On this day, two years ago, we immigrated to Toronto, Ontario CANADA on our two year working holiday visa. It is insanely mind blowing, to both myself and my partner Ricky, to think we packed our lives into two suitcases and moved 3,245 miles away from home on what we thought would be for one year. There is honestly not enough words to summarize this experience and journey we have been on for the last 731 days. Life has definitely thrown us a few curve balls along the way and we have found ourselves on more than one occasion considering moving back home to Ireland, but this has been one of the most rewarding and eye opening experiences and I would do it again in a heartbeat! With the global Covid-19 Pandemic and immediate lockdown that took effect, life in Toronto is only beginning to return to normal. Unfortunately we have not been able to make the most of our final months here in Canada – but we are looking into the possibility of extending our visa for longer.
More on that to follow, as we are still in the very early stages of the process but for now we are continuing to live and work in Toronto.
I decided to put this blog post together to look back on the last two years and highlight memorable moments.
To the friends we have made, friends that have turned into family, nights that turned into mornings, moments that turned into memories and instances that took our breath away. Heres to the next chapter! X
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I started a petition on Change.org for the Minster of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Marco Mendicino to extend the expiry date of all temporary work visa’s as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Please take a moment of you’re time to sign the petition using the link below to help thousands of foreign workers across Canada who face an unknown future.
— Noel / Tiffany (@TheInFeature) May 14, 2020
Arrived in Canada on June 26, 2018.
If you are thinking about immigrating to Canada on a working holiday visa, I have written a full blog post you can read here on the application process and settling into life in Canada.
— Noel / Tiffany (@TheInFeature) February 25, 2020
I Found A Job
I work in one of the top hair salon’s in Toronto – according to BlogTO.
I am fortunate enough to work with some of the most talented and passionate stylists’ in the industry and as a team our end goal is the same: to achieve beautiful hair we know the client will love and can manage at home on their own. The salon has one of the most welcoming environments and you can be guaranteed you will enter as a client and leave as a friend. Below is hair I was able to do before the pandemic began so forgive me for having not updated my Hair instagram account in a while.
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GRADUAL TRANSFORMATION 👩🏼 ➡️ SWIPE FOR BEFORE ➡️ To protect the integrity of the hair we have been doing highlights and gradually building up to this incredible silver tone with a shadow root for extra dimension 🥰 💁🏼♀️ Lightener: @schwarzkopf BlondeMe 👩🏼 Toned: @goldwellca Colorance 💆🏼♀️ Styled: @oribe
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Meeting Justin Trudeau
Imagine sitting in an Uber on your way to work when you notice a slight bit of commotion on the street. A cluster of people in a walking motion with two or three paparazzi following and news reporters with their cameras steadily anchored over their shoulder. As we drove past I got a glimpse of who was at the centre of the commotion, it was none other than Justin Trudeau, so I made the Uber driver pull over and I was fortunate enough to get a photo with the Prime Minister of Canada. Totally worth being a few minutes later for work, right?
Our First Apartment
Winter vs. Summer
I think im full-fledged Canadian… 🇨🇦
-13 degrees outside and I said ‘oh its warm out there today’ ❄️⛄️😟😂😂
— Noel / Tiffany (@TheInFeature) February 2, 2019
Trip To Montréal
Montréal is the second most populous city in Canada (after Toronto) and the largest city in the province of Quebec – which is predominantly French speaking. This was an insanely stunning trip we took last summer and the photos really do not do the place any justice. The architecture is a unique blend where history meets the modern world and includes Art Deco architecture, Gothic Revival façades and historic industrial and financial buildings.
Bonjour de Montréal! 🇨🇦
— Noel / Tiffany (@TheInFeature) July 19, 2019
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RELAUNCHING MY DRAG CAREER
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic all upcoming shows and appearances have been cancelled or postponed until further notice. To keep up to date with the latest show news check the Tiffany section of my website or follow me on Instagram.
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Should I recreate this look for a video? 🤷🏼♂️ #TiffanyLovestick 👁 Eyes: @jeffreestarcosmetics Blue Blood • Conspiracy • Drug Lord Velour Lipstick ✅ Eyebrows: @anastasiabeverlyhills 😊 Foundation: @esteelauder Double Wear ✨ Highlighter: @jeffreestarcosmetics and @fentybeauty
SCHITTS CREEK FILMING LOCATIONS
Schitts Creek quickly became one of my all time favourite TV shows – and we only discovered it last autumn when the cast and crew wrapped up filming the final season. A quickly Google search will show you where the filming locations are; such as the exterior shots of Rosebud Motel, Café Tropical, Bob’s Garage and Ted Mullen’s Veterinary – along with the buildings that are actually used for filming such as Rose Apothecary and Town Hall. If you are a fan of the show and planning a trip to Toronto I definitely recommend spending a day driving in and around the locations.
IT MOVIES FILMING LOCATIONS
IT Chapter One (2017) was released the year we applied to immigrate to Canada and had our application conditionally approved, while Chapter Two (2019) was released when we were living in Toronto. Infact the second movie was in production when we first moved here – and we happened to live incredibly close to the building used as the interior shots of Pennywise house – and as we were walking by you could see production crew setting up for filming. Check it out in the YouTube video below. We very recently travelled to Port Hope, just outside of Toronto, which is the setting for the town of Derry in the film. There we were able to visit the locations seen throughout the two films including the Library, Capitol Theatre, Quality Meats and Beverly Marsh apartment.
I hope you enjoyed taking a walk down memory lane with me and thank you for being on this journey with me – whether you have been here from the start or just recently joined. I can not wait to see what the future has in store! I hope everyone is staying health, happy and safe as countries around the world continue to ease restrictions and resume life after lockdown.