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

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

Highlights of the Year 2017: January, February and March

Believe it or not but we are already in the last month of the year and before you know it we are going to welcome 2018! But we are not ready yet to let go off 2017 so that is why we would like to look back with all of you on all the amazing things that happened in 2017!

The next few weeks we will post throwbacks of each quarter of the year so you can relive all of your memories again one more time before we close the 2017 chapter.

This week we will have the months January, February and March.

January

In January we started to rethink our INTERNeX Explorer and in our first Episode, which you can find here , we introduced the new PR Team, talked about upcoming events and changed the format a bit. We also started to explore Vancouver more and started off with exploring Gastown with Tess.  Other Blogpost we like to feature for January are:

 

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February

In February we produced another Highlight video and talked about the amazing events and the great trip we did. We also featured upcoming events and talked about “How To Deal with snow storms”. In this episode we explored yet another part of Vancouver and this time we explored Chinatown with Tess. To watch the INTERNeX Explorer Episode 2, just click on the link. Other Blogposts we like to highlight are:

 

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March

And also in March we made a Highlight video where we talked about the great events and trips we had. We also talked about the upcoming events and about how to deal with bear attacks! This month we explored Yaletown with Danielle. You can watch the 3rd episode of INTERNeX Explorer here. Other Blogposts we would like to look back on are:

 

A big thank you to Iris, Danielle, Tess and Janel who organized the PuB NiGHTS, events and trips in the first quarter of 2017!

Stay tuned for the Highlights of the Year: April, May and June next week!

-Mandy

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

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Candidate Exposé – Danielle Struijk

Danielle Struijk1I’m Danielle, I’m 22 years old and I come from The Netherlands. I am studying International Event Management at the NHTV in Breda. My internship here is part of my study program to finish my third year.

I decided to come to Canada because I love travelling and I have always wanted to go abroad at some point in my life, so when I got the opportunity to do that for my study I knew this was the time to do it. I didn’t really mind where I would go, so I searched for a company instead of a country.

At my university they have a database with vacancies and that is also where I found the one for being a PR-coordinator at Internex. So now I am doing the practicum program since I had to do an Internship for my university.

I’m a PR coordinator for INTERNeX. It’s an awesome company to work for. I get to do a Danielle Struijk (words)lot of stuff and besides my daily tasks I have projects that are challenging. The atmosphere in the office is really great and they don’t make me feel like an intern, but like I’m really a part of the team. They are always open to teaching me whatever I want to know. Here you need to be an open and social person, since you have to deal with a lot of candidates that come and go. You also need to be structured to know what is going on when. As I mentioned before it is for my university program and I have definitely learned things here that will help me in my future career. That included social media management, sales, video production and Photoshop.

Here I’m living in a house with 5 other people. We have a guy from England who is kind of our landlord, and 4 girls from Australia, Ireland, Netherlands and Canada. I found it through Roomster, a platform where people offer rooms.

When I arrived I first took a cab to the Airbnb I had booked, that was around 5 PM. I remember sitting in that cab and looking out the window thinking how different it looked from back home. At night Tess and I wanted to get some dinner and we passed trough East Hastings on our way there. In that very moment I was asking myself what in the world I was doing here and how I would ever survive the next 7 months. We got dinner, went back to the Airbnb and went to sleep. The next day the sun was shining and I felt very happy being there.

As a PR coordinator it is my job to organize the activities, pub nights, trips and events, so therefore I attend them as much as possible. But I feel very lucky to be able to organize and attend all the events. I have gotten to know so many amazing people from all over the world because of it. If I would ever go abroad again I would definitely try to find an organization like INTERNeX to go with.

Danielle Struijk3I’ve done so much here it’s insane. I’ve been to Granville Island, saw the Chinese New Year Parade, went skiing on Cypress, saw a Junior Hockey game, a Canucks game and the Whitecaps. I’ve been to Metrotown, Queen Elizabeth Park, FlyOver Canada, Joffre Lakes, Stanley Park and Deep Cove. I’ve been to the John Legend concert at Rogers Arena, a boat party and experienced St. Patricks day. I went to Kelowna to go skiing and do a wine tour. Went to Kamloops to visit my aunt. To Whistler where I went bungee jumping. Spend 4 days in The Rockies, which were amazing. Visited Vancouver Island with my mother, sister and boyfriend. Rented a scooter to explore Bowen Island and went to Squamish with my group of friends. I’m still going to Kelowna, Seattle and The Rockies again!

What I really like about Vancouver is that there is always something to do. There has never been a weekend where I have been bored. What I love about Canada is the nature. There is so much to see here and I’ve had amazing views. Vancouver is an expensive place to live though, so as a student it can be challenging at times to manage my budget right.

It is really hard choosing my most memorable thing here in Canada. I’ve done so many great things and I’ve had some amazing nights with my friends here. I guess my favourite was our trip to the Rockies and my boyfriend coming over as a surprise.

