Holly, our “English Girl” came from across the pond to live with Luke, the “Canadian Man”. Hey, it happens, right? These Canadian guys are irresistible! Must be that “snow glow… The two of them live in Hamilton, Ontario, and they are now sorting out Holly’s immigration status—she is hoping to get her permanent residency visa soon.
Monthly Archives: May, 2014
It’s funny how sometime you say one thing while thinking another. Like when Feng announced that his parents had invited us to RandomDistantRelative’s fiftieth’s birthday party. “Why would I want to spend Saturday evening with your parents and people I barely know?” I thought. But somehow, I heard myself replying “yeah, sure.”
Ever heard of Dragon Dens? In this TV show, aspiring entrepreneurs pitch business ideas to a panel of venture capitalists in the hopes of securing business financing. Well, this is where Ten Tree’s co-founders, Dave Luba and Kalen Emsley, presented their business model: For every item sold, Ten Tree and its partners plant 10 trees.
Along with the bike, I bought a lock, a bell (required by law in Ottawa) and a helmet. “Do you want to see how it looks on you?” asked the salesperson at Sport Check after ensuring the helmet fit me. “I assume I look like an idiot so no, I’ll be fine,” I replied.
Well, it’s spring now, and we are rediscovering Ottawa. Dow’s Lake looks wonderful with the Tulips Festival. Parliament Hill and the Byward Market are awesome too—there are plenty of tourists, the patios are open and the atmosphere is fun.
3 Short Answers to 3 Immigration Questions: Opening a Language School in Canada, Immigration Consultants in India and More
Three readers sent me their immigration questions lately, and I’m sharing them with you. Usual disclaimer: please note that I am not an immigration specialist and that this is my two cents. You should always check with Citizenship & Immigration.
Stating that screaming at your kid is not a good parenting technique is a bit like stating that calling your boss an asshole will get you into troubles and that your spouse may not appreciate if you sleeping with another person. Yet, these things happen. Cause you know what? We are humans.
Every year in Ottawa, the Tulips Festival marks the return of warmth and longer daytime (and the moment where, in theory, you can finally wash and put your winter jacket away).
Miracles do happen and winter did end (well, I hope so anyway!). Last week, it was hot and sunny and we saw the first tulips in bloom. When we came back over the weekend, Dow’s Lake was packed with tourists and everybody was checking out the lovely beds of tulips.
Martin, a truck driver from France, was dreaming of big open roads. He found them in Canada, where he immigrated in 2008. After landing in Quebec and starting his new life there, he moved to Alberta.
It’s 2014, folks. My mother fought for the right to choose and abortion laws in France (legal, since the 1975 Veil Law). And here I am, today, in Canada, where abortion is legal, still fighting for the same shit.
Every month, I read one of these “your kid’s big milestones this month” article online. And every month, I’m split between “oh… they all do that? Toddler dragon isn’t a special and unique snowflake?” and “phew, so they ALL do that!”
Remember “Chiruza Canadiense”? I interviewed her over a year ago, in March 2013. Back then,…
I suck at this touchy-feely self-exploration and personal growth crap, so I’ll cut to the chase. Here are my 12 tips to keep your sanity through tough times. It works for me. Maybe it can help someone?
I have two flavours of instant oatmeal at home. I have just spent ten minutes trying to decide which one would be granted the honour of being my snack. Dates and nuts or banana. I was looking at the two boxes in the pantries and I just couldn’t pick one. And it’s not like it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to eat oatmeal. I mean, a box of Quakers Oats is $2.49 at WalMart and last time I checked, they weren’t anywhere close to being out of stock.
We finally picked up Mark from my in-laws on Sunday and I decided to stick with my original weekend plans: to check out the Ottawa Baby Show, the largest pregnancy and early parenting show in the capital.
When I started freelancing, I swore I would keep a close eye on my billing system and outstanding invoices. So far, it worked pretty well. I invoice my clients monthly and I have always been paid promptly and in full, although the federal government can take weeks to process invoices—but this is just the way the system is set up.