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Dine Out Vancouver: Brix and Mortar

February 4th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Brix and Mortar, Yaletown

Every January, the people of Vancouver are invited to indulge in some culinary adventures by way of the Dine Out Vancouver festival. Dozens of restaurants across the city offer three-course meals at a discounted price, making it easier for diners to eat out where they may not have otherwise. The 2016 edition just ended this past Sunday, but before it did, I went out with some friends to Brix and Mortar in Yaletown.

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What’s Up Wednesdays: Coping Mechanism

February 3rd, 2016 by Michael Kwan

What's Up Wednesdays: Coping Mechanism

And we’re back with another speedlink here on Beyond the Rhetoric. Starting off on a more serious note, Tara Jensen had a great post for Bell Let’s Talk Day last week discussing how she copes with the anxiety of networking and meeting new people. Anxiety disorders affect 5% of the general population and social anxiety is a lot more common than you might think. We need to overcome the stigma and open the conversation.

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Grammar 101: Astrology and Astronomy

February 2nd, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Grammar 101: Astrology and Astronomy

Even when two words might share a common origin, we naturally cannot assume that they still have the same meaning. No one is going to confuse a handgun for a handbag, just as you wouldn’t mistake someone’s biology for their biography. And as we gaze up into the night sky and behold the wonders of the universe, we must also recognize that astrology and astronomy are not at all identical.

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Choosing Between More Hours or More Dollars

February 1st, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Desk Nap by Adam Lynch

Over on Facebook, I asked my friends a deceptively simple question. Given the option and your current circumstances, would you rather:

  • Earn the same amount of money you do now, but work fewer hours
  • Earn more money than you do now, but work the same (or more) hours

As a society, we’ve come to accept the 40-hour work week as the de facto standard, even though there are plenty of people who work less than that (and consider themselves to be “full-time” employees), just there are many individuals who work far more than 40 hours every week. With the hypothetical possibility of working as much or as little as we’d like, this is a very real decision we make every day, whether consciously or unconsciously.

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Sunday Snippet: Kevin Chong, Beauty Plus Pity

January 31st, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Sunday Snippet: Kevin Chong, Beauty Plus Pity

“Did you have a nightmare?” I asked.
She nodded. “I’m driving a car from the back seat and I can’t see out the window and my feet don’t really reach the pedals.”
I lowered myself onto the futon and eased my arm around her. “I have that dream all the time. Many people do.”

As a psychology graduate with a particular interest in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic theory, the content and meaning of dreams have always fascinated me. Are our dreams telling us something, attempting to reveal inner truths to which we do not normally have access? Are our brains working through issues and problems that our conscious minds cannot handle?

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Lucky Plus Chinese Restaurant, Vancouver

January 28th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Lucky Plus Chinese Restaurant

I grew up with the culture of the Hong Kong style cafe in Vancouver during the 80s and 90s. I drank Horlicks and ate Chinese-style Western spaghetti or a baked pork chop on rice. When my mom told me that what appeared to be a new “cha chaan teng” was opening up on 22nd Avenue and Rupert Street, that’s what I expected to find. As it turns out, Lucky Plus isn’t really that at all.

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What’s Up Wednesdays: The Danger Zone

January 27th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

What's Up Wednesdays: The Danger Zone

As parents, we are prone to coddling our kids. We’ll envelop them in bubble wrap to keep them safe, but sometimes we just need to let kids be kids and allow them to enter the danger zone. That’s the apprehensive advice being put forth by Buzz Bishop of Dad Camp, reminding us that playgrounds are supposed to be dangerous in order for them to be challenging. And that’s quite different from the concerns over stranger danger you may have.

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10 Things People in Vancouver Need to Explain to Visitors

January 26th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

10 Things People in Vancouver Need to Explain to Visitors

Every city has its share of unique quirks and Vancouver is certainly no exception. There is plenty to love about this city, just as there is lots to hate too. For those of us who call Vancouver home, we’ve come to accept many of these things as a matter of fact (even if we never stop complaining about them), oftentimes forgetting that visitors to our city might find them foreign, strange or surprising.

In visiting Tokyo years ago, I learned that it is completely inappropriate to eat your food while walking down the street. While in Florence, I learned that stand-up coffee bars for grabbing a quick espresso are far more common than the lounging cafe culture here. And if you’re not from around these parts, you’ve got a few things to learn about Vancouver before you get here.

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