Like any other expat/ immigrants, Sasha occasionally misses home. Her “5 American things you can not recreate in Europe” made me laugh… and I figured I could easily list 5 French things I can not recreate in Canada.
Do you believe in random acts of kindness?
According to the rules, “the exchange focuses on doing an act of kindness without expecting anything in return other than that the recipient will, in their turn, pass the kindness along and pay it forward in their own way.” I was one of the commenter who agreed to receive a small gift (you bet I was!) and to pass it on to other bloggers.
This last post of the “How to… Canada” series presents online resources to learn more about Canada.
Early October, my cell phone buzzed during one of my class. I checked the number at the break: 905-297-4280. Didn’t know the number and besides, the call was from Toronto. No message left. I quickly forgot about it.
It’s pumpkin day in North America!
I personally think we should make it “chocolate day”… Seriously, a pumpkin pie vs. a chocolate tart: I made my choice!
It’s only October and it looks like the “Canadians take their kids trick-or-treating in a blizzard” joke wasn’t really a joke after all. We have just had our first winter storm and it is very cold right now.
Winter has definitely arrived and soon enough, the trees will be bare. White will be the season’s color… meanwhile, here are the last fall colors.
What makes Canadians laugh? Eh?
Humor, jokes, what’s funny and what’s not strongly differs in cultures. Canadians have a strong sense of humor, and Canadian humor is an integral part of the identity.
Every Monday and Thursday, you can find me trying to stretch my downward facing dog and desperately attempting to breath during sun salutations. So far, I master the corpse pose, which is basically lying flat on your back on a mat.
Fall is beautiful in Canada. The weather is still very nice here in Ontario and leaves are either yellow or red. The sky is blue and I still haven’t used my credit card to scrap the ice from the windshield in the morning.
Your first year in Canada will most likely be one of the most interesting year in your life. You made it, after all! Yet, adapting to a new culture and to a new country takes patience and time. Here are my tips to survive your first year in Canada.
I’m applying for Canadian citizenship. Finally. I meet all the requirements: I have been in Canada for a minimum of two years and I lived there for at least 1,095 days for the last three years. I haven’t been charged or convicted of anything. I speak French and English. I’m that close to be Canadian… minus the one-year citizenship application’s processing time.
The surface of the waters are a deep green due to the abundance of algae in the water… or a deep blue, depending on the light. The two kilometers walk around the lake offers a great view on the forest and the waters.
As a newcomer in Canada, you will probably need to get a job as soon as you can: settling in a new country is expensive. But going job-hunting can be an intimidating task. Here are a few tips to help you find a job in Canada.
To finish this Beijing 2008 series, I’d like to give you a few tips for your next trip to China’s capital.
Once you enter the underground Silk Market at the Yonganli subway station, some 1,700 retail vendors and over 3,000 salespeople are waiting for you, the 白鬼子 (our nickname, we are the “white ghosts”). And as we walk through the narrow alleys, we are nicely asked to part with our Yuan.
Between 10pm and 5am, the city is alive and thriving. Night markets, busy streets, lights everywhere — life doesn’t stop in Beijing.
I was introduced to massage by my former boss in Hong Kong, Ning. Now don’t imagine inappropriate work incentives: Ning may have paid me a ridiculous wage and asked me to work on weekends too often, but he wasn’t this kind of man.
A collection of “Chinglish” signs spotted in Beijing… wait — don’t you speak Chinglish?
The day is almost over, it’s now time to relax. I sometimes wish I were a morning person because I find the idea of waking up a bit before the world does a very good one. But I’m useless in the morning… so I settled for dusk.
We accidentally discovered the new heart of Beijing’s nightlife a few days later, walking around the Old Beijing. Most of the trendy bars are now in Hou Hai (后海), by Beihai， where bars, discos, restaurants and night markets are set around the lakes.