Powerful Getaways for the Power Ranger in All of Us


With the all-new big screen adaptation of the classic 90’s television series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers set to premiere in a few weeks, nostalgia is in overdrive.

While I missed out on the Power Rangers phenomenon because of my age, one of my best friends growing up LOVED the Power Rangers and would totally love the love and all that goes with it.

I’m sharing this post because, to be honest, I loved it.  I like the creativity behind it, I like the tying in of the colours to the Power Rangers and I believe that creativity needs to be appreciated.

That being said…

To satisfy these fond memories of spandex-wearing superhumans, Booking.com, the world leader in connecting travellers with the widest variety of incredible places to stay, has put together the top accommodations inspired by their favourite colour-coded superheroes.

Whether you consider yourself brainy like Billy Cranston (the Blue Ranger) or kind-hearted like Kimberly Ann Hart (the Pink Ranger), you’ll discover your match with these inspired getaways. Go Go Power Rangers!

 

Blue Ranger – Ovolo Woolloomooloo – Sydney, Australia

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Billy might not be a social butterfly, but his quick wit and sharp mind, make him vital to the heroic team. Any fan of this ranger would opt for a stay at the Ovolo Woolloomooloo as the property’s location is practical and walking distance to the city’s must-go to locales. Of course, its bright blue exterior flush on the blue skies and clear blue water along the pier, matches his signature warrior outfit. After a long day exploring the city, escaping to your own private room complete with a free minibar, WiFi, luxurious bedding, a 27-inch LCD TV, is just what’s needed. Although it’s the awe-worthy views of the Sydney skyline that will make you want to book your stay here, the free happy hour is just the type of thing a nerdy superhero needs to make new friends.

 

Yellow Ranger – L7 Myeongdong by Lotte – Seoul, South Korea

Trini, the Yellow Power Ranger, is quirky, mysterious and extremely bright. If you find yourself relating to her qualities then stay at the L7 Myeongdong by Lotte where even the toilet paper is yellow! Relax in your spacious and brightly lit room and then unwind at the foot spa and enjoy a delicious meal at the Villa de Charlotte restaurant. Round off the evening with a cocktail at the roof-top bar or at the Bubble Lounge and Bar.

 

Pink RangerDon CeSar Hotel – Clearwater, Florida

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Nicknamed the Pink Palace for its exterior and grandeur architecture, the Don CeSar Hotel is a fit for the Queen Bee of the Rangers, Ms. Kimberly. Like any teenager in with the “cool kids”, impressing your clique is of the utmost importance. This extravagant beachfront hotel certainly won’t disappoint. With two heated pools, three lounges, a world-class spa and remarkable unguarded views of the Gulf of Mexico, the property is sure to excite. And just like Kim, this property is no stranger to the limelight. The 227-room Gatsby-esque and fun locale has had its own starring role as the backdrop for several movie sets throughout the latter half of the 20th century.

 

Red Ranger – The Library – Koh Samui, Thailand

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Defeating arch nemesis Rita Repulsa is no easy task but thankfully these superheroes have a strong leader in the Red Ranger. Much like the principal fighter, The Library stands out from the crowd and makes you look twice. Against the stunning backdrop of Koh Samui’s Chaweng Beach, you’ll find the luxury beachfront property offering spacious suites complete with iMac computers and modern designs. But the real show stopper is the property’s dramatic centrepiece – the blood-red tiled pool. For an accomplished athlete like Jason, the Red Ranger, swimming laps is the ideal full body workout. Once you’ve exhausted yourself, its time to indulge in Thai culinary delights or fall deep into fiction at the property’s library.

 

 

Black Ranger – Armani Hotel Milano – Milan, Italy

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Bravado and swagger perfectly describe Zack, the Black Ranger. On the outside, he’s tough and keeps his cool but on the inside, there are many layers. Likewise, there’s more than meets the eyes of this famous Milano hotel. Behind the sleek façade and contemporary black and white designs, you’ll find state of the art facilities sure to appease your inner Black Ranger. Looking to get your heart pumping? The Armani/Spa is home to Technogym’s world-class equipment and impeccable service and features a Finnish sauna, steam bath, ice cascade and a relaxation pool. The rooftop relaxation area not only offers magnificent views of the city, but is also an ideal look out spot for incoming dangers.

 

Family Day, President’s Day and a Birthday


Hectic last few days here in The Urban Daddy household with Family Day yesterday and, ahem, my birthday, today.  The only significance here in Canada about President’s Day is that our friends and family south of the border get to see how we Canadians, at least here in Ontario get to enjoy 15 degree (60 degree fahrenheit) weather in February!!!

