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A Father Reflects on a School Tragedy

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I do my best to hug, kiss, and remind my kids that I love them every day. Eventually, there will come a day when it will be the last time that I get to do so. Deaths always feel shocking and unnatural. When it happens to young children, in a place where they are supposed to feel safe, it feels even more confounding and heartbreaking.
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How to Beat That Languishing Feeling

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When 2020 ticked over into 2021, we were hopeful that the new year would be a better one. And for awhile, it did look promising. But alas, the bubble’s popped and the recent news about the outbreak of new COVID strains, worsening cases, and heightened restrictions have made us feel like we’re right back at square one. What can we do to keep ourselves going? Here are some tips to help us beat that languishing feeling.
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Vincenzo: A Sexy But Troubling Take on Justice

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As much as I enjoyed Song Joong-ki's portrayal of the polished mafia consigliere, watching Vincenzo torture his enemies even as they pleaded for him to put a bullet through their heads and spare them of the excruciating pain and misery just didn’t sit right. Perhaps, as the show's protagonist, I was expecting that he would be “different”, and would redeem himself by choosing to spare his enemies at the very last moment. Instead, all the baddies get killed and Vincenzo gets away scot-free as he escapes the country. It’s the type of ending Song’s fans would applaud, but one that is also highly problematic.

Raya and the Last Dragon: It Matters Who You Trust

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I remember stepping out of the cinema with a warm and fuzzy feeling, in full agreement with the show’s themes of forgiveness, grace, and even teamwork (how Raya was eventually able to carry out her mission with the help of a group of companions, in contrast to the beginning when she was ploughing on as a lone wolf). However, as I thought some more about the film’s core message—trusting others will make this world a better place—I wondered if it was a tad too simplistic.
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Love (ft. Marriage and Divorce): Squashing the Happily-Ever-After Bubble

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When I first saw the promotion clip for Netflix’s K-drama, Love (Ft Marriage and Divorce), I knew I had to watch it. Finally, a drama series that deals with the realities of marriage instead of the usual cheesy love narrative that has become the hallmark of most K-dramas. 

WandaVision's Take on Grief Isn't Enough

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Despite being a huge Marvel fan, I was prepared to give WandaVision a miss when the first few episodes started airing on Disney+. Images of Wanda and Vision appearing in cheesy 1950s style TV shows seemed a long way from the MCU we knew so well. Social media posts discussing the first episode didn’t inspire confidence either. But a family member encouraged me to give it a go—so I did.

Why I Was Sold By Soul

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I was thrilled to hear that Disney Pixar’s newest animation, Soul, had won the hearts and warmed the soul of the Golden Globe judges, scooping up two awards for Best Animated Feature Film and Original Score, at the Golden Globes last Sunday.

4 Hard Realities of Life from Lupin

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To me, what made Lupin so interesting was the titular character, Assane Diop (played by French actor Omar Sy), and how he outwitted the people around him at every turn. Whenever I watch shows like this, I’m always vaguely amused (and bemused) by how eagerly I root for the protagonists, even when they’re supposed to be the “bad guys”.

3 Reasons Why We're Drawn to Bling Empire

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Ever wondered what kind of life you might have if you’re filthy rich? Well, get ready to be dazzled as Netflix’s latest hit show, Bling Empire, shows us exactly what it'd look like. If you reckon you’re going to binge on this bling, it might be worth giving this show a bit of a think. Here are three reasons why (I think) we never tire of shows like Bling Empire.