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Chasing Cherry Blossoms in Vancouver

Everybody knows that Vancouver, BC is beautiful beyond words. But spring and the burst of pink colors make the city magical. I always want to be part of the magic that cherry blossoms in Vancouver bring. Today, I will share with you the joy of chasing cherry blossoms in Vancouver. A Bit of Trivia People usually call these spectacular creations cherry blossoms. However, some are actually plum blossoms. I didn’t know I heard it on TV this year, 2022. So here’s how to tell these beauties apart according to the Vancouver Cherry Blossoms Festival (VCBF). A Look at the Origin...

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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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The City of North Vancouver: A Lovely Waterfront City

Are you raring to explore the world once again? I am. So, let me take you to a spectacular place that is worth exploring – the City of North Vancouver. Geography The City of North Vancouver is one of the member municipalities of Metro Vancouver. It is the smallest in terms of land area but the most urbanized among the three North Shore municipalities. It is densely populated due to the number of residential high-rise buildings in the Central and Lower Lonsdale areas. This beautiful city is accessible from Vancouver through the SeaBus passenger ferry as well as the Lions’...

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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...

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Rozy’s Story: Pursuing the Passion for the Arts in Canada

“We left a well-settled life in India and started from scratch in an empty basement in Canada. It wasn’t easy to start over again. But we were determined. Now, our family is enjoying our life thoroughly while I pursue my passion for the arts in Canada.”, says artist Rozy. Leaving a Wonderful Life Behind They had a great life in India. Her husband had a plush job in a multinational company. She was a busy homemaker who gained recognition within the art fraternity in their city. So, they were perfectly content and never thought of leaving their home country. But...

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7 Things About Canada That Surprised Me

Moving to another country brings us a lot of new experiences and takeaways. Today, let’s take a look at the things about Canada that surprised me in my first week as an immigrant. Sunny does not necessarily mean warm. Canada is a cold country. I guess everybody knows that. So, I prepared myself for the winter weather. But a girl from a tropical country does not know what “cold weather” means without experiencing it. Therefore, the weather still lands on top of my list of things about Canada that surprised me. On my first week in Canada, I walked to...

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Enjoy the Season with the Right Winter Clothes and Accessories

When I first heard the forecast that British Columbia will experience record-breaking winter temperatures in December 2021, I got scared. You see, I moved from a tropical country to Lower Mainland, BC. There was no need to precisely apply the science of layering until that moment. But with a bit of research and lots of experiments, I found a combination of winter clothes and accessories that helped me survive enjoy winter. I am sharing these especially with newcomers and future immigrants so you can enjoy daily winter life as well. Have a look at this list and see what works...

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Simple Tips for Canadian Immigrants to Prepare for a Job Interview

Finding a job is always a challenge, especially if you are new to the country. I know because I was in that situation before. So, I am sharing my tips to help Canadian immigrants prepare for a job interview. Build your Confidence Competing in a new environment often creates self-doubt. We self-judge our accent, lack of Canadian experience, and other shortcomings. But, there is no one else like you in this world. You bring your unique self to a job and that is what you need to emphasize. To effectively prepare for a job interview, you have to build your...

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3 Free Outdoor Holiday Attractions in Metro Vancouver

The merry holiday season can be a financially challenging season. This year is especially difficult as Covid restrictions add more limits to our options. Today, let’s talk about free outdoor holiday attractions in Metro Vancouver that can safely bring joy without the hefty price tag. These suggestions are mainly found in Metro Vancouver. However, this list may give you an idea of what to search for in other provinces as well. Lights at Lafarge, Coquitlam What Lights at Lafarge is Metro Vancouver’s biggest free outdoor light display. It features hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights that magically transform the 1.2...