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Do You Let Your Kids Win?

July 28th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Do You Let Your Kids Win?

I never really played any games with either of my parents. I suppose we just weren’t that kind of family. I did play a lot of video games with my brother though; he’s five years my senior. Because of this age gap, he was understandably a lot better at practically everything we played, especially when I was younger. He’d demolish me in Madden. He’d destroy me in Street Fighter. I never really stood much of a chance.

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What’s Up Wednesdays: Pedal to the Metal

July 27th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

What's Up Wednesdays: Pedal to the Metal

Struggling to make it over those hump day blahs? Let this mid-week speedlink get you back on track. Starting things off, Tara Jensen offers her review of Pedalheads. It used to be the case that parents were solely responsible for teaching their kids how to ride a bike and it could be an infuriating experience for everyone involved. Leave it to the professionals. In fact, Tara’s daughter was able to get those training wheels off by the end of day one! That’s awesome.

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Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa (Video Tour)

July 25th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa (Video Tour)

A few weeks ago, I took a quick business trip down to Napa Valley in California to check out some new computer gear and to sample some fine wine. Packing up my day bag once again, I made my way over to Harrison Hot Springs last week for a similar kind of adventure. The difference was that, while we did start at Vancouver International Airport again, we didn’t get on a plane. Instead, we drove the 2017 Ford Fusion.

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What I Learned Painting a Ford Fusion

July 22nd, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Painting a Ford Fusion

It wasn’t exactly one of those Jack and Rose “I want you to draw me like one of your French girls” kind of moments. We weren’t on a doomed boat in the middle of the ocean and Celine Dion wasn’t providing the soundtrack to our adventures. Instead, a group of journalists were gathered in the garden area of a resort town, trying to figure out how to paint a mid-sized sedan and create a reasonably intriguing backdrop.

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What’s Up Wednesdays: Out with the Kids

July 20th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

What's Up Wednesdays: Out with the Kids

Every Wednesday, I share a collection of fun blog posts from around the web. This week, we start by taking to the skies. Or rather, choosing perhaps not to take to the skies. You see, Janette Shearer has had a falling out with the airlines and she wants to “break up” with them. Things were a lot better in the beginning, but flying with the little ones has become an increasingly difficult challenge. We’ve flown twice with our daughter, most recently to Montreal, and I can sympathize with her sentiments.

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Grammar 101: Critique and Criticism

July 19th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Grammar 101 with Michael Kwan

On the surface, the words “critique” and “criticism” sound like they are fundamentally the same. Someone is offering his or her opinion on something. That something could be a painting, a movie, a smartphone, a social event… just about anything. The person has evaluated this thing and he or she has something to say about it. However, it’s not quite so simple.

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Sunday Snippet: Lord Byron (1788-1824)

July 17th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Sunday Snippet: Lord Byron (1788-1824)

“Sorrow is knowledge, those that know the most must mourn the deepest, the tree of knowledge is not the tree of life.”

My mom once told me that in every relationship, one partner is always more emotionally invested than the other. The size of the differential may vary, but it always exists. This means that whenever there is a fight or if the couple breaks up, one person is going to “hurt” more than the other. The more you put into something, the more you have to lose. In theory, this works in reverse too, because while things are going well, you also have more to gain.

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The Problem Isn’t a Lack of Time

July 15th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

The Problem Isn't a Lack of Time

Most of us complain (some more than others) about having a lack of time. We have all these things we want to do and not enough time to do them. We juggle our responsibilities at work with our responsibilities at home, all while trying to scrape enough time to pursue the hobbies and interests that make us happy.

Suddenly, the end of the day sneaks up on us, it’s time to go to bed, and we still have all these things we want to do. There just isn’t enough time. But is that really the problem?

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