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EXP Restaurant & Bar 值得再「玩」多一回。

(This was originally written in English on July 27, 2013. You may read the original post here.)

EXP Restaurant & Bar 是一個人人電子遊戲娛樂文化為主題的餐廳和酒吧,位處於溫哥華West Pender Street。從Triforce Burger到Red Dead Lemonade ,對於打機迷是真的不可以錯過。

因為不想排長龍,所以就跟朋友在六點之前去這個餐廳吃晚餐。進入大門就看見一個 Street Fighter 3的街機櫃。

脫了光致變色眼鏡之後,才發現餐廳真的是一片漆黑。坐下時也發現餐廳各處都有電視機廣播Legend of Zelda和Marvel vs Capcom的遊戲。餐牌飲食的名字全部都跟流行的遊戲文化有關。越看越有趣。服務員走過來兩三次,問我們是否可以下單,但我已經被這些特別的餐牌迷上了!我真的很想祝賀寫餐牌的撰稿人!

最後,我訂了一個Triforce Burger。

根據餐牌的Triforce Burger, 漢堡的牛肉餅是真的有一個Triforce (三個三角形的符號)烙在上面。加上,漢堡還有炸雞胸肉、兩條煙肉、生菜、黃油麵包,和香脆薯條。我也很久沒有吃過一些凍了一樣脆的薯條。全個晚餐真的是美味無窮!

我真的會呼籲其他朋友跟未來同事來EXP Restaurant & Bar,尤其是由美國來加拿大的朋友。這將會是他們吃飯的第一個去處。餐廳的食物跟氣氛真的是念念難忘。好像埋單上的字眼說”Please Play Again!”,真是值得再來「玩」多一回。

對我來說,這個餐廳是得到滿分。我雖然不飲酒,但無論怎樣說,這是一個遊戲天堂的餐廳和酒吧。

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Article Response – Re: Metro Vancouver’s “Al Jazeera aims to shake up U.S. broadcast news”

More journalism – less yelling. The lead of this article provides a spot-on definition of what news is about

According to Joie Chen, U.S. news is driven…to reach the widest audience with the shallowest coverage. Chen once worked as a CNN and CBS news anchor. I personally do not really check out American news – one of the reason being I’m Canadian, I live in Vancouver, and I get Canadian news. Though having said that, I remember the channels that my university dorm offered during my university years had American news channels from Seattle.

But I digress.

When I think of American news, I think of FOX news and CNN. FOX news is simply au contraire to “less opinion, less yelling, and fewer celebrity sightings”. I don’t need to know about Kim Kardashian or Snooki getting in the limelights of the paparazzi. For this point, I’m not singling out American paparazzi news as bull – all paparazzi news are of bull. And I have not forgiven CNN for their racial bashings. By correlative logic if you are going to call Chinese people the same bunch of goons and thugs they were 50 years ago, doesn’t that make the CNN news network’s view on social justice 50 years out of date?

Enough of my rant on the sorry state of American news media today. If I want to watch a sitcom or emotional drama, I’d watch a sitcom or an emotional drama. I prefer learning and being aware to stories that may be ignored and washed under by the irresponsible tides of media power. Al Jazeera’s opening of a branch in America is an overarching saviour reaching to a sinking ship. Less on advertising the latest 99c burger and more on telling news that matter.

Good move, Al Jazeera.


“Article Response – Re: Metro Vancouver’s “Article Response – Re: Metro Vancouver’s “Al Jazeera aims to shake up U.S. broadcast news”” is published on August 21, 2013, which is part of my muses. Read more about Vincent Wong’s work at https://vincentwongwanders.wordpress.com .

The said news article was posted in the Metro Vancouver Paper on page 7, on August 20, 2013.

Musing: EXP Restaurant + Bar Deserves Replay Value

EXP Restaurant and Bar is a video game culture themed restaurant. From the Triforce Burger to the Red Dead Lemonade, this establishment along West Pender Street is one not to miss.

I’ve just been to EXP Restaurant and Bar earlier this evening with friends. I didn’t want to wait in a long line for the tables, so I decided to come along for an early dinner at 6pm. The first thing that caught my eye was a Street Fighter III arcade machine.

The restaurant was dark, partly because I was wearing my transition lenses glasses. When we were sat down, I started looking around the place. There were TVs everywhere, broadcasting gameplays of Legend of Zelda and Marvel vs Capcom. The waitress dropped by a couple of times to check on us, asking us whether we were ready to order. I had to ask for a bit more time because I was just fascinated with the amount of effort the copywriting team had used to make video game references.

