Our Landing Experience (Part II)

After weeks of tearful despedidas and goodbyes, we were off to our greatest adventure both as individuals and as a married couple.

On the 17th of June 2017, we flew from Manila to Toronto via Philippine Airlines. It was an 11 hour flight to Vancouver, with a two hour layover there before the final four hour leg to Toronto. It was really a pleasant experience despite travelling for a total of 17 hours. The only complaint we had was not being allowed to leave the plane during the layover in Vancouver. I would’ve preferred to be in the airport to walk around and maybe grab a bite to eat, but it was interesting to see how the ground crew serviced the plane in between flights.

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Our Landing Experience (Part I)

After a ten hour flight from Manila to Vancouver, a two hour layover (inside the plane) and another five hour flight,  we are finally here in Toronto! With our bodies currently fighting off jet lag, we had time to write this down and update you guys on our overall landing experience.

This will be a two-part blog post, the first one will be dedicated to the list of documents needed to be prepared prior to departure and the next post will be about our actual landing experience.

Landing Documents Checklist

What an emotional roller coaster these past couple of weeks have been! Not only did we finalize the sale of our house, we also did a lot of packing. I kept thinking about how weird this whole thing was since we were really just moving in a few months ago, packing our things from the homes we grew up in to our new one. And now, we’re doing the same except it’s to move 8,000 miles away. Imagine how difficult that was, having to decide on which things had to stay and which ones would come with us.

With everything going on, it’s was easy to get carried away and forget the many documents that are actually necessary to complete the landing. It may get overwhelming, especially if you have a big family coming with you.

Here’s a list of the forms you will need to prepare prior to landing:

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Bringing Your Money to Canada (Part II)

In our last post, we talked about the different ways you can bring your money into Canada as a first time immigrant. In that post, we mentioned that we will be going with a wire/telegraphic transfer between BPI here in the Philippines and their partner bank in Canada, Scotiabank.


This will be done through the Scotiabank StartRight Program for newcomers to Canada. It is basically a bank account that you can open before landing in Canada which gives you some benefits including being able to do a one-time wire/transfer of up $50,000 to Canada without any fees.

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Bringing Your Money to Canada (Part I)


It’s now a little over a month before our big move to Canada and we have been busy taking care of the many different matters that need to be settled.

Right now, we’ve put our house on the market and have started making inventories of the items and clothes that will be making the trip with us. It’s also starting to take it’s toll emotionally as we’re slowly coming to grips with the fact that we’ll be leaving our family, friends and dogs (most especially our dogs!) behind. We get tearful moments just thinking about things like this.

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Can’t Wait to Explore Prince Edward Island!

Three months to go before we finally make the big move to Canada!

Last week, we finally booked our one-way tickets to Canada. It suddenly feels all too surreal and time seems to go by quicker now that we’ve started to accomplish the major things one needs to do before migrating to another country.

It is indeed a very bittersweet time in our lives.

We decided to leave on the month of June for one main reason – the weather. Since we’ll be going to Prince Edward Island, we wanted to be able to take advantage of the great summer season of the island. Also, the relatively warm temperatures during that season will allow us an easier transition to Canada’s climate.

Here’s our planned itinerary:

  • Manila – Toronto (via PAL, with a layover in Vancouver)
  • Stay in Toronto for a couple of nights to meet with a few friends, maybe do a little sightseeing of the CN Tower and the Niagara Falls
  • Toronto – Charlottetown (via Air Canada Rouge)

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Our Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) Experience!

In our last post, we wrote a short guide on how to register for your PDOS at the Commission for Filipinos Overseas (CFO). In this post, we’ll share our actual experience and thoughts about the seminar after attending it last Friday, March 10, 2017.

What to Bring

  • PDOS Registration Form (per person, required)
  • Landing Papers (per person, required)
  • Valid Government ID (per person, required)
  • P400 (per person, required)
  • Pen (will be used to fill out forms)
  • Water and snacks (optional, have to be consumed discreetly)

Please do not forget to bring the required items since you will not be able to attend the seminar if you do not have all of them. The pen will be needed for the forms that you will fill out for Comelec and Pathways to Canada. As for snacks and drinks, I wasn’t allowed to bring my Jollibee coffee inside, but was able to discreetly drink water and nibble on stuff that were inside our bags… so I guess as long as the food/drink is not out in the open, it should be okay.

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Registering for the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar at the Commission on Filipinos Overseas

Before a Filipino emigrant can leave the country, he or she will have to attend the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) given by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) in Manila. This is a required seminar for any Filipino moving to another country. It is mandated by the law and immigration will not clear you to leave the country without proving that you have attended the PDOS.

Thankfully, registering for the seminar is relatively easy. In this post, we’ll give you a general outline on what to do to secure your PDOS slot. Oh! But please remember that you will need to already have your Permanent Resident Visa and official Landing Papers before you can register for the PDOS.

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