What to do on the weekend

What to do on the weekend? That’s the question you ask yourself on Fridays, right before the weekend starts! This weekend is a special one, since most of you will be off on Monday due to British Columbia day. We lined up a few activities and events for you to give you inspiration for this weekend.

14652023768_55187ec8f0_oThis weekend is Pride weekend, so there is a lot to do on Davie Street (between Burrard & Jervis). There is already a party going on tonight from 6pm to 12am. There are multiple stages, food vendors and a silent disco! Sunday is the day of the big parade and the festival on Sunset beach. There are over 130 parade entries with a lot of amazing floats and fun colors. The parade will start on Robson, turn down Denman, and turns onto Beach Avenue. Internex is going to celebrate Pride on Sunday, and we will meet in front of the Blue Ruby Jewellery at 11.45 am.

On Saturday and Sunday, the 41st Annual Powell Street Festival will be held. This festival celebrates the Japanese Canadian art and culture. You can enjoy live music, Japanese food, sumo wrestling and different kinds of art and theatre. The best part of this festival is that it’s free! To check out the entire events, places you need to go to and timetables, visit their website.

Saturday will be the last day of Honda Celebration of Light. It is up to Canada this time and we are expecting an amazing firework show since it’s Canada’s 150th birthday. Since it is the last day of the big event, a lot is going on in English Bay. You can enjoy an aerobatic airshow filled with noise, smoke, skills and suspense at 7.45pm. After that you have to be a bit patient till the fireworks start at 10pm. To have a good spot on the beach, make sure you will be there a few hours prior to the show, since they are closing of the streets behind it.

For those who are off on Monday, take some time to relax after this busy weekend! For the ones that do need to go to work again, keep up the good work and get most out of your weekend! I hope to see you all at the parade on Sunday.

– Tess

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Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Experience IT Review – Celebration of Lights

This weekend we had a relaxing beach day, barbecue and watched the Honda Celebration of Lights. Thank you all for coming!

We first met up on Jericho Beach at 4 PM to enjoy the sun and relax a little. Jericho is the perfect spot for that as it is way less busy than the beaches closer to downtown. Some of us had a big party the night before so they got some sleep on the beach.IMG_6432

After the beach we went to a private location to do the barbecue. We wanted to do it at the beach but unfortunately we only had a coal barbecue, which are currently not allowed due to the wildfires. Luckily we found another place to do it and although some preferred other food then the barbecue, it was still fun to eat together.

When it started to get dark it was time to go back down to Jericho Beach to watch the fireworks, but first we got to watch a really pretty sunset. The Honda Celebration of Lights is a yearly event. Three countries compete in the firework competition and on Saturday it was Japans turn. The fireworks started at 10 PM and lasted about 25 minutes, it was so pretty and mesmerizing to watch.

I hope to see you all on PuB NiGHT!

– Danielle

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Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Smart Saver

Guess what… we found another great cheap place for sushi with over 150 different meals to choose from. Are you already wondering were you can find this great place?


The Fumiyoshi sushi is located on 538 West Pender Street. It is verily quite in there, which makes the services faster. It is also great for lunch, they have extra lunch items which are ready in now time and come for as low as $8.50. And of course free unlimited tea is served by every dish.

My (Alexandra) favorite is Roll Combo #2 (18pcs, Tuna, salmon ad cucumber) for $6.95. The Vegetarian rolls are also very good and fill you up. If you do not want to eat there, just order take out. For more information visit their website by clicking here.

Enjoy your Sushi! 

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: What to do on the weekend

Wow… this long weekend it will be so busy! If you aren’t in the Rockies Trip with us, don’t worry, Vancouver offers a millions of things to do…

VANCOUVER GAY PRIDE

Of course, The Vancouver Pride is the rock star of this long weekend. From July 27th to August 4th, the Vancouver Pride Society organizes a bunch of activities.

