The Return of Record Stores to Vancouver

Considering the great sound offered by vinyl records and the fact that several old trends are making a comeback, I was not really surprised when I learned that the vinyl record and players were being purchased now more than ever. Now, you have to admit that these pieces of sound are beautifully classic and able to nicely decorate any room space.  This trend has also invaded our dear Vancouver.  As I see more people filling in stores to get themselves the best record player they can get, I am thrilled with excitement at the return of a great sound and, honestly, love the tint of nostalgia they bring.  Oh, the days.

Vancouver has some of the best vinyl record stores and that is something to be proud of.  There are stores where you can buy and sell records and used turntables.  These stores are open for trade and it gives me a great sentiment to know that I can find some cool classics up there.   We are talking about thousands of records ready for trade at the best stores in Vancouver!

If you are a lover of comebacks and love the great sound that turntables offer you, then you should visit these great stores in Vancouver.  Even if you are only for the business, you can find a place here.  However, vinyl lovers will find delight here, especially at the vinyl fairs that get organized by a select group of vinyl record dealers.  This becomes a great opportunity for getting yourself a nice and cheap record player.

You will find at least twenty record stores all around Vancouver, including sales in flea markets and other stores.   The trend is rapidly coming to Vancouver and it is here to stay.  Hurray for the vinyl lovers that are bringing a great sound and beautiful turntables back to the city´s scene.  There are plenty vinyl record enthusiasts that are into the trading of these pieces.

I truly love the fact that we have so many enthusiasts of vinyl records in town.  I myself am filling up with some records I would love to have to, you know, make a sweet trip back to Memory Lane.  Thankfully, I can find them at rather affordable prices in many stores at Vancouver.  Whatever your musical taste is or favorite artist, to this day, you are very likely to find it in Vancouver.  Kudos to the return of the return of record stores to Vancouver!

Things to Do: See The Vancouver Canadians Play

Are you planning to visit Vancouver? Or are you from Vancouver and you are looking for an exciting and fun activity to do with your family or someone you love? Then why not go and watch the Vancouver Canadians play? It can be something that you haven’t done before, experiencing the excitement of cheering for your favorite baseball team.

There are just many things that you can do in Vancouver, but nothing beats the thrill of seeing the Vancouver Canadians play.

Watch Vancouver Canadians Game

If you aren’t a baseball enthusiast, you probably don’t understand why many people would die to be in a full packed stadium just to watch the play. Some would even say that baseball is such a boring sport to watch. But for the people of Vancouver who consider baseball a religion, the Nat Bailey Stadium is the best place to be. Right there they will have a chance to cheer for the Vancouver Canadians.

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In order to make your watching moments even more exciting, grab some hotdogs and beer. And get yourself ready to cheer and to sing along when the team get some inning stretch.  You’ll also see some fireworks lighting up the sky, especially after nine regular season games. And remember that when you’re watching the game, be ready to some shouting and screaming spree.

Why Canadians Would Choose to Watch Baseball?

Although there are some who would consider baseball as a less exciting game, you still can’t deny that baseball stadiums in Canada are also always crowded with many baseball lovers even during regular seasons. Then why they still choose to watch baseball? That’s for very one good reason, they still find it fun and they wanted to support the Vancouver Canadians.

The many amateur baseball tournaments around Vancouver are good evidences that more and more people wanted to learn the sport. The younger generations are looking after the Vancouver Canadians and probably want to follow their footsteps and become a professional baseball player that can give prestige to the city. Wearing their best batting gloves, they start play baseball at a very young age.

Visiting Vancouver

If you’re still trying to decide whether you go and visit Vancouver or not, now is the time to decide. There are just a lot of things to do in the city that will make your visit a memorable one. You can find some beautiful spots that will surely make you love the place. Restaurants and pubs can also be found everywhere, where you can much in and treat your taste buds.

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For sports enthusiasts, watching the Vancouver Canadians should be on the top of your list. Bring some friends with you and get ready to cheer for the team. You can always check out the schedule of games and get some ticket reservations. Then check out your schedule, get some days off and make sure to get the most of visiting Vancouver. Ensure to plan out a good trip to the city now. A visit that you will surely not regret!

Fit Fab Mom

49802182585788dad4fa88360f6cd03ePerfect vital statistics… awesome sexy curves… fabulous body… This was our physique before the baby bump, and it gets worse – losing that extra weight after giving birth seems to be so tough. It is quite frustrating, especially if finding time to get back in shape is very challenging for us.

