Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Fun Times at Jasper SkyTram

I just realized that I have never updated about my experience at Jasper SkyTram though I probably had uploaded dozens of pictures that I took when I was there. So, here's one for memories :)

I went to the Jasper SkyTram with my senior, A who came to visit my senior, M. It was an impromptu decision as M was the one who's supposed to go to the Japser SkyTram with A but she had to work on that day. So, I stepped in as her replacement because that's what good hosts do. We don't leave our guests alone :p

Farah H at Jasper Skytram, Japser National Park, Alberta, Canada


Anyway, off we went to the Jasper SkyTram on that day. I don't remember how much we paid for the tickets because this was five years ago, but we did get local discounts. The weather was not at the best that day but we just had to suck it up because that was the only day that A was free.

Tip: Dress for the weather as this is Rockies that we're talking about.

As seen from the Jasper SkyTram, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

It was a 7-minute ride up to the Upper Station from the Lower Station and we gained about 1005 m in elevation. While in the tram, we were briefed about the mountains surrounding us by the employee. It was an informative ride but we couldn't take as much peek as we would whenever the employee pointed out the mountains as the tram was quite full.

As seen from the Jasper SkyTram, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Once reached the Upper Station, you'll have options to enjoy the view at the Upper Station or you can also hike for another 2 or 3 km to see the best view of Jasper. My senior and I decided to hike sebab dah alang-alang kan? We didn't go up until the peak because we were not properly dressed for the occasion. I think we only hiked half way. Itu pun makan jam juga ㅠㅠ


Tip: Please bring hiking poles if you're a beginner as it is quite steep to go up to the peak.

As seen from the Jasper SkyTram, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Another reason why we decided not to hike up to the peak was because I was such a wimp that I almost cried when we were hiking. Kept telling my senior that I couldn't hike anymore because I seriously felt like dying. Susah sangat nak bernafas masa hiking tu. Not sure if it was because of the elevation gains or just because I'm suck at breathing while hiking. And, there was no proper trail so, pandai-pandailah pilih jalan and then, the whole jalan was batu. Tak ingat nama batu tu but they have specific name.

As seen from the Jasper SkyTram, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

So yeah. We didn't manage to go up to the peak, but thankfully, alhamdulillah, alhamdulillah, alhamdulillah, we reached quite a high point where we get to see the stunning view of Jasper. It was the best view of the best summer of my life! :)



Farah H at the Whistlers Mountain, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Thank you A for not giving up on me and pushing me to keep hiking though we didn't reach the peak. You're one of the main reasons that I could see the best view of the best summer of my life. For that, I'm eternally grateful! :)

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Red Lobster, Times Square, New York City

Red Lobster, Times Square, New York City, New York
Red Lobster, Times Square, New York City

This is where and when my obsession of lobster all started. I had a chance to taste the goodness that is lobster for the first time in my life when I went to the New York City three years ago. It was an impromptu decision to dine in at the Red Lobster, Times Square, New York City. It was all because I was starving when I was in the Times Square area and this restaurant was the closest restaurant to my location. So, off I went to have my late lunch/early dinner the restaurant.

Complimentary caesar salad and bread at the Red Lobster, Times Square, New York City, New York
Complimentary Classic Caesar Salad and Cheddar Bay Biscuits




Tip: You'll be served a complimentary salad of your choice and Cheddar Bay Biscuits. You are free to ask for more Cheddar Bay Biscuits, not sure about the salad though. However, please decline or ask for a smaller portion if you think you couldn't finish them to reduce food wastage.

I'm not a big fan of salad but I loved the Classic Caesar Salad, It was quite fulfilling. The Cheddar Bay Biscuits tasted good too especially when they were hot. I only ate one though because I didn't want to feel full before eating the entree. 

Ultimate Feast at the Red Lobster, Times Square, New York City
Ultimate Feast
Maine lobster tail, North American snow crab legs, garlic shrimp scampi, shrimp, wild rice pilaf and a side of your choice.

On my first visit (yes, I went to the same Red Lobster few times when I was in New York City, three times to be exact cause I'm obsessed like that :p), I ordered an entree called Ultimate Feast. Was so surprised when it was served because I didn't expect that it will be that big. My personal favorites from this entree were the Maine lobster tail, the garlic shrimp scampi, the wild rice pilaf, and the mashed potatoes. I loved them all because they were so delectable especially the Maine lobster tail and the garlic shrimp scampi.

Lobster's Lover Dream at the Red Lobster, Times Square, New York City
Lobster's Lover Dream 
Roasted rock lobster tail, butter-poached Maine lobster tail, creamy lobster and shrimp linguini Alfredo and a side of your choice.


