Thursday, November 17, 2011

the week we got SNOW!

It's been a crazy couple of weeks, first getting laid off from my old job because no particular reason so i went job hunt crazy for two days straight - went on two interviews for some really nice jobs. And had snatched the Sales/Marketing job into my hands. Attaching my two letter of references from my college professors did their job. And there I had a job day after I left the motel, what are the chances. Was fate on my side or what!

It sure has been a adjustment period but each shift I am feeling more and more comfortable.

besides the fact that we got hit with a nasty snow fall which created the City of Edmonton to be at a stand till, which i was in the city for but I left just in time so I did not get stuck for that long but it did take longer than usual to leave the city.

Winter has arrived... November 14, 2011 - Almost had the entire month of November of winter free, really thought we could get to December without any snow. But getting through Middle of November was nice. Not like Calgary or the East Coast.

Picture taken downtown Edmonton, the view of the River valley and as you can tell not much of a view because of the blowing snow. I was impressed with everyone that day, they were actually driving slowly and not causing any accidents.

Started a mini countdown for my trip to London and Paris New Years, with a number... today it is at 40 days till I leave. Its creative and fun, so why not......

Friday, November 04, 2011

Blackberry Apps are just as good!

iPhone applications are all what they promote, but what about Blackberry Applications? There are twice as many blackberrys out there as there are iPhones. They are just as awesome and useful. If there is a app for an Iphone then there is an app for a Blackberry.

And here are some useful apps that I have found worthwhile for Blackberry's:

Travel Apps....

Tube Map (FREE)
  • Get round on the London tube like never before! Get LIVE train status updates on a map that you can scroll around. Throw in the worlds fastest Journey Planner to show you the routes and even where to change lines, and you really will save even more time and hassle.
  • Plan your route before you arrive and know which station to get on and off at.
  • Find a Station
  • Send to a Friend
  • Live Information

Worldmate (FREE)
  • The Ultimate Travel App Introducing TripCatch: Automatically add your travel bookings to WorldMate, the easiest way to build your itinerary WorldMate is the number one personal travel assistant for business travelers with over five million road warriors relying on it to take control of their lives when on the go.
  • Organize your Trips
  • Hotel Booking
  • Limo Reservations
  • Travel Directory
  • Currency Converter
  • Day/Night Map
  • World Weather
  • Flight Schedules
  • Flight Status

City Guide Paris (FREE)
  • Take Guidepal with you to Paris! Guidepal provides you with Free High Quality City Guides for a large number of destinations. The Paris guide is, as all Guidepal guides, written by local residents so we can ensure that You find the best attractions, restaurants, sightseeing tours, museums and much more.
  • Know the City 
    • Airport, Areas and Transportation
  • Know what to See & Do before you arrive.
  • Know ahead of time where the best place to Eat & Drink
  • Nightlife choices
  • All the Shopping hot spots

Blackberry Travel (FREE)
  • makes it easy to plan, book, manage and share your travel activities. Looking for flights or places to stay? Find flight schedules and great hotel options, all right from your BlackBerry. The automatic trip scanning feature will automatically recognize itineraries that are emailed to you and push them to your BlackBerry – no matter where you booked. 

FancyTran (FREE)
  • Multi-engine translator
  • Supports Google and Bing translation engines with Text to Speech pronunciation
  • supports over 60 languages for translation and over 50 for pronunciation
  • Has a dictionary mode for most languages and providers transliteration for non latin languages
  • it automatically checks spelling 
  • touch friendly and clean design

Foursquare  (FREE)
  • check in at any store, museum, hotel, airport, anywhere and have the shot of becoming a mayorship of a business. Earn badges. Reading other peoples, your friends recommendations of restaurant, a hotel, shops, bars and much more. It is a fun way to be interactive with friends and fun way to track your adventures, explorations. 
  • A fun way to explore and keep tabs on where you have been 

Social Media Apps.....

Facebook (FREE)
  • Keep in touch with friends and loved ones back home where ever you might be exploring today or tomorrow, even next month. 

Fun game Apps.....

Hangman (FREE)
  • Because we all need a game for those quiet evenings before we fall asleep in our hotel room, or hostel or even on the plane.

Informative Apps......

GasBuddy - Find Cheap Gas Prices (FREE)
  • Find the cheapest gas on the go – for free! In one click, locate gas stations near you and see their current gas prices. Never overpay for gas again. GasBuddy is a community of users working together to update gas prices – help everyone save on gas! Gas Buddy helps you find the best fuel prices for regular, mid-grade, premium and diesel fuel. Gas prices for USA and Canada only

The Weather Channel (FREE)
  • Get detailed conditions and forecasts, radar maps, local and national severe weather alerts, airport delays and more. You can even access the weather from your calendar or address book, and forward alerts to friends and family.   
  • Always know what the weather is in your area so you can dress appropriate 

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Edmonton Icons

Although I may not like Edmonton as much as the average person. The city does have some nice qualities to it, and often gets compared to Calgary.
But matter of fact, Edmonton has more than you may realize. Even if Edmonton does not always showcase a warm inviting feeling but if you avoid the right parts then you will never have to witness that uninviting feel.

  • West Edmonton Mall
  • The Legislature Building
  • River Boat Cruise
  • Fort Edmonton Park
  • Edmonton Valley Zoo
  • and many big and open parks
  • Segway tours through the River Valley
  • Christmas Eve skating down at the Legislature Building

Driving or walking down 108th street, you may be facing one of the two depending on which direction you are facing.

Facing south on 108th street you will be looking at The Legislature Building.

And facing north on 108th street you will be looking at the arches of Grant Macewan, a University downtown Edmonton.