Navigating COVID-19 as a New Immigrant to Canada

New to Canada? Here’s how to combat the COVID crisis.

These are uncertain times for us all. The ongoing corona virus pandemic has made daily life challenging as many of us are struggling to adjust with this new normal. While it is important for us to continue to maintain social distancing in order to flatten the curve, this has inadvertently affected our emotional well being and social life, and for most of us our jobs and finances are at stake as well. The difficulty of this situation amplifies if, like me, you also are a new immigrant to Canada and were struggling to find a foothold in the first place.

Speaking from personal experience, having immigrated to Canada last year I started to feel like my life was getting back on a track of normalcy only in early 2020. After working hard to get my permanent resident status, making the big move to a foreign land, and figuring out life and living in Canada, I finally landed the job of my dreams in December 2019. Come mid-March and the onset of the pandemic hit, I felt like someone erased the blackboard where I was chalking out my life’s equation since the past many years. If like me, you too are a new immigrant to Canada and all this uncertainty has left you feeling sad and dejected, I urge you to read on.

Remember, you are not alone; remember, we are not alone. Canada is the land of opportunity and dreams; so many migrants before us are living proof of that. The world will heal and recover, we just need to stay optimistic and focused towards our end goals. Here’s what you can do in the mean time:

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Pasta Recipes for the Lazy Soul

This lockdown is bringing out the inner chef in all of us. Some of us are learning how to cook whereas most of us are rediscovering the joy of cooking – including yours truly. But cooking good food doesn’t necessarily have to take up a lot of time, nor does it require fancy gourmet ingredients or involve long painstaking procedures. If like me, you enjoy eating well but also don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen, these pasta recipes below are perfect to whip up quickly and taste absolutely amazing.

Pasta remains one of my favorite things to cook (and eat!). And over a period of time I’ve mastered these two basic sauces such that now I can cook them in 30 minutes with my eyes closed and hands tied behind my back. Okay, not the latter. Feel free to experiment with choice of pasta (spaghetti vs penne vs fettuccine vs fusilli) and choice of protein (chicken vs prawn vs tofu) – but I’ll mention my favourite combinations at the end.

spaghetti arrabiatta pasta recipe

*drum roll* Without further ado here are my easy ‘red sauce’ and ‘white sauce’ pasta recipes. (Yes, I am desi like that.) *rolls eyes at pink sauce*

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5 Reasons Freelancers and Digital Nomads Should Visit Miami

Known as “The Capital of Latin America” for its diversity and “Magic City” for its swift economic growth, the city of Miami is an awesome place for anyone who’s embraced the remote working lifestyle. This is because in recent years it has evolved with the times to cater to a wide variety of different work setups. So with that in mind, here are five reasons why freelancers, remote workers, and digital nomads should visit Miami.

Visit Miami - Wynwood Walls
Throwback to my 2017 trip to Miami’s Wynwood Walls

A Work-Life Balance-Friendly Culture

The evolving corporate culture in Miami has led the city to adopt a progressive stance towards promoting work-life balance – so much so that it is changing the city’s landscape. The 20-story, $320 million Grove Central is one example: an under-development residential condo with 400 apartments and a focus on co-living – the inclusion of shared personal spaces, gyms, bars, and even dedicated co -working areas for residents.

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Why You Should Visit Japan in 2020

Fushimi Inari Japan

Japan has been one of the most visited countries by tourists in recent years, and it is only increasing in popularity. There is so much to experience – vibrant city life, captivating history and, of course world-class food (the Tonkutsu Ramen alone is worth travelling for). With the 2020 Summer Olympics being held in Tokyo, there really has not been a more exciting time to visit Japan.

The 2020 Summer Olympics

Tokyo will be hosting the Olympics from the 24th July to 9th August in 2020. The events will take place across a variety of venues all over the city, with the city anticipating visits from a record amount of tourists. The entire country is filled with excitement in the lead up to the games, making 2020 a unique time to visit the country, wherever you go and whenever you visit.

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4 Great Holiday Destinations for Young Children

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There is nothing quite like the feeling of taking the whole family on holiday. It is an incredible way for parents and their children to spend time together and create memories that will last a lifetime for both you and the kids– which is so important, particularly if you have another one on the way. The sunshine, the sand, the sea and the fantastic variety of new experiences all make it such a special time. But where do you start? Choosing the right holiday destinations can mean the difference between a wonderful trip and a frustrating one. The first piece of advice is to do your research. Look at reviews from families who have traveled to that destination previously and try and get a sense of their experience.

But I will also do my best to point you in the right direction, of course. So, here are four great holiday destinations for young children. Enjoy!

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