REVIEW: HALLOWEEN SHOPPING

Not even two weeks left and Halloween will be here! For this occasion I’ve decided to check out some stores in downtown for the obligatory Halloween costume shopping. 15545295126_94612b80b9_b
The variety of crazy costumes at the Halloween shops here in North America is just incredible. You really get lost in between all these clothes! Furthermore you are getting so many different impressions that in the end you cannot really make up your mind. I can only speak for myself but my Halloween shopping was absolutely successful. My friend and I will go as Mario & Luigi! I’m pretty sure everyone knows these both characters. They are from the famous video game released in the 80s and it was later re-released for Wii as well.

If you haven’t gotten your costume yet or if you still have no idea what to wear here are some ideas: Witch/Vampire/Zombie, Superhero, Animal, Doctor/Nurse, Batman, Movie Character, Star Wars Character, Political, Pirate or Minion.15382473248_5e44e2d014_b

For all of you who haven’t found the right Halloween costume yet, you should definitely check out the three shops (Halloween Alley, Boo La La Costumes and Spirit Halloween) in North Vancouver! They have a nice variety of different costumes. You can also find costumes and other Halloween stuff at Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs and Rexell.

Hope you will find some scary/funny/crazy/whatever costumes there or somewhere else!

What to do on the weekend?

It’s weekend again. This time we found some awesome events such as the Art World Expo Vancouver, the free Comic Book Day, BMO Marathon Vancouver. 

 

 

Art World Expo Vancouver

The Vancouver Art World Expo is happening at Science World on Friday the 2nd of May and shows artists working on painting, sculpture, installation, body art and photographs. There will be more than 100 artists and also their will have their work on sale and there will be live performances and live art demonstrations.

 

 

                                                                                                           

Free Comic Book Day

On Saturday the 3rd of May is the free comic book Day. It’s every first Saturday in May each year. Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE to anyone who comes into their stores. So check that out.

                                                                                                          

BMO Vancouver Marathon

On Sunday the 4th of May Vancouver has the BMO Marathon. The Marathon includes the full Marathon, walking and wheelchair events and there is also a kid-friendly Kids MaraFun. The full marathon route takes runners around Vancouver to UBC, Stanley Park, and English Bay. If it’s to late for you to sign up for this BMO Vancouver Marathon than you can still watch it and support the runners.

 

We wish you all a nice weekend and we will see you tomorrow at the Trampoline event

 

PS: the next PuB NiGHT will be on Tuesday the 6th of May @ the Metropole

 

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INTERNeX Canada: New Fun Facts !

It’s not the first time, I walk across the streets of Vancouver and I find a situation like this:

Cameras, spotlights, decoration, a “don’t cross” line, lots of people working, another ones responsible for the security of the assembly area, and so….Yeah guys, I’m talking about shoots in Van !!

This picture was more than a month ago, for those interested it was the movie Godzilla, but I didn’t write because of this movie.

It’s amazing how many shootings we can find in Van City. They are everywhere…In Gastown they use to shoot a lot for example.

Yesterday, they were shooting in front of the police station next to the Science World, and it’s very usual to find a shot in Downtown.

A few days ago, it was revealed that the world famous 50 shadows of Grey will be filmed in Vancouver too.

And it’s normal, because Vancouver is a beautiful city which offers every kind of environments: from the perfect skyline of Downtown and its modern buildings…to the wilderness; amazing mountains and the relaxing Pacific Ocean. For that reason is not hard to believe that BC is one of the  largest North American film and TV production centres.

Here are some examples of TV Series filmed in Vancouver:

  • Supernatural
  • Once upon a time
  • Smallville
  • Psych

And here a few examples of movies:

  • Juno
  • X-Men: The last Stand
  • Scooby Doo 2
  • Fantastic 4

This movies and TV Series have some scenes filmed in the Great Area of Vancouver ! If you want to know more in detail, in this link you can see where.

For the curious ones, in the BC Film Commission you can find the information of the current film list. Take a look here.

Now guys, we can say at home that we’ve been in some places where movies and tv series were filmed :p, and please, if you have a nice picture of some shooting don´t be shy and share it with us !!

Best,

Mercedes

INTERNeX International Exchange

International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
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INTERNeX Canada: What to do on the weekend.

Lots of you guys I’m sure didn’t know that Vancouver has the highest Asian Community in any North American City. Yes, I’m not lying guys, that’s totally true !!

So, what I propose for this weekend is to experience the amazing Chinese culture.

Chinatown Night Market

 Would you like to feel like in you were in China?? Go into Chinatown with us on Saturday.

This neighborhood in Vancouver is the largest Chinatown in Canada. From May 17th until September 8thIt’s open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 6:00pm until 11:00pm.

You can explore the charming Chinatown while enjoying its food or buying clothes.

