Monday, 11 December 2017

Full Day Kicking Horse Snowmobile Tour By Rocky Mountain Riders

My team and I were invited to experience one of the snowmobile tours offered by Rocky Mountain Riders (RMR). I thought it would be a neat experience for me to go snowmobiling because this may be my only chance to go for this kind of tour cause you know, after all these years, winter (and its entirety) and I still do not get along well. Haha! After doing some research, I decided to sign up for a Full Day Kicking Horse Snowmobile Tour as a passenger.

Rocky Mountain Riders
Rocky Mountain Riders

So, riding as a passenger means I did not drive my own snowmobile (obviously!) and I got to enjoy the view for the whole trip! (well, not really!) Honestly, it was one of the best decisions that I ever made this year cause I don't think I will enjoy the whole experience if I decided to ride on my own. I'm pretty sure I will fail miserably and get stuck at few obstacles and corners. Worst come to worst, I may even slip out from the trail and fall down from the mountain and die! A lil bit dramatic but I can't help but to think that way during the tour and especially after the tour.

Anyway, I got picked up from my hotel around 8ish. There was a small accident happened that morning but let just leave it right there. Right after few more pick ups, we headed straight to Golden, British Columbia. It was my first time going to British Columbia so I was extremely excited. It has always been my dream to go to British Columbia at least once, though whenever I think about British Columbia, I always imagine Vancouver, Whistler, Victoria, and Tofino but I think Golden will do for now.

Full Day Kicking Horse Snowmobile Tour By Rocky Mountain Riders

It was my first time too, passing through other national parks like Yoho National Park and and Kootenay National Park. Oh god, they were mesmerizingly magnificent. I felt that the view was more superior than the view of Icefield Parkway. I wish I had pictures to show you guys how beautiful the view was but my shuttle windows were covered by ice, so no pictures! :(

We arrived at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden where RMR is based at around 10am. Then, we started to gear up to embrace this epicness that is snowmobiling. Special shout out to AJ, Alice and Jay for helping me to suit up and gear up properly. I know, what a princess eh sampai 3 orang sekali kena tolong *rolling eyes* But seriously, I was so impressed with AJ, Alice, and Jay because they were so funny, friendly, and patient when dealing with people like me. Kudos to them!

Full Day Kicking Horse Snowmobile Tour By Rocky Mountain Riders
Excuse my face! :p

I was paired up with Jay and I have to say that he is such a good driver and guide. He continually asked if everything is okay with me. He also somewhat made me feel quite safe even though he was speeding like crazy to catch up the other guys who joined this tour (those guys were such an adrenaline junkie!) or when he was trying to show off his skills at dangerous points and corners.

Full Day Kicking Horse Snowmobile Tour By Rocky Mountain Riders

As I mentioned before, I got to enjoy the view for the whole trip as I did not have to really pay attention on the trails. The view was superbly mesmerizing but too bad the weather was not on our side. I can only imagine how magical it would be if the weather is good! And too bad, I did not really get to take that many pictures because I did not have my GoPro (*side-eyeing all my sisters for breaking my GoPro!*) with me and we rarely stopped for the photo ops.

Credit: Here

The first half of the tour, before we had our lunch, was quite easy and breezy because we used RMR's private trail and public trail. The trails were quite well-groomed and maintained. There was few sections where the trails are flat so that's a happy news!

Full Day Kicking Horse Snowmobile Tour By Rocky Mountain Riders

The second half of the tour was quite demanding for my body even though I was a passenger. We sled on an unsupervised trail that RMR helps to groom and maintain. The trail was crazy because it was bumpy all the way to the top! It was also quite frightening because we gained almost 1000ft in elevation! It was so high that I almost cried when I tried to look down.

Full Day Kicking Horse Snowmobile Tour By Rocky Mountain Riders

But, no pain no gain, no? After sledding for quite some time, we arrived at the designated stop and oh, god! I was at loss of words when I first saw the view. Subhanallah. Subhanallah. Subhanallah. The surrounding view was magical. I felt so close to the mountains that it felt unreal. For someone who don't ski or snowboard, that moment might be my only chance to be and feel so close to snowy mountains. For that, I am eternally grateful.

Full Day Kicking Horse Snowmobile Tour By Rocky Mountain Riders

We were given time to do whatever we want at the top. All the guys were riding their snowmobiles like there is no tomorrow. As for me, I obviously just sat around and indulged myself with the view. Soon after that, we headed back to the base.

It was definitely one of the best 5 hours of my life this year. I got to experience something new and I got to see the breathtaking view. I also got to witness and experience one of the best customer service and hospitality service through Alice, AJ and Jay. And, I can finally say that I have been to at least one place in British Columbia. lol!

Full Day Kicking Horse Snowmobile Tour By Rocky Mountain Riders
Credit: Here

Thank you so much Rocky Mountain Riders for having me for this Full Day Kicking Horse Snowmobile I truly appreciate it! This experience is definitely one of the things that I would remember fondly for the rest of my life! :)

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Until Next Time, Sung Jin Hwan!


Could you give Farah, The Fangirl a space to pour her heart out without judging her for feeling this way? Thank you so much! Your cooperation is much appreciated!

