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Purchasing Our First Home in Canada

I’ve been busy for the past few months dealing with a lot of transitions in our life. I just got my G2 license, so I can drive now, I started my coaching practice and we purchased and moved to our first home in Canada. We were really blessed to have been able to buy a property amidst the crazy Toronto real-estate market.  Of course, it was not easy, but after 3 months of looking, researching and 2 failed bids, we…

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Meinl Hybrid Slap-Top Cajon: Review and Demo

Meinl Hybrid Slap-Top Cajon - HTOPCAJ3NT

I have been playing drums for more than a decade now. I feel a little bit off when using a drum set for an acoustic set so I usually use cajon for these type of gigs. Being a musician without a car, it’s a little bit hard to commute with a bulky percussion instrument, that’s why as much as possible, I always go with the lightweight and portable alternatives like the Meinl Hybrid Slap-Top Cajon. Three months ago, I was browsing…

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How to Apply for a US Visa in Toronto – Tips to Save You Money and Time

US Visa Application From Toronto

My cousin from the US invited us to spend Christmas in California. Having been denied a US visa the first time I applied in the Philippines, I was actually hesitant to try again. First, it’s not that cheap and second, we just moved to Toronto. Nonetheless, we applied and was lucky enough to get a 10-year multiple entry visa for the three of us. I have no facts to prove that applying  for a US visa from a third-world country is…

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Should I Spank My Toddler? – The Best Alternative to Spanking

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Have you experienced an urge to spank your toddler or child whenever he or she does something wrong? Do your anger and short temper sometimes get the best of you? Do you feel the corporal punishment at home is the way to go for disciplining your children or are there alternatives? Now that my daughter is entering the terrible twos stage, she’s sometimes hard to deal with. I’m short-tempered and most of the time, we just don’t get along and we…

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What is Crowdsourcing and How it Applies to Testing?

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Crowdsourcing is the process of soliciting services, information and ideas from a large group of people, usually from the online community, to achieve a specific goal. Testing, as defined in my previous article, is the process of identifying defects in a product, application or software produced or developed. Crowdsourcing Crowdsourcing is a portmanteau of crowd and outsourcing. The main difference of crowdsourcing from outsourcing is that work can come from loosely defined group and not from a specific supplier. Some of the advantages…

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How The Feast Changed My Spiritual Life

The Feast

It has been more than a year since I was introduced to The Feast in Singapore (The Feast started in the Philippines) and it was actually one of the most life-changing moments in my spiritual life. I was a newcomer in Singapore with very few friends  and acquaintances, when a friend of mine, who was also invited by her friend, asked me to attend the 5th anniversary event of The Feast Singapore. While I was there, I saw a band playing, and…

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Is Software Testing a Real Profession?

Software Testing As a Profession

I am a software tester and yes, software testing is a real profession and a lucrative one depending on your expertise. Although this might not be my dream job (still dreaming of becoming a rock star someday), I have learned to accept it and now I’m passionate about it. Probably, I’m not the only one thinking about this, but if you’re a Computer Science graduate, it’s only natural that you want to be a developer. I might be dozing off most…

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My First Time Trick or Treating

My First Time Trick Or Tricking - Kaite with pumpkins

It’s our first Halloween here in Canada. If you’re thinking I got the title wrong. Nope, it’s not my baby’s first time, but “My” first time trick or treating. It’s my Baby’s second. When I was a kid, nobody celebrates Halloween, at least in the neighborhood I grew up in but that might be a different story for rich kids. If there’s one thing I’m sure of, we Filipinos look forward to November 1 and 2 (All Saints’ and All Souls’…

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Looking Back on Our First Six Months in Canada

Toronto Night Sky

As the saying goes, time really flies when you’re enjoying. Six months ago, we landed in a cold and unfamiliar country called Canada. We’ve been waiting for this since that day in EDSA. We were excited, nervous and to some extent, afraid. Having a job before arriving here somehow alleviates our doubts and fears. Our First Few Weeks in Canada Mainly, our first few weeks in Canada is the getting-to-know stage. We have to finish most of the post landing activities in two…

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How We Found a Family Doctor in Canada

How We Found a Family Doctor in Canada

Previously I shared about how we got our OHIP and I also talked about getting a family doctor. This is something new to us, or maybe it was called differently in Singapore and in the Philippines but a family doctor as per the settlement.org site are usually the first doctors to diagnose and treat most medical problems. If you need to see a specialist doctor, usually, you need a family doctor to refer you. Family doctors also order laboratory and…

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