I hate my birthday.  I love celebrating other people’s but hate the attention.  I also find my birthday to be very emotional when hundreds of people take the time on Facebook, LinkedIn, and through email to take the time to wish me well on my birthday.  I wish that I could do the same to each and everyone on their special day, and I wish I could personally thank everyone for taking just a moment out of their equally hectic day to send me a greeting.

To everyone who did, you are incredible people and I’m thankful to know you.

To those who wanted to but couldn’t / didn’t get around to it, I am equally thankful that you took a second of your day to think about me.

To those who thought about me today, or tomorrow, or the next day, I appreciate the thoughts, and you rock!

My birthday reminds me of a friend from ball hockey, who has only 6 posts on his Facebook page over the last 6-years and it was me, every year wishing him a happy birthday.  I actually ran into him, and he said that he doesn’t use Facebook, but he got the message each and every year and it meant a lot to him that I took the time to write something even though there was no activity from the previous year(s).

Hey… Everybody needs to be loved, just a little, right?!?

Oddly enough my birthday today started with cards and hugs and kisses from my kids (that really was all that I needed), but then my wife and kids blew me away by giving me a paid of green glass cufflinks that I saw in Murano (or Burano) Italy last summer, that they bought for me.  I love the colour green and I wear cufflinks and it was the most thoughtful and kind gift I could have received.  My wife rocks!!!

Then… Our former Nanny, and part-time house cleaner came at, 8am, with a chocolate cake and after I blew out the candles, we ate cake – I guess our new family tradition!

A fun way to start a birthday, and another hectic day.

So how did you celebrate Family Day / President’s Day?

We were going to go to the Auto Show, but headed to our neighbours for brunch and ping pong (I LOVE ping pong!!!) and then came home and everyone got to work.  My wife had marking to do, the boys worked on their science fair projects and my daughter finished up her Spirit of Math homework and prepared for her Spirit of Math test that evening.

Factors, Prime and Composite numbers, perfect squares… Phew.  I’m re-learning so much!  Thankfully both my boys are really strong in math, the eldest incredibly brilliant in math and they were able to assist her where needed.

Toss into that day, some hockey skills, and the 2 previous days of hockey and swimming and it made for a busy, busy weekend, without the opportunity to go anywhere special other than to see family and friends, and to hang out with the family.

Now it’s back to work, and off to a great start to the week.

Hope you have a wonderful week!

Family Day 2017: GTA Home & Reno Show


The GTA Home & Reno Show is returning February 17-20th and has activities for GTAers of all ages.

Family Day Fun at the GTA Home & Reno Show

It’s never too early to get the kids involved; home design and fun-filled activities for all ages this Family Day

Grab the kids and head to The GTA Home & Reno Show for a Family Day event that’s fun for all ages. This year’s show is ‘fam’ packed with activities and learning opportunities for the young and young at heart!

Family Day Highlights:

  1. Time for the little ones to discover the wonders that await in their backyards! Join Master Gardeners as they teach your budding green thumb to plant, see a bean sprout and learn what birds and insects they can find in their garden.
  2. Kids can ‘putt’ their golfing skills to the test at the Backyard Greens Golf.
  3. Free daycare available on Family Day Monday, February 20th. Drop the little ones with us while you check out some of Canada’s best contractors, suppliers and design experts.
  4. Discover how Curb Appeal Active Kids Play Space can create magical spaces for your unique outdoor lifestyle.

 

Show Dates/Times:

Friday, February 17:                                        10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, February 18:                                   10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sunday, February 19:                                      10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Monday, February 20 (Family Day):          10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Venue Name:                                    The International Centre

Venue Address:                                6900 Airport Road, Mississauga, ON

Website:                                             www.gtahomeandrenoshow.com

Cost:

Adults                                   $15.00

Seniors (65+)                      $13.00

Youth 13 – 17                      $13.00

Children 12 and under      FREE

 

We attended the show last year and it was a blast!

Family Day 2017 at the Art Gallery of Ontario.


agoKite-making, skipping ropes and short films, oh my!

Kids take over the AGO for Family Day

 

WHAT:          On Monday, Feb. 20, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) once again transforms into the Kids’ Gallery of Ontario (KGO), with a jam-packed line up of artful activities inspired by the ongoing exhibition Francis Alÿs: A Story of Negotiation. Programming highlights include kite-making and bubble wrap-bursting, Gallery tours, family yoga, exciting interactive performances by the SOAR children’s skipping team and a screening of Small Cave, Big Cave, a new short film written by two Toronto seven-year-olds.

