Doodles of Life: November 2015

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Banff Trip 1.0 | Lake Agnes & Lake Agnes Tea House

*Refreshing back to my point in previous post.*

Yes! We went for hiking again in Lake Louise. We hiked to Lake Agnes & Lake Agnes Tea House. According to my friend, the hike to Lake Agnes & Lake Agnes Tea House is a moderate hike and a doable hike for people who have limited time like us.


"Do you want to go for hiking?"

"Is there anything else that we can do here besides hiking?"

"Not really."

"I guess we are hiking then."

"Do you want to go for moderate hike or challenging hike?"

"I want an easy hike! Ada ke? Pleaselah ada. Penatlah. Semalam baru hiked Sulphur Mountain. Tak habis penat lagi pun. Kaki pun sakit. I need my legs to be in a good condition okay. Esok kerja."

"There is no easy hike here. Let's go for moderate hike. It's not that hard."

"Okaylah. Anything will do. Janji boleh sampai bawah sebelum pukul 3."


Lake Louise from hiking trail
Small part of Lake Louise as seen from the hiking trail

The Lake Agnes & Lake Agnes Tea House hike distance is 7 km return and the elevation gains is 400m. On paper (or screen), it sounds easier than Sulphur Mountain. Tapi, sebenarnya, lagi susah. Trail dia curam gila! I'm not good with tempat-tempat yang curam T___T

Selain tu, Lake Louise ni terletak di altitude yang tinggi. Jadi, oxygen level dia memang sedia ada rendah.. Bila kita mendaki ke atas, lagi rendahlah oxygen level dia. Cepat mengah, cepat semput. Saya memang asyik berhenti jelah. Dahlah tak fit, bila tak tahu breathing way yang betul, lagilah haru. Memang hampir nak give up dah sebab rasa macam tak mampu. Nasiblah dapat kawan yang supportive. Gigih jugalah nak habiskan pendakian.

Mirror Lake and Beehive
Mirror Lake and Beehive

Sebelum sampai ke Lake Agnes & Lake Agnes Tea House, akan jumpa Mirror Lake and Beehive ni. Saya tak sure sama ada Beehive tu Small Beehive or Big Beehive. Apparently, there are two Beehives there. Kami stop dekat sini dalam 15 minit untuk tangkap gambar dan berehat-rehat. Oh dekat sini ada banyak chipmunks or squirrels, saya tak sure and they were very very friendly. Kalau awak datang dekat nak tangkap gambar diaorang, diaorang takkan lari. Cute sangat!

Waterfalls near Lake Agnes & Lake Agnes Tea House
Waterfalls near Lake Agnes & Lake Agnes Tea House

Bila sampai Mirror Lake, tu tandanya memang dah dekat sangat dengan Lake Agnes. Ada beberapa ratus meter sahaja lagi. Kalau tak silap saya, trail condition lepas Mirror Lake ni rasanya lagi mencabar. Lagi gerun sebab lagi curam. Ada satu masa tu, saya rasa macam nak suruh Amanda tolong tarikkan tangan saya ke atas sebab saya takut jatuh. Kalau jatuh dari trail tu, memang dah arwah dah.

Dan bila nampak waterfalls macam kat atas tu, memang dah dekat sangat-sangat. Cuma kena panjat tangga sebelum sampai ke Lake Agnes & Lake Agnes Tea House. Memang tahu yang dah nak sampai final point sebab boleh dengar suara-suara orang. Kalau mendongak ke atas pun boleh nampak yang ramai orang dekat atas tu.

Lake Agnes
Lake Agnes

Sampai-sampai atas, I was totally mind-blown okay! It took me 1 1/2 hours to see this view. Subhanallah, memang tak sangka yang Lake Agnes ni cantik sangat-sangat! It felt so surreal to see Lake Agnes with my own eyes. Rasa macam tak percaya ada tempat cantik macam ni dekat tengah-tengah gunung. Tak berkelip mata masa tengok Lake Agnes ni. In fact, I felt that Lake Agnes was way prettier than Lake Louise at that time. 

The water is clear and so cold! Maybe because Lake Agnes is a glacier-fed lake. Saya tak pasti. Nanti saya google. Tapi, selalunya memang macam tulah. Warna air dan temperature glacier-fed lakes memang akan jadi macam tu macam Lac Beauvert.

Big Beehive
Big Beehive

Big Beehive ni terletak dekat sebelah kiri or kanan (depends on your standing position) of Lake Agnes. Boleh daki naik sampai atas tapi kami tak daki sebab tak cukup masa. Kalau tak silap saya, trail dia lebih kurang 1 km lebih juga. Lagipun, kami memang dah penat dah. Kaki dah rasa macam jelly masa tu.

