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Kinetic Family in the Yukon: Fish On

August 3, 2014 in Events, Exercise, Outdoor Activity

With its awesome natural beauty, the relatively short flight, and the opportunity to visit family, Whitehorse, Yukon has been a choice summer vacation destination for us time and time again.

Our summer trips are often filled with many wonderful activities and over a series of blog posts we will share our experiences and highlight some of our favourite things to do in the area – perhaps a quasi ‘list of things to do’ for future travelers considering a visit to the land of the midnight sun.

Catch of the Day - Lake Trout at Dezadeash

Catch of the Day – Lake Trout at Dezadeash


I’ve gone fishing a few times in my life and and I’ve been lucky to catch a few fish here and there but I wouldn’t call myself an angler, not even close. Plus, all the fish that I have ever caught have been nothing to write home about. Well, that all changed on August 1st, 2014 when Dawn and I were guided on a fishing expedition by “Fish On” in the Yukon blogger, YukonTony (Dawn’s brother). An avid and experienced angler, YukonTony taught us the ins and outs of fishing in the Yukon. He also guided us on a fishing trip to one of the most picturesque fishing spots I have been to yet.

About a 2 hour drive outside of Whitehorse, Lake Dezadeash offers some of the best fishing in the region. Set against the majestic backdrop of the Kluane mountains the scenery alone makes this one of the most beautiful places on earth. I would have gone home happy to have just been there. The tranquility and the surrounding scenery is so awe-inspiring that no picture or video can do it justice.

The sun beaming down on Lake Dezadeash.

The sun beaming down on Lake Dezadeash.

As a beginner and first-timer to Dezadeash, I was pleasantly surprised when within just 10 minutes and a few casts of the line I had already hooked a couple of Lake Trout. And big ones, to boot! After releasing my first couple of fish (too big to keep), I went on a bit of a cold streak with my line but Dawn caught fire with hers and landed fish after fish as she caught and released 5 Lake Trout by the end of our 3-hour fishing adventure.

1 of 5. Dawn led the way landing five Lake Trout during our 3-hour trip to Dezadeash.

1 of 5. Dawn led the way landing five Lake Trout during our 3-hour trip to Dezadeash.

This particular expedition did not go without exerting some effort as the trek to the lake itself required a bit of hiking with all our gear in tow (food, equipment, waders, etc.). As we stood wearing waders in the lake the activity required constant core stabilization to prevent falling into the water, especially if the wind picked up and the waves got bigger. The most physically demanding part was reeling in the fish, especially if it was a big one. Apart from that, if a couple of wannabe anglers like us can catch a fish, I’m pretty sure anybody can.

Lake Dezadeash has been the best fishing experience I have had so far and I’m already thinking about the next time we go back. Lake Dezadeash = pure awesomeness.

Read more about The Secrets of Dezadeash (and other great fishing spots in the Yukon), how to get there, and all the gear you’ll need to fish at this lake by visiting YukonTony’s “Fish On” in the Yukon blog.

Watch our fishing video courtesy of YukonTony. Thank you.

Yukon Angling Licences (2014-2015)



The Shoemaker Dance

May 3, 2014 in Dancing, Exercise, Parenthood

Malaya’s school recently put on a cultural dance performance and we were thrilled to be able to make it along with many of the other parents and families. Each grade performed a dance from a different country and there was quite a variety. There were dances from the Philippines, Mexico, Denmark, and India, to name a few. It’s great to see that dance is still being taught in school these days. I know the kids look really cute and it’s great for the parents to watch but let’s not forget to give props to the teachers who put a lot of work and time in preparing the students for this sort of thing. Teachers do a wonderful thing.

The Shoemaker Dance from Denmark, performed by the kindergarteners:


Push-up for the Philippines

December 2, 2013 in Events, Exercise

We wanted to give a shout out to everyone who got up very early on a Saturday morning to break a sweat and support our fitness fundraiser for the Typhoon Haiyan relief in the Philippines. The incredible amount of destruction the typhoon has caused most certainly deserves, not only ours, but the world’s attention. As the media focuses on other headline-grabbing news of the day (Rob Ford, Black Friday, whatever Miley Cyrus is up to, etc) and as we head into the hustle & bustle of the holiday season, let us not forget the victims of Haiyan. There is still a lot of recovery and healing needing to take place as the people affected by the typhoon try to put their lives, homes, families and hopes back together. If you encounter an opportunity to help, please consider doing what you can to support. If you don’t encounter one, create your own! We’ve been blessed to know many good people who have put forth their own efforts to help, whether its money, clothing, food, or just helping to spread the word of need. Bless your heart. Special thanks to Chris Tsao and Fitness 2000 for their unwavering support.


Learn How To Do Burpees from a 4 Year Old

October 2, 2012 in Exercise

The burpee is regarded by many as one of the most highly effective exercises you can do. It’s perfect if you’re short on time or space and want to fit in a quick and effective workout. It’s a full body exercise that doesn’t require any equipment and works your core, legs, butt, back, abs, arms, chest and cardiovascular fitness.

