Category: Daily Life

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Going Home for the Holidays? 5 Travel Tips for Your Homecoming

Home for the holidays! What a wonderful feeling.  The reality is that we need to overcome the stressful planning and travel before we get to the fun part. In this post, I will share my observations and travel tips with Canadian residents who wish to go home for the holidays.  It’s only February but it’s never too early to prepare for your next grand vacation! Travel Tip 1: Pick the Best Travel Time. Avoid peak travel season. I usually try to arrive in the Philippines before December 20th.  This way, I can avoid the rush of people leaving Canada and...

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Dress for Success Vancouver’s Newcomer Package Gives Joy To Women

I first heard about Dress for Success Vancouver’s Newcomer Package while volunteering for the Success Luncheon in November 2022. Needless to say, I was pleased upon learning about this new service. I actually wished that I was able to avail myself of it when I arrived in Canada. Like most immigrants, I came to Canada with overflowing excitement and my bare essentials. I had my regular clothes from my beloved tropical country, a few business outfits, and zero winter clothing. As I came to Canada alone, I also left behind my support system. I did everything that I could before...

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Moving to Canada Allowed Me to Learn These Things

Immigrating to a new country will force you to learn innumerable things. Today, I will share with you my precious learnings and reflections after moving to Canada. I hope these help you make your immigration journey more enjoyable. Traveling within Canada is expensive. Air travel is usually more expensive within Canada for flights of similar distances and services compared to the US, Europe, and Asia. The most cited reason is the lack of competition in the country and the low population density in Canada. Of course, other factors such as dates of travel come into play. But I am a...

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What Immigrants Need to Know About Canada’s Healthcare System

Canada’s Healthcare System is a polarizing subject. Some people are impressed by it while some are frustrated because of it. I am sometimes grateful and sometimes stressed because of it. Today we will know why.  We will look at: Hopefully, this post will help new and potential immigrants manage their expectations and prepare for undesirable scenarios. Pros and Cons of Canada’s Healthcare System Universal Healthcare Everyone who meets minimum residency requirements in Canada is eligible for healthcare coverage. Universal healthcare provides medically necessary healthcare services based on the values of fairness and equity. That is, they grant services based on...

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8 Excellent Gifts from Canada to Bring Home

Imagine the excitement of going home after living in Canada for a few years. Also, imagine the chaos of looking for gifts from Canada to bring home. Fret not. Today, we will talk about Canadian gifts that will be appreciated by your loved ones back home. This way, you can focus on planning happy reunions. Maple Syrup and Maple Goodies Is it a surprise that food products top my list of best gifts from Canada to bring home? Practically everybody loves to eat! Maple syrup and maple syrup-flavored goodies are first on my list since Canada is known as the...

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Canada and What It Means to Immigrants

As a new or future immigrant, you are probably wondering how Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Canada look like. You’ve done your research. You felt relieved upon finding out that Canada’s immigrant population is more than 20% of the total so you won’t stick out like a sore thumb. However, you know that adjusting to a multicultural work environment with its unique expectations, norms, and policies is a challenge. So if you are thinking: “Are there regulations or policies that can protect me as an immigrant? How should I behave so as not to encroach on other people’s rights?”, then...

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Mercy’s Story (and 10 Business and Financial Tips for Canadians)

Moving to a new country at 19 years of age is a formidable feat in itself. But that is only the start of Mercy’s inspiring immigration story. Mercy came to Canada from the Philippines with bright hopes of creating a rosy future. However, life sent her on a tortuous path toward her dream life. A month after landing in Canada, she found out that she was pregnant. As a pregnant teenager who was new to the country, she badly needed support. Unfortunately, she barely got any because her relationship with her baby’s father ended shortly after they learned about the...

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Negotiate Bills to Slash Your Spending

Have you tried to negotiate bills for lower payments in Canada? If you haven’t, read this post and find out how you can save on your cable, internet, and phone payments. The current economic situation is forcing us to find ways to save. Fortunately, there may be one more way to slash your spending without sacrificing your lifestyle – negotiating cable, internet, and phone bills to reduce payment. This way, you can divert your money for more meaningful spending. Here’s my story. Two years ago, I switched my cable, internet, and home phone to a different provider. They offered a...

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Charisse’s Story: Helping Newcomers in Canada Navigate Life

She was fortunate to have a straightforward immigration journey. So, she is using her knowledge and experiences in helping newcomers in Canada create an easier path for themselves. In her own words, Charisse shares her immigration story. Experiencing Life Around the Globe Life before Canada was a lot of moving around because of work. I work in tech, and it has brought me to many places; so I lived in different countries aside from the Philippines before moving to Canada. However, I wanted to live in a politically stable country where the rule of law truly governs. I wanted to...

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Chimma’s Story: Helping New Immigrants in British Columbia

Imagine packing up your comfortable life to move to another country then find the world at a standstill. It is challenging to say the least. But we find ways, resilience, and knowledge to thrive. It’s even better if we use these to help others who come after us. This is the inspiring story of Chimma and how she established BC Settlement Buddy with the aim of helping new immigrants in British Columbia. In this post, Chimma answers questions that you and I are curious to know about moving to Canada. How was life before Canada? We were pretty comfortable in...