On my second visit, I ordered the Lobster's Lover Dream because I wanted to eat everything lobster. This whole entree was good and delicious because it satisfied my desire to eat anything lobster but I loved the butter-poached Maine lobster tail the most. The meat was succulent that I almost cried ㅠㅠ While the whole entree was delectable, I do find the lobster and shrimp linguini Alfredo to be a little bit too fulfilling for my liking. 

Tip: Waiting time can be quite long especially during the lunch hour and evening. It is best to make a reservation so that you don't have to waste your time waiting.

Live Maine Lobster at the Red Lobster, Times Square, New York City
Steamed Live Maine Lobster 
Comes with two side of your choice.

On my third and the last visit, I ordered the Steamed Live Maine Lobster because I wanted to eat a lobster as it is. I also ordered wild rice pilaf and mashed potatoes as my sides because I loved them both based on my previous visits. And, I'm very glad that I decided to have the Steamed Live Maine Lobster on that day because this was my most favorite entree from all the entrees that I have ever tried at the Red Lobster. The lobster meat was just so juicy and luscious. I can't get enough of the lobster meat ㅠㅠ




Service wise, the service at the Red Lobster was excellent. All the servers were so attentive to your needs and requests. Price wise, I would say that they were okay but maybe they were on the expensive side? They were not as expensive as I thought but they were not that cheap as well. All the entrees that I ordered were less than USD 43 each.

Tip: Don't forget to tip your servers. Red Lobster automatically suggested and put 18% tip on your bill. However, you're free to change the tip percentage if you find it too high.

Conclusively, I enjoyed my late lunches/early dinners at the Red Lobster, Times Square, New York City. Everything that I ordered tasted so good and exceeded my expectations. Really worth my money! :)

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Rasa, New York City

I learned about Rasa, New York City through my friend's Instagram post. He was in New York City few days before I flew to New York City myself. He sang such a high praise of everything that he ate at Rasa which really influenced me cause dude is a good cook and he rarely praise others' food.

Rasa, New York City, New York, USA

So, off I went to Rasa on my first day in New York City. I came here directly after checking in at my hostel. Didn't get to explore the area around Rasa because I was so tired and sleep-deprived but Rasa is located at the Greenwich Village, one of the hip places in New York City. It's also located near to the Washington Square Park and the ever famous New York University.




PSA: Please don't forget to enjoy your time at the area before or after going to Rasa so that you'll not feel regret like me. I mean, I missed out visiting the ever famous NYU though I passed by one of the gates ㅠㅠ

Rasa, New York City, New York, USA

It wasn't that busy when I came to Rasa because it was after lunch hour. Think there was only one other customer in the restaurant. However, it took quite some time before my food was served but then, I didn't really mind because I was not in the rush. The server was nice when serving me, making small talk and all. On another note, I felt like crying when I saw "Selamat Datang" on their door. I guess I missed Malaysia so much at that time ㅠㅠ

Pulut panggang & cucur badak at Rasa, New York City, New York, USA

I ordered this combo (don't really remember the name) because I was so excited to see that they have pulut panggang in their menu. Along with the pulut panggang, I also got mini murtabak, and kuih cucur badak. The mini murtabak tasted just average but then I don't really like murtabak that much even when I'm in Malaysia. So, there's that. The pulut panggang were extremely delicious. They had the similar taste to my favourite pulut pangang in Malaysia. However, the one that surprised me the most was the cucur badak. I'm not a big fan of cucur badak and I usually don't eat cucur badak but cucur badak at Rasa were so good that I questioned myself, "Is this how cucur badak should taste like?"




PSA: As far as I know, they use halal meat for their dishes and they do not serve pork. However, this restaurant is not halal-certified as it is owned by non Muslims and they serve liquor and alcoholic beverages.

Steamed Hainanese Chicken Rice at Steamed Hainanese Chicken

I also ordered Steamed Hainanese Chicken Rice because I was craving for chicken. I don't know how the authentic hainanese chicken rice should look like or taste like but I'm happy to say that it was the best hainanese chicken rice that I have ever tasted in my life. Everything was delicious especially the chili sauce.

I don't remember how much I paid for both dishes but pretty sure, it was less than USD 35. I personally think it was quite expensive but both dishes tasted so good and fulfilling that I didn't mind paying USD 35.

All in all, I highly, highly, highly recommend you to visit Rasa if you're in New York City, and you're craving for Malaysian food! Think this is the best Malaysian food that I have ever tasted in USA and Canada.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Cinta Musim Panas aka Summer Love

This post was published on December 4, 2014 on one of my older blogs. Decided to repost it here at Her Little Guilty Pleasures due to reasons that I mentioned in this post.

