You’ve found your way in Lost In The Leaf City!
Maybe it’s one of the “lucky discoveries” people stumble on the Internet. So now that you are here, stay on track and get to know more of what this blog is all about.
About the Blog
Somewhere in the world someone is wearing a pair of shoe—a newcomer just starting out in a foreign land.
Are you in that shoe or someone you know? Lost In The Leaf City is made for you.
It has found its way on the blogosphere in 2012 to give tips and guides on how to start anew.
People ended up and fall in love in different cities but the experiences of newcomers has similarities. Here in LITLC everybody is welcome to share their tips (how not to get lost) and encouragement (you’ll find your way, just ask).
Here’s how you can start your journey.
If you are a newcomer in Canada the following posts are highly recommended:
- Do You Want To Live In Canada . . . Seriously? (Part 1)
- 5 Ideal Qualities Of A Successful Newcomer To Canada: You Must Possess Or Develop
- 3 Canadian Government Agencies And Departments Every Newcomer Should Know By Now
Note: For all the newcomers anywhere else in the world, this is a must read: The Best Advice For Newcomers You Cannot Miss.
The following are the recent post under the Newcomer category:
- Caregiver Salary In Canada (Province And Territory)Being in Canadian workforce for several years, I have learned not to ask about salary in an interview. Well, you’ll already have an idea in the job advertisement and sometimes preferred ...
- Getting Too Close To Takakkaw FallsLast year I’ve been to many falls in Jasper and thought falls look somewhat the same. I had to dismiss that thought this summer when my colleagues and I went to ...
- Where To Find Stations Of The Cross In Calgary And Nearby TownGrowing up in a Catholic household in the Philippines, I went with my parent to stations of the cross several times in Holy Week. My favourite event of the Holy Week ...
- How Did I Study For The Canadian Citizenship ExamI waited to pass the Canadian citizenship exam before writing this post. At first, I was playing the waiting game for the fee to decrease but based on the consistent fee ...
- Book Review: Tax-Efficient Investing For CanadiansNote: I received a free copy of this book so in this post I shared my thoughts about it. There’s no affiliate link in this post. In the second part of ...
- Doors Open YYC 2018 At Knox United Church In CalgaryIt has been on my to-do list for a long time to visit historical places in Calgary. And for Doors Open YYC 2018, I get to cross out one place on ...
That’s not all.
Still pondering when and how to move to the place firmly pinned on your vision board? Whether you are already or bound to become a newcomer, Lost In The Leaf City also covered different topics that are interesting and helpful wherever you are:
- Getting the best deal and freebies (no need to cross borders)
- Increasing financial literacy (do it now)
- Finding quick extra cash online and offline (yes, it includes your closet and shoeboxes)
What’s next? Stay up-to-date.
Suggest, ask, or complain in the contact form that this page is too wordy when all you want to know is why and how the domain name “Lost In The Leaf City” is made.
Wondering who is behind this blog?
About the Blogger
Hi, I’m Carolyn. (Just a moment. There’s really a name behind the blog!)
I’m blogging here since 2012 first as “I” and then had the courage to put the name tag. (That’s right. Own it. Be accountable like a real adult.)
Just as it was in school, it is easier to pin point who to blame for photos not matching the post or anything that catches or bothers your attention. (Just let me know.)
I never lived my life without a dog and I don’t like the sun.
Until I become a newcomer in Canada. Now I think of my dogs every time I see furry creatures in the park catching balls and giving it back to his master. Brilliant! (How come I only manage to teach my dogs how to sit?)
My mood will lighten every time I see the sun—till the chilly wind blows. (Please no more chinooks.)
will-never-be-disclosed reason, I ended up in Alberta, Canada. And as a newcomer, I’ve experienced many things typical of a foreigner and embarrassing feat typical of a clumsy, a-bit-obsessive-compulsive part of my character.
These are my realizations throughout the seasons:
- Listing goals for the year is effective than making new year`s resolution.
- Quitting coffee doesn’t mean saying goodbye to caffeine. (Tea anyone?)
- Learning personal finance isn’t boring at all. My interest started in 2012. The first financial book I read is The Lazy Investor.
- Multitasking is just a fancy word for blunder. My toast is too hard (and sometimes burnt) by the time I`m done frying eggs.
- Cooking barley soup takes longer than eating it. (Good thing oat meal is quick and easy to prepare.)
- Watching TED Talks is uplifting. (Ever since free viewing in my smartphone was locked, choosing is not a burden.)
- Loving smartphone comes with three reasons: browsing, reading and watching. (Texting? I’d rather do it in Viber for desktop.)
These are the little things about me.
The little things that gradually changed since I moved out of the “comfort zone.”
Being a newcomer is not all about quitting and starting. It`s about changing to become a better version of yourself
As the days go by, the more I learn, the easier it is to adapt.
Blogging about the experience has led me to other newcomers online. If you have a blog, I would like to visit yours. I know you have inspiring story to tell.
I’m glad you made it all the way down here.
What’s that, still looking for the story as to how I come up with the name Lost In The Leaf City?
Well, I often see the maple leaf or the Canadian flags before I got here. I assumed it was a sign (maybe coincidence.) Regardless, I know I have to leave (and eventually will get lost because I’m not that good with direction). I want to travel and Canada is the first stop and who knows what other cities I will get lost into.
I appreciate your time for stopping by on my blog.
And if there’s anything you would like to ask or suggest, don’t hold it back. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
P.S. If you have a good book for recommendation, can I add it to my Goodreads collection?
P.P.S. Oh, and lastly, I’m hoarding links on Diigo. I have a collection of useful links that keeps on growing; it can include your favorite links if you don’t mind sharing.
Just a final reminder. Don’t forget!
Embrace the uncertainty in a foreign land—you’ll soon fall in love with.
You made it this far. It’s just the beginning of limitless possibilities.