Needed Bonding Time

Living in a patriarch society, we often hear that a man’s place is not in the kitchen. Due to this biased, patriarchal tradition, men are raised and taught to go out to the world to work so that their families can be supported.

If we have lived for awhile, we all know that we can not have everything that we desire in life, despite the countless preachings, done by the rich and famous, pertaining to this particular unrealistic ideal. In an effort to be the breadwinner and provider of the family, many men are forced to spend majority of their time away from their families. In doing so, as time goes by, a communication barrier is erected and an intimacy gap is widened, inevitably, between the men and their families.

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Time is the best healer. For most men, who are usually away from their families, spending time with their partners and kids are even more needed. Yesterday, I walked behind a father and a son, both of whom obviously just had had a needed bonding time at a baseball practice. Walking behind them, I felt the love and care shared between them.

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How I wish that my father was beside me to share a moment like this!

Chaotic Beauties

Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Distance makes the hearts grow fonder. At times, what appears to be chaotic is in fact quite beautiful, if only we are willing enough to take a step back to observe the whole picture.

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What is considered to be chaotic is usually one of the manifestations of being mismatched. Although, in dictionary, mismatch is defined as a failure to correspond or match; a discrepancy; however, in fashion and popular culture, mismatch is a marker of cool taste, creative capacities and sartorial individuality.

Language is an ever-evolving organism. The same observation can be made for the standard of beauty. Since we are all not like the other, we are destined then to be beautiful in our own way.

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Hart House Wanderer

Wandering around in hart house Toronto, I am often mesmerized by the small architectural details of this building. Being one of the most well-known downtown cultural hubs, the ambiance of hart house is infused with a richness of creativities.

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Most of us celebrate academic geniuses for their academic accomplishments, of which are usually glorified to be the stepping stones of their prospective successes in the real world. If there are many lessons to be learned from the real world, an important one that I have learned is that popular assumptions are not always the accurate predictions of reality and future events.

Having education is extremely important. That being said, academic successes do not always translate themselves into the conventional ideas of success in the real world.

Often time, the real world successes are achieved, based on our level of resourcefulness, adaptability, and practicality of the learned knowledge. Having amassed a well of academic knowledge but lacked skill to showcase them is usually what hinders us reaching our summit in the real world.