Category: Daily Life

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Nida’s Story: Starting a Restaurant Business in Canada

“Starting a restaurant business in Canada is certainly not for the faint-hearted. It requires an entrepreneurial mind, hard work, sacrifice, and patience.,” says Fresh Cravings restaurant co-owner Nida. Today, we will learn about Nida’s Canadian immigrant story and how she surpassed the challenges of setting up a restaurant. Life Before Immigration to Canada Nida hailed from a town in the northern Philippines where her father ran a family shoe business. This business gave her the skills, knowledge, and experiences that she needed later in life. At a tender age, Nida and her siblings were exposed to meeting people from different...

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5 Holiday Gift Ideas to Circumvent Canada’s Supply Chain Issues

The lingering pandemic, uncertain economy, and raging weather put everybody through unprecedented challenges. The upcoming holidays are supposed to give us some sort of respite from these realities. However, these same issues are causing supply chain problems that threaten our much-needed celebrations. Now is a great time to be creative. Here are a few non-mainstream holiday gift ideas that can bring back the holiday cheer. 1. Stocking Stuffers and More from Liquidation Stores Liquidation stores offer discounted merchandise from brand-name closeouts and factory overruns. The photos feature above show toys and workout paraphernalia from a liquidation store. Shopping in liquidation...

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10 Things That I Love About Canada

I love Canada. I truly do. In this post, I will tell you 10 reasons why. Notes: There is an exception to almost everything. So, this list contains general observations only. If you have a different experience or opinion, please leave a comment. I would love to learn from you, too. This post is not meant to criticize my beloved country of birth or any other country. Rather, it is more of a list of best practices from Canada that I wish others will emulate. So what are the things that I love about Canada? Clear Air One of the...

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Libraries in Canada Offer Knowledge, Entertainment, and Hope

Libraries in Canada offer much more than knowledge and entertainment. For new immigrants, these institutions are also catalysts of belonging, hope, and success. My Story When I was a newcomer in Canada, I frequently visited public libraries. I enjoyed my visits so much that I own cards for Langley, Surrey, and Vancouver library systems. Here, I was able to: Do my job search-related activities I spent a chunk of my time doing job searches on their computers. Of course, this can be done at home. But, the library environment somehow boosted my productivity. I was also able to gain industry...

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Food Shopping in Canada to Satisfy Every Lifestyle

“Food shopping in Canada!”, said my colleague when I asked him what he wished he knew more of when he was a new immigrant. It’s completely understandable. Don’t we all need food for survival and comfort? The thing is, regular people here have to do all household chores including meal preparation. Fortunately, there are many food shopping options in Canada catering to various culinary skill levels, budgets, and lifestyles. Here are a few options apart from buying from restaurants and cooking from scratch. Deli and Ready to Eat Food Stores such as Real Canadian Superstore, Walmart, and Save-on-Foods offer salads,...

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Salary Negotiation Challenges and Strategies for Immigrants

Salary negotiation is easy, said no one.  It is even more challenging for immigrants who are struggling to adjust to their new environment, prove their worth, and gain back their confidence.  But through research, strategies, and preparation, you can successfully negotiate your salary. In this post, I will talk about 3 things: The reasons why it is more difficult for immigrants to enter salary negotiations, General salary negotiation tips, and What I did to successfully negotiate a salary increase. Note: This post focuses on negotiations for salary increases but can be used for initial salary negotiations as well. Reason Why...

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Power Outages in Canada and Four Things an Immigrant Needs to Know About Them

Power outages conjure different memories, emotions, and reactions based on our past experiences.  As immigrants, we must learn about our new home including hazards, risks, and emergency preparations.  In this article, I will share 4 things that an immigrant needs to know about power outages in Canada. Power Outages in Canada May Be Different Compared to Our Home Country As immigrants, we are conditioned to adjust to our life in our new country.  It is amusing, but not entirely surprising, that we must also adjust to how we prepare for emergencies. Power Outages in My Home Country Scheduled and unscheduled...

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Canada’s Emergency Preparedness Programs Make Me Feel Safe

Canada’s emergency preparedness programs may not be perfect.  But, from the perspective of an immigrant, it is more than what I hope for.  Because of these programs, I feel safe. In this post, I will share the hazards that commonly occur in Canada as well as the country’s emergency preparedness, awareness, and response programs. Hazards in Canada As I write this post, the B.C. Wildfire Dashboard shows 250 active fires in the province of British Columbia.  Also, the National Wildland Fire Situation Report registered around 5, 900 forest fires across Canada from January to August 2021.  Forest fires are not...

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3 Non-Verbal Communication Tips to Boost Your Personal Brand in the Canadian Workplace

Non-verbal communication is critical to our personal brand in the Canadian workplace and beyond.  In fact, numerous articles suggest that only 7% of communication is done through verbal communication, while 38% is made through tonality and 55% through body language. Every gesture is interpreted in the cultural context.  In Canada’s diverse society, non-verbal communication adds a certain complexity to messages we send or receive. In this post, we will look at 3 non-verbal communication tips to help you create an excellent personal brand. Greeting A high-ranking male executive from South America was once sent to Canada.  In his culture, kissing...

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5 Effective Verbal Communication Tips For Newcomers in the Canadian Workplace

Effective verbal communication is critical in creating a great first impression in the Canadian workplace.  But despite our best intentions, a newcomers’ lack of awareness of the culture, norms, and lingo may lead to awkward situations. Here are 5 effective verbal communication tips based on my personal observations, research, and conversations. Use of Personal Names In the Philippines, we show our respect for our superiors by calling them Ma’am or Sir.  So, when I landed my first job, it took me a while to get used to calling the head of the organization by his first name.  I felt awkward...