Art of Decluttering: Photograph it then Purge

In anticipation of my move abroad, I’ve been clearing out items from my bedroom to make the transition out of my parents’ home easier. I don’t plan to move back in with my parents after this two-year contract in Vietnam, so it’s important that my items are few and easy to pack. I’ve always been…

A Letter to My Future Self

In the midst of spring cleaning my home, I found some cards and letters from old friends and admirers. It hit me with a wave of nostalgia to read these letters from the past. I had kept them because I felt compelled to remember positive moments from my past, but ironically I’m not the person…

Birthdays and Death Days

I’ve always thought birthdays are a bit strange. Why celebrate the child on a birthday when really we should be celebrating the mother? It’s no easy feat for a woman to carry a child within her uterus for nine months. She must execute extreme care about her diet and her drinking/smoking/exercise habits, all while dealing with…

Strangers in the crowd

I used to feel so alone in the city. All those gazillions of people and then me, on the outside. Because how do you meet a new person? I was very stumped by this for many years. And then I realized, you just say “Hi.” They may ignore you. Or you may marry them. And…

Japanese citizens didn’t loot after disaster struck in 2011

During times of disaster, many people suffer from a severe case of individualism, a condition defined by a lack of concern and/or empathy towards other people in situations where one cannot be benefitted. This often results in theft and chaos as people scramble to obtain scarce resources. I bring up this overgeneralized definition of individualism because…

Why I will (hopefully) have a successful career

A few years ago, I attended an inspiring lecture by Larry Smith, an economics professor at the University of Waterloo. During that lecture, Dr. Smigh told a room of 100 hundred undergraduate students, including myself, why we would will fail to have a great career. He then told us how to fix it. I mean…

The Musicality of Sign Language

Today I watched a TED Talk about the musicality of sign language. In the enchanting video, Christine Sun Kim, an artist and TED fellow, educates the audience on how musicality does indeed play an important role in sign language. As a casual musician, I thought it was really interesting to learn from Christine and her…

The Unfinished List

It’s been a few months since I started blogging. All in all, I’ve found it to be lots of fun to actually have a (seemingly) productive hobby. I have always enjoyed writing and reading, a trait I share with many bloggers. It was an important choice for me to start my own blog as a…

Good bye, Winter.

For all its slipperiness, cold, and inconvenience, winter is a beautiful season here in Toronto, Canada. On days when the snow flutters down in beautifully chunky snowflakes that drift slowly across my vision, I feel at peace. Snowfalls are not always accompanied by frigid weather, contrary to popular belief. Snow is an effective insulator that…