A Little Whisper

In the midst of a late summer night a cool breeze looms
Yet another season ends with the promise of the next
I roll my eyes and gaze around me only to realize
It was not any different, nor any better.

The blank stare into my soul remains stale
The silent sighs remain the longest
The quaint grin didn’t go further
All These to a barren heart, I whisper….

Let go….

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Wet Pants and More At Splashdown Water Park!

 Either we’re having too much fun or we are having too much fun. Hey! Isn’t that the same? 

So, the YVRBloggers were at it again. This time we were headed onto a hot,sunny Friday at The Splashdown Water Park in Tsawwassen, Delta. And oh boy, was it a scorcher!!

About twenty #YVRBloggers and families were invited on a special mission: Test the superior fun and thrill of the “Black Hole” and nothing else! Just kidding, it wasn’t just the “Black Hole” that enthralled the YVRBloggers gang, there was the Open Slider, Mini-slider for tots, Hot Tub (even on a Hot Summer Day) and the #8 Floaties.

A little after the park opened, we were ushered in by the amiable owner Harold Frederiks. We’ve learned that the family-friendly Summer HotSpot has been managed by the same family owners for the last 30 years. They have a line-up of amazing contests and events throughout  Summer and we were among those kept in on those info. Concerts, watermelon-eating contests and best wetpants face photo (just kidding, I made that up).

Incidentally, NovusTV was there too to capture the fun YVRBloggers have been tredging all summer long, needless to say the integrated blogging escapades we’ve been having just shows how hard at work, YVRBloggers are, don’t believe me? Check these out:

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 But the best part of it all is having been able to spend a great day with MY family and the YVRBloggers family altogether

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A Summer in Vancouver (YVR Bloggers at The Bard)

We have all fun things lined up to do for Summer. Swimming, camping, biking , lavishing in the season’s fresh produce, never ending barbeques, outdoor movies and theaters.  THEATER!!! There’s a playwright in all of us. And here’s the proof…

Yer good ole drift of romance  in the midst of a pale moonlight in a mid summer night has got me bitten, figuratively and quite literally. I chase the opportunity to be poetic at the very least. “I chanced upon thy sight helplessly in the weary realm of my dream” … What!!! Shoo shoo shoo , let me be serious now…

One chance for me to be at Bard On The Beach with the YVR Bloggers this Summer was a fantastic experience! First of all, the backdrop is gorgeous, set at the Kitsilano Beach, the sold-out crowd were mostly fan regulars who make their annual voyage to the Bard and the Cast is a mix of seasoned and promising actors who give a unique spin on the characters. The spontaneous adlibs are hilarious, the creative use of contemporary pop culture (music & electronic trends) and the classic flair of the honorable Shakespeare, the man himself.

We were graciously welcomed by  Ms.Cynnamon (PR Exec) and the ever charming Mr. Gaze whose passion for the  Shakespearean arts and culture is non-negotiable. I don’t see why anyone will not complete their Summer Itinerary without  experiencing the Bard. It’s world-class cast, location and performance have it rated consistently by  Trip Advisor among others on the top ten Shakespearean  Modern Day Performance. a not-to-be-missed. I certainly agree!

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Now Trending Beer Tweet Up

Just recently I had the pleasure of visiting Milestones in Langley for the Fraser Valley Beer Tweet Up. I know right?! Beer tweet up?? Yes, my good friend and social media queen, Sherri-Lee Woycik and her team at http://www.socialmediaminder.com created this event hosted by Milestones in Langley on 200th St. just off Langley Bypass.

The event showcased four Beer pairings which I’ll give you a quick overview in a bit , some sponsor giveaways (I didn’t win this time) and some fun, comic-customizable shots from Tap Snap which happened to be there as sponsor too. 

Of the four pairings our first one was the deep amber Ale called Blue Buck side by side Milestones specialty wings. The brew is mild and refreshing, perfect for  an afternoon spritzer.

The next duo came in as King Heffy Imperial Hefeweizen and the queen chicken burger laced with house-mixed sriracha-spice rub. I always like chicken burgers with a kick but the Imperial Hefeweizen beer gave it a really strong pair since the brew has a distinctive banana-clove aroma. I found it to be interesting since the banana undertone came out really nice. Im gonna look out for it in the stores now.

The third ensemble was, my favorite, of course I`m a lady,  the Halibut Quinoa Pilaf and Red Racer India Pale Ale. The dish, is simple yet elegant and nicely set while the craft beer Red Racer is fast becoming a favorite among early craft brew fanatics. As long as I have both, I`ll be fine. I like them together!

The last of the band, the classic Medium-rare Steak Mashed Potatoes and the mighty Guinness Irish Stout. The tried and tested combination of barley, hops, roast malt extract and brewers yeast quenches the palate of those looking for their brew old school, dark, rustic and strong!

Of the four pairings, I can switch the Blue Buck and the Halibut as my own combo just because I love the smooth glide of the Blue Buck as well as the mild taste of Halibut and super-food Quinoa.

The Milestones Staff were very hospitable, cheerful and professional giving us quick details of the pairing and the Chef came out everytime to give everyone a brief introduction of house blends etc. Even posing for pictures, awesome!

Again, Thanks to http://www.socialmediaminder.com for coming up with this event and I`m pretty sure more will be coming up, let`s drink to that, yo!

