How was your weekend?

The weekend is over already? I swear it was Monday like 5 seconds ago. Ok new week, let’s do this. But before I am ready for you, let’s look back to the weekend first.

26909292_1591413390947326_105795224_oFriday around weekend o’clock many people showed up at my place for some games. We played zombies, what do you meme, chug and bus driver. Before we realised it was already 11 pm, which means less games and more club. So we moved to Roxy and danced the night away.

Good morning afternoon, time to get up and go to the PNE. There we watched a lot of light sculptures during the Chinese Lantern Festival. We walked around for two hours, ate some food and watched a lot of performances. After the festival, we headed over to the bourbon for more games.

I hope your weekend was a good one too. Tell me all about it next PuB NiGHT at the Blarney Stone. See you there!

– Bart

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INTERNeX Canada: International Vancouver- Chinese Community!

Vancouver is one of the most international city in the world with 52% of the population not having English as their first language! Last week we told you about the Indian community and the celebration of the Diwali festival, today let’s learn about the Chinese community in Vancouver!

The Chinese Canadian population makes up 18.2% of 2.5 million people in Vancouver and are the largest visibly minority group. Though, the term “Chinese” represents a mix of the dialects used by different Chinese communities such as Cantonese or Mandarin.

The first Chinese immigrants came to British Columbia for the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush of 1858 and played a prominent part in building the Canadian Pacific Railway. This railway is still in use today and passes through the dangerous Rocky Mountains.

Flash forward to the 1990s, many Chinese people from Hong Kong decided to move to Canada in anticipation of the return of being a British Colony to being part of China. Moving here when I was 7 in 1998, I can definitely identify as part of this group and recognize myself as both Canadian and Chinese.

In Vancouver, the previous generations of Chinese immigrants used to settle mainly in Chinatown. While Chinatown remains a symbol of the Chinese community,  many people have decided to love in other neighbourhoods such as Burnaby, Richmond and West Vancouver. Still, this area remains full of thriving businesses and history.

The Millennium Arch, a gate that signifies the start of this neighbourhood is the biggest in North America and contains the beautiful Sun Yat-Sen Garden that is for sure worth a visit.

You might also be surprised to find out that the best Chinese food, isn’t actually in China or Hong Kong, but that Vancouver was awarded to have the best Chinese food in the world in 2010 by Conde Nast Traveller. Take advantage of the many restaurants available from traditional Chinese restaurants offering dim sum and seafood to more trendy restaurants such as bubble tea cafes to dessert places.

Cheers,

Queenie

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INTERNeX Canada: About INTERNeX

The most of you already know that INTERNeX has a really international team! It’s really funny to hear some telephone conversations!  Of course they are not funny because I understand them, they are funny because we can have a conversation in English between us but when the phone rings you can hear so many different languages speaking in the same place!

Imagine the other day everybody was busy at the phone, Mina was speaking in Corean, Mayuco in Japanese, Marianne in German, Quennie in Chinese and myself in Spanish, isn’t it crazy? But isn’t it wonderful at the same time?

The world is not that big anymore, the distance is not a barrier, and it’s awesome how people absolutely different and born in such a different places could work together and see the world with the same “eyes”.

The only way to work for international people, for people who are world citizens, who really enjoy living abroad, being open mind, learning about other cultures, countries, people… the only work to work for you guys, is being like you are.

So if you are at home thinking… I really need to do something new in my life, I want to try but I am not sure is going abroad will be the best for my future or not… Don’t ask to yourself anything else, the only way to be sure of something is at least trying! And as you can see, there are tons of people with your same ambitions and concerns!

INTERNeX understand you, what you need and what you want because we are or we have been in the same situation!

And like I said before…Trying, experimenting… living something new in your own life is the only real way to learn!

Come and learn with us!

Cheers,

Irene

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INTERNeX Canada: Casual friday

Friday is here!!!Oh yeah! The weekend has finally arrived!

Yesterday we began our pre-weekend with a great afternoon doing indoor paintball in Richmond! It´s one of the best places for doing this activity all over the world! So lucky for ours winners!

As you know in our Summer Party a lot of prizes were given away! And one of them was the paintball tickets!

We all met at Waterfront Station after work and take the skytrain together to go there!

Once you arrived to Richmond it is really curious to see all the posters on the streets in Chinese language! Yes, in that area the Chinese population is more than the half of the people than the total that live there! So is not Chinatown, is at least Chinacountry! Oh what a bad joke! But it´s true it´s amazing how all the city is ready for their Chinese neighbors.

Everybody was so excited before entered in the place! Last time INTERNeX went to the paintball everybody looked afraid, but this time everybody showed very brave and with a lot of energy to do a colorful war!

A guy explained the important rules of the game like to have always the mascara on, don´t shot without looking … and after everybody knew the rules the war started!

The game consisted in two different teams that battled against each other! Are you on my team or are you my enemy, my friend?

It was a funny Thursday and all our winners had fun!

Check our flickr page out to see more pictures!

Happy Friday!

Cheers,

Irene

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
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INTERNeX Canada: News/Fun facts

The first’s days when I arrived at Vancouver I was amazed of the multiculturalism of this city. If you take a walk around Downtown you will heard a lot of different languages even in the same street. I really love to meet new people and learn about the differences, I think is essential to understand the world we are living in and make us better people! There was something that specially caught my attention! There is large population of Chinese people in the city in general! And what do you think about Chinatown? It´s not just a district! It´s the real China!

Maybe you´ve heard someone called our beautiful Vancouver, Hongcouver! How is that possible?

Chinese population is more than the ten per cent of the total population of the whole Vancouver. Richmond has the most concentrated number of Chinese people in North America! More than the 40 % of the population has Chinese origin. Can you believe it?