Davie Street Dance Party

Say hi! To the Vancouver Pride Week(end) with the Davie Street Party. This street is the heart of the Gay and Lesbian nightlife in Vancouver. There is even a permanent rainbow crosswalk made for this celebration at the intersection of Davie and Bute streets.

The party will start, from Bute St. to Broughton St. at 4pm, with an all-ages area. Then, at 7pm, if you are over 19, you can go to the Lincesed area to continue with the party. You have to buy the tickets previously and enjoy Dj,s performances and much more

WHEN: August 2, 2013 at 7:00 PM

WHERE: Davie Street MAP 

HOW MUCH: (+19) $22.09. Buy the tickets  here

Terry Wallace Memorial Breakfast

An all-ages brunch, in memorial of Terry Wallace, one of the founders of Vancouver Pride.

WHEN: August 3rd at 8:30 AM

WHERE: Bute & Davie Street

HOW MUCH: admission by donation

Pride Parade

The Pride Parade celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. The parade begins at Robson Street and Thurlow Street, heads west to Denman Street, follows Denman to Pacific Street and Beach Avenue and finishes at the Sunset Beach.

WHEN: August 4th  at 11AM

WHERE: Robson & Thurlow Street MAP

HOW MUCH: free

Vancouver Pride Festival

Directly following the Vancouver Pride Parade. The festival begins at Sunset Beach (where the parade ends). The perfect ending with free concerts and a Pride Market!

WHEN: August 4th

WHERE: Sunset Beach

Official Pride After Party

And if you still feel the party spirit, DJs and cocktails at the Ginger 62, in Grandville Street.

WHEN: August 4th at 9 PM

WHERE: 1219 Granville Street MAP

HOW MUCH: $11.54. Buy tickets here 

CELEBRATIONS OF LIGHTS

The third and the last day of the Celebrations of Lights, this time hosted by Thailand. Read more about this celebration in our previous What to do on the weekend.  

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POWEL STREET

The Powell Street Festival is the largest Japanese Canadian festival in the country and the longest running community celebration in Vancouver! Enjoy traditional and contemporary Japanese Canadian performances and demonstrations, including taiko drumming, sumo wrestling, martial arts, bonsai and ikebana, folk and modern dance, alternative pop/rock/urban music, visual arts, film/video, as well as historical walking tours, tea ceremonies, and a fantastic array of Japanese food, crafts, & displays.

WHEN: August 3rd and 4th 11 AM to 7 PM

WHERE: 400 block of Powel Street

HOW MUCH: free

Well, you cannot say that you don’t have options…

Enjoy the long weekend and take care!

Clara 🙂

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
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Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: Culture shock Christmas Edition Part 1!

It’s Christmas time! Time for presents, good company and good food! But even there a common things, Christmas is celebrated in a lot of different ways depending on where you are!

As you know INTERNeX office has people from pretty much everywhere! So just asking in the office you can find out amazing information about Christmas in different places!

Today is turn for Japan! Thanks M!

Christmas in Japan is not part of their traditional culture. December 25th is not even a national holiday in Japan! But in general Japanese people are great lovers of festivals and celebrations so Christmas was imported recent years ago. They didn’t forget to import “Santa” (usually call him “Santa-San”) and kids usually get Christmas gifts from “Santa”.

The New Year’s is a lot more important for Japanese. January 1-3 are holidays. The New Year ’s Eve, usually family (or friends) get together, have dinner and wait for the 108 bell chimes, during the ritual taking place at the Buddhist Temples. If you have no temples around your home, you can still catch it on TV! 🙂

According to Buddhist beliefs, 108 is the number of passions and desires entrapping us in the cycle of suffering and reincarnation. So, the 108 bell chimes symbolize the purification from the 108 delusions and sufferings accumulated in the past year.

January 1 is a very auspicious day, best started by viewing the New Year’s first sunrise (hatsu-hinode), and traditionally believed to be representative for the whole year that has just commenced. Therefore, the day is supposed be full of joy and free of stress and anger, while everything should be clean and no work should be done.

