Community Engagement

In light of Vancouver being the hub of cultural diversity, we as a community celebrate it with much fervor and pride.

No where else in the world could we be more efficient as when we engage, indulge and make our voices be heard. To honor that continuing legacy and tradition, former Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan hosts the yearly Public Salon. It is a place dedicated for community engagement, inspiration and solidarity. This year, it will be held on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 7:00pm-9:30pm.

This year, like in  previous ones , The Vancouver Playhouse at 600 Hamilton St.  Vancouver brings together thinkers, doers and influencers on a platform so rich that it is almost certainly a  sold-out event. With this year’s line-up of Speakers such as (hold your breath) :

Mohammed Assani –Sitarist at
Martha Carter –Choreographer at
Paul Dragan – Reckless Bike at
Genevieve Ennis Hume – Hume Atelier at
Kwiaahwah Jones – Curator of Bill Reid Art Gallery at
Lance Barrett Lennard – Marine Mammal Biologist at
Cluadia Li – Hua Foundation at
Jason Lindstorm – Bucket List at

They bring together a unique mix of strength, charm, passion and endurance to inspire, educate, entertain and connect within the community at all significant levels. This is an important event for anyone actively serving the community and would like to be inspired even more of their civic duties. And what’s more anyone reading this gets to be there when it happens. Yes, you read it right! I’m giving away two tickets to this event and all you have to do is share this post via Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Two aspiring leaders will be drawn on Sunday Nov 16th 8pm PST and must confirm by Nov 17th 6PM to claim their official exclusive invite. Please keep posted on Twitter and Facebook for names of winners. Get ready to be inspired!


A Little Bit of Kick Start for Fitness

So it’s October and after an unbelievable sundrenched summer we may need to stay indoors for some active exercise.

You can only do so much biking, running and jogging and what better way to do that than to catch up with your zumba buddies at

Fitwells for Women in Coquitlam.

Lucky me, I was given a VIP pass to take advantage of the modern facilities just off Christmas Way Ave on Barnet Highway .

You can take zumba, cardio-core training, step-classes on flexible evening and morning schedules.

The instructors are so motivatingly enthusiastic and the classes are so well-designed that it let’s you join the sessions at your own pace and at your

own fitness level. The location has a play room for your little ones so they too can stay active (in the little playhouse etc) while moms sweat it out in a fun way with friends.

It took me one hour to get in on the fun step-class and oh boy did I really feel my muscles get the toned shout out they could possible have.

You too can stay active (well, a few days after Thanksgiving vis a vis Turkey and all the yummy fixins) and join this exciting give away. Fitwells for Women has locations in Coquitlam and Maple Ridge and they would like you to join and be part of the Zumba Madness that is sweeping women this side of town.

Enter through this link and by making a comment on this post and sharing it on twitter and facebook. Enjoy the Zumba!

And Then There Were Gift Cards

It has been my ritual to shop around for the best deals and promos I could find. Credit card points, Rewards Cards, Coupons etc.

As a single-income family, I make sure that I get the full benefits of my usual spending. I’ve been a loyal patron of Airmiles, Shopper’s Optimum, Ebates, Entertainment Coupon and the stamps and stickers. Religiously, I share the benefits of accumulated rewards to friends and co-workers who may otherwise have these loyalty rewards program but seldom use them. Why shop and get nothing? Overtime I have redeemed up to five luxury watches (Bulova, Fossil, Toywatch and Kenneth Cole), Hey’s Luggage, Canon Camera plus restaurant gift cards (The Keg, Tim Hortons & Starbucks etc) and up to $1,500 worth of groceries (From Shoppers) over a span of five years or more. Yes, I keep track of them all. Being a conscious shopper has paid off by double-dipping, timing my shopping and using promo coupons  and looking at flyers regularly. Now, I think I have the obligation to teach people how to shop wisely just by being consciously stretching the benefits of corporate marketing already available.

With that, I’m excited to launch a small group of shopping enthusiasts who, just like me will shop consciously and share the benefits of loyalty rewards, cash back and financial management, all while keeping the rewards you presently have and see new streams of money over and above it all.

Here’s how:

Send me an email at with the Title: Great Little Shopping Community

In it please clearly indicate that you would like to join and become  a member of my group by sending the ff;

*Full Name:

*Mailing Address :  (including postal code)


*Phone Number:

*Email Address:

Once I send you the link to the FREE Membership, activate to confirm and set up your profile. You don’t need to shop right away if you don’t like. Do it at your own pace later. (I’d be happy to show you later).

This is where it gets exciting:

Everyone who activates and say yes will be entered to win a $25 Subway Gift Card.

The FIRST 10 people to sign up and say YES will get a $5 Starbucks gift card as my thanks to you.Cards sent by Canada Post or Delivered in Person by me.

Along with these I’m also rolling out my new business on the side which is Gift Cards Mall (Just available to close friends for now). Here’s how:

Order Gift Cards no minimum, no commitment starting from $10 (Selected Merchants)

For every $500 volume you accumulate you earn $5 Starbucks gift card. With no membership required.

Cash payment only for now upon delivery until further notice. Email me at if you want to know which gift cards are available for this service.

There is no refund for lost gift cards so please treat them as cash. Receipts will be issued for all transactions whether or not a payment occurs (Gift cards redeemed as prizes will be asked to sign off as claimed for accounting purposes)

Ask for more details. Join my community and receive tutorials, tips and announcements for future meet-ups.

Cash only upon personal delivery.

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….


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:

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

For more links, find us on:

Twitter @goddessofdork & @Leslie_Mobile #YVRBloggers #YVRFoodies #DaddyBlogger

On Facebook Page Mslesliesantos Group YVRBloggers

On LinkedIn Leslie Santos

On Pinterest Goddess of Dork Mktg

Splashdown fam


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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