Basketball Dadiaries: Week 1

Me: How old do you think those guys are?

Friend: I don’t know? Probably in their twenties?

Me: Damn, I feel old.

This was my friend and I –sitting in a pool of our collective sweat.

No, we didn’t run a marathon, nor did we complete a gruelling obstacle course.

We were simply taking a break from playing pick up basketball for 10-15 minutes tops.

As I looked onto the court, I could see an image of my past self staring back at me.

This was the 20 something year old version me, looking and ridiculing the two 30 something year old guys thinking, “Damn, I’d hate to be old and out of shape like those two over there.”

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A Dad’s Review of the Brica By-My-Side Safety Harness Backpack

This is a review of the Brica By-My-Side Infant Safety Harness Backpack. For disclosure purposes, Munchkin Canada sent me this backpack for review. You may purchase this backpack via the following link. This link was provided by Munchkin Canada, and I do not receive any commission or compensation if you purchase this from them.

A few months ago, Munchkin sent me the Stainless Steel Miracle Cup for review and the Brica By-My-Side backpack.

We were quickly able to use the Miracle cup, but it took a while for us to really get used to using the By-My-Side backpack.

You see, before 18 months my daughter would take direction well enough, she’ll listen to us if we asked her to stop or go.

I remember even thinking, “Wow this backpack is cool and all, but my daughter is such an angel that she doesn’t give us a hard time running all over the place — unlike those other wild children. Ha Ha Ha, sitting on my high-horse sure feels great!

Then, as the universe has it way of balancing things, the “on” switch flipped inside her head and told her that it’s okay to selectively listen to mom or dad–and run like heck.

It’s been two months since the green light went off and now I can finally give this backpack an honest review after seeing it put to the test.

Before I get into the details, as I do for all my reviews, here’s the TL:DR:

Get this backpack if you have a runner, but do consider the length of the tether if you are taller, or have short arms.

Now if you would like to stick around for a bit more detail, do feel free to read on, as I’ll give my full review of the Brica By-My-Side backpack below.

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Local Tourist: Wonton Chai Noodle 雲吞仔 – Strange Comfort Food

I don’t know where this post falls under, but I really wanted to talk about a restaurant that I’ve been going to for years.

Obviously, when eating in restaurants food comes first — but atmosphere is also very important.

The Atmosphere Just Makes Me Think of Hong Kong

Atmosphere can sometimes evoke different emotions, and memories. It may bring you back to places in time that you cannot trigger by simple memory.

The restaurant I am talking about is the Wonton Chai Noodle 雲吞仔 in Markham. It you don’t know what wonton’s are, they’re basically meat filled dumplings. But instead of pan fried or steamed, they’re boiled in broth.

Every time I go and eat there, it evokes memories of my birth place: Hong Kong.

What’s strange is I don’t know why it makes me feel this way, cause never in my youth did I stay in Hong Kong long enough warrant these feelings.

As I mentioned before, growing up, I was never quick to accept or embrace my heritage. It was only until having a daughter that I started to think about the impact her cultural would have on her.

This restaurant is not going to win a Michelin Star anytime soon, but for whatever reason it just puts me in a good place every time I eat there.

The obvious reason would be the food, as this place makes really delicious shrimp wontons and dace wontons. Along with extremely quick service — Hong Kong people are always in a hurry, so speed is expected. Once you order, the food comes before you have a chance to take few sips of the tea.

 

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One thing that I’ve gravitated towards is the immediate mood when going to the restaurant. From the menus being under the glass table, to the Hong Kong radio station they place in the background, this restaurant just hits the right notes for me.

Now I am over 20 years removed from visiting Hong Kong, and it could be that nothing is authentic about this place, but that doesn’t really matter, because every time I step into this restaurant, I am just filled with strange but comforting vibes.

If you ever find yourself in Markham, look up this place (I also believe there’s a busier location in Scarborough as well).

I do not have any affiliation with this place, so it would seem a bit strange to write a food post about it, but I just felt like sharing something that gives me such joy and pleasure.

Do you have a comfort food restaurant that gives you inexplicable memories? If you do, it would be interesting to hear what place brings you to another place.

Let me know in the comments below or Tweet me your favourite and unlikely place!

To Worry Is To Be A Parent

“This is your first…isn’t it?”

 

These were the parting words the walk-in doctor said to my wife and I, as we were about to leave clinic with my sick daughter.

I don’t think he meant ill with his words –my wife even described his approach as “suave” (I think smug was more fitting) — but it did make me question where I stand as a parent.

 

Was it right to come here?

Are we just overreacting over a little Cold?

Should we not have taken her to the hospital the night before?

 

I really didn’t have a clue. Being only 19 months new into this parenting gig, this was the only way I knew how to be.

 

An over-worried parent.

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A Dad’s Review of #BabyLove: My Toddler Life

Disclosure: I was sent a free copy of Corine Dehghanpisheh’s #BabyLove: My Toddler Life for this review. The opinions expressed are solely mine and I have no affiliation with the author or her agency.

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From the moment she was born, I think my daughter sees my smartphone as the third parent.

When I used to feed her in my arms as a newborn, or rock her to sleep, my face would have a bright glow. This glow was not only from the pure joy and happiness of being a proud dad, but a literal glow and reflection of the light from my phone screen.

Admittedly, we are on our devices way too much, but the sad/scary thing is even knowing this, we don’t put in as much effort as we should in avoiding it.

The things they learn just by copying us
At 19 months my daughter somehow figured how to put everything by her ear and pretend that it’s a phone. It cute for sure, but it also says alot about where she’s getting these ideas from.

So when a rep from author Corine Dehghanpisheh’s #BabyLove: My Toddler Life book reached out to me to do a review about this very topic, I was immediately intrigued.

I don’t normally do storybook reviews – unless they are filled with unintentional (or intentional?) humour like the Mr. Tickle book. But with this one I thought I would make an exception, since it touches upon this particular topic.

Like all my reviews here’s a TL:DR

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