I ordered the Triforce Burger.

According to the menu, the Triforce Burger consists of a burger patty with the triforce seared into it, a fried chicken breast, two slices of bacon, and lettuce on a buttered bun with fries. It filled me right up to the brim. THe fries were amazing. Even though they had cooled when I finished my burger, they retained their crispy crunchy texture instead of going soggy on me.

I would definitely recommend EXP Restaurant and Bar to my friends and future colleagues. If I have any gaming friends coming in from the States, this will be the first location for dinner for them. Great food, great ambience, great theme, and great service. My receipt concludes by proudly exclaiming “Please play again!”

You know what? This restaurant earns a replay value of A+. Although I don’t drink alcohol, go ahead, order some beer, and enjoy eating in video game heaven.

-insert trademark Legend of Zelda's Acquisition sound effect here-


“Musing: EXP Restaurant + Bar Deserves Replay Value” is published on July 27, 2013, which is part of my muses. Read more about Vincent Wong’s work at https://vincentwongwanders.wordpress.com .

EXP Restaurant and Bar is located at 309 W. Pender Street in Downtown, Vancouver, BC. You can find their official website here.

Responses to Articles – Re: Metro Vancouver’s “This rainbow is here to stay” and “Pope Francis reaches out to gays”

Pride week, rainbow road crossings, the upcoming pride parade, and the Pope’s message of compassion to the gay community. It is a turn for the better in our society.

I have yet to visit the rainbow crosswalks at Davie and Bute in the west end, but as a queer advocate, it is a good spending of the city’s money in where it is geographically known as the heart of the gay village. However, we must remember that the gay village in question is considerably upscale, socially and economically. Even putting the gay village in consideration, I am hesitant to view it as the only gay community in Vancouver. I believe that the rainbow is not just here to stay, but it is also here to be propagated across Vancouver. I believe the advocacy of pride should be spread beyond just the Vancouver area into Burnaby in Richmond, touching and connecting with immigrant LGBT communities, so as to not create a prideful and fabulous community that is hiding the illusion of an elite and exclusive class of gaygeoisie.

I do not identify myself with the (a)theistic terms per se, but having said that, I am in favour of Pope Francis’ recent reaching out to gays, stating “Who am I to judge?”. Although his comments did not signal a change in particular church policies, as the Metro Vancouver article states, it is definitely a step in the right direction. His comment shall gain the support of both Christian LGBTQs and non-Christian, non-atheistic, and non-identified queers such as me.

With all these positive sentiments, it is unfortunate that I shall conclude on a “regrettable” note. It is next to impossible to basically come out as queer, especially to immigrant parents (don’t even get me started on Asian parents and homophobia, it’s an “improper”-in-scare-quotes discussion that will be a separate article of discussion in itself”. I was basically told that it was “improper” of me to attend a pride parade of scantily clad people. I definitely know that if I raise my own kids in the future, I will not allow such discriminatory remarks and family values to hurt my kids in an increasingly accepting society.


“Responses to Articles – Re: Metro Vancouver’s “This rainbow is here to stay” and “Pope Francis reaches out to gays” was published on July 31, 2013, which is part of my muses. Read more about Vincent Wong’s work at https://vincentwongwanders.wordpress.com .
The said news article was posted in the Metro Vancouver Paper on pages 1 and 5, on July 30, 2013.

Article Response – Re: Metro Vancouver’s “Marketers beam ads into commuters’ heads”

Years ago, when I read that corporations and marketers are literally trying to beam in your head with an inundation of ads, I chuckled and thought of it as science fiction.

The novel that I read was Matthew Tobin Anderson’s – a posthumanist ultra-consumerist society, whose citizens’ lives literally depend on advertising and corporate gain to succeed. The “feednet” is literally their lifeline, implemented and overriding the child’s developing brain. The individual is inundated with consumerist and marketing ads en masse in exchange for living. The climax of the novel is (spoilers alert), a girl’s whose resistance to purchasing the services that the corporations and marketers have advertised has result in her “customer profile” being terminated and hence her eventual comatose and life.

When I read this news article, I really thought that it was a satire, or something from The Onion. I hoped that it was a really bad joke that was late to the April Fool’s party. “Passengers were pleasantly surprised”, said a spokesperson. Define “pleasantly” please. I’d definitely be pissed, being waken up from an otherwise pleasant nap on the train if I rested my head on the window, only for an ad for caffeine pills to play in my head.

