Monday Voyages

Dear Sweet Summer,

You’ve been amazing in so many ways. I intended to do so many things such as Algonquin Park camping with Luna, cartwheels and headstands on the warm sandy beaches of Toronto, and picnics in Trinity Bellwoods… alas, I never got the chance to do so but instead, met new people, indulged in some delicious foods, tried new things, and made some new dreams.

As the leaves change from green to reds and yellows and the autumn chills creep in, I feel a desire to stay inside to knit with sweet Luna by my feet. But I know Luna will want to bask in this weather, and therefore, I will want to too.

I’m going to miss you, Sweet Summer. Can’t wait to meet you again… but I am looking forward to autumn.

~

Watkins Glen, New York, United States. [Image: blmiers2]

Watkins Glen, New York, United States. [Image: blmiers2]

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Retkinia, Łódź, Poland. [Image: Kamil Porembiński]

Retkinia, Łódź, Poland. [Image: Kamil Porembiński]

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Denali, Alaska. [Image: blmiers2]

Denali, Alaska. [Image: blmiers2]

15. September 2014 by hoangj
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Monday Voyages

It’s been a long while since I’ve actually travelled – my last trip being San Francisco in December 2012 – and I will finally have an opportunity to do so this year.

I know I will worry about leaving my little Luna behind, but I also know that she’ll be with some reliable, caring people. She might have such a great time that, she’ll even forget who I am! LOL.

I’m so excited about this trip. And I’m so grateful for the opportunities and the people in my life.

Rome, Italy. [Image: Moyan Brenn]

Rome, Italy. [Image: Moyan Brenn]

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Florence, Italy. [Image: Martin Sojka]

Florence, Italy. [Image: Martin Sojka]

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Rome, Italy. [Image: Paolo Margari]

Rome, Italy. [Image: Paolo Margari]

25. August 2014 by hoangj
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‘The Questions We Ask’

What is adventure?

“The Questions We Ask” – Bruce Kirkby in a Kalum Ko film from Kalum Ko on Vimeo.

Love this short film to bits. It’s so inspirational and tells an amazing story.

20. August 2014 by hoangj
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Tiny PMS Match

Flower matched to PMS 7549C

I started my design career working in print design after studying it in university. I worked in the print industry for a number of years before switching to the digital side. However, when I come across beautifully and thoughtfully designed posters, magazines and logotypes, I am so delighted.

Green dinosaur sprinkles matched to PMS 382C

When I saw Tiny PMS Match, I was pretty excited because it’s fun and so well done. PMS is the acronym for Pantone Matching System – a global standardized colour matching system. It’s primarily used in the design industry to ensure colour accuracy when printing. Since entering the interaction design industry, I hardly ever reference PMS swatches anymore.

Yellow pencil matched to PMS 143C

Designer, Inka Mathew, seeks and matches small everyday objects to their Pantone® colours. Surprisingly enough, all photos are taken with an iPhone 5 and edited with Snapseed. It’s a beautiful, simple project… that makes me smile! Loveeee.

Blue egg matched to PMS 621C

[Images by: Inka Mathew]

13. August 2014 by hoangj
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Monday Voyages

It has been an incredibly long time since I’ve blogged. So much has happened in the last couple of months and I’ve been so grateful for the new friends and opportunities that have come my way.

I’ve had a leg injury for 2 months now and there are some good days where I can dance .. but most of the time, I have bad days where I can’t sit through client meetings without wincing in pain. I hope I heal soon because my inactivity makes me feel like I’m setting myself back in dance.

Luna has made huge strides since my last post about her – she can now sit in a car without freaking out and she is interacting with my friends. She even let my friend leash her! This might seem minuscule to most people but this is actually a big step for her because she is learning to trust people other than me. I am sooo proud of her.

Well, summer is slowly passing, and there is still so much for me to do. I’m going to try even harder to blog because I do love it and miss it.

Happy week!

