Author: Michael Kwan

[VLOG] My Guiding Words for 2019

New year’s resolutions may be filled with optimism and positivity, but they oftentimes don’t work. Not to mention that circumstances can and do change over the course of a year. To that end, I’ve been setting “guiding words” for myself these last couple of years. While I feel like I’ve come up short, they’ve served me well. And so, as we flip those calendars, I’ve come up with some new guiding words for 2019. Here’s the vlog. New year, new me? Not exactly. More like new year, mostly the same me, but hopefully a bit better and more balanced....

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Sunday Snippet: Marie Kondo

Filled with despair, I looked at the contents of each storage unit and had a flash of revelation. I didn’t need most of the things that were in them! Although I thought that I had been tidying, in fact I had merely been wasting my time shoving stuff out of sight, concealing the things I didn’t need under a lid. Putting things away creates the illusion that the clutter problem has been solved. But sooner or later, all the storage units are full, the room once again overflows with things, and some new and “easy” storage method becomes necessary,...

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Foodie Friday: Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen (Port Coquitlam)

Aside from a few hours in Miami and a brief layover in Dallas (where I never left the airport), I’ve never been to anywhere you might call the American South. As much as I would like to think I know about southern barbecue or southern fried steak, my exposure has been… limited at best. It’s also absolutely true that eating at Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in Port Coquitlam is not at all equivalent to visiting New Orleans or Baton Rouge. But it’ll have to do. At least for now. (Side note: It really bothers me that Popeye’s Chicken is officially...

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Hump Day Haikus: One Year Later

Okay, okay, okay. I promise this is the last “look back at 2018” post. We’ve already looked at the BTR year in numbers, like the number of books I read (33) and blog posts I published (203). We’ve also looked at some of my favorite things from 2018, like my favorite album (Black Panther OST). And now, one year later, we look at the weekly Hump Day Haikus series. As a quick refresher, I’ve been trying to pursue some sort of creative challenge the last couple of years. In 2017, I wanted to post (at least) one photo to...

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(Some of) My Favorite Things of 2018

No, you don’t get a car, and you don’t get a car, and you don’t get a car. Instead, today’s post — and the final one of 2018 — will highlight a few of my favorite things from this year. These are categories that weren’t featured in my BTR Year in Numbers post last Friday. Go ahead and give that a read if you’re curious about my favorite movies, books and blog posts. Onward! Favorite TV Series of 2018 To be totally fair, Atypical isn’t exactly a “new” show for 2018. I’d known about it for some time and...

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Sunday Snippet: Richelle E. Goodrich

Past and Present I know well; each is a friend and sometimes an enemy to me. But it is the quiet, beckoning Future, an absolute stranger, with whom I have fallen madly in love. With the new year comes the opportunity for renewed focus and direction. It’s all symbolic, of course, as December 31 and January 1 are entirely arbitrary. That’s partly why I’ve moved away from new year’s resolutions and toward guiding words instead, even if I don’t live up to them as much as I would have liked. At the same time, I feel like we all...

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BTR Year in Numbers (2018 Edition)

Just as I was finally getting used to writing “2018” on things, the year is drawing to a close. As you might already know, I have an obsession with numbers. And so, to that end, one of the better ways to look back at 2018 is to consider the year in numbers. Here’s what I wrote, watched, read and shot this past year. Movies Watched: 59 Even though I watch practically no cable TV anymore, I still take in more than the occasional film. Most of these are through online streaming or as a DVD from the local library....

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What’s Up Wednesdays: Alien Landscapes and Red Shirts

This is it. The last speedlink of the year. Let’s get down to it. Kicking things off, Irma Hunkeler of Dumb Little Man takes us on an epic journey visiting alien landscapes on Earth. Here are some places right on our home planet that look like they’re, well, out of this world. From the tall ragged peaks of Tianzi Mountain in China to the “Gates of Hell” in Turkmenistan, you’ve got some rad options for your next travel adventure. For more of a homely road trip, we turn to Mike Armstrong from Daddy Realness. He recently spent some time...

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Sunday Snippet: Home Alone

This is extremely important. Will you please tell [Santa] that instead of presents this year, I just want my family back? No toys. Nothing but Peter, Kate, Buzz, Megan, Linnie, and Jeff. And my aunt and my cousins. And if he has time, my Uncle Frank. Okay? As much as we might get caught up in cool new toys around this time of year — believe me, I like new toys as much as the next kid — we mustn’t lose sight of what’s really important. I’ve talked about this from the perspective of a hairy green hermit. I’ve...

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Don’t Change Much

When you set out to make big, sweeping, audacious changes to your life, there’s a good chance that you’ll come up short. It’s deflating and defeating, to the point where you’re not all that motivated to try again. Smaller, more manageable changes take hold much more easily. And they can lead to positive habits on which you can build further. That’s the idea behind the Don’t Change Much campaign from the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation. I’ve been posting these thoughts on my Instagram and Facebook pages, but I also recognize the fleeting nature of social media. So, to give...

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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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