11 Questions with… Dennis Pang
12 Nov 2018
Welcome to “11 Questions with…”. This edition’s guest is Dennis Pang.
I met Dennis Pang on the Ford NAIAS digital media press trip in 2015. He has since had a beautiful daughter, and is discovering that being a new parent is an amazing experience.
11 Questions with… Dennis Pang
1. Elevator pitch… tell us about yourself.
My name is Dennis Pang, a first generation Canadian from beautiful Vancouver, BC. I run a digital marketing and PR agency called Popcorn. I’m also seen as a social media “influencer” through my foodie Instagram account and lifestyles and travel blog.
2. Your spouse… tell us about her.
My wife’s name is May. She’s the yin to my yang, my partner in crime, the love of my life, and the mother of my beautiful daughter. We’ve been married for nearly 6 years, having met online back in the days when it was still somewhat frowned upon. Professionally, we couldn’t be more different as she works for the provincial government and does business/data analysis. Personally, we share many of the same interests like dining out, drinking wine, watching hockey, and socializing.
3. Your kids… tell us about them.
I am the proud parent of a rambunctious 2-year old named Jasmine. She’s the absolute joy of my life and puts a smile on my face, no matter how rough of a day I’ve had. She loves bunnies and is quite the attention seeker, and loves hogging our bed (yes, she still co-sleeps with us). What I miss most is quality sleep and long, restful nights. But I wouldn’t trade her for that or anything in the world.
4. Do you have any family traditions?
As a relatively new family, we’re still trying to come up with some of our own traditions. One thing that we’ve been doing for the past couple Christmases is getting family portraits done. Other than that, we tend to just get the whole family together for dinner over the holidays, birthdays, and important occasions.
5. What have been your biggest challenges as a parent?
Making time for my wife and I to spend quality time together without our daughter. I think it’s something that’s quite common amongst new(ish) parents, that you spend so much time with your child and nurturing that relationship that you forget all about the relationship that brought that life into the world in the first place. Getting a restful night’s sleep has also been a challenge since day 1.
6. If you could pick any career in the world for yourself, what would it be, and why?
I would want to be Anthony Bourdain (present day version, not the drug-addicted one). He seems to be in a very good place with his life right now. How can you not envy a life that involves travelling, experiencing different cultures, and dining at the best places (with some of the coolest people) from around the world.
7. Growing up, who inspired you the most?
I had a few. I was really into tennis as a child, so I really loved watching Pete Sampras and always imagined that I was him when I was out on the court. I also loved watching WWF, so Hulk Hogan was a great role model (back then anyway).
8. How do you balance work life and family life?
It can be tough, but I think the key to success here is setting clear boundaries with your work and family life. Before becoming a parent, I would usually work until there was no more work to do for that day (ps: there’s ALWAYS work to be done). There was no 5pm ‘off’ switch. These days, my workdays end promptly at 4:15, as that’s my cue to leave to pick up my daughter from daycare. In a way, it forces me into being more efficient with the fewer productive hours that I have each day.
9. What advice would your “current self” give to your “just about to have my first child” self?
Get some sleep now while you still can. Because you’re going to have to roll the dice once your baby comes.
10. Has there been a piece of advice you were given about parenting that really stuck with you?
Kids grow up so quickly, so be there to cherish those precious moments.
11. What advice would you give to new parents?
When it comes to parenting, everybody seems to have an opinion about everything. Be open minded, do your own research, and do the best that you can for your child. There is no secret formula or “right answers” when it comes to raising children (except vaccinations — don’t be stupid). Lastly, don’t listen to people give advice who aren’t parents themselves.
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“11 Questions with…” is an on-going feature. I will be interviewing parents with the same 11 questions, who like me, live in the digital world. The goal is to examine different perspectives, advice, challenges, and experiences from how people parent their children, and live a successful work / life / online balance.
With all the challenges of parenting these days, we could all use stories from fellow parents, who may have already gone through a similar experience, or were offered advice that you could use.
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Craig is a husband, a father, team leader, senior youth group coordinator, designer, brander, community builder, volunteer, blogger, and social media manager. Craig likes to go camping, travel, go on road trips, watch movies, read with his girls, build stuff, operate the grill, and play bass guitar. In June 2017, PR firm Cision identified Craig as one of Canada’s top 10 most popular male bloggers in the parents and family space. Known as Big Daddy Kreativ, his blog specializes in travel, lifestyle, food, automotive, events, parenting, movies, tech, recipes, health, pets, reviews, and giveaways.