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Towering Trees of Love

I’m taking it back a few years…

This photo was taken in Cathedral Grove, MacMillan Park on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. You’ll find it on the way to Tofino, but in between Port Alberni and Parksville.

It didn’t matter how much we tried or how wide our hugs were, this tree was never going to feel a full-embraced hug. That’s okay though, because these Douglas Firs have been receiving some loving hugs for the last 800 or so years of their life. That’s right, at LEAST 800 years that these trees have been around. Some of them might have even been longer! There’s no way to explain the feeling of these trees and this forest… It’s magical, but at the same time, you feel like you’re such a small part of the world. Just another ant!

If you plan to stop in Tofino, make sure you don’t miss your stop to take a hike at Cathedral Grove!

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Brad and I showing this monstrous Douglas Fir some love.

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Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver

This is the breathtaking Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Endless gardens, sprouting tulips and floral scents coating the air; it truly is a wonderful place!

20160406_142023_HDRTulips sprouting up; their vivid colours bring so much life to the park.

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An indoor bio-dome;  housing humid weather and magical creatures.

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20160406_133352_HDROne of the entrance’s to Queen Elizabeth Park. That dome you see is an indoor eco-system; seen in the photos above.

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Crossing Canada; Ottawa and Manitoba

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Sometimes its just never enough time… You feel like your week is just getting started somewhere and before you know it, you’re packing your bags and waving your goodbyes. That’s how this past week was for Amy and I in Winnipeg, Manitoba – or should I say Winterpeg, Manisnowba.

We have officially started our three week vacation just over a week ago, starting in Ottawa, Ontario by visiting my parents and seeing a close friend to sailing through Canadian airspace over to Winnipeg to visit my much-missed and well-loved Grandparents, Uncles, Aunts and Cousins.
Just before I jump into my Winnipeg adventure, I need to share some exciting recommendations and places to see (that only locals know about), if you happen to be in the Ottawa region, that is.
First off, if you’re coming to Ottawa, don’t be scared to venture off across the Champlain Bridge and over into the unknown land of Quebec. Specifically, you’d be spending your time visiting my hometown: Aylmer, Quebec. It’s no more than a 10 minute drive over the Champlain Bridge and you don’t have to worry about being French language-equipped, most businesses are bilingual and will serve you in English without issues. If you’re into cute, cozy and relaxing cafés that aren’t run and managed by major franchises, then you must visit the “British Café”! This newly renovated cafe is armed with high quality coffee, freshly baked pastries, a loungy environment and well managed staff. If you’re into the bar scene, but enjoy tasting new beers from all over the world, then look no further than my favourite bar in Aylmer: ” L’autre Oeuil”, which translates to “The Other Eye” in English. This bar is incorporated into a historic but well-kept house but a modern and dimly-lit interior. The reason why people like this joint so much is because it offers roughly 300+ beers from around the world, both fresh on the tap and bottled and they are continuously adding in new selections to their menu, leaving you opportunities for new palatable experiences on every visit. Thirdly, for food, you must try “L’aubergiste”. This joint is run and owned by two professional chefs who create a new and fresh menu almost everyday to keep things interesting. When I visited last week, I indulged in one of the best poutines that I’ve ever had in my life; duck confit, local cheese curds and freshly sliced fries smothered in a homemade gravy recipe. If the province of Quebec could be transmuted into a fine dish, then this definitely was it!

My grandparents were adamant on showing us their favorite, local food joints within their home region just outside of Winnipeg, so that’s exactly what they did! Joey’s, Ricki’s, Roxie’s, Vickie’s, Half-Moon… You’d think I was reciting off a set of Santa’s new line of reindeer if you didn’t know any better! Out of all those joints, I’d have to highly recommend Roxie’s in Selkirk, Manitoba. We showed up on rib night (Saturday); I’m not usually a rib guy, but I decided to take a chance and see what this popular dish was all about. Well holy-rib o’mighty! Lemme tell you, I was in rib heaven! The meat was melting right off the bones and the apple-chipotle sauce was to die for! To kill time and have some fun in Manitoba, we LOVE to visit a popular casino & resort just North of Beausejour, Manitoba. We have fun gambling away at the newly installed slots and games, which do have pretty positive payouts when comparing to the Regent casino in Winnipeg (from our experience). Because this casino is a little farther from the city of Winnipeg, there is usually better parking and more breathing room in the casino. You shouldn’t have any problems finding a seat at your favourite gambling game.

Aside from fine dining and fun gambling, I had the pleasure to visit with some well-missed family. I’m very proud to see that my cousins are healthy, happy and successful; I look forward to seeing where their future brings them! I also consider myself very lucky to descend from such a healthy, smart and strong family.
At the end of the day, this isn’t a goodbye, but just a “see you soon”!

At this point in time, I am about to land in Calgary, Alberta for a transfer over to Abbotsford, British Columbia, where we will spend a week and a half visiting my family-in-law and my Brother who is currently stationed in Victoria, BC. I am very excited to see everyone and also, to practice my Spanish that I have been learning from scratch as of a few months ago.

