Smart Saver Vancouver

It’s Wednesday again, which means it’s time for the Smart Saver! We found some great deals for you to help save some money.

If you would like to go out to watch a movie, it’s a good idea to do that on a Tuesday at Cineplex since they offer cheaper tickets for “Cineplex Tuesdays”. Instead of the regular $ 11.99 admission you will only have to pay $ 7.99, which is a pretty good price for going to the movies. If going out to watch a movie is something you like doing more often I would also recommend becoming a SCENE member, this will give you an additional 10% discount and you can earn points to get rewards.

When you’re doing groceries it might be a good idea to check out certain products at 7 Eleven. They have great deals on soda’s and chips. They also serve food such as hotdogs and pizzas that are cheap and a good option if you’re in a hurry or just looking for a quick snack.

Using a foreign bank account can become quite expensive if you take a look at the fees, so a lot of people choose using cash instead. When you withdraw money there is usually a fee attached as well, but Iris found out that the HSBC machines charge you only $2 instead of the usual $3. However, you might be one of the lucky ones that can use Scotia banks Global ATM Alliance, which means you won’t get charged any extra fees at all. Only certain banks are a part of the Global ATM Alliance, click here to go to their website to check if your bank is part of the alliance.

Going out for dinner doesn’t have to be expensive in Vancouver, you just got to make sure you go to the right spot. Something everybody likes is pasta and we found two great places to go. First off there is Ciao Bella, a real Italian restaurant where you get 50% off on meals every Monday and Tuesday night and everyday at lunch. Then there is The Old Spaghetti Factory, here you can get a three course menu for only $15.

You might have noticed that yesterday was Valentine ’s Day, so if you really like chocolate like most of us in the office do (except for me), you might be able to score some that are on sale!

Hope to see all of you tonight at Tap & Barrel!!

– Danielle

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-

Review: Candy Town in Yaletown

Last Saturday we went to the Christmas market CandyTown in Yaletown. We met up in in front of Jugo Juice not far away from the market. As we walked through the market, we quickly realized that we weren’t the only ones who had chosen to spend a bit of time at this Christmas market in the nice and sunny weather.

At the market you could find waffles, chocolate, cotton candy and much more. For sure it was a good place for the different stores represented at the market to do some advertising for their products. A lot of people were lined up in front of the many food and candy stalls but we were a bit too hungry to wait for that long. So after taking a few funny pictures we went of to a little cafe not far away from the market.

Thanks to you guys who joined for this activity on a nice and sunny day.

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-

Smart Saver

Today it’s 7/11 day, which means free slurpee at the 7/11 stores! Don’t worry if you do not have time to get their today the 7/11 day is extended to a 7/11 week. Keep on reading to see what free food/drinks 7/11 has for you the next week!

7/11 celebrates the 7/11 day on the 7th of July with free slurpee drinks from 11am – 7pm. For some of you this will be already over once you read this post, but no worries. 7/11 day is turning into a 7/11 week. By downloading the 7/11 app you can enjoy the whole week free food/drinks at 7/11.

Saturday 12th: Big Glup
Sunday 13th: M&M’s Birthday cake chocolate candies
Monday 14th: Grandma’s cookies
Tuesday 15th: Hostess twinkles
Wednesday 16th: Twix or Snickers ice cream bar
Thursday 17th: Quaker Chewy yogurt snack bar
Friday 18th: Pillsbury Cookies
Starurday 19th: Small slurpee

The app can be found here:

Enjoy your Slurpee! 

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-

INTERNeX Canada: Culture Shock

I had a real culture shock a couple of weeks ago when we went to the Richmond Night Market and I saw a food cart offering… deep fried Mars bars! Really, fried a chocolate bar in hot oil is one of the most unhealthy things that I can imagine.

So I decided to investigate a little about this strange custom… The dish is said to have been invented in 1995 in the Haven Chip Bar in Scotland. The recipe consists in cover a Mars with a batter commonly used for frying other kind of food like fish or meat. The trick is to chill the bar before fry it, because if not the chocolate can be melted into the frying fat. Yummy.

But this isn’t the only deep-fried thing that you can find! Basically, you can find any chocolate bar brand like Snickers or Twixs. But you can find a big variety of deep-fried foods… like deep fried Twinkies, deep fried Oreos, deep fried ice-cream and even deep fried pizza!

Another strange food that I found is… Maple bacon donut (a donut with bacon and maple syrup on the top). This “original” combination was originated in Nebraska. It seems like in USA and Canada there is an obsession called bacon mania . Inside this phenomenon I also found bacon bubble gum, baconnaise, chocolate covered bacon…

I don’t know you guys but I really want to try something of this, only for the experience, but I don’t know if I will be able of try that… What do you think?


Take care!


INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-

INTERNeX Canada: Exposé of the week ft. Christoph Schmitz !

