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    글/ 사진: 이덕일 기자/ 코리안 뉴스   지난해에 이어 6월 9일부터 6월 19일까지 밴쿠버 아일랜드Comox Valley에서 열리는 수산물 페스티벌/EXPO를 다녀왔다. 벌써 10년째 치러지는 연례 행사이어서 내년에도 개최할 예정이다. 지난해 모습과 다른 점은 우선 규모이다. 작년에 비해 규모가 훨씬 커졌다는 것이다. 참여 기업은 물론 축제에 참여하기 위해 방문한 방문객이 많아졌다는 점이다. 올해는 국제적으로 더

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Yogibo: Making Relaxation Fun for Canadian Families

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Yogibo is a luxury boutique retailer of “shockingly comfortable” bean bag chairs, toys, and accessories that help families, employees, and event attendees relax and improve their posture. With 26 stores across the USA and 8 stores in Japan, Yogibo opened its first Canadian store at Coquitlam Centre in November 2015.   Popular products include the

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Pizza for Breakfast?

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    It’s true, it seems this Kitsilano gem will put a soft boiled egg on just about any Italian staple.   By Sarah Berman     Nook Restaurant 1525 Yew Street Kitsilano, Vancouver, BC (604) 734 3381   [Note: this restaurant has another location on Denman Street, but the Denman Nook does not serve

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Dine Out™ in January

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  Canada’s largest annual restaurant festival kicks off January 16.   Tourism Vancouver’s Dine Out™ Vancouver Festival is Canada’s largest annual dining celebration, attracting over 100,000 local and visiting food enthusiasts to experience the city’s exceptionally diverse culinary scene.     Now in its 13th year, the festival gives diners the opportunity to select from

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Seeking Silence

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  Starting the New Year with a mindfulness escape right here in Vancouver.   By Shannon Pidlubny   When most people think of a mid-winter break, they think of sunny beaches, margaritas or vacationing in an exotic location with palm trees and warm ocean breezes. They think of a place they can escape to—somewhere a passport and

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A Tribute to Holiday Parties

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    Winter Gatherings. New Years Celebrations. Secret Santas. Kwanzaa Feasts. Whatever flavour of holiday party you attended this year, we salute you!   December was full of reasons to drink and be merry. Whether it was the end of exams, visits with family or a an all-out holiday rager, we completely understand if you’ve had enough merriment

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Hi, I’m Hunter North.

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  I’m thirteen years old. I’ve been selected to compete thirteen of my peers from acrossCanada. All aboard the Evaluation Train!   By Tiffany Lee, Sir James Douglas Elementary School   The world, my world, is not what I want it to be.   Every two months, the provincial government chooses fourteen contestants, seven girls

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You Said What?

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  On thin ice   Meaning: a risky situation. “I was already on thin ice with my professor before I handed in my final papers late.”   Right as rain   Meaning: perfectly fine. “If you’re feeling a seasonal flu coming on, be sure to stay dry, rest up and get some extra vitamin C;

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You Said What?

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    Act up   Meaning: when someone behaves badly. “On Fridays Jesse’s students tend to act up more often. I guess they know the weekend is coming.”   Hot ticket   Meaning: something or someone that is very much in demand at the moment. “With Apple releasing a new phone so close to Christmas,

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Global Fashion That Changed the World

Tokyo has an international reputation for its wild street styles, including Lolita fashion.

By Jennifer Croll   [Editor’s note: With permission from Prestel Publishing, the following passage is excerpted from Fashion That Changed the World, a new book about just that.]   Fashion Week Internationale, a VICE web series hosted by a fearless ex-model turned journalist named Charlet Duboc, takes viewers backstage for fashion weeks in far-flung, sometimes

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We ask, you tell us: What is Vancouver’s best kept secret?

