Hi, I’m Alia. I was born in the Philippines and grew up in Dubai, where my parents were Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW’s). At 19, I decided to pursue a university degree in Canada. While I have grown to love this country as my home, here are a few things that I am still wrapping my head around:
Canadians walk really fast.
Canada has a ridiculous number of ways of being cold.
Calling older people by their first name is normal.
People who know how to masterfully pronounce Strachan, Glencairn, and Roncesvalles will struggle to pronounce your name.
People will be confused by your “good English” even though it is your first language.
Canadians sing badly during karaoke… on purpose.
Speaking of karaoke, Canadians prefer to sing in rented private rooms instead of shining like a superstar in front of an audience.
Canadians will not stop talking about dressing in layers because of the weather.
Canadians will consider a meal without rice, a meal.
Canadians do not revere the chicken drumstick; they prefer the white meat.
Canadians don’t know how to do all-you-can-eat buffets properly.
Someone had the audacity to mess with the hours of the day to create Daylight Savings Time.
Canadians really like running.
Many have yet to be initiated into the way of the ‘tabo’.
Canadians are obsessed with ketchup chips.
We think we can celebrate all Asian heritage in just one month.