Thursday, November 30, 2017

Happy 3-Month Anniversary!

It's been three months since I became a resident of Town of Banff. I moved here after I got a job offer at one of the locally owned hotels in this town. It was not an offer that I dreamed of but the one that I needed. It came at at the perfect time after all the fiasco that happened in my life. Alhamdulillah for that! :)

Yet, I don't think I considered myself to be truly happy here. I want to be happy, I really do! I even put extra effort to be happy but I'm not quite there yet. It feels like I'm missing few key pieces but I don't know how and where do I find them.

Town of Banff
Town of Banff

For instance, Banff still does not feel like home which makes me sad. I need Banff to feel like home so that I can feel the sense of belonging. I want to belong here! I find this weird cause this is not my first time living in a national park. It did not take me this long to consider Jasper as my home before. I wonder why it is hard for Banff to hit the "home" spot in my heart?

As for job, it has been somewhat okay but challenging and draining at times. It is challenging and draining not because of the job itself but because I need to entertain different kind of people. I have met some of the kindest and lovely people but I also have met some of the shittiest people. Pardon my language but I can't help but to use that kind of word. I have been yelled at and called names by countless guests for the things that were out of my control. Like; hello, what can I do if the channel that you are watching is screening French movie instead of English movie? I work here, not at a broadcasting company, no? You can just switch the channel. OR Yes, I drive the cab. That's why I know why it is late! OR Yes, I can teleport myself to your room with the stuff that you want right after you called the desk!

My colleagues and I
Half of my colleagues and I


Sometimes, I feel that I have had enough of this job because of all these rude, jerk and inconsiderate people but thank god for my supportive managers, supervisors, colleagues, and lovely guests that I have encountered. They ease the pain in my heart a little bit. I really hope I can reach the 1-year mark in this position with as little bruises and wounds as possible.

Korean Dramas
Love both of these dramas :)

As for my social life, it is near to zero existence. The only people that I talk to and interact with are my colleagues, security guys and some of the guests. I don't have anyone that I can call friend. I don't have anyone to hang out after work. Basically, I am all alone and I have been feeling quite lonely, which is very sad when I think about it. I rarely feel lonely as I truly enjoy my own solitude but this time is different. I want at least one person to be by my side. Hello, whoever you are, I'm here waiting for you?

Korean Dramas
Some of the Korean dramas that I have decided to pick up (and drop - few of them) to compensate my non existent social life.

As I have no social life anymore, I resort to watch any Korean dramas that pique my interest. I live my life vicariously through all those different characters. Which again, I find it very sad. Anyway, I hope this explains the influx of tweets and posts about Korean dramas on this blog and my Twitter. Sorry, not sorry guys!

All in all, the past 3 months have been very bittersweet for me. I gained some, I lost some. I just hope everything that have been weighing and wearing me down for the past 3 months will go and disappear soon.

Happy 3-month anniversary, Farah! Hope you'll be more happy living in one of the most gorgeous national parks in Canada and may you find the missing pieces of your heart :)

Monday, November 27, 2017

My Songs of November 2017

*I begin typing this post while listening to First Date by Sweet Sorrow and it brought me back to 4 months ago, when I just first arrived in Canada. Oh, those carefree days! :)*

I find it fascinating and quite funny how songs that I listened to can actually remind me of my memories and what have happened in my life. The more intense something happened in my life (good or bad; happy or sad), the more I remembered the songs that I listened at that moment. And listening to the songs again in the present time will definitely bring me back to those time.

This November was not an exception too. I think I have been feeling quite lonely without realizing it and somehow few songs that I have been listening to have stuck in my mind. I think I will remember this November and this loneliness whenever I am listening to these songs in the future.

NU'EST (뉴이스트) - ONEKIS2

Roy Kim (로이킴) - Suddenly (문득)

10cm (십센치) & Orange Caramel (오렌지 캬라멜) - Hug Song (안아줘요)

Saturday, November 25, 2017

My Humble Dream

This post was written on September 28, 2015 when I just finished my summer job in Jasper National Park and just started my final year in university. A time where life was full of uncertainties and hopes and dreams. 


Now that I only have less than a year left in Canada, I start to have this humble dream. I dream to live in Canadian Rockies for at least a year so that I can experience all four seasons in Canadian Rockies.

