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My Silver Lining After a Cloudy Day

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Few nights ago, I had a challenging night where few guests were being so rude and sarcastic to me. Most of the times, I'll just feel down for few hours before going back to the normal me. However, my energy was already at the low level on that particular night that I didn't get to recuperate until the next night. The next night I showed up to work, I prayed that nothing similar will happen. Alhamdulillah, nothing happened. In fact, it was one of the calmest and quietest nights that I have ever had this year. What made that night better was this envelope that I found in my mailbox. It was a nice surprise because, i) I haven't received anything in my mailbox since few months ago, and ii) it came from the one of the sweetest guests that we received this year :) This envelope was my silver lining after a cloudy day because I received it on the next night right after the challenging night. It reminded me of my happy encounter and conversations with Anita few hou

My Songs of March 2019

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March 2019 was a mixture of me being excited about the spring season; me being stressed out due to tax season; me grinning for almost a week after getting my tax refund, and me trying to stay positive for the whole month because March has always been special month for me :) SBGB (새벽공방) - After the Rain (비가 그치고 나면) MOVNING (모브닝) - Everything I Love Will Make Me Cry (내가 사랑한 모든 것들은 나를 눈물짓게 할 테니까) SEVENTEEN (세븐틴) - Our Dawn Is Hotter Than Day (우리의 새벽은 낮보다 뜨겁다)

Ewha Womans University (이화여자대학교)

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Right after Namsangol Hanok Village (남산골한옥마을), I went to the Ewha Womans University (이화여자대학교). Decided to go here because I read so many blog posts saying that one should at least go to Edae because the campus is beautiful and such. Also, because it was featured on 2 Days 1 Night. I'm easy. I know :p There's a wall with flowers motive and a history plate opposite of this wall, if I'm not mistaken. Road to Edae from the nearest subway exit is quite hilly, so prepare yourself, okay? :) Road leading to Edae is full with the skincare and cosmetics shops like Tony Moly, Holika Holika, The Face Shop, Nature Republic, etc. My favourite shop here was Artbox. I don't have pictures of Artbox but, OMG all those cute stuff and stationery ㅠㅠ. Anyway, you can also find street food stalls as you can see from the picture above. Mind you, the street food prices here were quite high compared to other places.  You can go to Yonsei, even Hongdae (홍대) if you w

First Day of Spring

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Cascade Mountain from Cascades of Time Garden March 20, 2019 10:15 AM Decided to go for a walk yesterday morning to celebrate the first day of spring. The weather was so beautiful that I almost cried. Couldn't wait for my days off next week because I want to go for a longer walk and enjoy my last spring here  :)

Namsangol Hanok Village (남산골한옥마을)

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I went to the Namsangol Hanok Village (남산골한옥마을) right after I went to the  Namsan Seoul Tower (남산서울타워) . There were a lot of people when I was there, like A. LOT. Think it was because of a festival or event that was taking place in the Namsangol Hanok Village. If you can read Hangeul, you probably will know the event's name. I can't read Hangeul, hence I had no idea about the event's name. One of the hanok houses at the Namsangol Hanok Village. I was expecting that Namsangol Hanok Village would be similar to the Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을)  but I was wrong. Namsangol Hanok Village is not a residential area. It was more like open museum? Also, there was only about five hanok houses at the Namsangol Hanok Village. These houses were remodeled after the traditional houses of Joseon Dynasty. Few performances were performed at the stage; taekwando and other martial arts. Tip:  They offer interpretation tour services, however advance booking is re

My 3 Holy Grail Harsh Winter Personal Care, Skincare and Lip Care Products

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Hello everyone!  I just wanted to share 3 products that help me to go through the harsh winter that we have here in Banff. The winter that I experience here in Banff is way different from the winter that I experienced back in Guelph. As such, I had to change some of my personal care, skincare, and lip care products because the ones that I used to use back in Guelph did not work for me anymore. I don't have my flat lay props with me, so this poor picture will do for now  ㅠㅠ Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Unscented Lotion This lotion is a heaven-sent! I grabbed this lotion from the aisle of Shopper's Drug Mart for the first time two years ago and have been using the same lotion ever since. I was attracted to try this lotion because it says,  "Transforms skin from very dry to healed in 5 days"  on it's packaging. I was instantly sold because I was struggling with dry and cracked skin at that time. It was my first winter where the average

On Filing My Tax Return

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It's currently a tax season in Canada which unfortunately, one of the most stressful seasons in my life. It's all because I want to file my tax return perfectly so that CRA will not chase me in the future but I usually have too many questions to be answered. Also, because the number of spam/scam calls that I receive around this time of the year is insane!  #excusemeiwanttosleep Thankfully, I managed to attend a tax information session organized by the Town of Banff last Tuesday and got my all questions answered. A big shout out to Nicole from CRA for entertaining my endless questions! :) So, for the 2019 tax return (I have been thinking about this one the most as I want to properly conclude my life in Canada), here are the things that I should do; Update my information on the website (address, phone number, banking information, etc) as soon as I leave Canada. File the tax return earlier than usual. Should aim for the end of February. I have to file a paper

Doa. Doa. Doa.

