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…

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…

Robo Advisors: Would you trust a robot with your cash?

Have you ever heard the phrase “the rich get richer, but the poor get poorer”? Well, part of the reason that expression might be true is that rich people tend to put their money to work for them in the form of investments. It takes a decent amount of research and introspection to understand what…

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,…

Logically in Love

Ever since I started dating my current partner, one of my family members periodically asks me “How serious are you with him?” My irked answer often amounts to: “Well, I probably won’t ever tell you if I’m serious with anyone I date because if we break up, the next time I feel like I’m in a…

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…