I came back from work this morning to an Instagram post by @sweetsorrow_company. Could not make it much from the post but I knew Sweet Sorrow posted something on their fancafe. Did not get to read original post because I am not their fancafe member but I read the Instagram comments and my heart broke into pieces when I saw people commenting about Sung Jin Hwan's departure from Sweet Sorrow.

Honestly, I felt like crying when I read about his departure from Sweet Sorow. Sweet Sorrow is one of the first Korean groups that I listen to. They hold a special place in my heart especially Sung Jin Hwan because #sungjinhwanismyfavorite, Sweet Sorrow would never be the same without Sung Jin Hwan. But, that's not the only thing. Sung Jin Hwan decided to stop promoting as a singer Sung Jin Hwan too. He will stop writing songs too. Basically, he decided to quit from the music industry for now. 

It was a bittersweet feeling to digest this news because as much as I love and I want to keep listening to Sung Jin Hwan's voice, his mental health and his happiness are far more important! It must be hard for him to appear as his bubbly self and make jokes and smile all the times when he's fighting his inner demons all this while.

Dear Sung Jin Hwan,

Thank you for being one of my most favorite voices for the past 7 years! Thank you for serenading my last few teenage years and my early 20s. My last teenage years and my early 20s would never be the same without you and your voice. Hope you will find the help that you need. Hope you will find your happiness back. Hope you will find your way back to your fans someday. #wishfulthinking

Until then, please be happy, Sung Jin Hwan!

Thursday, 7 December 2017

While You Were Sleeping (당신이 잠든 사이에) (2017)

While You Were Sleeping (당신이 잠든 사이에) was a drama that I picked up solely because of Shin Jae Ha (신재하) as I have no interest in both of the main leads; Lee Jong Suk (이종석) and Suzy (수지). I am glad that I decided to pick up this drama as I got to watch the adorable Shin Jae Ha and I discovered a new actor to fangirl of that is Jung Hae In (정해인).

Snippet of the drama (From Wikipedia)

FYI, this is not the best synopsis but I am too lazy to write my own.

Hong Joo (Suzy) lives with her mother and helps her run a pork restaurant. Hong Joo is haunted by seeing the future deaths of others in her dreams. What's worse is that she does not know when the deaths will happen, but she tries to stop her dreams from becoming reality.

Meanwhile, Jae Chan (Lee Jong Suk) is a rookie prosecutor. He meets Yoo Bum (Lee Sang Yeob) at the prosecutors’ office. Yoo Bum was Jae Chan’s private tutor when Jae Chan was in his adolescence, but an unfortunate incident caused Jae Chan to dislike him. Yoo Bum was a prosecutor, but he now works as a lawyer. He takes on any case that brings him money.

Jae Chan and his younger brother move to new house and they become neighbors with Hong Joo. One night, Jae Chan dreams that Yoo Bum drives Hong Joo's car and this leads to a chain of events including the death of Hong Joo's mother and then Hong Joo. When Jae Chan senses that his dream is about to become real, he takes extreme action to stop it. Yoo Bum becomes furious at Jae Chan, but Hong Joo hugs him and thanks him. Aftermath of the incident, Jae Chan and Hong Joo crossed paths and work together to solve other cases.

While You Were Sleeping (당신이 잠든 사이에)
Credit: Here

My thoughts
What a beautiful drama - literally. The first two episodes actually made me want to keep watching the drama because they were beautifully shot and thank god, I did! I mean I can easily drop this drama because as much as I love Shin Jae Ha, I don't think I have enough passion to sit through 16 episodes of Lee Jong Suk and Suzy. Having said that, I am actually happy and okay with the combination of Lee Jong Suk and Suzy, and Suzy's performance in the drama. They were fun and funny couple and Suzy's (or, Nam Hong Joo's actually) sassiness and confidence were so satisfying and entertaining to watch.

I personally liked the first four episodes and the last episode the most because they were the most interesting ones. I loved watching Shin Jae Ha with Kim So Hyun! They make such a cute couple! :) Wish we had more scenes of them together. As for the last episode, I loved it because it tugged at my heartstrings. I also loved the last episode for the way they unraveled Han Woo Tak's color-blindness. Boy, was it satisfying to watch! :)

I also loved when Jung Jae Chan, Nam Hong Joo, Han Woo Tak, Jung Seung Won and Nam Hong Joo's mom were in one frame. They were so fun, funny and amusing to watch. I also got the warm and fuzzy feeling, most of the times whenever they were in one frame.

While yes, I started watching this drama because of Shin Jae Ha, I finished this drama as a huge fan of Jung Hae In. Jung Hae In stole my heart from his very first scene to the last one. How can you not love him (okay, Han Woo Tak actually) with that kind of face and personality. My heart broke for him when he took a picture of his and Suzy's shadows.

It was a real pleasant to watch this drama despite all the minor details. I mean, we still got few questions left unanswered and there were some parts that were boring and predictable. But I think I was generous enough not to let those things affect my whole experience of watching this drama.

I highly recommend this drama because as I mentioned before, it is a very beautiful drama. Another plus point is it also has so many interesting and excellently portrayed characters. Give it a try! :)

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