Worldle describes Me!


Posted by tduong2014 | Posted in Art works, Blogging Challenges! | Posted on May 16, 2011

This is the wordle describing me and my characteristics, including facts, negative and postive things…

Tell me which one is better…??!!?



Wordle was used to create those 2 pics

This post is for Challenge 6 in the March 2011 challenge.

Finding my way to…other countries


Posted by tduong2014 | Posted in Blogging Challenges! | Posted on May 13, 2011

The place I really wanted to visit is Italy especially Venice and Rome.

First, Venice, or City of Water / The Floating City, was pretty famous for its flooded, and one of the frequent transportation there are boats or vaporetti (water buses). I would love to experience the feeling of living in a place where there is lack of cars and vehicles, but the whole day floating on the shiny water of a canal! I would also like to know how the residents’ life is like in a flooded place like that for most parts of a year. How did the buildings could stand in the water? The New York Times described it as “undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man”. I get to know about Venice through reading “The Magic House – Carnival Candlelight” by Mary Osborne in 6th grade (yes, very long time ago ~ 3 years!)

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And the reason I like to visit Rome is because I’ve been studied about the great Empire of Rome with its astonishing achievements, wonderful stories & myths, as well as its profound influence on the world back then. And my desire even grew bigger after I watched ‘The Lizzie McGuire Movie’ recently where great views of Rome historical wonderful buildings and sites are shown (I’m a very out-dated teenager 🙁 )

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Any of you whoever had a wide knowledge about Italy is more than welcome to be my tour guide at any time!

This post is for Challenge 4 in the March 2011 challenge.

Internet safety


Posted by tduong2014 | Posted in Blogging Challenges! | Posted on May 13, 2011

As we all know, Internet is excessively useful to people of all ages, providing a worldwide connection as well as an immense amount of information and entertainment to the people at anytime. As the internet and social network technologies getting more advanced everyday, criminals are taking advantages, over-exploit the internet and use the it as a tool to do their illegal activities. Detecting, catching and correctly punishing the Internet criminals is a challenge for the law enforcement officials, because the crime may involved many different people from different areas of the world. Just like the physical world, there are many different types of Internet crimes including hacking, spamming, identity theft, cyberbullying/stalking, scam… This report will discussed specifically about a type of internet crimes: identity theft (phishing)

Identity theft
A very common type of Internet crime is identity theft (or called id theft). Online id theft happens when a person unauthorized access and uses someone else ’s identity & online accounts for their personal purposes, usually for financial gain. Identity theft can take in many different forms such as spoofing, phishing, pharming.
As mentioned, phishing is one of the many methods for online identity theft. It happens when a criminal sends out emails or pop-up warnings to draw you into visiting their fake website that disguised a real, trustworthy company’s website to make you reveal your personal information such as account numbers or password. Those phishing emails usually target in urging the people to reconfirm their account information, with a warning that their account will be terminate at a certain time if no reconfirmation is taken. Even computer security experts sometimes have hard times telling the real websites from the fake ones.
Below is an example of phishing emails warning pop-ups. People usually look at the URL of the real website and the URL that was given to verify their account, the two are slightly different (1st e.g.). Sometimes the URL is not displayed, making the victims become clueless if they are being phished or not (2nd e.g.)

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According to Anti-Phishing Working Group, from April to June in 2010, the number of reports they received of phishing attacks are gradually increasing, from 24, 664 to 33,617.

Online id theft can result in financial loss or huge debt that the victims did not conduct. Even though most of the identity theft take place by the traditional offline ways, and online id theft is only takes small percentage of the overall, but it’s still a growing problem. Less than 12 % of ID fraud were originated online, according to 2005 Identity Fraud Survey Report

This post is for Challenge 6 in the March 2011 challenge.



Posted by tduong2014 | Posted in Art works | Posted on May 11, 2011

This is the first sketchful that I made, it’s an animated motion with different speed varies from 0.25x-16x. I recommend you to watch this sketchfu at 2x speed (click the left arrow at the bottow of the box)

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Eclipse!!!… no, not really 🙂 Just a fun animation, not for any educational purposes!!

I think playing with sketchfu is really enjoyable, it’s easy to use, you can make a cool animated drawing with several clicks in a short time! Give it a try..

Check it out!


Posted by tduong2014 | Posted in Others | Posted on May 10, 2011

Some of you might find it hilarious, some will find it annoying and boring… let’s see…!

