Sunday, December 31, 2017

How Did Farah, The Fangirl Fare This 2017?

I'm working on my personal reflection of this year but I'm not sure if the post will see a light or not cause it may be uncomfortably personal to be shared with the strangers on the internet. So, while I'm still contemplating about publishing my personal reflection of this year, I thought to myself, why don't I give Farah, The Fangirl a space to evaluate her life as a fangirl?

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Hello, everyone! 

This is Farah, the Fangirl. For a lack of better words, 2017 was achingly bittersweet for me. Honestly, 2017 was such a real emotional roller coaster ride. So many things happened - good and bad, happy and sad, that I can't help but to feel completely drained and overwhelmed at the end.

K-concerts / K-shows

I had a time of my life when I got to attend 3 shows of Sweet Sorrow's Harmony Concert and met them at the backstage. As shallow as it may sound, it was one of my life highlights for this year. It took me around 3 months before I completely moved on with my life! I know it was unhealthy to take that long to move on but I can't help to react that way after 7 years of waiting and wishing it to happen.

Sweet Sorrow (스윗 소로우) & I
#myfirstandlasttimemeetingthecompletesweetsorrow

However, I also had a fair share of disappointment when I had to miss WeAreYoung's first concert in South Korea, SEVENTEEN's Diamond Edge Concert in Toronto and  Antenna Music's With Antenna: The Label Concert Concert in New Jersey. While money was not really a problem, time and distance were the absolute obstacles. From a fangirl perspective, often, I was at a wrong place at a wrong time. Yet, realistically, I was actually at a right place at a right time.

K-pop / K-music

2017 might be my slowest year as a K-pop / K-music fangirl and I think I'm okay with this fact? I'm actually quite happy because I'm no longer emotionally invested like I used to. I did not really listen to the recently released songs. I did not watch any performances of any music shows. In fact, I have yet to listen to Super Junior's album though I still (reluctantly) identified myself as an ELF. Well, it's not only Super Junior, I have yet to listen to EXO's, SEVENTEEN's, and BTS's new albums as well.

K-dramas


Korean Dramas That I've Watched Or Still Watching in 2017

It was a different case for K-dramas. I think I watched too many K-dramas this year, now that I started to lose interest in K-pop. The number of K-dramas that I finished watching this year was insanely unhealthy. If you read the Happy 3-Month Anniversary, you can see that I actually watched almost 24 dramas in 3 months! There are still quite a lot of K-dramas that I want to watch but I have to put them on hold simply because I don't have enough time.

Korean Dramas That I've Watched Or Still Watching in 2017

K-variety shows

I watched almost none K-variety shows this year. I stopped watching Running Man ages ago. I have yet to pick up any new K-variety shows though I'm interested with few of them. I may have watched those short K-variety shows here and there like 3 Meals A Day and Winner's Youth Over Flowers but the only show that I'm following religiously until now is 2 Days 1 Night. Too bad it's been awhile since 2 Days 1 Night aired a new episode :/

Variety Show That I Watched In 2017

K-entertainment news that affected me the most

Sung Jin Hwan's departure from Sweet Sorrow
I almost cried when I came back from this work to this news. I refrained myself from crying because I didn't think it was my right for me to cry. His reason of leaving Sweet Sorrow and music industry was far more important than my feelings! Sung Jin Hwan indirectly played a big role in my last teenage years and early 20s. He was the soothing and calming voice whenever I struggled with my life in Subang Jaya and Canada. My heart still hurts whenever I think that he is fighting so hard with his inner demons all this while while smiling and making jokes all the time. With unfortunate incidents keep happening in South Korean entertainment industry recently, I earnestly wish he will not be triggered! 

Please, please, please, Sung Jin Hwan! Hope you will find your precious yourself. Hope you will find your happiness back! Hope you will find the right help and the help that you needed! Please be happy, Sung Jin Hwan!

Kim Joo Hyuk's passing
I saw an Instagram post of Kim Joo Hyuk's passing written in Hangeul when I was at the work. I had to refresh Soompi for few times to get a confirmation cause my Hangeul is still not that good and I wanted to get more details. I cried a bucket when Soompi updated the news. Didn't know that I will get affected that much because honestly, I do not consider myself as his avid fan. He may have slipped into my subconscious mind whenever I watched 2 Days 1 Night that I felt a void and so beaten when I read the news. Or maybe because I just finished his new-and-last drama 2 days before his passing.