It takes a lot of life adjustments, especially for first time moms. You are literally bereft of sleep, your energy level is depleted, you can’t even find time to comb your hair, and sometimes you are devoid of breathing space. Don’t get me wrong, being a mom is very fulfilling. In fact, it is the most significant role, but you have to admit it, it’s a very difficult task.

I once thought I can never get back in shape. I used to think I can never be fabulous. However, if you look around you, some moms look more gorgeous after having a baby. How did they do that?

An Encounter with a Personal Trainer

While completing my grocery list in a local supermarket, my daughter began having a tantrum. As a first time mom, I really didn’t know how to deal with my toddler, but of course I was trying to learn. Then a gorgeous lady carrying a child about my daughter’s age approached us, she spoke softly to my daughter, later on they were laughing. It’s just like magic, she really knows how to deal with kids.

We started talking, she gave me advices on how to be a good mom and all that. But that’s not the whole story. You know what I learned? She is a mother of six, and still she looks so perfect – a fit and fab mom. I asked her how come she still looks so radiant and still manages to do all the activities with her kids. Well, that’s because she is a personal trainer. “You got to walk the talk” I remembered here saying.

We discussed a lot about fitness. Finding time for a routine exercise is very essential. It is more than getting back in shape; it is having more energy, stamina, endurance and being happier about yourself. Finding time to be healthy is not only for your advantage, but your children will benefit more from it.

Work Out Smart, Not Harder!

You don’t have to go to the gym and work out for hours just to be physically fit. All you have to do is to work out smart, not harder. You have to incorporate your training essentials to motherhood. Ask a personal trainer in your town, how you can have a diversified fitness routine while fulfilling your responsibilities as a mom. Maybe she can show you simple exercises that you can do with your kids. This can be a great way to get back in shape while bonding with your little ones.

Don’t make motherhood as an excuse not to be fit and fab. Make this a reason for you to live a healthier lifestyle. You are not only doing this for yourself anymore, you are doing this for your little ones. Being physically fit means you can be at your best self and have a longer life to spend with them. Mothers are born to thrive and it is not just by mere existing, but living life to the fullest with her children.

 

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Early Morning Hike Through Stanley Park – Carry a Flashlight

When it is about hiking in Vancouver, who can forget about Stanley Park? As it is considered as one of the greatest parks in the world, more and more people are getting excited about going to the park. With its breathtaking views and numerous trails, it is a perfect place for biking and hiking.

If hiking through the Stanley Park is on your bucket list, then you’re not alone. More and more people would go for an early morning hike through the park where they can leisurely stroll and do some nature sightseeing. You can also find the perfect serenity in the park if you’re looking for some.

Stanley Park Hiking

Since Stanley Park has long and numerous routes, it is very conducive for hikers. There’s this large, 10-kilometre circle, paved trail that goes around the perimeter that you can follow. You can hike from end to end while enjoying the great scenes along the trail. You can see huge trees that most are already centuries old and stand over 70 meters. If you aren’t familiar and don’t follow the trail layout, you might get yourself lost with all these huge trees. So make sure you have someone who’s knows the area well or be excellent in following the trail layout.

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Hiking Safety

When you’re hiking, whether it’s your tenth time or first, safety is your number one priority. Talking about your safety, there are many factors that you need to consider such as how to prepare, the things to bring, what to wear and all other things that can help you protect yourself. For early morning hiking, you obviously need to carry the best tactical flashlight to aid you while the sun isn’t up yet.

Don’t forget about carrying a med kit for emergency use. If you go for longer hikes, having an energy bar will save you. Also make sure to keep yourself hydrated. Most of all, before you go for a hike, know where to go, study the trail routes very well. Also, make sure you tell someone about when you’re expected to be back. That way, if things go bad, there would be someone that can call for help.

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Preparing is Everything

Although Stanley Park is generally a safe place to hike, accidents may happen when you least expect them. And your best weapon about it is to prepare. Yes, preparing is everything if you want to have the most memorable and safest morning hike ever. You might ask what and how should I prepare for the hike?

Mainly, it is just about conditioning your body before going for a hike. Remember, you have to walk and trek through the trails which require you to be in good shape. You need to evaluate yourself whether you are capable or not. You also have to prepare about what you should do when you get there. Don’t expect things to be that easy, especially for first time hikers. So you need to be ready and prepared to face whatever it is you get when hiking. So if you want a fun and exciting morning hike in Stanley Park, start preparing now!

Reptiles Make Great Pets for Kids

In many homes, a pet is not just a pet, but often considered as one of the family members. Whether it’s a dog, a cat or a fish, they have already become part of our life. These pets are often our kid’s life savers and most of all a friend.