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This post was first published on  August 1, 2015  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 . ************************* If you happened to follow me on Twitter, you must know that I have been feeling so negative for the past week. So, to change my mood a little bit, I decided to write this post. I have to remind myself that despite all the bad things that are happening in my life right now, Allah still loves me. He answered to my desperate prayers, and He still answers to my prayers. Sesungguhnya Allah itu maha pengasih lagi maha penyayang. Doa #1 I have been praying for this specific things since I was in Form 3. Boleh dikatakan tiap-tiap hari berdoa untuk this thing sampailah awal tahun ni. Then, I stopped. Why? Simply because Allah has finally answered my prayer. It took me almost 7 years to get the answer. It was not the answer that I wanted yet I was happy. Simply because I know

Why Is It Okay If You Haven't Travelled as Much as You Imagined

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Why is it okay if you haven't travelled as much as you imagined OR if you have never travelled before? This post is meant for myself and maybe for those who's been affected by continuous exposure through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and blogs which urge you to travel! travel! and travel! One cardinal fact that you need to ingrain in your mind is travelling is a luxury for one needs to have time and money to do so. You need to have these two otherwise travelling would never or rarely happen. I learned about this fact when I was in my first year but sometimes it slipped my mind as I'm constantly being exposed to the content that urge me to travel! My favourite place to unwind especially in fall and spring when I was a student, as I didn't have enough time to go somewhere else. When I was a student, I didn't get to travel as much as I would love to as I didn't have time  though I had extra money lying around to be spent. Back then, I was busy jug

Boating at Lac Beauvert

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This post was first published on  August 16, 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 . ************************* Clipper Boat Went boating for the first time in my life. Menggelabah tak habis sebelum pergi sebab tak pandai berenang. Walaupun ada life jacket, masih rasa takut juga. I'm not a risk taker and I don't like doing things that I considered dangerous. But, alhamdulillah, everything went well. Errrr, sort of I guess :) Overly excited us :p Update in 2019: Still one of my favourite pictures of that summer :) Went there with my colleagues and we decided to rent the biggest canoe, or known as Clipper Boat as there was seven of us. Sebelum naik, dah siap pesan dekat my colleagues supaya jangan main-main sangat dekat boat tu, and please paddle well. Farah oh Farah -_- Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge as seen from the middle of Lac Beauvert Oh, well

What is Psoriasis? | Psoriasis and I

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This post is very personal to me because no one but my family and my dermatologist know about my condition and how I struggle to come to terms with the fact that I have psoriasis; a disease with no cure. I was diagnosed with Psoriasis when I was 18, however I've been suffering with this condition about two years before that. Not sure whether I'm lucky or not but my scalp was the only area affected. Had to beg my parents to bring me to a dermatologist because I couldn't stand the itchiness anymore. On my first consultation, the dermatologist diagnosed me with Psoriasis and we briefly discussed about the causes of the disease, what probably makes me skin flare up, and what can I do to control and avoid the flare ups. She then gave me few bottles of shampoo and small containers of cream. Until today, I have no idea what kind of cream did she gave to me, but I believe they have steroids because she told me not to use the cream if I don't feel itchy as it ma

Evelyn's Coffee Bar, Banff

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Yes, the shop name is Evelyn's Coffee Bar though the board says Evelyn's Coffee World As I mentioned in [this post] , I've been looking for a pecan tart for about a year in Banff. I've visited few coffee shops and bakeries around Banff in hope that I can find one but to no avil. Evelyn's Coffee Bar was one of the shops that I visited at that time. Evelyn's Coffee Bar does not carry pecan tart but they do have pecan pie in their menu. I was not in a mood of pie at that time, so I just walked away from the shop. However, I decided to give their pecan pie a try recently. So, off I went to the shop to get my fix of pecan pie. Surprisingly, if I recalled it correctly, the shop has changed so much since my last visit! I love the shop's current aesthetics. I really love the vibe of this shop! Anyway, Evelyn's Coffee Bar offers a wide range of food and drink options; be it coffees, teas, other drinks, desserts, and sandwiches. They also sell

Niagara Falls for the Umpteenth Time

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Niagara Falls from the Rainbow Bridge I went to the Niagara Falls for the umpteenth time three years ago. Back then, I was trying to apply for my work permit at the border (I need to leave and re-enter Canada to do so) but little did I know that I missed one important document. Hence, I couldn't apply for my work permit at the border.  Rainbow Bridge (Canada on the left, USA on the right) Anyway, I decided to cross the Canada-United States border using the Rainbow Bridge which connects the Niagara Falls, New York and Niagara Falls, Ontario. I decided to do so because it was the nearest Canada-United States border to where I lived and I wanted to see the Niagara Falls from the USA side. & I have to say that it was interesting to see Niagara Falls from the USA side. It gave me a different feeling from when I see Niagara Falls from the Canadian side. You can actually feel that you're in a different county though you're looking at the same thing.

Sushi House Banff, Banff

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Sushi House Banff, Banff Sushi House Banff or known as the sushi train place by the visitors and locals here is a small sushi restaurant tucked in the middle of the Town of Banff. It is indeed a very small restaurant as it can only fit up to 18 people at one time. This is my go-to sushi restaurant if I'm bored with my favourite sushi restaurant (which rarely happens!). lol! Sushi House Banff has the same mechanism like Sushi King Malaysia. It has all these sushi plates lined up on the conveyor belt and you can easily pick up the plates. You can also order sushi directly to the sushi chef if you couldn't find the sushi that you fancy. The sushi are priced according to the plate colours. When you're done, the server will count the plates and note the colours and you have to pay at the counter. Yes, they will not bring the POS machine to your seat :p Shrimp Purse, Snow Crab Leg Sushi, Spicy Scallop Sushi & Tamago Sushi Sushi House Banff offers