On Road to Annaheim (aka My New Home)

Can’t say I’m not surprised to know that people are still checking this blog (based on stats).  O___O  Hm…are you guys just checking if I suddenly dropped dead?  XD Well, here’s my answer to you. lol.

This is an obviously long overdue post since I just got my PC set up recently (been using my phone & crappy decade-old laptop for work for almost two months).  And then, I just got my good internet set up this morning (been using crappy internet as of late).  For those who know & stalk me (lol what a nice way to label friends XD), I’ve just recently moved from “a city life” to a very “small town life”.  Completely changed my career path too and now, I am trying to learn the ropes of running a business as fast as I can.  Oh yea, this post is mainly a “photo fest”.

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This is my last daytime photo of downtown Vancouver until…probably a long, long while.

Admiring my collection of 3d puzzles before I packed them up. *tears*

Admiring my collection of 3d puzzles before I packed them up. *tears*

Say "farewell"! Ugh...such a complicated feeling. ^^ T___T

Say “farewell”! Ugh…such a complicated feeling. ^^ T___T

Thanks to our movers who had pretty much screwed us over with their poor judgement, we got delayed until pretty much 9PM before we finally got to hit the road (we woke up at 7AM that day too). Driving at night is not the brightest idea, that's for sure.

Thanks to our movers who had pretty much screwed us over with their poor judgement, we got delayed until pretty much 9PM before we finally got to hit the road (we woke up at 7AM that day too). Driving at night is not the brightest idea, that’s for sure.  I felt as though we were fugitives on the run.  @_____@

Hit the road again in the early morning. We were travelling on Hwy 5 for a portion of our journey, so that we got to see a lot of the nice sceneries of BC.

Hit the road again in the early morning. We were travelling on Hwy 5 for a portion of our journey, so that we got to see a lot of the nice sceneries of BC.

Even just looking at the pictures is enough to bring that refreshing mountain air of that particular section of the road trip.

Even just looking at the pictures is enough to bring that refreshing mountain air of that particular section of the road trip to mind once again.  And uh…no, that’s not a mountain fire, just floaty clouds~  ^^

I wished that I had one of those professional camera (of course, equipped with professional skills too) to take pictures that would actually do justice to the beauty of the things I've seen. Then again...I had to focus on being a human GPS navigator for my dad. =P

I wished that I had one of those professional camera (of course, equipped with professional skills too) to take pictures that would actually do justice to the beauty of the things I’ve seen. Then again…I had to focus on being a human GPS navigator for my dad. =P

Weeee~~~~~!! XD

Weeee~~~~~!! XD

Hwy 5 is probably one of the nicest highways to travel on. Meanwhile... Hwy 1... *le sigh* I'm not even sure if I've managed to take any photos of Hwy 1. But anyways, Hwy 1 was a nightmare, especially on route to Banff, Alberta. We've made the mistake to travel at night, thinking that no many vehicles would be out on the road, but man, that was a huge mistake. It was literally like a truck version of "Initial D" out there! @____@ Even thinking about it now gives me shivers.

Hwy 5 is probably one of the nicest highways to travel on. Meanwhile… Hwy 1… *le sigh* I’m not even sure if I’ve managed to take any photos of Hwy 1. But anyways, Hwy 1 was a nightmare, especially on route to Banff, Alberta. We’ve made the mistake to travel at night, thinking that not many vehicles would be out on the road, but man, that was a huge mistake. It was literally like a truck version of “Initial D” out there! Holy moly, I’ve never seen a truck travel that fast before.  @____@ Even thinking about it now gives me shivers.

Yay!! Ice-cream mountains!! XD

Yay!! Ice-cream mountains!! XD

Realize the greatest of the mountains! Okay...yes, I'm running out of "witty" captions.

Realize the greatest of the mountains! Okay…yes, I’m running out of “witty” captions.