Stay tuned for more photos, videos, travel tips, reviews, advice and adventures in British Columbia and beyond!

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Travel jobs for Canadians!

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Canada, eh?!

Fellow Canadians! Feeling lost, looking for an adventure/new career and don’t know where to start? Or maybe your qualifications aren’t at a level where they’re being highly sought after… Well, I’ll share some cool ideas with you that I’ve learned about throughout the past many years!

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First thing’s first – a bit biased, but nonetheless, a fantastic career option (no need to explain, you see enough through some of my posts coming back from trips around the world):

Canadian Forces: http://www.forces.ca/en/home

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Don’t want to leave the country but want to have an adventure domestically?

Canadian Coast Guard:
http://www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca/…/Recruitment…/career-opportunities

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Do you want to study abroad but afraid that you can’t afford the international student tuition?

Study in Norway for free:
http://www.topuniversities.com/where-to-study/…/norway/guide

Study in Germany for almost free: http://www.topuniversities.com/where-to-stu…/…/germany/guide

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Want to fly sky high and see many countries in a short period of time? Compensated well in salary, benefits and vacation? Discounted flight for family? If you can handle living abroad with paid accommodation, then you may want to check out positions for the following airlines:

Etihad Airlines:
https://careers.etihad.com/Etihad/go/Cabin-Crew-Jobs/716001/

Air Emirates:
http://www.emiratesgroupcareers.com/english/

Qatar Airways:
http://careers.qatarairways.com/qatarair…/vacancysearch.aspx

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Another way you can live abroad with a decent income is to teach English abroad. Many countries will accept teachers without a degree, asking for a minimum nativity in the English language and completion of a TEFL/TESOL course – which can be completed in any major city or even online. Don’t get me wrong, a Bachelor’s degree will help broaden your opportunities in more countries, but it isn’t required!

Check out this accredited online TEFL course with internships opportunities abroad:

http://i-to-i.com/

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Want to have the opportunity to temporarily live/work abroad with a support system backing you up?

Check out Canada’s “SWAP” program!

http://swap.ca/

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WWOOFing!

No, that’s not a dog barking, but a concept and opportunity much cooler than that!

WWOOF organisations connect people who want to live and learn on organic farms and smallholdings with people who are looking for volunteer help.
WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles. Volunteers give hands on help in return.

The cool thing about this? You can go to almost any country in the world and WWOOF!

http://www.wwoof.net/

OR

http://wwoofinternational.org/

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Like kids? Enjoy babysitting? Ever think of becoming an Au-Pair?

What is an “Au-Pair”?

An au pair is a young adult from another country who lives with your family for a year and provides in-home childcare (like a nanny, but better)! Au pairs work up to 45 hours per week, in exchange for the opportunity to live with a family in a foreign country. Because au pairs provide live-in childcare, they offer greater flexibility, caring for your children at times that accommodate your family’s individual schedule.

https://www.aupairworld.com/en

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Like WWOOFING, this is another website posting volunteer opportunities worldwide in exchange for room and board. It’s a great way to learn culture, a new language and of course, to live up a new adventure!

http://www.workaway.info/

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Would you like to sail the seven seas? Sailing from one country to the next on a private yacht or sailboat and get paid for it? Have some skills you can contribute; whether they be culinary or previous sailing experience? Then I think you should check this website out!

http://www.yacrew.com/

OR

http://www.crewunlimited.com/2/cu/crw_joblist.aspx?a=2

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Want to backpack the world on a budget but sleep under a warm and safe roof the for the night? Well, if you’re open-minded, you may want to check outCouchsurfing.com!

https://www.couchsurfing.com/

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I hope you guys enjoy this list that I crafted up for you! Better yet, I hope this inspires you to get out there and try something new!
You’ve got one life to live, make the best of it and start shaping up your legacy!

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Defrosting a Human in Winnipeg, Canada

Just arrived in Winnipeg (Winterpeg is more appropriate), Manitoba, Canada for a quick en-route stop to drop off some passengers and pick some up.
The province of Manitoba pretty much develops into a frozen wasteland throughout their long Winter months; you can’t survive for long out there without the proper gear and warm shelter. Most families and friends are grouping around a cozy fireplace while other are defrosting in Winnipeg’s newest outdoor spa, called “Thermëa”. While I can’t say exactly what the “Thermëa” spa experience is like, I can tell you what you’ll most likely expect as I have been to another spa called “La Nordik” in Chelsea, Quebec which is owned by the same company. I went to “La Nordik” countless times and they never cease to impress and relax me… Outdoor waterfalls (both cold and hot), steam rooms that smell like eucalyptus, relaxation rooms, professional-therapeutic massages, Swedish-style saunas, outdoor bonfires, heavily-salted and mineralized pools to replicate the Dead Sea, gourmet restaurant and so, so much more… So what are you waiting for? If you’re suffering the winter blues or simply just being frozen alive, come to Quebec or Winnipeg and defrost yourself in luxury while you still have the chance!

