install windows 8 on my computer, and I must tell you it was quite an experience. I called it bizarro windows. I didn't know how to do anything, ESC didn't work, alt+f4 didn't work, right click everything saved the day, and if Will never showed me in his tablet that when you move mouse to the left/right it brings up additional menu, it would've been a lot worse. For examples:
- It took me probably 10 min to figure out how to shut down computer
- I couldn't "close" any programs - esc doesn't let me out, alt f4 doesn't close, I could only tab out.
- I don't know how to open My Computers for a while.
- My network adapter didn't work with windows because there was no driver (since I guess it was too old, it was finally time to upgrade my wireless G adapter).
One day Istanbul It took about 8 hours with time difference to go to Istanbul from London... We flew Easyjet from Luton - 3.5-4 hour flight, 2 hour time difference, 1.5 hrs bus from Sabiha airport to Taksim square (traffic was nuts in town), another 30 min walk through the high street to get to our Airbnb place. It was a bit ridiculous even though we flew the first flight in the morning, half day was already gone. We walked around the old town Sultanamet at night. When we crossed the bridge (i think it's called the Golden Horn), we saw a million people fishing on bridge lol, while below the bridge by the shore had all sorts of tourist trap restaurants. The Grand Bazaar was a massive market selling all sorts of randomness (mostly souvenir ish things), we tried some Turkish coffee and apple tea (which could've just been apple flavored powder drink), and ate some sweet, sweet Turkish delight. Then stumbled our way into Hippodrome and saw the obelisks, went into Blue Mosque by accident, and had an all flavored turkish ice cream (caramella, chocolate, vanilla, limonella, pistachio) before finishing the night with wandering around the Hagia Sophia. With only about 1/3 day left the next day, we got up early and hit the Topkapi Palace first thing, spent about 1.5 hours there (skipping the Harem), rushed through inside of Hagia Sohpia and Basilica Cistern in an hour, and that was the end of 1 day tour in Istanbul. We met up with Thean and Doris back at Sabiha airport for the flight to Kayseri. 2 days Cappadocia I thought Cappadocia was going to be in the desert middle of nowhere, but we ended up at what seemed to be a tiny resort town. Cave hotels everywhere and we stayed at one called The Vineyard. The host/owner Osman and his dad Hassan were super nice, and it just so happened that we were the only guests in the whole hotel, we were like the VIPs. The main event of our trip was the hot air balloon ride. The desert here was known for the funky rock formation and hot air balloon rides, which then you would get this amazing scene of all the balloons in the sky over the desert. This was my first time riding a hot air balloon as well, and the experience was quite amazing. They used this massive flamethrower-like equipment to pump the balloon, and then people would climb into the basket while the workers held it down. We drifted across the sky looking over the valley under the sun, while all these other colorful balloons go up and down in the distance. I don't really know what to write about it, it was awesome, it was almost like... The feeling of diving, but opposite cause you're in the sky haha, the pictures speak for itself. After the balloon ride, Hassan took us on a tour through the land of Cappadocia. Saw all these caves people used to live in - giant castle, fallic shaped villages, underground apartments (up to 8 levels!), fancy pottery and onyx stone work, and several look out points. Delicious Turkish lunch included. Too bad the night didn't end as well as the day, as we all went to try Turkish bath recommended by Osman. To keep it short, just so happened that the jacuzzi was broken, my massage was cut short for no reason, totally didn't get our moneys worth. Before the day was over, me and Anthony went to the roof and tried to take some star photos, ended with one awesome photo of Thean and Doris' faces in the sky. The next day we stopped by the Open Air Museum before we left, which was pretty much a well-preserved village, and then spent the next 8 hours flying amd waiting >.< (This post feels like it's just a million fragmented sentences, gg fobby English) Food highlight Ekmek - delicious makerel sandwich, we should make this back home. Sesame pretzel thing, mediocre but cheap. Kebap - Istanbul style (meat carved off the stick like in a doner wrap) and Cappadocia style (cooked in a mini clay pot that you break to serve), cheapest and adequate. Roti bread like bakery filled with cheese or potato called gozleyme something - best discovery, soooo tasty. For the rest, also had some freshly squeezed juice, tradition Turkey breakfast and lunch at the hotel, tasty pistachio chocolate from corner stores, "draft beer" - literally a bottle of beer that just said draft beer, and it was pretty good. Would I come back Maybe if bunch of my friends want to come, and not in the summer, cause it'd be way too hot and busy. Turkey is massive, I would like to go see the rest of Turkey, like Kiz Kalesi.
Well, maybe not FINAL, but season 2 definitely coming to an end. So little time left, I hope everything I ordered from amazon uk will arrive before I leave, in the mean time:
- eat as much food as possible in my flat so I don't waste so much
- get rid of as much items in my room before I donate them all - who wants my table / stool / lamp / shampoo / hangers / spare bath towel / 2 cans of pasta sauce
- eat the damn short rib sandwich at hawksmoor pub
- ice skate at somerset house
- go to portobello market