Super Junior's Choi Siwon and Bugsy's controversy
Aaaaaa, Choi Siwon! What could have been?! If you guys have been following my since few years ago, you must know that Choi Siwon is the one who dragged me into this madness that is K-pop. I have mindlessly waited for him for 2 years to finish his army service and make a glorious comeback. But, all the time spent waiting for him kinda went into a drain when his dog's controversy came to surface. Now that I think about it, this controversy may act as a catalyst of my loss of interest in K-pop in general. Consequently, I sadly have to say that Choi Siwon is no longer my ultimate bias!

Good bye Siwon! It has been a fun 7 years but I think this is it. This is the end. I may not like you like I used to but you may find me smiling and laughing at you sometimes. It's a habit. Please don't misunderstand! :p

SHINee's Onew's controversy
I'm a casual fan of SHINee or Onew to be exact. I listen to them whenever I'm tired hearing my favourite songs or when they released a song that suit my taste. So, I was utterly speechless when I read the news about his sexual harassment controversy. SHINee's Onew might be one of the last SM's idols that I would think of to be involved in this kind of controversy. Not that I have any expectation of him but it felt this incident happened out of nowhere.

SHINee's Jonghyun's passing
Just when I thought 2017 could not get any worse, this happened. Jonghyun's passing felt like a wake up call and a reminder that these idols are human too and they have their own struggles - not like I think of them as a lesser being or a product all this time. Can't never listen to SHINee the same way again :/ His passing also brings mental health problems into a light again. While I was quite sad with his passing, I think his passing was a great reminder to all fans around the world that you may have no idea what's happening with your idols behind their stage personas. So, please don't judge a book by its cover and please remember to be kind, always!

To everyone who's struggling and fighting your inner demons, please remember that you matter and someone in this world loves you more than you love yourself!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Scenic Snowshoe Tour Of Lake Louise At Lake Louise Ski Resort

My team and I were invited to experience few activities offered by Lake Louise Ski Resort (LLSR). I RSVP'd to the invitation with my main goal to go tubing. However, luck was not on my side as tubing is yet to be available at LSSR. The lady in charge told me that she booked a 2-Hour Scenic Snowshoe Tour for me instead and I'm always welcomed to go tubing next year. So, I guess I'll go back to LLSR next year for tubing? Hehe :D

So, off I went to LLSR on December 14 by a bus provided by LLSR. It took us around 45 minutes from Banff to LLSR. Honestly, I was feeling quite down when we were on the way to LLSR because the weather was crappy and very dull. It was cloudy all the way from Banff to Lake Louise. I don't know, luck is always not on my side whenever I plan to go somewhere or to do something :(

Scenic Snowshoe Tour Of Lake Louise At Lake Louise Ski Resort

Anyway, right after I arrived at the base of LLSR, I went to the Guides' Cabin where I met my guide for that day. He walked me through the necessary paperwork and gave me the equipment needed for this tour. We also exchanged information that we deemed necessary like my expectations and concerns. Turned out, all these were not a problem because I was the only guest who signed up for that scenic snowshoe tour session. Yes, you read it right! I was the only person. So, I kind of get a special treatment from my guide and our course was fully tailored to my ability :)

Scenic Snowshoe Tour Of Lake Louise At Lake Louise Ski Resort

We took a 15 minutes gondola ride up to the mountain to go to our starting point. I told my guide that I was quite bummed with the weather that day but lo and behold, I totally ate my words when we reached certain altitude. The view was surreal! It was spectacular. It was nothing like I ever seen before. I was speechless for the rest of our gondola ride. You really have to see the view with your own eyes because all the picture that I put in this post do not make justice of the view!


Scenic Snowshoe Tour Of Lake Louise At Lake Louise Ski Resort

Once we reached our starting point, my guide helped me with my snowshoe cause I'm such a princess -.-'' Walhal, sebenarnya, gelabah lebih dan terlebih takut. You should know by now, that winter and its entirety and I do not get along very well. We started walking along the trails while enjoying the vast view. My guide also started explaining about our surrounding - the mountains, plants, wildlife, while we were walking along the trails. I have to say that my guide did a very excellent job in explaining and supplying information about Banff National Park and its components during the tour. I learnt so many new and interesting stuff that I felt so happy.

