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My First Ao Dai

Recently, I submitted an entry into a sewing contest. For it, I motivated myself to finally learn how to make an ao dai (ow-yai, meaning long garment), the national garment of Viet Nam, my country of origin. I used a pattern for a base, Folkwear 139. However, I customized it to fit a 5’10” friend who was my sewing model. I also fixed how the shoulders were done because sewing it as instructed left a very jagged shoulder “dart”, which was essentially what I was doing more than sewing it together as a seam. Then I extended the neck line from the body up so it didn’t leave such a big collar. Finally, on my real garment, I redrafted the front and back pieces to remove the vertical darts so as not to disturb the beautiful big print, and took out a dart on the sleeve.

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Trinity knot how to TieToday was a great day for Canada as Justin Trudeau became Prime Minister, introduced a gender-balanced Cabinet, and showed Canadians so many ways as to how his government will be different from anything we have seen before. However, one thing that had not changed, but could in a small way with big visibility, was the “fashion”, or lack thereof, of most of the male politicians. They practically all wore ties with the traditional and boring Windsor knot.

So here’s my suggestion. What if they were to wear the beautiful and distinctly visible Trinity Knot in the picture at right?

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A few days back, I shared a short story I wrote about a very sad childhood experience I had in Viet Nam. I wrote it prior to returning to my home country for the first time in 35 years, ending with contemplation about how I’d handle helping ease some of the poverty I would experience there. Specifically, it was the street children because it was street children survival brutality that I had been exposed to as a child that one day of The Pho Incident story.

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I just saw a story starting to trend at this time of writing that is going to cause some chaos in many people’s lives. Hacker Samy Kamkar claims to have found a way to find the combination for any Masterlock lock in 8 tries or fewer, as seen in the video below, and it seems legit and doable for many people from review articles already popping up!

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This short article is about getting more options presented to a Tinder user, not about getting more people to like the user. This will be more of interest to people who can’t wait to get more people options to like or not at a given time, and/or who are not in areas with a high volume of users. The trick has limited value at any given time for repeats to only get you a few to a lot more users depending on the volume of users in your area, but the trick can probably be used at least several times a day, every day, so its full value can only be derived through repeated use.

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