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Cathay Pacific “I Can Fly” Toronto program invites young Canadians with a passion for Aviation

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There are times when I wish I was still a teenager and this just might be one of them! If you know of or have some keen teenagers who are looking to get into the Aviation biz this just might be the opportunity of a lifetime of experience.

Cathay Pacific has opened applications for its “I Can Fly” Toronto program, inviting young Canadians with a passion for aviation to participate in the popular program.Grade 11 and 12 high school students from the Greater Toronto area may submit an application online at http://www.cathaypacific.ca/icanflyon or before Sept. 12/2012.

The program will run from September through November 2012 and offers high school students a rare behind-the-scenes look at the airline industry. Manned by Cathay Pacific staff volunteers, the eight-week academy covers a range of aviation topics and explores various careers in the industry from airport operations to in-flight catering to passenger sales.

8-Week Academy

The 8-week academy includes the following topics:*

Passenger Sales

Airport

* Schedule may change based on airport operational requirements.

These real-world settings will provide invaluable perspective for students who will soon make choices about their future education and careers. The “I Can Fly” program was launched back in 2003 in Hong Kong and due to its success was brought to Canada for the first time in October 2009. The program will run weekly and operates after school hours out of multiple locations including the Toronto Pearson International Airport, its vicinity or within downtown Toronto.

Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter for more updates and information. And why not take a chance and do a little learning on another job sector you can get a some of your “travel” on!

A Traveller’s Checklist

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After speaking with a rather well-travelled client the other day and hearing their tales of passport dramas I decided it would be great to do a short review of a well-advised Traveller’s Checklist!

 

Your safe and well-planned trip begins with most or all of these important steps:

  • Carry a personal passport from your country of residence/citizenship that is valid well beyond the date of your anticipated return to your country of residence; keep a copy of the identification page separate from the original. I also scan one into my computer and take with me in digital format as well/store on an external storage site ie. Cloud etc.)
  • Leave copies of your passport indentification page, itinerary, and insurance policy with friends or family(I also scan one into my computer and take with me in digital format as well/store on an external storage site ie. Cloud etc.)
  • Obtain any required visas well in advance – do your research or ask your travel professional as you might need a lot of lead time to obtain!
  • If travelling with children, carry documentation proving your right to accompany them ( eg. a consent letter or court order)
  • Arrange for Travel Health Insurance
  • Plan your Itinerary and Budget
  • Anticipate financial needs: local currency, traveller’s cheques, departure taxes which may need to be paid in local currency at destination
  • Take care of health needs: vaccinations, prescriptions,medical certificates,supplies, extra eyeglasses/contacts
  • Check whether Dual Citizenship is an issue for you
  • Carry an Emergency Contact Card with the coordinates of the nearest home countyry government office in your destination
  • Obtain an International Driving Permit, if required(you must have a driver’s license in your home country – if not it can prove to be difficult)
  • Carefully attend to luggage, documentation, and airport security.
  • While abroad, keep receipts for purchases and make special arrangements for any food, plants, or animals brought back to your home country.( I try to remember to take pictures with my camera/smartphone or use a small portable scanner that links to my computer by USB like NEAT – fits nicely into the suitcase or carry-on)

 

For those of us here in Canada I also suggest signing up for the Registration of Canadians Abroad Service at http://www.travel.gc.ca/register

Another helpful thing that our Canadian Foreign Affairs and International Trade offices provide is the Bon Voyage, But… from the Consular Services which contains essential information for Canadian travellers. You can also get copies of the Country Travel Reports for your destination(s). before you go that are filled with some great information and contact names and numbers. An email address to keep in your “travel “go-to” list is the following: sos@international.gc.ca and is to only be used in cases of emergency when you are abroad.

I hope this checklist was helpful and informative and will guide you to better planning or remind you for the next journey you head out on!

Travel Safe!

 

 

Natural Riches and Wide Open Spaces – South African Thoughts and Memories Part 1

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This past month I was able to visit one of the top places on my bucket list – South Africa! Now 3 weeks is nothing to sniff at for time away but it surely was not nearly enough time to really explore the entire country and its beautiful landscape and beautiful people. Over the next couple of posts under this heading I will do my best to do justice to the country that has captured my heart and is just the nibble of the big continent I intend to discover more of over the next decade! Here are just a small sampling of some of the great Capetown Big 6 – six unforgettable experiences that are a “must do” on any visit to this amazing city and its surrounding areas.