Scenic Snowshoe Tour Of Lake Louise At Lake Louise Ski Resort

The whole tour was quite breezy and fun except when we had to walk on slanted surface. Only Allah knows how afraid I was when we had to walk on those slanted surfaces :( Overall and surprisingly, snowshoeing was not as hard as I expected. In fact, it was pretty manageable for someone who is not fit enough like me. But, I might feel this way because this tour is rated as easy on LLSR's website.

Scenic Snowshoe Tour Of Lake Louise At Lake Louise Ski Resort

Thank you so much Lake Louise Ski Resort for having me for this Scenic Snowshoe Tour. I truly appreciate it! I got to cross off one thing from my bucket list and for that, I am eternally grateful! :)

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

My Songs Of December 2017

This December was not that breezy compare to the last month. While alhamdulillah, I started to feel less lonely, there were so much thing happened in this month (good and bad) that affected my whole emotions. These 4 songs will definitely make me remember this December 2017.

Sweet Sorrow (스윗소로우) - Beautiful

Sung Jin Hwan, I'll always remember you as the voice that always make me smile and happy! Starting my day to your voice and this beautiful song definitely help me to go through my mundane everyday life :)

Crush (크러쉬) - Beautiful

Wanna One (워너원) - Beautiful (뷰티풀)

Eric Nam (에릭남) - Bravo, My Life!

I have always loved the meaning of this song since I discovered this song few years ago. Now, it made me super happy that we got Eric's version of this song. Bravo, my life!

Monday, December 25, 2017

A Love So Beautiful (2017)

A Love So Beautiful was my second Chinese drama this year after Love O2O. I put this show on my to watch list after seeing its poster on the regular streaming sites that I use to watch Korean dramas. However, I decided to watch it despite not having enough time to squeeze another show on my schedule after I received endless Whatsapp messages from my sister raving about this drama. My initial reaction after getting those messages from my sister was. "Wow! Show, you must have been really really good eh?" simply because they came from my sister who's quite cynical and judgemental with my habit of watching Korean dramas and my choices of Korean dramas.

Snippet of the drama (from Viki)
It tells the love story of two childhood sweethearts that spans 19 years: a proud genius boy and a cute girl with a lot of energy. Chen Xiao Xi is a cute and small girl with a lot of positive energy. She gets to know Jiang Chen, a tall and proud genius boy, at school and tries everything to pursue him. The drama depicts the beautiful and pure heart throbbing love of seventeen years olds, but also delves into the topic of making mistakes and how to find back to each other again.


A Love So Beautiful (2017)
Credit: Here

My thoughts
What a sweet and beautiful show! If you can get diabetes from watching dramas, this show would be one of those dramas. It was so sweet, probably too sweet to the point my head, my heart, and my mouth hurt. My head and my heart hurt because I couldn't handle the sweetness and cuteness of the show while my mouth hurts because I kept grinning and smiling throughout the whole show. I have lost count how many times I squealed and said, "OMG! That was so cute!" that I hope my roommates will not think that I'm crazy or anything. lol!


Honestly, I thought I'm over with high school dramas and likes now that I'm nearing mid 20s, but oh boy, was I wrong. The show proved to me that I can still get giddy and over excited over high school dramas. Of course, we got a glimpse of their adulthood too but the majority of the show was concentrated on their high school years that I'm still going to call this show a high school drama.

It was easy watch and enjoyable at most times. However, admittedly, not all parts of the show sit well with me. I did feel frustrated sometimes on how self-centered Chen Xiao Xi can be and how Jiang Chen is not expressive enough. Why is it so hard for you to smile, Jiang Chen? I'm also not fond of how the show played with the timeskip after high school and how they resolved conflicts between the Chen Xiao Xi and Jiang Chen. But, I'm generous enough not to let my frustration affected my whole experience because this show was so cute and it deserved some love!

I highly recommend this drama if you want to watch something cute and sweet! *Please count how many times I mentioned sweet or cute* Or, if you are looking to watch something just for the pure entertainment! :) 

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Hospital Ship (병원선) (2017)

Hospital Ship (병원선) was one of the recently aired dramas (I wrote this post a month ago?) that I decided to watch cause I thought, "why not?"