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  Arielle Spence   Student   “Walk down to the end of Dunbar street. You’ll find a set of stairs that leads you onto the rocks. During low tide, you can just sit on this one big rock. Its the most amazing—water brushing against your feet with a panoramic view from Jericho to the other

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Tour de Feast

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  Tour de Feast 319 Mountain Hwy North Vancouver, BC (604) 980-1811   I can’t deny my love for little hidden gems, especially out in the ‘burbs. Hey, I’ll say it again and again—why dine at the obvious places, such as chain restaurants (although some are decent), when you can eat something original at a

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Welcome to the Skate Jam

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    Kick flips and $1 hot dogs at UBC’s skateboarding meet-up.   Did you know the University of British Columbia has its very own skatepark? In fact it’s the only park of its kind at any North American university. Students took some time last month to test out this important part of Vancouver’s post-secondary

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You Said What?

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    Witch hunt   Meaning: an unfair search to harass or punish people with different views. “The company’s been on a witch-hunt—pricing out all the competitors in the industry.”   Night owl   Meaning: someone who likes being awake and active at night. “Amy is a night owl, she always looks sleepy during morning

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On the Way to Perfect English

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    Laughter: now part of a well-balanced classroom experience. A toastmaster reflects on a language learned.   By Gerrie Ying   It’s been a long time since I began to learn the English alphabet in China, to now competing in a toastmaster’s contest in Canada. On the way to perfect my English, I have

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‘Is This Me?’ Style Meets Existentialism with ‘Women in Clothes’

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    In conversation with two BC contributors to a new international fashion book co-edited by ‘How Should a Person Be?’ author Sheila Heti.   By Sarah Berman, TheTyee.ca   It’s a drizzly Thursday evening in Vancouver’s Chinatown and I’ve had the foresight to wear a rain jacket and waterproof boots. In addition to feeling

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Pan-Fried Perfection

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    New lunch and dinner spot ‘Gyoza Bar’ puts umami tastes front and centre without the MSG.   By Sarah Berman     Gyoza Bar + Ramen 622 West Pender Street Vancouver, BC 604 336 5563   When I first arrive at Gyoza Bar, there is a lineup out the door. It is opening

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We ask, you tell us: What is Vancouver’s best kept secret?

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  Kayla Wu   Student   I know lots of nice cafés in Vancouver but Busho café is the best one. I am totally addicted to their Matcha desserts. They are often sold out when I go there in late afternoon, so honestly I want this place to be kept in secret just for me!

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Top Secret: Inside the Infiniti-Red Bull Racing factory

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    Writer Keith Morgan recently spent a weekend with the world champion Infiniti-Red Bull Formula One Racing team. He reports on his tour of the team’s top-secret factory in the UK, his drive to the Belgian Grand Prix and the rich hospitality offered at the F1 Paddock Club.     By Keith Morgan   Milton

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Getting a Social Insurance Number

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    If you want to work in Canada, you’ll need to apply for a SIN.   By Aurora Tejeida   The Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a nine-digit number that you need to work in Canada or to have access to government programs and benefits. If you are a Canadian citizen, a newcomer to

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Tasting Sake for Charity

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    Tonarigumi hosts a tasting night to raise money for seniors’ services.   By Miwa Takita   What: Tasting more than 40 different kinds of sake When: October 4, 2014 7:00p.m to 9:30p.m Where: The Coast Coal Harbour Hotel How much: $80   13th Annual Premium Sake Tasting Night hosted by The Japanese Community

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  Below the belt   Meaning: describing a cruel or unfair action or remark. Originates from hitting below the belt in boxing—which is against the rules. “The reviews for the new Kristen Stewart movie really hit below the belt.”   Fits like a glove   Meaning: something that fits perfectly. “The new spandex dress Marlene

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Breaking Bread

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    Eric Ho puts his engineering brain to the test with experimental French pastries made fresh at his newly-opened Commercial Drive bakery.   Bakery Sate 2879 Commercial Drive Vancouver, BC (604) 506-0290   By Sarah Berman     Tucked a few blocks south of the Commercial Drive Skytrain station is a bright new bakery

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A Thousand Paper Cranes

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        From Hiroshima to Tokyo with a suitcase heart.   Photos and words by Janis Severloh       In grade four, I learned about Japan and Sadako Sasaki and became a bit obsessed. Little bits of what I had learned kept coming back to me throughout our time in Japan.  

