Canadian Men earned big honours on the international stage

Men of Canada, take a well-deserved bow.

It was a spectacular week for this four typically humble Canadian men.

Actor Ryan Reynolds, the 34 year old son of a Mountie, was named People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive – the first Canadian ever to earn that title.

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto was named the National League MVP.

Justin Bieber claim the Artist of the year award at the 38th Annual American Music Awards on Nov.21

Rapper Drake, the former star of the” Degrassi: Next Generation was honoured by GQ as the breakout man of the year.

Four Canadian-born, Canadian-raised, Canadian-educated guys- baseball superstar Joey Votto, pop-music sensation Justin Bieber, Hollywood heartthrob Ryan Reynolds and actor/singer/fashion icon Drake – have each  shot to the top of their respective fields in the past few days and are now basking in an international spotlight.

For this shining moment, no matter how brief it might prove to be, Canadians should take note that we were able to produce four  typically humble men, in a way this country has never seen, or perhaps dreamt possible.

They say, nice guys sometimes…finish first.

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Post-Thanksgiving Facts

Do you know that here in Canada the history of Thanksgiving goes back to an explorer  Martin Frobisher, who had been trying to find a northern passage to the Pacific Ocean in 1578.

Martin Frobisher’s Thanksgiving was not for harvest but homecoming. He had safely returned from a search for the Northwest Passage.

In that same year, he held a formal ceremony in Newfoundland to give thanks for surviving the long journey. The feast was one of the first thanksgiving celebrations by Europeans in North America.

It was considered a historic Thanksgiving.

Through the years, there were a number of changes, such as when talking about recent history- the first Thanksgiving Day after Confederation was observed as a civic holiday on April 5, 1872, to celebrate the recovery of the Prince of  Wales ( later King Edward VII) froma serious illness.

Starting in 1879, Thanksgiving Day was observed every year, but the date was proclaimed annually and changed year to year.

I had been in a sense of awe when I stumble upon facts concerning Canada , and it’s rich history. I love Canada as much as I love my home country.

I am grateful for being here and being a Canadian because Canada let me realized the full potential of my dream.

And the reason I am talking about Thanksgiving is because after being gone for a long time ….here I am ..came back with something I love to talk about.

And lastly, do you know that a perfectly roasted turkey is undoubtedly the star of the show  when it comes to Thanksgiving  every second Monday in October here in Canada.

HOMECOMING FEATURES POPULAR CANADIAN SNOWBIRDS

It was great to be part of the homecoming here in Manitoba this year.  It is a great opportunity for all Manitobans from any part of the world to come, join and celebrate the homecoming.

I lived here for more than six years now and to be honest the Homecoming is quite stunning specially that it  featured the popular Canadian Snowbirds.

Here’s some of the pictures I took during the Air Show in Neepawa.

This is the exhibition the Canadian snowbirds showed in Neepawa , it is really what people are looking for and I am glad I went to watch them perform for the second time, it is worth it !

A LOOK AT CANADA FOR THE 2010 OLYMPICS

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This coming 2010, I know most of you know that  Canada is hosting the 2010 Olympics, and this picture above is a scenic view of Whistler B.C.

Who among you think Canada is well and ready to be the host country this 2010?

I am glad to have the Olympics done here but I am sad to say that I might not be lucky to get in the venue for  sneak peek because of the number of people coming but I am keeping an open mind, things…might well..uh, change and then I have to be there…you know.

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THE CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY

For some of you who didn’t know when I started this blog, I was still waiting for the result of my application for citizenship.

I want to chronicle each event in pictures.

Studying the night before…..must pass the citizenship test….004

after studying…prepared the clothes we will wear for OathTaking ceremony005

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the Judge accompanied by the RCMP049The Oathtaking ceremony…taking place…033

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The other 55  new Canadians058

It was afterall, a day of rejoicing……020051

Going  home to celebrate the day we became a Canadian Citizen…063

AUTUMN’S SIGHT AND SMELL

It is finally here…………………………. striking color changes of trees……

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And endless sight of this farmer’s machine stretch all throughout the prairie field…………..IM000468

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And the sight of migrating birds once again…..in it’s panoramic view when I look up the sky…..

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This is the sight in the place where I came to love……. and the smell  of the earth’s harvest brings delight to my heart…

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And during this month…the best part in this season is the annual start of …a long time favorite Canadian pastime …….watching….

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What else can I wish for when this month is here?

THE AFTERMATH

 In my last post, I remember saying I will post more pictures of the terrible hailstone that hit us here in Manitoba at pre-dawn yesterday.

As I started to search for  more signs  of  damage in our property, I spotted more things I never thought would sent me in despair.

I was a little upset . Not too upset to curse or blame someone.

I was maybe not angry, maybe it was a feeling of hopelessness and annoyance for my total laxity.

I knew there would be episodes of lightning, as some had been reported injured struck by a lightning  two days ago in a soccer field  and then a family’s  shed burnt after being struck by a bolt of lightning.

Those could have been signs ahead of what was to come, but I was too busy to carry on with life just as another normal day until tragedy struck.

The only thing I am grateful about is that, it was not our life  taken away, it was just one of those material possessions we can actually learn to live without.

Life is beautiful. 

The complete package of life, with all the ups and downs and all sorts of trials and tragedy that comes our way is always an opportunity to learn something from.

Here’s some of the other pictures I took.IMG00221

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And our neighbor, sent my husband some pictures he took and I want to share it here too:

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I soon as I saw it , I was like ” oh dear, I have no right to feel bad as some people had a taste of the terrible hailstone too.

What a day yesterday early morning 😦

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