no better day to start working than on canada day.
call me crazy, but i just couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to manage the social media for pan pacific vancouver. double duty! fortunately, this is a part-time, contract position, so i’m thinking slash hoping that this might just work out with my new job at providence.
so why not start on july 1 – a day in which 450,000 canadians descend on canada place for fireworks and festivities? luckily, it wasn’t a throw her in the deep end and see if she can swim day. it was behind-the-scenes orientation, including meeting some of the staff, touring “the bowels” of the hotel and having a get acquainted dinner at the cafe pacifica.
i was even invited to stay overnight in a harbourview room, in order to get familiar with the guest experience.
the highlight of the day was, of course, the fireworks. and what better place to watch them than on the 8th floor swimming pool deck with unobstructed view?
what a treat to be welcomed so warmly into the family. i’m thrilled to be a member of such an iconic hotel in vancouver.
it’s my 2nd year of being a part of pan pacific’s amazing christmas wish breakfast! and i recruited some of my influencer friends to help celebrate and spread the word!
every year, the pan pacific holds its epic toy drive – one of the largest in canada. vancouverites are invited to come down and donate a new, unwrapped toy to the lower mainland christmas bureau, in order to make christmas special for families in need. as a thank you, the hotel provides a complimentary, hot buffet breakfast on the house. the event has been going strong – it’s now in its 29th year!
my influencers and i stayed over at the hotel because of the insanely early call time of 530am (!) even though it was hella early, it was fun for all of us to see all the generous donations being dropped off and the city of vancouver fire department volunteers stacking the toys into what would become a two-story high christmas “tree.”
the good noise gospel choir, langley ukelele and goh ballet provided the entertainment, while global bc and rock 101 were broadcasting live on-site. new this year! my friend sam helped us to set up a couple of cool custom snapchat filters – just for the occasion.
over 5,000 vancouverites dropped off 22+ tonnes of toys, 2,000 bikes and $21,000 in cash donations, while our culinary team cooked up 18,000 eggs, 12,000 sausages, 450 pounds of hashbrowns, 6,000 croissants and 3,000 muffins for the hungry crowd. all in the span of three hours!
see the complete 360 pano of us (my media table) here, courtesy of john biehler.
at 9am, the firefighters took down and carted away the 2 story tree of toys – all in about 20 mins. i gobbled down my second breakfast and then went to my room, jumped into bed to get a snooze in before noon check-out!
what a great way to kick of the holiday season by helping to take care of the thousands of families who wouldn’t otherwise be able to celebrate christmas.
for an archive of all the tweets, click here for our storify wall. for a gallery of all the instagrams, click here. for more photos, press play for the slideshow or click here for my flickr.
thank you to my influencer friends and to everyone who came out to support christmas breakfast wish. see everybody next year!
TED is in town this week and last night the pan pacific hosted a special private reception and dinner for the delegates. here’s a few pictures i took of the set up in our oceanview rooms.
we served a menu that included sushi, vegetable tempura with yuzu remoulade, classic antipasti, housemade wild bc mushroom ravioli with black truffle pecarino and aged balsamic glaze,braised boneless osso buco gremolata with crispy parsnip, seared snapper with sundried tomato crust, caponata eggplant braised tomatoes with pine nuts and capers, grilled new york steak arugula with fresh shaved parmesan and housemade flat bread.
at the pasta bar, one could top off one’s plate with quattro formaggi, neopolitan, italian meat sauce with pancetta, seafood, vegetables or meats.
and the dessert bar included chocolate dipped cheesecake lollipops, yokan green tea matcha squares, mango lemon spheres and fancy brownie squares.
hopefully the TED delegates enjoyed themselves very much. for more pictures, click here for pan pacific’s flickr.
there’s not many things in this world that could get me up at the crack of dawn, but being a part of pan pacific’s 28th annual christmas wish breakfast did just that. it helps that i got to stay over at the hotel too.
every year, the pan pacific holds its epic toy drive – one of the largest in canada. vancouverites are invited to come down and donate a new, unwrapped toy to the lower mainland christmas bureau, in order to make christmas special for families in need. as a thank you, the hotel provides a complimentary, hot buffet breakfast on the house.
this year’s event took place on november 26, between 6am-9am. with a call time for staff being 530am (!)
even though it was hella early, it was worth it, seeing all the generous donations being dropped off and the city of vancouver fire department volunteers stacking the toys into what would become a two-story high christmas “tree.”
