Show Us Your Pass! (Happy Canada 150)

Canada just turned 150 this 2017! This year, the government issues free passes to visit Canada’s most amazing destinations. This is one big step for promoting Canada’s tourism.

Along with my blog under the category “travel” , i showcased some of the most jaw dropping destinations that I have gone through. It’s not only the beautiful scenery that I can take photos with but it’s the historical sites that tells untold stories. It’s the people with  different culture  who gather together as a group and contributes to Canada’s cultural diversity.  Continue reading “Show Us Your Pass! (Happy Canada 150)”

All Good Things Are Wild & Free

Our “mini” hike began with a scenic trail leading to Johnston Canyon and Creek. (hiking tips and review for Johnston Canyon hike click here 🙂 ) It will take you approximately 20 minute s to stroll the lower falls and 45 minute stroll to the upper falls. Tall trees will welcome you as you go deeper into the mountain. A steel catwalk is placed and serves as a viewing platform and good for photo ops. For my whole adventure, just watch the video below. If you liked my compilation, don’t forget to subscribe 🙂

 

 

Road to Beautiful Banff

Lake Louise is also known as Canada’s “Diamond in the Wilderness”.  It is a popular tourist town at the southern end of the Icefields Parkway. Located in Banff National Park close to the village of Lake Louise, Alberta, offers immense diversity of recreational and sightseeing opportunities. Aside from a jaw dropping view of the “emerald” lake, there is a hiking area and mellow atmosphere of the English Tea House in the mountain wilderness.

 

Johnston Canyon Hike

Johnston Canyon is one of the most popular day hikes in Banff National Park. It’s accessible and perfect among people of different ages and groups.

During our visit, there were scattered trees laid down in the heart of the forest. We don’t have any idea if it is for restoration or for keeping the hikers safe from weak trees that might collapse anytime.

You’ll start to notice scattered tiny waterfalls and river surrounded by the forest itself as you walk deeper through the upper part of Johnston Falls. Continue reading “Johnston Canyon Hike”

Moraine Lake

 

I used Samsung note 5 for taking this photo and edited it using Adobe Photoshop CS6. I’m still in the process of learning this software. I am not the god of photoshop or anything but let me just share to you what i have learned. 🙂 I added layer of a googled image of milky way, used magnetic lasso tool, erased some part of the original layer, for the mirrored part of the image, i did the same thing but i rotated the googled image which is the”milky way”180° to make it look like a reflection. I adjusted the brightness and voila 🙂

(Moraine Lake, April 2016)

Fill Your Life With Experience

 

Travel is never a matter of money but of courage.

We were ambivalent in pushing thru this hike because apparently, the weather was not going well. It is a 2-hour drive from the city. We surely packed everything that we needed such as cameras, food and drinks, and of course courage and determination to push thru despite of the bad weather.wp-image-75497160jpg.jpg

These were part of the trails we needed to climb. It is not that steep as it seems.  The Rockpile Trail along the actual lake is approximately 300 meters long. Continue reading “Fill Your Life With Experience”

Follow The Sun

Let it come, Let it go, let it flow.

The warmth of the sun in our skin and the sound of the birds humming can make anyone feel great or well at least relaxed. Imagine this, a coral reef  that gives life  to the ocean… a busy bee buzzing over a flower… a green forest standing beside the royal blue river…. These are just some of the everyday sights that nature bring us. But nature is not just wilderness. It can also be found in communities’ parks and green spaces.

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A perfect beauty of nature should also come with a perfect summer outfit. I enjoyed the scenery with these simple items:

denim jacket by H&M

off shoulder boho romper by Aeropostale

flipflops by Skechers

Any outdoor clothes is fine as long as you’re comfortable while appreciating the beauty that surrounds ya.

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 We as humans are very lucky to have some of nature’s wonderful gift. Sometimes these gifts are taken for granted because of the new technology we have, or sometimes we are just being so insensitive of the things around us. It’s  a great time to unwind, stroll down the park, leave those problems behind and be stress free. Give yourself a breather. There is a lot of beauty in ordinary things. Take time to appreciate while it still lasts. Breathe deeper, think deeper.

Spend a little more time trying to make something of yourself and a little less time trying to impress people.

First Trip To Forever?

Is it really important to travel with your S.O. before tying the knot?

