Sunday, June 30, 2013

Bikram Yoga

A few years ago I practiced Bikram Yoga. It was addictive. It changed my body, I was healthier,  more flexible I felt great. I stopped going due to a move and not having a studio within easy reach. However,  I am 5 minutes away from my local studio, a newly designed, spacious place that has lots of showers, actual lockers, drinking water, hairdryers, childcare facilities and a lounge area. I mention these thing with excitement because my previous place had little communal space, you had to wait to use a shower, there was no safe space to leave your belongings and when it was uber busy finding a spot to get changed was a nuisance. The directors of my new yoga location used to teach at my previous studio so they obviously realised peoples needs and added extras. Fantastic.
So enough about that. This is my journey of practicing yoga in an environment not too dissimilar to a steam room. My reason for this type of yoga, you may ask; I can loose weight fast in this environment,  it clears out unwanted toxins, it exercises the mind and body, it is a healthy way of life, low impact on joints and you get a cardio workout and well as improving flexibility.  One more thing, no two sessions are the same and this is the reason I keep going back for more.

Yesterday was my first day back in the studio after two years of being a coach potato.  I drank lots of water prior to the session, to avoid dehydration during practice and to avoid a pounding headache afterwards,  I should mention, make sure you have Gatorade or some other form of electrolytes to take after the session, it will help to reduce headaches. The headaches will go away after a few session, your body through all the sweating is getting rid of all the toxins which in turn can make your head hurt. I digress, I took ths first session very easy, ensuring I stayed in the room and I tried each pose. I came out of the practice, relieved,  energized yet tired. The best thing about Bikram yoga is you will always have a good nights sleep afterwards.

I will post pictures week by week as I progress. The plan is to practice 4 times a week and sign upto a 30 day challenge.  One thing at a time.

Namaste

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Summer in Vancouver

Photo: Kitchen Dining room view
View from house. Much improved from a main road opposite a car park.

Time is flying and since we landed we have done so much and spent too much. I have already had two job interviews, have taken kids swimming and a zoo trip is being planned too.

The girls have been signed up to a summer camp at 4Cats Art Studio, my eldest went there before we came back to England, it is a lovely studio but I will talk more about that once they have completed their course. She also has a birthday coming up so we have to plan something for her, which is exciting.


A lot has been happening and there is still more to come and to organise, arrange etc.






Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Duty Free and Relax


I can finally relax after a very hectic move.




My wonderful duty free purchase, Marc Jacobs, Daisy. It smells so good.





Sunday, June 16, 2013

We have landed in Vancouver

Beautiful British Columbia

The view from our hotel room

Best Maple Syrup ever



After an exhausting move out of the house in the UK we stayed at the at the Premiere Inn for a few nights and we received great customer service and the rooms were nice but the lack of an elevator was a big no, no since we had some very heavy cases to carry up one flight of stairs. We then stayed at the Marriott in Gatwick (the internet was very poor and very expensive and they would not give us a refund), the rooms were decent but smaller than the Premiere and I was not impressed by the quality of customer service at the Marriott and one night cost us the same amount as two nights at the previous hotel. I give Marriott a 4/10 because it is meant to be high quality and with that I expected attentive staff. Since my main job is sourcing hotels I would avoid this for my customers. 

We took the children to the National History Museum to see he dinosaurs and fossils and more importantly T-Rex. It was fantastic and the kids loved it and to spoil them rotten we took them to the Rain Forest Cafe for dinner.


We traveled with Air Transat which in the past has been cheap and horrible and since we were travelling as a family it was the best way cost-wise, but the plane we were in was far superior and surprisingly comfortable. New TV in the back of chairs with lots of channels and games and the kids got a goody bag to keep them occupied plus a snack in it. I was lucky that we had the whole row to ourselves so my little one could stretch out and nap. Well done Air Transat for the vast improvement.

We have been in Vancouver for a few days and we will be moving into our new home tomorrow and we have a new car to collect today. Talking about purchasing a car, well I have never experienced such a rude, obnoxious sales manager in all my life (maybe I should get out more) if you are trying to sell a car as far as I am concerned and my experience has been you should negotiate. Well he thought his negotiation powers were far superior and basically came out to say our offer was ridiculous and his use of aggressive body language and tone was a real turn off. So the poor girl who had taken us on two test drives and spent time with us lost out on commission and the twat-of-a-sales manager lost out altogether. He misjudged us by using intimidation tactics, so we walked out pissed off but feeling satisfied that we did not purchase a vehicle from him.  This was at the Richmond Auto Mall at Volkswagon. So we decided to go somewhere closer to home, dealing with a more pleasant person whom was the Assistant Manager, so none of this middle-man crap and we got an upgrade of the same car, costing us about the same as the Richmond place and a longer 0% interest rate, and the other bonus being that we pick up the car the next day. 

If someone should try and put you down and make you feel inferior, walk away and find someone else who doesn't because you always get a better deal.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Packing for Travel

So I know I have not posted for a while but I will get back into the groove soon enough. All I have been doing is packing, sorting, cleaning etc ready for our move. There are only a few days left to get ready and as of tomorrow I will be staying in hotels until our flight this coming week. I have been doing fun things too. Visiting friends in London, BBQs with family, and buying more clothes so that I can wear items that can't be found in Canada. All in all I am nervous and excited, I just I could get it all over and get started with unpacking and getting work. So my blog will be quiet for at least a week but I am posting photos on instagram since this is less time consuming, besides taking pictures is fun.
Ta ta for now my darlings.