I think I have only one friend I can vent to about this stuff. Everyone else? Forget about it! Sorry to hear that. You really need someone that can relate to you. I was able to meet people that felt the same way I do. And you realize that there are many people going through the same stress. Consciousness and knowledge of self is a long journey. It can be tiring but I think we are all better for it.
Ignorance is NOT bliss. Thank you. YouTube and WordPress and other websites has been a huge help for me. Dermot Mulroney. Danielle von Zerneck. James Le Gros. Rica Martens. Peter Dinklage. Kevin Corrigan. Hilary Gilford. Robert Wightman. Tom Jarmusch. Wednesday, August 24, Becoming an Immigrant. A lot of people have been asking me about how I applied for permanent residency in Canada. I know a lot of people who have gone through a lot of stress to get theirs and they wonder why it was so easy for me to get mine.
I have gotten so many personal messages from people asking me about it so I thought it might be good to blog about it. I put the word in quotes because leaving their country does not necessarily mean they would live a better life.
It just means they would earn more money than they would have, had they stayed where they were. It also means they would have the means to support their families back home because even the minimum wage salaries in Western countries would become a great deal of money when converted to the Philippine Peso.
Most Filipinos who immigrate go through the circuitous route to residency. They come in as workers and then wait to qualify for residency which would eventually lead to citizenship. The whole process usually takes years and sometimes decades. The waiting is so stressful and i t could cost so much money in lawyer's fees.
I'm not a very patient person and I don't like uncertainty. Their services cost a lot of money but they are totally worth it. They helped me with every step of the application process. All I had to do was pay them, submit everything that they asked for and they did the rest. I highly recommend them. Now, the process.
First of all, people who want to immigrate to Canada as Federal Skilled Workers have to pass qualifying factors. Each factor gives an applicant a certain number of points. An applicant in Canada has to have at least 67 points out of on the six factors:.
I had so many things working against me. I was disadvantaged in the last 3 factors. First of all, I was already in my late 30s so I only got 9 points for age. I did not have arranged employment in Canada so I got zero on that one.
I also did not have any first degree relatives in Canada, nor was I immigrating with a husband and children. That meant I had to make up for the lost points in the first 3 categories. I got 9, the highest possible score on the test so I got the maximum points for that category. For my work experience, I had to prove that I would be useful to Canadian society by submitting proof that I was employed in a field that is in the list of the National Occupation Classification NOC.
Each year, Citizenship and Immigration Canada releases a list of the NOCs that they will accept applications for in that year. I had to give them a 5-page curriculum vitae, certificates of employment from previous employers and supporting letters from my previous managers. After compiling all of the documents I needed, I got 74 points. The last thing that I had to prepare for the application was my proof of funds.
The amount required for proof of funds vary according to the number of people immigrating at the same time. I submitted my bank certificate along with my other documents.
My immigration consultant filed my documents and after only 7 months, I got my notice for medical examination. This is a very important date because the immigrant visa will only be valid for one year after this letter is received. This blog is just based on my personal experience. I'm not saying this is the only way to do it or this is the best way to do it. My consultant knew that and was able to advise me to include what they are looking for, with supporting documents of course.
Every point counts so knowing little things like that helps your application. It just increases the chances of getting approved. There you have it, my immigration experience. I hope it helps anyone who is planning to immigrate to Canada. Let me know if you have any questions and I'll try my best to answer them. Labels: immigrant newcomer Canada.
Sunday, July 10, Nomad No More. Exactly one year ago, I got off the plane after an exhausting hour flight from Manila. I felt excited for my new life but I was also very apprehensive about my future. I have left my family, my friends and my successful career. At 38 years old, I have left my pretty good life to start another chapter that was so vague and uncertain, it caused me a lot of sleepless nights.
I have been thinking about it for years but I have always wavered in my decision to immigrate to another country. I had the heart of a nomad. I liked going from place to place and experiencing new things.
I have been to dozens of different cities in North America, Europe and Asia. I felt like I would never be completely satisfied living in one country without going away every now and then. Bands like this do have it rough, because the comparisons to these two bands are inevitable. Often bands like this are also compared to the Replacements, but Schorn lacks Paul Westerberg's lyrical skills and reckless playing style. But Red September is no rip-off, despite the similarity to these artists.
This band actually has a strong collection of songs, and they stick to the listener's brain quite easily. The only real problem is their lyrics. A great example of this is "Killjoy," the infectious first single. The chorus is extremely easy to remember; unfortunately, it also contains some very simple and generic lyrics that undermine the anti-censorship message. This is not something that happens from song to song, but it happens often enough to be a deterrent.
