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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by toyogirl: 11:02pm On Sep 13
Nice! But for some of us that are portable grin, some kinda shoes make us look very brief ooo cheesy cheesy....I'm just abt 157cm

Hamiltondreamer:


this might be of interest to the ladies in the house.the prices seem reasonable and its in canada www.sportchek.com
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by toyogirl: 11:08pm On Sep 13
Sis, na real thumbs up to him cos honestly, I wish I didn't react the way I did...he'll have a story to share abt the drama too one day grin

Ehrnie:


Wow! That's indeed an oops moment embarassed I would be embarrassed too but the guy really handled it well. Thumbs up to him.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by salford1: 2:00am On Sep 14
Canadianfly:


Hahahaha mehn the rule back then in our singles days was...if his voice is smooth and sweet, RUN!!! Broda WILL NOT be fine. If he's voice was whack, broda IS FINE. Case in point, David Beckham. Terrible voice, very good looking man.

So then you have to settle for half whack voice half sweet, that way you won't be disappointed when you see him. cheesy
Fortunatly for me..i have both...sweet voice and also good looking tongue grin

XX01:


Can one wear those boots to work, if you work in a bank for instance? It looks too casual for an office environment.
Na OYO for you oo if you work in a bank..lol. jokes
What some do is wear boots to work then change to proper work shoes kept in their offices.

Luckily for me, my work place is more like dress down all work day, so we wear mostly anything we want. My best being the Nike Lunar force 1(duck boot).....they are well engineered for fall, winter and spring. Using one stone to kill 3 birds. A Pic from last winter wen i dey feel my boot...lol

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by salford1: 2:04am On Sep 14
impish:
Hi Pauloverdi,

My family and I landed in Canada on August 31. We were asked how much we had on us, and we responded that we had 0, yes 0 USD on us. The IO asked how much we had available to us, and we mentioned that we had some money in our US accounts etc (the total was above the required CAD 18k required for a family of 3. My husband logged into one of his accounts and was trying to show the IO the balance of his account, but he was not interested at all.

Not sure if they ask everyone to count their money, but we were not asked to show POF at the airport.

Hope this helps.

Mrs. O
www.mycanadianfling.com

Much depends on the Immigration officer...some would request to see pof, and others might not.

einsteino:


lol reminds me of something that happened in my uni days. a friend of mine had been chatting with a chick for several months, she has a voice so sweet that your ears could get diabetic from it. before they got a chance to meet, my friend was already crushing and head over heels.

finally they arranged a meet. My friend arrived well ahead of time, in his best clothes, well groomed hair and all. inshort me wey escort come be like houseboy for where e dey. while we were waiting, his phone rang, shawty ask if he is the one putting on so and so.. he replies yes, she hangs up and walks up to us and intoduces herself.. saying "Hi! I'm Jenny".. my friend was so dissapointed and found himself replying "I'm not Pascal" with a contenance that made it obvious he couldnt believe his eyes.

Anyways, sense returned to him and he managed to cover it up, they chatted but it was obvious he was merely doing it for the sake of it.

I almost laughed my heart out when we returned to our hostel but i soon remembered my voice sweet small and i fit dey the babe shoe someday.
Haha....the trick back then was to sight the lady first..she would give you the description of what she was wearing, and you would give a fake prescription...you would have accessed her properly before she knows whassap so you wont be shocked..lol
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Fusion23: 4:18am On Sep 14
Hey its being a while on this thread, Please who is in Montreal presently.

Here for a short vacation,

and for those complaining about missing U.K , you might want to try montreal
the metro is super amazing, the city is super beautiful and there are lots of things to do.