This trip definitely inspired me to travel more. Before I always used to be scared to go abroad, but this experience has really shown me that everything is possible. I have so many places and people that I want to visit all over the world.

The first I will do when I am back home is EAT! I’m looking forward to eating all the amazing Dutch food. I’m also looking forward to seeing my family, boyfriend and friends again.

– Danielle

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

Chinese New Year – Experience IT Review

It has been a great weekend once again. This time we were celebrating Chinese New Year with the Chinese New Year parade. Even though it was raining, it was a bigger number than expected. Thank you all for coming and celebrating Chinese New Year with us!

At the beginning we did not really know which spot to conquer, so we just wandered around till we found the right spot for the INTERNeX family. We ended up just in front of the seating of the prime minister of Canada and even got the chance to see him. We were even thinking about asking him to take a picture with us. During the parade, people tried to approach the prime minister and got tackled because of it. Therefore, we 16442767_10202664074518790_1652384470_odecided to take the safe way and not to approach him. Chinese New Year was amazing. It started off with some fireworks and soon after we saw dragons, lions and chickens. Red and gold stand for luck in China and therefore we got lots of red envelopes and golden coins. I hope it will bring all of us good luck during our INTERNeX stay and of course lots of fun.

After a while, everybody was feeling cold and we decided to get into the parking lot to watch the parade from above. A dry, but windy spot was found. As it was a bit too windy, we did not stay at our spot for that long. So what would be the best thing to do when you are cold? Getting a hot drink in the Pint of course! We combined the hot drinks with a brunch, as we got quite hungry as well.

Even though It was raining during the Chinese New Year parade, we had a lot of fun together. Hope to see you all at Blarney Stone on Wednesday! Get ready, because there will be a lot of people joining us.

-Iris

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?

The week is almost over and people are starting to get ready for the weekend. I hope you all had a great week and are ready for an awesome weekend as well. Got any plans for the weekend yet? No? There is a lot to do this weekend, so that also means there is a lot of choice for you!

First of all, the INTERNeX family is going to celebrate Chinese New Year at the Chinese New Year Parade this Sunday. 15965745_10154886634952103_8586645978562399909_n
However, if you do not have time to go to the parade, there are plenty of events left to attend as well. It already starts at the 28th of January with a cooking demonstration in Lonsdale Quay Market. After that you can also watch the traditional Eye-Dotting Ceremony at 2 pm or the Lion Dance after.

On Sunday you can also show your best moves during the VSO New Music Festival: On a Wire! You can enjoy an amazing electric music performance of Bramwell Tovey and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. If you love electric music, you should definitely check this out! The music festival takes place in Orpheum at 601 Smithe Street. It starts at 7.30 pm, so you can even plan other activities during the day. Please make sure to buy tickets beforehand to ensure a spot. Tickets cost $30 for an adult and if you still got a student card, you can get a ticket for only $22.50.

This weekend the event Cuisine & Confessions takes place in Vancouver Playhouse. The performance is a combination of a kitchen and circus. Make sure not to wear your nicest clothes, as their will be food throwing involved. Even though this performance is quite pricy, it is still worth your time. Prices range from $45 to $60.

Another event that you may have noticed this week is Street Food City. During Street Food City you can find over 25 food trucks in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery. The food trucks mostly offer local food for a pretty good price. This weekend will be your last chance to try local food at one of these food trucks. If you go there, eat as much as you can and tell your flatmates that you will not join dinner, as you will definitely leave the event with a full stomach. Time for a break? While enjoying your meal or taking a break, you can listen to some music.

I hope to see you on Sunday at the Chinese New Year Parade. If not, have a great weekend anyways and see you at PuB NiGHT!

-Iris

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

 

Review: PuB NiGHT at 131 Water

Yesterday was my first time at INTERNEX’s PuB NiGHT and it was truly amazing. This time we played some games and had some drinks in 131 Water. I was amazed by the big group that showed up. Thank you all for joining our PuB NiGHT and creating this great experience.20170125_213621

131 Water is a pub in Gastown where you can drink, eat and play lots of games. Besides that they also host parties. When you are at 131 Water, you can simply enjoy a beer or go for a good cocktail or a glass of wine. There is also a lot of good food available in the pub.

In the beginning of the evening we decided to try Jenga. However, we noticed really soon that this game is really hard to play with a big crowd. Stones were flying everywhere and therefore we decided to pick another game. The second game, Pictionary, was a bit easier to play with a group, but still not durable for a group bigger than six. Everybody who joined could show all their talents in drawing and in a small time, we became true artists. More and more people joined us and started to play games as well. Eventually we started to play 20170125_213548Cards Against Humanity, as this
was the easiest game to play with a pretty big
group. While we were playing Cards Against Humanity, another table started to play Jenga. That table had more luck with Jenga and did play it for a while. On the other side there were people playing a nice game Male Vs. Female.

It was really nice getting to know all of you during this PuB NiGHT. I hope you are as excited as I am about these PuB NiGHTS and that I will see you this Sunday during the Chinese New Year parade or next week again!

-Iris

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