Author: Michael Kwan

This Blog Needs a Makeover

You ever have an idea or project sit on the back burner for so long that it just turns into a mushy slop of nothing in particular? I’ll get to it eventually, right after I take care of this other thing that’s clearly a higher priority. And then this other thing. And this other thing. I’m sure you have. We all have. And for me, one of those things is giving a fresh new look to this blog. It needs a makeover. It has needed a makeover for a while now. This is yet another symptom (or victim?) of...

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5 Instagram Webcomics You Need to Follow

For better or for worse, social media has become an integral part of both my personal and professional life. I use social networks like Facebook and Twitter to connect with friends and keep up with the pulse of the web. But I’m also constantly in search of entertainment, if only for a few seconds at a time. Blame my goldfish-caliber attention span. Hey look! A castle! And webcomics can deliver that quick dose of levity with just a couple taps of the screen. Growing up, I thought I wanted to be a cartoonist, idolizing the likes of Bill Watterson,...

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Sunday Snippet: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

“You will ask me where I get my ideas. That I cannot tell you with certainty. They come unsummoned, directly, indirectly — I could seize them with my hands — out in the open air, in the woods while walking…” Even though my musical expertise is limited only to my undeniable prowess in Rock Band, I’d like to think that all artists regardless of discipline share some of the same characteristic traits. Whether you paint with watercolor or you conduct an orchestra, you need to be creative and expressive. And, if you have any ambitions to be successful, you...

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Weekend Brunch at Jules Cafe, South Burnaby

Every city is filled with all sorts of hidden gems that even many of the locals don’t know about unless they live in the neighborhood. For a time, that may have been Helen’s Grill on Main Street. Every knows about the cheap breakfasts at Bon’s, but where else can you go for some bacon and eggs on a budget? Drive a short distance southeast from Metrotown and you’ll find Jules Cafe. That’s assuming you don’t drive right past it. The Metro Vancouver area is home to a lot of great restaurants. Many of the newer eateries get their inspiration...

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Grammar 101: Hunger Pangs or Hunger Pains

Here is another one of those situations involving words that don’t normally come up every day. And even when they do, they are much more commonly spoken than they are written, leading to a very common misinterpretation and spelling mistake. This is the case if you want to talk about a man’s grisly (not grizzly) beard, for instance.

And if it’s been far too long since you had lunch and your stomach is starting to rumble and squeeze in anticipation of dinner, you may be suffering from hunger pangs. Or are they hunger pains?

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Michael Kwan
Hi, I'm Michael. By day, I'm a freelance writer. By night, I'm still a freelance writer. I'm also a proud father, a voracious foodie, an avid traveler, a gadget geek, and a thinker who thinks he might be thinking too much. Beyond the Rhetoric is a reflection of my eclectic entrepreneurial life.

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