Author: Michael Kwan

Vlog #95: The Complete #5DadsGoWild Camp Experience

I’m a city boy. I’ve said this before and I’ll likely say it again. That’s why I felt I was probably one of the worst candidates for this #5DadsGoWild camping trip. With zero survival skills and even less camping gear, I was stepping well outside my comfort zone. But I’m glad I did, even if I had a myriad of concerns about what could go wrong. There be bears out there! But I’m here to tell the tale. It’s true. All of it. And here is 17+ minutes of it. Truth be told, I really had my apprehensions about...

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Sunday Snippet: Olivia Maine (This Is Us)

[You’re jealous] of him. He’s changing. And that’s scary for you because you want to change too. You’re scared that you’ll lose all the weight and that nothing will have changed, right? That you will discover that the person who you’ve always been is who you truly are. And all your dreams of the kind of life you’re gonna lead one day are nothing more than lies you’ve told yourself. I get it. It’s scary. I mean, if I were you, I’d be terrified. Trust me. You don’t know women like me. I’d heard people talking about the show...

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The #5DadsGoWild Camping Gear Roundup

As I mentioned in the vlog last week, I’ve never been properly camping. The last time I went “camping” was over 20 years ago in high school, and that was when we had cabins, beds, heat, electricity and teacher supervision. Needless to say, I was quite worried about whether or not I would be able to survive this #5DadsGoWild camping trip. I mean, we could’ve been eaten by bears and I had nowhere near the appropriate camping gear or survival skills for the occasion. But it’s not like I was alone. This was five dads go wild, after all....

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Driving the 2018 Ford Explorer to #5DadsGoWild

When I was a college student, I drove around in a little sports coupe. It was nowhere near the fastest thing on the road, but I threw some money on it nonetheless. I got some strut bars to stiffen up the chassis, a short ram intake and catback exhaust for “performance” upgrades, and some new taillights for the aesthetic. Oh, and I lowered it a couple inches too, making it one of the least practical vehicles on the road. I went over speed bumps diagonally to avoid scraping the bottom. Needless to say, such a vehicle would have been...

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Vlog #94: Am I a Good Canadian?

Two months ago, inspired by the “Yappie” series by Wong Fu Productions on YouTube, I questioned whether I was a good Asian. A lot of that had to do with stereotypes, like whether I went to Kumon or if I drove a Toyota. But now, that got me thinking, how does the Canadian part of my cultural identity stack up against the stereotypical expectations that the maple leaf represents? It’s not like this topic is completely to new to me. A few years ago, I listed off some key (tongue partly in cheek) criteria for what it meant to...

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Sunday Snippet: Sean Evans (Hot Ones)

Super entertaining to see some sort of big meltdown and I laugh at the reactions just like you laugh at the reactions. But we’re an interview show first and it really is about the interview. And you know what? If we don’t approach these interviews with a certain degree of thoughtfulness, then maybe a guest doesn’t want to eat a chicken wing with Da Bomb on it. Or hit the last dab as they go through the Hot Ones gauntlet. YouTube is one of these platforms that encourages creativity. It’s the great democratizer, because anyone with a camera and...

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Green Leaf Cafe Japanese Restaurant, Burnaby

One of my longtime friends was telling me that her favorite sushi restaurant in Vancouver is Green Leaf Sushi. The challenge, at least for me, is that it is located on West Broadway and almost Alma Street, a hop and a skip away from the UBC Point Grey campus. And I’m practically never out in that part of town. So, imagine my excitement when I heard a second location had opened by Lougheed Town Centre in Burnaby. That’s Green Leaf Cafe. On some level, the opening of Green Leaf Cafe at 9604 Cameron Street — in the same complex...

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The Journey of Life

Between preparing for #5DadsGoWild, going back to preschool, and keeping up with my regular professional duties, as well as everything going on with this blog (and the weekly vlog), I’ve been pretty busy. Many things I’ve been wanting to do have fallen to the wayside. But I’ve got to embrace the journey, right? I had considered skipping today’s blog post entirely. That way, I can focus more of my time and energy on addressing everything else in this game of Whac-a-Mole. It’s a delicate balance, to be sure, because this blog and its readers (that’s you!) are very important...

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Vlog #93: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Apparently, being invited to speak at Freelance Camp isn’t exactly the same thing. Or so I’ve been told. As you might have heard, I’m about to embark on a little camping trip with some other local dads. This wouldn’t normally be a very big deal, except most of us are hardly experienced campers. Is “campers” the correct term here? I have no idea.   I’ve mentioned on this blog a few times before that I am fueled by caffeine and Wi-Fi. That line also pops up in my social media. It’s tongue-in-cheek, to be sure, but there’s also some...

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Sunday Snippet: William Blake, The Tyger

Tyger Tyger, burning bright, In the forests of the night; What immortal hand or eye, Could frame thy fearful symmetry? It almost feels like a lifetime ago at this point, but did you know that I minored in English literature during my university days? Perhaps this contributed to my career choice as a freelance writer, though everything I read for that part of my degree was fiction and practically everything I write today is non-fiction. And while we explored some older works like Paradise Lost by John Milton and more contemporary books like The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison,...

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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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