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Cinta musim panas aka summer love


Dulu, saya selalu tertanya-tanya kenapa mat salleh selalu buat lagu cinta atau drama cinta yang berkaitan dengan musim panas. Apa yang istimewanya musim panas ni? Kenapa selalunya (tak semua ya) orang yang ada cinta musim panas ni selalu tak kekal lama? Banyak lagi soalan lain yang selalu berlegar dalam kepala saya.

FYI, curiosity saya memang selalu tentang benda-benda shallow macam ni atau benda-benda yang orang lain rasa childish dan apa-apa entah. Benda-benda serious kadang-kadang je saya teringin nak tahu.

Rupa-rupanya cinta musim panas tak kekal lama sebab summer tu musim pertemuan dan perpisahan. It happens because usually in summer, students or anyone yang ada free time in summer will travel outside of their comfort zones or sometimes their countries untuk pergi travel or untuk summer jobs. They (we) usually have 4 months to kill, oh!

#summerlove
#summerlove

You meet tons of new people from all over the world at the beginning of summer and then you sadly have to say goodbye to them at the end of summer. It's usually impossible to reunite again unless you live close to each other or you go to the same school or you have money to travel across the world to meet your friends.


The paragraph above is just for friends. Now, let's imagine the same situation happens between you and your summer fling. Let's say you want to have a serious relationship with your summer fling. You want us to happen but you don't think you have the means to make your relationship works. Or, perhaps you are not ready to be in a log distance relationship because long distance relationship sucks! Then, you decided it is best for you to let it remains as your summer love.

Sedihnya bila fikir ㅠㅠ. How I wish summer love can turn into the love of someone life for people who are serious about it. How I wish it can be easier and hopefully, forever. Jia you! to people who found their so-called-true-love in summer and try to make their relationship work despite the odds and challenges. I'm rooting for you guys! :)

Update in 2019: I had a good chuckle reading all the comments on the original post. So many speculations about me falling in love >.< Also, I can't believe that my blog used to be so interactive.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Reflection of My 1-Week Trip to New York City, USA

After writing and publishing my Reflection Of My 1-Month Trip To South Korea, I feel like I should do one for my trip to New York City, USA. It is going to be shorter than South Korea ones because I spent less time here :)

1. Winter is REALLY not my season.
I learned this fact since my first year in university that winter is not my season. I love snow, the fresh and clean ones for a matter of fact, but I don't like anything else that come with winter. The cold, shorter day, less daylight, cloudy and gloomy days? Uh uh, no thanks!

And, travelling during winter means that I have to bring or wear my gloves, scarf, bulky winter jackets and boots. I had sore legs throughout my trip as I had to wear my heavy winter boots and walk a lot. Also, I was sad that I lost my gloves and scarf when I was there. I just bought that gloves and the scarf was a gift from my mom ㅠㅠ

2. New York City is not as bad as what I read.
I have read a lot of bad stuff about New York City like how racist some of the New Yorkers can be or one is more prone to be a victim of any crimes due to high crime rates. Thankfully, everything was good when I was there. I felt quite safe almost all the times but then, I also took extra precaution whenever I was out and about. It's always good to be safe than sorry, no?


Farah H at the Statue of Liberty, New York City, USA
One of few kind of pictures that you'll get when you don't have a monopod or tripod ㅠㅠ

3. Multi-tasking during a vacation is a NO NO for me!
I brought my unfinished assignments to NYC as they were due at the end of my trip. Thought I could handle them while enjoying NYC but who am I kidding?! Had to stay up late almost every night when I was there trying to finish all my assignments. As a result, I felt so stressed and didn't get to enjoy and explore NYC thoroughly. Thankfully, I managed to finish all my assignments. Otherwise, I couldn't graduate on time ^^''

4. Take everything that you read with a grain of salt.
Really, just don't believe everything that you read on the net. Please take everything with a grain of salt. One thing that I felt so regretful was I didn't bring my monopod or tripod on this trip. I read so so so many posts saying that most main attractions in NYC do not allow monopod or tripod. Naturally, I didn't bring mine but you know what? They didn't really care. I saw many people with their monopods.

I felt like I didn't grow or learn as much as I would like from this trip because my mind was all over the place. Hence, I'm thinking about visiting NYC again this year but then, I'm not sure if I REALLY want to go again because NYC did not really click with me the first time.

P.s: I'm actually reluctant to update about my NYC trip because it reminds me to a dark period of my life. Maybe I'll just update few short posts of places that I have been to. 

Saturday, February 09, 2019

How to Apply for a Canadian Visitor Visa for Malaysians (Online Application)

I'm going to share how to apply for a Canadian visitor visa for Malaysians and my experience of applying Canadian visas in this post. Yes, it's visas because I've submitted four applications; two for myself and two for my parents. Soon, it'll be five because I'm currently in the middle of applying another Canadian visa, My experience may be outdated and a little bit different but I'll highlight few new and important things along the way.

