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August 10th, 2009 at 10:53 pm

I am going to update my blog everyday and today, I post another one of my trip adventure.

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Enjoy =D

Back from Alaska

August 10th, 2009 at 04:03 am

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I just got back not long ago to post pictures but I did post a few on my blog. Will post more once I get enought rest.

By the way, I did not spend much. I finally decided to buy little souvenir gift to people I am very close with instead of people I just know. It makes my wallet a whole lot happier. I spend about $15 on the gift alone. Other than that, my parents paid for the two pairs of jeans at American Eagle, a pair of skinny jeans and slim bootcut jeans; both are stretchy and they cost $94.50 tax included. Finally jeans that fit my legs like a glove! They are all US dollars by the way.

Throughout the trip, I avoid buying things that I know will end up as junk. I bought like a tag that stick on the album... I don't what it's called but I can stick on clothes or a scrapbook.

I'm really tired at the moment so I guess I'll write more later on. Keep checking my blog for future update.

Going to Alaska this summer

May 29th, 2009 at 09:05 am

My dad told me this morning to tell my boss that I'm on vacation on July 29th till August 8th because we're going to Alaska on a cruise trip! Yay! I'm so happy! I can't wait to take pictures to show you guys!

I'm going to make another stop at Vancouver... Hopefully, my dad is planning on staying in Vancouver for two or three days. Last January, I haven't seen my family who used to accomodate me about four years ago. One of the reasons is because it was the holiday (December 31st and January 1st). We spend our holiday just sleeping and I went shopping in Seattle. xD Good memories... Haha... Another one is that I wasn't really close to them, I just promised their daughter that I will come back in a few years.

Well I need to start working to save up some money for my trip and my future trips. By next week, I will have some money in.

More pictures from my trip

May 18th, 2009 at 08:53 am

Here the pictures from the rest of my trip in China! It's Xiamen, my parents hometown.

Outside of the Xiamen airport:


I think they are traffic regulator or something... Can't really tell, I see uniforms that look like police but they aren't. LOL


My ancestor's house, dad's side by the way. Some of my relatives live in the country side.:


It's a beautiful house but it's really cold inside, not a good place to spend overnight:




The house is two buildings stick together, like a mini mansion:





The country side again:


Want to know something funny? That baby acts like an old man! The way he holds his bowl and his chopsticks, if you see it in real life you might understand!! LOL The baby knows that I was taking a picture of him too! Smart! Honestly... I find that the babies there are really smart... Street smarts.


It was taken outside the car, sorry for the dirty window:



Some of my mom's old relative, where they are living at the moment:



The market, where people buy their fruits and vegetables:




The garden, a place where people pray:




Street shopping:


My cousins dog Ong A:


Happy birthday or belated birthday Broken_Arrow! If anyone else birthday is today, happy birthday to you! Hehe... Well I gotta study for my final exams, see ya! =D

Yes! I am finally back!

May 17th, 2009 at 11:42 pm

Sorry for not posting for awhile... I wanted to take a break from the saving world and to enjoy myself. I invest the rest of the money on a new mutual funds so I was left with 0$ in my bank.

My dad decides not to give me an allowance anymore... Well he didn't say it directly, just the way he react said it all. I knew it will happened. I can understand why my dad doesn't want to give me an allowance but I hate the fact that he has to act like a child. Really, communication is really missing in my family and I acquire this from them. Also, my family doesn't know how to keep their words. Another thing I acquire from them.

I am not accusing them for anything,just that I find myself becoming like them and it's not what I want.

What am I doing here? I guess I am going to continue blogging. I really want to take control of my life and my money. After my exams, I will try to post daily. This blog will serve me as a reminder to work on myself and to become the person whom I always wanted to be. It's hard for me to keep my words because I tend to give up easily (Family thing). When I listen to upbeat songs, it always give me this burst of energy and it gives me the feeling that I can do anything.

As a comeback post, here are the rest of my travel pictures from China --> Guangzhou:

The places where farmers work.


The scenery was amazing... I felt like I was in a movie or something!










The spring resort outside Guangzhou.


Our little private spring resort. Water is heated by a volcano.