Kami duduk dekat atas ni lebih kurang 1 jam lebih juga. Duduk menikmati view, acah-acah melayan perasaan tepi tasik, dan main tangkap-tangkap gambar. Mula-mula planned nak minum-minum dekat Lake Agnes Tea House sebab alang-alang dah sampai, baiklah merasa kan. Lagipun, Lake Agnes Tea House ni kira iconic jugalah.

Lake Agnes Tea House
Lake Agnes Tea House

But we cancelled our plan. Aish, asyik cancel je. hahaha! There were so many people at the tea house. Some of them were even waiting for their drinks in front of the lake because there was no space. Well, I will never complain if I have to wait for my drinks in front of the beautiful Lake Agnes but the thing is I don't like waiting.

I am also not a big fan of tea or coffee. So, kita passed je lah. By the way, Lake Agnes Tea House ni ada je jual benda lain selain teas and coffee. They sell different type of hot and cold drinks, sweets and desserts, sandwiches and soups, and lunch combos. And Lake Agnes Tea House does not accept debit card or credit card. They only accept cash (USD and CAD) and travelers cheque. Memang nasiblah tak minum or makan sebab saya memang takde cash. Almaklumlah, duduk Canada ni semuanya main swipe-swipe je.

Lake Agnes Tea House
Lake Agnes Tea House

Fun facts about Lake Agnes Tea House

All its employees hike up and hike down to work everyday! They also carry the ingredients with them. Can you imagine that? I bet they must be super fit! I will die if I have to do that T__T

The employees carry their garbage down everyday when they are done for the day. The customers are also expected to do the same. Sila bawah sampah sendiri ke bawah. Ini national park. You are expected to take a good care of it. 

They do not use electric stove. Instead, they use propane.

They use water from Lake Agnes to make all the drinks. Rasa macam duduk kampung sangat bila tengok pekerjanya main cedok-cedok air Lake Agnes pakai cerek.

Beautiful Lake Agnes
Beautiful Lake Agnes

Lepas rasa macam puas sikit dekat Lake Agnes ni, kami pun turun. Kalau boleh nak duduk lama lagi tapi kami rushing sangat masa tu. Perut pun tengah lapar. It was almost the lunch time. Dahlah pagi tu skipped breakfast sebab takde masa nak breakfast. Sibuk sangat nak round The Fairmont Banff Springs pagi-pagi, tanggunglah rasa lapar tu sendiri.

It was easier to go down sebab dah banyak tenaga dan tak perlukan banyak tenaga pun untuk turun kan. Unfortunately, I almost sprained my ankle. Terhincut-hincut lah seorang Farah masa turun ke bawah. We spent the rest of our time by hanging out at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. I cannot say anything about the hotel as I did not have enough time to tour around the hotel. Kami cuma duduk makan lunch and borak-borak je.

Overall, I was very satisfied with my visit to Lake Louise (including Lake Agnes)! In fact, my visit to Lake Louise made up the big highlight of my Banff trip. It was 6 hours well-spent. I just wish I had more time to explore this beautiful place.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Bulan

Bulan

Petang tadi,
bulan terang sangat.
Buat saya teringat,
kali pertama saya kagum dengan cahaya bulan yang terang amat.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Winter Has Come Again

Virgin
Winter comes wayyyyyyy to early this year! I'm not ready, yo!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Antara BM Dan BI

Wait, does BM stand for Bahasa Malaysia or Bahasa Melayu? *I need an answer*

Rasanya macam kena update blog ni dalam BM lepas ni. Takpun, lebih banyak guna BM daripada BI. Memang dah letak disclaimer cakap nak guna bahasa rojak sebelum ni. Dan memang selalunya saya update dalam bahasa rojak. Tapi, dalam masa yang sama, rasa macam lagi banyak guna English je. Bila baca balik semua posts, banyak lagi English dari BM.

Macam mana ya?

Saya memang cakap bahasa rojak selalunya. Sebab tu saya lagi suka bahasa rojak. Tapi, kadang-kadang saya terbiasa menulis banyak dalam English sebab saya dikelilingi English speakers. Dan saya dah terbiasa menulis dalam English sebab saya banyak sangat writing assignment.

Tidaklah bermaksud English saya bagus. Kalau baca betul-betul, grammar saya masih juga tunggang terbalik. Kadang saya perasan tapi saya malas nak betulkan! haha! Tapi, pasal terbiasa menulis blog dalam English, benda ni pun meninggalkan kesan dekat writing assignment saya. Asyik-asyik terguna bahasa tidak formal (oh my, bakunya!) masa menulis. Saya budak business, jadi semua writing assignment saya kena ditulis menggunakan bahasa formal. 

Sekarang ni, kalau saya proofread (apa ya proofread dalam BM?) writing assignment saya, saya kena luangkan lebih banyak masa sebab nak periksa bahasa yang saya gunakan ni bahasa formal ke tidak. Dahlah sebelum ni memang lama juga nak proofread sebab nak tengok grammar tu betul ke tak dan nak pastikan bahasa yang saya guna tu konsisten (UK English vs US English) ke tak.

