Beyond the Rhetoric


Quick Bites: Asian Food in Metro Vancouver

September 1st, 2014 by Michael Kwan

Basho Cafe

By now, you’ve likely noticed that we have an embarrassment of riches in Metro Vancouver when it comes to great food. This is especially true when it comes to Asian food. We have terrific sushi and pho (on the cheap too) and I’ve been told by visitors that Vancouver has the best Chinese food outside of Hong Kong. Listed below are some highlights from my culinary adventures in the last month or so. If you’ve been following my #foodporn on Instagram, you might recognize a few of these.

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Sunday Snippet: Chester Bennington (Linkin Park)

August 31st, 2014 by Michael Kwan

Linkin Park | Montreal

“I learned to believe in myself. If you don’t believe in yourself, who can you expect to believe in you?”

Ever since the first time I heard Chester Bennington screaming about being one step closer to the edge, I was hooked on Linkin Park. Their electric energy is positively contagious and one of the best concert experiences I’ve ever had was when Linkin Park opened their set with “Faint” at Rogers Arena. It was a performance filled with the confidence to put it all out there.

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On YOLO, FOMO, JOMO and Life Choices

August 29th, 2014 by Michael Kwan

ISC Integration Party Fall 2011

Blame it on the texting generation. Blame it on Twitter’s 140 character limit. Popular culture today is heavily populated by all sorts of acronyms. From FML to FTW, these terms are oftentimes utilized in the form of hashtags to encapsulate a person’s current frame of mind. We could brush these off as fleeting moments of teenage angst or Millennial entitlement… Or we could dig a little deeper to see what YOLO or FOMO really mean when it comes to how you live your life.

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What I Miss (and Don’t Miss) About Working a 9-to-5 Office Job

August 28th, 2014 by Michael Kwan

What I Miss (and Don't Miss) About Working a 9-to-5 Office Job

It’s a little hard to believe that I have been self-employed for almost a decade. Working full-time as a freelance writer from the comfort of my home office is a privilege that I value dearly. I’ve learned a lot along the way–many of those lessons can be found in my book–and it feels strange to look back at my life prior to this entrepreneurial journey. There are a lot of things that I miss about working a regular office job… and there are a lot of things I’m glad I no longer have to deal with.

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What’s Up Wednesdays: Take a Sip

August 27th, 2014 by Michael Kwan

Rome, Italy

We start our weekly speedlink with Damien Riley. He shares an infographic that describes your personality based on the type of coffee you drink. The list is missing my usual Americano, but as I have been leaning more toward black coffee these last few years, I suppose I’m somewhere between the black coffee and espresso drinker, with a dash of the latte drinker. Yes, I can indeed to be neurotic.

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Tech Tuesday: ZTE Grand X 5-Inch Android Smartphone (Video)

August 26th, 2014 by Michael Kwan

Tech Tuesday: ZTE Grand X 5-Inch Android Smartphone (Video)

It’s easy to get excited about the next generation of flagship devices. We’re expecting to see the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the Motorola X+1 and the iPhone 6 very soon. However, it’s also obvious enough that many of these more expensive devices are overkill for a lot of people. Addressing an entirely different segment of the market is the ZTE Grand X, a big phone at a little price.

You’ll notice two prominent trends in the world of Android smartphones. First, the displays are getting a lot bigger with phablets quickly becoming the norm. Second, you’ll find a race to the bottom with much more affordable handsets like the Moto G. Well, the ZTE Grand X somehow fits in with both of those trends.

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Lessons from My TV Dad Role Models

August 25th, 2014 by Michael Kwan

Lessons from My TV Dad Role Models

Before the Internet really became a thing, the television was a great source of inspiration and wisdom for me. From the Price Is Right, I learned the importance of knowing how much things cost (and the importance of spaying and neutering your pets). From Saved By The Bell, I learned about high school life before actually going to high school myself. And now that I am about to become a father, I look back at the many TV dads as my role models too, as fictional as their lives may be.

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Sunday Snippet: Aubrey Plaza

August 24th, 2014 by Michael Kwan

Aubrey Plaza

“I’m not very smart to begin with, so I can’t overthink anything. If I’m thinking about something, that’s a big deal for me.”

I know I have the habit of being particularly philosophical or pensive in nature. I think a lot. At least, I think I think too much and that’s partly why I selected Rodin’s Thinker as the logo for Beyond the Rhetoric. While I value convenience and efficiency with a lot of the things that I do, I can fall into the trap of overthinking too. But that’s not the case for Aubrey Plaza… or is it?

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