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Four Myths About Credit in Canada

  Most newcomers miss these important credit facts. An Asian Pacific Post report.   More than half (56 per cent) of newcomers to Canada mistakenly believe that you need a credit history to qualify for a mortgage, according to a recent poll by the Royal Bank of Canada. The poll asked newcomers a series of

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Is Vancouver fashionable? Tell us what you think.

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    By Aurora Tejeida   The Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW) is happening mid September, and someone, presumably their social media team, has been scoping out the city’s street style. Leaving outdated yoga pants jokes aside, Vancouver isn’t exactly known for being fashionable. Still, this event is held twice a year, and boasts 25,000 attendees.

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Tips on mental health

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      As a newcomer to BC, it’s natural to have a long list of questions about life in your new country. That’s why Guidbook would like to dedicate this space to answering the questions of our readers. If you have a question about finding housing, applying to schools, applying for visas, saving money

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  Honour roll   Meaning: a list of people or students with exceptional achievements. “I was on the honour roll in high school, but I think all these university parties have since affected my marks.”   Play hooky   Meaning: to skip school when you should be in class. “I would rather play hooky than

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Spotlight: UBC’s International Scholarships

  As an international student applying to Vancouver schools, awards and scholarships may be low on your priority list—behind choosing your program or finding a place to live. But each year, the University of British Columbia makes $10 million available to international undergraduate students who excel in their studies and extra curriculars.   Some of

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Vij’s Shanti

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    Famed local chef Vikram Vij turns up the heat at his newly-opened restaurant in South Surrey.   My Shanti 15869 Croyden Drive Surrey, BC (604) 560-4416   By Sherman Chan, Sherman’s Food Adventures   [Editor’s note: Sherman Chan is a Vancouver food blogger who was recently invited to preview local chef Vikram Vij’s

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For Today I Am a Boy

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  Story by Kim Fu Illustration by Justin Longoz   We called the wooden bleachers the Big Steps. They overlooked a pit of dust and gravel, generously called the field. I sat on the Big Steps and watched as two boys in my grade rooted around the edge of the field as though searching for

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The Joy of Choi

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  Asian veggies flourish in BC’s climate. A local project aims to connect Vancouver communities with these healthy seasonal eats.   By Bard Suen, hua foundation   Some of my most vivid childhood memories are of my mom and auntie taking me to Vancouver’s Chinatown for dim sum and baked pastries. After our stomachs were

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  Fancy free   Meaning: without any ties or commitments. Coined by Shakespeare in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. “I was young and fancy free once. Now I’m chained to a desk every day of the week.”   A foregone conclusion   Meaning: a decision made before all the evidence is known. An inevitable conclusion. From

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Small Plates, Big Bites

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    Latin-inspired churros, tacos and tapas make for messy, shareable fun. The plates may be small, but these two popular weekend spots offer plenty of finger food to fill up on. Did we mention the wine and mezcal selection? Yes, you’ll need a second napkin.       Espana 1118 Denman Vancouver, BC (604)

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Take Your Pick

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    From raspberries to plums, a guide to do-it-yourself fruit picking in Vancouver.   Story and photos by Abeer Yusuf   With the height of summer fast-approaching, the flowers that give Vancouver the springtime appearance of a child’s drawing book will finally give way to fruits. B.C. is known for its quality produce and

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Table Phở Two

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    Nothing beats a rainy night quite like a large bowl of homemade soup (and Vancouver has plenty of both). If you want to warm up—and spend little money doing it—grab a friend and head to one of these budget-friendly Vietnamese restaurants.       Pho Central 1118 Davie Street Vancouver, BC (604) 669-8638

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Tips on Tipping

  Q: I am coming to Vancouver to study in September. I’ve heard that every culture is different when it comes to service gratuities. What is expected with regards to tipping in Canada?   A: With most service industry jobs in Canada, a gratuity or “tip” is expected in addition to charges for a service.

