What to do on the weekend?

It’s Friday and the sun is shining… Sounds like a great start of the weekend to me! It is supposed to stay sunny throughout the weekend, so here are some tips on what to do.

18876089399_3d63a1829d_nAre you into good food? And you like good music too? Then today is your lucky day! Today, the Richmond Night Market finally opens its doors to the public. On the market, you can find more than 100 food stands and over 200 retail stands. Moreover, there is a 50-foot entertainment stage that provides visitors with live performances throughout the evening. The word ‘boring’ will definitely not be in your vocabulary if you decide to visit this diverse market. The best part: entrance fee is only $3.75!

10141278356_812cfcd956_nOn Saturday, Granville Island is the place to be. There will be an Art Smash Street Party in which the wall paintings at the island’s new public space, The Chain & Forge, will be revealed. Not only will wall paintings be revealed, the party includes live painting as well. If art does not necessarily interest you, feel free to have some food at a variation of food trucks. According to the weather forecast it will be warm on Saturday, so having a cold beer is definitely a solid option too. Entrance to the party is free and it will last from 1 to 9pm!

On Sunday, it’s Mother’s Day! Whether you are here with your mom, or live with a host mom, it’s time to show your appreciation for her today. Take your (host) mom to the Glades Garden, where you can enjoy coffee, tea and chocolate while being surrounded by blooming flowers and music. The garden is opened from 10am until 4pm and tickets are $7 (cash only). Want something a little more exciting? Have a high tea with you mom on the train! Yes, you read that correctly. The Port Moody Station Museum offers a ride on their passenger train car, called ‘the Venosta,’ where families can enjoy a variety of teas, fruit and pastries. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children.

Enjoy your weekend everyone! I look forward to seeing you at our laser tag event on Sunday!

– Angy

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What to do on the weekend?

Here comes the sun and I say it’s all right. Spring is coming! According to the weather forecast, it will be sunny this weekend! Since we can finally plan activities outside again, let me give you some suggestions.

Saturday is a special day because… we’re celebrating Earth Day! Earth Day itself is actually Sunday the 22nd, however, celebrating it on a Saturday seems more convenient. Earth Day is an event celebrated worldwide. Its purpose is to raise awareness for the environment and help end plastic pollution. Plastic is damaging the planet to a great extent, including the ocean and its animals and us, humans, as well. Therefore, lets use this day to make a difference and appreciate the planet we are living on. The perfect way to do so? Go to the Earth Day Parade and Festival! There will be a march to the park, where food trucks and live music entertainment will be waiting for you. 29698319564_2b17f6c1ab_n

Does a day filled with sun, music and delicious food sound good to you? Then I found a great event for you! This Sunday the 40th Annual Greek Food Fest will be happening in Vancouver. Prepare your body for lots of Greek food, such as baklava and tzatziki. The event lasts all weekend long.

Not into Greek food? No worries! Until the 29th of April, there is a Tulip festival in Chilliwack. The festival offers 20 acres of tulips in all the vibrant colours you can think of. Enjoy a nice stroll along the ‘Tulip path,’ delicious food from the various food trucks and take pictures to show your family and friends. The festival is opened from 9am until 6pm and tickets vary from $10 online and $15 on-site. It might take a while to get there, but since it’s Western Canada’s largest and most renowned Tulip Festival, it will definitely be worth it!

Of course, if you just want to take it easy, why not go to the park and enjoy the sun? Bring a blanket, some fun games and delicious food and you are guaranteed to have a fun, relaxing day before the busy workweek starts again.

I wish you all a great weekend! See you at the Earth Day Parade tomorrow!

– Angy

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Smart Saver Vancouver

Is it difficult for you to get used to the high amount of money you have to pay whenever you go grocery shopping? Are you scared to look at your bank account because you lost track of how much money you’ve spent? Or are you OK, but you would like to save money anyway? Then continue reading! Just for you, we have found two useful apps to download that will help you get the most out of your money.

Checkout 51: Checkout 51 is an app that provides free discounts on selected items. The only thing you have to do is create an account and you will find the discounts of the week. Then, you just have to buy the item at any supermarket or drug store, take a receipt with you and scan 7564230112_764338094e_nit onto the app. Easy peasy. The amount of discount you receive depends on the price of the product itself. You might get $1 discount on various types of food, but $5 on alcoholic beverages, such as vodka and whisky (they are actually on offer right now, so this is your chance to download the app!). The app is available for IOS (8 and higher) and Android and there is Checkout 51 website as well.

