My Life in the Philippines vs. My Current Life in Canada


There have been lots of times when I tell myself “Oh this is so different from back home”. Of course it is, I’m not back home anymore, I am out of my home country. I am now in this new country where I am the foreigner and I am the one that speaks the weird language. Along with the big move is the big change in my life which can definitely affect my hopefully existent future.

In the Philippines, I am a student, a full-time Nursing student. I study, I go to school, I make projects and receive money from my parents (and grandma). In between those are the hanging out with friends and spending money that I didn’t even earn, just given. See, I had an easy  life. My mom’s abroad and my dad is a police officer with a rank. I can ask for money to buy for my books and other necessities. I just ask for lunch money and things. I don’t have to work because why should I? My parents can provide everything for me. I can easily finish Nursing in four years without the worry of not being able to pay my tuition or buy the requirements. I was well-provided.

Even before I came here, I already knew what to expect. I expected that I would have to work, save money for college, go to school and voila! I’m a nurse. Easy to say but not really. It’s such a struggle… and I’ve been here for just two months. I’ve already applied to a school,  a college not a university, and I was rejected! Never in my entire life would I thought that I would be rejected! Turns out that the deadline was done and I have to wait for the next opening. Result? I’m an out of school youth for a year.Cool? Yeah. Hint: sarcasm. Then it all came to me, this is more difficult than I thought it would be.

I have never worked in my whole life! Like work with pay, not just house work or school work. Growing up in the country where education is very much treasured and the only way to go up to the top of the rank is to graduate from a top university and have good grades, I’m pretty much excited to finally experience having a work. Back home, students are students and working students USED to be rare but now it’s starting to become common, and I don’t know if that’s good or bad. MOVING ON. Since I didn’t have an experience (except for clinical exposures but whatever), I really thought that I would have problem in applying. But hell no, after a month of arriving, I GOT A JOB! How cool is that? I get to have experience, connections and MONEY! Money for school!

My life here is definitely different. I dare say that I am more independent now but only by an inch. I’m naturally a shy person and I have problem dealing with new people, what more in dealing new people that are FOREIGNERS? But I’m starting to listen to my own self-pep talk about confidence and louder voice. Ha! Going out of my comfort zone can be difficult but not impossible. As the ‘national advice’ of Filipinos go during times of struggles, “Tiwala lang” or in my local dialect Bisaya, “Salig lang” or in English, “Just Believe”, all I have to do is believe in myself and to Him up there :)

My life in the Philippines and Canada  may have many similarities but can never be the same. I’ll just have to make the most out of it :)

24 comments on “My Life in the Philippines vs. My Current Life in Canada”

  1. Hi there just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The words in
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    I’m not sure if this is a format issue or something to do with web browser compatibility but I thought I’d post to let you know.
    The style and design look great though! Hope you get the issue fixed soon.

  2. Hi! I’m so happy that I stumbled unto this blog post. We almost have the same situation. I’m also a nursing graduate and we are migrating to Canada next year. And I also don’t have a working experience whatsoever. Can give me any advices so that I don’t have to struggle so much when I live there? Thank you!

    1. Hi. I also have a blog post about the first things to do in Canada :) pero the basics are SIN, get it on your first week then take the learners (drivers) exam kasi it takes up to 1 year to be a class 5 driver. And of course, be confident. Don’t be afraid to talk to new people and hone your English skills :):) if you still have questions, just message me :):)

      1. Thank you so much for replying! :) We just had our medical exam. And the embassy said they will process our papers immediately. Just want to ask how many months did you wait for your visa to be approved? Thank you. :)

      2. 6 mos after medical yung visa then yung expiration nung visa is the same as when you took the medical exam 😊 are you an RN?

  3. Oh okay! I’m thinking of working first para naman may experience kahit papaano. :) Not yet. I just took the board exam this november and still waiting for the results. How many years pa kelangan mong magschool to practice nursing there?

    1. Hindi ko na siya tatapusin. Iba yung gusto ko i-pursue so inaa-upgrade ko yung mga high school subjects. Pag nurse ka na pagpunta mo dito, ipa-evaluate mo yung papers mo sa university para bridging lang yung gagawin mo 😊tapos may choice ka if Registered Nurse or LPN.

    1. Hi there. I’m here for 4 years now and it’s been amazing. ❤️ I’m in college, I have a job and is finally driving my own car (my mom’s old car). If you have more questions, feel free to ask me anything ☺️☺️

  4. Hello! I’m so glad I found your blog. Very relatable, murag ako lang nag sulat haha. From Bukidnon ko, and sa PG ko karun ga puyo. RN student pud. Anyway, I hope your “different life” in Canada has been good and things straightened out since you wrote this. Best wishes!


