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Joysticks and Paddles memories

By | News, Uncategorized, Vanessa Ybarra

This afternoon our Pulse team got together to brainstorm our favourites memories from the 90s and 2K era. As you can imagine there was no shortage of nostalgia! From Msn messenger and MC Hammer pants to TGIF and mixed tapes everyone brought to the table what made those decades so special to them (and in most cases, tacky ha!)

The main thing that comes to my mind when I look back at the 90s is the video rental store in my hometown of Cloverdale. Every Friday my Dad would take my sisters and me down to ‘Joysticks and Paddles’  for our usual ‘five for five’ deal. Five movies for five days for five dollars. Can’t get much better than that!

Looking back I realize the place was pretty retro. First of all the outside literally looked like a barn complete with this huge dome ceiling and chipped blue paint on the outside. Inside, the place reeked of smoke and was covered in old stained carpet. But we didn’t care. My sisters and me would fling open the doors hitting the floor running up and down the aisles where we would meticulously scan each title for what felt like hours until we had the perfect VHS mix of Disney movies, rom coms and in the later years bloody thrillers to round out the weekend. We would then pull a large laminated tag from each movie we wanted and bring them up to the front where a woman would randomly disappear  for what felt like FOREVER and then come back with her arms piled high in VHX boxes for us to take home.

But wait, there’s more. At that point you were asked if you wanted to buy a gumball for 25 cents and if you get the black one then you get one movie free. Um….yeah! Me and my sisters must’ve spent hundreds of dollars on that machine over the years and never won. It didn’t matter.

Finally, the woman reminded us to ‘Be Kind and Rewind’ (what that meant at four years old I had no idea) but it sounded cool. Then, five days later we’d be back and repeat the whole thing over again. Today, everytime I drive by Joysticks and Paddles that’s now been turned into a pet store I can’t help but smile and laugh. Today, we rent movies using our thumb. Back then, it was an experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything!

– Vanessa xox

 

I WILL be watching the royal wedding

By | News, Uncategorized, Vanessa Ybarra

Unlike my Pulse colleagues I intend to have my tush firmly planted in front of the telly early Saturday morning to witness the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. In the Ybarra household you really don’t have a choice. Royal family obsession kind of runs deep in our family. My great aunt lived in London for 25 years and during that time she toured Buckingham Palace at least once a year. Ask her one thing about the British royal family and she would provide you with a full detailed report of the entire family tree and with such enthusiasm you’d swear she was related to them. When my Mom visited my aunt in the UK in her early 20s it isn’t surprising her knowledge of the royals rubbed off on her  and ultimately her own daughters. Growing up the goings-on at Buckingham Palace were a pretty standard topic around the dinner table. From Princess Margaret’s fling with a married man, to the Duchess of York’s toe scandal to Princess Diana’s multiple affairs (how does Prince Harry NOT look like James Hewitt) and of course William and Kate’s wedding, I hate to admit there aren’t many events or topics I don’t know about.Consider it force feeding Ybarra style. And so yes, on Friday night my sisters and my Mom will put on our tiaras, drink champagne and toast to Harry and Meghan. Yes, I get and understand a large portion of Canadians poo poo the pomp and pageantry not to mention millions of tax payer dollars spent on the royals each year. However for my family it’s just something we do and enjoy.

 

– Vanessa

 

 

Today’s kids owning the stage

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On Saturday I had the pleasure of judging the ‘No Borders Group Challenge Dance Contest’ at the Surrey Arts Centre sponsored by Pulse 107.7 FM. I have to say sitting and scoring six hours of dance acts ranging from tap, ballet and jazz to acro, hip hop and musical theatre I was blown away with the level of talent and skills today’s young dancers possess. When I took jazz and ballet as a young girl our routines consisted of simple jetes and pirouettes and we wore tacky sequenced jumpsuits and matching hats. Now the costumes and routines are so much more detailed and sophisticated. In almost every performance I watched dancers used each other’s bodies as springboards where they launched into the air to perform a split leap or some other crazy move all without the slightest hint of nerves or hesitation. Watching some of the hip hop and tap groups the speed of the routines was amazing. Your eyes literally couldn’t  keep up the moves changed so rapidly. In one boys tap routine the youngest performer was only four. FOUR! How that kid could memorize so many intricate steps and not break a smile or sweat was mind boggling! One routine that really stuck out is one ballet routine where the whole thing was performed in silence. Usually if a dancer’s mind goes blank a certain phrase or beat in the song will jog their memory and they’re usually able to jump back in fairly easily. However with this routine the dancers didn’t have anything to go off of. All they had was their inner metronome and each other for support which they pulled off flawlessly taking home a silver medal. I can safely say after watching and speaking with the various performers throughout the day, todays young millennial are sharp, focused, and fierce both on and off the stage. I can only imagine the level of energy and skill the next generation will bring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Imagine…

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Imagine what it’s like to be in Winnipeg today.