This week, we had the pleasure of interviewing  Christoph Schmitz, who comes from Köln, Germany and finished his bachelor in Business administration. He decided to come to develop his professional skills before he starts his master studies.

He attended an internship with INTERNeX in Vancouver at Purdy´s, the leading chocolate company in Canada.

Why did you come to Canada?

Well, I´ve been traveling quite a lot I would say but I’ve never been to Canada before and it was like a very unfamiliar place and I wanted to discover something new and that´s mostly why I came.

Tell me about Purdy´s, the company you are working for.

Purdy´s is the chocolate leading company here in Canada and they have 63 shops all over the country. It was founded in 1907 by Mr. Purdy and since 1963 the Flavelle Family owns the business.

This is the only Factory, located in 2777 of Kingsway in Vancouver, but there is another location with a bigger warehouse and also offices in the City of Vancouver.

What is the best and the worst about working in a chocolate Factory?

The best specially here is that people are really very nice, friendly and helpful. They help me a lot, especially during the beginning. Another good thing is that I have very interesting tasks here.

But eating chocolate everyday is not so good. Hahahaha. Well, I have to admit is not so bad as well!

Have you gained weight since you work here?

I guess a bit, hahaha, but I didn’t step on the scale, but maybe a bit yes.

What’s the most unexpected thing about working in Purdy’s?

Well, here I work for purchasing, but I also do some quality issues, and also participate in some smaller projects. Is very interesting because I didn´t expect to try different things other than purchasing.

What´s the most interesting thing that you learned?

I didn´t have really too much idea about purchasing before and I think I know quite a lot know, and I also got in contact with a lot of people and that´s very interesting.

What are your basic daily tasks?

Mostly all the colleagues from another departments come and tell me what they need, for example ingredients or so, and I start my research on the internet, catalogues and so, and I have to find good quality and good price. Then I give suggestions about what can fit the best, and sometimes I try to get them samples so they can test it before.

If they agree with me, I create a purchase order and ask for quotes and I contact the suppliers, and if everybody agrees I send the purchase order and then I confirm the arrival of the order, and make sure that is complete or is not broken or if there is a kind of problem with the order.

Is your internship useful?

Definitely yes. I learnt a lot about purchasing and I saw that is very connected to my field of study, so is very useful. And of course I have interesting tasks (when I wake up every morning I don’t really think I have to go to work because I really enjoy it). It´s without doubt a great opportunity for me.

 What do you like the most about Canada and Vancouver?

I really like that in Vancouver you have all the kind of places you can visit. You have the mountains, the sea, a big city, etc…so you can do everything here as long as the weather is good!

What is the thing that you liked less about Vancouver?

This question is pretty hard. I would say that the worst thing is that I miss my family, and my girlfriend, so if they were here they would make it perfect!

Did you attend some trips or activities with INTERNeX?

Yes, I attended the PuB Nights and some trips, for example the White Water Rafting Trip in Chilliwack, which was amazing.

Why did you choose INTERNeX?

I contacted a guy in Germany who looked for international internships and he suggested INTERNeX because he had a very good experience before and worked quite a lot with INTERNeX.

Was INTERNeX helpful here in Vancouver?

Yes, definitely. Mainly because it was easier to find friends and meet people in the same situation. And I was always had the chance to be in contact with you guys, and ask you questions.

Would you recommend INTERNeX?

Yes, of course, because they organize very nice trips and also the pub nights which are a very good way to meet new people and have a relaxing time after work. They also helped me a lot and when I arrived hey gave me a welcome orientation, etc.

How did you find you accommodation?

Mina from INTERNeX, helped me and contacted my homestay family, so I could get my room. It was too easy.

What’s the first thing you will do when you arrive to Germany?

For sure drink local beer!!

What’s your favorite chocolate in Purdy’s?

I really like the dark chocolate with lots of cocoa, but I would say that my favorite is the one with a combination of caramel inside and salt inside of dark chocolate. Hmmmm.

And now for all of those who love chocolate, what´s the process in the factory for making chocolate?

First we get all this huge mass of ingredients and then in the kitchen they melt the chocolate, they mix all the ingredients and make all this secret recipes. When the chocolate is done, it goes to another section where they cut it and mix it maybe with more chocolates (for example if is it has cream inside). Depending on the type of chocolate we have to add some extra ingredients.

When it´s ready, it´s saved in boxes and then they go to the pack-line where they are introduced in it´s right box or package.

Finally, the chocolate goes to the Warehouse and then to the cooling room. If we need to ship directly the chocolate in the West Coast, we have two trucks for that.

And last question that I need to know, why can´t you wear perfume in the factory?

Well, because the chocolate absorbs the tastes. For example is you put chocolate in a paper, in a few weeks is going to taste like paper. So that´s why also we can´t wear perfume because it absorbs everything.

Thank you so much Christoph for sharing your experiences with us and best of luck in your future !



INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-