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Going Back In Time

I was invited by Laurel of Expat in Germany to complete a popular meme initiated by the travel website Tripbase. I loved the idea because with a five-year-old blog and over 700 articles, even I have troubles remembering everything I wrote!

I’d like to invite five great bloggers to submit their seven links as well (you can read the rules here:

Your most beautiful post

The Runawayis a fairly short post but it sums ups my philosophy, the reason why I love traveling and why explaining to people I’m not necessarily running away can be challenging. I like this post because I somehow managed to express things the way I feel them.

Your most popular post

How Much Does Immigrating to Canada Actually Cost? is not the article with the most comments but it is the one with the most views. This is one of the “reference” posts about Canada and immigration matters.

There is a lot of material about immigrating to Canada (including on this website) but it generally deals with how to get into Canada. I chose a different angle and decided to explain how much it actually cost to immigrate here, with a complete summary of all mandatory fees and miscellaneous. It’s always good to know, isn’t it?

Your most controversial post

With 79 comments, Losing My Religion is one of my most popular posts, and certainly one of the most controversial ones. When I first came to Canada, I was surprised to see that religion—no matter which one—was everywhere, and that a lot of people expressed their beliefs rather openly.

One of the follow-up posts on the subject, It’s Okay Not To Believe was similarly popular and controversial.

Your most helpful post

I’d say it’s Uncovering an Immigration Job Scam. One of my readers had emailed me about a job offer to Canada she had found online. She wanted to immigrate to Canada and that could have been her chance. I took a quick look at the ad and it smelled fishy to me.

I decided to “investigate” and get to the bottom of things and indeed, this job offer was a huge scam. I felt bad for the reader because she thought she could immigrate to Canada thanks to that job offer, but I was glad I help the reader to avoid the trap.

A post whose success surprised you

It may be the keywords in the title or it may be because I’m this genuinely awesomely good writer, but A Chinese Massage Story I wrote back in 2008 when we went to Beijing is always popular.

In this post, I explain how I was introduced to Chinese massage by my former boss in Hong Kong and why Chinese massage can seem weird to foreigners but feel awesome. Warning: you may want to get a Chinese massage after you read it.

A post you feel didn’t get the attention it deserved

Of Bathrooms and Cultural Differences may not be the article to read while you are eating but I still think the differences in bathrooms around the world is fascinating! A French woman describing toilet humour and little quirky differences… I though this post would have been more popular!

The post that you are most proud of

The Thai Adventure is one the one articles I wrote last winter when we were traveling from Malaysia to Thailand. It is not my only travel article but it is one that flows well and immediately transports me back to South-East Asia when I read it.

I remember drafting it right after the crazy bus ride I’m telling about in the post. This is one of these articles you have to get out fast to preserve memories, good or bad. Another example would be Peñas Blancas – Chaos And Chaos, where we tried to cross the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua and got stuck.

That’s it! I hope you will enjoy reading or rediscovering these articles. Don’t forget to check out the blogs I nominated as well!


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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.


  1. I really enjoyed the selection of posts and found a few I hadn’t read yet. Good for you for investigating the immigration job scam, but I feel very bad for your reader, and likely thousands others like her that end up disappointed.

  2. I absolutely loved this post! It was great to get to read some of your older postings. The one about religion was refreshing and like we say in Mexico, “you took the bull by the horns”. I actually had a few debates about that topic with my family in Mexico, they are very religious and they were upset at me because of my “too liberal” view of respecting other people’s point of view when it comes to faith issues.
    You are an example for aspiring bloggers like myself and I hope that in 5 years you will be reading about my seven links 🙂

    • Funny, French also say “prendre le taureau par les cornes”, take the bull by the horns.

      I remember Mexico was pretty religious too, religion is a huge part of people’s lives. And so many churchesd everywhere!

  3. Zhu,
    I feel like a have some “catch up” reading to do 🙂
    I missed some of these!
    Since I don’t do a personal blog anymore, I don’t do memes anymore.

    Bon weekend caniculaire! Toi, qui aimes la chaleur, t’es gâtée!

  4. I remember quite a few of these posts that you mentioned. They’re awesome reads, and some amusing ones too. 🙂

    And wow, didn’t know that you’ve written past that 700 mark! GREAT JOB! 😀

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