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Some Old and New Family Picture Adventures at Dinotown

Well, aren’t we all abuzz as parents during summer when  kids keep asking, “ What are we going to do today mom?”

With lots of choices around town, why not go for a leisurely drive to the Fraser Valley in Chilliwack  just 40 mins East on Hway1 to Hope, BC. Come visit them dinosaurs at Dinotown Funland. Located right across  Cultus Lake Waterpark Slides, this 5-acre inflatable-filled dinosaur adventure park offer little ones adrenaline challenges in miniature proportions.

There’s Car Racing, Pedal-Powered Dinosaur Moving Figure (I`m thinking Stegosaur), Paddle Boat, Mini-Golf, Giant Maze, and Zip-lining and running away from hungry dinosaur.

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They have managed to keep DeeDee`s Car into the new home along with some old favorites like the police car and taxi. Oh memories!

With the day-long heat and enjoyment comes  a chance to cool off in the  Giant Water Slides and Frosty`s Ice Cream  with flavors like Coconut, Mango and Salted Caramel  (I can`t remember the other 1000 flavours).

Continuing the tradition, the gang of four performs daily live  at 11am, 1pm & 3pm. There`s story-telling that goes with the dancing and eventually, the kid in you will just be moving along on stage. Come on, you know you want to!

 

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 We as the YVR Bloggers got to bring along families to Dinotown just after re-opening and got to meet and greet Dexter, DeeDee, Dusty Bones and Flapper fresh off their recent gig in NYC (see more photos and clips at www.dinotown.com or on  their facebook page Dinotown.

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We were warmly welcomed by the vibrant staff and Mayor Rob himself. Oops, that is, Mayor Rob Ell notorious for Jurassic fun alright! After dancing, sliding, golfing and driving the kids and  YVR parent bloggers were in for a Dino picnic lunch.

We got to hear the mayor share his valiant battle with brain tumor some years back forcing the temporary closure of the Amusement Park.  But , all’s well that re-starts well. Dinotown is now back up and running and  to say “Roar!!!”  to the kids for patiently waiting, they are giving away Family Fun Packs (good for two adults and two kids) weekly, just visit them at www.dinotown.com for entries. You can also share this post on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest with the hashtag #DinoRoar to win a family fun pack. I will announce the winner on Sunday July 19, 2014. Our main website http://www.daddyblogger.com will have ALL the links to the bloggers giving away this Family Fun Packs so make sure you enter through all of them. 

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You can also book Birthday parties, (they had one during our Saturday visit) Corporate Picnics or simply come in and be a cool Jurassic kid one more time. They are open  daily from 10am-4pm through Sept 1, 2014. So, stop reading and start driving, oh yeah!

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A Jurassic Child Once Again by Lauren Santos

My first experience of Dinotown was when I was a small kid. It’s been a couple of years ago since I’ve been there. After hearing the Bridal Falls location closed down, I was saddened by the news. Deep down I roared, NOOOOO!!!!! Not DeeDee!

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But the news came, I will be coming in to see and experience what the buzz is all about. I was definitely excited to know that I was going to visit again!
The moment I walked past the gates, the memories of fun dancing came flooding back. I was definitely excited, mesmerized and filled with nostalgia. After all I missed my old pals Dexter, Deedee and Dusty Bones. I was never into dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures, but the memories of me walking along Dinotown in Bridal Falls as a kid ignited a sense of fantasy in me which I absolutely lived for. The dinosaur statues, the police car and the overall scenery almost came to life in my eyes and I never wanted to leave.

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Fast forward to June 2014 coming to the new venue at  #4121 Columbia Valley Road, Cultus Lake with the http://www.YVRBloggers.com family was a fun-filled experience that got me to re-live my times at Dinotown with all the dinosaurs (which by the way likes to dance, A LOT!). There I was watching the live shows at a little past 11am and just smiling and laughing as the little ones try to wiggle it on stage. A little peek beside me has doting moms and dads shaking their grooves as well, haha gotcha mom! Fun, fun, fun!

To celebrate their comeback, Dinotown would like you to win a Family Pass (good for two adults and two kids). Enter weekly through the website  at http://www.dinotown.com or post your old memories of the gang and the fun you had with them. (Visit their Facebook Page Dinotown or on twitter @Dinotownfunland and Pinterest at Dinotown)

As a special thank you, you may also comment through this post and be entered to win! This is my first post as a new blogger and I would like you to experience 5-acres of inflatable Jurassic Fun with your family the same way I had.

Roar!

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$5 for Five

 

I want to ask you to give me $5. Yes, I am asking you for Five Dollars.

(Smiles)

And here is what I will give you in return:

Choose five social media platforms and I will promote you,

your event, your business, your contest or your profile  for five days.

I need you to help me help my friend Brice Royer  of Gift Economy.ca and the only way I can help you back is through

my voice in social media.

Once done, message me your completed $5 Gift Donation (Thank Youuuuuuu)  at http://www.youcaring.com/HomeforBrice #freerent

and your message/content and I, with my modest voice,will echo your brand across all social media platforms.

Our goal at Gift Economy BC is to raise housing funds to last a year for Brice who is the founder of this money-less movement for better living and  WE need your help!

In turn, here are the platforms I actively use to enhance and boost your social media presence. For just $5 bucks!

On Facebook (Page) Mslesliesantos

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Thank you!