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  Kick off   Meaning: to start something. “I’d like to kick off this meeting by welcoming our very special guest, Lionel Messi.”   On the ball   Meaning: to keep one’s focus on an important matter. To respond quickly to new developments. “If you want to launch a successful business, you need to keep

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We ask, you tell us: What is Vancouver’s best kept secret?

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  “On the Trans Canada trail in Second Narrows park, about 200 metres in there’s an amazing treehouse. It’s right along the path, they’ve built up this ladder. From there you can see the most beautiful view—the ocean, all the cars going over the bridge, and people are walking by below you on the path.

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Sikh Literature

  Vancouver author and retired UBC professor Sadhu Binning takes a cross-cultural look at Lower Mainland history in newly-translated story collection.   By Abeer Yusuf   In the year that the Komagata Maru incident reaches its 100 year anniversary, Sadhu Binning’s new book on the life of Vancouver Sikhs is a poignant reminder that racism

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Finding Food Carts

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    Weekly ‘Food Cart Fest’ coming to New Surrey City Hall every Saturday.   By Sarah Berman   In with the beach weather also comes food cart season. These brightly-coloured trucks may seem elusive at first, but with a little preparation, you can make the most of Vancouver’s diverse collection of street foods. We

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Canadian drinks

    Q: Hi, I’m new to Vancouver, and I don’t like to drink beer. Is there something even more Canadian than beer I can drink? If so, how do I make it at home?   By Abeer Yusuf   I’m with you on this. I dont drink beer either, but I hear that Vancouver

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100 Mile Cheese

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  Guidebook asks experts exhibiting at EAT! Vancouver to pick their favourite local cheeses.   By Valentina Ruiz Leotaud   With 25 years serving Burnaby and Vancouver clientele, Cioffi’s Meat Market & Deli is a local institution. So it’s no surprise co-managers Giuseppina Pannozzo and Kristy Bombini-Cioffi have a lot to say about local cheese.

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How to Talk to a Vancouverite

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By Abeer Yusuf   In a new city, it can sometimes be challenging to make small talk. As a newbie, you may not be familiar with the shared Vancouver-y experiences that come up frequently in locals’ conversation.   In this issue, Guidebook’s got you covered with some disturbingly common small talk topics. Practice these and

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‘A Taste of Empire’

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  Filipino-Canadian performer and chef deconstructs culinary colonialism.   What: performance and tasting Who: Jovanni Sy, Boca Del Lupo Theatre When: Saturday, May 31 and June 1, 2014, 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Where: Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate How much: $30   Jovanni Sy, Artistic Director of Gateway Theatre, is bringing his critically

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See What’s Growing in Vancouver

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    Why locals love their farmers’ markets.   By Abeer Yusuf   They appear like mushrooms every spring and summer, forming an important fabric of the Vancouver identity—the weekly farmers’ market.   A way of bridging the gap between the farm producers and the end customer, farmers’ markets are the perfect weekend activity that

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  Surf’s up   Meaning: When the waves are good enough to surf on. “Surf’s up dudes! Let’s kill it today.”   Ripping   Meaning: To surf really well. “Did you see me out there? I was totally ripping.”   Wipeout   Meaning: Falling off the surfboard. “He lost the finals because of a rookie

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We ask, you tell us: What is Vancouver’s best kept secret?

