look how far I come

look how far I come

look how far I come

Immigrants

We get the job done

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Neil and Jocelyn Preclaro, a young, hardworking couple photographed with their three kids under five years old. Those colourful jackets were given to us from other immigrants that came before us…Which most likely were handed down to them by more immigrants.
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Family breakfast.Pancakes, eggs, bacon, and PLACE MATS! It should be noted that our table is a  coffee table (an upgrade from our very first dinner table–our suitcases), and we’re all sitting on the floor except Andre who is  using a car seat.
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Cardboard jungles where dreams are made of.
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Andre and our first television. With dials. And went green, flickered, and had to get warm before it stopped and actual pictures came up.
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Dad and the kids on our first bed– single mattress (from friends) and a comforter to extend it in our bachelor’s apartment.
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My mom said whenever the three of us got homesick, she would take us inside the tent. It was the only thing we brought from the Philippines–the only familiar space we had from our old home.
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The Philippines has never seen snow. Canada sees too much of it. Contrary to popular belief, us Canadians are not all eskimos and we don’t live in igloos… But we come pretty close in this photo.
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Our rickety, hand-me-down, two seat stroller that we used to walk Andre to Kindergarten.
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Andre off to Kindergarten, his early 2000s attire complete with light wash jeans, colour block bubble jacket,  and Garfield backpack.
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The park on Paisley Boulevard. And yes, matching jackets.

Now, we’re living in house in the suburbs. We all have our own rooms. We have two dinner tables. We finally got a dog, a golden retriever/yellow lab mix called Caeser. Mom’s an entrepreneur. Andre is in his third year of university, studying abroad in Paris. AJ is writing for a magazines and facilitating workshops for the LGBTQ community. Daniele can speak Canada’s two official languages.

On March 7th 2001, my family and I immigrated from the Philippines to Canada. We are proud immigrants.

My parents saw this great country and took a leap of faith. They built our lives from the bottom. Because of that, I believe the five of us are developing into the best versions of ourselves. Though a lot has changed since that first step out of Pearson Airport, a couple things remain. One being we were then and still are hardworking and driven by dreams… and love.

look how far I come

look how far I come

look how far I come

immigrants

we get the job done

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The Preclaro Family, December 2016
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One thought on “Something From Nothing

  1. I can’t even see the words through my tearful eyes by the time I got to the last portion of this blog, We’ve gone through a lot, I can write a book! But pictures are worth a thousand words!
    We’ve come a long way!❤

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