Farah & Amanda at Banff National Park
Good times in Canadian Rockies

Will Allah grant this humble dream of mine?

Update in 2017: Alhamdullillah, I'm currently back to the Canadian Rockies albeit a lil bit late. Am planning to stay here for a year or bit more just so that I can realize this humble dream of mine :)

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Avengers Social Club (부암동 복수자들) (2017)

Avengers Social Club (부암동 복수자들) was a drama that I picked up as a filler drama when I had nothing to watch on Fridays but surprisingly, this drama turned to be one of the most awaited dramas every week for me.

Snippet of the drama (From AsianWiki)
Kim Jung-Hye (Lee Yo-Won), Hong Do-Hee (Ra Mi-Ran), Lee Mi-Sook (Myung Se-Bin) and Lee Soo-Gyum (Jun), who all have their own different reasons, carry out a revenge plan.

Kim Jung-Hye is the daughter of a family who runs a big company. She appears straightforward and arrogant, but she is actually naive and cute. Her marriage was made to benefit both families. She tries her best as a wife, but she learns that her husband has betrayed her. To get revenge, she leads the "Bok-Ja Club."

Hong Do-Hee sells fish at a traditional market and raises her two kids alone. Her husband passed away. She is bright and good natured. Her son gets involved in a violent incident at school. She joins the "Bok-Ja Club."

Lee Mi-Sook was an orphan and married. She has tried hard to have a happy family with her university professor husband, but he is violent towards her. She begins to think about her life after she meets Kim Jung-Hye and and Hong Do-Hee.

Lee Soo-Gyum joins the “Bok-Ja Club” to take revenge on his biological parents. His father is Kim Jung-Hye’s husband. Before he married Kim Jung-Hye, he had a fling with a woman who gave birth to Lee Soo-Gyum. His biological parents have neglected him since.

Avengers Social Club (부암동 복수자들) (2017)
Credit: Here
My thoughts
If only you knew how much I love this show! Aaaaaa, where and how do I even start? I think I love almost everything about this drama. I particularly love the three main leads! Okay, I like Jun too cause he's a part of BokJa Club but the other three main ladies stole my heart! *heart-shaped eyes* *finger hearts*

Avengers Social Club hit all the right spots in my heart. It was a drama that I never knew that I needed it until I watched it. It was promoted as a "revenge drama" but it was actually more than that! Revenge was only one of the plot devices but what you got was a heartwarming yet hilarious drama. I found love, laughter, sisterhood and a family created by choice.

I rooted for all the three unnies to get their revenge as if they were my blood sisters. I laughed at and with them for their antics and hilarious mishaps. I felt hurt when they were hurt. I earnestly wished for their better lives after all the sufferings that they had. Alas, I felt so happy and satisfied when they stood up for themselves and fought all the antagonists and owned their own lives! You go, unnies! :)

I highly recommend this drama for everyone! It will give you the warm and fuzzy feeling throughout the drama. It also will give you the laughter dose that you may never know that you need it.

Avenger Social Club is definitely one of the best Korean dramas that I have watched in 2017. Maybe one of the best Korean dramas that I ever watched in my life too. Yet, regretfully to say, it does not come close to Misaeng: Incomplete Life (미생 - 아직 살아 있지 못한 자) (2014) but that because Misaeng is so dear to my heart! :)

Farewell and thank you, one of my favourite shows! I guess I'll come back to you if I need a dose of heartwarming feeling and laughter in my life :)

Saturday, November 18, 2017

EID - 이드 Halal Korean Food, Itaewon (이태원)

At the middle of my trip to South Korea, I visited EID - 이드 Halal Korean Food, Itaewon (이태원) with my high school junior. My high school junior missed halal chicken so much that I felt I should belanja him halal chicken. I also missed eating anything that is not seafood! So, off we went to EID - 이드 Halal Korean Food for our dinner.

EID - 이드 Halal Korean Food, Itaewon (이태원)

EID - 이드 Halal Korean Food, Itaewon (이태원) is very small and I think we quite lucky that we got our seats cause soon after, the restaurant was filled with a group of Malaysians. The ambiance of the restaurant was okay, in fact, it felt quite homey. The service was good, nothing exceptional. From my observation, all the servers at the EID - 이드 Halal Korean Food are Malaysians. But do note, they do not take order in Malay yeah (at least in my case). They used English and Korean languages to communicate with customers.

