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Fil-Can random thoughts
by LIVING IN CANADA By Mel Tobias - April 22, 2007 - 12:00am
A Filipino is said to be a product of early globalization, a race with a global entity, long before the word "global" was fashionably coined to describe people who are "citizens of the world". It...
BC implements smoking ban
by LIVING IN CANADA By Mel Tobias - April 15, 2007 - 12:00am
The Canadian Prosperity Report is not very encouraging, specially when compared to American lifestyle. It said that Canadians have less purchasing power and they live in smaller homes, something like...
Canadian diners spend $40B in restaurants
by LIVING IN CANADA By Mel Tobias - March 18, 2007 - 12:00am
A lot of Canadian baby boomers supposedly entered their prime restaurant-spending years, said to start in their 50s and lasting until their mid-60s. This means that the restaurant sector growth looks extremely promising...
Pinoys in Canada
by LIVING IN CANADA By Mel Tobias - March 11, 2007 - 12:00am
Canada has changed a lot since I landed in Vancouver some 13 years ago. 2007 is an excellent year to reflect on the country and its people. Many say that Canada today is more like a kaleidoscope instead...
Pinoy community in Victoria organized and focused
by LIVING IN CANADA By Mel Tobias - February 25, 2007 - 12:00am
The mainstream/popular music scene has changed a lot last year, judging from the overall music sales in the country. Music sale climbed 9.8 percent in 2006 from the previous year. However, total album sales,...
2007 an exciting year
by LIVING IN CANADA By Mel Tobias - January 28, 2007 - 12:00am
Canada has changed a lot since I landed in Vancouver some 13 years ago. 2007 is an excellent year to reflect on the country and its people. Many say that Canada today is more like a kaleidoscope instead of...
Canadian values, spirituality
by LIVING IN CANADA By Mel Tobias - January 14, 2007 - 12:00am
New studies on Canadian values and spirituality showed that West Coast residents are leading the country’s trend toward greater individualism and immediate gratification.
Canadian cities’ economy growing
by LIVING IN CANADA By Mel Tobias - January 7, 2007 - 12:00am
The Conference Board of Canada ended recently and confirmed that British Columbia’s economy will expand by a healthy 3.2 percent in 2007. Vancouver will remain the country’s third-fastest-growing...
Shopping Canadian style
by LIVING IN CANADA By Mel Tobias - December 17, 2006 - 12:00am
It’s almost Christmas so our subject this week will center on shopping, Canadian style. "Vancouver leads in sales of fake goods," reported a leading newspaper. This is not a positive label for...
Quebec as a nation
by LIVING IN CANADA By Mel Tobias - December 10, 2006 - 12:00am
Canadians in general had the impression that the thorny and intricate nationhood issue was already out of the way. But it resurfaced again in the Parliament with Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s recent...
Consumer spending increases
by LIVING IN CANADA By Mel Tobias - December 3, 2006 - 12:00am
Canadians are known to be frugal, thrifty, and practical when it comes to buying, addicted to discount coupons and always looking for a bargain and shopping for things that are really needed at home. Ostentatious...
Chinese migration declines
by LIVING IN CANADA By Mel Tobias - October 29, 2006 - 12:00am
A long time ago, way back in the 70s, 80s and early 90s, Canada was inundated by immigrants from Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China. Well, Canada’s demographics is about to radically change as immigration...
Chinese migration declines
by LIVING IN CANADA By Mel Tobias - October 29, 2006 - 12:00am
A long time ago, way back in the 70s, 80s and early 90s, Canada was inundated by immigrants from Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China. Well, Canada’s demographics is about to radically change as immigration...
Film festivals
by LIVING IN CANADA By Mel Tobias - October 22, 2006 - 12:00am
Almost every day of the year, there is a film festival happening somewhere in the world. Each one has a personality and agenda. Each one serves as picture windows onto a wider, more diverse world. If you...
RP getting sicker?
by LIVING IN CANADA By Mel Tobias - October 15, 2006 - 12:00am
Travel and Leisure’s 2006 list of the world’s best cities is out and according to their readership survey, the best this year is Florence, Italy, followed by Sydney, Australia. Meanwhile, the top 10 cities...
VIFF — friendliest filmfest
by LIVING IN CANADA By Mel Tobias - October 1, 2006 - 12:00am
The Toronto International Film Festival ended not too long ago and its giant scope proved once again its high profile world status as North America’s largest movie event. With the elitist Montreal and the exhibitionist...
VIFF — friendliest filmfest
by LIVING IN CANADA By Mel Tobias - October 1, 2006 - 12:00am
The Toronto International Film Festival ended not too long ago and its giant scope proved once again its high profile world status as North America’s largest movie event. With the elitist Montreal and the exhibitionist...
Filipino cuisine gets Canadian exposure
by LIVING IN CANADA By Mel Tobias - September 3, 2006 - 12:00am
Filipino cuisine, Malay-based and seasoned with more than 300 colorful, historic years of Hispanic culinary techniques and ingredients is finally getting the Canadian exposure it truly deserves. The popularity of...
Grace Chan excels
by LIVING IN CANADA By Mel Tobias - August 13, 2006 - 12:00am
Canadians are generally known to be loyal, specially when it comes to banking and dealing with financial institutions. A new survey showed that 44 percent of Canadians still bank at the institution where...
Grace Chan excels
by LIVING IN CANADA By Mel Tobias - August 13, 2006 - 12:00am
Canadians are generally known to be loyal, specially when it comes to banking and dealing with financial institutions. A new survey showed that 44 percent of Canadians still bank at the institution where...
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