  • Cape Point
  • Constantia Vineyards
  • Kirstenbosch
  • Robben Island
  • Table Mountain Cableway
  • V&A Waterfront

These by no means are the limits of what you should or could see in and around Capetown but it is a fantastic landing pad for lots of interesting day trips but the city itself can take you days to see depending on what you are interested in. A must though of course is Table Mountain! Although it has not been 100% confirmed, it is believed that Table Mountain is at least 6 times older than the Himalayas – originally an island until the sea receded millions of years ago.Glaciers carved its flat surface and then the mountain gradually rose up, thrust up by the tectonic forces . The Cape’s original inhabitants, the Khoi San, named the mountain “Hoerikwaggo” which means “Mountain of the Sea” – when you are there – ask a local to help you pronounce this name properly.

Now no visit to Cape Town is complete without a glimpse of the mountains interesting phenomenon – the famous tablecloth, a meteorological phenomenon that actually causes a cloud cover to tumble down the mountains slopes like a layer of billowing fabric. There are many stories and songs shared about this interesting site and Capetonians will tell you the ins and outs of how to tell what the weather will be like by it as well. There is one story or legend that tells a tale of a retired pirate, Jan Van Hunks, who encountered the devil on the mountain and in order to save his soul, challenged the devil to a smoking contest. Allegedly they stoked their pipes and have been smoking ever since – the table cloth represents this smoke which happens on a daily basis.

Now Table Mountain is many things to many people but to true Capetonians, it remains the spiritual and geological heart of their city.

Did you know that Table Mountain is now one of the new 7 Wonders of Nature? The mountain’s most common animal is the Dassie or Rock Hyrax. Most likely you will see dozens of them sunning themselves on the rocks up top. They look like fat brown rabbits minus the ears.

A Strange but True fact about the Dassie or Rock Hyrax, is that in a twist of nature that is stranger than fiction, its most closest relative is the African Elephant. There is zero resemblance, they are the size of a house cat and ironically they don’t charge!

Cape Point

Constantia Vineyards

Kirstenbosch

Robben Island

Table Mountain Cableway

V&A Waterfront

Take the time to really map out the best choices for your personal interests when you look to plan your trip to South Africa! If you need assistance never be afraid to ask a travel professional like myself.

ALL THINGS WINE: Seven Sisters of South Africa

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Seven Sisters Wine was featured at the South African Consulate of Canada’s Black History Month event at the TD Center in Toronto that I attended this past month. As I am soon to be off to their homeland I thought to share with you a little insight on this wonderful story of the Seven Sisters and how the Wine company came to be.

Seven Sisters Wine represents Women in the Wine Industry, Indigenous South African Ownership and Black Economic Empowerment. Their wine has become synonymous with sisterhood and celebration, and is an absolute hit amongst women in a restaurant/celebration environment.

Here is their full story: Seven Sisters YouTube  its definitely inspiring!

They can also be found on Facebook – Seven Sisters Wine

Contact Here in Ontario Region for Private Sales :
Matthew Guignard
This is G Inc.
519-819-4697
mguignard@gmail.com

Happy LOVE Day!

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Happy LOVE Day!

Like the old saying goes, “Love makes the world go round.”


As you celebrate the love in your life be sure to take the time to celebrate one of the most important relationships in your life – the one with YOURSELF! Due to old ways we have been programmed to think we associate the phrases self-love and self-care with selfishness (I’ve struggled with those myself many times) but in reality it is exactly the opposite. Until we can love, care and appreciate ourselves fully we can’t truly bring those attributes to a relationship.

“You must love yourself before you love another. By accepting yourself
and fully being what you are,  your simple presence can make others happy.”
~ unknown

Take today and the rest of the week to nurture your body, spirit and soul and notice that goodness radiate out to others around you.

On the healthy side: Get heart healthy and cut out some meat. Did you know that by reducing your animal protein intake, you immediately lower your risk for heart disease and reverse some affects of currently blocked arteries!

Stress reduction is the best medicine for an overworked heart and head! Start planning your vacation now and reap the benefits for the next few months. Do you hear those waves lapping up on the shore…feel that sand moving between your toes…how about the sun shining its love down on you?Whether its a full blown retreat or just a quick getaway squeezed into a busy schedule – taking a break is so very needed and well deserved – you work hard so don’t forget to recharge and reward yourself.

So enjoy the day for yourself and while you’re at it pick up your favourite flowers and chocolates, go home, light a candle and wrap yourself in a great big hug or hop online and start doing your travel research!

You deserve it!

“Only from the heart can you touch the sky” ~ Rumi