Our grand-grand parents worked hard all week: growing wheat, vegetables, animals and bird for sale and visited farmer's market on the weekend to sell, buy, wonder around. This must be embedded in human genes, since market still is a heart of a community, wherever that community resides. The Farmer's Market is a popular place to buy produce, crafts, socialize with friends/family, wonder around.
Of course, younger generation spends quite some time online and less time socializing with each other in real time. There is no doubt, Amazon grows online shopping business year by year. We also noticed every big box store has self checkout, most businesses have online order/shop feature, minimizing human to human interaction. It is unknown yet if this new digital era will globally change humanity into less social, readily following instructions masses. I hope that humanity will pass this stage and evolves into united society with united conscious. The communication will be still important, but it might take different a form.
However, the Farmer's Market is still a heart of the community and attracts a lot of people. There is something for everyone: produce, crafts, bread, baking, flowers. Take a look for yourself!
I wanted to reach out to all my readers- please make it down to Farmer's Market and connect to people in your community. This is what makes us happier and brighter on all levels! How can you miss an opportunity to exchange news, opinions with other people? There is so much to see and explore!
There are so many ideas out there, so much creativity. It is a well spent Saturday morning.
Bilga farm is well-known for their juicy strawberries. The taste of strawberries you remember since childhood, before big-box stores started pumping out tasteless, crunchy strawberries with a texture of an onion year-around.
The strawberries at Bilga farm are hand-picked fresh daily and sold the same day. Small box costs $5, medium box $10, large flat $35. The customer gets to pick which box they like, so I am pretty happy with what I got! The strawberry season is expected to last for another three weeks, so help yourself to fresh strawberries!
Their address is Rutland Road North, which is behind MacDonald's.
Finding a job in the Okanagan isn't an easy task to accomplish. However I will cover a topic of finding a job in a separate post.
Today I wanted to discuss an employment status versus a contractor status. Many small businesses in the Okanagan are offering a contractor position. The business hiring a contractor gets work done, while not paying into Canada Pension Plan and Employment Insurance for that worker. The business is also not responsible for deducting personal income taxes and doesn't provide benefits. Contractors are responsible for their own taxes, double the CPP contribution, which downplays the net income/earnings.
The idea of my post is to educate prospective employees/contractors about the difference it makes to be in employer/employee versus contractor relationship. When each side understands their rights and responsibilities, the relationship goes on much smoother.
Canada Revenue Agency mandates a two-step approach in identifying the nature of a relationship between a worker and an organization.
The intent of an agreement between parties. The contractors usually hired for a specific project or work outside of main scope of the organization. For an example, mortgage company hires a contractor for snow removal and lawn maintenance and pays a flat monthly fee. Contractor usually submits an invoice to accounts payable, which needs to be approved by the manager.
Contractor works about 20 hours a week deciding independently how the work will be performed, she has no set hours, she is free to work for anybody else outside this organization. The organization did not train contractor or provided a direction on how to perform the work.
Tools and Equipment
Contractor supplies her own tools for which she is not reimbursed.
Subcontracting work or hiring assistants
Contractor can hire part-time workers to assist her, when necessary.
If contractor hires part-time assistants, she is liable for paying them. If organization who hired a contractor doesn’t approve her invoice (unsatisfactory service) she doesn’t get paid for that month by Accounts Payable department.
Opportunity for profit and Responsibility for Management
The contractor is compensated by a flat fee and is not entitled to benefit plan. The organization does not contribute to Canada Pension Plan or Employment Insurance program on their behalf. If the contractor looses earnings, they can't claim EI.
The contractor can hire assistants and responsible to supervise their work and paying them.
I hope this article will help people to make an informed decision.
The Los Jarros Restaraunt exudes the vacation in Mexico vibes: happy music, authentic Mexican style interior, authentic Mexican dishes, deserts and drinks (Margarita and Pina Colada is a must have!). The atmosphere transports people from Canada to Mexico in split seconds!
We tasted Fish Tacos, Beef Enchiladas and Hibiscus lemonade.
Fish Tacos are complimented with tasty green lentil soup, home-made guacamole and authentic red chili sauce. Tacos come with good amount of fried white fish, tomatoes, lettuce, red onions, cilantro and two layers of corn tortilla. Simply delicious!
Authentic hibiscus flower lemonade is a savory and refreshing drink, that will take your taste buds to the next level. I finished my drink to the last drop!
Beef Enchiladas are tasty and come with sour cream, guacamole, shredded lettuce and red onions. We found them not too filling, so if you are super hungry get an appetizer to compliment the main meal.
To summarize our experience: Los Jarros has nice atmosphere, top notch (friendly and attentive) service, waiting time was about 25 min (they cook everything from scratch), tasty and healthy meal, good drink, affordable bill. We would definitely come back!
Spring is in full swing with a lot of sun, chirping birds, grass growing fast and flowers blooming. Flowering plants and trees mean allergic reactions for some of us.
Daily updates on air quality and a Pollen Report can be found on the weather network www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/forecasts/pollen/british-columbia/kelowna
Generally speaking, late May and early June are the worst months for allergic respiratory reactions. That is why staying inside early mornings and during dusk becomes important.
Keeping your house pollen free means that you must wipe all your counters and surfaces with a wet cloth. Another important thing to remember is to keep air filters clean and change them as needed. Air filters are sold in most stores such as Canadian Tire, Costco, etc.
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Bird Park in Phuket features tropical species: Hornbills, parrots, crocodiles. It is definitely worth the visit to get to see a bird show and tour the park.
Hornbills are very colorful and smart birds. Parrots are known to enjoy interacting with people, which sometimes becomes very entertaining.
My interaction with crocodiles was short and spooky: while I stood above a pool with crocodiles one of them silently swam close to me and silently appeared on a cement ramp of the pool next to me. Crocodiles move slow, undetected in the water. When they are resting outside with open jaws, they seem to be not alive. But it's all to fool a next victim, prey. Crocodiles are fast and fierce predators, that survived for 200 million years on earth. Even humans, the most fearsome predators ever to stalk the earth, have failed to force into extinction any of the 23 species of crocodilians.
I was able to capture an eye to eye moment with a predator. Take a look!
There were a few moments during our trip when I had to stop and ask myself: " Am I seeing that for real, or is it a mirage in the sun?" When I realized it is a reality, I reached for my camera and captured the unseen moment.
The picture below is taken during a walk along a beach avenue and it is a souvenir store.
The picture below was a cultural shock for me, personally. Whatever happens in Thailand, stays in Thailand.
I loved mango smoothies in Thailand and appreciated Thai humor: see below.
Nobody goes hungry in Thailand. Literally, you can find good and healthy food choices for super reasonable prices. My personal "Wow" find was rice with omelet from Tesco Lotus for 19 THB, with current exchange rate CA$ 1= 24 THB being CA 0.80 for portion. It is so tasty too!
In Phuket Town I found a haunted colonial style house falling apart just in the middle of a busy neighborhood. I honestly, had to pinch myself, to insure I am not seeing things.