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About canuckspride

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  1. Buy broken phones off eBay, fix them and then resell them. iPhone 4s and 5 are the best for this. An unlocked 32gb iPhone 5 will get you some decent profit if all you have to do is fix the screen. You'd be surprised that people sell phones that "don't work" only to find out the charging port was dirty. I bought an HTC m8 for £20 (I live in the UK) unlocked and used compressed air to clean the charging port. It switched on and worked fine. Sold it for over £100. Mind you, there will be duds but even those phones you can scrap for pieces. Just stay away from phone job lots. They are rubbish. I always looked for phones that weren't working, typically iPhone 4s or 5 since they had good resale value and weren't glued together. The new phones are all bound with glue and you will mess them up if you try and fix them. The iPhone 5 screen can be completely removed in less than 5 minutes. Buy all your tools online, some 99% iso alcohol and compressed air and boom, small business. Then learn the breakdowns on Good luck!
  2. Haha no worries, The whole town of Pripyat was very eerie. Before we went into the town we stopped by the power plant and saw the actual building that had the accident in it. They have workers there now building the new esophagus that will cover the reactor that will contain the radiation. Before we entered the town there was a final checkpoint to go past as our guide gave them the documents we signed earlier to be allowed in. Once inside we walked around the old streets and went into the buildings they had cleared and made safe. We had walked into one room at the school and the floor was covered in gas masks and other rooms still had all the regular effects (ie chemistry class still had all their writings on the chalk boards etc) A while back a salvage team had gone through many of the buildings to extract any metals that could be salvaged so a lot of the physical damage is from the demolition processes. At one point in the hospital we stopped at the entrance to the basement. Our guide said they had sealed it with sand and dirt to prevent anyone going down there, since there was so much radioactive clothing left over from the first responders down there. He pointed out a rag on the ground that had come from the basement and when we moved the geiger counter close the alarm went off. Once we left we had to go through a scanner (very old fashioned one) that detected the radiation levels your clothing. Mind you if there was anything that was high, you would have to get rid of that clothing. All of the paths we were taken on were approved and clean for visiting. one thing to check out is the Russian Woodpecker. It is straight out of a James Bond movie..and we got to climb it.
  3. Much of the contamination was just covered up *not in terms of conspiracy* but literally covered up. We walked down the road in pripyat parts of the road not covered had high radiation compared to the new pavement which was safe. In the hospital for example, the basement had to be sealed off because it was where they stored all the firefighters clothing after the explosion. The discarded clothing in the basement of the hospital is still dangerously radioactive. when you walked through the hospital occasionally you would find an old piece of uniform from the firefighters and your gieger counter would go crazy!
  4. I had that phone for a couple years and it is bomb proof. Still use it for traveling but now the plastic coverings on the ports have fallen off. I used to bang it on stuff just to show people it's toughness lol.
  5. Generally, I'll stick with a stock of (I dont know the chinese names for these sauces so my apologies) Cooking karamel, sweet soy sauce,light and dark soy sauce, chinese cooking wine, hoisin sauce, oyster sauce, seasame oil and some form of chili oil/paste. my favourite chili paste is the one with toasted chilies and peanuts inside. It comes in a glass bottle with a red label and a woman on the front. better than siracha or any other condiment.
  6. t&t will be your best bet for anything chinese, besides venturing into chinatown yourself to do some shopping.
  7. I love Nexus devices. The 5 is great. The OS just keeps getting better and better. My gf has the 5x, very similar to the 5 I have found.Very smooth to operate, good photo, battery is average though. Good phone at a great price.
  8. I'd reckon a similar system could be Melbourne's tram and train system. Comparable sized cities (Melbourne being smaller). A base fare of 3.85 for 2 hours of travel anywhere in Melbourne. They just recently started implementation of a free tram zone in the cbd to help alleviate the complaints of high cost short trips. It works quite well. Though both systems aren't perfect.
  9. I'm straight outta Steveston...gonna hit that err..uh..I'll watch the movie I suppose.
  10. The hike to the lake is quite easy, well maintained and busy. If you're going on the weekend go early as you might find all the camping spots are full. There are out houses with toilet paper though I am not too sure how often they refill it. No camp fires are allowed so bring a stove. Lots of mosquito repellent and if you like, some fishing gear (small trout swim close to shore, might be able to fashion a rod with a large branch). If you have time, hiking up black tusk or panorama Ridge is worth it. About another 3 hours from the lake. But if you go for those, prepare for a steeper, more rugged trail. And this time of year, both summits will have snow. But yeah, Garibaldi is a beautiful hike.
  11. Nice! My kit includes mec tvg 2 4 season tent -10 down sleeping bag inflatable sleeping pad cooking pot stove fuel first aid kit clothes 2-3 liters of water Now that all barely fits into my bag, I have room for either my DSLR which I love to bring but, it is bulky and weighs allot. OR I use that space for my food haha...otherwise my friend carries the food. My pack is only 48L though. It is an Osprey Kestrel 48. Pretty solid bag. even when I had it loaded at around 13kg. it was still quite comfortable. even after hauling it 30km on varied terrain. I still feel like I can get lighter. Besides investing in lighter gear all around.
  12. Black tusk was awesome. Still lots of snow but good boots and a change of socks was all I needed. I saw a couple using crampons but I felt it wasn't needed. We even used a plastic bag to sled down the mountain afterwards.. Heaps of fun! Wedgemount Lake is beautiful. One of my favourites. I went up a couple years ago in November. Waist deep snow leading up the scramble, that 3 hour hike turned into 7. Definitely worth it though. You're going up to the third Lake at jofferys?
  13. Just finished an overnight to black tusk and a day trip to the Lions. Both awesome hikes. Just curious what everyone's pack sizes are, mine was about 28lbs for an overnight which included my two person tent, sleeping bag, mat, clothes, stove fuel. Not to mention, 3l water and my camera. Though I could cut down weight on my tent and camera, I do enjoy the slightly larger tent (2.9kg weight) and photography is a hobby of mine, so giving up that would be tough. So going back to my original question, what is everyone's packing lists? Weights? Duration of hikes etc... Cheers
  14. Stuffing a backpack with all your personal gear and traveling around Europe. Usually by train or bus, or any cheap flights. Check out backpacking travel blogs on Google. Heaps of quality info and travel stories
  15. I started traveling November 2013. I booked a one way ticket to Manila and backpacked around se Asia for 6 months. I then moved to Melbourne and started working while traveling around Australia. June 10th, 2015 I will be heading back home to Vancouver for a couple months before utilizing my UK visa and traveling around Europe. My point is, chances are your career can be done in other countries. So why not live abroad and explore. As far as money goes, I'm coming back home with triple what I left with, nearly 20k. Savings are important but so is experience. Go see the world. Be smart with your money while you travel (read budget travel blogs) and have fun. Take a small backpack, one that can be for carry on. It's all you'll need for an extended multi month backpacking trip. Once you settle into a place to live and work. Have your family or friend send over a care package with your personal items and work clothes. It's not complicated. You only worry about things that don't exist. Just do it. Edit: I traveled alone.