the noise gospel choir, the goh ballet, the langley ukulele ensemble entertained the crowd and the whole thing was broadcast live on-site with global bc and rock 101.
this year’s event turned out to be a record-breaking one. here’s what the numbers looked like:
5,000+ vancouverites dropped off 17+ tonnes of toys, 1,000 bikes and more than $22,000 in cash donations, while our culinary team cooked up 11,000 eggs, 11,642 sausages, 1,152 pounds of hashbrowns and 4,600 croissants for the hungry crowd. all in the span of three hours!
what a great way to kick of the holiday season and get into the festive mood. looking forward to next year.
for an archive of my live-tweeting of the event, click here for our storify wall. for more photos, press play for the slideshow or click here for my flickr.
as is our custom when it comes to anniversaries, we forgo presents to each other and instead celebrate with hotel stays. sooner or later, we’ll have stayed at all the 4 and 5 star hotels in vancouver. we’ve already stayed at the pan pacific, l’hermitage, and the rosewood hotel georgia. this time we chose to celebrate at the shangri-la.
the asian influenced shangri-la is one of the tallest buildings downtown. it conforms to feng shui principles and was blessed from roof to foundations by monks. there is no 4th floor (as the number is bad luck in chinese culture). with the rosewood panelling, marble, crystal chandeliers, gold colour schemes, it all felt very familiar, very chinese. it felt like we were in shanghai, hong kong or even at a posh relatives place.
dig on the marble bathroom with walk in shower plus deep soaker tub. AND a tv in the mirror! how awesome is that? i want this in our dream house.
our view out on the patio was not bad either. just a stone’s throw from robson street.
the outdoor pool was nice and relaxing too. but don’t let this picture fool you. minutes after i took it, a dozen other guests came down to partake in the pool and hot tub like we were doing.
we capped off our anniversary with the italian opera buffet at oceans 999. delicious italian cuisine, coupled with live opera and waterfront views is not a shabby way to celebrate our 8th year together. eight!
it’s hard to believe it’s been 8 years. it feels like it’s flown by in a blink of an eye. i can’t wait to see what the next 8 years will bring. happy anniversary babe.
the downside of working in the hospitality industry is that most times you have to work stat holidays. that kinda puts a damper on celebrating said stat holidays with friends and families. the upside? some hotels perks, likes staying over and room service. good thing sean was such a good egg about it.
concorde’s new years eve festivities at canada place should’ve been hella packed, as it’s the biggest family friendly event in town. this year’s event was highly anticipated – as it was to kick off canada’s 150th anniversary year.
but as the snow has not stopped falling the past few weeks and most roads have not been cleared in the burbs, transportation plans have been royally borked. as a result, the number of revellers who came down to the waterfront to celebrate was significantly reduced compared; 70,000 this year compared to last year’s event attendance of 80,000.
sean and i were able to come in – we had to trudged through knee high snow, walking half an hour to the skytrain station. it seemed however, that most people out in the burbs decided to stay in or nearby, as the train in was fairly empty.
we grabbed some dinner before making our way to the pan. then after checking in to our room, we headed out so i could live-tweet and take pictures of pan pacific activities, the live musical entertainment right outside our doors, the plethora of food trucks, family fireworks at 9pm, and midnight countdown with spectacular fireworks over coal harbour.
wishing all our family and friends a happy new yaer! may 2017 bring everyone happiness, love and prosperity.
i may not be participating in this year’s diner en blanc soiree, but i certainly knew where it was going to be held before most of the 4,500+ revelers did. that’s because working for pan pacific vancouver, i got the inside scoop that the location was going to be the north end of canada place. that’s downstairs and right outside the hotel.
and i was tasked to take some photos and post it to the social channels. some pics:
like any crowd-participating event, i liked the concept of it when it first launched in vancouver years ago. i remember i wanted to go, but couldn’t find any friends who were interested. (early adopter, i guess) but now it’s grown into a monster, with a ridiculous wait list in the thousands and expensive fee to attend (even though most people are bringing their own food, chairs and table)
having been a wedding and event planner in my past life, i’m all for grand productions and small details, but i feel that since diner en blanc, while indeed pretty to look at, has became too show-y and pretentious for my liking. too exclusive and so much try on alot of the attendees’ part.
me personally, i would’ve rather broke bread with people at the counterpart event, ce soir noir. perhaps it makes me feel like how i did back in high school, when i may have wished to be friends with the popular kids for a hot minute, but came to the realization that i relate more to the outsiders/nerds/artsy-types who much more interesting and more my jam?