Kalau awak baca post ini, bincangkan sama ada saya patut menulis dalam bahasa rojak (majoriti dalam BM); bahasa rojak (majoriti dalam BI); ataupun dalam BI sepenuhnya.

Terima kasih!

p/s: Serius rasa macam skema sangat-sangat bila menulis dalam BM! haha :D

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Postcards Sent!

I finally have sent all the postcards to the winners of Postcards Giveaway by Doodles of Life. I am so sorry for the delay. Wish I had a better excuse but I was so busy (still am) to go to the post office until last Tuesday.

Postcards

Hope all the winners will receive and enjoy their postcards. Insya Allah :)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Goodbye Siwon!

Siwon leaves for his military duty today. Well, I guess not really military duty per se as he is assigned as a conscripted policeman, whatever that means. I guess I can finally slow down my K-pop obsession now that he is gone. haha!

Siwon & Heechul
Siwon is such a fine man! *swoon*

Goodbye Siwon! See you after 2 years, You will be dearly missed :)

Monday, November 16, 2015

Banff Trip 1.0 | Lake Louise

Dreams do come true, everyone! Dreams do come true :)

Lake Louise

Some of you may know that Lake Louise is listed as one of places that I want to go before I die. Alhamdulillah, I had a chance to go to Lake Louise when I went to Banff. Hello lovely Lake Louise!

Amanda was willingly squeezed Lake Louise into our itinerary. Well, sebenarnya dia rasa bersalah sebab dia paksa saya ikut dia pergi Banff ni. Saya sebenarnya tak pernah terfikir pun nak pergi Banff (when I say Banff, I refer to Town of Banff and its proximity, not Banff National Park). Saya cuma teringin nak ke Lake Louise dan Morraine Lake. Untuk menghilangkan perasaan bersalah tu, dia ajak pergi Lake Louise. Lagipun, kami teringin nak tengok Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

Lake Louise

We spent about 6 hours in Lake Louise. Tak singgah lama sebab bus ke Jasper ada satu je dan esok harinya saya kena kerja. Masa saya sampai sini, menggigil satu badan sebab excited sangat. I cannot believe my own eyes! Lake Louise sangat-sangat cantik! Subhanallah. It met my high expectation.


Lake Louise ni kalau tak silap saya one of the most famous lakes in Canada. Jadinya, memang sangat-sangat ramai tourists. Pening kepala sikit masa baru sampai sebab ramai sangat orang! Setelah duduk dekat tempat yang isolated macam Jasper tu, saya memang tak biasa sangat dengan tempat yang ramai orang. Rasa macam jakun sikit pun ada juga bila tengok orang ramai ni. Punyalah kronik. haha!

Lake Louise
I looked like a hunchback -_-

Menurut kawan saya yang kerja dekat Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise ni, on average, 20 000 people will come everyday just to see Lake Louise! Boleh bayangkan tak macam mana packed nya Lake Louise ni? Takde spots nak tangkap gambar pun. Nak menyelit dekat the most strategic spot pun tak dapat sebab ramai sangat orang. Mesti akan ada orang interframed. Gambar-gambar saya dekat sini pun semua tak cantik sangat. Sedih je bila fikir.

Lake Louise

We planned to canoe here but masya Allah, the waiting line was so long, we decided to cancel our plan. Tak kuasa nak menunggu lama-lama. Sepanjang-panjang barisan. Lake pun penuh dengan canoes dan kayaks. Memang jam-packed la. The moment that our initial plan was ruined, my friend decided to bring us hiking.

Say what?!

Yes, we went for hiking in Lake Louise. Hiking! Again! *oh my poor legs*

I'll save the hiking story for another post. Sebab banyak sangat gambar! haha :p

Lake Louise

By the way, bila saya cakap saya ada dekat Lake Louise ni 6 jam, bukan 6 jam saya duduk depan tasik ni. Saya cuma duduk lepak-lepak kat depan tasik ni dalam 1 jam sahaja. Yang lain tu habis dekat hiking dan lepak-lepak dalam Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

Lake Louise ni heaven untuk outdoor activities lover. Banyak sangat outdoor activities dekat sini. Kalau tak berapa suka outdoor activities, agak sukar nak enjoy Lake Louise ya sebab Lake Louise ni memang ada Lake Louise (dan segala gunung dan glaciers) je dekat situ. Takde benda lain yang boleh dibuat dekat Lake Louise ni.