The Winnipeg Jets are on the verge of doing something no other Canadian NHL franchise has done since Ottawa did it in 2017. and that is, make it to the conference finals (aka the Stanley Cup playoffs semi-finals ) Thing is, they have one major hurdle in their way – the Nashville Predators. The Stanley Cup runners-up last year and the number one team in the regular season is all that separates the city of Winnipeg from playoff adulation, to another year of stifling heat, and Mosquitos the size of Raccoons. Do the Jets and the city of Winnipeg deserve to win? If you ask anyone who’s ever been to the ‘Peg, yes they do. For putting up with winters like that and summers like that…one thing stands in their way.

A Win.

Imagine what it’s like to be in Winnipeg today.

@neiltalks

nmorrison@pulsefm.ca

A tour of Tent City I’ll never forget

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On Monday I visited Whalley’s ‘Tent City’ for this week’s Vanessa on Assignment. I’m embarrassed to admit  I’ve never visited what’s known as Surrey’s biggest eyesore on 135-A Street before but it’s something I’ll never forget. Arriving to see dozens of stained and ripped up tents lining the street, almost every person inside battling some form of a drug or alcohol addiction, was tough. Being a big animal lover it was just as tough to see the number of stray dogs running around many looking in dire need of a meal. The purpose of my visit was to interview local business owners on how the infamous neighbourhood is affecting their bottom line. I have to say after spending ten minutes walking along the street and King George Boulevard I can more than sympathize with the stresses they told me they were facing. Surprisingly, 135-A wasn’t all that dirty at least when I was there. It was the heaps of garbage and discarded needles strewn across the parking lot directly behind tent city that was the most disgusting. Then there was the smell. Everywhere you walked a stench of alcohol and dirt followed that was hard to shake off even after I had left the strip. It’s no wonder everywhere you looked there were boarded-up buildings whose business owners had had enough or couldn’t make it financially given the mess. There is one thing I’ll say though. Every person I spoke on 135-A was friendly and couldn’t have been more helpful steering me in the right direction for my interviews. If only the area they call home weren’t so dark.

– Vanessa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You Are Not Going Out Like That! – A Mothers Day Contest

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The 90’s were a time of mirth, mayhem and questionable fashion choices. Track pants and butterfly clips… mesh tops and wallet chains…
we were all guilty of Fubu Faux Pas.

And now, in order to win great prizes, we’re bringing it all back!

Tag a Mom in a throwback photo on Facebook and you could both WIN BIG!

From May 7th to the 11th, visit the Pulse FM Facebook page to find the official contest thread, posted from 7 am until 5 pm.

Upload a throwback photo of a Mom in your life (sister, cousin, boss, your actual Mom) and tag them with their permission!

“@Sadie B, remember your pink phase?!”

 

If your photo is selected, you’ll win a $100 Gift Certificate to Malary’s Fashion Network and they’ll win a gift certificate to Addiction Hair Salon and a $100 Gift Certificate to Art Knapp! A new set of winners is chosen every day!

Good luck, and for goodness sake, you are not going out like that!

 

 

 

 

 

Contests run by Pulse FM are the intellectual property of the creator and do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsors who have provided prizing. Pulse FM accepts no liability for content posted by the public during the contesting dates. Pictures uploaded by a third party are not the liability of Pulse FM. Pulse FM takes privacy very seriously and those that do not fully and completely accept the ramifications of the contest parameters should not participate. 

