INTERNeX Canada: Casual Friday

Albert Einstein once said, “Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.”

I saw this quote today while casually browsing online, as you do, and on days like this I really needed some inspiration from the internet. Like many people who have just graduated, I imagined myself to have already figured out my life and know exactly what I want. And guess what, I don’t!

Sometimes I feel so lost in the many possibilities out there, but that’s what so great at the same time. There are many opportunities and options out there for you to try. I read that people change careers 10 – 12 times in their lifetime. That sounds crazy, but it’s also true in this day and age that people rarely stick to the same job in the same company. Heck, many people don’t even work in the same field as their university degree.

While you might still be in school or in a different stage of life, we all get into ruts like this, but we have to stop doubting ourselves. We might not get the highest marks in our class or we might not know all the answers, but if we have a dream or goal that we keep working on, we will get there.

Life is full of surprises. I didn’t know that I would have gone bungee jumping or skydiving or both when I started this internship with INTERNeX. But, I did. It’s time to stop worrying; life is about taking risk and following our hearts.

Cheers,

Queenie

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

INTERNeX Canada: Casual Friday!

After so many goodbyes, it’s time for me to start thinking on what to do next… My internship will finish at the end of this month and if I make a balance of all this time… Oh god… Probably these seven months have been the most important months of my whole life, a big challenge to cross the world and start doing something practical and completely different that I used to do at home!

But this is life! If you don’t have goals, challenges, dreams… What kind of life are you living? We are young, ok maybe I’m not that young anymore, but still we are all at the age of our main obligation must be to experiment, travel, falling in love with probably the wrong person, party like there is no tomorrow, meet people from all over the world, laugh loud, learn professional skills, learn about the world, learn about the kind of person that you are and of course learn about the people you want to become someday!

I don’t know you, but all that kind of feelings that’s what I call life! And all that kind of feeling just happen to me here, so… apart of living in one of the best places all over the world, Vancouver will be always special for me, and I’m sure I’m not the only one that thinks in that way.

You’ll have time to settle down…right now the only thing that I want, the only thing that probably all of us should do is just LIVE!

Enjoy your day,

Cheers,

Irene

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

INTERNeX Canada: Casual Friday – Mario Fighting for Kids

This year six million children will die from hunger related causes and more than 750 children will require treatment for cancer at BC Children’s Hospital. Sadly, those statistics are probably not the first thing you want to hear on this lovely Casual Friday, but it’s true.

I don’t know where most of you are in life, but for myself, I often take my warm house, clean food and water and my healthy body for granted. More than one billion people in the world cannot afford to do so. The past Thanksgiving holiday has made me think about what I can do about these problems that seem so big and untouchable.

This is why I want to tell you about an amazing person and his ambitious goal that I’m so honoured to be a part of:

Meet Mario Schiopu.

Mario is a former Romanian karate champion and has grown up seeing malnourished children in his home country. Yet, he has also seen the generosity of Children’s Hunger Fund in distributing 1 billion dollars in food and other resources to help 10 million children in 73 countries worldwide. As well, Mario witnessed the difficulties of leukemia on his close friend’s son, Adrian last year. Thankfully, with the chemotherapy treatment Adrian received at BC Children’s Hospital, Adrian is now cancer-free and full of energy!

Seeing the positive effect that these charities have brought, Mario feels the need to do something more. Instead of celebrating with an extravagant party for his 50th birthday, Mario has decided to combine his passions of karate and fitness with helping children in need at the same time.

How is he going to accomplish this? Mario will be making a huge comeback in the karate world by fighting at the 2012 Karate BC Provincial Championship on November 17th and 18th. With his knowledge as a nutrition and fitness consultant, Mario is proving that even at the age of 50 he has what it takes to compete and win at this prestigious tournament. Mario is hoping to raise awareness and funds for the two charities very close to his heart – Children’s Hunger Fund and BC’s Children Hospital.

By fighting with everything he has, Mario is committed to helping children who are suffering with childhood diseases or are in desperate need of food. This may seem like such an ambitious goal, but Mario’s heart is definitely big enough.

If you would like to support Mario or learn more, please visit www.mariofitfightingforkids.com.

Cheers,

Queenie

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

PuB NiGHT Review – GO CANUCKS GO!!

Hi all!

Last night we had our special INTERNeX PuB NiGHT again together with Moose and SWAP. We all gathered at the Bourbon to watch the Canucks game that started at 6 pm. Even though everyone was very tired from the awesome trip to the Rockies last weekend, a lot of you still came to the PuB NiGHT! The game started very early so we all ordered pizza and of course drunk a couple of beers.

