Vancouver, Canada
Meltem, 29
Community Manager & Digital Strategist
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a bit about Meltem

What do you do and why do you do it?

I am a digital marketer & I live to give an authentic voice to brands. Cut through the clutter with human-centric content that people can go ahead and fall in love with.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

I worked as a server for 2 weeks before I got fired for my inability to carry more than 1 dish at a time.

Were you born and raised in Vancouver? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Vancouver?

I was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. I moved to Vancouver to attend university. I bounced around to Milan and Toronto before I came back to Vancouver. Why did I come back? Hard to put it in words, this city just has a vibe that makes you feel peaceful and alive.

What’s your current hood in Vancouver and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

I currently reside in Main st / Mount Pleasant! The cafe's breweries, people, and parks are some of the best things about it. The worst thing is the skunk on my street that terrorizes me every time I walk home at night. I swear he is out to get me.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

I listen to what my friend once described as "offensive rap lounge". I can't stand noisy electronic music. Remember "dub-step" ? Yeah, that's not a genre!

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Usher- You got it bad on repeat.

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

Seinfeld! You can't go wrong with George Costanza.

Name some spots in Vancouver that are good for a Tinder date.

If you absolutely must go on a Tinder date then: Brassneck Brewery (bright so you can see your date's face and strong beers in case he/she is boring). Keefer Bar if you want to still meet nice people after your date has left because he/she sucked.

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).

Joe Biden. It would be weird and cute and weird again.

Who’s your hero and where in Vancouver would you take them out for a serious hang?

Ilana Glazer, Alibi Room.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Hey Jude & Oak and Fort.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Granville street on a Saturday night. Not a chance.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Swim! I love dipping in the Pacific, but somehow I rarely do it.

Where do you go in Vancouver for a casual night out?

A lot of cute bars around Main st & Gastown.

Where would you go in Vancouver to celebrate some freaking good news?

33 Acres Brewery, small, good vibes, and people can hear my speech.

What’s your choice of transportation in Vancouver and why?

Bus! I would love to say a bike but i am not about to ride uphill.

What are the Vancouver spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Habitat Island, Keefer Bar, Open Studio, Kits Beach, Deep Cove, East Side Flea.

What are the Vancouver spots tourists should run from screaming?

Granville Street's night life. Just don't.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Vancouver. How do you spend it?

I rush to the beach and call all my friends there to have a bbq.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Milan, so many hidden gems and great people. Also pasta.

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