Snippet of the drama (from Wikipedia)
Story about young doctors that provide medical care to the locals who live in rural villages via hospital ship that sails around the little islands. Song Eun Jae is an immensely talented surgeon. There was a time when the hospital ship was just used for standard checkups and administering medicine. With Song Eun Jae on board, it can provide complicated surgery. She has seen a lot of success as a surgeon, but also a lot of struggles in her family life. When an unfortunate incident leads her to a ship instead of a prestigious hospital. She has little compassion for the stubborn elderly patients. 

Kwak Hyun is the emotional opposite of his senior doctor, Song Eun Jae. Growing up with a father who is a lauded humanitarian, Kwak Hyun strives to be a warm and caring person. He heals not just with medicine but a smile. It seems natural that he works at his father’s ship, but Kwak Hyun also has some emotional scars. He cannot match Song Eun Jae’s medical skills, but he is infinitely better at connecting with patients. 



Kim Jae Geol has Hallyu looks and an extensive lineage in medicine. His father is a respected doctor. Growing up, his dad always preferred his brilliant brother, which led Jae Geol to become a loner at heart. His father was obsessed with western medicine. As a form of rebellion, Kim Jae Gol studied oriental medicine, much to his father’s disapproval. His goal in boarding the ship was to escape his father’s shadow. At the ship, however, he must work under Song Eun Jae, who is just as strict, emotionless and disdainful of oriental medicine. Now, these three doctors have to put aside their polar opposite personalities in order to treat their patients. As they all soon learn, working for your fellow humans has its own way of bringing people together

Hospital Ship (병원선)
Credit: Here

My thoughts
What a letdown. I jumped into this drama with no expectation and I finished watching it with dissatisfaction. Yes, I did love some of the aspects in this drama like its warmth, friendships, etc, but overall, this drama left a bitter taste in my mouth. Maybe because it was too long and it did not have that engaging plot. They should just make Hospital Ship 16 episodes drama instead of 20.

Few useless things that I picked up from this drama, almost from every episodes were "Kang Min Hyuk really has a good body proportion!" and "Ha Ji Won does not look like a woman in her late 30s!"

That's it, guys!

I don't recommend this drama unless if you really want to waste your time or you are big fan one of the leads. I mean, I can understand watching a drama just because your bias in it cause I do it all the time. Haha!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Beautiful Day

Snowy Cascade Mountain

Banff has such a great weather today! All I can think about when I was walking to my meeting this morning was, "Wow! Today is the perfect day to go skiing or snowboarding." The nice weather really makes me want to stay out and explore things and places but I need my sweet rest and beauty sleep. Hopefully the weather tomorrow will be as nice as today.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

How Can Malaysians Work Legally In Canada?

How Can Malaysians Work Legally In Canada?

Assalamualaikum and hi guys!

This would be the first somewhat informative post of this blog. Usually, I don't write about this kind of stuff cause I prefer having face to face interaction whenever I talk about something that is somewhat and potentially beneficial but I have been receiving a lot of similar comments and questions regarding this topic. So, I thought it would be easier and time saving to address this thing in a single post.

But first, let me remind you of few things!

First of all, this post is NOT for someone who is looking to find a white collar job in Canada or for people who are looking to emigrate to Canada.

Secondly, I have NO personal experience with few points that I'm going to mention later. I learned about all of that from my reading and my interaction with people who come to Canada and work in Canada using that way. So, the points that I'm going to make may not be detailed and accurate enough.

Farah at Lake Louise Ski Resort
Me at Lake Louise Ski Resort, recently. 
Short background about me
I'm currently holding a 3 years post graduation work permit, which allows me to work any jobs with any employers in Canada (with few exceptions) until May 2019. So far, I only have experience in hotel industry in Canada so I can only comment about this industry. I'm currently trying to find a better job, preferably white collar job in tourism industry which will help me to achieve my goal but let just leave it right there, shall we?

All this while, I could not respond properly to the comments and questions like, "Bestnya Farah kerja kat Canada. Macam mana nak kerja dekat Canada?" or "Agak-agak saya ni boleh ke kerja dekat Canada?" or something along those lines cause I have no idea how. As I mentioned above, I'm holding a post graduation work permit which I get because I graduated from one of the universities here. I totally have no idea how people like most of my readers can come to Canada and work here legally.