Thermëa Spa - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Thermëa Spa – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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Snow Capital of Canada!

I just landed in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, which is the capital of Canada. Okay, may-be not the *snow* capital of our hockey-loving country, but there’s plenty of snow here… Enough for you to make all the snow angels you’ve always dreamed of! Eh? Time to take off to “Winterpeg” soon, where hell itself should be frozen over! Gonna be fun!

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Yellowknife, NWT, Canada

It’s dark, quiet and a frigid -30°C here in Yellowknife – Canada’s Northern frontier. Unfortunately it’s just a quick stop in to pick up some passengers, so I don’t have time to check out anything.
I heard that the Northern Lights are absolutely breathtaking here… I’ve never seen them myself, but can’t wait until the day that I do!

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Free and Fun ways to Learn a New Language!

For a lot of people, learning a new language can be very challenging and intimidating. Most people don’t know where to start and how to study, or fear that their study methods just won’t work for them. Well, I’ve got some exciting news for everyone! I’m one of those people would love to learn a new language, so I decided to scout the internet for you to find the best methods and websites to make your language-learning journey an enjoyable one! The best part of all, these options/methods are free!

These awesome websites are listed below:

1. www.duolingo.com

Choose the language you’re interested in, the rest is a game, complete with leaderboards, points and so on.

2. http://www.italki.com/?ref=1605969

A social-media website that is oriented towards those who are willing to those willing to both teach and learn. You can practice the language you wish to learn with members from all over the world for free, or, if you’re willing, you can pay as little as 4$-25$/hr to have lessons in the language you desire with a professional and structured lesson plan through Skype.

3. http://www.memrise.com/courses/english/

A flashcard-style, memory burning learning method; you are presented with words and sentences alongside with the proper pronunciation and translation of all meanings to English. Once the words have been presented to you, you are then drilled with the vocabulary through a “time-attack” if you want to call it, where you then have to quickly match up the correct English translation to the language’s translation, type it, speak it, so on. The faster you are to make correct decisions, the more points you are awarded. Any questions that you get wrong, are immediately reviewed and quizzed to you over and over until you understand. Very effective!

With a combination of these three websites, you’ll be learning a new language in no time! I’m currently learning: Norwegian, Danish and Spanish!

Enjoy and let me know what you think by leaving a comment below!

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Ice Fishing in Canada

Ever wondered what to do during a Canadian Winter? Ski, Snowboard, Ice Skate, Snowshoe, Sled, Dogsledding, Curling?

This is what I do:

That's me - Ice Fishing!

That’s me – Ice Fishing!

Ice Fishing!

It’s pretty simple, really; you make sure the lake is frozen – preferably over 3″ thick, so you don’t fall through. You then drill a hole with an “Auger”, manual or gas-powered:

Gas-Powered Auger

Gas-Powered Auger

Once you’ve drilled your hole, you clear the snow and ice from around and in the hole and then you’re ready to fish!

I’m no Ice Fishing expert; but the good news is, you don’t need to be one to enjoy this cold-Winter past-time! It’s a little bit of technique but even more luck. The fish are so cold, they won’t want to swim a lot, so you have to hope that you drilled a hole over some fish or at least close to them.

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

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Helicopter Carrier – Replenishment at Sea

It wasn’t too long ago when I was busy sailing the seven seas – in fact, it was just about a year and a half ago before I made the transition from “Military Warship” to a “Tactical Transport Aircraft”.

I’ve been on several sails engaging in countless roles all over the world, but one of my most memorable experiences while I was sailing in the middle of the Pacific Ocean was refuelling an American “Helicopter Carrier”. First of all, I didn’t even know there was such thing as a “Helicopter Carrier”, I’ve only heard of “Aircraft Carriers”, but obviously, they exist! From what I remember, the name of the carrier that we refuelled was called the “USS Boxer”, if that rings a bell to any of you reading this post. The refuelling itself took almost an entire day; “Helicopter Carriers” aren’t exactly a small ship, they’re massive! Every time I looked at it, I almost couldn’t believe it! It really is a technological masterpiece by man – just what all of us are capable of designing and creating when we put our heads together and work as a team.

Take a peak at the video I recorded a while back:

What’s even more amazing, is the amount of fuel that’s transferred throughout this evolution without a drip spilled into the ocean – I mean, consider the fact that two ships are cruising at the same time while this is all taking place, there’s a lot of risk management to deal with. That’s okay though, because professionals are handling every aspect of the job.

If you’re looking for a quick way to Travel, see the world and be paid for it, then you may want to consider joining the Navy. It’s a tough job, you work hard while you’re sailing but you’re well rewarded with time off at your port visit. This bring me into a quote that I utilize everyday in the workplace: “Work hard, play harder”.

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– Augustine

 

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