Various kinds of special dishes are served during New Years. They include osechi, otoso (sweetened rice wine) and zoni (a soup with rice cake)

Interesting, right?

How do you usually celebrate Christmas at home?

Cheers,

Irene

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Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
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INTERNeX Canada: Culture Shock

What are the differences between Canada and your own country? We tried to answer this question in the office last week. The INTERNeX staff is so international that we decided to get to take a closer look at each other’s cultures and countries. It was so interesting to listen to the different opinions in our team, especially because we work with all of you from all over the world and considering our Around the World Summer Party 2012 that just happened!

It was Petra’s goodbye get-together so she started off with the Netherlands where people don’t organize themselves in lines as much as Canadians do, she said. They wouldn’t wait for things patiently and rather continue to the next possible option; or elbow their way through into busses and trains. It’s funny because Canadians indeed wait in lines politely. Just take a look at 99 express bus stops – there are always three neat lines formed to board the three doors! Lies, who grew up in Malawi, mentioned that Malawians are happier people. In fact, Malawi was rated one of the happiest countries in the world despite being one of the poorest places on earth. But I am sure Canada is among the first in this survey as well! The Germans in our team agreed that Canadians are a friendlier crowd. The “How are you” in the supermarket here, the “Thank you” in the bus or a chat in the train, they always make my day. Germans are known to be very organized as well. But then again, who stands in neat lines all the time? I guess Canadian line-ups wouldn’t work with Germans because they are a little bit impatient, Martina thinks. But German food can definitely compete with Canada. Many people miss the German bread and some would die for all the different sausages, not to mention the beer.

Mina thought than Koreans are more emotional than Canadians. Happy or sad, they show it too. One of the ways to do it is clapping, Koreans clap their hands aaaall the time, no matter how small the occasion. Find the right address – clap your hands; meet a friend – clap your hands; if you happy and you know it – clap your hands! Our Japan representative Mayuko pointed out that Canadians don’t bow and that our sushi in Canada is all “wrong”. So expect a sushi restaurant called “Sushi the right way” to be opened soon in Vancouver! Katie though that Americans are more crazy about sports. They start to exercise as toddlers almost and continue doing and watching all kinds of sports and team games. Well, Canadians are probably right behind the US in this regard. Could you feel all the excitement about the Olympics? I won’t even start explaining the ice hockey spirit…

And of course we have Canadians at INTERNeX, too! They compared Canada with some destinations they travelled. Barbara lived in Melbourne/Australia that feels basically the same as Vancouver, she said. It’s not too small, not too big, it’s green, there are beached and even the same language ;-). It might be a couple degrees warmer sometimes though… Tim has travelled the UK and pointed out that although it’s all English, he is glad you can understand what people are saying here in Canada as opposed to Scotland. Even he gave up on listening and trying to figure out their expressions and pronunciation. You think you can speak English? Go try that in Scotland!

It’s impressive that we are so different but we all live here and share pieces of our cultures and of Canada! It’s a good thing we don’t have to decide for one or the other: be Dutch, clap your hands, have some sushi and German beer with your American friend, and watch some ice hockey in an Irish pub! What is a major difference between Canada and your country? Are you from one of the INTERNeX team’s countries? Please comment and share you opinion!

Cheers,

Xenia

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
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Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
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Casual Friday – Doubutsu Uranai

Thank god it’s friday! The weekend is almost there, so it’s time for something fun! Doubutsu Uranai was very popular in Japan a few years ago. It’s a zoological fortune-teller. It is often difficult to understand other people’s true personality at first site. It’s not that easy even if you know the person well. It is in a situation like these that you can make use of the Doubutsu Uranai. Doubutsu Uranai uses the date of birth, based on the Four Pillars of Destiny, that breaks down the human characteristics into 12 different kinds of animals.


So try it out! I am a Green Pegasus, I think it comes close to who I am 😉
Let me know your results in a comment!

Have a nice day!

Cheers,

Your PR-team