But, that has changed since I met few Malaysians for the past few months. I learned something interesting from them. They are all here under Working Holiday Program. Yup, you read it right! There is a Working Holiday Program to Canada for Malaysians! *what a good news* *throwing confetti to the air*


Working Holiday Canada for Malaysians


Small rainbow at Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls

There is only one agency that manages this Working Holiday Canada program for Malaysians. It is the Speedwing. So, by hook or by crook, you have to apply the program through Speedwing. You can find more information on their website but I'll put few points that I think are extremely important. All the information mentioned below can be found on the Speedwing's website.


Program Duration
There is no minimum duration of stay for Working Holiday Canada, but the maximum duration is 12 months. Each participant can only participate in the program once.

Eligibility requirements

  • Be at least 18 and not more than 35 years of age
  • Be a Singapore or Malaysia citizen. No exceptions allowed.
  • Undergo an interview before being accepted on the program
  • Not have dependants to join you on the program in Canada
  • Have minimum funds of CAD 2,500 (approximately S$3,000 / MYR 7,500)
  • Show proof of return air ticket or onward ticket leaving Canada at the end of the program.

Unfortunately, I have no idea about the next step or the entire process or the complete services that they provide. You may enquire about the program to Speedwing yourself if you are interested.

Lac Beauvert
Lac Beauvert
*Oh, how I have missed you*

Now, let's start addressing few concerns that you may have after reading the requirements. Well, at least I know I have these concerns right after reading the requirements for every Working Holiday Program that I am interested in.

Money / Funds
It is very much advisable for you to have enough money or funds. Most of the times, people start saving up few years before they actually go for a Working Holiday Program. Some are lucky for they can borrow or use their parents' money. All I can say is try your best to have enough funds but please DON'T make a personal loan, okay? Pretty please.

One of the Malaysians that I met said he actually spent about MYR 15,000 to pay for the agency's fee, flight tickets, and his first month's expenses in Canada. I'm not sure how much did he pay for the agency's fee but you can get a round trip flight ticket for as low as MYR 4,500 or even cheaper if you're lucky and you need to at least have CAD 1,300 for the first month, I think? Basically, you can cut the cost if you know how to.

Job
Most people who are here under Working Holiday Program mostly work in these industries; tourism, hospitality, retail, and food & beverage. They are not the most glamorous jobs around but they usually will pay your bill and other expenses and if you're lucky you will have some extra. After all, the mindset that you should have while you're on this program is "to explore and enjoy your time in that said country while working."


Town of Banff
Town of Banff

I recommend to all of you to start looking for a job at tourist towns. Tourist towns mean there are a lot of things for you to look forward to - amazing view, locals' discount, numerous interesting activities. Often, it will be easier to get a job at tourist towns due to high demand, provided if you come at the right time and the best thing is employers usually provide subsidized staff accommodations.


Town of Jasper from Old Fort Point
As seen from Old Fort Point, Jasper

I also highly recommend for you to look for a job at luxury hotels. The pay is usually good (relatively) and you'll get insane discounts and benefits! These are things that I really miss now that I'm working at my current hotels. Most of the times, the locations of these hotels are magnificent too. Remember Jasper and Lake Louise? Yesssss, places like that would be your backyard!

Pay
Most of the times, people who are here under Working Holiday Program will be paid a tiny bit higher than the minimum wage due to the nature of their jobs. However, it is noteworthy to mention that the pay and how far it can go differ according to provinces and cost of living. For example, I can save at least CAD 500/month (I know it's little, please don't judge T__T) here in Banff but I'll barely make a living and I can't even save if I'm in Vancouver or Toronto with the same pay.

Farah's Happy Face
My happy face when I earned a lot and lost almost 15kg at the same time!
*obviously I do not look like this anymore*

Having said that, the pay that you will get will cover all of your initial cost if you come to a right place at a right time. In fact, you will get a whole lot more if you're working for the most part of your program. I'll let you in for a little secret. I never told anyone about this except my family. My net pay for my first summer job was a lil bit more than CAD 10,000 while my friend's was CAD 14,000. For both of us who worked in housekeeping, they were insanely a lot!

