Moving to Canada

Ready na ba Kayo? (Are you guys Ready?) On What It Really Means to Leave.

It’s now officially 30 days before moving to Canada.

By this time, most of our family and friends already know about us leaving. Most of them have been all smiles and supportive, but of course there are those who allow their doubts and concerns to come to the surface. We can’t blame them though since they’re just looking out for our best interests based on what they believe in. Besides, uprooting your life and moving halfway across the world is an undertaking that’s almost impossible to fully comprehend.

These days, whenever conversations steer towards Canada, there’s one question that’s almost always asked.

“Ready na ba kayo? (Are you guys ready?)”

I guess to answer that question, we would need to answer these first.

Are we ready to leave our family and friends behind? No. And don’t even get us started on the dogs. 

Are we ready to let go of the financial security that our jobs give you here? No. We’re both lucky enough to make enough here to live comfortably without any debt. 

Are we ready to  separate ourselves from the comforts that living in the Philippines gives you (helpers, drivers etc.) No. We tend to take things like drivers and helpers for granted, but imagine having to to do 100% of the chores, 365 days of the year.

Are we ready for the weather? No. You think you might be ready, but we’ll probably start missing the predictability of Manila’s sun pretty soon.

Are we ready to speak English (not even Taglish) all the time?  No. We’ll probably end up stopping a lot mid-sentence because I’ll be looking for the correct English word to use.

This list could go on and on, but I guess it’s clear that the answer is no. No, we’re not ready to leave the only place we have called home for the last 28 years. I don’t think we’ll ever be ready to leave the only things and people we’ve ever known. I still can’t imagine going through the heartbreaking goodbyes. And I get butterflies in my stomach thinking about how different our lives would be once we step into the airport.

But hey, we’re leaving anyway.

We’re leaving because we’re lucky enough to get the chance to explore the possibility of living in another country.

We’re leaving because we believe that we occupy such a small place in this world and that we should experience what else is there in this big world of ours.

We’re leaving because things like breathing fresh air, drinking clean water, walking safe streets and working with an  honest government should be accessible to all people.

We’re leaving because we want to give our future children the best possible life.

We are reminded of a video we saw recently of Will Smith. (Click the picture for the video since WordPress does not allow free accounts to upload videos).


“God placed the best things in life on the other side of terror. On the other side of your maximum fear are all of the best things in life.” 

That is such a beautiful quote and it really encompassed how we feel about moving to Canada. Are we scared? Yes. Is this the biggest decision of our life? Yes. But the best thing that could possibly happen to us might just be on the other side.


6 thoughts on “Ready na ba Kayo? (Are you guys Ready?) On What It Really Means to Leave.”

  1. Congrats on moving to Canada, me and my wife also experienced the same things. Some friends/family are optimistic for you and some cast doubts, but in the end, it’s your very own decision if you want to be happy and take the leap of faith.

    Me and my wife just migrated to Canada last early February. We stayed in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for 3 months, but we recently moved to Toronto. I am very fortunate to found a job @ downtown Toronto and in a field similar to what I was doing back in the PH.

    We don’t regret moving to Canada, The air is very different from where we came from and we love the beautiful parks here, we haven’t got a chance to explore Toronto yet but soon we will be visiting the Niagara Falls and visit the museum soon. We also love the weather here in Canada (free aircon!) i really sweat a lot back home. 🙂

    1. Thank you sir! And we aboslutely agree with you. No matter what other people say, you’re the only one who truly knows what’s best for you and your family. 🙂

      Congratulations on landing a job! Hopefully we can have the same success as you soon. And thank you so much for visiting our blog! We hope to inspire more of our kababayans to take this leap of faith.

      P.S. The Niagara Falls is absolutely beautiful! Make sure to visit Niagara-on-the-lake as well if you have the time. 🙂

  2. Thank you for the tips regarding the Niagara Falls. We are excited to go. But for this long weekend, we will try to do some camping. People we met here have invited us to go with them and we kindly accepted, Should be fun.. i hope 🙂 Me and my wife actually don’t have family or friends when we moved to Canada, how’s that for a leap of faith lol.

    I hope you and your wife finds success in landing jobs. Let me tell you, it’s going be tough (because of what they call “Canadian Experience”) but just persevere and have patience, always pray to God (that’s what I did) and don’t lose hope. Prioritize on getting a job in your field back home (preferably) but if you are running out of funds don’t be afraid to get a survival job. If i haven’t found this job i was ready to get one (me and my wife prepared funds to last us 8 months without jobs) but fortunately , i was very lucky to get this job. I also suggest going to the gov’t funded career centre for new comers, It’s free to avail of their services and they will help you write your resume in Canadian format and write cover letters. They will also help you with job search strategies.

    “Don’t lose hope! Darating din yan. Ang para sayo para sayo, may reason kaya andito ka na sa Canada”
    This is advice given to me by someone I met here in Toronto. This helped me a lot during those times.
    I was just hired late June and we’ve been here since last February.

    A lot of our Kababayans simply gave up and did nothing to help themselves and just decides to go back to our home country. In my opinion, I’d rather toughen up here than go back.

    Oh and don’t forget to get your free health cards 🙂

  3. OMG! Your posts really helped me A LOT. I got my PR approval last October and it was just yesterday that I decided to file my resignation haha! I guess I’m still in doubt If I am indeed ready for this big jump. I will be going to Canada alone, still single, that’s why the thought of going to another country makes me homesick already (and yes, I’m also thinking of my dog!) 🙁

    But then I agree that we are lucky enough to be given this chance and opportunity so I’m gonna seize it! Hope the weather in April is favorable for a newcomer like me 😀

    1. Hi Belle!

      Thank you for your kind words. I’m happy that you finally decided to push through with it. You have enough time until April to sort everything out and make the most of the Philippines. 🙂

      April might actually be the perfect time since it won’t be too cold by then. Where in Canada will you be moving to?

  4. Thanks for this uplifting post. We finally decided to push through our applications here from Dubai. For now, I’ll be enjoying reading your experiences and will share mine once we get to the move.

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