3 days of adventures in Mauricie

Thursday, 26 May 2016

I went to La Mauricie National Park on the long weekend with friends. The park has more than 150 lakes, a good variety of wildlife and flora, fabulous views of course and many activities to choose from.

It was actually my third visit in this park. The first time, I went with my mom to do the longest trail called "Deux-Criques", but we got confused and did another trail instead. The second time, it was with my mom again and we went there for the same reason, but the park entrance was closed so we lost a lot of time to drive to the other entrance and we didn't have enough time to do the long trail. I definitely need to go back to hike that trail soon.

This time, there was a bunch of us who had nothing to do on the long weekend and didn't want to do the typical eating and shopping trip to Toronto, so we decided to spend some time in nature. We could only fit two people per car because we had so much unnecessary stuff and way too much food. The camping site itself doesn't have any views but it is very clean and with good privacy, which is perfect to be cozy with each other.

We had the chance to do a short and easy hike, go fishing but got no fish, and go on a kayak excursion to see the Waber Waterfalls without making it. We had a great time, even if we did everything halfway :)

Tête-à-tête with Jackie: Authenticity

Friday, 6 May 2016

"Sometimes, when I look at myself in the mirror, I think about him."

"What do you mean?"

"Just my face...it reminds me of him."

"Hmm...I wonder why."

"I think it's because when you like someone, you subconsciously, or even consciously, want to look like them. You want to be passionate about what they are passionate about, you want to spend time doing what they are doing, you like their favorite color, you like driving at sunset because they used to like it too, you spend time outdoors because you want to see what they see...you become them in a way...that's why it reminds you of them to look at yourself in the mirror."

"Waw, so well said! Can you write it down? I'll quote you."

"...I don't mean only people you loved, but I believe every single person who passes through your life leaves a part of themselves ingrained in you. In other words, you're the result of everybody you've met...Authenticity is sometimes very ironic."


Saturday, 30 April 2016

Every year, I feel so blessed to have a bunch of good friends and family to celebrate my birthday with. There are the ones who were here to celebrate my birthday every single year in the past, the ones I got closer with this year and hopefully will be here for the years to come, and those who can't make it but I know they still care... I'm amazed at how many things has changed in 365 days and I know the best is yet to come.

Thank you for all the love and birthday cakes!


@La Muse


Almost, part 2

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

The greatest word
in the whole wide world
is the word almost.
We almost never met.
She almost gave up.
He almost never tried.
They almost failed.
We're almost there!

Almost, part 1

Monday, 18 April 2016

The saddest word
in the whole wide world
is the word almost.
He was almost in love.
She was almost good for him.
He almost stopped her.
She almost waited.
He almost lived.
They almost made it.

-Tiny stories


Weekends always seem so short, maybe because they are not exciting enough.

I wanted to do this little excursion for a while, and the weather finally got slightly warmer so I decided to bring some friends into the White Mountains of New Hampshire to explore Mount Adams. The White Mountains are known for the most volatile and dangerous weather in America, but luckily for us, we had great weather with minimal wind.

On day one, we woke up very early to drive to New Hampshire and made it to the trail head around 11:30AM. We took the Airline Trail towards the summit. There were still a lot of ice and snow hanging at higher elevations, but we all had microspikes of course. When we got above treeline and hiked along the ridge of the King Ravine, we met some people going down and apparently, the top was an hour and a half away. We decided it would be safer to hike to the campsite on Valley Way and continue our ascent tomorrow instead. I'm glad we made that decision because it would've been hard to scramble through that field of unstable rocks at the top with our heavy backpacks.

We were able to start a fire with wet woods after numerous tries, and cooked dinner. We chatted around the fire, had long debates on moose among other random things. One of my friend even brought rum with him! We then slept in the uncomfortable cold, and I had dreams of animals outside my tent...heard some weird noises, but it was probably my friends snoring, haha.

The next day, we left most of our gear in the campsite to hike to the top. The view was amazing. The sky was clear and blue. Adams is the second highest peak in the North East, second to Mount Washington that we hiked last summer. However, Adams is mostly undeveloped and quiet. Hiking into the alpine zone of Adams was purely magical! It was definitely not an easy hike, especially with our heavy backpacks, but it was all worth it.

After the hike, we had dinner at a restaurant is a small village called Lyndonville, and I had my coconut birthday cake there and the restaurant staff sang happy birthday to me. My friends are so sweet. Most of them have never hiked/camped in the wild, and I'm so happy they came with me on this little crazy adventure!

Bouldering addiction

Saturday, 2 April 2016

I just realized that I'm kind of afraid of falling...and I fall 90% of the time. I get bloody fingers and coarse hands too...but I'm pretty much addicted now. Seriously.
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