This Blog is moving to IdeaRabbit.ca !!!

Sorry everyone for the delay in my blog posts! I certainly haven’t abandoned it! I have been busy trying to move all my posts to my new domain at idearabbit.ca

There’s a lot of technical issues, updating links for social media and configuring the site  has been a bit time consuming. (which I will blog about the process later on) I’ve also created a new Facebook page, so please also check that out, and ‘Like’! 😀

All the posts from this old blog (the one you’re reading now) has been transferred to idearabbit.ca
I haven’t announced it yet though since there are still some backend setup and configurations that I’m working on.
I don’t want to announce and drive traffic to it when it’s not all ready.

So please update your bookmarks! Unfortunately, if you are a subscriber to idearabbit.wordpress.com (this old blog), then your email wont be transferred to the new blog automatically.
If you’d like to keep receiving notifications, please subscribe again. (however, I still haven’t gotten the email subscriber widget running on idearabbit.ca yet…so please wait a little longer…>_<
I will also announce on the new blog once the email subscriber is up and running)

I will post one last time again on this blog when I’m done and can officially announce that the new site is up and running. 🙂 I just didn’t want everyone to think that I had forgotten about this blog 😉

Stay tuned~ or already move to idearabbit.ca! 😀 Thanks!

Inspection Site

Now I don’t want to make people paranoid. But this site (for BC Lower Mainland) residents can check inspection reports on different businesses. Under the report type, you can choose ‘Food Establishment’ to check on how clean the restaurants you go to, or want to go and eat is doing.

Vancouver Coast Health Inspection Site

It may not indicate however how clean the restaurant actually is. I checked one sushi restaurant (Sushi Station in North Vancouver) on this site which in reality wasn’t that pleasant, with flies flying around, and food served on dirty dishes. I had a very bad bowel movement afterward, though I can’t say for sure if it was from that, since I wasn’t feeling all that well that time to begin with. But I know a friend of mine also had a not-so-happy tummy incident before. It’s one restaurant I’ll never go back to.

Perhaps you if want to check out the overall review of the restaurant, then maybe checking out sites like Urban Spoon is better.

http://www.urbanspoon.com

However, Sushi Station had a rating of 84%! (at the time this post was published)

I guess somethings, you have to go and see for yourself to know whether you’ll be a returning customer.

Happy Eating :)

edible Magazine

This is a beautiful freezine available at organic grocery stores, such as Choices. If you can’t find one, you can check it out online. Their website has a blog, tons of recipes, and features on local cafes and restaurants. If you don’t live in Vancouver, you can check out http://www.ediblecommunities.com to find your local publication.

As from a designer’s perspective, the minimal and simple layout approach is very pleasing when most magazines tries to cram stuff on every inch of the page. The paper is matte (meaning not glossy), but heavier than the usual magazine paper which gives it of a more higher-end feel. It also brings out the colours a lot more nicely, and since there are many great photos in the magazine, they definitely know their printing. Their cover usually features a very close up of food which is beautifully taken. I love the cropping, the colours and the design elements of the food they try to capture.

If you’re really into organic-eating, then you must check this magazine out. It’s got a lot of information on local stuff to eat and live a healthier lifestyle. If you’re not much into organic stuff yet, but you’re a designer, or someone who appreciates things that are nicely designed, this is a good magazine to look through!

Smart Canucks Website

I just found a cool website that I felt I needed to share with you. You already know that I love discount and bargains, so this site was a sweet find.

It’s Freestuff.SmartCanucks.ca The website is pretty extensive with forums, coupons, flyers, and a freebie section! There’s tons to choose from, so it’ great! I live the flyer section since I get to see the flyers I want to see in one section instead of going to each retail’s website to see their flyer. I also don’t have to fill my physical mailbox with real flyers. Let’s be eco-friendly!

The freebie section has free samples from various big name brands like Calvin Klein, Burt’s Bees, Herbal Essence, and so on!

I have only started to scratch the surface of the website…so go check it out yourself and save! 😀

Great Deal Sites

I love saving money, and I’m always searching for ways to save. I’m known as the ‘coupon girl’ since I’m always carrying coupons for this and that. It may be a dollar here and there, but if you look at the amount you saved during the month, it can really add up.

Thank god for deal sites! I just love them! I am subscribed to:

  • Groupon: probably the biggest deal site out there…I find that most people know Groupon, so even if I bought a deal elsewhere, I usually say I have a ‘groupon‘.
  • SocialShopper: my favourite and the site where I’ve bought most of my deals from
  • SwarmJam: I think I bought once from them. Not a lot of selection that interest me. They do have an auction for gift cards which you can bid with your SwarmJam points which you accumulate through purchases and signing in every day. However, I have not seen the gift card auction on their site for some time, so not sure if they got rid of that.
  • Social Living: have never bought from them. I don’t find their deals that great…so I tend to go with other sites for similar products/services
  • TeamBuy: I’ve bought some stuff from them. They are pretty big, and got tons of deals to choose from
  • DealFind: bought 1 deal from them… not much else to say…
  • Buytopia: bought like 2 deals when I started getting into the deal site craze…
  • WagJag and MadDeal: I haven’t bought anything from them so far
  • Steal the Deal: remember those ads that had people with robber’s eye mask? I thought they were different and more interesting that Buytopia‘s bland ads. However, they’ve shut down –  which comes as a surprise, considering it  was owned and operated by Sunmedia. More on the topic here.

Let me know of other deal sites that you use that are good. I’ve saved a lot and have found out about places that I wouldn’t have otherwise…which is most of them – so I guess it’s good marketing for those businesses.

Twitter

So I’m sure you’ve heard of Twitter by now. And like Facebook, there are hard core users, some who uses it lightly, and others who feel its a waste of time.

But if you do business online, or are big brand name companies, it’s hard not to get into all the social media hype. Business wise, it’s used a promotional tool. So it’s a good idea to start your Twitter account as early as possible to start accumulating followers. Although some people feel that the followers count is important, if the tweets that the account is tweeting is invalid or they never tweet, then the followers count doesn’t mean anything.

You may not become a hard-core user, but more and more companies are asking about whether a new potential employee knows about social media when applying for a job – especially if you work in a field where it’s relevant to have them. So here are some basic things about Twitter that might come handy to know.

  • One tweet allows you to type up to 140 characters
  • use @UserName: In your tweet, this is how you can reply to that user, or if you want to announce something that is relevant for that user to see.
  • MT: modified tweet
    PRT = please retweet, a plea to put at the end of a tweet – this is great if someone who has a large number of followers retweet your tweet.
    RT = retweet. If you want to tweet the entire tweet by another user. There is a button that allows you to retweet, but many like to still copy the tweet and tweet it themselves using RT @OriginalUserName and commenting a bit before their original tweet.
  • Hastags: by placing # symbol infront of a work (without and spaces ie. #dogs) that makes that word a ‘keyword’ so that if someone is searching for someone  tweeting about ie. dogs, then your tweet will come up. This doesn’t mean that you should hashtag every word in your tweet. It’s a good idea to keep it to 3 or less in one tweet.

To learn more, click on the link: http://ontheweb.kimvallee.com/2009/01/twitter-101-basic-commands/