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Final Flight

Today is a special day… It marks two different but important events for me.

First off, last night officially marked my last flight with 437 (T) Sqn. I had a few fun days in Lviv, Ukraine, but it was surreal to think that this was the last mission I was to be part of with this true family of a Squadron. The last 4 years has swept by like a vicious hurricane, but I can confidently say that my time at the Squadron was the best 4 years of my life. Four years with travel to over 30 countries in 5 out of 7 continents all around the world. I not only traveled, but traveled in style and pride on the Royal Canadian Air Force’s CC-150 A-310 Airbus aircraft, flying over 1,200 hours in the air in total, which amounts up to 50 days of my life spent in the air. Now that I’m leaving off to a new adventure, I can speak about the utmost pride and pleasure that I had while serving multiple dignitaries on our Airbus; personally serving Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Governor General David Johnston, Royal Family members Prince Charles and Camilla from the UK, while they flew to high-class events, meetings and summits around the world. I would also like to mention that is was an absolute honor to care for over 100 WWII Veterans that we flew to the Netherlands for the “Liberation of the Netherlands” battle they fought in, to drive out the Nazis and liberate the country. I also had the awesome experience of flying several famous Canadian athletes, singers, comedians, and stars, including Arlene Dickinson from “Dragon’s Den” to locations across Europe and Kuwait to entertain our hard-working and deployed troops who were away from their families.
Again, working at 437 (T) Sqn was a big part of my life, a place my heart holds close to and I will truly miss it and the people who I flew with; but I know all good things have to come to an end at some point. It’s time to move onto new and exciting adventures, a whole new world awaits me; and all of it, undiscovered with limitless opportunities. I look forward to this new chapter in my life and I have many to thank for helping me reach my goals – so, in saying that: Thank You!

Secondly, today also marks 7 proud years of full-time service with the Canadian Forces. Undeniably, it was the best decision I’ve ever made in my life and I look forward to the next 20 (at minimum).

Here’s a video of my wet-down (make sure to play it in 1080p HD quality for the best experience).
On the final leg of every member’s last flight with the Squadron, an informal congratulatory ceremony called a “wet-down” is held at the entrance of the plane. The member walks down the stairs to then be soaked head-to-toe with bone-chilling water. I took part in many of these events, but it was strange to feel that it was my turn this time around. Thank you to everyone who took their personal time to show up for the wet down, it really meant a lot to me!

Thank you 437 (T) Squadron for the best years of my life!

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Memorable Memories

Wow, what a memory of a photo!

I was elated to know that I was going to be around to take this photo with my Squadron. It’s been a few years since we had the last Squadron photo and it won’t be long before I’m off onto my next posting. At least I have this valuable portrait to hold onto and display with pride to my family and friends.

The two planes we are positioned in front of are CC-150 A-310 Airbus aircrafts that are modified to military standards. We just had one publicly displayed at the Quinte International Airshow that just took place on the 25 and 26th of June, 2016 in Trenton, Ontario, Canada – along with several other aircraft from Canada and abroad. Notably, I really enjoyed watching the historic Lancaster and P51 Mustangs fly over head, something that you definitely don’t see everyday.

Aside from that, I’m proud to say that I’ve finally earned a few notable awards! First off, without getting into any specific details, I’ve earned my first medal from a mission I took part in several years ago. I also earned my 1,000 hours flying certificate (I actually have about 1,200 hours now). The important thing to note here is that each hour is an actual hour in the air and not hours spent on the ground in a foreign destination.

437 Sqn group photo

437 Squadron photo taken on the flight line located on 8 Wing Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton, Ontario on June 03, 2016. Images by: Cpl Rob Stanley, 8 Wing Imaging

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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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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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“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” 

– Augustine

 

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The Traveling Brothers!

That’s right! With twice the amount of traveling, you now have twice the amount of reading!

My younger Brother: “Alex Ilareguy” has made it official! He’s started his own Travel Blog and he’s currently traveling around the world, one day at a time, just like me! It must be in our blood to Travel, that, or I passed the “Travel Bug” onto him. Sorry bro!
We’re both born and raised in Canada, but at this point in time, Alex is traveling around Asia; more specifically: Seoul, South Korea with many more exotic countries coming his way in the near future! You can read up on his adventures by clicking the following link: http://alexilareguy.empowernetwork.com/

Here’s an awesome compilation of snaps of both my Brother and I:

Alex and Jordan

Alex and Jordan – The two traveling Brothers.

Keep your eyes peeled on my website as well, as I will be traveling to another exotic location in the not too distant future!