It’s so simple, even a 4 year old can do it. In this video, Malaya & Mahal will take you through the simple steps of how to do a burpee.

There are dozens of burpee variations you can do to make it more challenging, depending on your fitness level. Dawn will show you some variations you can try.

Try challenging yourself by seeing how many burpees you can do in one minute, or set a goal of doing x number of burpees and time yourself. See if you can beat your time on your next workout. A popular challenge is seeing how long it takes you to do 100 burpees without taking any long rest breaks.

Go ahead and try it. Post your results in the comments.

Have fun!


The Kinetic Family Guide to The Rush – Part 1 of 2

June 14, 2012 in Exercise, Outdoor Activity, Race

Rush Essentials

The BC Lung Association’s Rush Race & Urban Adventure Scavenger Hunt is a 1-day amazing race style event where  teams of 2 must navigate the streets of Vancouver, solve mystery clues, locate hidden checkpoints and complete gruelling physical and mental challenges. This June 23, 2012 will be our 2nd time participating in The Rush.  We’ve participated in several other  urban adventure races in the past and out of all of them, the Rush is by far our favourite. It’s extremely well organized, challenging. affordable, tonnes of fun and it’s all to support and promote a great cause.

If you’re new to The Rush this year or thinking about doing it in the future, we’ve put together this quick guide to some of the essentials you’ll need to help your team achieve Rush success. We base this only on our past experience and we hope that it can be of help to rookie rushers.

So here it is, the Kinetic Family’s Guide to the RUSH.

Phone a friend. The Rush allows you to use the help of friends or family (not on the race course) on the day of the race. They can google stuff for you, look up the best transit options, and help you solve clues when you’re stumped or while you’re on the go. Your support team could be at home, work, or anywhere but on the race course to help you solve and decipher clues and pinpoint the exact location of the checkpoints. Having this kind of support on stand-by is invaluable to a team’s success.

Plan your route. Because there is no predetermined route or order in which you have to complete the checkpoints, it’s important to map out a most efficient route. There are mandatory checkpoints that everyone must complete so be sure to take those into account and work them into your planning. Do you hit the furthest checkpoints first and make your way back? Or do you start close and knock checkpoints off as you go along? Either way, be sure to plan ahead and map it out.

Have a good map. It is extremely useful to have a good map of the city. A detailed map, especially one that shows the civic addresses, is very handy. We’ve found map books to be easier to manage on the go than big fold out maps. This is a matter of preference, of course. Also, make sure your map covers the surrounding Greater Vancouver area and not just the City of Vancouver. You never know where The Rush might take you.

The race before the race. There are several pre-race contests that can help you gain an advantage. For example, as a mandatory requirement of the race, each team must raise a minimum of $200 for the BC Lung Association. Teams that raise five hundred dollars or more receive a ‘charity checkpoint’, meaning they would be required to complete 1 fewer checkpoint than teams that didnt. There’s also a video contest that awards the team with the most popular video the coveted Gold Rush pass. The Gold Rush pass allows a team to bypass any lineup at any one checkpoint on race day. This can save your team lots of precious time and could be the difference maker in a race where every minute counts.

Use transit wisely. The use of public transit is permitted, so use it to your advantage. Have a transit map/schedule readily available (download the Translink app to your smartphone)! Or make sure your support team is familiar with the Translink website to look up routes and schedules. Using transit will help keep your legs fresh and the time sitting on the bus or skytrain can be used to plan your next move.

Run rusher run! Yes, you can use transit, but it may not always be the best option. Do you want to spend your time waiting for and then waiting on a bus when you could be making traction on foot? You also run the risk of getting delayed on transit due to all the passenger pick ups and drop offs at every stop, especially on major routes. Be prepared to do some running as transit can only take you so far and The Rush often has you going off the beaten path.

Obey the law, obey the rules. As a Rusher, you’re expected to obey the rules and laws of the land. Remain courteous to the general public on the streets who are out to enjoy the day just as much as you are. Play nice.

Get Social. The Rush crew will often drop hints about the race via their blog or on Twitter and Facebook. We suggest you follow all three.

Fully Charged. Have your (smart) cell phone handy and charge your batteries. You will need this. That is all.

Seek the help of strangers. Can’t solve a clue or find a checkpoint yourself? Ask around. You never know what a good Samaritan might know or what they can do for you. Sometimes you might even need them to help you complete a challenge.

H2O. While the Rush has been known to make participants eat some interesting things in the races of past, it’s important to have a good breakfast and stay plenty hydrated. You’ll be rushing all day and goat testicles may not be favourable to your pallet. Bring water.

Well, I hope that gives you an idea of some of the things you might come to need and expect come race day. Did we forget something? Got an extra tip that’s not on our list? Post in the comments.

Good luck to all the Rushers out there and come back for Part 2 of this post where we will recap our experience on race day.