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The Old Spaghetti Factory, Banff

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Last Thursday, I had a lunch at The Old Spaghetti Factory, Banff. Decided to go here because I was in town, and just finished with my window shopping. Also, because I got a CAD 15 meal voucher. Thank you The Old Spaghetti Factory, Banff for the CAD 15 meal voucher! :) I'm going to be real here. This was my first time seeing the entrance to The Old Spaghetti Factory because I have never been to the second floor of Cascade Mall πŸ˜† Anyway, I was surprised when I came in because the restaurant was totally different from what I expected. I thought the restaurant was small and such but in reality, the restaurant was quite big though I'm not sure because I didn't get to scan the whole place. It looked like they divided the dining area into 3 sections and they also had a spacious bar. Service wise, it was excellent. I was greeted and got seated by a kind host at the entrance. After that, a server came to the desk, introduced herself as my server and served m

My Songs of April 2019

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April was all about me trying to rationalize my decision to travel in Canada for a bit before going back to Malaysia for good. On top of that, I was busy planning the itinerary as I want to fully utilize the allocated time frame without breaking my bank account. I was also busy figuring out the best way to transfer my money from my Canadian bank account to Malaysian bank account. So yeah, I was busy and a lil bit overwhelmed. Hence, less blog posts for this April. Probably less blog posts or none in the next three months as well as I'll be busy with other stuff after this. We'll see. Sweet Sorrow X The Barberettes (μŠ€μœ—μ†Œλ‘œμš°X바버렛츠) feat MIGHTY - It Would Be Good (쒋을텐데)  Original song by Sung Si Kyung A late birthday present from my top favourite group; Sweet Sorrow. They released this song few days after my birthday and I can't stop listening to this song ever since they released it. The fangirl in me was so happy because it felt like ages since I listened to the

"In the end, it won't be how you walked in the sun - but how you handled the storm - that will determine your success."

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In the end, it won't be how you walked in the sun - but how you handled the storm - that will determine your success. How you managed the darkness inside and outside yourself. It won't be about how you ran. It'll be about how you fell, then got back up. It won't be about your wins. It'll be about how you took defeat. Not about how you performed when strong, but how you did while bound and broken. It won't be about your ability to walk. It'll be about your willingness to crawl - even when you're hopeless. Not about how you did when you won. But who were you after you lost. Again. Because character isn't made on shore. Character is born in the waves. The crushing kind. The kind that tell you to give up because what's the point of trying and falling again. The kind that tell you the ocean's too mighty for you, and you don't stand a chance. You see, heroes aren't know by their trophies. They'r

SMTOWN @coexartium

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I was a huge fan of Super Junior and EXO few years back. So when I was in South Korea, I thought I would like to visit at least one place related to them. However, SMTOWN @coexartium was not on my list. It was all by chance and alang-alang approach that brought me to the SMTOWN @coexartium.  I got a ticket for a Music Bank concert at Gangnam and the concert took place at the road opposite the SMTOWN @coexartium. So, I thought to myself, "Okaylah. Dah alang-alang sampai sini kita pergilah tengok ada apa dekat SMTOWN @coexartium ni. Kata K-pop fangirl :p" Disclaimer: While I do call myself a K-pop fangirl (or K-music fangirl, to be exact), I would like to think that I'm not that fanatic. The only thing that I am willing to do for my favourites is to attend their concerts and showcases (I usually think about 100 times before buying the tickets, though this does not apply to Sweet Sorrow). I don't really buy their albums, merchandises, products endorsed b

Gwangjang Market (κ΄‘μž₯μ‹œμž₯)

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Gwangjang Market (κ΄‘μž₯μ‹œμž₯) was one of my favourite places in Seoul, South Korea simply because I love the vibe. I would say there was nothing special about the place but I just loved it there. Maybe because it gave an idea how regular Korean's life looked like especially the elder ones'. I think most people would go to the Gwangjang Market to taste the traditional Korean food like bindaetteok (λΉˆλŒ€λ–‘) and mayak kimbap (λ§ˆμ•½κΉ€λ°₯) or to shop for hanbok (ν•œλ³΅). At least, that's what I saw or what I have been told when I was there. Tip: You might not want to spend too much time at the food alley in the Gwangjang Market if you're the kind of sensitive about anything pigs. This is because there were a lot of stalls selling jokbal or pig trotters (쑱발) I didn't get to explore the whole market so I had no idea how big this market is or whatnot. Honestly, I did not even spend too much time here. I only strolled around few alleys. The first alley that I went to was