Ispaster, Basque Country, Spain. [Image: Arrano

Ispaster, Basque Country, Spain. [Image: Arrano]

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Ascona, Lago Maggiore, Switzerland. [Image: malavoda

Ascona, Lago Maggiore, Switzerland. [Image: malavoda]

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Preikestolen, Forsand, Norway. [Image: Andreina Schoeberlein]

Preikestolen, Forsand, Norway. [Image: Andreina Schoeberlein]

11. August 2014 by hoangj
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Meet My Little Luna

When I was growing up, my family had German Shepherds as family dogs. They’re my absolute favourite breed because they’re smart, fiercely loyal and great companions. I’ve always wanted to have a little curious German Shepherd puppy of my own but I knew in my heart, the right thing to do was adopt a shelter dog… since these gentle souls need some love too.

Meet Luna.

She’s a 3-year old purebred German Shepherd, found on the streets of Toronto in the fall of 2013. It’s been 7 months since I adopted her and it’s been quite the journey so far. Every day noises were completely foreign to her from microwave beeps to the clanging of TTC streetcars. But she’s a fast learner, and her intelligence/desire to learn never surprises me.

Me and Luna at Centre Island.

Me and Luna at Centre Island.

She has a few fear-based behaviour issues (people and large trucks). After a lot of research, I decided to enlist the help of the talented Andre Yeu of When Hounds Fly. Together, we are using positive, humane and science-based training that has been strengthening our bond but most importantly, counterconditioning her fears. So far, there has been a huge improvement and I know that one day, this will be a thing in the past for her.

Luna is pretty small for a German Shepherd so picking her up is no problem!

Luna is pretty small for a German Shepherd so picking her up is no problem!

Luna has taught me so much about money/time management, patience and understanding, and unconditional love. And I hope in the end, I would have taught her how to trust, love and enjoy life again.

My silly girl.

My silly girl.

A big thank you to Andre of When Hounds Fly for the guidance and confidence I needed to set Luna up for success. And a big thank you to Toronto Animal Services for picking up Luna and other helpless animals.

If you enjoyed my story, please consider volunteering with or donating to Toronto Animal Services here. If you’re thinking about having an addition to your family, please consider adopting from Toronto Animal Services and other rescue groups and shelters.

[Photos by Jessica Hoang]

09. July 2014 by hoangj
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BANKS – Drowning

Deep song, beautiful video.

04. June 2014 by hoangj
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David A Smith – Sign Artist

David A Smith – Sign Artist from Danny Cooke on Vimeo.

This 15-minute mini documentary is about David A Smith and the craft of sign writing on glass and mirrors. David reveals techniques/skills that are a crucial part of creating these beautiful pieces.

Now take a look and be inspired.

06. May 2014 by hoangj
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Grace Chon

Babies are cute. Dogs are super cute. So what happens when you put babies and dogs together? You get a bundle of cuteness, oohs and awwwww’s.

Grace Chon - Dog and kid wearing same furry hat.

Photographer Grace Chon creates beautiful lifestyle portraits of both people and animals. In this set, Grace photographed her baby with her rescue dog wearing the same outfits. How adorable!

Grace Chon - Dog and kid wearing same knitted hat.

I love that she donates her photographic skills to dog rescue groups and photographs homeless dogs looking for their forever home. It’s very touching and makes me want to hug my little Luna right now.

Grace Chon - Dog and kid wearing same party hat.

[Images by: Grace Chon]

24. April 2014 by hoangj
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Monday Voyages

Ah yes, spring has finally made it’s way to Toronto. I can’t wait to spend more and more time outdoors. I might as well just pitch a tent in a local park :)

Happy week!

Sunset in the country. Kent, England.

Near Graveney, Kent, England. [Image: AlexandraH1960]

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Bridge in Central Park, New York, USA.

New York City, New York, USA. [Image: S. Nirza]

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Fungi in The Rocks, Cairns, Australia.

The Rocks, Cairns, Australia. [Image: Ray Palmer]

21. April 2014 by hoangj
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