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       Zaynah Khan (student)   “I’d say Steveston village in Richmond. It’s a fishing village, so you can literally get 100 different types of fish and chips. It’s a quaint little place, the people are really friendly and you have lots of small local shops.”   Gene Campbell (artist at a video game

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Turn it up

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    On May 16, Venue hosted a late-night party featuring New York-based DJ Kap Slap. Our man William Selviz was there to snap some photos. You can find more of William’s nightlife pics at his website, www.williamselviz.com.      

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Sweet Dreams

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    The Richmond Night Market kicks off the summer with ‘Candyland’ theme   By Abeer Yusuf   What: Official Richmond Night Market When: May 16 to October 13, 2014, Friday to Saturday from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. and Sundays and holidays from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond, close

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Your Questions, Answered: the road rules

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  Your Questions, Answered   As a newcomer to BC, it’s natural to have a long list of questions about life in your new country. That’s why Guidbook would like to dedicate this space to answering the questions of our readers. If you have a question about finding housing, applying to schools, applying for visas,

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Abeer Untapped: India Inc.

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    Where’s the line between cultural appreciation and exotic™ marketing?   By Abeer Yusuf   I was walking along South Granville some time back, when I chanced upon a billboard outside a Blenz Coffee store. The billboard caught my eye because it said “MUMBAI.” As someone who identifies Bombay as home, I looked at

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  Piece of cake Meaning: When a task is quite easy to complete. “An arts degree is a piece of cake.”   Easy A Meaning: Getting a high score with minimal effort. “I love my International Law class, its an easy A.”   Victory lap Meaning: When a student has to take a fifth year

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Geeky Weekends

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    May is full of snob opportunities! Record collectors will swap vinyl and top ten lists over the May long weekend, while comic nerds are planning a free get-together the following weekend.   By Sarah Berman   For those who identify as comic nerds and/or music snobs, Vancouver’s got plenty of opportunity to show

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Goodbye UBC

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The Arts Undergraduate Society at the University of British Columbia celebrated spring convocation with a massive 400-person cocktail party on April 30. Dubbed The Great Arts Sendoff, UBC arts students dressed to impress, and partied like there’s no (exams) tomorrow. We think they’ve got this whole “graduating” thing on lock. What do you think? Many

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Strath? DTES? Kits? The Drive?

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      Sound like a native Vancouverite with these neighbourhood nicknames.     By Valentina Ruiz Leotaud   Scanning the headlines in local newspapers, magazines, or websites, you’re likely to encounter these acronyms and abbreviations used to name some of Vancouver’s most talked-about neighbourhoods. In this issue we hope to make sense of those

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Say Cheese!

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    Develop your taste for Canadian cheese at Vancouver’s EAT! Festival   By Valentina Ruiz Leotaud   A sharp Roquefort, a salty pecorino, a sweet manchego. When people think about cheese, many think of European products. For consumers, centuries of manufacturing tradition guarantee good quality.   Newcomers may be surprised to discover Canada has

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Organ donation from deceased donors has risen 17 percent in Canada

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      Canada still behind other countries when it comes to registering as donors   Good news: organ donation is on the rise in Canada, according to a national report. For the first time in a decade, the number of deceased organ donors in Canada has exceeded the number of living donors, according to

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You’re a Star!

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      A Guidebook to going out: karaoke songs from around the world   Do you ever dream of one day becoming a pop star? Standing on top of a stage, singing to thousands of adoring fans?   Maybe the stage isn’t for you, but you like to relive the hits of your youth

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Reading in English

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    Are you new to reading in English? Whether you are a beginner or advanced student looking for a new challenge, Guidebook has a book recommendation just for you.   By Alice Sejin Lim   Reading is not only entertaining, but it grows your mind and makes your English much more fluent. Libraries and

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The Best Eating Around Town

  Jane Li is a Vancouver foodie who still feels like a tourist in this city. Her New Years’ resolution is to seek out as many hole-in-the-wall eateries as she can. When not eating, she can be found at the gym, burning off calories from the food she just ate. Jane shares some of her