Montreal makes Ottawa look so so ordinary grin

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by salford1: 6:30am On Sep 14

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Ehrnie: 8:48am On Sep 14
Wura27:
Lolll so funny! grin

I see you as a a bit of a tomboy, a bit of a geek, very smart, and calm. I picture you as slim and dark

Just my imagination.... Mehn I'm so weird! shocked


Bravo!!! I'll give you 3 out of 6 cheesy cheesy you figure out the 3 you missed. hahahaha

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Ehrnie: 8:49am On Sep 14
Hamiltondreamer:


this might be of interest to the ladies in the house.the prices seem reasonable and its in canada www.sportchek.com

Thanks! I kinda like the wine one...
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by SlowlybtSurely: 9:31am On Sep 14
salford1:
Brrrr...it's cold. And so it begins, winter is coming grin

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/edmonton/alberta-rockies-snow-forecast-1.4287514

Snow in second week of September? shocked
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Glowingx: 9:45am On Sep 14
SlowlybtSurely:


Snow in second week of September? shocked
na so I open mouth too cry[color=#990000][/color] cry
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by deeore: 10:33am On Sep 14
@impish welcome back...I have been looking forward to your post. Seriously hoping to hear more "tales" from you. it makes me picture myself and family in Canada. I am yet to get my PR, but your blog has been a big source of support for me, I don't know why but whenever I read it, I just get reassured that everything is going to fall into place for me eventually. May God continue to give you the strength mad grace to keep blogging Mrs. O.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by karleone(m): 11:12am On Sep 14
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Yooku: 11:17am On Sep 14
Wura27:
Lol, always one new thing or the other on this thread.

At least no one would think u'r a guy @toyogirl. Glitteringstar sounds very feminine so I wonder why some people would think u'r a guy.

I also thought Ehrnie was a guy at some point.... The one that surprises me is when peeps see Wura and still call me bro. Never ever seen or heard of any Wura guy.

Anyway that's how forums are. In your mind, u'd ve pictured the possible sex and how the person looks.

I know I've already pictured how some people on this thread look and their personality too.... By their chats, you shall know them....

In Ghana, Wura (Owura) means Mr wink

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Yooku: 11:30am On Sep 14
salford1:

You can indeed dress fashionable in winter if you are ready to spend some money. I have only worn an ugly winter boot once. for guys, there are timberland boots and Nike Lunar Force 1. My everyday footwear in winter is the Lf1 by nike.
Jackets..you have canadian goose, Under armour, North face, columbia and some other fancy ones out there.

Love me some Timbs!!! grin
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by LMay(f): 12:42pm On Sep 14
Ekpekus:


So let me start with the Not so good news....

*1* , (for Medical profession) job experience in Nigeria, no matter how many years (Housejob, NYSC,MO,Reg, S-Reg, Consultancy) is not acknowledged by the Canadian system.

*No matter where you were trained, as far as your job experience is only in Nigeria, it doesn't count*

The only countries job experience are acknowledged by Canada are
*1. USA
2. UK
3. AUSTRALIA
4. IRELAND
5. SOUTH AFRICA
*
There were 5 ways to get into the Canadian system

*1st Pathwaykiss
If you have 4yrs of work experience in ANY SPECIALTY in any of the 5 countries (USA, UK, Australia,Ireland or South Africa), you will be absorbed directly into the Canadian medical system....you'd just only take an EVALUATION EXAM....

*Prognosis* :- very favorable, evidenced by the fact that that's the route even Canadian citizens are taking knowing that direct entry into their system is very difficult.....

*2nd Pathway:*
If you have 2yrs Internship in FAMILY MEDICINE in any of the aforementioned countries, you'd be absorbed directly too, as a Family Physician after taking an Evaluation Exam.....

Then the main advice is that Rural areas have a high demand for Family Physicians, and the pay is more, the stress is Less....

*Prognosis* :- highly favorable and highly recommended....as evidenced by confirmation from another doctor.

There is freedom and flexibility in the rural practice...

The doctors are fresh...

