Tuesday, December 1, 2009

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Tis the Season...

My parents just recently asked me to write my WISH LIST for Christmas. So I thought I would write some of my ideas on here:


  1. Backpack for traveling
  2. Day Pack 
  3. Backpacking books: Lets Go,  and Lonely Planet
  4. Money belt
  5. Sleeping bag liner (silk)
  6. Locks
  7. A NEW CAMERA (to document my travels) 
  8. More items to come...
A great website for all your travel needs is Travel Independent! 

What's on your Wish List? 

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Begin Saving!

Once I decided I was going to backpack through Europe this year, I desperately needed to start saving. I automatically got a part time job at the beginning of this year at MOXIE’S CLASSIC GRILL on Richmond as a dinning room server. Training for this position took a bit longer than I ordinary thought, but it has prepared me to know the menu inside and out.

Here are my top 5 favorite things on the menu:

Favorite Drinks: White Peach Bellini and Moxie’s Signature Ceaser

Favorite Appetizer: Sweet Potato Fries

Favorite Salad: Top Sirloin Steak Salad with Goat Cheese (MUST TRY)

Favorite Sandwich: Greek Salad Steak Wrap

Favorite Dessert: White Chocolate Brownie (mouth-watering)

Next time you go out for a bite to eat check out MOXIE’S CLASSIC GRILL on Richmond. The d├ęcor it absolutely beautiful and the food is delicious.  



Monday, November 23, 2009

Top 5 Hostels in Ibiza

None of these Hostels have included Breakfast, but they all offer Private Rooms!

1. Costa Sur Hotel: located in the bay area of San Antonio. Quiet! 

2. Lux Mar Complex Apartments: 10 minute walk to the town's centre with all the nightlife. 

It seems that the definition of hostel versus hotel seems to be a grey area in Ibiza!!

3. Marco Polo II Hotel: Surrounded by restaurants and bars 

4. Hotel Maritimo: 5 minute walk to the Ibiza town 

5. Apartment Dausol: Again close to the town 

Funny Commercial from SPAIN

For more Information about hostels look at Trip Advisor and Rail Europe 

(Photo Cred: http://traveldestinationtips.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/Ibiza.jpg)

Top 3 Hostels in Barcelona

1. Barcelona Dream Be Hostels: Just 15 minutes from the centre of the city "Plaza Catalunya" and right opposite the subway

2. Barcelona Mar Be Hostels: in the El Raval neighborhood and very close to everything

3. Barcelona Urbany Hostel: A MUST stay as it has an indoor pool, sauna, and jacuzzi. It is father away from the centre as it is a newer hostel but still close to the subway. 

For more information look at Trip Advisor and Rail Europe 

(Photo Cred: http://www.hostelsinbarcelona-hostels.com/img/cabeceraBarcelona.gif)

Top 3 Hostels in Madrid

1. Cat's Hostel: They have their very own bar called "Cave Bar" to start the night off right with cheap beer and new friends. Even located in a 17th Century Palace and right in the centre of the city. 

2. La Posada de Huertas Hostel: Located in Madrid's "District of Letters" home to many of Spain's great writers: "Cervantes, and Vega"

3. Bull's Hostel: Located in Santo Domingo and in the heart of down town Madrid 

For more information check out Trip Advisor or Rail Europe 

(Photo Cred: http://www.hostels-in-madrid-hostels.com/blog/img/cabeceraMadrid.gif) 

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Out with the Old and In with the NEW

The three-part mini-series THE END deals with Radio, Television, and Print mediums. Host Jian Ghomeshi continually makes reference to the idea that “conventional” and “traditional” mediums will come to an end making way for new technologies to appear.

What does the audience want?

Young adults today prefer to use technologies that are FREE and easily accessible. We see this with how young adults gain information from other sources like the Internet instead of print sources like a newspaper or magazines. Personally, being a student and having a student budget I can no longer buy magazines such as People and US weekly so I  turn to blogs like Perez Hilton that offer similar content.

How do we gain Freedom and Choice?

The “traditional” medium has faded because the audience has chosen to watch, listen and read what they want and how they want. Pod casts for example are personal mediums for viewers as they have the power of ON DEMAND controls. This is the same for television and PVR’s (personal video recorder) as having the ability to record a show and watch it back skipping all the commercials. 

Although I do find that the Internet is the number ONE online medium, I personally will not give up “traditional” mediums. I think the real question is how much we use these “traditional” sources? 

  • I only listen to the radio while driving as it continually offers me new songs to listen to and I am a captive audience. 
  • Being up at school it is extremely difficult to watch a television program on my computer as my Internet signal is not that strong. I love to watch television the conventional way, although I have adapted to the PVR. 
  • As for print mediums, I enjoy to read a book instead of on a screen for certain texts such as pleasure or school reading. Yes I still print out everything to then read the conventional way perhaps our generation is still betwixt and between “traditional” and “new” mediums of communication. 

If you would like to watch THE END click here