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The great, big prairies…beautiful on a clear day, but deadly in the cold.  Although most of the roads in the prairies are wide and flat to drive on, it can be a tiring experience to see the same scenery seemingly over and over again, even on clear days like this.

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Technically, for this photo, we were still in BC, but there’s really no point to take a picture in Alberta or Saskatchewan, since all the farm roads & highways (around farm areas) all look the same. We past roads similar to these everytime we head out to the city to stock up on supplies and inventory.

Innocent and naive me thought that we would go to local fancy restaurants to eat...but apparently, road trips are all about fast-food. T____T As a vegetarian (yes, I'm actually a vegetarian since May of this year), I really don't have much choices in term of foods when on the road (at least saves some headaches at times), so I need up eating two of these for supper.

Innocent and naive me thought that we would go to local fancy restaurants to eat…but apparently, road trips are all about fast-food. T____T As a vegetarian (yes, I’m actually a vegetarian since May of this year), I really don’t have much choices in term of foods when on the road (at least saves some headaches at times), so I ended up eating two of these for supper.

Well, my brother and parents were more fancy than me and got some good, old McDonalds. =/

Well, my brother and parents were more fancy than me and got some good, old McDonalds. =/

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And yep, we were a Golden, BC. Hahaha…it took us two days and we were still in BC. Then, it took us just one day to drive across Alberta and reached Annaheim, SK. Weird, I know. XD

I believe we hit the road again from Golden since about 6am in the morning, then it took about two hours (around 8am) before the sun was out. Too bad we weren't able to stop and appreciate the the beautiful scenery a little longer. 'cuz when you gotta hit the road, then you just gotta hit the road.

I believe we hit the road again from Golden since about 6am in the morning, then it took about two hours (around 8am) before the sun was out. Too bad we weren’t able to stop and appreciate the the beautiful scenery a little longer. ‘cuz when you gotta hit the road, then you just gotta hit the road.

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The mightiness of mountains.

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Farms. Farms everywhere…especially on route to my new home.

A lot of parts of this road trip can be made into profitable postcards. =D

A lot of parts of this road trip can be made into profitable postcards. =D

Me trying to take an "Initial D" or "Wild, Wild West" style of "artistic" photo.

Me trying to take an “Initial D” or “Wild, Wild West” style of “artistic” photo.  See us drift~  lol just joking la~ =D

Crossing this bridge had reminded me of an entrance to a boss dungeon of an RPG...O___o

Crossing this bridge reminds me of an entrance to a boss dungeon of an RPG…O___o

Some farms would have ponds that surround two sides of the highway.

Some farms would have ponds like this that surround two sides of the highway.  The next picture illustrates better of what I mean.

Time for a roller coaster ride~!! =D

Time for a roller coaster ride~!! =D

Weeeeeeeeeeeeee~!! =D

Weeeeeeeeeeeeee~!! =D

Not exactly sure what those rolls are called...will probably have to ask my neighbours sometimes. For now, I will call them "grass rolls" or "fodders". I'm just guessing. Please pardon my ignorance.

Not exactly sure what those rolls are called…will probably have to ask my neighbours sometimes. For now, I will call them “grass rolls” or “fodders”. I’m just guessing. Please pardon my ignorance.

Yay~ Moo moo cows~ =D

Yay~ Moo moo cows~ =D

Hm...it seems at least one of them was not happy with my close-up shot of them. =/

Hm…it seems at least one of them was not happy with my close-up shot of them. =/  Seems like it was judging me.  *narrow eyes*

Here's a recent picture of what we've been doing --> making Chinese BBQ Pork. It was a success! =D Oh, btw, when I said "recent", I really meant to say around 2-3 weeks ago. ^^"

Here’s a recent picture of what we’ve been doing –> making Chinese BBQ Pork. It was a success! =D Oh, btw, when I said “recent”, I really meant to say around 2-3 weeks ago. ^^”

The meat all chopped up and ready for the plate. ^^

The meat all chopped up and ready for the plate. ^^

I'm hoping to introduce a new drink menu for the upcoming year, so I've been experimenting & practising with making drinks. This is my version of Gin & Tonic. Yea, I know the content supposed to be clear, but I added some lime juice because I like the colour green...of course, I will present the "proper" version of Gin & Tonic when the new menu is up.