Ebates: To the ones who enjoy online shopping on their days off, I got you! Just create an account on Ebates and select the website where you would like to do some shopping. Then, you’ll be redirected to that site and once you have ordered an item, you will earn a percentage of your money back within a few months. It might take a while, but look at it this way: soon you’ll forget about it and when the money you earned back is in your account, it will be a surprise! The percentage you will receive back depends on the shop, but even if you only save 5%, it’s better than none and in expensive Vancouver, every loony counts!

I hope this will save you all some money!

See you all at PuB NiGHT tonight at The Portside Pub!

– Angy

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What to do on the weekend?

As you all (hopefully!) know, we are going to the Rockies this weekend! Very, very exciting! Unfortunately, not everyone is able to join us. If you are one of those people, this blog post is for you! Let me tell you about all the fun things you can do this weekend that will make up for missing out on the trip!

Did you enjoy going to a fun fair when you were younger? Going on rides? Eating cotton candy? Well, this weekend is your chance to be nostalgic and feel like a kid again! All weekend long there will be a pop-up carnival in Surrey, where you can enjoy the view when going on a Ferris wheel, bump into people when using the bumper cars and go on more adult like rides that induce adrenaline, such as the Zero Gravity ride. And even if you’re not the I-love-carnival-rides-type of person, you can still have a great time at the food court eating corn dogs, snow cones or cotton candy.

Assuming not everyo15451755782_d1b6792647_n2ne enjoys carnivals, maybe the next activity is more soothing for you. Have you ever wanted to feel Canadian? Why not go to a game of one of Canada’s national sports?! You can even choose which one! Cheer on the Canucks at their hockey game in the Rogers Arena or the Stealth at their lacrosse game in Langley, all while being surrounded by sport fanatics!

5641828620_2dd923ef30_nSunday! Which means… it’s EASTER! Although looking for hidden chocolate eggs and painting boiled eggs might seem a little childish when you’re an adult, that doesn’t mean you cannot celebrate Easter! Meet up with a friend and enjoy an Easter brunch at one of the many places offering them (Seasons in the Park, The Wild Fig, Teahouse). And if you still enjoy celebrating Easter the way you did as a kid, be my guest! Let someone hide eggs around the house (or around town if you’re feeling adventurous) and go look for them! Tip: Use plastic eggs and fill them with alcohol, drink whenever you find one!

See you all on the Rockies trip! And to those who aren’t joining: have a good weekend and enjoy Easter!

– Angy

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What to do on the weekend?

Now that it’s raining more than ever, know that we’ll still have each other. You can stand under my umbrella, you can stand under my umbrella (ella, ella, eh, eh, eh)…

This morning I woke up and opened my daily News feed. “The weather forecast for Metro Vancouver today is all wet — with showers beginning this morning. (…) There is also risk of a thunderstorm. It might even hail.” Oh no! Just when we thought Spring had started and more sunny days would come, this happens… But hey, we can’t let this stop us from having a fun weekend! Let’s get through this together.

The weather forecast for Saturday consists of sun, clouds and (only) a 30 per cent chance of rain. A.K.A. we can go outside! Do you like festivals, vibrant colours and think equality is important? Then I found the perfect event for you! UBC’s Indian Students Association is organizing a HOLI festival to celebrate equality! At the event everyone will wear white and be covered in all colours of the rainbow. There will also be an Indian food truck and music to dance along to. If you want to participate you can buy a ticket online for only $7!

Not really into festivals? No problem! There are multiple markets to explore during the weekend too, such as the Made on Salt Spring Market in which craftsmen from Salt Spring Island show their products to you! There will be a large range of jewellers woodworkers and food and drink producers to ensure everyone will have a great time. It is opened at the Heritage Hall from 10 till 6 on Saturday and 11 till 5 on Sunday. Costs are $5.

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Sundays are meant for relaxing, which is why we are going to Granville Island! The island is the perfect place to buy fresh fruit and veggies and find unique gifts for friends and family. We will spend the afternoon strolling along the market, where we will eat some tasty food and listen to street artists.