As someone who is interested in progression and innovation in marketing strategies, shotgun marketing and advertising are medieval, and hence, progressively less in neccessity. This glass technology is using old, medieval marketing strategies in a new medium, which in a sence, is still outdated. The only reason why corporations would still use this as a primary form of marketing is because they cower at change. These corporations should take a page from how casual gaming has revolutionized the commuters of societies. We have QR codes now for us to check out stuff for further information if we so please. Leave the marketing literally out of our heads, or else I’d be joining the group of protesters that have their hammers ready to smash the glass.

Folks that smash the glass may be turned in for destruction of public property. Public property can be replaced, but invasion of private bodies will be scarring to state the least. To put it in an ugly sense, it’s like being raped by big corporations.

Please don’t tell me that corporations are thinking of selling pillows that do the same thing. They are going to name it something benign like “SweetDreams” and when you put your head down on the pillow and snooze, you’ll be treated to hours of advertisements in your sleep. Now that’s a definite nightmare. Corporation moguls, do you always sleep with these ads wriggling into your heads, intruding into your own personal peace? No? I thought so.


“Article Response – Re: Metro Vancouver’s “Marketers beam ads into commuters’ heads” is published on July 10, 2013, which is part of my muses. Read more about Vincent Wong’s work at https://vincentwongwanders.wordpress.com .

The said news article was posted in the Metro Vancouver Paper on page 7, on July 9, 2013.

Article Response – Re: Metro Vancouver’s “Put your 3D-printed foot forward”

There seems to be quite the trend in the daily papers regarding 3D printer technology being used in medical transplants.

Experimental transplantations and prostheses on people would result in considerably a lot more potential controversies and lawsuiting should the procedure go wrong. I am not saying that I advocate for experimenting on animals, but compared to using people, using a guinea pig, er…duck to move this medical breakthrough forwards would entail less of the said hurdles.

It was just about half a month ago that an article on the medical usage of 3-D printers to “print” an organ for transplant hit the papers of the Vancouver Metro. This “Zoom” article just shows how progressively influential 3D technology has been used in medical breakthroughs. According to this article, in addition to the prosthetic foot that Buttercup, the duck, received, 3-D printer prosthetics have been used to construct a titanium lower jaw, and a prosthetic hand.

Prosthetic hands are not new breakthroughs, but the technology that has been used nowadays by 3D printers has pretty much revolutionized the medical industry. In an industry where the slightest miscalculation and lack of attention to detail will entail fatal consequences, 3D printers have been able to offer much more efficient, if not meticulous, means of “printing” than former processes. Now if only society can keep the ball rolling to use precision instruments to construct more tools that will benefit society and not contemporary war efforts.


“Article Response – Re: Metro Vancouver’s “Put your 3D-printed foot forward”” is published on July 5, 2013, which is part of my muses. Read more about Vincent Wong’s work at https://vincentwongwanders.wordpress.com .

Musing: Keeping my nose in the daily papers.

What do I do in the hour that I travel from point A to point B on public transport? I prefer to keep my nose in the daily papers.

I don’t keep my nose in the papers out of nostalgia for the times in which people have their focuses glued to their smartphones. I don’t keep my nose in the papers because I like the dry feeling of newsprint against my fingertips.

I do it because primarily, I don’t own a data plan on my smartphone, and I don’t feel like tackling on a humungous phone bill at the end of the month. Secondly, it is a pain to read text in such a small screen. I’d spend more time zooming in and zooming out than reading the papers.

Okay, I admit, I do use my smartphone to play the occasional Bejeweled Blitz or to get three stars on an Angry Birds level that has taken me thousands of attempts. I admit I skip the gossip and celebrities section because I just don’t like nosing into other people’s lives. I am not a fan of paparazzi as much as the next guy. Having stated what I do not read the newspapers for, I shall state that I read the newspaper for news on social movements, in addition to the daily lifestyle of Vancouver life. And from time to time, I will save the paper if I feel that the subject is worthy of analytical discussion or an article response in my blog.

So thank you, the Metro and 24H Vancouver newspaper dealers standing outside the Skytrain stations. It may be a tough, repetitive job, but you have my wholehearted grateful respect. Thank you for the papers you have provided me to read when I travel to university from home, and when I visit friends halfway across the Vancouver area.


Musing: Keeping my nose in the daily papers.” as published on June 23, 2013, which is part of my muses. Read more about Vincent Wong’s work at https://vincentwongwanders.wordpress.com .