Saturday, 30 June 2018

Balik Kampung Giveaway by Her Little Guilty Pleasures

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Randomly released a giveaway like usual. For those who have been following me since few years ago, you must know that I have this habit of randomly releasing giveaway whenever I feel like it. So, this is one of those times. Let's just say that I'm super excited to balik kampung this June and I want to share my excitement with you guys.

Balik Kampung Giveaway by Her Little Guilty Pleasures
Balik Kampung Giveaway by Her Little Guilty Pleasures

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Giveaway Duration

This giveaway runs from May 1, 2018 to June 30, 2018. You have two months to join this giveaway. I decided to run this giveaway for two months as I may need time to go through all the posts (eh, ada ke orang nak join?). Additionally, I'm expecting to slow down my blogging activity (as if it is not slow enough eh?) in Ramadan before picking it up again in the second week of Eid?

Prizes

I have yet to decide the prizes. However, insya Allah, the prizes will be something from Canada and/or South Korea. Nothing fancy. They will be something that I can afford. Previously, the prizes for my past giveaways were fridge magnets and postcards from Canada. Maybe you can give suggestions on what would be the best prizes for this giveaway?

Winners Selection & Number of Winners

The winners will be picked through a lucky draw. I will put participants' names in a jar and pick the lucky names from the jar. As of May 1, 2018, there will be 10 winners for this giveaway. The number of winners may change at the end of this giveaway. I'll keep you posted on any changes :)

Winners Announcement

Insya Allah, the winners will be announced in the first week of July and the prizes will be posted once I get the details from the said winners. I'm expecting all the prizes to be safely delivered to the winners by the end of the second week of July. Insya Allah :)

Bonus question (tak wajib jawab!)
Name one of my favourite voices for the past 8 years. 

p.s: So, I'll see some of you in the comments below? :)

p.p.s: Good luck, everyone! May the odds be ever in your favour! :)

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Locals' Appreciation Day At Lake Minnewanka Cruise

Locals' Appreciation Day at Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Pursuit Collection had a Locals' Appreciation Day on May 27, 2018. On this day, locals had a chance to enjoy free admission with donation instead of paying discounted or full rate to selected attractions. Most of my colleagues and friends went to Banff Gondola but I decided to go for Lake Minnewanka Cruise as I have never been to Lake Minnewanka before. Honestly, I wanted to go to both Banff Gondola and Lake Minnewanka Cruise but there's only so much time in a day that I had to sacrifice one of them.

Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Took the 9am-ish bus from the nearest stop to my staff accommodation so that I can catch the first cruise. It took me almost half an hour by bus to reach Lake Minnewanka. It was great to see the vast Lake Minnewanka especially after getting stuck with my routine in Banff Avenue. lol! Anyways, I saw few bighorn sheep while we were on the way to the Lake Minnewanka. So, that was a nice surprise :)

Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

There was quite a long line when I arrived at the dock that morning. I guess most people had the same idea as me. Or, maybe they were there early so that they can go to Banff Gondola next. In any cases, the waiting time was quite long. Had to queue to get the ticket and then had to queue again to board the cruise.

Tip: Do book online or with your hotel's front desk agents or any tour operators so that you can cut the waiting time. It'll be no fun to show up without the ticket as you may waste a lot of time waiting.

Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

The cruise lasted for an hour and half. A lil bit too short in my opinion. I felt that I needed more time to soak and enjoy the view but then to each of their own, eh. And, as I mentioned in this post, the ride was fun and informative. Passengers were supplied with the information of Lake Minnewanka and the nearby area. Our guide was particularly entertaining that almost all the kids loved hearing her explanation. And it was nice hearing explanation from someone who studied Geology :)

Tip: They do have 2-hour cruises but they are offered at selected times. So, do check the timetable on their website.


Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

As what happened on my ride and explained by the guide, the cruise will stop for about 10-15 minutes in the middle of lake so that everyone can soak and enjoy the view. You'll feel so small as you're taking in the view. Subhanallah. I know I did. This is also the perfect time for photo ops provided the weather is great and the lighting is on your side.

Tip: Do go for a cruise that departs around 12 pm or after that so that you'll not get backlight for most of your ride.


Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

I then spent about half an hour at the deck after the cruise to just soak in the view again. In my opinion, the deck is one of the best photo spots in Lake Minnewanka. There are few red muskoka chairs as well on the deck so visitors can take their own sweet time sitting and enjoying the view. I personally wanted to stay for longer, maybe walking along the trails there on top of sitting on the muskoka chair but I had to rush home as I needed to go to bed. Maybe I'll be back to Lake Minnewanka again once the weather is good? After all, I still have few more free tickets for the cruise :)

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Road Trip To Bruce Peninsula National Park

This post was first published on May 22, 2016 on one of my older blogs. Decided to repost it here in Her Little Guilty Pleasures due to reasons that I mentioned in this post.

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Have been wanting to update about this road trip to Bruce Peninsula National Park since last week but I was too occupied with my guests. Well, I haven't seen them since we came to Canada so there were a lot of things to catch up. Plus, we had sendiri-sendiri Korean dramas marathon. Oh my god, we were like the definition of unemployed bums for the past few days. lol!

Anyway, I figured I should update about this road trip now than later before I become lazy or too occupied with my other personal affairs.

On May 13 (it was Friday the 13th by the way, hehe!), we rent a car to send out soon-to-be-shipped-to-Malaysia stuff to our senior house. After we were done with sending our stuff, my housemate drove us to Bruce Peninsula National Park. Bak kata orang, alang-alang dah ada kereta, kita keluar merayap la. Plus, Bruce Peninsula National Park is not really public transport friendly. So, bila dah ada kereta, kita pergi sahajalah :D

Bruce Peninsula National Park is 3 hour-is away from Guelph. The view along the way was so pretty and calming. It reminded us both a little bit of Alberta. We were teased with the view of clear and blue water at some point before we arrived at Bruce Peninsula National Park. Ya Allah, we were shouting like a child as we were excited to see the blue water because it reminded us of Alberta again.

Tobermory, Ontario, Canada
Tobermory

We didn't get to do many stuff or to go to many places because we were short of time. We arrived at Tobermory around 2P PM-ish and we left Bruce Peninsula National Park around 10 PM-ish. In that short time frame, we only managed to cover Tobermory, Indian Head Cove, and The Grotto. We planned to go to Fathom Five National Marine Park and Flowerpot Island where we can see a lot of shipwrecks and more beautiful scenery, however, we missed the last boat. They usually have more boats going to and fro Fathom Five National Park and Flowerpot Island, but the service for peak season hasn't started yet, so ...

Indian Head Cove, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario, Canada
Indian Head Cove

Right after we had our lunch at Tobermory, we headed to the Indian Head Cove and The Grotto. Had to do a lil bit of hiking but it was totally worth it! Well, the hike was super easy. The trail is well-paved. You can even hike to the Indian Head Cove and The Grotto wearing heels if you want!

Indian Head Cove, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario, Canada
Indian Head Cove

We spent most of our times here as we were busy doing our failed grad shoot. As we were busy, I did not have a chance to properly shoot the beautiful scenery here. Rasa nak menangis bila tengok gambar-gambar yang hampeh dalam hard disk ni T_____T I should just take the scenery pictures instead of my pictures. Ughhhhhh >.<

Indian Head Cove, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario, Canada

While we were doing our own failed photo shoot, there was a couple doing their wedding photo shoot. It was interesting to see cause it was very Bollywood like. Rasa macam tengok Hindustan sikit. And they used drones to capture the moments too. I am truly wondering if drones are allowed in national park. As far as I know, drones are not allowed in national park.

The Grotto, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario, Canada
The Grotto

We then moved to The Grotto after my roommate was satisfied with her pictures at the Indian Head Cove. We did not really take many pictures here because we were so tired! We just snapped few pictures and sat around enjoying the scenery.

After we had enough of the scenery (honestly, you'll never get enough of the scenery but you just have to move one!), we went to Tobermory again for dinner before my housemate driving us back to Guelph.

Conclusively, it was a day well spent and a memorable road trip! :)

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I just have to say this. Bruce Peninsula National Park is truly alluring. It honestly reminded me of Jasper National Park so much! (You guys know how much I love Jasper National Park, right?) I just wished we had a nice weather and higher temperature when we were there cause Bruce Peninsula National Park looks stunningly amazing during sunny days!
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