I may invite one of my friends as a guest writer to talk more and in-depth about this topic if I see a great interest about this topic. Until then, you need to do your own research and start asking around because unfortunately, this is the furthest that I can go. Hope this post will help you to kick-start the process and make you start dreaming about (actually) coming to Canada :)

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Duck Giveaway by Blog Nadiaizzaty.nia

I figured that I may not have enough time to write new blog posts or to finish off the gazillion drafts that I have for the next few weeks, so I thought why don't I join giveaways organized by my fellow bloggers? It would be way easier and I can show some support to them :)

Duck Giveaway by Blog Nadiaizzaty.nia

Rules
1. Follow Blog Nadiaizzaty.com [ LINK ]
2. Follow Instagram @nadiaizzaty.nia [ LINK ]
3. Follow Bloglovin' Nadia Izzaty [ LINK ] ( whoever have the account ) 
4.Copy the banner and write a post with the title " Duck Giveaway by Blog Nadiaizzaty.nia " ( Please backlink to her blog ).
5. Most importantly, publish the post and leave your post link on that post's comment section.

Comeback Giveaway by Raydah Alhabsyi

I figured that I may not have enough time to write new blog posts or to finish off the gazillion drafts that I have for the next few weeks, so I thought why don't I join giveaways organized by my fellow bloggers? It would be way easier and I can show some support to them :)

Comeback Giveaway by Raydah Alhabsyi

Rules
1. Follow her Blog, Google+ & Instagram. (This one is compulsory)
2. Create an entry titled "Comeback Giveaway by Raydah Alhabsyi"
3. Copy the banner and backlink to the entry.
4. Don't forget to leave your link on that entry's comment. 

Monday, December 11, 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 was 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, December 09, 2017

Until Next Time, Sung Jin Hwan!

Hello!

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 #sungjinhwanismyfavourite, 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 favourite 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, December 07, 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! :)

Monday, December 04, 2017

Locals' Appreciation Day At Banff Gondola

Sulphur Mountain | Banff Gondola

Banff Gondola had a Locals' Appreciation Day on Sunday, November 26. On this day, locals got to enjoy free admission with donation instead of paying 50% off or the regular ticket price. So, as a cheapskate, I thought this was the perfect time for me to ride the Banff Gondola for the umpteenth time! So, instead of going to sleep right after work as I usually do, I pushed my bedtime for about 8 hours just so that I can ride the gondola. Totally screwed off my biological clock but I guess it was worth it as I wanted to see any view but Banff Avenue. lol!

Sulphur Mountain | Banff Gondola

Surprisingly, there were not many people as I was expected. Or maybe I was just too early? Anyway, there were quite a lot of changes since my last visit here. The construction is now all done. They now have a rooftop observation deck, new restaurants and an interpretive centre in one building. And as Christmas is approaching, the building was decorated with Christmas decoration. They also had a number of fun activities related to Christmas and a Santa Claus. I wish I had pictures to show what was happening, but I was too lazy to take pictures. After all, I decided to go for the mountain ranges view not for the fun Christmas activities.

Sulphur Mountain | Banff Gondola



It was not the best day to be up there at the Sulphur Mountain because it was very cloudy. All of my pictures were grayish and dull in color. However, the view was still breathtaking like the first time. Though the view was still breathtaking, I was actually not as excited as I thought I would be. Maybe because I was a bit sleepy. Or, maybe because I have been here few times. As I was not really excited as I thought I would be, I took less pictures and decided to enjoy the view with my own eyes. It was really calming to take my time and see those view that I wish I could spend more time up there.

My Filipino family and I

On my way up, I actually bumped into my Jasper's Filipino family. I was so happy to meet them by chance because obviously, I have been feeling lonely like I mentioned in my previous post. Meeting them was a real pleasant as I was not expecting that I could meet anyone that I know up at the mountain. I think I spent about half an hour together with them. Truly grateful for the short and sweet encounter.

Sulphur Mountain | Banff Gondola

All in all, it was a good day for me, mainly because of the view and my encounter with my Filipino family. It was also a good deal to ride the Banff Gondola during the Locals' Appreciation Day. I don't think I want to ride the Banff Gondola again but I think I'm going to ride it at least one more time as I have a free ticket. Guess I'll ride it again next summer when my senior comes to visit me :)
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