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.
¡ 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:
- Canadian Life: Life in Canada as an immigrant, cultural differences stories, plus the occasional bitching about the weather.
- Immigration: The immigration and the citizenship processes, tips and advice for newcomers.
- Trends: Politics, news and events in Canada or around the world.
- Snapshots: Pictures of Canada and travel photography, including France, China, Finland, Panamá, Costa Rica, Perú, Bolivia, Chile,Argentina, Brazil, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the U.S.A., Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras.
- On The Road: This sections is subdivided into several distinct trips, including France with Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys, French Escape, French Summer, French Spring and French Christmas; Beijing 2008 and London 2012 (Olympic Games), Próxima Estación — Esperanza (Central and South America), Down Under (Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand) La Ruta Maya (Southern Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras), Estación México (Mexico) and Gallo Pinto, Playa y Más (Costa Rica and Nicaragua), China 2014, and Maradona y Mate in South America (Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Brazil) and Nas ruas do América do Sul (Brazil, Chile and Argentina).
- Baby Mark Floyd: Mark, our Canadian-Chinese-French baby, was born in Ottawa on October 12, 2012. These are our adventures as parents-in-training.
- Working Girl: Working in Canada, from small jobs to being a teacher, and then a translator/editor/copywriter.
- Foodies Corner: Restaurant reviews in Ottawa and elsewhere.
- Just Blogging: Blog fun, memes, interviews…
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.
I hope you will enjoy your time here!