“Stranger danger!”: this pretty much sums up my interactions with people these days. Canadians are…
Monthly Archives: April, 2014
“You’re so thin!” I heard from friends and strangers alike. I didn’t see it. I didn’t look at myself. I was simply annoyed that my clothes were too big. I wasn’t trying to lose weight or to reach a particular so-called “ideal weight”. I just didn’t want to eat. Of course, here lies the big how-to-lose-weight-easily secret I discovered for you: don’t eat and you won’t gain weight.
Meet “Mrs. Gaou” (her penname, “Gaou” means “a naive person” in Ivory Coast slang), a…
I was recently contacted by Sammy Dress to review their products. “Sure,” I said. “Send me something and I will take a look.” What? I am not reviewing something I haven’t tried!
I used to have a decent vocabulary in French, English, Mandarin and Spanish. I used to argue about politics, the economy or the state of the world. These days, I could survive with ten sentences.
3 Short Answers to 3 Immigration Questions: Is there a minimum income threshold to sponsor a spouse, should I use an immigration lawyer and more!
Three readers sent me their immigration questions lately, and I’m sharing them with you. Is there a minimum income threshold to sponsor a spouse, should I use an immigration lawyer and more!
A few months ago, while vacuuming Mark’s room, I tossed the toys, artistically scattered everywhere à la modern art, into one of these big empty Pampers diaper boxes. It was just a practical way to clean the carpet properly. The carton box wouldn’t last long with Mark, I thought.
We can’t help it. We are raising Mark the Chinese and the French ways. We respect Canadian customs and abide by local rules, etiquette and laws. But at home, we use Chinese/French parenting skills. I just can’t be a Canadian mother. This is not me.
Mark is officially 18 months today. We (I mean, he) reached the year-and-a-half milestone! Oh, it’s not like he is fixing his own meals and spending his time playing alone quietly, and some days are still awful, but he is more independent.
Mark inherited my love of walking, a weird fondness for broccoli and an addiction to cameras. He also has my hair—it’s soft, fairly light and very thick. I On the plus side, he had never needed a hat in winter to keep warm. On the downside, he needs to have his hair cut often.
The first few months, babies are a bit like Tamagotchi. Remember the craze for these made-in-Japan digital pocket toys in the 1990s? You had to care your “pet”—really, a basic pixelated rendering of a pet—and feed it, change it, play with it, answer its calls for attention, etc.
Gaston is from Cartago, Costa Rica. An industrial engineer, he first moved to Canada with his wife, Paula, and son, Sebastian in 2010, on a temporary work visa.