All posts by Henry Chow (Commuter Voice)

My goal is to develop a commentary view on news stories about the Lincoln Heights and other nearby communities.

Southern California Cities: Los Angeles and San Diego

Being from the city of Los Angeles, one becomes immune to the rush from one place to the next – especially when the distance between the two places are about a 15 to 30 minutes drive away depending on traffic condition.

However, when I’m in San Diego a simple 2 to 5 minutes walk round the corner to travel between the two destinations appear to feel weird to me because I’m used to the in between traffic.

Yes, being from Los Angeles has made me think like this and for non-residents or new visitors to Los Angeles may think it odd for me to think like this.

I suppose it is because the city of Los Angeles is so expanded that the city and the county itself continues to surrounds one because of its large coverage that it never quite leaves one outside of it.

However, at San Diego, the city itself stays within a concentrated area and when I leave it, the city remains behind me.

However, similar to Los Angeles, San Diego is quite diverse when it comes to building designs and population growth among people who lives and works there.

Unlike Los Angeles, San Diego seems much cleaner and the air is not so polluted.

Both cities are unique in itself and I wouldn’t give up any opportunities to stay in either cities – let alone want to leave this beautiful yet water struggling state.

Next Post Update: Thursday, August 6th and we’re going to bring you back to summer’s glory days!

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Observing Independence Day

Here’s a few suggestive time and places to watch free fireworks in

the Northeast region of Los Angeles:

July 3rd

Near and around Dodger Stadium

around 10:30 -11:00pm

July 4th

Hollen Park

415 South Louis St.

at 9:00pm

Eagle Rock
Eagle Rock Recreation Center
1100 Eagle Vista Dr.
Eagle Rock, CA
9:00 p.m

El Sereno

El Sereno Recreation Center
4721 Klamath St.
El Sereno, CA
9:00 p.m.

Near and around Dodger Stadium

around 10:00pm

For more information on more places to watch free fireworks,

check out: http://safejuly4th.org/fwshows.htm

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

Next Post Update: Thursday, July 9th 16th

At The Library: Where Minds, Stomachs, And Spirits Are Nurtured

This summer children and teenagers at the Lincoln Heights Library

are nurturing their minds with this year’s summer theme reading

program call “Read to the Rhythm.”

It’s an opportunity for children and teenagers to earn prizes as they

read books of their own choosing and it also gives them some time

to familiarize themselves with  their local library’s collection and

meet the people who works and maintain the library’s operation in

the community.

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Children, teenagers, and parents gathered in Lincoln Heights Library participating in the free lunch program sponsored by Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.

And what better way to enjoy one’s stay in the library than a free

lunch? Children and teenagers are invited to participate and satisfy

their hunger in this year’s summer lunch program sponsored by Los

Angeles Regional Food Bank, a not for profit organization.  

Currently, there are ten other Los Angeles Public

Library branches and that includes Central too, participating with

the program.

The lunch program has started since June 8th and will run until

Friday, July 31st. Their operation hours are Monday through Friday

from 12:30 – 1:30pm, and are run under the policy of first come first

serveTo participate, check whether your local Los Angeles branch

library’s participant, by clicking here.

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And to keep the good spirit of summer alive, how about we learn to

make better decisions this season toward improving our health

every day? On the day of my visit to the library, a representative

from Campeones del Cambio (Champions For Change; according to

Google translate) attended with a campaign sponsored by

the state’s Department of Public Health to inform and educate the

general public about the benefits of engaging in healthy exercises,

eating and drinking well, and offered tips and ideas to improve one’s

well being.  For more information on this campaign, check it out

here.

 

Cheers to a wonderful and healthy start of Summer 2015!

 

Next Post Update: Thursday, July 2nd

 

 

 

 

 

E3: Final Day and Thoughts

All good things must come to an end, right?

Sometimes. And as cliche as it may sound, it’s probably for the best.

After 3 days of walking around diverse show rooms, test playing and watching others play games, and visiting different game

companies it does take a toll on the energy level.

Of course, what convention event doesn’t since there are plenty to see and hear and one only have so much energy.20150618_153029However, what keeps me coming back for more is knowing that 1 day is not enough to cover the entire show. So it’s

totally worth spending the 3 days of coverage to drive back and forth and cover different areas of the showroom (yeah, it is

a pretty huge event) so I won’t lose most of the nicer sights that the event has to offer.

Some of those sights include seeing a new Super Mario Maker game, where one can unlock amiibo suits for figures. And of

course, seeing more female populationtaking active roles in the video game culture.

20150618_152117  And the major plus side is that everyone at the event are mature and are well-behaved.

Here are a few videos to express my what I’ve seen that’s better left to visionary demonstration rather

than simple text description:

E3 has provided the best show and services to today’s audience. And I can’t wait to see what they’ll come up

with next.

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All 3 days coverage photos: E3 Experience NOW!

E3: An Experience of a Lifetime, thus far

When I first entered the event this week I had little to no idea what to expect.

As I picked up my badge and walked through the main floor it looked quite fair until (as you may guess)

when the first official day started, and oh, boy was I in for a treat.

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As soon as I stepped in through the entrance of the South Hall room (as

you may have seen it in this video) I am immediately

transported into another world, a video gamer’s paradise where game

trailers, game play and demos are playing on large

projected screens mounted on the walls in a 90 degree arch. As the

images are running, they are accompanied with digital

surround sound booming through several speakers. And like a

symphony the lights above begin to dance across the room

along with the sounds and images.  And the smell of new plastic fills the

air as it is not hard to notice it since I am in a video

game environment filled with all the existing consoles imaginable.

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Yes, this is a video game convention show, but not in its conservative

sense. In that I mean, as mentioned in the description

above, it feels more like a video game launch party, as it should, since

these are new releases being demoed to the semi-

public before the rest can get their hands on it.

But I must say, there is something satisfying about playing a video

game at E3 that I probably would not get simply playing at a friend’s, family’s, or at home. (And no it is not that I and

others at the event can get first crack at it before the rest, which is the ego speaking) no, it is the experience one gets from

the set-up of how respective companies make each of their video game feel for the player at the event. The companies

make an extreme effort in ensuring the player feels as though one is really there by creating that specific environment and

atmosphere. As you will see in the video below, production companies of Mad Catz Inc. and Harmonix Music Systems have

teamed up to produce Rock Band 4 to give players an opportunity to take center stage with the game play of guitar and

vocal to become rock stars at E3:

Oh, and did I mention the world is here? Yes, literally people from around the world are all here under one roof. And the

culture from one company to another is quite noticeable in every aspect on how they engage their audience when

promoting their game and services. Using methods like displaying cute cuddly animal mascots, macho muscle cars,

to sexy characters and video game art design posters and other eye catching candy to attract audiences, these diverse

companies have laid down almost every approach to have audiences coming back for more action.

Next update: Saturday, June 20th; FINAL DAY @ E3 2015

More coverage photos of the event are seen here: http://wp.me/PHViF-BY