Stating this, this is my own personal blog. All content on it is either mine, or is used with permission, or if I ever get famous, by guest writers, who also use permission to post things from their respective owners. Being said, let's get on with it:
Who Am I
My name is Kenton de Jong and I'm a web developer based out of Regina, Saskatchewan. I left my job a web developer in August, 2017 and I started doing this full time since then. My website is https://kentondejong.com/
What Personal Data I Collect And Why I Collect It
As of June, 2018 I use my own custom ads on my website. All ads are designed by me, following guidelines provided by the advertiser. They don't add cookies to your browser when you click on them; instead Google Analytics just tracks if you clicked on them.
Affiliate Program Participation
I can't make this blog work without affiliate ads. Affiliate programs pay me a certain amount depending on what you do after clicking on their ads or links on my site. These ads or links will install a cookie on your browser and if you purchase an item, I make a profit of the sales. All my articles have a disclaimer on top informing you about the links.
Multimedia From Other Sites
Who I Share Your Data With
Your information may be shared with third parties (eg: advertiser) so that I can try and make some cash money and pay rent. Your personal information is never shared because I don't collect it, unless you explicitly allow me too, such as via a contact form or a newsletter signup.
The Third-party Service Providers I Currently Use:
Stripe: Any purchases through my site are through Stripe, and I do not collect credit card numbers. However, I do collect emails in case I need to contact you about your purchase. Here is their policy too.
How Long Do I Keep Data
Facebook stores your information if you leave a comment, Google tracks you while you visit my site and MailChimp collects your email information. All these companies collect this data indefinitely. I keep information from my contact form only so I can email you back.
What Rights You Have Over Your Data
Beyond the conscientiousness action of signing up for a newsletter or leaving me a comment, all other information I collect is anonymous. If you don't want me to know who you are, just don't talk to me. Haha. If you don't want your anonymous data tracked, then use a browser like Firefox, since you can get Google Chrome tracks your usage.
Sensitive Personal Information
At no time should you submit sensitive personal information to the website. This includes your social security number, information regarding race or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs, health information, criminal background, or trade union memberships. If you elect to submit such information to us, it will be subject to this policy. If you post racist comments or crazy theories about the government, I will delete your comment.
This website does not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 16. If you think that happened for whatever reason, please contact me at email@example.com.
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Mortise & Tenon, located at 2415 11th Avenue in Regina, is one of my favourite locally-owned businesses. They sell a plethora of knickknacks and trinkets, sourcing from both international and local vendors. When they opened, they wanted to be a signature trinket store like in other major cities, and they have succeeded.
Unfortunately, like many other businesses, Mortise & Tenon was heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. They had to close their doors, change their business model and start doing curbside pickups. One of the best things about their store was wandering around and looking at and touching all the quirky items they found, and that was now impossible.
I love Japan. I love their creativity, their style, their art, their language, their video games, and everything about their modern society. Above all else though, I especially love their food. When I visited Japan in 2014, I tried some of the strangest food I have ever eaten, like miscellaneous deep-fried meat, raw horse, ox tongue and various types of sake, to only mention a few. I even had quite the adventure trying to find milk in Japan, which is almost an unheard-of drink in that country.
Flash-forward to 2020 and the world-wide lockdown and the restriction of travel, crowds and outdoor gatherings, make the memories of walking down the crowded streets of Tokyo seem a world away. I missed travel, food and trying new things so I decided to subscribe to a box from TokyoTreat. TokyoTreat creates themed boxes of various Japanese food and delivers it to your house.
I ordered mine in March, and it left the warehouse on March 30. It shipped on April 13. It was a May-themed box so it should have arrived in May, but this was around the time the mail system got shut down. All mail was delayed and stuck in transit. My package was MIA for months, with no tracking number from TokyoTreat and no update from Canada Post. The support at TokyoTreat were knowledgeable and updated me on the mail condition in Japan, but they weren't very helpful. But to be fair, there wasn't anything they could do. They couldn't send me my money back until the package returned to their warehouse and they couldn't give me an update on my missing package. In their defence I know they were also bombarded by thousands of people asking the same questions.
In just over a week I'll be heading to Eastern Europe for a trip I've always wanted to go on. It's a short trip for traveling so far away, but it'll be worth it as it is something I have wanted to do for over five years.
This trip is going to cover some pretty emotionally heavy locations, some which are possibly dangerous to my health, and some locations in which millions of people died. I know it's going to be a challenge for me as I found it hard enough to go to the Anne Frank Huis in Amsterdam and the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York, and this will be thousands of times more emotional, so I hope I can convey my experiences to you when I get back (or as I live them, assuming I can get my long distance cell coverage figured out).
Here is my day-by-day schedule of where I will be and what I'll be doing. It would be really exciting if I could meet up with some of you while I'm traveling.