*KIV* :-
They both adviced doctors to get Married before rural practice because you will know /see everyone as patients....
And here, once someone has become your patient, there are some papers and hyperformalities (doctor-patient clauses) you have to sort out before marrying the person....�

They both adviced that it actually takes a while (i.e. through the above routes to be established, but that when you start earning, you will know it is WORTH THE journey/ SACRIFICE.

Then, if FAMILY MEDICINE is not your major end point, after being a registered doctor, you can then apply into any other specialty that you now desire...

Eg...if I like to specialize in O&G....thenn I go to Ireland to do 2yrs Internship in FAMILY MEDICINE, then enter Canada, get registered, and I now want to go into the O&G, I can now get Specialization opportunity and start O&G.


*NB: the main point is, the salary is not child's play when you get registered here....*

*3rd Pathway* : -

*Academic Route--*
That is to come in for Masters degree, get permanent residence and start doing their exams (EVALUATION and QUALIFYING EXAMS part1&2)...then get into the system...

*Prognosis* :- very poor.....
Evidenced by the fact that 80% of those that took that route end up as research assistants and teachers in College and universities...(even though the pay is good, but can't be compared with Clinical practice)....

They say many of our Regs and Consultants are trapped there as well....

And then just continue to PhD level.

*4th Pathway* :- (almost like the 3rd)
To come in for Masters (Funded by the School) , get up to PhD level, work a bit and then apply directly into Specialization (still after the examination) then enter the system...

The issue is that on the journey to PhD, you'd be engaged with teaching sciences, and you will be comfortable and may not have the time to start seating for the Licensing exams....

*Prognosis:* again, they said the majority of foreigners who take that route end up becoming Professors (since they're already high up the academic ladder) and keep teaching, never getting into the clinicals...
The pay for Profs is quite higher than ordinary lecturers, and writing thesis will not allow you prepare for "children's exam....

The only catch for the PhD holders is a stable job and theyre easily accepted when they apply for specialization.


Nice research, thank you.

Allied health courses such as health mgt, health care policy, health economics, public health etc may be another career pathway for IMGs

To think UK is currently massively recruiting IMGs and Canada is treating us this way. Have you considered the PLAB route?

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by TheWatcher212: 3:13pm On Sep 14
Howdy. Does the FRSC letter of experience (previously discussed on this thread) count when applying for a Class 5 DL in Alberta? Simply put, does my Nigerian DL have any advantages/considerations? Someone with experience please advise. Thanks.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by einsteino(m): 3:32pm On Sep 14
salford1:

Fortunatly for me..i have both...sweet voice and also good looking tongue grin


Na OYO for you oo if you work in a bank..lol. jokes
What some do is wear boots to work then change to proper work shoes kept in their offices.

Luckily for me, my work place is more like dress down all work day, so we wear mostly anything we want. My best being the Nike Lunar force 1(duck boot).....they are well engineered for fall, winter and spring. Using one stone to kill 3 birds. A Pic from last winter wen i dey feel my boot...lol


lolz.

I couldnt get a clear view of your screen but i suspect you are an engineer. for naija here, while my mates in other sector dress in suits, i dress to work as though i am going to buy provisons in the next street. somedays sef na three quarters and sneakers get me. it is one of the things i cherish on the job. i have a similar pic i took about a year ago just like yours, though na for naija sha.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by salford1: 6:00pm On Sep 14
einsteino:


lolz.

I couldnt get a clear view of your screen but i suspect you are an engineer. for naija here, while my mates in other sector dress in suits, i dress to work as though i am going to buy provisons in the next street. somedays sef na three quarters and sneakers get me. it is one of the things i cherish on the job. i have a similar pic i took about a year ago just like yours, though na for naija sha.
Yeah. Electrical engineering
Aspa the clothing....Na soo...freestyling life... Alot of engineering company in Canada allow freestyle clothing too...Some of my colleagues sometimes wear 3/4 and slippers in the peak of summer.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Nwandy218: 6:17pm On Sep 14
Mrs O, longest time. Been waiting on u to update us on ur blog. How are you settling in ?
impish:
Hi Pauloverdi,

My family and I landed in Canada on August 31. We were asked how much we had on us, and we responded that we had 0, yes 0 USD on us. The IO asked how much we had available to us, and we mentioned that we had some money in our US accounts etc (the total was above the required CAD 18k required for a family of 3. My husband logged into one of his accounts and was trying to show the IO the balance of his account, but he was not interested at all.