We each get our little spring house. LOL

I didn't take any pictures of the city of Guangzhou... I was afraid that people will steal my camera lol!

My next post will be from Xiamen, my parents hometown.

Second set of pictures from my trip to China

January 25th, 2009 at 10:06 am

After two full days in Hong Kong, we went to Macau on boat. A city that is very similair to Las Vegas, it's a Casino city.

The first publicity that I see in Macau:


In my hotel, there's this card on our night table:


The Venitian Macau Resort-Hotel(Inside):







By the way, it's the Venitian hotel is a HUGE mall, casino... Like the Edmonton Mall in Alberta:


There's also entertainement!


Outside the Venitian hotel:




Everyday life:










where the poor live:


Portugueuse egg tart:


They make those Chinese snack(Forgot what it called) in front of us:



A cute warning sign:


I'm going to stop the pictures uploading from Macau here. Will post more of Macau later. Need to go to work in a few hours so I have to prepare.

Have a good day!


First set of pictures from my China trip

January 23rd, 2009 at 10:17 am

I'm going to go to the public library in Montreal today to start some math exercises for next week. I want to prepare myself in Calculus II so I won't have too much trouble in it like last semester.

Here are the first set of pictures from my trip and it's from Hong Kong:

Taxi driver's on the right:


near our hotel's bathroom sink:


Our breakfasts:




What the street looks like in the morning:



The 7/11 store:


there's even a microwave next to the premade food so you can eat them right away:


The subway:





Subway is very clean:


Breads in Hong Kong don't have any crusts:


Cereals:


Ice cream ^.^:


Afternoon in the street:


Restaurant:


How they make the soup:


My meal(Super delicious!):


Shopping mall(About five to seven floors):


Magazines stand:


Machines where they sell drinks:


Another delicious meal:


What you get here in America is nothing compare to this lol...:


A picture with a cute mascot:


How we cross the street:


Another shopping mall:


My cousin's cat, they have four cats in their appartment and this one is the cutest:


What I notice the most in Hong Kong are: People work faster there than here, they prioritize good services, restaurants are very competitive with each others and you are guaranteed to get super good food fast. Though, people there don't have much patience compare to us.

Sorry for the load of pictures lol... There's so much to show!! xD My next set of picture will be from Macau.



Fresh out of depression

January 22nd, 2009 at 07:06 pm

I did not do anything stupid these past few days due to depression lol... More like spending time with my friends and my boyfriend.

For my challenge, I spend a little of it on clothes a week ago so I am good for now. My mutual funds have the biggest loss, I lost 2000$ dollars due to the recession so I am down to 5200$. My money in the bank has dropped significantly. Since I had 7200$ in mutual funds before, I will not included it in my challenge money. Who knows what will happend with the rest of the money this year... Hopefull, I will let it sit there and wait till it goes up. I don't need the money right now or in the near future.

Next Monday, I am starting my 4th semester in College. I am very excited to go back... I am getting really bored of having one month and a half of vacation now... Can't wait to go back. Not to mention, I have a nice schedule this semester. I cleaned my room and the bathroom today. I'm very happy at the result... My room look very welcoming. There's a few box here and there that I need to get rid of. For now, I guess I am just going to rest and think about it tomorrow.

Since last Friday, I did not spend anything other than a dinner and a movie with a friend I haven't seen for awhile. I watched the Unborn and the movie was pretty good. The plot actually make sense.

My next trip this summer is London for one to two weeks, 70% of chance that I'm going. If my savings go well or I don't plan on taking any summer courses. I have saved 500$ so far for the trip and I need approximatly another 1500$ for it. Hopefully, it will go well. I hope...

I know I keep changing my challenge money... I still have a lot of trips to do with my money lol.

Pictures of my trip in China will be posted soon!

Back from my trip since Saturday

January 8th, 2009 at 09:52 pm

Hey everyone! I'm back from Canada since last Saturday. My return was not as I expected...

First my flatmate did a huge mess in the appartment, did not do much to get a fridge, oven and a dryer machine like she told me. In general, she did not do anything but work and go out. Not to mention she told me we are going to move to the basement because the owner said he can't let us stay upstairs. It got kinda complicated and school is going to start in two weeks. With nothing done and the appartment looking disgusting, I wanted to go home because I realized I wasn't ready to deal with all this and with a really irresponsible flatmate.. It was hard for me to go back because I know what will happen but my boyfriend's mom gave me courage to call my dad and tell him I'm coming back.