As for the food, I ordered Bulgogi (불고기) set while my junior ordered "I-don't-remember-the-name-but-pretty-sure-it-was-something-like-braised-soy-chicken" set. They both tasted so good! I especially like the braised soy chicken to the point that I almost asked my junior to change his dinner with mine. Portion wise, both dishes looked like they came in small portions but, alhamdulillah, they were fulfilling enough. In fact, we felt like we overate.

EID - 이드 Halal Korean Food, Itaewon (이태원)

Price wise, all the dishes here were on a bit expensive side (I can't recall the exact amount that I paid but it was not THAT expensive but still quite expensive, do you get me?), but then it was not that easy to get halal Korean food. In fact, I think the dishes here were worth the money. I also read, the price here is a lil bit higher than other halal Korean restaurants, but I can't really comment on that as I did not get a chance to dine in other halal Korean restaurants.

Will I go to EID - 이드 Halal Korean Food, Itaewon (이태원) again if I have another chance?
Definitely a yes because I can't get enough of their braised soy chicken! :D

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Korean Entertainment Agency: Pledis Entertainment (플레디스 엔터테인먼트)

Pledis Entertainment (플레디스 엔터테인먼트) was the last K-pop company that I went during this trip. Initially, I did not plan to go to Pledis as I was tired and already ran out of energy but decided to change my mind as it was maybe 1 or 2 station away from where I was. Can't really remember. Haha.

Pledis might be one of the easiest K-pop companies that one can go to because the direction is easy and straightforward. I think they just moved to their current building when I was there. The building looked nice on the outside but gave an "incomplete" impression. I don't know if I make sense or not but that's how I felt.

Pledis was the only company that I spent time waiting outside of the building. I went there to see the building but got stuck waiting for the unknown for almost 3 hours. Or, was it 4 hours? It was all because I met a SEVENTEEN's Korean fan girl. 

Honestly, I was not hoping to see anyone especially SEVENTEEN's members at all (I'm a fan of SEVENTEEN if anyone curious) but the girl said that the some of the members were in the building cause she heard them practising singing. She also was so sure because it was Jeonghan's birthday and SEVENTEEN usually do V-live at their company whenever they celebrate members birthdays.

On a totally irrelevant note, I can't believe how many gifts that Jeonghan got. I was there for only few hours but the gifts kept coming and they came in various sizes and price tags. It was like a silence competition and honestly, it was actually quite scary to see how much these fans spent on idols.

So, there I was waiting and hoping that I will get to see a glimpse of SEVENTEEN. In the first 2 hours, I only saw few people that I recognized from watching Seventeen Project. I saw their CEO, dancing teacher and composer but none of the members. But lo and behold, this girl was so lucky to get a glimpse of SEVENTEEN's Hoshi & NU'EST's / Wanna One's Minhyun. Say what?!

Will talk about my first and honest impression of Hoshi and Minhyun at the end of this post. And please don't expect rainbow and unicorn as you might be disappointed. 

After seeing them, I decided to leave but I first went to a convenience store to buy banana uyu to quench my thirst. When I was on the way to subway station, I bumped into the Korean girl again and she said, as soon as I left, Woozi came to the building! It was not my luck to see him but the girl was so happy because her bias is Woozi. Good for you, girl! :)

Pledis Entertainment (플레디스 엔터테인먼트)

So, here is my first and honest impression of SEVENTEEN (세븐틴)'s Hoshi & NU'EST (뉴이스트)'s / Wanna One (워너원)'s Minhyun.

Hoshi looked exactly like how he look like on TV. He was never in my handsome guys list so, there's that. Admittedly, he was quite cute, like a bunny. Size/height wise, he looked smaller than what he look like on TV. But I guess everyone knows that TV adds few pounds. Surprisingly, he was not that friendly as he did not smile at all and he looked quite annoyed. I guess I just had this expectation of him to be a ball of sunshine, full of smiles all the times. He ignored four of us despite the other three kept saying 안녕하세요 to him. He also avoided from making eye contacts with the other girls. Was quite turned off by his attitude but I just gave him benefit of the doubt. He might not be in the mood and was tired cause he cycled to the building. Who knows?

