【Travel】 Discover "Design by Japan" in Toronto

On Baldwin St, downtown Toronto, you won't be surprised to see many gourmet eateries or good restaurants, but it is a surprise to find a store such as Cubeshops--A designer product select shop, which carries all the design goodies created by Japanese designers.



In this nearly 300 square feet samll store, there was almost a moment that I felt I was in a my favorite design select shop in Tokyo.  
It was definitely a treasure-hunting experience for me to look for many inspiring and unique design items here, and luckily i did find there a few items that are on my favorite lists that I would like to share:
  1. 1.CAO MARU Stress Balls
Designed by Yoshida Makiko, these cute,funny,and strechable faces would really
make up my day if I were had a bad one.  I guess these babyish face expressions just somehow
have some magical power to bring out the inner child of my mind! 
  1. 2.CUPMAN
Designed by Akira Mabichi, who I personally think it is a genius to make the time of
waiting for a cup noodle so enjoyable! This  item definitely shows the typical spirit and traits of most
Japanese designed products-- Who says surprises are not hidden in trivial things?
  1. 3.Pop Up Bookcover
Designed by a group of three Japanese designers: Hiroki Koizumi, Ai Koyama,and Asami Kato.It is an idea of " bookcover with pop-up bookmark". The attached butterfly bookmark wouldl pop-up when the book is opened, and fits closely when closed.  It's a functional yet beautiful design.
I really like the idea of this shop that tries to introduce "Design by Japan" instead of "Made in Japan" to western world; I have seem many Japanese brands, franchises came to Canada these years to seek for business opportunities, but this is the first time that I've seen this kind of select shop here.
As a Taiwanese-Canadian, I do wish in the near future Taiwanese in Canada can carry the same spirit to introduce "Design by Taiwan" to western world and being appreciated, as there are in deed many good designers and design products in Taiwan.   A dream is not a dream when you dare to make it happen, and I'll look forward the day of this dream come true.
TAGS: HYDY,Fashion,Design,Travel,Living, Canada,Toronto
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【Life】 Walking in Paris – In the district of Marais: bookstore Librairie Yvon Lambert

Article: Moliere

Marais, presumably a familiar place for most of you, but other than having a lot of tourists, is there any other thing else?

There is a bookstore called Librairie Yvon Lambert that I will go every time when I am visiting Marais. When I am starting my journey from home, I like to travel on route 7 to bypass the crowds and take until Pont Marie, and then I walk alongside River Seine til the destination.

In my journey I will have chance to pass through the European House of Photography (Maison Européenne de la Photographie), where there are always very exciting exhibition that you could have a look. Upon arrival at St. Paul and pass the road, walking from the alley alongside Paris Bank, we could see a lot of people dressed in black suit, white shirt, wearing a black hat or cap, with bushy bearded walking on the road. My friends told me that there is a synagogue, and the in Marais there are many Jews living in this here. As I rarely have the opportunity to see such a scene, together with the mysterious image of Judaism, so out of curiosity, I have been always unconsciously stared at them.

Source: Maison Européenne de la Photographie

Walking through a few alleys side by side, and passing through vintage shops with a lot of treasure hunters, and also a few snack bars, I arrive at the rue vieille du temple. In this way all the way down, you can see a LGBT bookstore around side the corner, stocked with a lot of "interesting" books.

After leaving the region with more visitors, after 3-4 minutes I arrive at Librairie Yvon Lambert. It has no special appearance – big glass windows, furnishings, the store is divided into two parts, the left is a small exhibition space, the right there are a lot of wonderful books

I still remember the first time when I pass through here, my favorite artist David Shrigley's work was exhibited and I was then attracted. In addition to art and design, photography, magazines, there are many independent authors' books, and even special binding books. If you want to buy a gift, there are many selections of small objects here. In short, every time when I come inside, I will stay pretty long and at last I will buy a book before I leave.

Later I realize that the blond hair clerk seems to recognize me. Everytime when I get inside, even though I am not buying and even only getting free magazines, he would smile and say hello, maybe this kind of warmth pushes and attracts me to be here.
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【Environment】 The water crisis and what we can do to save more water

Even if we don't really use water efficiently nor do we think about a potential water crisis, such a thing can appear quite fast because the drinkable water supplies are becoming thinner each year. With a huge and increasing population, humanity has always overlooked the importance of clean water and unfortunately this is taking its toll.


