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…

Staring at Life from Above

I wish I could view the road map of my life. I wish I could look at my life like an experienced cartographer and have a full perspective of where Road A will lead me as I look for a career or how Road B will affect my relationships with those I cherish. If I could,…

What’s in a name?

As many immigrants will agree, it can be frustrating to have a first name that is difficult to pronounce for speakers in your new country. Second generation immigrants can also encounter this frustration, perhaps more frequently because they may or may not be fluent in their parents’ native tongue. For some people, the solution is to…

Marathoning Life

I’ve never been a very athletic person. I enjoy walks, hikes, skating, and other forms of exercise that “get me places”, but I’ve never been one to train for a competition or develop a physical skill. I decided to change that last year. I thought to myself, “I’m going to run a marathon!” A friend…

Heart & Soul

What is a “heart?” Ask a biologist and you will be told it is an organ for circulating blood around the body. It’s purpose is to ensure an even distribution of heat and other essentials such as oxygen and hormones around the body. That definition makes perfect sense to me. Ask a poet and you…