First thing first, Canadian visitor visa is also known as Temporary Resident Visa (TRV). The Canadian government usually uses TRV to refer to the visitor visa (and maybe other visas as well). So, don't freak out when you see TRV eh? :)




How to Apply for a Canadian Visitor Visa for Malaysians (Online Application)


1. Go to Government of Canada's website [click here]

2. Click the "Continue to GCKEY".

How to Apply for a Canadian Visitor Visa for Malaysians (Online Application)

3. Click "Sign Up" to create an account.

How to Apply for a Canadian Visitor Visa for Malaysians (Online Application)

4. You'll be redirected to the "Terms and Conditions of Use" page. Click "I accept".

How to Apply for a Canadian Visitor Visa for Malaysians (Online Application)

5. Create username. Just follow the requirements.

How to Apply for a Canadian Visitor Visa for Malaysians (Online Application)
Pakai nama oppa sebagai contoh :p

6. Create password. Again, just follow the requirements.

How to Apply for a Canadian Visitor Visa for Malaysians (Online Application)

7. Create recovery questions, answers, and hints. Make sure the answers and hints follow the requirements. Click "Continue" when you're done.

How to Apply for a Canadian Visitor Visa for Malaysians (Online Application)

8. Click "Continue".

How to Apply for a Canadian Visitor Visa for Malaysians (Online Application)

9. You'll be redirected to the CIC page. Just close the page.

How to Apply for a Canadian Visitor Visa for Malaysians (Online Application)

10. Go to Government of Canada's website again. [click here]

11. Sign in to your account.

12. You'll be redirected to the "Terms and Conditions" page. Click "I accept".

How to Apply for a Canadian Visitor Visa for Malaysians (Online Application)

13. Create an account. Fill out the information accordingly. And, this is a tricky part. You're supposed to put your name as per your passport. Let's say your name is Farah Madihah binti Abdullah.
Usually,
  • Given name: Farah Madihah binti
  • Last name: Abdullah

However, for Canadian visa application, you should leave the given name blank and put your full name in the last name section.
  • Given name:
  • Last name: Farah Madihah binti Abdullah



How to Apply for a Canadian Visitor Visa for Malaysians (Online Application)

14. Create 4 security questions. Please remember all the answers to the questions. Then, click "Continue".

How to Apply for a Canadian Visitor Visa for Malaysians (Online Application)

15. You'll be redirected to your personal page. Click "Apply to Canada".

How to Apply for a Canadian Visitor Visa for Malaysians (Online Application)

16. You'll be redirected to "Personal Checklist" page. Click apply for: Visitor Visa, study, and/or work permit.

How to Apply for a Canadian Visitor Visa for Malaysians (Online Application)

17. You'll be given a questionnaire. Please answer accordingly and accurately as the results will show what kind of visa are you eligible to apply, which later will determine what kind of documents that you need to submit.

18. You'll get this page at the end of the endless questions. Click "Continue".

How to Apply for a Canadian Visitor Visa for Malaysians (Online Application)

19. Download the application form, fill it out accordingly and validate it once your're done. Then, upload the filled and completed form. Do read the instructions to avoid costly mistakes.

How to Apply for a Canadian Visitor Visa for Malaysians (Online Application)




20. Provide the supporting documents as required
  • Family Information Form
  • Travel History - If you click question mark in the instructions column, you'll see what kind of things they are looking for. Basically they are looking for your travel history for the last 10 years. Everything should be compiled in one PDF file. For me, I gave them copies of the front pages of my previous and current passports, pages with entry and exit stamps, page stamped with my US visa and study permit. For my parents' applications, I only provided them the first page of the passport because my parents have never travelled overseas before.
  • Passport - Self explanatory
  • Proof of Means of Financial Support - Again, if you click the question mark in the instructions column, you'll see what kind of proofs they are looking for. Often, people will provide bank statements. Currently, they are asking for bank statements for the past 4 months. I'm not sure the minimum amount that you should have. Have read that MYR 10,000 is the safe amount. When I applied for my parents, I asked them to show that they have at least MYR 30,000 each in their bank accounts to be safe.
  • Digital photo - Please follow the specification. They are very strict about it. Click the question mark in the instructions column for further details.
  • Purpose of Travel - Travel itinerary, hotel booking, and such. If you have booked your flight, then your flight ticket as well. Everything should be compiled in one PDF file.
How to Apply for a Canadian Visitor Visa for Malaysians (Online Application)

21. Optional documents
  • Any other documents that explain your travel intention can be submitted here.
How to Apply for a Canadian Visitor Visa for Malaysians (Online Application)

22. When you have uploaded all the required documents, you can proceed to make the payment.  The payment is non-refundable. You have to pay CAD 185 (CAD 100 for the visa + CAD 85 for biometrics fee). Canadian government just revised one of the requirements where visa applicants now need to provide their biometrics, hence the fee.

