Sweating for Eyedrops

Sweating for Eyedrops

Chao everyone!

This past weekend, I was looking at some new eye drops. I wear contact lenses all the time and it gets really irritating after a few hours. So after awhile, I decided to venture into the world of eye drops. Have you heard of the Rohto  brand? It deems to have a “cooling effect,” – they are more like a burning effect, but only for a few seconds.

Rohto Ice. Source link

Then, it feels AMAZING! Of course, this is a little but irrelevant to my case since it’s not recommended for contact lens. However, I still love to use it at the end of the night after staring at the computer screen all day long. It’s definitely refreshing and different.

Unfortunately, it takes me literally 10 minutes to use those drops – it doesn’t matter which kind I use – most of the liquid would fall down my face instead of into my eyes ^_^’

I found this ingenious design from Yanko, an awesome web magazine that introduces many different conceptual – sometimes actual – designs. The designers of this iDrops, Eunyoung Lee and Kwangtack Lee, wanted to create a contraption that would make the process easier.

iMeds from Yanko Design. Source link

As cool as it is, I immediately thought of this…

Eye drop Stabilizer. Source link

Seriously. The Japanese is ahead of their game! These funnels have a wider rim, allowing the user ample space for error. I would love to have one of these to try out. Would you ever use this in public?

Until next time,

Nhi

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Tim Tam Addiction

Tim Tam Addiction

Chao everyone!

I know this is out of the ordinary and quite different from my other posts. I can’t even function let alone rationalize anything. My only box of Tim Tam is gone!! Not that anyone stole it….I just ate my last one.

My sister gave me a box last week, and it’s gone. So fast. She CLAIMED that it’s from Target. Is this true?? Target has a reference page on their website, but I can never find them in stores. I was on the hunt since last year; I even tried going to World’s Market (although, they do have the Arnott brand but not Tim Tam).

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s a popular Australian treat that’s very much like a mix between Kit Kat and Twix.

Image from Amazon

There are other flavors too, but my favorite is the Chewy Caramel. Does anyone else have any luck finding these? I will make another attempt at Target soon.

Until next time,

Nhi

Modern Nail Art

Modern Nail Art

Chao everyone,

If you haven’t figured by now, I’m a sucker for mixed media artwork and designs. I recently follow an artist named Katie Rogers; on Instagram, she’s Paperfashion. She’s a fantastic watercolor artist! I was that Instagram maniac that liked every single picture on her page. My favorite is the one where she uses nail polish as her medium (below).

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Tiny Dancer on a Puddle of Pain. Pinned on Pinterest.

It’s so simple and elegant. So….I attempted it. Let tell me ya, this was not simple. First of all, nail polish comes in different viscosity, so depending on how long you’ve had that polish, it might not come out all at once. I basically waited awhile for a decent amount of paint to come out.

Not a good start.

I decided to recreate the Tiny Dancer since I would fail dramatically if I did something else. Well, I failed dramatically anyway.

Has it occurred to anyone that my “painting” looks very similar to that doll head/spider body thing from Toy Story?

The creepy thing that gave me nightmares from Toy Story. Photo from Blogspot.

Not exactly the look I was aiming for. I’m sorry you had to witness that.

Anyway, check out Kate Rodger’s PaperFashion on Instagram! She also has an amazing website that blogs all of her unconventional work. Maybe that will help erase the memory of the creepy doll head.

Until next time,

Nhi

 

The Polaroid Coincidence

The Polaroid Coincidence

Chao everyone!

Have you guys seen the new Polaroid camera that is on the market?

Ultra-Portable Optical Zoom Wi-Fi Camera. Photo courtesy of Polaroid.com

I know Polaroid cameras have been around for awhile, but they keep rolling out newer versions that are tinier than before! How much smaller can a picture get? I don’t have one because I rarely develop pictures from my phone/camera anyway. Not only that, a pack of 10 films ranges around $15 – $20. I’ll pass… for now.

At the beginning of 2014, I collaborated with 3 animators to create a commercial for a new concept camera. I was the product designer for that project. Not to be too cocky, but I was really proud of my design! You can see some of my process below.

 

I used this model as a basis for my header, business cards, and letterheads (^_^). A few months later, mid-summer, I found a webpage  on StumbleUpon that shows Polaroid’s latest tech. I was quite devastated (and I might have went on a subtle rampage) that my design was so similar to their own.

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Polaroid 10-Megapixel Instant Print Digital Camera Z2300B with ZINK Zero Ink Printing Technology, Black. Photo courtesy of Polaroid.com

 

 

In all honesty, it was just a coincidence. Polaroid released this design back in 2013, and I am in turn grateful that they redesigned from their bulky predecessor. Great minds think alike?! ^_^’ (I wish)

Until next time,

Nhi

Handcrafting with Tennis Balls

Handcrafting with Tennis Balls

Chao my readers,

I was leaving the house last Saturday, and for some reason, I sat in my car a little longer looking at my garage. I’ve never really noticed how uncontrollably messy it is. It’s supposed to fit two cars, but it can only hold my car because the other side is filled with junk. The thing is, my house is super clean – the kind of clean that glitters in the sun.

Don’t judge me yet! It’s the mom effect. I was raised by incredibly uptight and slightly OCD family.