Not sure if they ask everyone to count their money, but we were not asked to show POF at the airport.

Hope this helps.

Mrs. O
www.mycanadianfling.com

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Nwandy218: 6:25pm On Sep 14
Lol at housewife
impish:
Yes! I posted something yesterday, and will post again today. I want to talk about a few things we have been up to so far - SIN application, health card, etc. Hope to share that today.

Meanwhile, to my experienced egbons in the house, abeg, where can a housewife find assorted meat in Ottawa? grin grin

Thanks.

Mrs. O
www.mycanadianfling.com

Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by impish: 6:28pm On Sep 14
Awwwww, thank you, It is comments like this that inspire me too! As you have prophesied it, so shall it be. Amen. Can't wait to hear your PR announcement! lol!

Today has not been easy oh! Turns out all the blogging and researching I did yesterday and into the wee hours of today got me so tired. I woke up at 10am! Lol!

Anyway, today, I am on a mission to find hard chicken, tripe, kidney, muscle (beef). Please can anyone help a Nigerian housewife in Ottawa? grin grin

Have a great day everyone!

Mrs. O
www.mycanadianfling.com

deeore:
@impish welcome back...I have been looking forward to your post. Seriously hoping to hear more "tales" from you. it makes me picture myself and family in Canada. I am yet to get my PR, but your blog has been a big source of support for me, I don't know why but whenever I read it, I just get reassured that everything is going to fall into place for me eventually. May God continue to give you the strength mad grace to keep blogging Mrs. O.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by impish: 6:33pm On Sep 14
Thanks Nwandy218.

We are settling in small small. It is not easy. However, I must say that it helps that the weather here in Ottawa has been a blessing!! I am sitting here, hearing reports of snow in parts of the country, and just thanking God that snow has not yet visited us. Went jogging yesterday and I passed by lots of other joggers in sleeveless vests and hot "paints". That is how warm the weather is. So far, the weather has been similar to London summer, without the rain. We had a few days of rain last week, but otherwise it has been warm and sunny.

Bracing up for the winter though! God helps us!

Mrs. O
www.mycanadianfling.com


Nwandy218:
Mrs O, longest time. Been waiting on u to update us on ur blog. How are you settling in ?
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Nwandy218: 6:34pm On Sep 14
Mrs O ! Just seeing your response. We are still exploring all options sha. We never even reach ppr stage. Anyways, hope you guys had a smooth landing. Please keep us updated. Let's all hope for the best. In naija talk "sickness no be our portion".
impish:
Dear Nwandy,

Hmmmm.....this is a good question. We also have a toddler who often gets a cold. We looked at the insurance costs, and it was about CAD 400 I think for 3 of us (2 adults and a child) for 3 months. I am not 100% sure of the figure because we looked at this about 6 weeks ago. Eventually, we did not pay for the insurance. We stocked up on Vitamin C and prayed, and left it at that. It also helps that we hardly ever visit the hospital in Nigeria.

I am not certain that this was the right approach. However, I am comforted by the knowledge that there are community health centres around us, which are subsidised, and so if we ever need to see a doctor, we can use there. I am not sure how much this will cost though.

Alternatively, if we choose to visit a hospital, a friend said that he and his family did not pay for health insurance, and each time they needed medical attention, he had to pay CAD 90 per visit to a hospital.

Perhaps, someone with more experience here can help better, but this is the information I have.

