Correr Es Mi Destino: The Story

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Wel­come to Cor­rer Es Mi Des­tino!

I started blog­ging in 2006 after I became a permanent resident of Canada. I wanted to share information about living in an English-speaking province, since most French immigrants seemed to head straight to Montreal. My first few articles were written in French, but I soon switched to English, a language I wasn’t yet fluent in. I thought using English would be a good exercise, and would help me embrace life in Ontario.

The blog was named after a Manu Chao song I love, Clan­des­tino:

¡ Solo voy con mi pena !

¡ Sola va mi condena !

Cor­rer es mi destino,

Para burlar la ley

Back then, I didn’t know anything about blogging. I taught myself some basic coding to tweak the blog’s layout, and eventually moved from Blogger to a self-hosted WordPress blog in 2007, a move I didn’t regret because it allowed me to develop a much more comprehensive website.

Little by little, as I adapted to Canada, the blog evolved and so did I. I become less French and more Canadian and writing in English became second-nature.

Today, my favourite topics remain life in Canada, immigration news, photography and travel.

The blog is divided into 9 cat­e­gories:

I also pub­lish various ten-post series on Sat­ur­days. So far, there is:

  • Canadian-ism (s): A series on our icons, from peo­ple to places, from every­day life’s items to sports, from trade­marks to customs.
  • Amer­i­cana: A series that explores var­i­ous aspects of life in North America.
  • The Cana­dian List of Ten: Ten weeks, ten posts, ten lists and one hun­dred new Cana­dian things for you, from food to lan­guage, from city to weather.
  • How To Blog: Cov­er­ing the basic of blog­ging (set­ting up a self-hosted blog, plu­g­ins and wid­gets, mon­e­tiz­ing a blog etc.).
  • All About Blogging: Ten articles each investigating an aspect of blogging.
  • How To… Canada: How to immi­grate to Canada, work tem­porar­ily, open a bank account, find a job… all the basic info you need to set­tle in Canada!
  • How To… Immi­grate To Canada: The dif­fer­ent options to immi­grate to Canada, how to make sure an appli­ca­tion is processed quickly, what hap­pens after you arrive in Canada… A must read for any­one inter­ested in immi­grat­ing to Canada!
  • How To… Find A Job In Canada: I’m not a job counsellor, and I’m not an expert. But I do know how it works in Canada and I’m hop­ing to pass along some infor­ma­tion that may not be obvi­ous to everyone.
  • Ten Immi­grants, Ten Inter­views: I con­tacted ten immi­grants to Canada, who each have their own story, their own rea­sons to come to Canada, their own point of view on how life is up North in the igloos. They all answered ten ques­tions, bring­ing a new per­spec­tive on immigration.
  • Ten More Immi­grants for Ten More Inter­views: They are from Thai­land, India, Venezuela, Colom­bia, Mex­ico, France…and they all chose to live in Canada. Inter­view­ing ten new immi­grants to Canada.
  • Ten Pho­tog­ra­phy Tips: Exam­in­ing var­i­ous aspects of pho­tog­ra­phy, with plenty of tips and examples.
  • How to Avoid Fraud: Inves­ti­gat­ing ten com­mon types of fraud and how to rec­og­nize scams.

If you want to learn more about me, visit about Zhu. You can also check out the archives, the pictures or read the press review.

I hope you will enjoy your time here!

Zhu ()