How to Apply for a Canadian Visitor Visa for Malaysians (Online Application)

I'm not sure about the next steps. Hopefully, someone, somewhere will help me to update the next steps so that it'll be accurate. Do let me know if the information provided is not correct.




Before Canadian government introduced the biometrics requirement, you just have to wait for an email from CIC stating that your visa application has been approved. It usually take about 2-3 weeks, maybe shorter, maybe longer, depending on the processing times. Then, you have to submit your passport to VFS Global located at Wisma MCA, Kuala Lumpur. You then have to pay VFS Global X amount (sorry I don't know the exact amount) for your visa to be processed. After that, you need to wait for few days, and then voila, you're good to go! You can pick up your passport and fly to Canada.

However,

With the recent changes, I believe you'll get a Biometric Instruction Letter through your account which should explain the next steps you should take. I'm expecting that you have to go to VFS Global to give your biometrics after you received the letter. However, do note that you need to make an appointment with the VFS Global first. And I guess, the same steps like I mentioned above apply after that.

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I'm going to be honest here. I personally find Canadian visa application very tedious as you need to answer a lot of questions and you have to submit a lot of documents. Granted the number of documents you have to submit differs according to your questionnaire's answers. 

When I applied for my student visa, it was a lil bit easier because I had Ms. Iris and Ms. Saras helping me with the documents and stuff. Thank you Ms. Iris and Ms. Saras! :)

However, it was different when I was applying for my parents' visas. We had to submit so many documents on top of the required supporting documents like invitation letter, my birth certificate, my parents' marriage certificate and my parents' paystubs to name a few. Yikes! If I remembered it correctly, the whole process took us about a month and half. Took that long due to our time differences and because we had to translate the documents and get them certified. Like I said, very tedious.

It was wayyyyyyyy easier when I applied for my visa after I graduated but that is because I applied for it when I was in Canada. I think I only need to submit the application form, the family information form, a digital photo, and proof of means of financial support. Took me less than 30 minutes to gather and submit all documents. Then my visa got approved in 3 days. Took me a week to get my passport back after sending it to Ottawa. So fast and efficient eh? :)

Anyway, that's all. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or shoot me an email. Insya Allah, I'll be more than happy to answer your questions. Tapi, saya minta maaflah awal-awal kalau saya tak tahu jawapan kepada soalan awak :)

Friday, February 08, 2019

Bersyukurkah Kita?

This post was published on March 4, 2014 on one of my older blogs. Decided to repost it here at Her Little Guilty Pleasures due to reasons that I mentioned in this post.

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Satu hari saya sendawa dalam kelas. Lepas tu, saya pun cakaplah, "Alhamdulillah". Kawan saya dekat sebelah (he's a Christian Chinese by the way) pun tanyalah sesuatu dekat saya yang buat saya muhasabah diri saya balik.

"Farah, saya nak tanya something dekat Farah. Farah jangan marah ya."

"Shoot!"

"Bila you cakap Alhamdulillah tu kan, you betul-betul bersyukur ke you dapat makan sedap-sedap and then kenyang, or you dah terbiasa cakap Alhamdulillah tu bila you sendawa?"

"Interesting. You know what? I memang bersyukur sebab dapat makan sedap-sedap dan kenyang tapi bila you tanya macam ni, tiba-tiba I rasa I cakap Alhamdulillah tu sebab dah terbiasa. Alamak, macam mana ni?! You made me so confused T^T"

"I tanya je tau. You tak payah rasa bersalah ke apa ke tau."




Gratitude


Merujuk kembali kepada perbualan di atas, pernah tak awak tanya dekat diri awak bila awak sebut alhamdulillah (dalam kes ni, sendawa kenyang lepas makan), awak betul-betul bersyukur atas nikmat yang Allah kurniakan tu atau awak dah terbiasa dari kecil sebut Alhamdulillah lepas sendawa kenyang makan.

Malam yang kawan saya tanya soalan tu, lama juga saya muhasabah diri saya balik. Betul-betul rasa terpanar dengan soalan kawan tu. Soalan simple macam tu tiba-tiba buka soalan lain dalam diri saya dan buat saya reevaluate diri saya balik.

