Beyond the Rhetoric


Grammar 101: A Crippling Pronunciation

February 12th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Grammar 101 with Michael Kwan

Typos can be awfully unfortunate but sometimes funny things. In a more formal setting, as would be the case with corporate communications or an academic essay, typos really are inexcusable. Thankfully, in the more casual context of blogging and social media, it’s really not that big of a deal if you happen to mistype a word every now and then.

Just don’t expect anyone to let you get away with it.

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Dine Out Vancouver: Campagnolo on Main

February 11th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Campagnolo on Main

Following our Yaletown experience at Brix and Mortar, we continued our Dine Out Vancouver adventure on Main Street near the Pacific Central train station. Quietly nestled between the old Ivanhoe Hotel and a newer mixed-use condo development, Campagnolo Restaurant aspires to serve “affordable, rustic Italian dishes made with integrity, from seasonal ingredients in a warm and welcoming space.”

Along with its more modern-looking sister restaurant on Hastings Street, Campagnolo Roma, Campagnolo Restaurant on Main Street maintains a relatively short menu consisting mostly of pizza and pasta. I prefer the space at the Main Street location over Campagnolo Roma, as the decidedly wooden interior really does feel warm, welcoming and comfortable.

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What’s Up Wednesdays: Time On Your Side?

February 10th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Vancouver Chinatown

We’re back with our weekly whirlwind tour of the blogosphere, starting off with Joseph Planta and Jackie Pierre from The Commentary. They had the opportunity to chat with fellow Tupper alum Doris Chow about the Youth Collaborative for Chinatown. Doris is one of the organization’s co-founders and she has been actively working to preserve the history (and the people) behind one of Vancouver’s oldest neighborhoods. Gentrification has its victims and the Chinatown of my childhood feels like it’s slipping away.

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Must-Have Baby Products That Are a Waste of Money

February 8th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Must-have baby products

If you don’t buy these must-have baby products, you’re obviously a horrible parent. At least that’s what many of these baby companies want you to believe, taking you on this massive guilt trip. You do want what’s best for your child, don’t you? Don’t buy into the marketing or the so-called Cult of Mom. Some items might be useful, but others are little more than marked-up hype and clever product positioning. Don’t waste your money.

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Sunday Snippet: Kimberly Mae (A Drill Sergeant’s Fame)

February 7th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Sunday Snippet: Kimberly Mae (A Drill Sergeant's Fame)

Now pause to realize their dark, piercing eyes
Just might tell a tale of lies,
For a sweeter side is known by their kin.
To us, the soldier recruits, it’s hidden deep within–
Purposely done for their battle buddies to shield,
Making us soldiers to survive in the field.

Even for those of us who have never enlisted in the military, we have a preconceived notion about the personality and demeanor of the typical drill sergeant. “Listen here, maggot!” he might exclaim just before he demands that you “drop down and give me twenty.” They can be decidedly hard on new recruits. But this high level of discipline and “tough love” comes with a very specific purpose: to prepare these “maggots” for the real thing. When it’s no longer just a drill.

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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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