We now see some of the problems that come from not having access to water in the hotter regions of the globe. Water for underdeveloped countries is a huge problem and unfortunately this issue tends to increase all the time mainly because the amount of fresh, drinkable water on our planet is less than 2.5% of the entire water supply on our planet. Sure, 70% of the world is covered in water but most of it is not drinkable.


The problem is that the globe is now going through a complete overheating process due to the stuff that we do on a daily basis and pollution is playing a major role. If we want a clean earth for the next generation then having a reusable water bottle, a healthy lifestyle and a focus on doing less pollution can be the answer!


Then there's the fact that the water distribution is imbalanced. For example, many countries in Africa have a shortage of water while others like Russia for example have a lot more water than they need, and this might lead to many issues in the long run. That's why we need to share water and use water efficiently because this is the only true way to have a balanced, clean and happy society that will evolve properly.


How to save water?


Honestly, we all tend to have issues when it comes to saving water and because of that it's important to carry a portable water bottle with us in order to save water and reduce environmental pollution. There are some other ways to save water and these include:

• Turning the faucet while brushing or shaving
• Buy recycled paper products that use less water
• Water your lawn in the morning as this will consume less water
• Install a water heater so you can access hot water instantly and thus consume lower amounts of water in the process
• Cook food in as little water as you can
• Never throw ice cubes in the sink
• Cook food in as little water as you can
• Match the water level with the load of the washing machine when you do laundry
• Opt for energy and water efficient machines
• Shorten the showering time and save water
• Always call professionals to fix leaks as this will lead to water loss

These are only a few of the many things that you can do in order to save water and protect our planet. All you have to do is to be aware that there is a water crisis and that the clean water levels are lowering. The environmental pollution combined with the things that we do on a daily basis will impact our environment and make the clean water amount even lower, so we do have to work hard to protect our planet if we do want to save our planet and maintain it clean for our kids!

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【Environment】 Investing In The Earth's Water Crisis

Water is being called the new oil because of its scarcity. All across the planet people are in desperate need of water – a basic for human needs. We can go weeks without food, but only a few days without water and some communities on earth don't have adequate access to clean drinking water. Although many companies and organizations across the globe are trying to find solutions to this worldwide problem, the fact remains that these solutions aren't coming fast enough.

Both the World Health Organization and UNICEF both estimate that about 768 million people don't have access to clean drinking water and as populations continue to rise, more water is needed to support such growth.


A few companies trying to solve this massive problem include:

Consolidated Water – which is an industry-leader in technology for desalinated water. They've been seeing great things in both Mexico and the Caribbean.
MagneGas Corporation – this company has focused their efforts on the sterilization of waste water and have patented their Plasma Arc Flow technology that not only sterilizes water waste, but also produces a useable gas by-product. They are currently going after various global contracts.

Abtech Holdings – has also has success in sterilizing water, this time in flood waters and other contaminated water sources in the U.S.A.

There are obviously many more companies and non-profits doing their share to help solve the world's water crisis and you can, too. Here are a few ways to do your part:

1. Turn off the faucet
Turn off the faucet whenever you're not using water to conserve it. Half of the water use in an average household takes place in the bathroom like when you're shaving or brushing your teeth. Simply turn off the tap when you aren't using the water instead of letting it run continuously.

2. Shop WaterSense Products
Simply shopping for products that feature the WaterSense label can help with the world's water crisis. This is essential a partnership program with the United States Environmental Protection Agency to help consumers find high-efficiency products that use less water to complete the production tasks.

3.Shorter Showers
Instead of taking your time in the shower, shower smart by cutting that time in half. You should also use a low-flow showerhead to save water and energy!

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【Environment】Plan your trip carefully: see from the picture to see which countries you can tap to drink

Adding moisture to your body is an essential element while travelling. Imagine during a hot day, visiting the natural beauty and old sites will cost you lose water. To avoid your body getting worse affecting your holiday mood, it is best to make sure at all times to get water supplies. HYDY keeps reminding readers to protect the environment so to minimize purchasing bottled water. Of course it's the best if you could get water directly from tap, however not all countries in this world could provide safety water sources – and some may cause concern. Here a set of data presented by US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will remind you the drinkable water situation around the world. Look at it to see whether you could have the water straight ahead.
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