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Sat
24
Sep '11

Questioning our Culture

I’m always interested in the different ways that we think about certain parts of life in our different cultures. There are some big differences between Western and Chinese culture that become obvious for anyone that’s experienced both cultures first hand. From dating to personal space to manners to family values the differences are vast and […]

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Wed
21
Sep '11

Language, Love and Light-switches

Kind of a continuation of my post on how language shapes behaviour I’d like to talk about this idea we have of love.   I think how we think and talk about the idea of love… doesn’t really match reality, and it actually causes us a lot of trouble or at least some confusion. Us humans have […]

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Tue
20
Sep '11

How Language Shapes Behavior

Recently my study of the mandarin language has lead me to a new theory. As I’m sure you know, different languages have different ways of explaining certain concepts and ideas… and even have different words or concepts that are completely absent in other ones… I was talking to my Chinese ex-girlfriend today and asking her […]

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Thu
8
Sep '11

Understanding the World through Empathy

An important part of understanding the world and all of its crazyness is empathy. If we can put ourselves into the shoes of another, and understand life from their perspective we can take great strides in understanding the behaviour of people around the world. We should try to understand that all people are just doing what they […]

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Fri
2
Sep '11

My Theory about Money and Freedom

We’ve all heard the question before: “Does money bring happiness?” and we’ve all heard the various answers. We’ve heard of millionaires being miserable, we’ve heard of people with nothing being incredibly happy. and on the other side we see happy wealthy people with wealth in all areas of their life, and people who are so […]

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Tue
30
Aug '11

Returning home after almost 2 years in China

Near the middle of June, I returned home to Canada after 1 year and 9 months in China for a nice Canadian summer vacation. I really wanted to refresh my mind with the familiar after spending so much time in such a different culture, and I really wanted to see my family and friends again. Coming home […]

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Tue
14
Jun '11

What to do when your feeling down

Like anyone, sometimes I can get a little down. Sometimes there’s a good reason for it, and sometimes there isn’t. The real question is, what should you do about it? If its a situation that you can take some sort of action to fix, then go for it, take action, make some changes. Other times […]

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Tue
7
Jun '11

The Launch of T-Shirt Design World

I have to apologize for the lack of updates to this blog, but for the last couples of months I have been working diligently on creating my new business!, and when I say diligently I really mean diligently!.. and have been putting in about an average of 10-12 hour work days nearly every day. All the work […]

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Fri
8
Apr '11

Talking to Travelers #3

  Recently Jen and I have opened up our home to couch surfers. Couch-surfing is a worldwide network of travelers who open up their homes for (or sometimes just meet for a drink) with other travelers. If you haven’t seen it before you should check it out! We’ve had some great people stay with us, […]

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Fri
14
Jan '11

Identifying with Impermanence

If there is one lasting truth about life, it’s that nothing is permanent. Our experiences, our possessions, our relationships and even our own lives will all come to an end eventually. With this knowledge its crucial for our own happiness that we don’t become too strongly identified with something impermanent, or else when it changes […]

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