My dad lets me come back yesterday with all my stuff. Though, today my parents were being really irrational again. I don't know where to start off. My mom and dad predicted my future about being the crazy bitch later in life like my aunt (Dad's big sister) because I am so different from everyone. I'm sorry but predicting my future about being a crazy bitch? That is going borderline. I did not do anything to them. I bought plastic boxes to organize my stuff in my room because it's getting messy and I spend it with my money. I told them to please not talk about my purchases but they keep whining about it.

Yes I have anger problems with them but they should know very well to watch their words sometimes and not tell me what I am thinking. I tried talking with my dad but it got emotional and even when I calm down and talk to him normally. He would not listen to me but expect me to listen to him. I made a mistake going out on my own yes but he told me that I did not listen to him and he knows more than me. What he is trying to say is... I would not make that kind of mistake if I listen to him. If I didn't make that kind of mistake, I wouldn't realized how really hard living on my own is and I wouldn't realized how much opportunities I have in the future... We all take our life for granted. When I learned all this, they just give me more crap like usual. One big mistake and I am a crazy bitch. Even if I tell my parents all this, they would just keep on lecturing me how they are older and wiser. I understand their culture but just leave me alone! I want to be trusted for once in my life for god sake! Even the people in China tells my parents to trust us more and let us do mistakes. All they reply is: But they always reply back when we talk to them! Even giving us money in China, my dad uses it to control our spending. I got my own money from work so I didn't complain.

Me being different from everyone. I think my mom is confusing everyone with her entourage. She does not know what people think outside of her workplace which mostly consist of family members. I did not take her seriously anymore since our trip in China. A great deal is hypocrisy and an ignorant point of view about life in Canada. Once she gets out of Chinatown or maybe never, she will realizes that the real world is not what she thinks. I am not accepted from my whole family other than my cousins because they live in a bubble and choose not to understand the outside world other than their own. I know my parents have greater knowledge about life than I do but I am learning and I want to make mistakes sometimes, it just makes me stronger in life. What they also don't know is that I still have their values, just that I show my western values more than my asian values.

Anyways, I will talk about my trip later on and what I learn in China. I'm going to organized my room and probably take a picture of the change I made in my wardrobe.

Here a few pictures of a dog I took in Hong Kong:



Funny face:

Happy New Year from Vancouver!

December 31st, 2008 at 11:11 pm

I just arrived from Vancouver on December 31st around 8 am and I am having a jet lag throughout the day. I went to sleep at 2pm and woke up at 7pm. Still tired... And it's now 10 pm... I can go to the countdown in a club or something tonight since I am officially legal here. I remember when I was 16, I was completly left out of the fun for all the 19 years and up activities. The older students in my summer school didn't like hanging out with me because I was a immature kids and they can't bring me everywhere. Ha! Now I am 19!

I spent a month and a half in Vancouver when I was 16 and I know more than half of the places already. My dad asked me if I visit Vancouver major attraction places, I said yes. My dad asked me if I visit Victoria ville and Whistler yet. I said yes to both. Tomorrow, I am going to Seattle for the New Year and the day after, I'm going to visit the places I visit before.

So yeah... I'm off to bed right now ^.^! I wish you all the best for this year to come and good luck for all your future goals!

Merry Christmas from Xiamen!

December 24th, 2008 at 10:11 pm

Heeey everybody! I am in Xiamen, my mom's hometown. I am staying two more days here then I'm off to Hong Kong.

Guangzhou was great! I didn't take much pictures because I was scared that people will steal my camera. There's so much people there! It's a vibrant city and I see a lot of foreigners at this time of the year. Since it's Christmas time, the people in Guangzhou all went out of city to visit their relatives. There's a lot of people from Europe and I was surprise to see many Africains there. I stayed in a 6 stars hotel call Garden Hotel in a VIP room, we are about five in the room. Supposely it's cheaper to stay there than to stay in a standard room on holiday days. Let's just say, we are not comfortable being so many in a room... Haha... xD

I came to Xiamen two days ago... It has been great so far. Though, shopping here is a ripoff so I didn't buy much... Hahaha... Stuff in Xiamen is about 50% cheaper than Hong Kong, Macau and Guangzhou. Mostly because they are made of poorer quality.

