Small Spaces, Big Questions

As real estate costs grow ever higher, owning your own home can seem impossible. But the tiny home trend proves that with a little work and a lot of ingenuity, small-scale living is a viable alternative.

Dining in the Dark

Eating a meal in total darkness is undoubtedly a unique experience. But dark dining is a growing trend, and provides not only an epicurean adventure, but career possibilities for those with a visual impairment.

City Bee, Country Bee

Urban beekeeping is a growing trend in many cities around the world. But with the population of rural bees continuing to decline, it’s uncertain whether rooftop hives will be enough to save our pollinators.

The Denim Dilemma

With the global popularity of disposable fashion comes the increasing destruction of the world’s water sources and ecosystems. Your $30 jeans may feel good and look fashionable, but what price does the environment pay?

Let’s Celebrate

From dragon boat races in China to ancient Incan rituals in Peru, the Pacific Rim is rich in celebrations. Take a quick trip around the region and discover what festivals these diverse nations have to offer.

Waste Not, Want Not

Cowpower BC is a non-profit organization that creates sustainable energy from manure. While similar energy production already exists in countries such as Germany and China, Cowpower is helping British Columbia contribute to a sustainable future.

Access Tech

Each new smartphone is almost guaranteed to have a feature that makes our everyday lives easier. But for people with visual impairments, advancements in accessible technology can help reduce the limitations caused by their disability.

Providing an Alternative

In rural areas of Central America, Western medicine can be difficult to come by. A Vancouver woman teaches Guatemalan healers the art of Traditional Chinese Medicine in order to provide an affordable and accessible healthcare option.

In the Raw

Raw vegan diets are growing in popularity, and the options are anything but boring. Vancouver blogger Emily von Euw (of This Rawsome Vegan Life) hosts potluck dinners to bring her community of readers together.

Gender Games

For many years the video gaming sphere has often been considered a man’s domain. But with an increase in female players and developers, the industry is shifting its focus to include a larger fan base.

Hungry in Hanoi?

The origins of phở (Vietnamese noodle soup) are debated, but according to Lucy Ava Liu, one thing is certain: there’s no better place to grab a bowl than the streets of Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi.

Le Marché St. George

Le Marché St. George, a café located in East Vancouver, offers delicious European fare including crêpes, pastries, and quiches. Also for sale are specialty goods and gifts made by Lower Mainland and Gulf Island artisans.

Hiking the Wild Coast

British Columbia’s West Coast Trail winds 75 kilometres along Vancouver Island’s southwest coast, traversing marshes and beaches. With panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, the trail is home to black bears, wolves, and cougars.

Food Trucks

Vancouver’s food trucks offer a range of delicious options for food on the go, and represent the cuisines of a variety of Pacific Rim nations. We’ve rounded up and reviewed a few of the best.

Above Average Joe

For Australians, drinking coffee is about more than just the buzz. Australia’s well-developed coffee culture favours high-quality espresso-based drinks, such as the flat white, and the personal nature of small cafés.

The Union

With a full menu of dishes from Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam, the Union is Vancouver’s one-stop shop for fresh and flavourful Southeast Asian cuisine. Their entrées provide the perfect combination of Eastern and Western flavours.

Exile Bistro

This cozy restaurant in Vancouver’s West End serves a variety of healthy dishes and creative cocktails, with an emphasis on local wild and organic ingredients. A great spot for a romantic evening or a culinary adventure.

The Cameron Highlands

Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands, one of the country’s largest colonial hill stations, attracts 30,000 visitors a week and offers a cool climate to enjoy the many hiking trails and tea plantation tours the region has to offer.

Stress for Success

With short recruitment periods and a strict etiquette to follow for young Japanese people looking for work, the job hunt can be a stressful period in their life and can even lead to thoughts of suicide.

Part-Time God

Cosplay is gaining popularity as fans looks for ways to meet like-minded individuals. Bob Smylie, father of four and part-time Asgardian god of thunder, talks about conventions, making costumes, and why he likes playing Thor.

Palm Futures

Many people are familiar with the problems with manufacturing palm oil, but don’t realize that avoidance isn’t the answer. Consumers must understand their own purchasing power, and force companies to provide a sustainable alternative.

Think Before You Eat

As the world’s land and water becomes increasingly limited, we need alternative ways to feed our ever-growing populations. Vegetarianism, veganism, or even just eating less meat can go a long way in preserving our resources.

Diversity Threatened

The plight of a few endangered species (such as the Javan rhinoceros and giant panda) has been widely publicized, but there are many lesser-known species across the Pacific Rim which are facing similar threats.