Agak-agak, berapa banyak nikmat Allah yang kita dapat selama ni, kita memang betul-betul ikhlas ucapkan alhamdulillah bila kita terima nikmat-nikmat tu? Adakah ucapan syukur, ucapan alhamdulillah tu hanya di mulut sahaja? Sampai ke tidak perasaan dan ucapan syukur tu ke hati kita? Adakah perbuatan dan amalan harian kita menunjukkan yang kita ni bersyukur atas segala nikmat yang dikurniakan oleh Allah? Dan, adakah kita menggunakan segala nikmat yang dikurniakan Allah tu untuk benda-benda yang hak?

Wallahu a'lam. Things to ponder eh? ㅠㅠ

Update in 2019: I'm looking for this ustazah side of me. If found, please redirect it to me. Truly appreciate it.ㅠㅠ

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Apple Picking at Brantview Apples & Cider

This post was published on October 24, 2013 on one of my older blogs. Decided to repost it here at Her Little Guilty Pleasures due to reasons that I mentioned in this post.

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Brantview Apples & Cider, Ontario, Canada

Alhamdulillah, boleh cross satu benda dalam wish list saya.

19 October yang lepas, telah selamat memetik epal di ladang epal dan jagung bersama pelajar-pelajar antarabangsa lain. Trip ni anjuran International Student Organization (ISO). Excited sangat nak pergi sebab masa first year tak dapat pergi apple picking. Semuanya gara-gara kesempitan wang. Masa first year, budak-budak Guelph semua miskin sebab kami duduk on-campus. Bayaran residence tu taklah rasa mahal sangat. Yang mahal tu meal plan. Kami semua wajib ambil meal plan sebab residence kami tu antara salah satu north residences dan orang yang duduk dekat north residences semua wajib ambil meal plan.

Brantview Apples & Cider, Ontario, Canada

Anyway, pergi apple picking dekat Brantview Apples dan Cider. Mula-mula tak tahu pun ladang ni dekat mana. Yang saya tahu, ladang ni bukan dekat Guelph. Terima kasih kepada Google, saya baru tahu yang ladang ni terletak dekat dengan Bradford. Sejam naik bas baru sampai dekat sini.



Basically, apa yang awak buat masa pergi apple picking ialah petik epal dan makan epal yang dipetik. Itu sahaja but for me best sangat sebab apples dia wangi sangat-sangat! Selain tu, apples dia fresh yang amat dan dapat cuba pelbagai jenis apples. Antara apples yang terdapat dekat ladang ni; Spartan; Royal Gala; Honey Crisp; Mac; Jonagold, dan lain-lain.

Us at the Brantview Apples & Cider, Ontario, Canada

Orang kata Honey Crisp yang paling sedap, tapi saya tak sempat rasa sebab tak jumpa pokok Honey Crisp. Mana taknya, sikit-sikit berhenti tangkap gambar. Hujan lagi. Habis kasut, kaki, dan stoking basah. Tak sempat nak explore secara menyeluruh. Rasanya macam sempat makan Janagold dan Royal Gala. Entah.

Brantview Apples & Cider, Ontario, Canada

Gembira sangat sebab masa tu baru je habis dua midterms. Konon-konon pergi untuk release tension. Healing time. Alhamdulillah, memang rasa ringan sikit lepas pergi sini. Sebab dapat tengok ladang-ladang dekat sini. Luas terbentang. Depan ladang epal dan jagung ni ada horses stable. Tak tahu stable dalam BM apa. Ladang kuda ke kandang kuda eh?

Pergi dengan kawan-kawan yang dianggap keluarga lagi la rasa best. Bila dah duduk rumah lain-lain, susah nak jumpa untuk bersosial. Paling-paling pun, jumpa dalam kelas. Masa tulah nak begosip, nak meluahkan perasaan, nak itu, nak ini. Mana sempat. Betul tak? Lepas tu, dapat kawan baru lagi. Haa, kan best tu. At least, takdelah kawan dengan dinding je :p

Us at the Brantview Apples & Cider, Ontario, Canada
Malaysians, Brazilians, and Hong Konger united :)



Alhamdulillah, memang rasa trip ni sangat berbaloi. Walaupun trip ni cuma 4 jam sahaja. Dapat makan apples. Dapat bergosip. Dapat meluahkan perasaan. Dapat mendengar ceramah cara-cara memasak dan tips photography daripada baby bro. Sempat juga la kena ketuk dengan baby bro, "Practice your photography skill, Farah. What's the use of your expensive DSLR if you're not taking great and beautiful pictures. Kalau tak nak, bagi I je," Tambah lagi, "Nanti I ajar you cara nak masak cepat-cepat. You must practice, okay? Just ask if you're unsure of something. Remember, masak ni senang je!" Keke :D

In case your guys are wondering, he is an extremely good cook! He cooked for us during our first year. Sekarang pun ada juga cuma tak sekerap dulu. If you follow me on Instagram, I uploaded a picture of bihun goreng tomyam. He's the one who cooked that for us. Extremely sweet brother!

