What to do in the weekend?

Oh look, it’s already Friday again. This means that two days of not doing much are ahead of us. Wait, not doing much? No way! I’m more than just sure that Vancouver has a lot to offer this weekend, so let’s check it out.

24801690495_6902a10531_nAs we all know, the Chinese New Year started just a week ago. And because of this celebration, you have the chance to experience the Chinese Lantern Festival. Today, tomorrow and on Sunday (and even next weekend), you can go from 5pm to 10pm to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden at Carrall Street and be fascinated by the colourful lanterns. Besides this, you can participate in fun activities or you can enjoy delicious food. This fun requires only an entrance fee of $15.

On Saturday morning at 11am, you can go to your local Cineplex to see the Family Favourites film. Every week, it is another movie and this week it is ‘Wonder’. And because it is the Family Favourite film, the ticket price is 2.99$ only, yay!

Oh and people, this is your last chance to ice skate on the outdoor rink at Robson Square during the weekend! The skating rink is closing on February 28. So, grab your skates or take $5 cash with you (for rental skates) and do some rounds on the ice! You can do so today and tomorrow from 9am until 11pm and on Sunday from 9am until 9pm.

If all those suggestions aren’t that appealing to you, then you’re lucky that the weather is going to be good this weekend. The sun is going to shine and this give you the opportunity to walk through Vancouver downtown or to visit one of the many parks. Time to take some beautiful photos to update your Instagram or Facebook page.

Have a great and exciting weekend!

– Nadine

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

PuB NiGHT Review: 131 Water

“Am I a woman?” – “Am I old?” – “Am I an actor?” – “Am I married?” Those and other questions were asked and discussed during yesterday’s PuB NiGHT. Sounds weird? No worries, it was all part of a game and in the end, we all figured out our new identities.

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131 Water was yesterday’s place-to-be called. It is a cozy pub located in the lovely streets of Gastown. Big plus: you can find shelves full of games which you can just take and use during your time in the pub. Of course, we took that chance and played a round with Cards Against Humanity and “Who am I?”. Luckily, the happy hour just started in the perfect moment to get some delicious snacks and shots. When Shrek, Justin Timberlake and Bart’s mum were finally exposed, it was time to head to the Met.

So, what should we sing tonight? No matter, if it was the own choice or someone else filled in a paper; all challenges were taken as professionally as usual. The all-time classics, but also a Swedish duet set the Met on fire. It was fun!

Good that the sun is shining today, so you can hide your eyes behind sunglasses 😉

Enjoy your day and see you on Saturday in the escape room.

-Kerstin

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Candidate Exposé – Alan Bittencourt

My name is Alan, I’m a 22 years old guy from Brazil. Currently I’m studying Mechanical Engineering in Salvador – Brazil.

I always had a dream of living in another country and also the English became a necessary language in my future working area as a mechanical engineer, so I mixed a dream with a necessity and… I found Canada. I had to choose between some other countries and Canada, but I saw something more interesting in Canada and definitely I’m happy that I chose the best.

img_4280.jpgI didn’t choose INTERNeX, it was a partnership between INTERNeX and the company from my country. But if I had to choose, INTERNeX would be my choice. INTERNeX was extremely helpful introducing Vancouver to me and giving me support to find a job in my first days. I participated in the program Working Visa Holiday. I chose this program, because it gave me a working visa, giving me an opportunity to live in Canada by myself with my work, while I studied English and travelled in Canada. I worked at The Chopped Leaf in Downtown Vancouver. It was a salad restaurant which had a big variety of salads, sandwiches etc. The work wasn’t easy, because we didn’t have time to stop, but the good communication with the costumers and co-workers always made my work and my English better everyday. Working in a restaurant seems to not have a specific necessity of characteristics and skills, but it’s wrong. You need to be energetic, a good listener and always open to learn new ways to do things.

When I arrived in Vancouver I lived in a homestay for a month and after that I found a basement on a website which I stayed until my last day in Canada before coming back to Brazil. Cold and rain, that was my first impression about Vancouver, but shortly after I fell in love with every detail of Vancouver. I could check why Vancouver was one of the best cities in the world to live. Beautiful mountains behind the big buildings, green area, good people and multiculturalism made me impressed. The safety always made me impressed with Vancouver and Canada. As my first time living far from my family and in my own place, I had to learn everything about housekeeping and cooking and also mix working and studying, what made my routine sometimes too tiring.

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I attended to several activities with the INTERNeX team. Every Wednesdays were full of good moments and unforgettable times. The Rocky Mountains trip stays in my mind everyday. Definitely my best moments in Canada, INTERNeX was present directly or not. If I make a real list of activities, it would have more than 20 pages. But my favourites activities were: Hiking, snowboarding, pubs, nightclubs, cycling and outdoor activities. I was always open to new activities though. In Canada I travelled through the Rocky Mountains and stopped in some cities like: Jasper, Banff, Kelowna, Kamloops etc. And also visited some cities to the north of Vancouver such as Whistler and Squamish.

The most memorable thing about Canada are the friends I made. I arrived in Canada alone and came back to Brazil leaving a family in Canada and spread in the world. I made friends I can count on them and they will be always in my best memories of Canada. The first thing I thought I would do when I came home was enjoying my family and the beach, but I just study everyday so far hahaha.

After this experience I definitely know that my travels will not stop. I didn’t decide yet, but New Zealand and England seam good places to travel, but for sure Canada will be one that I want to go back.

– Alan

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

How was your weekend?

Hello Monday, my old friend. The weekend is over again and the serious working life is back on my radar. And because I don’t feel quite ready yet to face all this work ahead of me, I want to take a stroll down memory lane with you about my weekend. Ready? Then let’s do this.