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  Guidebook explains some common English idioms Every language has expressions that have special meanings. The meanings are more than the sum of the words. These expressions are called idioms. English has many idioms. The meanings of these expressions are not always clear. You might hear these phrases on the street, or in conversation with

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Guidebook explains some common English idioms Every language has expressions that have special meanings. The meanings are more than the sum of the words. These expressions are called idioms. English has many idioms. The meanings of these expressions are not always clear. You might hear these phrases on the street, or in conversation with English

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Fire in a Bowl

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  The thrill of a spicy dish is not for everyone. But for those who dare to put in the extra chili, the effect can be quite rewarding. If your tolerance for heat is quite high, you may even wear certain dishes as a badge of honour.   For those rare few who enjoy the

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SHAD PERFORMS AT UBC’S END-OF-YEAR BLOCK PARTY

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    On Tuesday, April 8 students from the University of British Columbia gathered on Matthews Field for an all-day party featuring hip-hop artist Shad, indie musician Dan Mangan and the bass DJs Adventure Club. Wild times. Photos by William Selviz. See more at www.williamselviz.com. If you would like to see your photos featured in

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  You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink   Meaning: when someone can try their complete best in helping another, but there’s only so much one can do. Used in reference to stubborn people.   “I’ve tried to help her out with her university applications as much as I

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Searching for Halal

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  Are you Muslim and sick of forcibly being a vegetarian in Vancouver? If you observe halal food rules in Vancouver, chances are you are not spoilt for dining choices. Which is probably why you’re not sharing the enthusiasm your friends have for a new eatery they’ve found in Gastown because you know you’ll inevitably

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Inside Izakayas

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    Vancouver is known for its Japanese-style tapas bars. If you are planning a date with a special someone, or want to splurge on a fancy night out with a big group of friends, these spots combine delicious shareable small plates with trendy urban ambiance.   Whether it’s the creative cocktails, cultural fusions or

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  Uphill battle   Meaning: a task that’s very difficult, often because other people are causing problems. “This semester’s been an uphill battle—my timetable is full, plus I’m taking a distance course.”   Tit for tat   Meaning: giving back exactly what one receives. Similar to: eye for an eye. “He insulted me, so I

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Five stages you’ll go through when adjusting to your new life in Canada

  By Sean Celi, Vancouver Immigrant Youth Blog     [Editor’s note: Sean is the founder of a website for immigrant youth bloggers. If you are a current high school student who would like to share your migration experience with an active online community, visit www.vanimmigrantyouth.blogspot.ca to learn how to get involved. The following is

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I need to see you

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    At an art opening on April 5, 2014, Vancouverites celebrated a solo exhibition by photographer Jonathan Dy, in support of a book project. In partnership with local restaurant owner Mark Brand, Dy has set out to make a photo book about the people of Vancouver.   The event took place at the Catalog

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Greater Vancouver Zoo loses Eurasian lynx ‘Papa’ to cancer

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    A 19-year-old Eurasian lynx named Papa was humanely euthanized by Greater Vancouver Zoo veterinary staff on April 3, 2014, following a battle with nasal cavity cancer. Papa had lost the ability to breathe or swallow due to an adenocarcinoma tumor. The median life expectancy for Eurasian lynx is 15 years.   Papa was

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First time filing taxes? Get it right from the start

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    There are so many firsts in life?first steps, first word, first day of school, first job… you get the idea.   There’s also the first time you file income tax and benefit return with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Whether you’ve just landed your first part-time job and need to pay taxes or

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  Sweet tooth   Meaning: to like candy, chocolate and other sweet foods. “I can’t resist these sour cherry candies! My sweet tooth simply won’t allow it.”   Stiff upper lip   Meaning: to be brave. To face trouble with courage. “She kept a stiff upper lip all through exam season—even when her history professor