NU'EST's / Wanna One's Minhyun
Minhyun on the other hand, was asdfghjklHonestly, I did not recognize him at all when I saw him. I figured he might be one of the NU'EST's members but I did not know his name. Can't blame myself cause the only NU'EST's song that I know is Hello. I actually felt bad afterwards for not recognizing him. Sorry, Minhyun! I felt extra bad as NU'EST had a small presence in South Korea (before they went to Produce 101 Season 2 and gained booming popularity) that none of us or other people over there seemed to recognize him and he actually walked around without his manager or staff.

Anyway, back to the topic. Minhyun was so dreamy! This came from this girl who has no idea who he is at that time. He looked so handsome and sharp and he oozed celebrity's aura. He looked super tall too. His proportion was 100%. Still can't get over how handsome he his in real life. He got brownie points for being polite and kind too. He bowed to us and greeted us eventhough all of us did not know him. He even smiled to us and asked how we were doing while being awkward himself. He also waved at us when he was leaving. He might be one of the most polite, nicest and kindest K-idols that I have ever met or seen.

Sadly, I got no picture of or with them because everything happened so fast. I did not feel much about Hoshi but I was sad that I did not think about taking picture of or with Minhyun as he walked past me few times. Now that he's getting big and famous, it will be hard to see him like that again. T___T

Thursday, November 09, 2017

"I'm A Hopeless Romantic Who Wears My Heart On Sleeve"

This post was written on July 1, 2015 when my friends and I were busy figuring out our priorities in life. Few of us were just get into a romantic relationship at that time while the rest of us were rooting for them and wondering when will we ever be. Just kidding! :p

Few of my friends shared this same article; I'm Only 22. I Don't Want Someone Else to Be My Whole World on Facebook. I guess the article really speaks to few of us. Honestly, this article speaks to me on so many levels. I'm gonna highlight few excerpts that I really really really like.

"I'm a firm believer in true love."

"I don't want someone I "won't be able to imagine my life without." I don't want someone to "have my whole heart." I don't want someone to be "my whole world," or "my rock," or "my better half". I don't want somebody who can understand me better than I can understand myself."

"I want to feel whole. I want to be my own rock, my own anchor, my own soul mate. I want to understand myself better than anyone else can. I don’t want to look back and hate myself for altering my future for someone else when I know I wasn’t ready to."

"I am a hopeless romantic who wears my heart on my sleeve."

"I have dreams. I have plans that only involve myself."

"I want to imagine my own life. I want to be able to navigate through life's exciting opportunities and devastating disappointment independently - ..."

Why this article speaks to me on so many levels?

This article speaks to me on so many levels because while I love all the lovey dovey and cheesy stuffs and considered myself to be a hopeless romantic, I see myself to be single for the rest of my 20s. I don't want to being bombarded with cliche questions like "Farah dah ada boyfriend ke belum?", "Farah nak kahwin bila?" for the rest of my 20s. 

I also have plans (a lot of plans) that involve myself and myself only. I have no idea what Allah has planned for me in the future, but this is how I truly feel right now. This is how I see my future self. But of course, man proposes, Allah disposes. I'm gonna be thankful for whatever Allah has written for me :)

P.s: After two years, all these words still ring true to the core. I still feel this way :)

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Myeongdong Cat Cafe, Myeongdong (명동)

I went to Myeongdong (명동) few times when I was in South Korea. However, my motives of each visit to Myeongdong were different. On this one particular hot day, I went there to go to a cat cafe. Initially, I wanted to go to another cat cafe. I had the name and address ready but I still got lost while looking for the cafe. So, I decided to go to Myeongdong Cat Cafe instead, as its mascot was more than happy to escort me to the cat cafe.

Myeongdong Cat Cafe, Myeongdong(명동)

Tip: You need to sanitize your hands before entering the cat cafe. Use the hand sanitizer provided by the cafe. 

The one time entrance fee for Myeongdong Cat Cafe was KRW 7,000 and by paying the entrance fee, you were entitled for a free cup of beverage. I chose orange juice because I did not really like the other options that they had. There is no time limit so one can stay as long as they want provided they do not go out from the premise. As far as I can remember, I stayed for quite a long time. 5 to 6 hours, perhaps? I know, crazy long, right? It was all because most of the cats were sleeping during the first three hours, so I need to wait for them to wake up.