  5. Hi Shaira! I don’t know if you still remember me but it’s been 3 years since we talked (in the comment section lol) but I just want you to know that we also migrated here in Canada. We migrated last year. I was reading your post again and I can relate to so many levels! Haha I hope you are doing well and take care. 😚

  6. Hi! I just want to ask how you were assessed and also, where do you work? hahaha I’m a 16 year old girl living in canada for almost 3 months now and I still have no job. I’ve sent out resumes online (because apparently, they don’t do walk-in applicants) the first 2 weeks i got here. I even have a job experience which I’m confident will make my resume better. But I still didn’t get any response :(

    1. Hello. Sorry, I literally just read this right now.
      I was assessed before but I never got to use it because I opted to upgrade some of my high school courses. I was 17 when I got here but by the time I went back to school, I was 18 so I didn’t have the hassle to go to a regular high school but just take high school courses at a college.
      Also, I currently worked at McDonalds but my first job was at a Museum (summer job) then three years at Save on Foods. I would suggest mixing walk in and online applications. Some places will accept paper applications. If you do this, make sure that you look presentable and make a good impression towards whoever you’re talking to. With online, I’ve tried Indeed many times and got a couple of call backs. I would go straight to the company’s website or email them your resume. Also, I would suggest McDs as a first employer as they are flexible with students and can teach you a lot of stuff. cheers.

  7. Hi! I was referred to this blog article and oh boy could I relate. We have almost the same situation! Could talk more about this :)

    1. Hello Mia, I wrote this a couple years back yet I’m glad someone can relate to what I’ve experienced! Please feel free to talk to me about your experience. :)

  8. I also just want to ask if you know someone with a similar situation to mine? I’m going to a secondary school this year but I was told that I must first be assessed by a catholic district school board. One friend I made here in my first month was already assessed. He told me that assessments result put him in a grade 10 english and a grade 8 level math. I’m very confused how that could work and terrified that that might happen to me as well (we’re struggling and i just want to graduate and get a work asap)

    The whole education thing didn’t bother me before because 2 of my friends and batchmates were even put a year ahead of us. So I thought that the assessment test will be easy. I should’nt’ve been so confident :( Hope you could help me understand. Thanks! :D

    1. Hi. By the time I’ve answered this, you’ve probably been assessed already since it’s like end of September. Anyways, assessments work like placement exams. If you’re scores are high enough, you get accelerated. If not, you go to a lower level. If just enough, you stay where you are. How did you do? What level are you now?

  9. Hi there! I’m so happy to have read your post! Our situation is kind of different but I do hope that maybe you could share some advice or insights? My brother and I are college graduates already but it was only recently that we “woke up” to reality and desire now to move to Canada (most likely Vancouver) for work and further studies. I’m 22 now and turning 23 next month. Sorry to tell you this but we don’t have work experience yet cause we both decided to take a year off after graduating. I was planning to take Master’s here but as mentioned, am decided now to move there for better job opportunities and a better life in general. Do you think me and my brother would be alright given that we have no work experience yet? 😦 We’re willing to be working students there if it means a brighter future for us and our family especially our ageing parents. Would love to hear your thoughts! Please and thank you so much! ❤ Love from Manila

    1. There’s a lot of entry level jobs here that you can do to gain experience. You can be a grocery cashier, fast food worker or work in a clothing store. The thing is that you have to lower your pride and expectations. Don’t expect to immediately work in the field you graduated from in the Philippines. Also, you might have to do some additional schooling in order to make sure that your program in the Philippines can be credited here.
      Also, will you be coming here as a PR or with student visa? Student visa has some limitations on how many hours you can spend and is waaaaay more expensive than domestic students. I’m a working student so I know what it feels like. It’s literally work, school, house…repeat. you need to find a work place that will cater your need for hours as well as the time for school.

      1. Hi! Oh my, thank you, we really appreciate the immediate response!
        Regarding the jobs–oh, yes, I see. Noted very much! And yes, will definitely lower our pride and expectations when it comes to this given that it would literally be our first steps into the working world and real life there.
        And yes Ate, me and my brother are both considering additional schooling–we were told the same thing last year when we visited Vancouver and I think we inquired at UBC but that’s also what they mentioned to us and then they also referred us to Langara. 🙂 So yeah, we’ll see po! We’re still preparing our documents and going also to inquire at the embassy here soon for further information and assistance about education there. 🙂
        About PR/Student Visa–oh shoot! I’m so sorry, I forgot to mention we don’t have student visas but we’re dual citizenship po. So, the Canadian citizenship would help quite a bit..or a lot po?
        Thank you so much for your time, Ate! Really appreciate it po.
        p.s. How are you there now po? 🙂 No regrets and masaya ka naman po ba? 🙂

      2. Hi. Yaaaaas, definitely no regrets. Althought thwre are still times na I feel homesick, especially that I live alond.
        Also, that’s good that you don’t need visa anymore and ya’ll are Canadians! Although I think in UBC, they charge a bit more for PR/citizens that don’t live in BC (but don’t quote me on that). You can also try and give a shot applying to some companies related to your courses. See if they can accept you and help you to further your studies as their employee. It can help a loooooot when it comes to tuition fees.

  10. Hi Ate! Oh yay that’s great to hear po (despite the occasional homesickness)! I do hope you’re doing great there po so far and that you continue to do great there po!
    Yes, thank you, Ate! And alright, noted po! Thank you so much for all the advice, Ate, really appreciate it po! Hopefully if and/or when me and my brother move there, we get to meet po or something. Haha. It would be nice to meet up or at least keep in touch! I really do hope to live there soon somehow. All the times we visited Vancouver before, the weather was great, everyone is lovely and life there just seems so simple and peaceful haha. Beautiful country. Please do pray for us! Really need it! Here’s to moving there soon!
    Thanks again for everything, Ate! Love from Manila!

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