Beyond the Rhetoric


Say Hello to Baby Adalynn Kwan

September 15th, 2014 by Michael Kwan

Baby Adalynn

I’ve been told that my lack of social media updates over the weekend was a little suspicious. Now you know why. Susanne and I are proud to announce the arrival of little baby Adalynn.

As can be expected, all three of us still have a lot to learn and I’m positive there will be many more sleepless nights in our future. Hopefully some of that crowdsouced daddy wisdom will come in handy. Both mommy and baby appear to be happy and healthy.

In the meantime, check out Adalynn’s blog at and you can follow her on Twitter @adalynnkwan. Yes, I’m a total geek of a dad.

Sunday Snippet: Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

September 14th, 2014 by Michael Kwan

Walt Whitman - em Camden, 1891

“Have you learned lessons only of those who admired you, and were tender with you, and stood aside for you? Have you not learned the great lessons of those who rejected you, and braced themselves against you? or who treated you with contempt, or disputed the passage with you?”

In the Canadian public school system, at least in my own experience, we didn’t spend all that much time exploring some of the great American authors and poets. For this reason, I never really got exposed to Walt Whitman until I decided to watch Dead Poets Society on my own some years later. Having sifted through a passage or two, I’m now intrigued by some of his writings.

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Crowdsourcing My Daddy Blogger Wisdom

September 12th, 2014 by Michael Kwan

Project 365 #95: 050414 Father To Son

I’ve been working as a freelance writer and professional blogger for a number of years now. I have a pretty good grasp on how to handle the whole work-from-home situation and I’m pretty comfortable with my home office routine. But that’s all changing with the arrival of Baby Kwan and my life is about to be turned upside down. Thankfully, I was recently invited to a couple of super secret (they’re not that secret) Facebook groups for daddy bloggers.

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9/11 – We Will Never Forget

September 11th, 2014 by Michael Kwan

Tribute in Light

I’m not going to comment on the fearmongering and systemic paranoia that followed. I’m not going to say how this created a culture of unfair discrimination or over a decade of unnecessary warfare. What I will say is 9/11 has, if nothing else, reminded us of the preciousness and fragility of life.

Cherish every moment and never, ever forget.

What’s Up Wednesdays: Value Your Time

September 10th, 2014 by Michael Kwan

Time is Money $

The focus of this week’s speedlink is a simple piece of advice: there is no resource more valuable than time, so treat those precious minutes, days and years accordingly. Self-proclaimed “dot com mogul” John Chow fully understands this philosophy, asking how much is your time worth to you. Indeed, he’s willing to spend a good amount of money to save time and, in my own life, one of the biggest benefits of freelancing is having the freedom of time at my disposal.

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Freebies from the Shoppers Drug Mart VIB Program (Video)

September 9th, 2014 by Michael Kwan

Shoppers Drug Mart VIB

I like free stuff, particularly when I don’t have to put that much effort into getting it. As my life will be forever changed with this baby, I’m also quite keen to take advantage of any deals to help with those expenses. To that end, we signed up for the VIB program (Very Important Baby) from Shoppers Drug Mart and have already received a couple of free care packages from them.

You might remember when I shared the unboxing video of the Nestle Baby care package last month. That free starter kit came with a lot of stuff, including some diapers and baby formula. By comparison, the “special delivery” from the Shoppers Drug Mart VIB program is far more modest. It’s not much bigger than a box of standard envelopes.

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More Quick Bites Around Vancouver

September 8th, 2014 by Michael Kwan

PappaRoti Vancouver

Last week, I shared a few quick bites from around the Metro Vancouver area, including some Japanese baked goods and Shanghainese xiaolongbao dumplings. This week, we go for another trip around town to find some good places to eat with quite the variety of cuisine to boot.

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Sunday Snippet: Nishan Panwar

September 7th, 2014 by Michael Kwan

Sunday Snippet: Nishan Panwar

“The world is full of nice people. If you can’t find one, be one.”

It’s a philosophical and religious question that has plagued thinkers for centuries. Are people inherently good and life experience slowly corrupts them? Or are people born evil and they have to fight this natural inclination in order to be good? Regardless of the direction that we travel, I think we’d all agree that the world would be a better place if everyone was just nicer to everyone else.

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