We start this week’s speedlink with Cathy Browne as she recounts her Modern Chinatown Tasting experience with Vancouver Food Tour. It’s easy to assume that Vancouver’s Chinatown is an old place with medicinal herbs and knick-knacks, it’s also become home to non-Chinese establishments like The Modern Bartender, Calabash Bistro (Caribbean), Bestie (German) and Mamie Taylor’s (American soul food).
I remember when sushi was still a “new” thing to the Vancouver dining scene in the early 1990s. There weren’t too many places that offered it and, where they did, they’d also have a broad range of other dishes like tempura, udon noodles and teriyaki. Since then, sushi has really exploded and this city, thanks in part to our wonderful supply of fresh seafood, has become quite the raw fish kind of town.
And one of the best sushi restaurants that you may have never heard of is Sushimoto, located just beneath the Holdom Skytrain station in Burnaby.
There are multiple levels to the English language. You start with the literal meaning, discern the implied meaning and unearth the symbolic meaning. With so many English idioms and sayings, non-native speakers can sometimes struggle with understanding what someone is actually trying to say. One such example is the phrase “at a loss for words.”
“In a country like the United States that thrives in its citizens’ individualism and competitive spirit, empathy is often seen as a luxury or a frill–a personality trait that is admirable, sure, but far from essential. In fact, the ability to understand the minds of others and then to care about what the world looks like from their perspective is a fundamental building block of normal personality, not to mention crucial to attaining happiness and staying healthy.”
We live in an increasingly me-focused society. What’s in it for me? Many people engage in conversations not necessarily listening to what the other person is saying, but rather concentrating on what to say next. While there is nothing wrong with looking out for yourself and taking care of your own self interests, this kind of perspective is inherently self-limiting for a social species such as we are.
It’s a new year and, for many people, that could represent the opportunity for a new start. And given that we spend about a third (or more) of our adult lives working, we should all have careers that fulfill us and make us happy. As Johnny Carson once said, you should “never continue in a job you don’t enjoy.” Have you been thinking about switching up careers and taking the plunge into the wonderful world of freelancing?
Here are five signs that you may be ready to quit your job.
And so, just as I did last year and many times before, I’m once again hosting a great CES giveaway here on the blog. This gives you a little taste of what it’s like to attend North America’s largest technology trade show as a member of the press even if you don’t make it out to Las Vegas in the middle of January. I’m generous like that, you see.
It’s time once again for the weekly speedlink. Kicking things off, we have Karly Pinch describing her experience working on a small scale organic farm. In addition to helping out with raising the pigs, lambs and chickens, she took on the personal project of raising turkeys too. This was the entire process from when the two chicks were first hatched at the end of June all the way until they were ready for Thanksgiving dinner. You really gain a lot more respect for your food when you’re a part of the entire process.
When I went to my first CES in 2008, I didn’t know exactly what to expect and I wanted to take advantage of every opportunity. I met with tons of different tech companies, I met up with many of my fellow tech journalists, I played in a charity poker tournament, and I hopped between multiple industry parties every night. It was a very busy few days and it was a very rough introduction to the nature of the world’s largest technology trade show. Eight years later, CES 2015 was an entirely different experience.