But do you know that there can be other lovable and endearing animals around that will also make a great pet for your kids? If you are currently looking for a gift or something to give for your kid as a present, you might want to consider giving him a reptile like an iguana.

Reptile as a Pet

This might be something offbeat a decade ago. But these days, having a reptile as a pet is very common for many. Many of us are probably scared of lizards, snakes, frogs and many other reptiles and when we think of having them as a pet, that’s a little creepy.

But there could be good reasons why many are now starting to get a reptile as a pet at home. Let’s take a closer look about why they can make great pets for kids.

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Easy to Care and Maintain. Since you will be entrusting a pet to your kid to take care, you have to make sure that he can do it with less effort. Unlike other pets like dogs and cats, reptiles don’t need too much cleaning and grooming. Reptile like a bearded dragon is easy to feed. A bit of veggies and a chunk of meat would do.

Saves Space.  For those who don’t have enough space at home to contain bigger pets, getting a reptile is a great idea. No huge cages needed, just a small containment would do. This would work for families living in small apartments and units.

Saves Money.  Obviously, this is the most enticing part of having a reptile as a pet. It absolutely saves you money for the food, maintenance and grooming. So you don’t have to spend too much just to get your kid a pet to love and care.

Fun to Have. Not many people know about this, but yes, reptiles like bearded dragon can be very playful and fun to have. Some iguana owners are even making it more fun by putting some cute little dress on their pet. Reptiles might be frightening, but they are absolutely friendly and easy to tame. Reptile owners can say a lot about that.

Why Get a Pet for your Kid

There are many reasons why getting a pet for your kids is important. One is that it’s a good way to teach them how to become responsible to take for something. Since they will be more hands on in feeding and grooming, it will make them even more in charge. It is such a great way to train them. Having a pet will also keep them from doing undesirable things since they’ll get more focused in making sure that it’s in good health and condition.

For some kids, having a pet they can be with even when they’re sleeping would mean security. They felt that their pet will be watching over them and take care of them while they’re sleeping.  So why not get a good pet for your kid today? And consider getting a reptile this time!

Paddleboarding in Vancouver

Since paddleboarding started in Hawaii, it has become even more popular in many different places all over the world. And Vancouver is no exception for that. Now, you will be able to see an increasing number of paddlers out in the waters. Paddleboarding seem to get much attention from people who are looking for fun ways to work out and get fit.

For those who don’t have much idea what paddleboarding is, just think about surfing, but with a twist. It is a great water activity wherein you have to propel through the water using a paddle while stand up on tower paddleboards which very much the same with a surf board.

Paddleboarding Truth

There are many reasons why there is an increasing number of people love paddleboarding. Unlike any other water sports activities, it offers lots of benefits. For those looking for an effective way to work out but not exhausting yourself too much, this activity is the perfect option. It is proven effective to improve your body’s core strength, as well as your balance. Standing up on top of the board, while trying to propel through the water without falling out of the board, is absolutely a great way for you to acquire strength.

Paddleboarding has no age limitations. Even your pet can ride with you. Kids will definitely enjoy this activity. Thus, you can do it with your entire family. It is even more fun to do paddleboarding with your friends. It is such a great way to enjoy with the people you cherish plus you get a chance to stay fit and improve your body over time.

Paddleboarding in Vancouver

For the people of Vancouver, paddleboarding a great option to make the most of the many calm and beautiful waters around. There are many beaches around that are dedicated to accommodate paddleboarding. You can enjoy the water, savor the sun and improve your body’s strength at the same time.

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If you are new to this water activity and you don’t know how to get yourself started, then you can find schools around that can give you the paddleboarding lessons that you need, to get you on the go. You don’t have your own stand-up paddleboard yet? Don’t worry, you can find many shops around that offer paddle boards rentals. On the Deep Cove as well as the North Shore, their calm waters are a perfect place to be.

Enjoy the Waters

Whether you live in Vancouver or you are just there for a day or two get away, it is important that you make the most out of it. You can’t just be there and do something memorable and beneficial. Whether you are with someone special or with your entire family, paddleboarding can still be a great option. On that note, you also have to make sure of your own safety. Make sure that you are safe and protected when doing any water sport activity. You can only get the complete fun and enjoyment if you do it with caution, safely and with proper protection!

Best Breakfast in Vancouver

Breakfast in Vancouver

Bons, One of My Favs!