In 1958 is when the large Chinese immigration was produced due to the arrival of the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush .From that moment settlements of Chinese grew in Victoria and Vancouver. In the 1880, the Canadian Pacific Railway was built with Chinese labour. All this Chinese population started to establish Chinatowns in different cities

Have you already been in the Chinese Garden? It was the first garden of its kind ever built outside of China, and almost all the materials were brought from China.

And what about The China Gate? It was donated by the Government of the People’s Republic of China for the Expo 86 world’s fair. After 20 years it was rebuilt and renovated!

Do you know when the New Chinese Year start? It start the first solar term in their calendar which separates the winter season and the begging of the spring, so that´s why it´s also known as “Spring Festival”. Every year in late January or February there is a huge parade to celebrate it with thousands of performers and spectators.

This is just a little information about Chinatown, but we have the possibility to learn more about this interesting culture without leaving Vancouver! Definitely Vancouver, Raincouver or Hongcouver rocks!

Cheers,

Irene

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INTERNeX Canada: What to do on the weekend?

So much to do, so much to see, it going to me an exciting weekend. This weekend we are going to the RICHMOND NIGHT MARKET be their, Sunday June 3, 6 pm at the Bridgeport Skytrain station. Click here to sign up  and  for more information. This is just one of the possible activities to do this weekend. Check out the rest below.

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If one market is not enough for you then we have 2 other huge night markets this summer. There is a wide variety of different flavours from food booths together with retail vendors selling everything you could imagine – merchandise, mouth-watering food and desserts, live entertainment and games for everyone!

— CHINATOWN NIGHT MARKET

Date: May 18, 2012 to Sep. 9, 2012. Every Fri., Sat. & Sun.
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Where: Keefer St. / Main St., Vancouver

Information: http://www.vcma.shawbiz.ca

— SUMMER NIGHT MARKT

Date: May 11 – Sept. 16, 2012

Time: Fri & Sat: 7:00PM-12:00AM

Sun & Holidays: 7:00PM-11:00PM

Where: 12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond, BC, V6V 1J7

Information: http://www.summernightmarket.com

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IN THE HOUSE FESTIVAL 

This is a great opportunity to see live performances in house. Come and enjoy everything from  music, dance, plays, spoken word until circus.

When: June 1-3, 2012

Time: The first show is at 7:00 pm on June 1st and 2:00 pm on June 2nd + 3rd

Price: The box office will be located at 1929 Napier st.

Tickets: 

Single tickets: $15 adults / $10 kids
4-show pass: $50 adults / $30 kids
Weekend pass: $95 adults / $75 kids

Website: http://www.inthehousefestival.com

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TRANSIT OF VENUS
Unless you plan on living until 2117, you won’t get another chance to peep this rare astronomical event when Venus makes its grand transit across the heavens.

When: Tuesday, June 05, 2012 – Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Where: H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

Time:  2:45 pm – 9:30 pm

Website: http://www.spacecentre.ca/transit-of-venus

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TORONTO

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DAVE MATTHEWS BAND NORTH AMERICAN SUMMER TOUR

When: June 2, 2012

Location: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, 909 Lake Shore Boulevard West

Websitewww.davematthewsband.com

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KOREAN DANO SPRING FESTIVAL

The 20th anniversary of the “Korean DANO Spring Festival” will take place in Toronto and will feature Korean food, traditional dance and music, Korean Pop, arts & crafts, Taekwondo demonstrations, sports competitions, veterans’ exhibitions, business booths and continuous entertainment along with a beer garden.

When: Friday, June 1, 2012 3:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Saturday, June 2, 2012 1100 AM to 11:00 PM

Where: Christie Pits Park, 750 Bloor Street West, Christie Street and Bloor Street West

Price: Free

Website: www.koreandanospringfestival.com

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Do you already know what you’re doing next weekend?

Be sure to SIGN UP before Teusday for PAINTBALL just $25 for 100 paintballs !!

I wish you all a nice weekend.

Greets,

Petra

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INTERNeX Canada: What to do on the weekend.

This weekend is going to be a typical wet one in Vancouver. But do not fear, spring is almost here (fingers crossed). In the meantime I have looked for things you can do on the rainy days. We have the Bloedel Conservator, Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical and Chinese Garden Vancouver Aquarium in Vancouver. Furthermore in Toronto you could go to the Bloor-Yorkville IceFest. Read more about the activities below.

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Vancouver

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Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Where: 578 Carrall Street, Vancouver

Hours: 10:00am – 4:30pm

Price: Adults $12.00 and student with ID $9,00

Click for more information

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 Bloedel Conservatory

Even on a rainy day the conservatory is open. The Bloedel Conservatory is filled with exotic plants, tropical flowers, colorful Koi fish and over 100 free-flying birds of various species. Tropical plants include palms, bromeliads and many other exotic plants from around the world.

Where: Queen Elizabeth park, 33rd Avenue at Cambie Street in Vancouver

Price:  $ 3,48 Youth (13-18) and  $5,00 for adults (19-64)

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 Vancouver Aquarium

The Vancouver Aquarium is the biggest in Canada. They have over about 70,000 fish, whales, dolphins, jellyfish and other sea creatures.

Where: 845 Avison Way, Stanley Park in Vancouver

Hours: 9:30am – 5 pm

Price:$21 Adult, $16 youth (13-18) and $16 student.

Click for more information

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Toronto
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 Bloor-Yorkville IceFest

When: Saturday, February 25 & Sunday, February 26

Where: Downtown

Hours:12 noon – 5 pm

Price: Free

Click for more information

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I wish you all a nice weekend.

Greets,

Petra

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
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