I tend to be a professional worrier in the best of times so just imagine how anxious I was with real issues and life-changing events to face—issues that, for the most part, I had no control over.
Monthly Archives: January, 2013
In “Working in Canada: the Good”, I highlighted a few perks of the North American workplace. But the Canadian way of life also has a number of downsides, which you should be aware of as an employee.
We’ve been going through a very cold spell in Ottawa. I know, it’s January and this kind of weather is expected but I was still shocked when I read the temperature on the thermometer outside that morning: – 30°C.
And that is without the wind-chill factor.
After he is fed and changed, Mark knows that if the light is good enough, it’s “picture time”—he probably sees it as “mommy making silly faces and hiding behind a big black eye”. Well, at least the silly faces make him laugh! I mostly take snapshots of him alone, but occasionally, one of us sit for the photo with Mark… or the three of us, by setting the timer on the camera.
Even though I chose to return to freelancing, I did enjoy being an employee in Canada. I got to know the work culture, and workplaces have a number of positive sides I enjoyed.
I now work as a freelance translator and bilingual copywriter and copyeditor. Working on my English paid off and I’m glad I’m perfectly fluent in both official languages—it makes my life in Canada much easier. After 10 Great Resources to Improve Your Quebec French Language Skills, here are 10 other great resources to focus on your English.
With a baby comes a sense of loss of control over your life. And these silly superstitions or routines we follow allow us to gain a sense of control back. That’s my best explanation for our quirks.
This feature will explore the ups and downs of the Canadian working world. I hope it will help prospective immigrants and newcomers to understand its good sides and any potential challenges they may face in the workplace.
On January 12, 2013, Mark is turning three months. The past few weeks have been a steep learning curve for us, new parents, but we’ve taken things in stride and Mark rewards us with big smiles and cuddles. Little by little we are taming Baby Dragon and we are becoming a team of three.
In spring 2011, I was wondering whether group coupons were a bitter or sweet deal. And here we are, in late 2012: I completely stopped buying group deals. I guess I answered my own question… and here is the rationale behind my decision.
Mark is a new link between the two of us—a cute biracial baby we created by blending some Chinese DNA, some French (and Mediterranean roots) DNA and mucho Canadian politeness. Since he was born, both sides of the family are trying to figure out which of his features are more clearly Asian and which ones are more White.
I’m no longer pregnant (yay!) and I’m embracing motherhood. Even though it still feels new, unreal and scary, I’m happy to be Mark’s mother.
But I don’t want to trade the multifaceted identities it took me 29 years to build for a one-size-fits-all “mother” label. I want to add that motherhood status to my personal identity because I am still an individual, with hopes and dreams—for Mark, of course, but for Feng and I and for myself as well.