  • When: Saturday 15th, at 7:00pm
  • Where: 140-170 Keefer Street (MAP)

From 7:30 to 9:30 there will be played a Hun Gar Shaolin Kung Fu Showcase.

Join us in our Facebook event.

Vancouver Whitecaps F.C Match.

If you are not into the idea of coming to the Chinatown Night Market, you also have another amazing activities and events that could be interesting for you.

For example, what about watching a  North American soccer match?

This Saturday Vancouver Whitecaps plays against New England Revolution (Foxborough- Massachusetts)

  • When: Saturday 15th, at 7:00pm
  • Where: BC Place (777 Pacific Blvd), Vancouver. (MAP)
  • Price: From $25 to $150.

We wish you a nice weekend and let us know what you were up to!

Best,

Mercedes

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

INTERNeX Canada: Culture Shock!

When I asked around our INTERNeX candidates what they thought to be a culture shock to them, I found out that it was tipping. So you can imagine me, having lived in Canada for almost all my life, finding this hard to believe. For North Americans, it is so natural to tip whenever they get some kind of service, even if it’s optional. Should we really feel bad for tipping though? If you were in the server’s shoes, wouldn’t you want to get tips? It is common courtesy and tips are very appreciated in the service industry, especially in Canada.

However, at the same time, tipping is a choice. You won’t go to jail for not giving a tip to a waitress. And of course, why should you if the service was terrible? But personally, I think it’s courtesy!

When I went on a trip to Europe three summers ago, it was very different not having to tip the servers when I was at a restaurant. Even if I don’t think the server deserve any tips, I still want to give something…because I feel a little ‘bad’ if I don’t. Perhaps this is different in other places.

What do you think? Is tipping the right thing to do?

Happy Sunday!

Cheers,

Flora

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INTERNeX Canada: Fun facts – Lacrosse!

While many of you are probably familiar with ice hockey and associate it as Canada’s sport, you may be surprised to discover that it has only become the national sport of Canada since 1994. On the other hand, Lacrosse has long been (unofficially) declared the national sport of Canada and I think that it deserves much more recognition than it has been given.

What is Lacrosse?

Lacrosse is one of the oldest organized sports in North America and was originally played by First Nations in Upper Canada more than 500 years ago!  It is a team sport in which players pass, catch, and carry a rubber ball, using sticks with a netted pouch at one end. Like most team sports, the object is to shoot the ball at the opposing team’s goal.

Since its origin, lacrosse has been divided into four distinct games: men’s field lacrosse, women’s field lacrosse, box lacrosse, and inter-crosse. The key difference between men’s and women’s field lacrosse is that the men play with 10 people on each team with contact, while the women play with 12 people on each team without contact.

Box lacrosse emerged in the 1930s where empty hockey arenas are taken advantage of during the summer. Inter-Crosse is the newest form of lacrosse designed for new players and is much safer using plastic sticks and a lightweight ball.

Today, many lacrosse fans still consider lacrosse as the true Canadian national sport. It is played by tens of thousands of people across North America and remains an important part of native culture.

Have you ever tried playing it or even heard of this sport? If not, check out the Canadian Lacrosse Association for more information.

Or, you can join us at BC’s Sports Hall of Fame and Museum and we can learn more about the sports of Canada! Sounds good?

Cheers,

Queenie

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INTERNeX Canada: Casual Friday Pre-Thanksgiving!

Monday is Thanksgiving and of course we are going to celebrate together with a typical thanksgiving dinner! We know how to celebrate it, but…. Do you know the history behind this festivity?

The origin of the first Thanksgiving in Canada goes back to Martin Frobisher, an explorer who celebrated  for surviving after a long and difficult trip from England… years after this celebration continue when new immigrants were arriving to Canada

Thanksgiving in North America in general has its origins in a mixture of European traditions and aborigines. In Europe, festivals were held before and after the harvest cycles to give thanks for a good harvest and to celebrate the hard work along, with the rest of the community .At the same time, Native Americans were also celebrated the end of the harvest, so the actual Thanksgiving is a mixture between aboriginal tradition and the own tradition that the Europeans brought to Canada. But the main objective was basically the same, to say thank you after a good harvest and to finish a hard work.

In Canada is always celebrated on the second Monday of October and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States.

So now you know a little bit more, now we are ready to eat our great turkey dinner!

Join us in celebrating a traditional Canadian Thanksgiving at The Irish Heather in Gastown with our INTERNeX family! It´s just $25 (excluding tax and gratuity) and we will be eating Roasted turkey with cherry relish, mashed potatoes, maple glazed yams, stuffing, and brussel sprouts; and pumpkin pie with bourbon cream for dessert!

Don´t miss out!

Remember:

Where? The Irish Heather, 210 Carrall Street Vancouver

When? Monday, October 8th at 7:30

See you there!

Cheers

Irene

INTERNeX International Exchange
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Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
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