Pooh and Piglet.

Earlier this year, I wrote a post on my day to day life as a freelancer. My meal schedule can be incredibly unpredictable and I spend most of my waking hours in front of some display or another. Another way to gain some insight into what my day is life, both from a personal and professional perspective, is through my Instagram feed.

If you follow me on Instagram (@beyondtherhetoric), you’ll likely find that many of my uploaded pictures will fall into these few categories. (Click on any of the thumbnails to see the larger version.)

I Like to Eat

Because @hungryslif said so.   Time for a late night snack #foodporn   A colorful dinner from #kwanscreativecatering

Well, this should come as little surprise. A great deal of my Instagram feed consists of #foodporn pictures, both of the food that I eat when I go out and the food that I humbly prepare at home. Some of the dishes may be more elaborate than others. I’ve posted pictures of fine dining and I’m equally happy with some of the great food court finds that I’ve devoured over the years.

People who follow me on social media (and read the corresponding restaurant reviews on Beyond the Rhetoric) assume that I go out to eat a lot. That’s not entirely true. Most days, I usually end up cooking for myself and I’ve posted some of my sporadic creations with the #kwanscreativecatering hashtag. They’re not fancy and they’re usually spontaneous (no recipes here!), but I like to think that I can concoct up some decent variety.

I Like My City

Urban foraging   That food court life   Fresh flowers at the Fresh Egg Mart. More #Vancouver #chinatown photos on btr.michaelkwan.com today.

Despite being such a young city, Vancouver and the surrounding area is rich with culture and diversity. And you can’t deny its natural beauty either, offering grand mountains, great beaches, lush greenery and beautiful cherry blossoms in the spring. Right now, it’s berry-picking season and you’ll find several berry bushes throughout the city. I’m not sure you’d necessarily want to eat a roadside blackberry, but the opportunity is there.

I Like Cute and Funny Things

The School for Gifted (Korean) Youngsters   Soft kitty, warm kitty, little bowl of pho. Hungry kitty, sleepy kitty, purr purr purr.   Getting there. Getting there.

There’s a place in Koreatown called the X-Men Recruiting Agency. I’m pretty sure it has nothing to do with Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, but it’s a possibility. As you make your way through my Instagram photos, you might find other funny (or interesting) posts, as well as some that may be worthy of the #cuteoverload hashtag. You see that last image on the right? It marks an important milestone: painting our baby’s room.

I Like Instagram

Instagram is certainly not without its faults. You might remember the whole controversy about rights and ownership, for example, and most of us hate that videos must be set to autoplay. Even so, Instagram is a fun place to see what’s happening in the lives of your friends. If pictures are worth a thousand words, then Instagram is quite the tome…. with or without filters and “enhancements.”