 

As they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Here in Vancouver, people takes breakfast really seriously. In fact, they love breakfast so much that there are actually hundreds of restaurants dedicated to serving just breakfast foods alone.

If you are a breakfast lover, you will surely love Vancouver. I actually used to hate breakfast but that all changed now that I have a child. Since I have to make sure that he gets his most important meal of the day, I am forced to have mine too. However, there are still some days when I get lazy cooking breakfast for my family so we end up eating out for breakfast. Lucky for me, my favorite Vancouver breakfast places do not disappoint.

If you are like me and you want to find your go-to breakfast place for you and your family, here are some of the best breakfast places in Vancouver:

  • Bon’s Off Broadway

If you and your family love all greasy things for breakfast, this is the best place to go to. This place serves the breakfast essentials– bacon, toasts, eggs and potatoes. The best thing about this place is it actually serves some of the best Vancouver breakfast for only a couple of bucks.

  • Heirloom vegetarian restaurant

If your kids loves veggies (which is very rare, I know), this is the perfect place to eat in. This place specializes in egg dishes with a healthy twist. I recommend this to parents who want to introduce healthy eating to their child at an early age. Their delicious healthy vegetarian breakfasts will surely make your child ask for more.

  • Marulilu Cafe

If your family loves Japanese and breakfast, then this will surely be your favorite place. If you are already too tired of eating bacons and eggs again and again, then introduce your family to a different breakfast dish. This place offers a great pancake this with a Japanese twist– the Okonomiyaki. It is a Japanese version of pancake with onion, cheese and a whole lot of seafoods.

  • Paul’s Omelettery

For those who like to try all sorts of egg dishes, this is the perfect breakfast spot for you. They serve some of the best omelette dishes that you can ever taste. Some of my favorites include omelette with salmon and shrimp. The best thing about this establishment is it is located in a convenient location just along the Granville Street Bridge. This is accessible for anyone who work or study downtown.

  • Siegel’s bagels

Bagel is my favorite breakfast food. This quick breakfast stop offers the yummiest Montreal-style bagels you can ever try. These are baked fresh everyday in their traditional wood-burning oven. One of their best flavor is their candied salmon.

Whether you wish to try out something different or you are craving for your favorite breakfast meal, these are some of the best Vancouver breakfast spots that you must try. Dining in one of these spots is truly a great way to start your day!

Top 5 activities for Moms in Vancouver with Toddlers

False Creek

If you and your little one is already bored watching Tv or playing board games and the likes, it is recommended that you go out and explore the wonderful world of Vancouver.

Having lived here for too long a time, I have always thought that I have already done everything there is to do in this city. That is why I did not bother exploring the city. However, this all changed when my little boy came into my life. Like me, my boy gets easily bored so I discovered the need to go out and look for fun things to do with my little boy in this city of ours. Surprisingly, I discovered that Vancouver has lots of things stored for a mom and her little child.

A day out at Granville Island

Lots of tourists flock to this tourist attraction because of the variety of dishes that it offers. However, there is more to this place than the food. Since my little boy like adventure, his favorite activity here is riding the Aquabus. This is actually a network of small boats that will tour you all around the area of falsecreak. The best part of this day out is the visit to the island. You can have a pick between the indoor children’s area or the outdoor park or both. These establishments actually offer lots of activities to enjoy such as rides, play pen and many more.

 

A visit to the Capilano Suspension Bridge

If you want something fun and adventurous to do with your little kid, this is the place that I highly recommend. More than just a bridge, this is actually a park that is filled with culture, adventure as well as history. Some of the attractions that I recommend include Living Forest Exhibit, Kids’ Rainforest Explorer Program as well as the guided tours.

 

A ride at the Vancouver big bus

You may think that this activity is only for tourists but you will be surprised to discover how much enjoyable it is, even for the locals. Since me and my boy want to try something new, we hopped on to the big bus and it was so surprisingly enjoyable that our big bus ride have become one of our favorite experience so far. Riding the double decker is the best way to teach my boy the history of Vancouver.

 

A day watching the sea planes

Now, this is one of the least popular activities in Vancouver but this is the most unique and fun one. Along the coal harbor, you can find a sea wall where you and your kid will love watching the sea planes go up and down. The best thing about this is that it is located only a few minutes away from downtown Vancouver.

 

A skyride to Grouse Mountain

Take the ride to the top of the mountain and you will be in awe of the amazing view of the city from up there. At the top of the mountain, delicious foods, entertaining shows and majestic views await you.

 

Are you ready to have fun with your little one? If yes, then schedule these fun fun fun activities and watch your child get giddy with delight!