|OBAMA FAMILY REFLECTS THE CULTURAL DIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICA|
This family photo of Obama dated December 2003 was taken at his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng's wedding in Hawaii. From left, we see Obama with his arms around Maya, his daughters Sasha and Malia, his grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, seated; Joan and Howard Ng, (parents of Maya's husband, Konrad Ng), Konrad's brother Perry Ng, and Michelle Obama. A truly multicultural family, Konrad Ng is a Canadian Chinese from Burlington, Ontario who later moved to Hawaii. Maya is Obama's half-sister, her father is an Indonesian.
|WINNIPEG HUMANE SOCIETY OFFERED LABRADOODLE TO OBAMAS|
2009. Bill McDonald, Executive Director of the Winnipeg
Humane Society of Canada has written to Stephen Harper, Canada's Prime
Minister, to offer a Labradoodle puppy to President-Elect Obama.
11 of these dogs were seized from a puppy mill in Manitoba, and they are
ready for adoption next month. The Obamas wanted a hypoallergenic
dog and wanted to adopt a dog from a shelter.
The labradoodle is a mutt, another term for a mixed breed dog. It is a cross between a Labrador and a poodle. Very appropriate for Obama, who loves to call himself a "mutt".
|FILIPINO IMMIGRANTS GOING HOME FOR SINULOG 2009 FESTIVAL|
17, 2009. If you're wondering why your Filipino colleagues
are going home this time of year, it is because they don't want to miss
out on Sinulog. Sinulog is an annual nine-day religious festival
in Cebu, Philippines, comparable to carnivals in South America. Its main celebrations take place over
the third weekend in January with the main parade taking place on the
final Sunday of that weekend. It is held in honour of St Nino and the
atmosphere is electric with whole communities getting involved in the
event with the build up to that final weekend. After a solemn procession
and church services, Cebu's streets erupt into a blaze of colour, music
and dance as revellers give themselves over to religious fervour. From
the very young to the very old, everyone participates in the Sinulog
dance creating a truly incredible atmosphere. Other events during the
nine days include beauty pageants, cultural shows, food exhibitions and
a fluvial parade. One of the biggest celebrations in Cebu, the event
attracts revellers and religious devotees from all over the Philippines.
To find out more about
Cebu, Philippines, click here.
FUN FACT: Philippines rank third in the top 10 countires of origins for new Canadian immigrants from 2001- 2006 census. China ranks first at 14% and India ranks second at 11.6%, Philippines came third at 7%.
|MELODRAMA LANDED IN NEW YORK COURT|
New York, Jan. 15, 2009. The Missionary Sisters of Sacred Heart (MSSH) in Manhattan has filed a complaint against a Filipino-American couple, Michael and Gloria Lim, (residents of the USA for 30 years) over a Filipino delicacy called tuyo (dried fish), and its funky cousin, the tinapa (smoked fish). The case is now with the Manhattan Supreme Court. Reports say Gloria was smoking fish outside her 16th floor apartment window when the smell floated throughout the Gramercy apartment building.
The “foul smell” was too strong the nuns
suspected it was coming from a decomposing body and called in the Fire
Department. According to reports, the firemen searched every unit
of the building and were able to trace the source of the smell to the
Lims’ unit. They knocked, and when no one came to the door,
the NYFD came barreling in.
The tenants in the building are divided between those who defend the
Filipinos' right to ethnic foods in their own home, and those who
thought that the "foul smell" is damaging to one's life and health.
Weather in Vancouver finally warming after 3 weeks of snow
New Canadian immigrants are finding it hard to adjust to this unusually harsh winter conditions. Here are some of the advices we get from our web visitors. For tips on how to cope with snow from snow shovels, ice melting snow, proper shoes, etc., click (more)
|Chinese-Canadian Immigrants prepare to greet the Lunar New Year.|
|2009 YEAR OF THE OX|
Want to know what is your zodiac sign,
|BARACK OBAMA - US PRESIDENT-ELECT - MOST FAMOUS OX OF THE YEAR|
US President-elect Barack Obama was born in August 4, 1961, the year of the Ox according to the Chinese Zodiac. This year is definitely his year as he is about to be inaugurated the 44th President of the USA. According to Wikipedia "The Ox is the sign of prosperity through fortitude and hard work. This powerful sign is a born leader, being quite dependable and possessing an innate ability to achieve great things. As one might guess, such people are dependable, calm, and modest. Like their animal namesake, the Ox is unswervingly patient, tireless in their work, and capable of enduring any amount of hardship without complaint. " ...(more)
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