First stop on Friday evening for drinks: Darby’s. Second stop for some more beers: The Bourbon. When we strengthened ourselves with enough drinks, we headed to the Roxy, where a live band was playing and people were dancing and singing along. We joined this fun until the club was closing.

On Saturday, it was time to go to Grouse Mountain. There, the ’24 hours of winter’ event was taking place and we decided to be part of this. It was AMAZING. We did a snowshoeing tour with S’mores and apple cider next to a cozy campfire, took a sleigh ride and enjoyed the beautiful view over Vancouver that Grouse Mountain was offering us. We had so much fun, we stayed at the après-ski party until 1.30am before we headed home to our warm beds.

Sunday was my well-deserved lazy day. I took my time to sleep in, do groceries, wash my clothes and watch series. The fact that my house lost its electricity for three hours in the evening did not affect my relaxed mood at all.

Have a good start into the week and I will see you all on Wednesday for our PuB NiGHT at 131 Water!

– Nadine

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

What to do on the weekend?

Aaaand the countdown is on: the weekend is just a few hours away! Nothing planned yet? There is a lot going on the next two days, so we have here a collection of ideas for you.

On Saturday, we get the chance to spend a night on the mountain. Grouse Mountain is hosting the event ‘24 hours of winter’ with many fun snow activities. 16649071_10154994489892103_3549995912275574191_nYou can ski or snowboard the entire night under the floodlight installed near the slopes. As we already skied last weekend, we will try something different this time! Let’s rent a pair of snowshoes and walk around the Blue Grouse Lake where stunning light installations guide us the way through the night. Need more action? Then we can rent a sled and slide down the slopes in the dark. You can check out all the activities offered here. After all these activities in the snow, it will be time to warm up again. Dinner is waiting for us in one of the many cafes, bars and restaurants on the mountain. It does not matter if you really had skis under your feet before, but après-ski is always fun! Grab a cold beer or a hot cider and dance to the sounds of a live DJ.

Sounds good? Then meet us at 3.45pm at the skytrain ‘Vancouver City Centre Station’ and we will take a bus to Grouse Mountain. The admission fee for this night is $45. Extra shuttle busses will bring us back to the city centre late at night or early in the morning.

For the ones who have seen enough snow by now, there is a warmer option to do on Sunday. A huge event is happening in Vancouver’s China Town this weekend. 8486830562_ee38bc01e1_oWelcome the year of the dog. A bit later then we did, the Chinese population is celebrating their New Year this weekend. The international Village Mall, in which our office is located, is already decorated and full of different stands. Everyone who wants to see the parade on Sunday can meet Mandy in front of the International Village Mall on the Chinatown side at 10.45am. Be there on time, so you do not miss the start of the parade at 11am. After that, you have the possibility to explore the activities in the International Village Mall. A dog star show, multi-ethnic craft tables and live stage performances are waiting for you.

I hope to see some of you this weekend! Let us know if you are joining us to the mountain or the parade, so we make sure we meet each other.

Enjoy your weekend!

– Kerstin

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

PuB NiGHT Review: The Lamplighter

Life is a waste of time, and time is a waste of life. So let’s get wasted all of the time, and have the time of our life. Yes, I think I can speak for everyone that joined yesterday when I say that we had another amazing PuB NiGHT! The Lamplighter was a great place to have delicious beers, fancy cocktails and even tasty food like curry wurst or yam fries.

The longer we were sitting at our tables, the more of you showed up. Everyone was talking and having a dri– BOURBON BINGO! Oh yea, we played Bingo at the pub, too. Jessica and Moa were lucky enough to win a Bingo round. They were rewarded with shots and glasses of beer. CHEERS!

When the Bingo was over and the last glasses of beer were emptied, we continued our PuB NiGHT adventure. And as usually, we ended up at the Met, our favourite karaoke bar. This was the moment where everyone showed off their stunning singing voices. But all good things must come to an end, so when the clock hit 2am, we grabbed our jackets and went for some fries and nuggets. With a full belly, we went home to bed and dreamed of all the wonderful things we did at this PuB NiGHT.

Here is some wisdom for the next PuB NiGHT to come: If the ocean was beer and I was a duck, I would swim to the bottom and drink myself up. But the ocean’s not beer and I’m not a duck, so let’s drink these pints and get messed up.

Thank you for this great PuB NiGHT and I see you this weekend at the 24 hours of winter on Grouse Mountain or next Wednesday at 131 Water!

– Nadine

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Smart Saver Vancouver

Dinner here, a drink there, … The money in my wallet just keeps disappearing. Yours too? Staying at home and eating boring microwave meals instead? No, Vancouver has too much to offer and that is why I have some awesome deals for you here!

Several websites offer temporary deals for dinner in Vancouver. The Red Flag Deals offers mainly fast food deals for the known chains, such as Pizza Hut, KFC, A&W or Tim Hortons. You might think it is already cheap, but why not saving more when it is that easy?!

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Groupon is another website for deals. At the moment, you can buy a voucher for two fatburgers with fries for only $16 instead of $25. Groupon offers even more than food deals, such as discounted tickets. Check out their website and score a good deal!

Now, let’s have a look at the website Socialshopper. Currently, they offer a fancy cup sushi and burritos for two people for only $15. Not only does Socialshoppper offer discounts in the category food, but also in others and some are even valid in other cities than Vancouver.

Last, but not least, there is our well-known pub The Met at 320 Abbott Street, for the most of you known as “the karaoke bar”. The happy hours are daily from 7-10pm and late night when you can get a tall can of beer for $3.69 or wine and shots for only $3.

I am sure we will try out the last deal tonight, but before, it is time for some Bingo at The Lamplighter. See you there!

– Kerstin

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com