The Meat Market: My Hunt for Toronto Real Estate

January 28, 2013

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These past two months, against all well-meaning advice, I found myself delving headlong into the world of house-hunting in Toronto.  Highly educative anti-Real Estate blogger Garth Turner has a name for this irrational somnambulant activity in the dead-still of a darkening housing market: House Horny.  Normally, I’m loathe to be included in any group whose […]

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Reshaping Capitalism: An Interview with Sculptor Won H. Lee

December 6, 2012

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In October, our friends Steve and Kevin decided to multitask by combining a hang-out session with us girls and baseball playoffs.  At the bar, they positioned us so that we faced them, our heads silhouetted against large-screen AL East dudes battling it out.  Some of you may have already side-eyed this arrangement as the patented […]

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Dodging Drama: Tips on spotting b****** out to get you

November 1, 2012

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Prologue: Drama has been a fact of my life since a swimming instructor, Francis, roll-called my Vietnamese name, Thu, in my first swimming class in kindergarten and proceeded to ask “Three?  Four?”, chuckling to herself.  With a budding sense of dignity, albeit a shivery and skinny one in my yellow seashell patterned one-piece, I was […]

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Calling Out Statutory Rape Where It’s Due

October 22, 2012

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Earlier this year, I caught wind of a brilliant series of French Anti-Tobacco ads that set the embers of my heart aglow for intelligent humankind in Marketing and Advertising: These people have turned the machine back on itself by using the last bastion of non-partisan, areligious, humanity-unanimity gold: our collective wrath against harming children.  Who […]

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*Interview: Hot Babe Shannon Lee Simmons, CFP

September 9, 2012

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I am always appalled at the depths of my sloth when I read about go-getting superstars who are squeezing the juice out of life every day like a technicolour roomful of Willy Wonka workers on the task of making Magic Mango Mectar.  [sic. sigh.]  One such technicolour superstar is Shannon Lee Simmons, whose sense of […]

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The Home Economics of Pussy Rioting

August 28, 2012

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Russian women: the bread and butter of the Russian Economy

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A Japanese Monkey of Love (and Money)

July 29, 2012

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I have a small obsession with monkeys.  Probably because of my first favourite toy as a child, a Monchichi.  Two Japanese tourists who came to Canada’s tiny province of Prince Edward Island had given one to each my sister and I. My family had been political refugees and were kinda the only Asians on the […]

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