There will always be a small hard-core audience for junk like this, just like the market for '70s TV sit-coms, banjo music, political "documentaries", etc. Indie-stoner characters will salivate over this, for surethey're an easy sell. From whom, and for what? This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. The plot goes nowhere and the characters are so stupid that I lost interest about five minutes into it.
Sure, there are references to crazy things that happen on set during the filming of a movie, but the jokes if that's what you want to call them are so poorly executed that you can't tell if it's a comedy or a drama or something else. If you want to waste an hour and a half of your life This must be one of those movies only people involved in the industry can really find entertaining.
I found it under the "comedy" section at my local movie store, yet I failed to see any "comedy" actually in it. When a whole movie centers around a movie crew agonizing over three separate scenes, almost everything begins to seem repetitive.
Better left for those sorry nights when you have nothing better to do than numb your mind. The only thing I found redeeming about this movie is the fact that Steve Buscemi stars. Sorry, I hated this movie. The film takes the audience through take after take and scene after scene, cluttering it with interjected dreams of the cast and crew, with little purpose or entertainment power.
Lacking the story content and character depth of other DiCillo films, "Living I finally saw this movie after hearing how great it was and I didn't like it.
I seem to be the only one. Did anyone else think it was just For satire to work it has to be subtle at least subtle in the right places and it has to show us something we didn't know about something we did, if that makes sense.
What I mean to say is that it has to say something new about something we thought we'd made up our minds about, namely the thing that's being satirized. Does anyone find it a refreshingly wacky thing to suggest that movie stars have big egos and act like jerks?
Because I don't This movie, to me, is not subtle. The performances, in particular, were obvious and blunt. The writing was, I felt, the same. I didn't care in the least whether the movie ever got made, I didn't find Buscemi's character at all sympathetic or interesting, and while he was supposed to be the straight man, the Kafka-esque bearer of all things ridiculous egos, zany mishaps, etc.
Every time I tell someone I didn't like this movie, they say, "Well you just don't like independent films. Am I alone here? I couldn't wait for it to end. This is an Awesome Film with in a Film. Buschemi is very good playing the lead role as we usually see him playing cameo roles. If you are a film maker like myself I would recommend watching this film, other films similar to this such as The Independent, Bowfinger and the small indie film's American Movie and Le Fear hold weight in this genre, however Liing in Oblivion has to edge it for me and has it all when it comes to films in this genre, it also has a back story which makes it more interesting as both lead actors Catherine Keener and James LeGros have a fling and the atmosphere on set is intense.
Tom DiCillo's yeah, never heard of him either thinly veiled attack on 1 Brad Pitt and 2 Indie film-making is a movie about making movies joining much better films such as "Barton Fink" and, to a lesser extent, "The Player" in this sub-sub-subgenre. It follows the always corpse-like Steve Buscemi as a director just trying to film two scenes in a seemingly awful low-budget independent production that has the distinction of snaring a megastar who is trying to build cred played by Brad Pitt look sorta -alike James LeGros.
The Pitt character the comically named Chad Palomino is pure satire of the spoiled star who believes their least inventive whim is pure genius while the others are fleshed out to the extent that we get a look into their interior lives, anxieties and to some degree hopes. There are extended dream sequences, some attempts at "Spinal Tap"-esque humor and the smoke machine went crazy!!!!
Everyone on the set has slept with a least one other person, Buscemi's addled mom shows up and the whole mess tries way too hard to be either funny or poignant or insider hip or something.
If you ever wanted to see Buscemi try to carry a film or if like to feel hip by picking a movie that makes fun of movies themselves you might enjoy this -- I didn't.
If you want a movie about movie-making, try "Hooper", the Burt Reynolds vehicle about stuntmen making movies. Believe it or not, there was a really brief time when Burt Reynolds was so bankable that studios would sign a blank check and let he, Hal Needham, Dom Deluise, Mary Lou Henner, sometimes Sally Fields and random celebrities like quarterback Terry Bradshaw or drunk may he rest in peace Dean Martin just go out and wing it in front of the camera.
An error has occured. Please try again.The government made every attempt to recover them, but after many years, they gave up. Nathan Cole won’t. He makes daily trips, risking his life to try and rescue those still living in the apocalyptic hellscape of Oblivion. But maybe Nathan is looking for something else? Why can’t he resist the siren call of the Oblivion Song?