Update in 2019: Kahkahkah! I sounded so innocent here. Can't believe it that I used to be like this :p

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

On Preparing Myself to Let Go and Move Forward with My Life

I'm scheduled to leave Canada for good at the end of this May, though I may leave earlier or later depending on my mood and financial state in the next few months. Either way, I'm leaving Canada for good this year.

To prevent the sejarah hitam from happening again, the one where I struggled to readapt myself with Malaysia, I've decided to slowly letting go of Canada from my heart and mind, and preparing myself to be embraced by everything Malaysian since few months ago. It is hard but it is necessary in order for me to move forward with my life without feeling down and regretful.



Farah H & Canadian Flag
One with the Canadian flag :)

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That is why you probably will see an influx of posts about Canada for the next few months. They are most probably will be old posts that I decided to repost on top of few new posts here and there. I decided to do this because I think this is one of the best ways to keep my sanity and to move forward with my life; posting or reposting anything about Canada while I'm still in Canada.

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To all of you who come to this blog of mine just to read about or see anything Canadian, please enjoy the ride for the next few months because I will no longer post anything about Canada after that. Also, I'll contact some of the bloggers who have been with me since few years ago or ones that I'm comfortable with in the next few months to ask for your details. Insya Allah, I'll have appreciation gift from Canada for you all.

Till then, please be happy! :)

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Snow Tubing at Sunny Tube Park, Lake Louise Ski Resort

I finally went snow tubing last Friday at the Sunny Tube Park, Lake Louise Ski Resort, courtesy of Lake Louise Ski Resort. As usual, luck was not on my side because it was snowing non-stop on that day which means no spectacular view of the mountains T^T 


How ironic eh that I went snow tubing at the Sunny Tube Park but it was not sunny at all? :p I was super bummed but it is what it is. Thankfully I didn't sign up for the Scenic Snowshoe Tour or Sightseeing Gondola for I will not see any mountains at all on that day.

Lake Louise Ski Resort, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
You can faintly see the Sunny Tube Park from here.




We had wet snow that day, a kind of snow that you don't want to have if you are going skiing / snowboarding / tubing. To people from a tropical country like me, for your information, there are many types of snow but the best snow to have if you are going skiing / snowboarding / tubing is powdery snow. That's when you will see people skiing or snowboarding like there's no tomorrow and with a big grin.

Lake Louise Ski Resort, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
On my way up to the Sunny Tube Park.

Sunny Tube Park has three lanes which is fewer than what I expected. However, on that day, they only opened one lane. I guess it was because there were not many people tubing on that day. Additionally, I saw that the other two lanes were not groomed. Maybe they were trying to save their manpower as well?

Lake Louise Ski Resort, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
View from the lift.




Anyway, I was honestly nervous to tube for the first time because I'm not good with anything slippery, steep, and icy. Thankfully the attendants understood my nervousness that they gave me a regular push on my first try just so that I can get used to tubing. Surprisingly, it was slower than what I expected. When I told the attendants about the speed, they told me that it was probably due to the wet snow. Usually, it'll go faster.

Sunny Tube Park, Lake Louise Ski Resort, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Such a strong lady for pushing and spinning us for few hours.

After that, they slowly increased the spinning force so that I can enjoy tubing to the fullest. The speed actually increased as the spinning force increased. Delightfully, I found myself enjoying tubing more when the speed was faster which is why I kept asking for 'spin' after that. And that's how I spent 4 hours tubing at the Sunny Tube Park, Lake Louise Ski Resort - spinning down the tube lane :)

Farah H at the Sunny Park Tube, Lake Louise Ski Resort
One for the gram




On a totally irrelevant note, I found it funny that it took less than 40 seconds to go down to the bottom of the park but it took maybe around 5 minutes to go up as the lift was quite slow.

Thank you Lake Louise Ski Resort for having me! I had such an enjoyable day though the weather was not on my side. I guess, you may see me again soon?

Friday, February 01, 2019

Niagara Falls for the First Time

This post was published on April 4, 2014 on one of my older blogs. Decided to repost it here at Her Little Guilty Pleasures due to reasons that I mentioned in this post.

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Ini long overdue punya post sebab fikir banyak kali nak post ke tak. Semuanya sebab trip ni buat saya gembira dan sedih pada waktu yang sama.

Niagara Falls ni memang antara benda teratas dalam wish list saya. Sejak dari kecil lagi, sejak tahu Niagara Falls ni wujud dekat muka bumi ni, saya memang teringin sangat nak pergi. Semuanya sebab saya terpesona dengan kecantikan Niagara Falls masa saya tengok The Amazing Race (tak ingat season berapa).