My first day in Xiamen, I didn't do much. We are living at my dad's big old place on the country side. The inside of the house is pretty cold because there's no heater and it is mostly made of stone. The house looks like... What you see in a Chinese movie LOL. I have to take some pictures before I leave.

My second day, I went shopping at a mall. We went to a store... It's similair to Wal-Mart, they have everything there. They also sell live animal such as turtle, crabs, fishes and snakes.

Today, I went to my mom's relatives place. They brought me to an outside market where they sell all kind of food. The road is shared with walkers and motorcycles. I keep hearing motorcycles beeping every seconds although it's a way to tell the people who are walking to becareful. Also, I came back to my relatives place in motorcycle. It was my first time that I sat in a motorcycle, I feel so free!!

That's about it... The bad news I have so far is that my mom keeps bugging my brother and me about little things. She treats us like little kids. This morning when my aunt gave me a tissus paper, before I say thank you. My mom asks me what I should say after I receive my tissus paper. I mean... Hello?! I am 19 years old and I know how to say thank you and I always say that! We always have to argue with her because she loves to speak on our behalf and she treats us like we know nothing in an insulting way. I see how she is when she feels powerless in places that she doesn't know and she relies on my dad most of the time. Once she knows where she is and everything, she acts like she's all that. One thing that I hate is that she can be such a hypocrite, she is bitchy with us but when in front of other people, she acts like a good mother. That's my complain so far. My dad sometimes doesn't think twice before he talks... When it comes to make a joke out of it with my brother and me, it is quite funny... xD

That's all for now. I wish you all Merry Christmas!

In China right now

December 20th, 2008 at 05:58 pm

I was in Hong Kong last Saturday till Monday, Macau on Monday till Wednesday. Since Wednesday, I am near Guangdzou in a hot spring resort. It's my last day here and I am going to Guangdzou for two days, after I'm going to my mom's hometowm to visit relatives there.

My trip has been amazing so far, I've been to many places and I took a lot of pictures. Will upload them once I come back from my trip. Parents gave my brother and me money to buy a few things. I've been using it to buy clothes hehe.. Their selection of winter clothes are amazing in Hong Kong and Macau! Everything is on sale right now so I get them for 50% off the original price. Basically, I am paying clothes around the 10$ to 40$ range.

Today, I check my marks this semester and I failed Calculus II by 51%. I am staying optimistic and I will surely pass this semester that is coming. I hope to pick a good teacher this time.

Well guys... I'll get back to you guys on my trip if I get internet connection in Guangdzou or in my mom's hometown. I'll probably be in Hong Kong when I write my next post hihi... ^.^

China this December??!! O.O

October 7th, 2008 at 09:02 pm

I'm going to China this December for about five weeks! *glup* My... GOD. A dream come true!! Aaaaaah *jumps around*

Basic things that tourists and travellers should know about Morocco

August 19th, 2008 at 08:00 pm

Well guys, I've written a long long list like five minute ago and it got deleted accidently when I accidently click on something else. This is something that I hate about this site. When I try to go back to my original page, I lose everything. Grrr....

Okay, I'll just give the basic things that you should know about Morocco.

1$ US = 7.691$

Here are the things you can expect to pay on your trip there.

- A 1.5 liter of water (Sidi Ali brand): 6 diirhams
- A 1 liter of coke: 9 diirhams
- Snack (made in Morocco): 1-4 diirhams
- French bread: 2 diirhams
- A big box of cheese (le vache qui rit): 30-40 diirhams

At the souk:

The rule of shopping there is to bargain. Sellers there tend to double and triple the original price to Moroccans and tourists. Yes you hear me! They even put the price higher to their own people sometimes. Be sure to remember not to go too low or too aggressive on them. Try to get a price you would like to pay. Try to think of a price you would like to pay and not mention to the sellers. Here's a trick: Say you want a decorative tanjine for 15 diirhams, tell them you want it for 10 diirhams. With 10 diirhams, you might get it between 10 diirhams or 15 diirhams. But if the seller ask you to pay 17 diirhams, tend you suggest them 15 diirhams. It usually work but make sure that it's an item you are willing to pay if you are in your country. You don't want to ruin them. Some tourists do that which is very bad for the seller.

