Beyond the Rhetoric


Sunday Snippet: Nishan Panwar

September 7th, 2014 by Michael Kwan

Sunday Snippet: Nishan Panwar

“The world is full of nice people. If you can’t find one, be one.”

It’s a philosophical and religious question that has plagued thinkers for centuries. Are people inherently good and life experience slowly corrupts them? Or are people born evil and they have to fight this natural inclination in order to be good? Regardless of the direction that we travel, I think we’d all agree that the world would be a better place if everyone was just nicer to everyone else.

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Grammar 101: On Plural Forms and Adding S to Everything

September 5th, 2014 by Michael Kwan

Grammar 101 with Michael Kwan

When toddlers and children first start learning the English language, they have an intuitive sense for picking up on grammar rules. Without even knowing it, they pick up on the idea that adding -ed to the end of a verb makes it past tense. I climbed the tree. I played the piano. The problem is that they’ll extend these rules to everything and start saying that they “eated” the cake or they “goed” to the park.

For every rule in English, there are countless exceptions. One of the most common issues is how to deal with plurals. If it’s one moose, why isn’t it many mooses? And it isn’t just children that want to add “S” to everything either.

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The Risk of Always Putting Your Best Self Forward

September 4th, 2014 by Michael Kwan

Day 165: 2 Self Portraits

You’re about to go on an important job interview. Or maybe you’re about to go on a first date. Or maybe you’re in a social setting where you’ll be surrounded by new people. Whatever the case, what is the most common piece of advice that many of us receive for these kinds of situations? You’re told to put your best self forward. You’re told to be on your best behavior. And first impressions really do matter, but is this necessarily the best advice?

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What’s Up Wednesdays: Getting Fresh

September 3rd, 2014 by Michael Kwan

Bill O'Reilly

He doesn’t update his blog all that often, but it can be quite the doozy when he does. You might remember Eddie Huang from a Sunday Snippet I posted a couple months ago. He’s the guy behind Fresh Off the Boat, which is the name of his memoir, his Vice series and his upcoming ABC sitcom. Eddie has no problem voicing his opinion and that’s exactly what he did in discussing how Bill O’Reilly of Fox News addressed white privilege in America. Eddie says O’Reilly is “trying to play Blacks/Latinos/and Asians against each other.”

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The WAHM vs. Daddy Blogger Dynamic Revisited

September 2nd, 2014 by Michael Kwan

Slightly altered home working environment

Although attitudes are certainly shifting, working from home is still a rather unconventional choice and it’s even less conventional to go into business for yourself. These were realities that I knew all too well when I decided to embark on this freelance writing journey. With the imminent arrival of my first child, my perspective on this kind of working dynamic is once again being brought to the forefront and the biggest factors are different from when I was “just” a solopreneur.

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Quick Bites: Asian Food in Metro Vancouver

September 1st, 2014 by Michael Kwan

Basho Cafe

By now, you’ve likely noticed that we have an embarrassment of riches in Metro Vancouver when it comes to great food. This is especially true when it comes to Asian food. We have terrific sushi and pho (on the cheap too) and I’ve been told by visitors that Vancouver has the best Chinese food outside of Hong Kong. Listed below are some highlights from my culinary adventures in the last month or so. If you’ve been following my #foodporn on Instagram, you might recognize a few of these.

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Sunday Snippet: Chester Bennington (Linkin Park)

August 31st, 2014 by Michael Kwan

Linkin Park | Montreal

“I learned to believe in myself. If you don’t believe in yourself, who can you expect to believe in you?”

Ever since the first time I heard Chester Bennington screaming about being one step closer to the edge, I was hooked on Linkin Park. Their electric energy is positively contagious and one of the best concert experiences I’ve ever had was when Linkin Park opened their set with “Faint” at Rogers Arena. It was a performance filled with the confidence to put it all out there.

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On YOLO, FOMO, JOMO and Life Choices

August 29th, 2014 by Michael Kwan

ISC Integration Party Fall 2011

Blame it on the texting generation. Blame it on Twitter’s 140 character limit. Popular culture today is heavily populated by all sorts of acronyms. From FML to FTW, these terms are oftentimes utilized in the form of hashtags to encapsulate a person’s current frame of mind. We could brush these off as fleeting moments of teenage angst or Millennial entitlement… Or we could dig a little deeper to see what YOLO or FOMO really mean when it comes to how you live your life.

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