Back to my theory. My parents’ house is the same way – clean on the inside – but the garage is like a crime scene. Is it just me? My neighbor two houses down have a really nice garage! They have metal shelves along the walls and a glossy floor! I don’t even have a floor

By this time, I was already embarrassed, pressingly sure that all the cars that drove by were criticizing my un-glossy floor. However, I found one ingenious contraption that I’m most proud of. It’s something I learned from my dad when I still lived with my parents. I started out as a pretty “amateur” driving (I’m a really good driver now, I promise!), so pulling into the garage was a challenge. The car never manages to get into the designated box. It was always crooked, not pulled in enough, or at the edge of my door. My dad almost gave up on me, he said, “you don’t park betta, you fail life, ok?” Yes, in that accent. He pulled me to the side of his messy garage and grabbed a tennis ball and a long piece of yarn. He simply attached the string to the tennis ball, and hung it to the ceiling. I thought he was nuts. For sure.

This is no longer in use, but  it's a great example of my messy garage.
This is no longer in use, but it’s a great example of my messy garage.

Then, he demonstrated. He took my car keys and showed me how to park. When you pull in, aim the tennis ball right in front of your face. If the string is not at a 90° – 100° angle, the car is not in the right spot. Brilliant right?! At least I thought it was at the time.

That tennis ball thing still lives with me. Why take away something that works? Maybe I’ll leave it for my children or something.

Do you do the same thing at home? It can’t be just an Asian thing (everyone else in my family has one -.-)

Until next time,

Nhi

Fashion Illustrations using Flower Petals

Fashion Illustrations using Flower Petals

Chao my readers!

A few months ago, my sister sent me an email with a link to a Huffington Post article. She knew I am super into the fashion industry, so she always spams me with pretty neat stories. The story shows a Singaporean fashion design student, Grace Ciao, who creatively uses flower petals to form beautiful illustrations of dresses.

Grace’s illustration named Violet Iris. Photo courtesy of graceciao.com
Sunflower dress design. Photo courtesy of graceciao.com

When I read this, my initial reaction was, “OMG, why didn’t I think of this?!” My mind was blown. The flowers’ vibrant colors made each of her design jump off the page. Grace told BuzzFeed that her inspiration came incidentally; she noticed that a red rose that a boy gave her was dying.

Instagram photo @grace_ciao
Instagram photo @grace_ciao

Her unconventional method has made her noticeable all over the internet, including Mashable, BuzzFeed, and Huffington Post. Just to think, she’s majoring in business! I follow her on Instagram and sometimes, I get lost in her wonderful works. Honestly, it makes me want to start gathering flowers and create flower petal dresses too!.Although, my medium will mostly consist of cacti and a variety of sage. Living in the desert pretty much limits you.

Anyway, I’d imagine it being very difficult preserving the shape and texture of these petals, but it would make a great portfolio piece if she wants to showcase her work to clients or potential schools. What would you use as your medium? Would you use flower petals for other illustrations?

Until next time,

Nhi

Bento & Me

Bento & Me

Chao my reader/s,

I’m sitting at a popular spot that’s known to most authors and publishers: Starbucks. In all honesty, I’m struggling to write my first post; it’s quite intimidating putting my thoughts out into the world. You might like what’s in my head, or you might not. Usually, when I read other people’s blogs, I’m drawn to the quirky stories that revolve around their lives; it makes me feel like I’m watching a movie. I remember watching Marley & Me after finishing reading the book. I thought it was a phenomenal movie, probably because Jennifer Aniston stars in it, but I digress. The movie made me laugh, then it made me cry, but ultimately, it persuaded me to go out and find my own pet. I’ve never owned or took care of a pet before. It didn’t look that hard, nor did it seem like a chore. I knew I had to start small (literally) and slowly work up to a dog or possibly an exotic pet (fingers crossed!). A few days later, I went to Petsmart and adopted two Robo Dwarf hamsters. They are tinier than an average hamster and considerably faster too. That’s why I almost never be able to hold or pet my hamsters. Those little things run away from your hands when you try to go near them! It’s because of their super speed that I only have pictures of my hamsters.

I named one of my hamsters Udon
I named one of my hamsters Udon

Udon and Ramen were a handful, despite their size. They were not difficult because they are fast; they were difficult because I couldn’t find the right food or the right chew toy for them. In a week, their food and water supply were left untouched. After a few weeks, I was very concerned. Not only did they not eat, they were less active. Unfortunately, they passed away 3 weeks after. Losing a pet, regardless of size, was indescribable. Even though I didn’t have them for long, I was so attached to them. I was heartbroken and guilty because I thought I took part in their death.

For so long, I was traumatized. I didn’t even consider getting another pet until 6 months later. This time, I knew I wanted a slightly larger hamster, so I can play with him, of course! In October 2014, I adopted a Winter White hamster and named him Bento. My boyfriend’s dog, Max, is so entranced by Bento. I’m not sure if it’s because he wants to make friends or if he wants to eat the little hamster.

Maxie and Bento
Maxie and Bento

If you’re wondering, Bento is still alive. He eats very well and I love my little adventurous hamster. In the end, you’re probably wondering, “why are all her pets named after Japanese cuisine?” Well, I’m not really sure. It sounds cool and in the future, I might name my other pets Green Tea, Mochi, Red Bean, etc. Do you have any recommendations as far as Japanese food names? Leave a suggestion below! Also, what’s your ___________ & Me story?

Until next time,

Nhi (“ñi”)