From Brunch and Wine to Traveling and Marketing: Changes on the Way

I wanted to take this opportunity to update you all on new developments and projects as well as blog posts that I’m working on, that will be coming your way in the near future.

In the coming weeks, you’ll be seeing blog posts on the Taste Victoria brunch at Vista 18, afternoon tea at the Empress as well as reviews of the eye-opening documentary ‘Art & Copy’ on the advertising industry and Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point (if you haven’t read the book, I highly recommend it, it’s a real eye-opener).

I’ll also be talking about my experiences on one of Wilson’s Tours newest walking tours, ‘Saloons, Scandals & Sweets’ as well as my first trip up island to the Courtenay/Comox area and stay at the luxurious Old House Village Hotel & Spa.

In the meantime, I’d like to tell you all about a new venture of mine that I’ve recently started on. A few months ago, I mentioned in a previous blog post that I’m expanding my list of writing services for clients to include tourism/travel writing, PR, blogging and social media.

Well, slowly, I’ve started writing more travel articles and have since expanded the list of other websites where you can view some of my work:

 

Trip Advisor

Sante Spa: The Best in Luxurious Treatments & Environment

My review of my one-of-a-kind spa treatment at Sante Spa Victoria at Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa

Eagle Wing Whale Watching: Searching for the Whales

My review of my first-ever experience going whale watching with Eagle Wing Whale Watching Tours in Victoria, BC

Boatswain’s Beach Adventure Park & Turtle Farm, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Visiting with sea turtles on excursion at Grand Cayman during a Princess Cruises Caribbean cruise

Dolphin Discovery, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Part two of my shore excursion in Grand Cayman, swimming with the dolphins.

Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, Las Vegas, NV

My first trip to Madame Tussaud’s in Las Vegas.

 

Tourism BC Blog

Discovering China & Botanical Beaches

How some friends and I discovered China and Botanical Beaches along the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail

A Historical Gem: Filberg Heritage Lodge & Park

My journey through Filberg Heritage Lodge & Park during my first time in Comox.

 

Big Time Tours (Online Community for Tourism/Travel Writers)

Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Resort & Spa, Parksville, BC

My experiences at Tigh-Na-Mara’s Grotto Spa and Treetop Tapas Lounge.

Scuba Diving for the First Time, Victoria, BC

Learning how to scuba dive from Wilson Diving.

I plan on building on this list as I continue to write more articles about tourism, accommodations, attractions and events out there. Currently, I’m also working on a couple of pieces for Life As A Human.com, which I will post to the Online Writing section of my blog once they have been approved.

I won’t reveal too much of what else I’m working on, however, I will say that I’ve also turned some of my attention to writing for magazines and here’s to hoping that I will have further published articles to share with you in the near future.

As always, thank you for your continued readership and support

 

Sincerely,

Lilian Sue-In Retrospect Writing Service, Owner & Operator.

Announcing a New Service: Destination/Travel/Tourism PR, Blogging & Marketing

June 20th, 2011-Announcing my new service: Travel/Tourism PR, Blogging & Marketing

To reflect my love of travel and desire to promote and raise awareness for Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland’s accommodations, restaurants, attractions and culture, I’ve ventured into travel blogging, writing and marketing.

What began a few years ago as a web copy project for jetPADs Luxury Vacation Rentals’ Vancouver and Los Angeles microsites, has blossomed into a strong desire to understand the unique challenges and the creative opportunities within Vancouver Island’s and the Lower Mainland’s tourism industries and experience the hospitality and one-of-a-kind attractions that my own backyard has to offer.

In blogging and promoting these experiences, I hope to give travelers the world over a taste of why Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland are-and continue to be, the absolute best destinations to travel to and allow them glimpses into the unique experiences, accommodations and attractions we offer.

Some of my recent travel & attraction review/blogging/writing work

Sante Spa Victoria: The Best in Luxurious Treatments and Environment (under the username LSue23)

Chasing the Whales: Whale Watching for the First Time with Eagle Wing Tours

As I continue to add more travel/event/attraction experiences to my portfolio, they will be posted in the Online Writing Section of my site for your reading pleasure.

As always, thank you for the support!

CHBA-Victoria’s Home & Garden Show-My Take

CHBA-Victoria’s Home & Garden Show-My Take

Although I’ve attended several home and garden shows over the years, including the show last year at the Bear Mountain Arena that featured a seminar from one of my absolute favorite color consultants, Jane Lockhart; the CHBA-Victoria show was among one of the largest home and garden shows I have ever seen.

Unfortunately, I arrived in between presentations and wasn’t able to take in seminars by either Inez Hanl of The Sky is The Limit Design and Jenny Martin of Jenny Martin Design; but there were booths and exhibits that I thought were creative, fun, well-thought out and ones I will look out for at future shows.

Here are some of the highlights:

RHoSolutions

What struck me about this company was the way they displayed their information on their products to help home and business owners reduce water use and achieve water conservation. Until I stumbled upon their exhibit, I had never heard of an Ipod app that could be used for water conservation at home and at the office. I thought the product was ingenious and I am looking forward to seeing more from this company.

Michelle Matte Interiors

Michelle Matte was one of the few interior designers at the show that had a creative and elegant display. She had a beautiful black chaise lounger along with a white carpet and a lamp, next to a TV that showed a slideshow of some of her recent projects. It was comfortable and yet luxurious and among the best of the displays I’d seen.  I found her display and her work to be elegant, warm and certainly would consider working with her on my home, when I become a homeowner.

Western Living Magazine’s Showroom

The showroom put together by Western Living Magazine stuck out in my mind because of some of the more eclectic and eccentric décor elements. A table carved in the shape of a black boar with a glass tabletop, chairs with cow hide backrests, eclectic lights and pink walls certainly stood out in my mind as risqué and different in terms of interior design. I did however, appreciate the deep soaker tubs and modern vanities that they also had on display. But I have to say that in spite of the unique display, I have no intentions of painting my bathroom walls pink, however ‘in’ that might be for this year.

Twelve₃- Sustainable Micro Housing

Twelve₃ is a company with a concept similar to that of Lanefab Homes in Vancouver ; they produce custom made pre-fabricated extensions for current homes to use as rental or storage spaces, secondary suites and even as affordable housing. I was fascinated to learn that their homes are available in 12 x 12 and 12 x 16 sizes and they use the latest in energy saving and efficiency and solar power technology. They even have the capabilities of having your new home or extension to be off the grid. I’ll definitely be following this company via Twitter to see what new projects come their way.

Home Design & Renovation Tour 2011

This display was on behalf of the annual fundraiser for Young Life, a Christian ministry dedicated to helping teens. Having never seen a home renovation tour being utilized as a fundraiser, I’m interested to see what the 13 homes on the tour have to offer and what expertise the designers on site will be able to share. This event is one I am definitely interested in attending.