Happy Holidays from Us & The Canucks

A few weeks ago, Clay Imoo (@CanuckClay), Arielle Tuliao (@ajtuliao) and I had the opportunity to create a holiday video with the Vancouver Canucks - using their film crew at Rogers Arena, with special guests appearances by players Ben Hutton and Jake Virtanen. A few different sets, a few costume changes and about 5 hours later, we had a video!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone!

If you're looking for more Christmas Canucks cheer, check out last year's video!

Celebrating Canada with the Seattle Seahawks

Sunday, October 18, 2015 marked my second NFL anthem appearance. 69,020 people in attendance, and apparently it was a record-breaking number for the Seahawks. It was definitely a record-breaking number for me!

I'm so thankful that I was chosen to be a part of the Canadian Appreciation Day experience. I felt as patriotic as ever, standing in front of a crowd of Americans, peppered with Canadians, singing our National Anthem, then, singing the American National Anthem. The roar of the crowd was unlike anything I've ever experienced. Intimidating...but I think it's the adrenaline rush of the thrill that keeps me wanting more and more.

It is a true privilege and a great honor to share my talent with the world, one anthem at a time.

Celebrating our country, the true north, strong and free, with the Seattle Seahawks. What a thrill! #12North #OhCanada
Posted by Marie Hui on Monday, October 19, 2015

Singing the American anthem in front of 69,020 people in America is really intimidating. I'm getting anxious watching...
Posted by Marie Hui on Monday, October 19, 2015

Vancouver WhitecapsFC Media Invitational

Every year, the Vancouver WhitecapsFC organization holds a one-day invitational for all the media personnel around town - writers, bloggers, sportscasters, news anchors, ex-pros and this year, they decided to invite their anthem singer. I'm humbled to have been included in the prestigious draft!

At every VWFC game, I get to walk on the pitch at BC Place. This time, I traded my heels for a pair of cleats. I didn't score any goals and our team didn't win a game, but I got to play a new sport, run around the turf at BC Place, not to mention catching up with old friends and making lots of new ones.

Check out the video recap here, and check out some of the photos below:

Tyler Green | @tylergreenfc
Carl Valentine | @CarlTwoOne
Irfaan Gaffar | @sportsnetirf
Carl Valentine presenting the trophy to the winning team
Team Schaad wins #WFCMI2016
Team Captain Paul Dolan | @DolieTheGoalie
Jason Kurylo | +Jason Kurylo @puckedinthehead
I stomped on Jorge Mendoza's hand. Ouch. Sorry! | @JorgeMendoza

 Follow this link to see the full list of invitees/players for the 2016 WhitecapsFC Media Invitational - http://www.whitecapsfc.com/MediaSuperDraft2015

Find + Seek | Puzzle Adventure Room

My cousin, Kevin, his wife and their two business partners have just launched a new spin on the "exit room" phenomenon that has hit Greater Vancouver. The outcome - Find+Seek, an adventure puzzle room!

When they told me about their new business venture, I was not only (obviously) impressed that they were starting their own business, but I was also intrigued by the idea of a puzzle room that wasn't connected to the theme of the horror movie, "Saw" - find your way out, or saw your foot off, or DIE.  It's way more family-friendly with no sense of death looming around you.

So I gathered a couple girlfriends to try it out. None of us have ever done anything like this before, and we went in with no prior knowledge of puzzle/exit rooms.

Here are the basics: 45 mins to solve the mystery. If you get stuck, they'll provide you with some hints (we received a lot of these hints haha). Be prepared to think - strategically, mathematically, with logic and plain common sense. Sometimes the answers were easier to solve than we expected - right under our noses!

Being the naturally competitive girls we are (we're basketball and football teammates), we wanted to win. Little did we know, the more people you have in the room, the more collective brain power you have, therefore the faster you'll succeed. We only had three players, including myself. Doh!

After being briefed on the game, we were ushered into a room that was fully decked out - decor, furnishings, trinkets - everything in the room had a purpose. Even the TV screen, which was a means of communication between us and the "Watchtower". If we were stuck, we'd call for the Watchtower and they would give us clues. Once we passed a step, another task would appear, getting us closer to solving the mystery.

Verdict? All three of us had feelings of complete excitement, competitiveness, happiness of being rewarded after every successful passed step, but, ultimately, disappointment that we failed. 60% complete isn't good enough!

Needless to say, we'll be back again to solve "The Mystery at the Majestic Theater", and again when Find+Seek releases their other chapters.

Marie's hints? You're allowed up to 10 people at one time, so build a collective brain by bringing more people in. Study the room for clues - everything is there for a reason. Lastly, enjoy the mystery!

If you're interested in going, don't hesitate to check out their website, or their social media pages. You can also get 20% off the booking with discount code "GOMARIEGO" if you go before September 30. Book here. Don't forget to say HI to my cousin Kevin!

Find+Seek Adventure Puzzle Room
Unit 2075 - 88 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Tinseltown (International Village Mall), 2nd floor
Steps away from Stadium Skytrain Station, or 2 hours free underground parking

June Cover - Boulevard Magazine

Last month, I was asked if I would be interested in being photographed on the cover of Boulevard Magazine (a Chinese luxury lifestyle publication), in addition to a full 2 page interview. Read the blog post about my reaction here.

The online magazine came out today. With a lot of love from the magazine, my social media family, and my family and friends, I'd like to present to you, my first magazine cover.

Even if you don't read Chinese, pick up a copy! They distribute all over Greater Vancouver.