If you enjoy our blogs, please do let us know by commenting and/or liking our posts and perhaps even “following” us as well!

Enjoy your new stories, double-time!

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Happy Valentine’s! Be Mein?

Happy Valentine’s Day everybody! Today’s that special day to recognize your Spouse or Hubby for how amazing they are! (Shouldn’t you recognize them for how amazing they are every single day, anyways?)

If you don’t have have a special someone, then be sure to spend some quality time with the ones you do love! Ehem… Family and Friends of course!

A few friends of mine here have opted-in to spend time with you on this special day if you’re feeling lonely:

Valentine's Day Leaders!

Valentine’s Day Leaders!

See what I mean? They really are seeking a bit of attention… Okay, perhaps in the wrong way.

Since this is a Travel Blog and I try to encompass my posts around travelling in one way or another, I will apply that ideology to this post. So in that case, we’re going to play a little game and I need your help by submitting your answers!

Looking at the photo I posted above, I would like you to name off each leader (from left to right) and what country they originate from. Bonus points for extended answers giving a brief History on that particular leader.

Please submit your answers by leaving a comment on this post! Please be sure to like the post too if you enjoy this blog!

Happy Valentine’s!

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Transit

Today broke off the usual work routine; usually I’m in the office mission planning for flights or flying! Today was spent sitting in on several business meetings discussing various topics.

My generous neighbor once again has helped me out; this time he repaired my damaged bicycle to a ride-able condition, which to me, almost looks good as new! The bike itself was quite expensive, around 1000$, but that’s only pennies when talking about the professional bikes you can purchase for the avid bikers out there. Have I ever said that my neighbor is generous? Well, everything that he does for us, he never expects a dime for. He’s mowed our lawn on several occasions, fixed up some problems on my car and fixed my bike. All he asks for is the money for what the repair cost, nothing more. I decided to give him more money anyways, for his time and generosity; as I said in an earlier post, you don’t run into these kind’ve people everyday, so respect thy neighbor!
I decided to take my bike out for a spin for the first time in about two years. It was running almost as smooth as it was once I first bought it. Took a ride over to Canadian Tire to pick up a new bike lock, as I lost the key to the old lock, which is a total bummer, because I have a high-quality “Kryptonite” U-lock. I bought something similar and I hope the quality matches or surpasses what I paid for it. I’m not sure if theft is a problem in my town, I sure hope it isn’t… My Father had his bicycle stolen from him while it was locked up, by an office building at his work. The road that it was locked up by is quite a busy road, which I thought was weird how his bike got stolen in front of several citizens walking right by. I guess thieves these days are real experts at what they do, they always find a new way to get around and look for the “loop-hole”.

I think the community that I live in; Trenton, Ontario, is lacking in a few departments. First thing is, we don’t even have a bike path, let alone a bike lane for us to safely enjoy biking in. What are families supposed to do with their children? Bike on the side of the highway? Doesn’t sound very safe to me… Second thing is, Trenton lacks a proper transit system. Sure, Trenton is no major city, it’s just a town, but having a decent transit system would be extremely helpful at times, especially families that have only one car, but need to be in different destinations at different times, or lower-income citizens, which is prominent in this community. Sometimes I wonder if we are just lacking budget, creativity or demand for these simple ideas. I wonder if there’s a way I can find out…

Well, tomorrow is T.G.I.F and soon to be the start of a long weekend here in Canada; Monday is a day off because of the holiday called “Civic Holiday”. Not exactly sure what the meaning behind the day is… The meaning is probably meant to stay home and enjoy a day off, at least that’s the way I like to see it!

I’ve got my third piano lesson on Saturday and will probably spend a good portion of the weekend riding my bike, working out at the gym, maybe go for a swim at the pool if its warm and sunny outside.

Canadians, enjoy your long weekend and whoever else has the extra day off!

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Cologne, Germany

I can’t count how many times I’ve been to this city, I’ll probably need more than two hands.

We arrived early morning and with the six-hour time zone change, it’s a wreck on your body. You have to make a decision: “Do I go to sleep, lose some of my day but wake up well rested to enjoy the rest?” or “Do I just stay awake through the day and make it as far as I can through it?”. I usually go with the first choice, because I like heading out at night with my buddies when I’m well rested so I have the endurance to keep going and stay awake with them. By the time I got to bed, it must have been 730am and I slept until 1pm, got up and went out for a good walk. I took some photos and got some shopping done then headed to a Vietnamese restaurant called “Cyclo” with my buddies. I can’t spell or remember the Vietnamese name of the dish I ordered, but man was it ever delicious and the cooks were just so generous with the portion size! The giant bowl they gave me was loaded with noodles that were coated in a hot peanut sauce. On top of the noodles, I had various veggies with some BBQ’d chicken pieces on top; mouth-watering I tell you, mouth-watering chicken deliciousness.