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On the Runway

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    South American Flavours at Vancouver Fashion Week   South American fashion made a splash at this year’s fashion week, featuring three Peruvian designers. Colombian, Brazilian and Argentinian designs also graced the runway.   Guidebook photographer Simon Choi attended the Fall/Winter installment of Vancouver Fashion Week on Friday, March 22, to catch a slice

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Discovering Vancouver with Airbnb.com

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    By Margarete Hernandez   Anyone familiar with the housing situation in Vancouver knows that affordability is an ongoing issue in the city. Reports of empty condominiums, homelessness, and high rent prices have come up in the recent years. Thus, citizens have been increasingly resourceful in dealing with this issue through various communal living

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English Practice Outside the Classroom

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  School can be a stressful place to learn a new language. While instructors may know the best techniques, fellow learners make better friends and companions. Guidebook contributor Sejin Lim investigates one of Vancouver’s many English Language Meet-ups.   By Sejin Lim   Did you know: A club named “Conversational English” meets every day from

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Home buying season? Canada’s real estate outlook

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    Though prices are high, sales are up in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto. A recent report shows Canadians are more likely to enter a bidding war compared with last year. Experts recommend proceeding with the largest down payment possible.   As many buyers begin their hunt for the perfect home this spring, mortgage experts

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Talking taxes with Gabrielle Loren

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  You don’t have to be a certified accountant to feel prepared for tax season. If you think about it clearly, all you have to do is fill out a few forms. But for newcomers to Canada, the task of declaring income or claiming credits can feel impossibly difficult. We chatted with North Vancouver tax

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Vancouver Fashion Week runs March 18 to 24, featuring bike-friendly rain clothes by Danish designer Emma Jorn

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  Vancouver Fashion Week runs March 18 to 24, featuring bike-friendly rain clothes by Danish designer Emma Jorn.   By Sarah Berman   Now that we’ve officially entered spring, Vancouver’s fashion-forward are already talking about fall and winter styles. But one thing that never goes out of style in Vancouver, is keeping dry and warm

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BC’s Health Insurance Plan: Medical Services Plan

  By Euihyeon Nam (UBC Intern)   It is already March. Some might expect the warm spring weather to arrive by now, but but the cold and the rain are not gone yet in Vancouver. Many people tend to catch a cold during this period, so it is the right time for people, especially newcomers,

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What’s in a Sandwich?

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    Sandwiches can be a depressing food.   Whether it’s peanut butter and jelly slapped between two slices of white Dempster’s bread, or a plain (non-grilled) cheese sammie, these foods can be reminders of elementary school—or perhaps our own laziness. This is probably why some Vancouver restaurants have decided to think outside the typical

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You Said What?

  Get to the bottom of it   Meaning: to discover the truth about, or understand the causes of something. “There is clearly something fishy happening here, and I feel determined to get to the bottom of it.”   Keep your eyes peeled   Meaning: to watch very carefully for something. “There’s an orange sign

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Girls’ Night Out

    These red carpet snaps were taken at the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival’s opening gala on March 6, 2014. Photos by Kimberly Tseng and Marie Conboy. Had a great weekend out? Want to share with the Guidebook community? If you would like your photos published in Guidebook, send them to sarah@theguidebook.ca with

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Penny March 14th

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Little Sheep Mongolian

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  Burnaby: 200-4755 Kingsway, BurnabyBC Richmond: 405-5300 No. 3 Road, RichmondBC www.littlesheephotpot.com 5/5 stars   Mongolian hot pot restaurant chain with locations in China, Hong Kong, Japan, the United States, and Canada. Perfect for group gatherings.   As soon as you enter Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot, the rich fragrance of soup hints at what’s

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Belgian Fries

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    Belgian Fries: 1885 Commercial   Drive, VancouverBC 4/5 stars   A Commercial Drive staple, Belgian Fries offers a selection of sandwiches, fried foods, and beverages.   Located on Commercial Drive at 3rd Avenue, Belgian Fries is a spacious place with about 30 seats indoors and more on its outdoor patio. With its relaxed

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