Make sure to wear a raincoat because it might rain that day!

In case it does rain all weekend: Open Netflix, grab a blanket and some snacks and spend the day warm and cozy inside! (What better excuse to do this than bad weather is there?!)

I wish everyone a great weekend and I look forward to seeing you all!

− Angy

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Smart Saver Vancouver

Are you a hungry and thirsty person? Someone who enjoys eating and having now and then a drink or two? But sometimes the prices are just too high for you and you don’t know how to save money? Well, then you are lucky! Happy Hour offerings can be found in many pubs and restaurants here in beautiful Vancouver. Some great deals are waiting for you. Here is a guide on how to get through the week with a full and happy stomach.

Monday: Are you not over the fact yet that it’s Monday again? On Monday, the Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ restaurant has all day Happy Hour, so maybe the delicious food and drinks will brighten your mood. Or you visit the Happy Hour at the Flying Pig. Or as they call it: ‘Appy Hour’. Between 4-6pm, the house lager costs only $4.75, as well as the house red and white wines.

Tuesday: Hungry for tacos? Good, because it’s Taco Tuesday! Come to Taco Time at the International Village Mall and get yourself a beef or veggie taco for $1.49 only! Or you visit Gringo in Gastown where you can get tacos for $2.75 each. But when you’re there already, why don’t you just enjoy 6 tacos for $15 only. So what are you waiting for? Oh, you’re thirsty? La Mezcaleria in Gastown has Happy Hour from 9-11pm and you get the house wines and the Juan de Fuca Lager for $6 only!

Wednesday: Do you want chicken wings? Go to the Pint Public House between 3-6pm and get with any pint (20oz) a free order of their 40-ways wings. 40-ways means that you can choose from one of their 40 flavours which can come in the form of a sauce, a dry rub or a dip. The best part about this deal? It’s valid from Monday to Friday – yay!

Thursday: It’s thirsty Thursday. Go and spoil yourself at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in downtown with the Wishbone lager or highballs for $5 or with the house wines for $6. This Happy Hour deal is valid from 2:30-5:30pm and then again from 9:30 until closing time. Cheers!

Friday: How about starting the weekend with a burger and beer for $7 only? Sounds too good to be true? Not really, because this is exactly what you get at the Metropole on Abbott Street. And for $1 extra, you can add some delicious bacon on that burger. Also, drinks such as beers, shots and highballs are $3.50 on that day at the Met.

Saturday: It’s finally weekend! So let’s go to El Caminos. Besides Latin American street food, you can get Main St. Pilsner for $4, El Tigre shot for $3 and the Paloma Cocktail for $6 during Happy Hour. This is valid from 3-6pm and from 10pm until closing time.

Sunday: Please people, Sunday is rest day. It’s time to give your liver and stomach a break.

Happy savings!

– Nadine

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How was your weekend?

Monday… You have not been missed. But before I am going to face reality, let’s reminisce about last weekend. To celebrate the fact the weekend had started, me and a bunch of others treated ourselves to some tasty all-you-can-eat sushi at Hato Popo on Robson Street. Despite the fact we had to wait some time to get our food, the delicious California and Spring rolls were definitely worth it. After dinner we went to Bart’s place to have a few drinks and play games.

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On Saturday, I woke up the best way possible. The sun was shining! Considering this was the first morning (and afternoon) since I arrived that I did not have any plans, I decided to relax for a bit and watch videos on my laptop. This was the perfect day to have free time considering I watch a Dutch television show named ‘Wie is de Mol’ (Who is the Mole) and the finale was live on TV that day. Thankfully, I was able to watch it via a live stream.

When the show ended I decided to leave the hostel, walk around the city and enjoy the sun. In the evening I joined many others at the St. Patrick’s Festival Kick-Off Party at Blarney Stone. It was a great night filled with dancing, nice drinks and live music from the band The Shenanigans. If you were not there, you definitely missed out!

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On Sunday, I decided to go to the city centre and visit shops. One of my favorite shops I visited is definitely the Disney Store, which always makes me feel like a kid and as if I am living in a magical world. As a Dutch person, exploring and doing my practicum here in Vancouver is pretty magical to me too.

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

I hope you all had a great weekend and I wish you a good start of the week. See you on Wednesday for PuB NiGHT at 131 Water!

– Angy

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