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Pictures can be priceless – reflections from Costa Rica and Canon T4i DSLR Giveaway

“A strange thing is memory, and hope; one looks backward, and the other forward; one is of today, the other of tomorrow. Memory is history recorded in our brain, memory is a painter, it paints pictures of the past and of the day.” – Grandma Moses, American Folk Artist Pictures can conjure up a wide range of emotions and memories.  They can make us happy and full of joy; they can make us sad and want us to forget.  Pictures remain a great communication tool, even more so in our modern, digital-information age.  Although revolutionary at ...

August Update – 2012 personal finance and investing goals

I typically share an update on our financial goals every quarter or so, but I’m ignoring that structure based on some good news to report.  In case I’ve lost you on this post already, here is a list of our personal finance and investing goals for 2012: • Goal # 1 – Pay off our LOC by end of February ($2,000). • Goal # 2 – Starting in March 2012 (after the LOC is paid off) put $300/month as lump-sum payments on the mortgage for the rest of the calendar year ($3,000). • Goal # 3 – Maximize both TFSAs before end of year ($10,000 ...

My travel tips for flying the friendly skies

For some of you, you’re probably seasoned veterans when it comes to making your air travel enjoyable.  I took my first flight just over 20 years ago and now into my thirties, I’m guessing I’ve flown at least 50 times since.  I still get a kick out of air travel; so much weight hoisted into the air sustained for hours on end.  Modern air travel is a far cry from the days of Kitty Hawk.  Flying is a special engineering and scientific feat if you think about it… I don’t travel often for work, maybe only a couple times a year but ...

My annoyance with Aeroplan

A few months ago (what seems like a year ago now) my wife and I returned from our Argentine vacation. Our our flights to and from Buenos Aires, we used United Airlines, a Star Alliance partner with Air Canada. Upon booking our flights online with United, we entered our Aeroplan frequent flyer numbers like we always do. Email confirmations from United confirmed our Aeroplan numbers were received by United and registered for each flight segment accordingly. Upon arriving at all airports to and from our destination, our United boarding cards also included ...

Back from Argentina edition – Part 2

In my last post, I mentioned our vacation to Argentina has quickly come and gone, but not without many memories and experiences. Our vacation started in Buenos Aires and we stayed in “BA” for 5 full days. It was an amazing city and as my last post mentioned, full of culture. Beyond visiting and enjoying numerous cafes and restaurants, we also visited the city’s fine arts museum, their beautiful parks, watched some tango in rustic San Telmo neighbourhood, visited the botanical gardens in the heart of the city, the city zoo and also the ...

I’m back from Argentina edition – Part 1

As the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun. Well, not only did my wife and I spend almost three weeks in Argentina, we also spent about 14,000 miles in the air; travel to and from Argentina and within the country itself. Time, flying and fun in this case, certainly went together! Over three weeks ago on my blog, I discussed “why Argentina”? Well, I can now confirm (and refute) what I thought about Argentina before our trip. Here’s what you should know about this fine country in Part 1 of my back from vacation post: •Buenos Aires ...

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