HI New York City Hostel

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As I mentioned in this post , HI New York City Hostel was my first HI hostel. Decided to stay here when I went to NYC years ago because the rate was relatively affordable. If I remembered it correctly, I paid about USD 250 for 6 nights for a bed in a 12-bed Economy Female Dorm. I considered it as a steal because if I were to stay in a hotel in the middle of Manhattan, the cost can easily go up to USD 1200. Another reason why I decided to stay here was because they gave a detailed direction to the hostel from the LaGuardia Airport (LGA). It was a huge plus point because almost all other places only listed the direction from the JFK Airport. I landed at LGA so, I was instantly sold. HI New York City Hostel is located at the Amsterdam Ave, the upper west side of Manhattan. According to the website, it's only few blocks away from the Times Square and Central Park. Couldn't affirm this fact because I used subway all the times when I was in New York. However, what

Dongdaemun Design Plaza (λ™λŒ€λ¬Έλ””μžμΈν”ŒλΌμž) & DDP LED Rose Garden

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I went to the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (λ™λŒ€λ¬Έλ””μžμΈν”ŒλΌμž) few times when I was in South Korea. I went there few times mainly because I used the nearest subway station exit and I went shopping and people watching at few malls and market nearby. Unfortunately, I didn't get to properly go into the building because it didn't cross my mind. All the pictures that I uploaded here were taken on my last night in South Korea. Dongdaemun Design Plaza has distinctive charms both during day and at night but I would suggest you to go at night so that you can see the ever famous DDP LED Rose Garden. Tip: Go to the Doota Mall and have a seat to see the Dongdaemun Design Plaza from above. You'll enjoy the view. Also, this is one of the best spots for people watching. On this particular visit, my aim was to see the ever famous DDP LED Rose Garden and alhamdulillah, I've managed to fulfill my goal. There wasn't many people around when I was there so that was a happy news.

Funny Realization About How (My) Feelings Work

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This is like an open secret to my close friends, but I had only one crush in my entire twenty-something existence. I always said it was a 7-year crush because I decided to stop having a crush on him after 7 years but truthfully, it wasn't a full 7-year crush. He didn't really cross my mind in that 7 years but I was usually reminded that I had a crush on him at least once a year. That's it. I do, however remember that back then, I always get giddy whenever he liked my Instagram posts or whenever he sent DMs to me though he was asking boring and normal questions. What a smitten girl you are, Farah. Ha. Ha. Ha.  I didn't like the way I behave, so I decided to delete all my Instagram pictures and stop liking his Instagram pictures at one point. Plus, I was struggling with my life so taking a break from social media was like the best decision that I have ever made at that moment. The only (celebrity) crush that matters πŸ’– & Few months ago, I receive

Sushi Bistro, Banff

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Sushi Bistro, Banff is my go-to restaurant sushi restaurant in Banff. I always go this restaurant whenever I crave for sushi, which is often. as often as two times in a month. This is also where I have spent almost CAD 2k for this past a year and half-ish. No kidding! The reason why Sushi Bistro is my go-to sushi restaurant is because it offers a large number of sushi options at a decent price tag for a tourist town. Admittedly, it is not cheap, especially if you're so used to all you can eat sushi restaurants, but this is somewhat the best deal that you could get here. Tip: They have few sushi chefs but I believe the ladies especially Hannah-san make the better sushi. These are sushi that I have always ordered whenever I come here; Tamago, Inari, Octopus, Squid, Shrimp Mayo, Scallop, and Scallop Mayo. The taste and size will be different according to the sushi chef of the day but again, in my opinion, Hannah-san's sushi taste the best and the size