Mrs. O
www.mycanadianfling.com

Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by einsteino(m): 7:52pm On Sep 14
salford1:

Yeah. Electrical engineering
Aspa the clothing....Na soo...freestyling life... Alot of engineering company in Canada allow freestyle clothing too...Some of my colleagues sometimes wear 3/4 and slippers in the peak of summer.

Yipee grin

I love the idea of that.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Canadianfly: 8:03pm On Sep 14
salford1:

Yeah. Electrical engineering
Aspa the clothing....Na soo...freestyling life... Alot of engineering company in Canada allow freestyle clothing too...Some of my colleagues sometimes wear 3/4 and slippers in the peak of summer.

Bro Salfy, no vex oh grin

Abeg what province would you advise a Systems Engineer to consider? Alberta?
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Wura27: 8:54pm On Sep 14
Ohh figures! smiley

I keep forgetting Nairaland is not only for peeps of Nigerian descent

Yooku:


In Ghana, Wura (Owura) means Mr wink
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by lolarde(f): 9:24pm On Sep 14
Hello house.

I hope I get someone to help me out here especially for those that are already in canny.

Please how did u cope with getting an accommodation. I heard quite a number of landlord are not willing to give out their houses to new immigrants because of credit history, no job yet and a couple of other issues.

Help a sister here.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by maziude: 10:04pm On Sep 14
impish:
Awwwww, thank you, It is comments like this that inspire me too! As you have prophesied it, so shall it be. Amen. Can't wait to hear your PR announcement! lol!

Today has not been easy oh! Turns out all the blogging and researching I did yesterday and into the wee hours of today got me so tired. I woke up at 10am! Lol!

Anyway, today, I am on a mission to find hard chicken, tripe, kidney, muscle (beef). Please can anyone help a Nigerian housewife in Ottawa? grin grin

Have a great day everyone!

Mrs. O
www.mycanadianfling.com


Welcome home boss...

Eerrrmmm, this one you are looking for chicken so, abeg na which soup you want cook?

You can try COSTCO.... They have all in wholesale.

We are lucky so far this week, weather ranging between 24 and 27 degrees.

Which kind help you dey find?
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by maternal: 10:11pm On Sep 14
impish:
Awwwww, thank you, It is comments like this that inspire me too! As you have prophesied it, so shall it be. Amen. Can't wait to hear your PR announcement! lol!

Today has not been easy oh! Turns out all the blogging and researching I did yesterday and into the wee hours of today got me so tired. I woke up at 10am! Lol!

Anyway, today, I am on a mission to find hard chicken, tripe, kidney, muscle (beef). Please can anyone help a Nigerian housewife in Ottawa? grin grin

Have a great day everyone!

Mrs. O
www.mycanadianfling.com


African Queen on bank/walkley road has everything you need. It's owned by Ghanians. From food to african music (afro beats). Also try to support African businesses if you can.



http://www.globeater.com/view-restaurant/?restaurant_name=African+Queen&id=940#.VmMuKU0KAWk.facebook

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by GlitteringStar: 10:22pm On Sep 14
maziude:


Welcome home boss...

Eerrrmmm, this one you are looking for chicken so, abeg na which soup you want cook?

You can try COSTCO.... They have all in wholesale..............


@bolded grin Maziiiiiiiii grin grin grin grin grin
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by impish: 12:12am On Sep 15
Hi,

I know 2 people who have crossed this hurdle by offering 6 months upfront rent. It is against the law for landlords to ask for this, however, if you offer it, they would take it. Also, I have heard that it helps if you present yourself in a decent manner when meeting any prospective landlord.

Hope this helps!

Mrs. O
www.mycanadianfling.com

lolarde:
Hello house.

I hope I get someone to help me out here especially for those that are already in canny.

Please how did u cope with getting an accommodation. I heard quite a number of landlord are not willing to give out their houses to new immigrants because of credit history, no job yet and a couple of other issues.

Help a sister here.

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