Author: Michael Kwan

Vlog #23: Dan Dan Noodles and Happiness

Life can be hard. It can be stressful, frustrating and overwhelming. You can feel like it’s never enough. That’s why I am making a conscious effort to exercise gratitude regularly. And since life is so short, it is also critically important that you make the most of each and every day. That’s why you should invest in your happiness, a message that I deliver in the form of eating a bunch of dan dan noodles in this week’s vlog. Oh, and Addie rides a duck. As I mention in the video, you can find the full dan dan noodle...

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Sunday Snippet: Justin Simien (Dear White People)

Sometimes identity can be your salvation. It can be liberating to find your place in the world, but at some point, identity can hold you back. Who are you? How many times have you looked in the mirror and really asked yourself that question? Chances are you that you are going to face an existential crisis at some point in your life. You’re probably going to question and even challenge your identity several times in your life. We all want to feel like we belong somewhere, but how do you fit into society at large? Are you going to...

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Learning to Shut Down When Working from Home

One of the grand advantages to my life as a freelance writer is that I get to enjoy the relative freedom of time. Deadlines still have to be met and I still have certain daily duties to fulfill, but for the most part, I can choose my own schedule. It doesn’t matter if it’s Wednesday morning or Saturday night; I can work or I can take the time off. It’s up to me. This is a double-edged sword. I take great pride in my strong work ethic, so I always feel like I should be doing more. Indeed, and...

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What’s Up Wednesdays: Wanderlust Edition

I meant to do this last week, but I totally didn’t realize at the time that it was already the end of April. How does that even happen? (Don’t answer that. I have a fundamental understanding of how the passage of time works.) It feels like only yesterday that we came back from Los Cabos and so it is perhaps only fitting that this month’s (read: last month’s) speedlink is focused on travel and expanding one’s horizons. Here is the wanderlust edition of What’s Up Wednesdays. Let’s stick with the Mexican theme for just a moment. Friends Janette Shearer,...

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Vlog #22: Dad Vlogging with a Ramen Butcher

Is it just me or does it seem like everyone has a vlog these days? I must be quite the trendsetter. My friend Stacey Robinsmith talks about his life in the burbs, Bob Buskirk gives us a glimpse into life in his 30s, and John Chow offers his perspective on the dot com life. And then there’s Stephen Fung, the crazy kook who tried his hand at daily vlogging while solo parenting his three kids for a month. I met up with Fung recently and we went to Ramen Butcher in Chinatown. Remember several episodes ago when I talked...

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Sunday Snippet: Photographer Martin Parr

You don’t need good gear. I mean, once you’ve got a decent camera, that’s all you need. I’m interested in stories. I’m interested in about what you can discover and how you can convey that through photography. It’s with a not-so-subtle sense of irony that we get advice like that given by long-time professional photographer and photojournalist Martin Parr. Many of the people who tell you not to worry about money are precisely those who are in a position where they don’t have to worry about keeping the lights on and putting food on the table. And the photographers...

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Grammar 101: Economic and Economical

The words “economic” and “economical” certainly have a lot in common. They’re practically the same word, except the second one adds -al to the end of it. They both have to do with the economy or economics in some way and both are used primarily as adjectives. While some people may argue or assume that the two terms can be used interchangeably, I disagree. They’re not the same thing. The word economic describes the quality of being related to the science of economics or relating to the economy. Whether you’re talking about things at a municipal level, an industry...

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Toddler Travel Tips to Preserve Parental Sanity

I’ve been around. I’ve eaten kangaroo steak in Australia, escargot in Paris, sulfurous black eggs in Japan, and skewered duck tongue in Taiwan. Travel, particularly international travel, is far and away one of the best ways to spend your money. Engulf yourself in new cultures and see the world through a whole new lens. And this doesn’t have to change when you have a kid. In her comparatively short life, my two-year-old daughter has been to Hawaii, to Montreal, and most recently to Los Cabos, Mexico. Every time has been a little different, not only because of the destination,...

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Vlog #21: It Was a Good Run

I’m certainly no health nut. I enjoy the rich broth of ramen and the extra cholesterol of runny egg yolks as much as the next guy and my activity level can be accurately described as sedentary. That needs to change. After seeing the positive lifestyle choices that some of my friends, like Mary Sheridan and Janette Shearer, have been making these last few months, I decided to go for a run. And now everything hurts. I’m not getting any younger and it’s becoming more important than ever that I take better care of myself. That’s part of the reason...

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Sunday Snippet: Bill Nye, the Science Guy

Science is the best idea humans have ever had. The more people who embrace that idea, the better. To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Bill Nye the Science Guy as a kid. It’s not that I disliked the guy or abhorred the show, per se. It just wasn’t one of my favorites. Curiously, I’ve become much more interested in science after finishing school, so imagine my excitement when I heard about Bill Nye Saves the World. It’s a new show on Netflix and it’s wildly different from the original. In between sessions of Peppa Pig...

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Michael Kwan
Hi, I'm Michael. By day, I'm a freelance writer. By night, I'm still a freelance writer. I'm also a proud father, a voracious foodie, an avid traveler, a gadget geek, and a thinker who thinks he might be thinking too much. Beyond the Rhetoric is a reflection of my eclectic entrepreneurial life.

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