Author: Katrina

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5 Things I Love About Living in a Canadian City

There is no perfect place. But there is a place that is perfect for each of us. To me, that is a city in Canada. In this article, I will share the top five things I love about living in a Canadian city. We always hear about the disadvantages of living in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and other bigger Canadian cities. By now, we know of key issues such as exorbitant rent, housing crisis, homelessness, and the high cost of living in urban areas in the country. To give a more realistic and balanced view for new and prospective immigrants to...

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5 Reasons Why I am Not Leaving Canada

A quick Google search shows that immigrants are leaving Canada in record-breaking numbers. They have numerous reasons for leaving and these are readily available with a click of the mouse. To help new and future immigrants get a balanced view, I will be sharing the reasons why I am not leaving Canada. Resources Are Available In Canada, resources are available to vulnerable or underprivileged groups. Even before leaving the Philippines, I already got help in preparing for life in Canada. While the Land of Maple Syrup is far from perfect, it does offer resources and programs that are not yet...

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Public Transport: Metro Vancouver’s Translink vs London’s TFL

You are excited to use your new Canadian passport that allows you to travel visa-free to 180+ countries. As you think about taking public transport from one attraction to another, you feel your excitement turn into worry. Do not fret and enjoy the experience. In this blog, I will share my observations on London, UK’s Transport for London (TFL) system, and compare it with Metro Vancouver, Canada’s Translink. I am happy to share that the systems are similar, which makes navigating London’s complex system a breeze. Here are some notes that may help you enjoy your adventure even more: Travelers...

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Canadian Immigrant’s Life (video 41 and beyond)

I took the leap of faith and migrated to this country without even a glimpse of an immigrant’s life in Canada. So, I created a YouTube channel to help new and future immigrants prepare better for their journey ahead. Canada has given me so much so I am passing the blessings forward to you. All the best! 62 Living in a Town or City in Canada One of the decisions that has the biggest impact on an immigrant’s quality of life is where to live. There is no perfect place, only a place that is perfect for you. I hope...

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Experience Life in Canada in Full Color (1-40)

Life in Canada is challenging but fulfilling. Watch these videos to experience life as a Canadian Immigrant in full color. 40 2023 Summer Festivals in Vancouver Recap Before autumn comes, I’m sharing one of the reasons why I love summers in Vancouver. Here are some scenes from some of the memorable festivals across Metro Vancouver. 39 Quarry Rock Hike Hiking is always a rewarding experience as I get to see nature’s artwork in all its glory after a challenging climb. I am thankful that beautiful British Columbia offers numerous world-renowned trails. Visit Quarry Rock with me. 38 2023 Powell Street...

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The Canadian Passport and Its Perks

The Canadian passport is one of the most powerful passports in the world. As of 2023, it allows its bearer to travel visa-free to over 180 countries. While Canadian citizenship has many benefits, I consider having a Canadian passport one of its greatest bonuses. The convenience and ease of travel is especially important for people who have family and friends all over the world. Let’s talk about three of the advantages of having a Canadian Passport. Savings on visa application costs Visa applications are never free. In fact, it is expensive. My brother and I visited the UK at the...

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Exploring Serene Calgary in Less Than 24 Hours

Calgary is a cosmopolitan city with a serene small-town vibe. This sentence pretty much sums up my impressions of Alberta’s largest city. In this blog post, I will share my detailed impression of “cowtown”. This post is complemented by my YouTube video with a similar title. Come and join me on a quick visual tour of Calgary by clicking this link. Trains seem to be the most common mode of public transportation. While exploring Downtown Calgary, I saw trains every few minutes. But throughout my short stay, I only recall seeing a bus twice. The CTrain is the quickest public...

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Summer in Canada: Things That I Love and Don’t Love About It

Summer in Canada brings me so much joy! The familiar warmth that envelopes me, the brightness that lifts the gloom from rainy Vancouver, and the energy that radiates from communities are exhilarating. There are things that I love and don’t love about this season. So, if you are thinking of moving or visiting Canada during the summer, this blog post is for you. Summer in Canada Tidbits Months The seasons are defined by the sun’s movement in the sky.  For the northern hemisphere, summer starts at the summer solstice when the sun is farthest north.  It ends at the autumnal...

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Canadian Slang Words that Immigrants Need to Know

New immigrants who are fluent in the English language encounter challenges when talking to Canadians. This is because Canadians use slang words in casual conversations. So, I listed 15 Canadian slang terms and their meanings to help immigrants and even visitors during their first few days in Canada. Double-double You’ll usually hear this Canadian slang at a coffee shop.  This is the popular Tim Hortons brewed coffee with two creams and two sugars. Canadians love their coffee. So here are additional terms that may help you.  Regular is brewed or black coffee with one cream and one sugar.  If you...

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3 Fun Events in Metro Vancouver that You Shouldn’t Miss this July

The month of July brings so much fun!  If you are a new immigrant, here are 3 fun events in Metro Vancouver that you shouldn’t miss when July rolls in. Canada Day Canada Day is the most important celebration in the entire country.  On this day, special events are organized in various locations to offer enjoyment, knowledge, and connections for attendees of all ages. There surely is a celebration in almost every community throughout Metro Vancouver. After all, Canada Day is one of the most awaited and fun events in the metro. Canada Day 2023 at the Shipyards (North Vancouver)...