For more programming details and information on how to book discounted family passes, visit http://www.ago.net/family.

WHEN:          Feb. 20, 2017

Activities take place from 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.; please visit ago.net/family for a complete schedule of activities and times.

WHERE:       Art Gallery of Ontario.  317 Dundas St. W. Toronto, ON

TICKETS:     Admission is free for AGO members and children five and under. A special discounted family pass is available for advance purchase at www.ago.net/family for only $39. A family pass admits two adults and up to five youths (ages six to 17). Individual tickets are $11 for youth ages 17 and under, $16 for seniors and $19.50 for adults and can be purchased at ago.net, in person and over the phone at 416-979-6648.

 

The “Sir” David Beckham Controversy: Knighthood, Tax Evasion, What Canada Should Do?


This story is of great interest to me because it covers many areas which I feel passionate about. Taxes, Sports, Canada, and Social Media.

In this case, David Beckham, the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star, and husband to former Spice Girl Victoria was denied knighthood for his involvement in a tax avoidance scheme, however the presence of some leaked emails have really stirred the pot recently and caused damage to the Beckham brand.

A Unicef goodwill ambassador since 2005 – Beckham is furious that the leaked emails appear to show him as cynically using his charity work to curry favour with the honours committee and identifies his frustration with having to kiss up to the Queen in order to achieve his knighthood.

He is also furious that they depict him as demanding money from the United Nations children’s charity to pay for flights and hotels to visit its projects with children in places such as the Philippines and in one email he apparently complained about being asked to match the highest bidders at a Unicef auction in New York, stating: “Chloe asked me an outright which I was p***** . . . I don’t want to do it and won’t do it with my own money.”

He comes across as a petulant child.

The hacked emails were obtained by website Football Leaks which had, up to now, focused on exposing players’ contracts and third-party ownership arrangements considered illegal by FIFA.

Beckham and his advisors knew about the existence of these emails last year, and had obtained an injunction preventing a major British newspaper and others from publishing the information. Beckham was also the subject of blackmail, with the perpetrator asking for $1-million dollars from “Becks” in order to prevent the emails from becoming public.

The email hack is believed that have been executed on a server associated with Simon Oliveira – Beckham’s communications spokesperson – in 2015. The 2 had worked together for more than a decade.

Oliveira was also the spokesperson for another tax cheat, former Tennis player Boris Becker, which might be a coincidence, or might not.

In 2002, Becker became a convicted criminal after judges found him guilty of tax evasion. Becker was given a stiff punishment: a two-year prison sentence, suspended for three years, a 500,000 euro (£315,000) fine, and the entire cost of his trial after he pleaded guilty to evading about 1.7m euros tax by claiming to live in the “offshore” haven of Monte Carlo at a time when his main residence was really in Munich.

Beckham was nominated for knighthood by the head of the London 2012 Olympic Organizing Committee, Lord Sebastian Coe, however UK Tax authorities, HM Revenue and Customs, flagged Beckham’s involvement during a screening process and it seems that it was enough to block the proposal.

The couple got caught up in a £434million tax avoidance dispute.

Over a decade ago the Beckhams joined Inside Track Productions LLP, set up by notorious investment firm Ingenious.

David went on to invest in two further Ingenious tax schemes in 2005 and 2006. Along with 140 other Inside Track Productions investors, the couple have been hit with tax demands by HMRC.

Ingenious invested hundreds of millions of pounds through schemes aimed at backing the British film industry.

But the company claimed £1.6billion in losses – and clients, who were made partners of limited liability partnerships, were lawfully able to write off any losses from the schemes against their other income. Companies House records show Victoria and David are still listed as members of the LLP.

After a tax tribunal ruling last year, investors in Ingenious schemes have faced a bill for £434million in unpaid tax plus interest. Ingenious, of course, denies HMRC’s allegations and the sides are still in a legal dispute.

HMRC boss Jennie Granger said: “The schemes involved people claiming far more in tax than they invested.”

So what should Canada do, and how does this impact us?

Well, if the UK offers knighthood to their top political donators, and famous people around the world and it is viewed as an honour, its’ about time for Canada to step up to the plate and recognize our elites and respected Canadians.

Since “Sir” is already taken, we should consider another honour, maybe adding “Eh?” after someone’s name. So once the tax matters are resolved, someone like David Beckham could become David Beckham, eh?  That’s 100% Canadian!  And… If he gets his tax problems resolved, and his knighthood, he could become Sir David Beckham, eh?

Pretty awesome!

 

The moral of the story is this:

Pay your taxes, don’t slag people in emails, and be kind to everyone, all the time!