The only way to finish off a Saturday night in Germany is to wash down your Vietnamese with some good German Kölsch beer! We went to a “Beer House” called the “Beer Museum” where they literally feed beer to you, non-stop, without asking until you ask them to stop, or place a beer coaster on top of your class to show the sign of “please, I’m hammered, no more”. The glasses aren’t very large, which can be dangerous, not only because it’s delicious, but also because you can down them quite fast, which leaves you coming for more and more until you’re seeing double, or even triple! The best part is, the beer is really inexpensive too! They serve the “Kölsch” beer circular beer trays that hold about 10 beers per tray; really fast and convenient when you have hundreds of beer-thirsty customers!
“Beer Houses” and “Beer Gardens” are all over Germany, you’ll have no problem finding them, but I found that they were most prominent in Munich, Germany, which is in an entire different province: “Bavaria”.

I slept in a little more on Sunday, my body needed it, but also, there isn’t a whole lot to do in Cologne on a Sunday, almost all the stores and restaurants are closed, but it’s the perfect kind of day to walk-about and take some good photos without hundreds of people and tourists in the way of your “Kodak moments”. I imagine that most of Germany is like that, but I really can’t recall if it is. Maybe someone can leave a comment and explain?

I’ve been to Cologne so many times, I think I’ve done almost all the touristic things there are to do in the city, although I’m sure I’m missing a few for sure. I heard that the “European Space Agency” is also located in Cologne; if that’s true, I definitely want to see if they host tours of some kind and check out the place! How cool would that be? I’ve been following Chris Hadfield on his adventure through Twitter, same with a few other astronauts. It’s incredible to see the life they live and the things they are doing to make History. It’s very inspirational!

I’m back home now and my friend Julie passed down some extra furniture to me to add to our home, as we’re lacking in the furniture department. Thank Julie!
Tomorrow I start my second Piano lesson and get ready for my next exciting adventure and man, will it ever be exciting I tell you! Prepare for lots of photos!

Here’s a few snaps from the short weekend:

Massive Koln Dom (Cathedral)

Massive Koln Dom (Cathedral)

Kolsch Beer and Tray

Kolsch Beer and Tray

CF18s escorting my aircraft and troops for a warm welcome home!

CF18s escorting my aircraft and troops for a warm welcome home!

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No pain, no game.

Been working my ass and mind off, physically and mentally to reach some personal goals. Physically, I’ve been training with about two workouts a day, everyday to become more physically toned, build endurance and cardio. I’ve been bouncing between intense workouts at the gym and at the martial arts club I practice at: Patenaude’s Fang Shen Do style Kung-Fu. Mentally, I’ve been re-training myself, studying and being tested to bring myself back up to the standard I require to work independently on the aircraft. If you go two months without flying, you temporarily lose your qualification, so you’re placed within a “Standards” cell to bring yourself back up to the standard to take back your qualification. Of course, I was gone for several months in Wainwright, Alberta, so there was no way at all to preserve my qualification. That’s okay though, because I will have it back within just a few weeks and it doesn’t change what I’m physically doing in my job: traveling the world!

I’ve probably mentioned it in an earlier post, but I’ve already traveled to 18 countries in just 3 years. Keep a close eye on my blog, because in just a few weeks from now, that number is going to shoot up from 18 to 23 countries and I’m going to some really exotic places that most people will never go to in their life, or may not even heard of in her life! I can’t mention them now though, so you’re going to just have to deal with the suspense! What a tease, right?

Tonight, I have another great Kung-Fu class to look forward to and tomorrow, I spend the day mission planning for my next gig in the air!

I’ve finally reached four years of service within the Canadian Forces, so at any given time, I could be receiving a promotion to the next rank: “Leading Seaman” which is the Army equivalent of “Corporal”. With a promotion, you deal with more responsibilities, seniority and a pay increase of course, which I am really looking forward to!
With a bit more cash coming in every month, I’m thinking of taking up some music lessons (if time permits)… I’d love to learn the Electric Keyboard and there’s a place in town that is giving lessons for a very fair price. I’ve only studied Music for a short period in school, about two years or so, but I picked it up really fast.

Time to cook up a healthy Supper!

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