Myeongdong Cat Cafe, Myeongdong (명동)
This cat sat close to me during the whole time. Now that I think about it, it must be because I sat at his/her favourite spot. 

Oh, you also will be given a big plastic bag so that you can put all your personal belongings like your bag in the plastic bag. I think it is for hygienic purpose and to prevent the cats from scratching your personal belongings. The cat above actually jumped into my plastic bag and sniffed my backpack and handbag. I feel bad for her/him because there was nothing edible in my bags. #sispunkebulur

Tip: I personally do not recommend ordering snacks and desserts as cat hair is everywhere. Unless you are okay with somewhat compromised hygiene, you should be okay with your free beverage. After all, you come to play with the cats, not to eat snacks and desserts, no?

Myeongdong Cat Cafe, Myeongdong (명동)
Some of the cats.

Myeongdong Cat Cafe had cats from various breeds. I can't really pinpoint each breed as I am illiterate in this aspect, but trust me, almost all of them were cute. I said almost because they had sphynx cats which I did not find cute at all. Though I did not find sphynx cats cute at all, I still found them interesting. Each to their own, no?

Myeongdong Cat Cafe, Myeongdong (명동)
Most probably the cutest cat that I saw at Myeongdong Cat Cafe, Myeongdong (명동)

Anyway, as I mentioned before, I spent about 5 or 6 hours here because most of the cats were sleeping during the first three hours. I spent half of the time waiting and playing with my phones while hoping the cats will be up soon. Everything was so calm when most of the cats were sleeping but it became a lil bit chaotic once they all woke up. I actually laughed like crazy when I saw how hectic it was when the cats were up. Thank god, there were not many humans when I was there. Can't imagine how crazy and cramp it will be if there are a lot of humans and cats in one space. 

Myeongdong Cat Cafe, Myeongdong (명동)

All in all, it was such a nice me time for me. It was a well spent lazy and hot day. I got to spend the time by myself and playing with those cute cats (okay, more like to staring at those cute cats and being judged by them). 

Tip: Use the lint roller provided by the cafe to get rid of the cat hair before you leave the cafe. You don't want your clothes to be full with cat hair for the rest of the day especially if you are going to eat at a restaurant next.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Midnight Runners (청년경찰) (2017)

Midnight Runners (청년경찰) was Kang Ha Neul's last movie before he enlisted, so in some hedonistic ways, I felt obligated to watch this movie. Well, I guess it was more to fangirl in me that pushed me to watch this movie cause you should know by now that #kanghaneulmydreamoppa

Snippet of the movie (From Wikipedia)
The story is about two Korean National Police University students, Ki-joon (Park Seo Joon) and Hee-yeol (Kang Ha Neul), who witness a kidnapping and track it down. When the authorities reach a dead end due to lack of evidence and frustrating bureaucratic obstacles, they decide to embark on their own amateur investigation, which gets them into all sorts of hilarious troubles.

Midnight Runners (청년경찰) (2017)
Credit: Here

My thoughts
Firstly, I watched this movie solely because of Kang Ha Neul (강하늘) so I was ready to be biased and say all the good stuff. Plus, I read few reviews raving how good this movie was so I was prepared for the goodness called this movie. But sadly, this movie fell short of my expectation, not that I have high expectation of this movie, anyway. I think this movie was still fun and entertaining and I enjoyed it but something was definitely missing and I had no idea what.

Having said that, I had a good laugh during few (okay, more to many) scenes. Both Park Seo Joon and Kang Ha Neul were endearingly hilarious and may I say, dumb in most scenes that you can't help but laughing and grinning at and with them. There were few scenes that really tickled my heart that I did not mind to keep rewatching those said scenes. But, there were also few scenes that were utterly ridiculous that made me laugh at myself and questioned myself "why am I watching this?" or "why am I laughing at this ridiculous jokes/dialogues/scenes?". Joke on me, ha!

I also liked how well Park Seo Joon and Kang Ha Neul characters complemented each other. #bromancegamestrong While I liked Kang Ha Neul being a nerd (or maybe bookworm is the more appropriate term for his character), I did not really fancy Park Seo Joon being a somewhat fool. But together, they had a synergy and made me love them both. Anyway, each to their opinion, right :)

Though it fell short of my expectation, I still recommend this movie if you're looking for something light, fun, and entertaining. And, it does not hurt to have two heartthrobs as the main leads, right :p

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