Tapi, kalau awak macam saya yang suka sangat tengok nature view yang subhanallah sangat-sangat cantik, yang tak kisah duduk berjam-jam tengok pemandangan cantik macam ni, insya Allah you can enjoy Lake Louise like I did :D

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Banff Trip 1.0 | Trans-Canada Highway (Banff - Lake Louise)

We left The Fairmont Banff Springs and Town of Banff quite early as we planned to go to Lake Louise. Instead of leaving Banff at 1:30ish in the afternoon, we left around 8 AM.


Our bus took Trans-Canada Highway from Banff to Lake Louise. For your information, Trans-Canada Highway is one of the longest highway in the world. It connects the east side and west side of Canada. Just in case you don't know, Canada is one of the largest countries in the world. So, hope you get a rough idea how long it is.


Trans-Canada Highway is also identified as one of scenic roads / highways along with the Icefields Parkway. The scenery along the highway was so spectacular that I did not want to take any pictures. I just wanted to indulge myself with the scenery.


We finally got to see all the mountains that were hidden two days before. The sun shone so bright. The sky was so blue. It was a pure bliss. Alhamdulillah! :)


It took one hour or less to get to Lake Louise from Banff. However, it did not feel like an hour or so. It felt like 10 minutes. Time flew so fast that I did not even realize it. I was too occupied with the view.


The view looked way different compared to when we came. I was so so happy and grateful for this chance of seeing the beautiful sky and beautiful view of Rocky Mountains in Banff :)

Monday, November 09, 2015

Class On Relationships

I just learned about relationships in one of my classes last week. It was an exciting class. Three hours flew by just like that. Some of the things that we discussed were so funny. We talked about different kind of relationships. We talked about friendship, hook-up, friends with benefits, fuck buddies and dating. None of them are applicable to me except friendship. lol 

At the end of this class, I found myself busy reevaluating my current relationships. It made me want to appreciate some of my friends more! Besides, the class left me with so many questions that I have to answer before I start a new relationship especially romantic relationship.

Ironically, the class made me want to be single more than ever. haha! Relationships can be frightening. Ok bye! :p

Friday, November 06, 2015

Happy 10th Anniversary!

Super Junior
Super Junior

Happy 10th anniversary to my favourite K-pop group ever, Super Junior! You guys have come a long way despite all the challenges, incidents, scandals, controversies, rumours, and shitty treatment from SM. lol :p

Congratulations too on the subsidiary label, Label SJ. Hopefully Super Junior as a group will have better promotions in the future as you guys are in charge of managing yourselves. Please show to SM that you guys can do everything better than them (will never forget the tragic Magic!).

Sapphire Blue Ocean
Sapphire Blue Ocean

In order to celebrate the 10th anniversary, I spent 3 hours of my November 6, 2015 watching Super Show 6 in Japan. Ahhhh, Super Show is still fun and entertaining like ever. I can feel the energy through my computer screen. I was chanting along with other ELFs in my room. I was fangirling so hard! My housemates probably think I am crazy right now. haha!

Siwon & Kyuhyun
Siwon & Kyuhyun

How I wish I was there with other ELFs. How I wish I could go to Super Show one day. Oh my wishful thinking. Well, that day probably will be very far or will never arrived as I want Siwon and KRY to attend the Super Show. *crying at the corner of my messy room*

Whatever. *in denial*

Cheers for the past 10 years and to many more years to come! :)

Super Junior

Okay, back to writing my never ending assignments T_T

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Banff Trip 1.0 | Morning Stroll At The Fairmont Banff Springs

It was so sunny and so pretty on our very last day in Banff. I just had to wake up early and take a stroll around the hotel because it was such a beautiful day. I could not stress enough how pretty it was. Rasa macam sedih sikit sebab cuaca cantik bila saya dah nak balik Jasper ni.

The Fairmont Banff Springs

Segala gunung-ganang yang terselindung sebalik awan sebelum ni mula menunjukkan diri. Subhanallah, subhanallah, subhanallah. Memang kagum sangat dengan pemandangan sekeliling. I was in awe all the time. I'm not gonna babble anymore. I'll let you judge it yourself.

The Fairmont Banff Springs
Woke up to this view!
Say what?! Subhanallah :)

Fairmont Banff Springs
Blue sky after two days.

The mountain started to show itself.

Fairmont Banff Springs
I finally got to see this famous mountain, Mount Norquay.

Fairmont Banff Springs
Blue sky everywhere!

Fairmont Banff Springs
The sun started to show itself :)

Thank you Banff for showing me this beautiful state of yours! Now you have a special spot in my tiny heart :)

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Happy Graduation Day!

Happy graduation day to the best girlfriend anyone could ever ask for! You did it, girl! I wish I could be there, at your graduation ceremony to give you a bear hug and tell you in person how proud I am of you! If only the distance between Canada and Malaysia is like Selangor and Melaka. Haih T____T

The only decent picture of us that I have.
We were so young. haha!

Congratulations again! All the best for your master's degree! See you soon, insya Allah! :)
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