Winston Sih


About Winston Sih

Winston is currently a freelance technology and travel broadcast journalist, consultant, and is the creator and founder of Master Travellr—Canada’s destination for travel news, guides, and budget recommendations.

Technology unlocking power of winter sport in Whistler   Recently updated !

I’ve been an avid Apple Watch user for years. It’s a great device for surfacing notifications, weather, events, and health information, but I have to admit I’ve yet to fully unlock the power of the workout app and features. 

Being a beginner skier, on a recent trip to Whistler, B.C., I put the technology through its paces to see if it could really help me on the slopes. Pro skiers like Canada’s own gold medalists Brady Leman and Marielle Thompson train with Apple Watch, so I put it to the test!

Putting the technology through its paces.

App feature: snoww

The app I started with is aptly named, snoww. Its approach is whimsical in design, functional in features, and friendly in competition. It loads on iPhone and Apple Watch, and directly on your wrist, you can start, pause, and end ski and snowboard tracking at a tap of a button. 

Winston starting the ski tracking on Apple Watch. Case pictured: Canadian-designed HITCASE.

“We designed snoww thinking about quick interactions and glances while out on the mountain,” said Eddy Healey, developer of snoww. “[It’s] easy to record accurate, relevant metrics as well as create a fun and social experience for our users.”

While on the slopes, users can see relevant information like distance, time, total runs, maximum speed, vertical gain, as well as a great way to find your friends should you split up. Whistler is a vast ski resort with dozens of runs, so being able to track my friends’ whereabouts is a powerful tool socially, but critical from a safety perspective, too. 

Speaking of safety, Apple Watch really lives up to the “guardian on your wrist” mandate while on the hills. Emergency SOS is an option that surfaces when Apple Watch detects a hard fall. Users have a limited time to respond to a haptic notification before emergency services are contacted, and on the snoww itself, skiers can see in a one-view where friends are in realtime, meaning you can see which direction they’re headed and check their battery and signal levels.

GALLERY: snoww

From a social perspective, like Twitter or Facebook, you can follow your favourites to compete in leaderboards, earn trophies, compare statistics, and my favourite, use the walkie talkie app within Apple Watch to send short voice messages to one another without texting or making a lengthy phone call. Lastly, upload and share memories with friends on a photo stream within the snoww app. 

Wrapping up the day on the slopes.

Après ski recovery

After I hit the slopes, I took a chance to recover with some yoga. While it’s a good opportunity to put away the stresses of social media and frequent notifications of our smartphones, there is room for technology and fitness tracking. 

Getting ready to do yoga.

Apple Watch intuitively gives yogis credit where credit’s due through the precision of heart-rate tracking and accurate active caloric burn—allowing you to focus on being zen, and less about keeping track. It will give you only the information you need, and the rest—the distracting stuff—is put away.

Hitting the trails

Finally, to help you close those rings, running is an activity that runs circles around other fitness trackers. It takes things way further than steps earned, providing deeper analysis like rolling mile, active calories, cadence, pace alert, and high/low heart rate.

Ultra marathoner Ray Zahab empowers technology to help identify routes, surface weather and safety alerts, and even provide entertainment through his AirPods. 

On my run with friends, we used Apple Watch to take us through the paths near Lost Lake, trails into the woods, and navigate rolling terrain to discover the true beauty of British Columbia. 

Bottom line

Technology shouldn’t get in the way of what you do, especially when it comes to fitness. It should complement and intuitively provide the information you need to optimally enhance your experience. And that’s exactly what Apple Watch does well—being that guardian looking after your health, safety, and keeping you connected.


Introducing Master Travellr

Those of you who follow me, know I love to travel. This has been a passion project a while in the making, but I’m excited to launch the first part of my next chapter: Master Travellr.

Master Travellr is a travel and tourism website, aimed to help Canadians get abroad, off the beaten path, and experience the beauty of our country and beyond. A one-stop-shop for travel guides, tips, reviews, deals, and maximizing your loyalty points, MasterTravellr.com looks to be Canada’s destination for travel novices and aficionados. 

With my passion to explore the world, this next step is one I’ve been waiting to do right.

Thanks again for the support, and I hope you’ll join along for the journey! This is just the beginning… There’s more to come. 🙂

Check out the website: MasterTravellr.com
Follow along: @MasterTravellr on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.


A short reflection on 2018

2018 was the year that pushed me to grow, discover, and evolve.

From the goals I’ve achieved, the people met, new places travelled, lessons learned, and yes, stepping away from my job to reset and search for what’s next, my life is full of gratitude and love.

The constant has been your support.

Many of you have been asking what I have up my sleeve. The short answer is—I don’t know. It’s a challenge I’ve been excited to tackle, and it’s time to venture out and see what opportunities lay for me outside my comfort zone. I know it will still involve broadcast media in some capacity, but you will all be the first to know as soon as I do!

I know 2019 is going to be even better—I can’t wait to see what it has in store!

Happy New Year, everyone!


Time to write my next chapter

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Over five years ago, when I was asked to join the Breakfast Television family, I knew I was embarking on a life-changing journey. In so many ways, I knew I’d be able to grow on-air, as a digital strategist, and journalist. I was excited to step up to the challenge and advance my career in ways so many other greats have at Citytv, too.

Along the way, I met many new friends, strengthened relationships, and tried new things.

Citytv is home—it’s where it all started, where my friends and family are, and also where I succeeded and failed. I’ve been privileged to work on projects like the GRAMMY Awards and TIFF. We built a relationship where we could have an open dialogue on air every morning. I couldn’t have picked a better place to cultivate this chapter of my career.

And while Citytv is where I called home, sometimes in order to grow and learn, you need move away. It’s not an easy decision, but you need to follow your gut and take some risks.

This is not a goodbye but it’s a see you later. I have a couple fun projects bubbling away and I can’t wait to share more with you. As you all know, I’m really passionate for tech, travel, food, and entertainment.

I want to thank a few people for taking a chance on me. Jordan Schwartz for seeing something in me, my follow co-hosts past and present for championing and pushing me to grow, producers and crew I’ve shared countless laughs with, Rogers Media for allowing me the platform to build a rewarding career, and to you, the viewers at home, for welcoming me to your breakfast table every morning.

Tomorrow is my last day on Breakfast Television. As always, thank you for the love and support.

With love, 
Winston


Holiday tech gift guide: Toys, smart home, and high-tech must-haves for 2018

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Here are some of my top picks sure to impress even the pickiest tech-lover on your list, as seen on Cityline.

Products:

Google Home Mini, Belkin Chargin Pad, and Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Hub from Best Buy. 

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, Eyeglass Cleaner, and Wand UV Sanitizer from Amazon.

3D Leap-Start from Leapfrog.

iPad Pro from Apple.

Hue Play from Phillips.

Tech Shoes from Allbirds.

Google Pixel & accessories from Google.