The game was a really exciting, because in the last 30 seconds the Canucks scored a goal that made it 2-2. Finally in the second overtime the Canucks won the game! Of course everyone went crazy, because this means that the Vancouver Canucks are now headed to the Stanley Cup Final! We can’t wait to see the next game. Go Canucks Go!! We hope you had a great time last night and you also had the chance to meet our new intern Elke!

We are sorry to announce that next Wednesday there will be no PuB NiGHT due to our INTERNeX Networking Reception that will take place on the 1st of June. We would love to see you again on the Wednesday after that! 😀

Cheers,

Your PR-team

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

Chinatown and Richmond Summer Night Markets

If you haven’t been out to a summer night market yet, you need to experience this while in Vancouver!

The summer night markets commit to representing ethnic diversity by inviting the celebration of many cultural festivities on site, promoting new and young talent on stage, giving opportunities to many charities and assisting them towards their goals, and most of all, offering many types of entrepreneurs, including the young and old, a  place for business opportunities.

A shopping extravaganza featuring Asian traditional handicraft, fashionable gifts & ethnic snacks. A shopping experience like never before! The street market contains booths with different merchandises on sale including artistic handicrafts, creative gifts & decors, modern electronics, fashionable clothes, popular music CD, VCD, DVD, delicious snacks & ethnic food…etc. You don’t even need to buy anything – you can stroll around and enjoy the multicultural performances: folk dancing, singing, magic shows, martial arts, lion dance, bands… as well as games & prizes! Spend a summer night at the the Chinatown or Richmond Night market!

They are open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays all summer long.

Click here for further information on the Chinatown Summer Nights Market!

Click here for further information on the Richmond Summer Nights Market!

– Laura

Try Something New!

So it’s almost mid-May, which means a good four months have come and gone this year. That’s 131 days – or 3,144 hours if you prefer. I pondered this the other day and realized that – although it was cliché – time flies. So I thought to myself, “Have I tried something new this year?”

For 10 minutes I fished around my brain, trying to pull out at least three memories of something I’d done which was outside of my comfort zone. Of course, after 10 minutes I realized that if it took me that long to think of anything – chances were that I needed to be more spontaneous – which brings me to last night.

After a busy day at the office and many stomach gurgles later, by 6:30 p.m. I was ready for dinner. I met up with a friend Barbara (from the INTERNeX staff house) and we strolled through the streets of Vancouver searching for the perfect place to eat.

As we walked along Seymour Street, we spotted our restaurant.

Let’s back up a bit here. I mentioned how just the other day I realized it was time for me to try something new, so I could look back on 2010 with a smile.

Okay so, as we walked along Seymour Street, we spotted our restaurant – Toyama – a Japanese restaurant better known for its sushi. As Barbara’s face lit up with excitement (or hunger – not sure), mine crunched up at the thought of eating raw fish. Those that know me know I don’t particularly enjoy seafood, however, this was the perfect opportunity for me to try something different.

As we entered the restaurant, the slight ringing of a bell confirmed our entrance. We were quickly seated and given menus. As the waitress poured us tea, I fiddled with my chopsticks, silently praising the invention of the fork. As Barbara whipped through her menu, I hesitantly picked mine up. As I turned the pages I was immediately overwhelmed by the selection. What did everything mean? The only word I recognized was Biiru.

After discussing the game plan, we ordered the sprill rolls and edamame to start, along with california rolls and another type of sushi I can’t pronounce – or type for that matter. I was hoping for some time to prepare myself before the sushi arrived, but the food was sailed right over to our table – literally. Our food was served on a boat platter, which I thought was pretty neat.

With chopsticks in hand, I knew it was do or die! The time had come to push everything aside and go for it. I plunged the sushi in soy sauce and then right into my mouth as Barbara stared intently. “Not bad,” I mumbled, as I  swallowed the ginormous piece of sushi (my first piece ever). I went on to eat three more pieces that night, and although I still prefer chicken, I’m glad I decided to try Japanese cuisine.

So there you have it. I triumphed last night at Toyama, I tried a new dish that I never would have before. So I’m going to ask you to do the same. While you’re in Canada, do something that’s out of the norm for you. It can be as little as trying sushi for the first time, or bungee jumping in Whistler!

Just ask yourself, how do you want to remember the year 2010? Will it be the year you went whale watching? Perhaps it will be the year you gained valuable work experience. It might even be the year you spent four days on a trip to Banff. Whatever you decide to do, make sure to try something new while you’re in Canada – and as often as possible!

Cheers,

Laura