Worn-out jeans: the deadly facts that we ignore

The popular worn-out look in jeans is part of a 100 billion dollar global jeans industry that hides from public scrutiny and takes advantage of our ignorance.  I recently watched a documentary about an ongoing issue in the denim production industry shown on Al Jazeera.  The film was released in March 2015 and focuses on the…

Pura Vida – the essence of Costa Rica

Pura Vida. The two words were uttered at the uncomfortable end to a forced conversation between four aging gentlemen and myself. Recognizing the Canadian flag I displayed proudly on my backpack, they asked about my travels – an innocent question that I was happy to answer. “I am a philosopher, you know. I am a…

Tamarindo: Costa Rica’s Surf and Party Town

It is oddly peaceful at night on the beach. I could only see a few silhouettes in the distance, towards the north end and far out of earshot. There are only a few thousand tourists in the small town of Tamarindo during the wet season (the slow season), which still far outnumbers the locals. An…

The Impulsive Trip: Landing in Liberia

After two delays, I finally arrived in the city of Liberia in the Guanacaste Province – the northwestern region of Costa Rica known for lively rainforests and magnificent beaches. Liberia is one of Costa Rica’s two main entry points by air, the other being the more urbanized San Jose. I had chosen to land in…

And Away I Go – My Impulsive Trip

I’m at my computer and its past midnight. I should be packing, researching and sleeping, in that order. Instead, my tired eyes are glued to the screen and I’m getting my thoughts down before leaving for 10 days in Costa Rica. Just yesterday, I secured my tickets. It was a quick decision, perhaps rash, but…

National Geographic – Understanding Brand

Whenever I come across a piece that claims to be introspective, I tend to put on a different lens when reading through it. With great difficulty, I try to suspend my judgment until reading the entire piece, with an emphasis on the word “try”. I was inspired to write this post on an article from National…

Content Creation Monsters – Logan Paul’s YouTube Disaster

Oh boy, one day into 2018 and we’ve already got a viral disaster. Logan Paul shot a vlog that included a recent suicide and his reaction was completely inappropriate. I’ve taken a day to think about the entire scandal and what it means to me and I think the entire industry of content creating. Let…

The Scandalous Atrocities of NCAA Basketball

In the wake of a number of scandals that are being investigated regarding college athletics, focusing on the concept of the “student-athlete” (I use the “student” half loosely here), one can’t help but wonder to the purpose of maintaining such a system. At best, the NCAA is a corrupt system that needs radical measures to…

Who is to blame for Hurricane Harvey’s flooding in Houston?

People have a fascination with chaos. It is a mostly unavoidable trait that may disgust you, but people tend to be intrigued in the most violent and destructive issues. Think about your favourite book or movie and consider the themes in the plot: death, sex, love, jealousy, hate, and a number of strong topics are…

6 New York Attractions You Can’t Miss

In a city of 8.5 million, home to several of the world’s most iconic landmarks, a thriving night life and more culture than you could possibly fit into a week, why did I not love this city? The city jumps to life after sundown when the lights from millions of lives staves off the darkness that…

New York never sleeps: Quiet is rare in the city

Each of the long wooden tables are furnished with four brass lamps bathing the surfaces with a yellow glow. Even in the early morning, the Rose Main Reading Room in the iconic New York Public Library was filled with dedicated patrons. Many type furiously on their laptops, the clacks that would be deafening in a…

Book Review: Disappearance in Damascus

Disappearance in Damascus – A story of Iraqi refugees in Syria A heart-wrenching blend of emotion and history, this hybrid of a memoir and biography isn’t just a collection of memories, but also a representation of history as seen by an insider and an outsider. We are provided with a view of the problems in…

Fidget Spinners – Marketing Toys in a Newer Generation

Held between two fingers and spun like a little fan, these small gadgets have experienced what I can only foresee as a meteoric rise in popularity. It is difficult to explain what games or toys gain popularity and which ones flop spectacularly and even to many companies that have been very profitable producing toys or…