They say human beings are resilient, that no matter how great the pain and heartache we still manage to recover. I am not new to this. I’ve endured so much pain that I am surprised I still manage to function fully and did not delve into the pit of depression. I was betrayed by the people I loved, but never in my heart did I ever curse them, instead I prayed for them that they will find the happiness they are looking for that they did not find in me. Once, I was sitting in the bus looking outside the window, trying to hold back tears that is threatening to fall. I forgot my sunglasses, sh*t! I said to myself at the back of my head. An old lady gave her handkerchief to me, when I saw it I cried. I cried, because seeing someone else concerned look made me feel vulnerable. She said “heartache?”, I nodded. She said “Darling, just remember everything happens for a reason. If there is a need for you to get hurt for someone else to be happy, it is part of god’s plan. One day god will bless you and give you your own happiness.” I held on to those words until this day.

 

In every heartache and betrayal, I am losing a part of me; my self esteem. It takes a lot of effort and will power to rebuild it. To convince myself that I am still worthy and deserving of love that would make me believe in myself again, that I am special because I am. It will take a while for sure, but I am still holding on to the belief that one day I am still worthy to be loved by someone who appreciates every cell in my being, who adores all the aches and pains that have been left behind me and someone who will not give up on me.

 

Today, I decided to set myself free. I am shattered in the inside but I will create something beautiful from my own fragments. I’ve done this before, and I will do it again. I will not change the tide of my grief, instead, I will allow it to take me wherever it want to take me. I will embrace my sadness like my own temporary tattoo. And I will feel the pain, until it hurts no more.

Outfit Details:

Top, Earrings, Sunglasses and Shoes: H&M

Skirt: Forever 21

Bag: Michael Kors

 

 

Photos from my recent trip to Washington, DC.

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This year, Canada hosted a spectacular event called MOSAÏCANADA 150 to celebrate 150 years of history, values, culture and arts in Canada. When my friend told me about this, we made plans to go there before it ends on October 15, because this is not something that we can visit next year. As far as I know, this is only for this year to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.

After a month of planning, we finally decided to drive from Montreal to Gatineau to see this enchanting garden. Located in Jacques-Cartier Park, this one-kilometer stroll through 40 fantastic horticulture arrangements left us in total astonishment. All 30 plant-based sculptures representing Canada’s provinces and territories add meaning to all these masterpieces.

Without further ado, let me take you to a fantastic tour.

Representing Quebec! The moment I saw the Quebec flag on the three boats shaped like fleur-de-lis, I knew I’ve reached our province sculpture.

(Outfit Details: RW&Co top, Forever 21 scarf, Ardene warmer leggings, Guess boots, and Aldo bag)

The biggest of all garden sculpture is Mother Nature, but I call it Te Fiti from Moana.

I have so much respect to the brilliant people behind this because they’ve made my childhood dream come true. It was reported that the Quebec government invested about $2 million for this event, so no wonder it was made to perfection. If you are living in Montreal, Gatineau or Ottawa, I would highly suggest for you to visit this place for a once in a lifetime experience. I hope you enjoyed my photo tour as much as I do in person.

 

MOSAÏCANADA 150 is located at:
Jacques-Cartier Park, south end
164, Laurier street, Gatineau (Quebec) J8X 3V8

Open from June 30 to October 15, 2017
Opening Hours : Everyday from 10 am to 7 pm
Entrance Fee: FREE!!!

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As soon as Spring started, my friends and I decided to visit the beautiful old Quebec City. It is Quebec province capital, and one of the oldest city in North America. Exploring new places excites my Dora-the-explorer-alter-ego especially because we are going to visit an old city that looks totally different from Montreal. Hopped on another tour bus, which I am starting to love now as it gives me nothing to worry but to enjoy myself. I am a meticulous traveller, I do in depth research of the place I am going to visit, but with tour bus, all I need to do is follow the instruction of our tour guide and off I go wandering, taking pictures, appreciating scenery like an art.

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First Stop, Chez Dany Cabane a Sucre (Sugar Shack) to try Maple taffy or tire d’erable in French. It tastes really good and so sweet I thought I’d end up having tonsillitis. Thank god I didn’t. Aside from giving us the taste they also gave us a little background about the process of making maple syrup. Canada is the largest producer of Maple syrup contributing 90% worldwide, thus explains the maple leaf on the Canadian flag. Statistics also showed that 70% of the produce come from Quebec. Very impressive!

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Next is Montmorency Falls. My friend kept on telling me that we have to see this because this falls is higher than Niagara Falls. Cool, but thing is I haven’t seen the Niagara Falls either.

True enough, it stands 275 feet and the highest waterfall in Quebec. It is magnificent and a beauty to behold. This is by far the most beautiful waterfall I’ve seen in my life long journey of chasing waterfalls.

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We took the cable car ride to the top where the Montmorency Manor and suspension bridge is located which also gave us the stunning bird’s eye view of the Montmorency River.

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After the sumptuous lunch buffet, we visited the Capital Observation, the tallest building in city to see the panoramic view of the capital in 360 degree on the 31st floor.

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I like this view because I can see Chateau Frontenac and St. Lawrence River.

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Our last agenda is to explore Old Quebec to see Chateau Frontenac, Place Royale and Petit Champlain. Being in Quebec City is like being born in the wrong era, it’s both old and new. The city was able to preserve whatever’s left in its history which to be honest left me in total awe. Old Town is a Unesco World Heritage site with cobblestone street and well preserved 17th and 18th century buildings.

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The stunning Chateau Frontenac which is called the most photographed hotel in the world. It definitely deserve its title because its elegance is beyond compare, I could stare at it whole day and breath in its beauty.

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Place Royale and Petit Champlain looks like an upgraded version of Kings Landing (Game of Thrones fan here). Its heritage buildings and impressive murals are incredibly photogenic. I wouldn’t mind getting lost here and end up discovering something interesting.

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Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, a Roman Catholic church in Place Royale.

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We don’t have Cherry Blossom trees here, so this will do for now.

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One interesting street in Quebec City is the Rue du Trésor, an open-air contemporary art gallery that sells beautiful arts and paintings in canvas. This renowned artsy spot  in a narrow pedestrian alley sells local art at reasonable price. I would have wanted to buy one but art shopping where there are too many beautiful arts to chose from takes so much time and unfortunately, we don’t have much time.

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Rue Sainte-Anne on the other hand is the street where talented artist will draw a caricature or portrait of you. Very impressive indeed.

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To keep the tradition alive there are horse-drawn carriage ride that will take you through the Historic District of Old Quebec. The price will depend on the length of the tour, the cheapest will cost you $100 for 35 minutes and the most expensive is $300 for 120 minutes. This is not something that I am interested in trying because, first, its unbelievably pricey and second, I pity the horse.

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We ended the day by going on shopping at Simons then grab a coffee from this quaint place called La Maison Smith Place Royale where I saw this nice wall decor.

 

Outfit Details:
Dress: Shein
Faux Fur Coat: Guess
Bag: Michael Kors
Sunnies and Boots: Forever 21

 

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