Beyond the Rhetoric


What Is Your End Game?

March 31st, 2015 by Michael Kwan

31/365: Go Doughboy

Someone may have once told you that living as a human being simply isn’t enough and that you should strive to be a human doing. Many of us can fall into a pattern of existence where we simply go through the motions, not actively working toward something greater. While we may think that we have objectives, goals and aspirations, we could simply be running on a treadmill. We must consider what our end game might be.

What is the point of it all?

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Healthy Family Expo 2015 (Photos)

March 30th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Healthy Family Expo 2015

All parents would generally agree that they want what is best for their children. This starts from the time of birth (or even prenatally) all the way through their school-aged years and beyond. Of course, it’s difficult to know exactly what is “best” and what is available in the marketplace. That’s why parents are encouraged to do their research. And an event like yesterday’s Healthy Family Expo at the Vancouver Convention Centre is a great place to learn more about what’s out there.

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Sunday Snippet: Photographer Tomasz Wagner

March 29th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Tomasz Wagner

“Learn to wear hats, many, many hats that don’t always fit properly—you’re a photographer developing your own style, a business person, maybe also a mother or father—a human. Learn, make those mistakes, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Burn out can happen easily with all of these hats weighing on you, so if you need a break, take it. Give yourself some space to pause—breathe.”

This is something that I cover in my book and it’s something that many potential freelancers, entrepreneurs and small business owners overlook: You end up taking on a lot of different roles outside of what you thought you’d be doing for a living. As a writer, I spend a lot of my day not writing. And as a professional photographer, Tomasz Wagner spends a lot of his days not taking pictures too.

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Saloniki Greek Taverna, Commercial Drive

March 27th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Saloniki Greek Taverna

For some reason or another, a good number of restaurants in the Metro Vancouver area have decided to combine Greek and Italian cuisine. This has has been going on for as long as I can remember. It’s not uncommon to find spanakopita and dolmades on the same menu as lasagna and pizza. That’s not the case with Saloniki Greek Taverna in the heart of Commercial Drive, because it is indeed a Greek taverna through and through.

Saloniki occupies the same location where Bouzyos once stood and, aside from the name change, it doesn’t seem like they’ve done too much in terms of changing the decor or switching up the approach to classic Greek cuisine. Seeing how Bouzyos was one of my favorite restaurants for some time, I hoped that Saloniki would hold up to the same standard. Our experience ended up being a little bit of a mixed bag.

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The Baby Diaper Shootout Comparison Video

March 26th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

The Baby Diaper Shootout Comparison Video

Some of the choices that you make as a new parent can be pretty exciting, like picking a name for the new bundle of joy. Other choices may not necessarily be quite as exciting, but you can just as easily get overwhelmed by the options available. To many non-parents, a baby’s diaper is just a diaper and they’re all fundamentally the same. To parents and caretakers who have had to deal with blowouts and skin irritations, choosing the right diaper could be remarkably important.

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What’s Up Wednesdays: Just Smile

March 25th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

What's Up Wednesdays: Just Smile

Life can be hard. Life can be frustrating. Life can be exhausting. And that’s why we need to start this week’s speedlink with a simple lesson from educator Damien Riley. Rather than focusing on the things that upset us, he’s listing off the many things that make him smile. Happiness can come from the humblest of places, like enjoying a good cup of coffee, hearing from a good friend on Facebook, and getting recognized for writing a blog post.

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My Current Life in Numbers

March 24th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

My Current Life in Numbers

Even though I find myself in a career that decidedly leans more towards the “arts and creativity” end of the spectrum, numbers have always played a very important role in my life. I have a habit of wanting to quantify just about everything. There’s a certain comfort in knowing that you can ascribe specific numbers to specific things. They provide clarity in a world filled with ambiguities.

And perhaps that’s why I was drawn to this post by Amber Strocel yesterday. She decided to summarize so many aspects of her life — her “obsession” with poetry, her quest to become a math teacher, her love of tea — in a numerical fashion. So, I thought I’d take a similar look at my life too, summarizing some of my journey with some numbers of my own.

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On Elon Musk and the Global Village

March 23rd, 2015 by Michael Kwan


Visit some of the more remote tribes in places like the African plains or the rainforests of the Amazon and you’ll discover an entirely different concept of ownership. Unspoiled and uncorrupted by the slings and arrows of the modern world, the people in these societies aren’t necessarily driven by material possession. This isn’t my home. That’s not his goat. They all belong to everyone in the village, for mutual benefit and for the common good.

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