I’m hoping to introduce a new drink menu for the upcoming year, so I’ve been experimenting & practising with making drinks. This is my version of Gin & Tonic. Yea, I know the content is supposed to be clear, but I added some lime juice because I like the colour green…of course, I will present the “proper” version of Gin & Tonic when the new menu is up.

It was just mid-November and the town was already covered in white, fluffy snow. The weather is definitely not like Vancouver at all. O_____O

It was just mid-November and the town was already covered in white, fluffy snow. The weather is definitely not like Vancouver at all. O_____O

Forget your water bottle in your car and it will freeze overnight. No need for an actual freezer at all. Btw, wrinkly fingers due to work. ^^"

Forget your water bottle in your car and it will freeze overnight. No need for an actual freezer at all. Btw, wrinkly fingers due to work. ^^”

"Adios Motherf**ker". No, I'm not insulting you. That's just the name of the drink.

“Adios Motherf**ker”. No, I’m not insulting you. That’s just the name of the drink.

*Bonus:

I’ve experienced quite a few cultural shocks despite of moving from one place in Canada to another place in Canada.  For example (not an exhaustive list & will cover more in future posts):

  1. “Lunch”, “Dinner”, & “Supper” all means the same thing…namely, “Lunch”.  =___=”  Then, “Dinner” can also mean “Dinner” as “Supper” can still mean “Supper”.  Uh…this one still confuses me sometimes.
  2. Since it’s a small town, sometimes people would call in or come in just to see if their friends, husbands, daughters, brothers, mothers, & etc. are over at our place.  ^^”
  3. Everybody pretty much greets everybody & would wave their hands from across the distance (even when they’re driving & even if they’re strangers).  I did some awkward waves at the beginning (because not many people in Vancouver & in big cities would do that nowadays). haha….^^””
  4. Not many people like seafood & fish here.

Okay, more on everything else some other time.

 

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2 thoughts on “On Road to Annaheim (aka My New Home)

  1. Welcome back to blogging!!!

    A confession here: I’m one of those stalkers. >.< I was wondering if I should post a comment asking whether you're just busy but thought that it'll get interpreted as "Pleasseeee visit my blog!"

    Have you been checking out Nirvana in Fire? It's been all the rage among *K*-drama bloggers. Imagine that. There's also this site on meta-analysis of fan writing I thought you may like: http://thefanmetareader.org/

    Back to the topic – It must take a really great deal of hard work to run a business, but at least plagiarists, or rather, copycats in your case, will also have a tough time doing their jobs. ^^ Best wishes anyway<3<3!! Maybe you can display your writings in your cafe(??) so that work and hobbies need not be entirely separate things, which have been my own dream all along. ^^

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    • Hahaha…I stalk your blog too! >< Oh yes, I was actually watching Nirvana in Fire just before I moved & had to stop midway through. Now, I think I'm going to rewatch the whole thing again since I don't remember much, but I do remember that it is one of better dramas recently (from characters, plot, and cinematography). In fact, I checked your blog recently just to see if there's going to be a post about it (was going to drop a comment too, but my internet was sooo slow @____@). But I'm curious, how's Nirvana in Fire the rage amongst the K-drama bloggers?? Isn't it a C-drama?!?!?! I've been checking out more C-drama blogs recently since I'm so stuck with the whole C-drama obsession atm. ^^"

      LOL XD Mine's actually a restaurant/bar/hotel (all-in-one) since it's a small town. Oh, but I'm definitely continue to write for sure during the slow times. ^^ Thanks!

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