Dulu-dulu ingat Niagara Falls ni dekat US. Tapi, bila sampai Canada, tengok dekat list of attractions ada Niagara Falls. Masa tu baru tahu yang Niagara Falls ni terletak dekat US-Canada border. Lame sangat T___T

Niagara Falls in The Amazing Race Canada
Niagara Falls dalam The Amazing Race Canada

Bila tahu Niagara Falls ni dekat US-Canada border, impian tu rasa dekat sangat. Jadi, masa winter break lepas, December 14, 2013 (Oh myyyyy! Dah 3 bulan lebih rupanya post ni tertangguh) saya ambil keputusan untuk pergi ke Niagara Falls bersama Jedis yang lain. Walaupun saya ni tak suka travel masa winter, tapi saya gigihkan diri juga sebab nak realisasikan impian saya ni.


YH yang planned benda ni sebab dia sebenarnya yang nak pergi sebab dia nak bawa mak dia jalan-jalan dekat sini. Buat pertama kalinya, saya memang lepas tangan. Saya tak buat research langsung. I guess it was a stupid decision. Haih.

Waktu cakap, "Yes! Nak ikut juga! Oh my god! Niagara Falls is one of my childhood dreams." tu saya memang rasa excited sangat. Lepas habis excited, baru terfikir sempat ke nak tengok Niagara Falls masa siang sebab masa winter, malamnya cepat dan panjang. Tapi, pasal teringin sangat saya pergi juga.

Farah H at Niagara Falls
Hi, meet Mummy, YH's mum :)
Snow turun tak henti-henti.

Kami keluar rumah pukul 6:30 pagi sebab bas dari Guelph ke Toronto pukul 7:15 pagi. Waktu keluar tu, mula rasa tak sedap hati sebab snow turun agak lebat dan angin sejuk dan kencang gila. Sampai Toronto dalam pukul 9:00 pagi macam tu. Lepas tu, kena tunggu 3 jam sebab bas Toronto-Niagara Falls pukul 12 tengah hari. Dekat Toronto, cuaca jadi makin teruk. Bertambah rasa tak sedap hati.

Tanya YH, "Sempat ke agak-agaknya nak tengok Niagara Falls masa siang?" Dia cakap, "Boleh punya. Toronto-Niagara Falls 2 jam je. You still have 2 hours before the sun sets." Tapi, Allah tu sebaik-baik perancang. Cuaca masa tu makin teruk. Bila dekat highway, tak boleh nampak dengan jelas pun apa yang ada dekat depan. Sangat bahaya :(


Bila dah sampai dekat Mississauga, bus driver buat pengumuman dia cakap cuaca teruk sangat dan highway yang sepatutnya kami guna ditutup, jadi dia kena buat detour guna highway lain. Bila kena buat detour ditambah lagi dengan cuaca yang teruk, perjalanan yang sepatutnya 2 jam jadi 4 jam T___T

Bila sampai Niagara, city bus dia pula lambat. Bila dah naik bus, kami diturunkan di tempat yang agak jauh daripada air terjun tu. Natijahnya, memang saya tak sempat tengok Niagara Falls masa siang. Sedihnya masa tu, Allah je yang tahu. Tapi, alang-alang dah sampai, gigihkan juga diri pergi tengok Niagara Falls masa tu.

Niagara Falls in Winter
Ini je yang kamera saya mampu tangkap.
Nampak tak bezanya dengan gambar yang dekat atas tu?

Sampai dekat Niagara Falls, tak nampak apa pun! Gelap sangat sebab takde lampu. Sepatutnya ada lampu warna-warni kalau malam, tapi malam tu takde lampu pun. Mengagau cari lampu supaya dapat tengok Niagara Falls dengan jelas. Bila dah nampak bayang-bayang Niagara Falls tu, saya menangis sebab rasa gembira sangat. Rasa macam one of my dreams came true (sort of).

Lepas spent hampir 1 jam, kami terus balik. Cuaca masih macam tu juga. Sampai Toronto cari kedai makan yang masih buka, makan dan terus balik Guelph. Sampai Guelph dalam pukul 1 pagi. Memang balik je semua terbaring kepenatan.


Walaupun sedih sebab tak dapat tengok Niagara Falls masa siang, masa tengah cantik, saya masih rasa bersyukur sebab dapat jejakkan kaki ke sini. Insya Allah, akan pergi sekali lagi at the end of this month, tak pun sebelum fall semester start.

May Allah ease my plan :)

Farah H at Niagara Falls
Satu-satunya gambar yang decent, yang nampak macam orang dan berlatar belakangkan Niagara Falls.
Niagara Falls, tunggu Farah datang sekali lagi!
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