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- 08/21/12--11:00: Broken Rice Vietnamese Restaurant, Burnaby
- 11/22/12--11:00: CHAU VeggiExpress Restaurant, Vancouver
- 07/24/14--11:00: Mr. Red Cafe, Vietnamese Restaurant in Vancouver
- 05/15/15--11:00: Bao Chau Vietnamese Restaurant, Vancouver
- 04/27/18--17:25: On Lost Umbrellas and the Sharing Economy
- 04/29/18--10:00: Sunday Snippet: Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986)
- 04/30/18--14:38: Vlog #74: Ran Out of Time Again
- 05/02/18--10:00: Asian and Pacific Islander Representation in Disney/Pixar Animation
- 05/04/18--11:45: Mindful Parenting for Dummies Like Me
- 05/06/18--10:40: Sunday Snippet: Joelle Brooks (Dear White People V2)
- 05/07/18--09:35: Vlog #75: Advice for a Younger Me
- 05/09/18--10:56: I’m Sick and Tired of the Self Sabotage
- 05/11/18--12:35: Grammar 101: Let’s and Lets
- 05/13/18--10:00: Sunday Snippet: Simone Giertz
- 05/14/18--09:50: Vlog #76: Travel Camera Gear (and an Ocarina)
- 05/16/18--10:00: What Does a Good Night’s Sleep Even Look Like?
- 05/18/18--10:00: 6 Weird Things I Enjoy Doing
- 05/20/18--10:00: Sunday Snippet: Meghan Markle (Duchess of Sussex)
- 05/21/18--09:40: Vlog #77 – JAG Boutique Hotel (St. John’s Nfld)
I like pho. I really like pho. That’s why it’s great that I live in an area like Metro Vancouver where there is an abundance of Vietnamese restaurants. Most are no-nonsense kinds of places where you don’t expect much in terms of service or ambiance, as long as you get a tasty bowl of noodles. […]
I’ve been meaning to try this place for a while, but have only gotten around to it recently. While you may be inclined to call it Chau Veggie Express (I know I was), the restaurant’s name is actually stylized as CHAU VeggiExpress. Located in the same area as Hoi An Cafe, a restaurant where we […]
In English, we have many words that effectively describe the same thing. What we call a “sedan” in North America, people in the UK would call a “saloon.” While there may be some slightly different connotations, a “backpack” and a “knapsack” are basically the same thing too. When we turn to the world of food, […]
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There is certainly no shortage of Vietnamese restaurants in Vancouver, so you’ll never have any trouble finding a piping hot bowl of pho. Interestingly, though, you’ll find that the vast majority of these restaurants typically serve the pho nam typical of southern Vietnam. The so-called “Saigon style” pho is one that is more complex and […]
I’m not exactly sure what it is, but there is something incredibly comforting and satisfying about good Vietnamese food. Maybe it’s a good thing I live in the Metro Vancouver area where there is no shortage of places to enjoy some lemon grass chicken on rice or a piping hot bowl of pho. And while […]
Sometime during the summer before my first year of university, I attended one of those group campus tour. I think it may have been during some sort of orientation week. The guide, a second or third year student, walked us from building to building, pointing out what she thought we’d should know. Here’s the student […]
We want to be famous as a writer, as a poet, as a painter, as a politician, as a singer, or what you will. Why? Because we really don’t love what we are doing. If you loved to sing, or to paint, or to write poems, if you really loved it, you would not be […]
A number of video games teach us about resource management. If you want to craft a certain item, you must first collect 10 wood, 15 steel, and 3 bottles of harmonious essence, for example. While it is a bit of an oversimplification, real life works in much the same way. You need this much money […]
I stumbled across a YouTube video the other day that posed a rather puzzling request. Name a major Hollywood movie where a lead actor or actress is Asian American (or Asian Canadian), does not speak with an “ethnic” accent, and does not utilize martial arts (or some other cultural trope). It’s harder than you might […]
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When we first enrolled my daughter in preschool, I had very little in terms of expectations. The main objective, at least in my mind, wasn’t about learning her ABCs and 123s. Instead, it was much more about learning structure, routine and basic social skills. Little did I recognize how much I would learn as a […]
Do you know there’s a scientific debate raging over the color blue? Does it exist, or is it the brain’s best guess, identifying wave particles beyond its observational scope? Consciousness evolved with questions natural selection never designed it to answer, making truth just beyond man’s Darwinian limits. I’m inexplicably enamored with TV shows and moves […]
~~ Continue reading Sunday Snippet: Joelle Brooks (Dear White People V2) on Beyond the Rhetoric.
Look at that little guy. So innocent. So full of potential. He could have been anything, really, but he thought it best to head out onto the balcony in his slippers and jam away on a plastic guitar. Honestly, I can’t blame him. Maybe he could have made something of himself if he traded that […]
Me: I wish I had more time to get stuff done. Life: Okay fine. Here are a couple of hours. Me: I really just want to take a nap. Life: Okay fine. Go nap. Me: But Animal Crossing though. Life: I give up. Me: Yeah, me too. This was a conversation I had with Life […]
Punctuation matters. It’s the difference between “let’s eat, grandma!” (inviting granny to dinner) and “let’s eat grandma!” (granny is dinner). And so just as we need to be mindful about whether to use its or it’s, we should also be mindful about the little apostrophe that separates lets from let’s. Lets (no apostrophe) is a […]
Since then, I’ve carved out this little niche for myself on the internet as an inventor of useless machines, because as we all know, the easiest way to be at the top of your field is to choose a very small field. I thought I was unconventional for starting my own freelance writing business. As […]
As you might recall in last week’s vlog, I said I wished I had learned how to play a musical instrument when I was younger. I also said that it’s not too late for me to learn now. In rekindling some of that melodious spirit, I decided to play a little music in this week’s […]
I’m tired. Exhausted even. Like all the time. Some people will say this is par for the course when you’re a working parent with a young child. Especially when the newborn is around, you can kiss your sleep goodbye. Most moms and dads can attest to that. But what if you’re clocking in a good […]
It’s one of those standard “ice breaker” type questions you might get in a job interview, a kitchen party, or some sort of networking event. What do you do for fun? And while it’s easy enough to dish out a generic answer like saying you like to travel (I do) or try new foods (I […]
It is said that girls with dreams become women with vision. May we empower each other to carry out such vision — because it isn’t enough to simply talk about equality. One must believe it. And it isn’t enough to simply believe in it. One must work at it. Let us work at it. Together. […]
This may surprise some of you. Up until a couple of years ago when we went to Montreal, I hadn’t traveled further east in Canada than the the Alberta Badlands. Well, I had a layover in Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, but that doesn’t really count. Now I can say that I’ve been to the easternmost […]