Learning time (outside of school)


Posted by tduong2014 | Posted in Blogging Challenges! | Posted on May 6, 2011

Everyone learned things out of school, and so am I. Basically, I learned how to walk with my parents before I went to kindergarten. When I get a little bigger, I learned how to ride a bicycle, practicing in the empty, small street near my house with my brother and a person who watched us out for cars. But I don’t use bicycle much recently because most of the places I goes to are very far and my parents wont’ allow me to use bicycle for safety. And the most significant thing that I learned was morals and human nature from the experiences and social life that I went through (out of school). This is the most important one because it helps me to have a better social life, become an honorable person, knowing how to treat people the right way, and also can avoid being hate by others (around us).

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This post is for Challenge 6 in the March 2011 challenge.

Old French architectures in HCMC


Posted by tduong2014 | Posted in Others | Posted on May 4, 2011

We had a trip (for social studies class) to old French colonial buildings in HCMC last month (I didn’t write about it sooner because I just got my blog recently). We went to many famous buildings in the city…

– Opera house
– Central post office
– Hotel Continental
– HCMC’s People Committee
– Café L’usine
– Majestrate court
– Le Quy Don high school
– Notre Dam Cathedral

We were told to take pictures of the buildings and its special architecture, but at several sites, we didn’t went in or take pictures because that was illegal… Take a look at the picture I took myself during the trip!

Through the trip, I had a chance to look more closely at the old French architecture buildings, not just an overall quick glances like other times I passed by. I got to see and study both interiors and exteriors of most of the buildings, covered by details and careful sculpted designs and artworks. I’ve also learned that beside those ignorant that I usually saw, there are many people that still cares a lot about preserving and keeping French colonial buildings, and not only the Vietnamese but also the foreigners. Keep conserving, taking good cares of those old buildings and make it for other uses without alter the architecture is a great thing to do. I recognized that sometimes the French buildings are plenty around me, and that I don’t have to go look for it, all I need to do is look up, where the upper parts of the building were not being distorted as much as the lower parts. A sad thing is that, only the huge, enormous buildings that usually were important historically (like French’s headquarters, big churches…) are preserved by the government. Those normal/average local houses are being ignored and abandoned, with the current owners are lacked of knowledge about the importance of the building they are living in.

Even though I had studied about French architecture and all its different style (Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo…), but when I look at those buildings in Vietnam that were told to be colonial, I still get confused and unable to define the criteria / standards or specific architectures to identify an old French architecture. If I’m comparing the 2 old French buildings that I went to, they have nothing alike, a mixture of different architecture styles. Because of this, I never thought Ben Thanh market was built by the French colonists (it was). Another thing, I originally thought the trip was gonna be extremely melting for me, but it wasn’t that hot, since I just learned that the buildings were designed to be in this hot, humid climate even long time ago. This is definitely the really new thing I just learned recently.

Stupid sock creatures


Posted by tduong2014 | Posted in Art works | Posted on May 4, 2011

As the name suggested, those undefinable creatures are made up of socks. And in our art class (not this year) it is counted as an artwork, and we, each student was instructed to make one with the color of socks they chose. I don’t even know why they’re called stupid, maybe because of their appearance, they doesn’t look like anything..!
The process of creating this creature was long and need patience, but I pretty much enjoyed making it 🙂
The creature was made up of socks and cottons shoved inside, sealed up with threads… made by student (me), so the it’s not very professional & delicate. Hope you like it…
Click the picture to have a better view of it…

Stupid sock creature

See more examples of stupid sock creatures – here



Posted by tduong2014 | Posted in Others | Posted on May 3, 2011

Those are the specific books that I was required to read in school / class since I enter international school (AIS  & TAS)(which means I have read more books than this).

Just so you know, I’m not a student who loves to read, one of the reason is because I’m a very, very slow reader.

Is any of those books your favorite?

Family union!! (dad’s side)


Posted by tduong2014 | Posted in Blogging Challenges! | Posted on May 2, 2011

We rarely have big family union on my father’s side as much as on mom’s side. I think it’s because several uncles and aunts live in HCM city, other live in Quy Nhơn (Bình Định province), not every uncle/aunt live in the same city. Same as my mom’s side, every time 1 or both of our grandparents came to HCM city, we would have a big gathering, but they don’t come as often. To what I know, we never go anywhere far, we only meet at someone’s house. The only time that every one was at the union, was in the summer I turned 5, when my grandpa…… broke his leg, so everyone was there at the same time. Everyone of us went visit him in Binh Dinh too, but at different time.

They rarely get together, but when they did, there are much more people and relatives, which means I have much more cousins to play with… Those gatherings were just as fun as mom’s side 😀

This post is for Challenge 7 in the March 2011 challenge.

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