The best-EST part of long distance relationship is the time that you’re gonna be able to finally get together with your beloved one after those long long, never- ending, almost unbearable lonely nights. After one year of longing (&skyping), i finally got the chance to have a 2-week vacation  in spite of my tight schedule due to school and work. One thing that i hate about going home is that there are plenty of things to do and many appointments to make but you only got limited time. In my case, I tried to squeeze all of my time in doing my errands and the last thing that I have to do before going back home is getting a vacation slash breather after these tiring errands. So me and my partner decided to go out of town and spend some time alone together. This experience is really important for us because it was our first long trip together. I’ve read some articles before in the internet that you really don’t know your partner  unless you both have traveled together.

“I have found out there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain

At the end of our trip, I just realized that i should have traveled with him before we got married. loljk 🙂 We’ve been together for almost three years when we decided to get married. Everything is fast paced. Everyone’s having their opinion but we did not mind. We just focused on ourselves in making big decisions. In our journey, i just realized that I tied a knot to the  kind of man that is fit for me. Marriage is not all about love. There will be times that you’ll both get a bumpy ride but that’s okay as long as you both know how to hold onto each other during these though times. As we travel, we realized some things that we could relate for the enhancement of our relationship. You’ll learn to compromise on things. Every time you go backpacking, you both need to make decisions whether it may be small things like what to eat, where to eat, what time to leave, where to go next etc or to big decisions like financing. We learned to compromise, we learned to listen to each other’s ideas.

In your adventures, you’ll learn how to deal with each other. When you travel for a long time with your partner, there’s a chance that you’ll gonna notice some negative traits of your partner like the way he snores at the middle of the night, or, how it bums you when he or she asks you to perform proper hygiene before hitting the sack when you thought all your life that you’ve been doing it right. It will annoy you, yes it will but in the end you’ll see yourself not being forced by the things he or she wanted to be done but you’ll learn how to accept things. You both deal with things.

Traveling with your partner is really a great experience. You’ll have a memory to cherish forever but not until you face some circumstances that may ruin your supposed to be best days and nights. When you go out of town and suddenly something happens that is not part of the plan, you are not going to ditch your partner. You will both deal with it (sometimes not as a mature person) but both of you will get there. Both of you will learn to make it work.

Just like traveling, you have a choice to travel alone but you choose your S.O. to be with you even without having any assurance that it will work the way you planned it. 

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 I am not a local here or a tourist either. The thing is I was confused about the right name of this place. I just keep hearing them calling it “Princess Island”. Some people say it should be “Prince’s Island”. For once i thought it was “Princess’ Island”. Finally I realized I may not be a local here or a tourist either and it may seem like plain ignorance but i betcha there is no greater feeling than a body that keeps on wandering to places it has never been before, to expose thy eyes to things that excites it and to experience unfamiliar things and events.  Suddenly, I was a child again.

Just an appreciation post for #CanadaDay2016 🙂

PS: I still don’t know what is the right name for this place and I intend not to search iton google just because.

Mermaids rescued my soul.

There was freedom in this place. The touch of the wind feels liberating as i reached for it.
My palms were wide open as i embraced the uncertainty of my stay.  I  soon began to curl my toes underneath where the sand follows my movement. Soon enough bigger and bigger the waves came. The water tasted salty,not exactly the same from the  familiar salt that usually my mom uses whenever she cooks. I hear the laughter fading into the background. I hear the mermaids calling my soul. Continue reading “Mermaids rescued my soul.”

Fiori di Como: Man Made Glass Artwork

Taken at The Bellagio, Las Vegas casino ceiling lighting made of beautiful glass art work. Such an awesome masterpiece made by a human hand.

This art piece is about 2,000 pieces of hand-blown glass, covers approximately 2,000 square feet of ceiling made none other than by the famous american glass sculptor Dale Chihuly. Continue reading “Fiori di Como: Man Made Glass Artwork”

Soul of Sunset

A glorious sunset is the epitome of a momentary beauty.

The sky is breathtaking then for a few seconds it’s over.

Everything else is filled with darkness and it seems like you din’t have any power.

it’s gonna be alright because another sunrise will be coming again the next day.

Just like among the few clouds, you’d be on fire with a golden glow.

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Make positive ripples.

Look beneath the surface.

Stay calm.

Shore up friends.

Take time to reflect.

                                                    (Drumheller, AB)

 

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