 

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The Elephant On TV

By | Ian Power, News, Uncategorized

What in the world has come over us? How is it that more of us watched the Stormy Daniels interview on 60 Minutes than watched the Juno Awards hosted by Michael Buble? When did the salacious details of an illicit affair become more compelling than the celebration of artistic achievement? Look, I am not saying we shouldn’t take an interest in the goings-on of the President of the United States, what I am saying is our Canadian recording industry deserves, at least equal billing, if not more. But that was not the case this past Sunday night when 60 Minutes scored their biggest viewing audience in 10 years. And, while I admit to not having seen the numbers, anecdotally it appears there was little interest in the Juno Awards, available on every platform beamed from Vancouver’s Rogers Arena. When my colleague Neil Morrison conducted an unscientific poll on his afternoon drive show it revealed that 65% of respondents didn’t or couldn’t be bothered to watch the Juno Awards. Nineteen percent said meh, while only 16% of those polled responded they were great. It’s not that I don’t get the titillation of this tryst, but it’s completely dumbfounding to me the poor showing at the Junos. What am I missing? I understand when you’re a mouse and you’re sleeping next to an elephant, you best pay attention to the elephant. But surely, it isn’t too much for more of us to look over or around the behemoth and wave the Canadian music flag. Walk your own cultural path, but for me I’ll try to avoid the eye of the stormy and stick with some of the world’s best music made right here in Canada.

Ian Power

ian@pulsefm.ca

@ianonair

SPRING MEANS SPRING CLEANING

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First official full day of Spring, first official day of putting off spring cleaning. (Yeah, me too) If you’ve been putting off the horrible job of cleaning anything in your home, you may have awaited far too long. According to an article by MYDOMAINE.COM, ‘This is How Often You Should Clean Your Home – According to Science’.  According to those in the know, our homes is, ‘harbouring more bacteria than a public trash can.’ That said, here’s a few things around the house you should clean – probably more than you do ( yeah, meet too)

A few examples: 

Your bedding – Every one to two weeks

Microwave – Every week

Bathtub – Every Week

Refrigerator – Once a Month 

Computer – Every Week (Did yo know keyboards collect five times the bacteria found on a toilet seat?)

Pillows should be replaced every three months according to the article. 

Carpets should be Steam Cleaned every six to twelve months.  

Bath Towels – Every Three Uses 

And finally, the Kitchen Countertop should be cleaned every day. Specifically closest to the sink due to contaminated washcloths and sponges.

EEK!

Hope that’s all the inspiration you’ll need for a good spring clean this weekend. Or let’s just forget we even talked about this.

Neil 

@neiltalks

Equal Night

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Is it just me, or has winter taken a long time to move through its cycle? I am happy to report the spring or vernal equinox arrives next week. The Equinox provides an opportunity to see if we, like nature, are living in balance. Equinox means “equal night” in Latin. Many of us with embark upon a spring cleaning regime, no matter how big or small. Spring is all about renewal and as such provides the ideal platform for purging the unnecessary weights we carry in our day to day lives. It could be clearing out the garage or basement to replanting the garden. Some will go through their closet and donate unwanted or no longer worn clothing while still others will slap on a new coat of paint to freshen things up. Oh, by the way, Spring officially begins on Sunday, March 20 at 4:33 a.m. PDT — the earliest vernal equinox since 1896. Yet while people often refer to the equinox as the first “official” day of spring, there is no universally agreed upon definition for the seasons. Astronomers and Meteorologists say the spring equinox is always on March 20th. None of this, of course, needs to be or has to be complicated. Simply recognize the changing of the season and the renewal that abounds. Harness the energy, take control and find the balance that may have gone astray over the harsh winter months.

Ian Power

@ianonair

ian@pulsefm.ca

SBOT Woman In Business Awards

By | Ian Power, News, Uncategorized

Lark Group

Last Thursday, the Surrey Board of Trade hosted the 9th Annual Surrey Woman in Business Awards Luncheon. The sellout crowd of over 450 guests was on hand to recognize the hard work of Surrey businesswomen and their contributions to the community. What’s more, attendees were treated to Keynote speaker and former Prime Minister Kim Campbell’s humour and wisdom as she recounted her political life while advocating for woman’s leadership. Congratulations to all the winners who have made a difference including Yvonne Hogenes, Shalini Das, Elly Morgan, Roxanne Charles and Rowena Rizzotti of the Lark Group who joined me and Vanessa on Pulse of the Fraser for a conversation on her humble beginnings to her role in the corporate world as well as being a mentor to many up and coming woman in business. Rowena Rizzotti is a highly successful health care leader with a great deal of experience in executive-level leadership roles across multi-site, complex health and business environments. At present, she is vice president of healthcare and innovations at Lark Group. She created the health and technology district, a series of high-tech buildings across from Surrey Memorial Hospital and oversees its expansion and growth. It was not only a true pleasure to speak with Rowena, it was also educational and highly inspiring!  (You can listen to the interview on the Audio page)

Ian Power

@ianonair

ian@pulsefm.com