Month: June 2009

Sandra Oh and Father

Sandra Oh and Father

She is the daughter of middle-class Canadian Korean immigrants. Her father is a Canadian-Korean businessman and her mother, a bio-chemist. Coming from a family of scientists, lawyer and academics, she broke the mould of a typical Canadian-Korean family, by going into movies. She applied the same hardworking ethics of Canadian immigrant families but into a different field, and succeeded. What’s so admirable is that Sandra Oh is not particularly beautiful in the western definition of beauty, yet she managed to make a career in Hollywood just out of sheer talent and hard work.

Grace Harbour Apple Cobbler

Grace Harbour Apple Cobbler

This is a truly Canadian recipe made with hand picked crabapples, plums and berries from an abandoned homestead at Grace Harbour in Desolation Sound Marine Park made to an apple-berry cobbler. Crab apples are sour when eaten fresh, yet when baked, gives a sweet tangy taste. Easy to make, healthy and full of nutrients. Can be served warm with ice cream topping. This recipe was inspired during the summer of 2008 while cruising the BC Inside Passage to Alaska.

Tortang Giniling – Ground Pork Omelette

Tortang Giniling – Ground Pork Omelette

tortang-ginilingIngredients:


2 to 3 eggs
1 onion (minced)
1/2 to 1 lb of Ground pork
1 cup diced and minced roasted eggplant pulp (optional for a different variation)

3-4 cloves of garlic,
salt and pepper to taste
1 small potato cut in small cubes (optional)

Directions:
1.
Sautee  garlic, and onion first, then add ground pork, (and potato or eggplant pulp – optional) until brown then set aside.
2.  Beat eggs and then mix the sauteed ingredients into the egg.
3.  Heat the frying pan with oil over medium heat, then pour mixture.
4.  Turn the omelette on its side until cooked.

Servings 2-3

Contributor’s comments:
This is a Canadian-Filipino variation of an omelette.  Torta means omelette or pie and Giniling means ground.   Tortang Giniling in this case is a pork omelette.  A good variation from the usual North American Ham and Cheese omelette and hash browns.

A truly Filipino version of this dish is the Tortang Talong (Eggplant omelette)

Just watch this you tube video to see how it is made.

 

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Getting Married for a Resident Visa

Getting Married for a Resident Visa

Hollywood tackles the problem of immigration with a simple solution, get married. In the movie “The Proposal” starring Ryan Reynolds, a 32 year old Canadian actor from Vancouver, (he is the real-life husband of Scarlet Johanssen). Ryan plays the role of an ambitious American assistant to a Canadian boss (Sandra Bullock) of a US publishing firm. Faced with a deportation order for working illegally in the USA, Bullock bullied Reynolds into marrying her to get her immigration papers.

The Feng Shui Practitioner – a new job/career

The Feng Shui Practitioner – a new job/career

In Hongkong and in China, no building of consequence can be built without consulting the Feng Shui Geomancer. This tradition has become popular among westerners beginning in the 1980’s. Feng shui is an ancient Chinese system of aesthetics believed to use the laws of both Heaven (astronomy) and Earth (geography) to help one improve life by receiving positive qi (energy). It is about how everything is energy and is interconnected and constantly changing. Based on the laws of nature, its theories, principles and techniques, Feng shui offers a way of understanding how humans can create a comfortable environment that is supportive and life affirming.

What do you Know about – E Waste?

What do you Know about – E Waste?

electronic-waste-recyclingEvery year, North Americans throw 40 million metric tonnes of electronic e-waste. This includes cellphones, computers, TVs, VCRs, electronics that are full of heavy metals and dangerous chemicals.

Only 13.6% of e-waste was recycled in 2007.

90% of North American e-waste are exported to China, and Nigeria.

In Guiyu, China and Lagos, Nigeria, where the e-waste are being dumped, water and air are being polluted and 80% of children raised in these places have dangerous levels of lead in their blood.

You can play a role in reducing e-waste by considering  refurbished computers to reduce e-waste,  or computer upgrades to extend the life-cycle of your equipment.    Every bit helps.

 

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Pet Sitting Service – A growing business

Pet Sitting Service – A growing business

Dogs are social animals, and love company. They also need daily walks and exercises at least once, and preferably twice a day. Without proper attention, dogs can be destructive and manifest behavioral problems. Older arthritic dogs who are not so agile, may not adjust well to new surroundings. If you are travelling and will be away from your pet, consider giving your pets quality care by using a pet sitting service. If you love pets and are considering self-employment, consider this: the startup cost is low and this is a type of business that cannot be outsourced to a third world country.

How to Immigrate to Canada

How to Immigrate to Canada

”My Immigrаtion Consultаnt”. is an e-book developed to help “prospective but not so finаnciаlly fortunаte” immigrаnts who plan on immigrating to Cаnаdа. It details all the possible categories by which a person can apply to come to Canada.

Learn about the Canadian immigration point calculator, which will help you determine if you would qualify under the Canada immigration point system. You will need a total of 67 points to qualify under Canada’s immigration points system. If you are a skilled worker, this may be a very good option for you for immigrating to Canada.

From establishing the Immigration Class you best fit in, what is required, how to PROPERLY evaluate yourself, where and how to apply and finally your preparation for a successful interview at the Canadian Embassy.

Job Discrimination against Foreign Sounding Names

Job Discrimination against Foreign Sounding Names

job-interviewJob discrimination against foreign sounding names is confirmed based on a UBC Research Study of 6000 mock resumes sent out to 2000 online job postings in 20 categories in the Toronto area.

A complete foreign name as as “Deng Xiao Ping” has a 40% less chance of landing interviews, compared to a mixed name such as “Peter Deng” which has a 20% less chance of landing interviews.

Callbacks nearly doubled when applicants with foreign-sounding names held at least one previous Canadian jobs.  This shows that Canadian employers put great emphasis on Canadian experience over Canadian education, and a foreign sounding name can imply lack of Canadian experience.

“The findings suggest that a distinct foreign-sounding name may be a significant disadvantage on the job market even if you are a second- or third-generation citizen,” said Philip Oreopoulos, a professor of economics at UBC who led the research.

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