I got a little decorative tanjine for 15 diirhams, a camel made of camel skin for 5 diirhams, a small camel made of pencil case for 5 diirhams, a inspired hijab t-shirt for 50 diirhams,etc.

Danger:

Be careful of going out in poor area of the cities and at night especially if you are a girl. Morocco is dominated by men although if you are a man, it does not mean you are safe. You can get robbed or killed at night.

When riding the train at night, make sure to go to a cabin with a family there or in a public place where there's light on. If a family tell you that this cabin is reserved, they are NOT allow to do that. As long as the window door does not have a message saying it's reserve, they do not have the right to reserve it. If you go in, they mostly will let you sit because they know that they can't reserve it.

Typical Moroccan stuff to buy there:

- Eau de rose (a natural parfum made of rose): 35 diirhams (You can get it cheaper at the souk but they are the actual flowers while in the store, they are transform into a perfum)
- Argan soaps: 5 diirhams
- A small decorative tanjine at the souk
- A Moroccan carpet at the souk (At Rabat preferable, they are the main makers of the carpet)
- Moroccan tea sets for mint tea (Super typical =P), you can buy them at the souk.
- A decorative plate (Orange/Blue/Red) at the souk
- Baboush shoes (comes in many colour) at the souk
- Black soap made of essential oil : 35-40 diirhams (It's a soap to help scrub the dead skin off, I advice you to try the hammam there to know what I'm talking about =P)
- A scrubbing glove to scrub the dead skin off: 5 to 15 diirhams

Of course you don't need to buy all of this, I sure didn't buy all that. It is just some things that is a good idea to buy there.

Must try food!

Orange juice: This is something you can not miss! Moroccan juice is one of the best in the world. Totally natural and of so good! Mmmm... I couldn't stop drinking them when I was there. It's cheap too. Around 3 to 6 diirhams a glass. If you are thinking of buying your orange juice in a stand, make sure the seller press the orange in front of you and the glasses are clean. If the stand does not look clean, don't buy it.

Bread: Most of the bread are French style and it's cheaper than France.

Plain Yogourt: It has this natural taste in it and it's good. =P

Moroccan snacks: It's good! Cost around 1 diirham to 4 diirhams. You can buy them at people who sell them. You help them out by buying from them and you can try all kind of candies for less than 7 diirhams. Except the international brand chocolates, they can cost 7 diirhams to 10 diirhams. Make sure they are wrap up.

Moroccan snacks: I showed you a picture of it at Rabat. This is a must try. It can be a hit or miss with you. It was surely a miss with me. I am not a big fan of sugary snack. Again make sure it's from a clean place!

I think that's about it. Feel free to ask me anything. =D

Pictures from my trip part 5: Food I've ate

August 10th, 2008 at 02:48 pm

Hey everybody! Here is my last and final batch from Morocco. The food that my friend's mom cook =D

Homemade bread anyone?




Sardine balls mix with sauces and vegetables:



My friend's dad went hunting and bought birds (Dunno how it called in English):




Another of my friend's dad catch:


Tortilla:


Fish!


Yogourt with fruits bought at a shop:


Le rouy cheese bought from a grocery store (It smells really bad but it's so friken good):

Pictures from my trip part 4: places I've been

August 7th, 2008 at 10:40 pm

Hey everybody! Glad to know that many of you enjoyed the pictures I took ^.^.

Next place: Marrakesh

My friend's sister and I took the train at 4 am in the morning:

View from the inside of the train:




At the cafe:



Marrakesh style breakfast anyone?
Freshly press orange, hot chocolate and yogourt



Everyday life in Marrakesh (A lot of people ride motors or bicycle there because they can't afford a car):


Telephone:


I forgot the name but it looks like a mosque:



Villa:


Where poor people live:


People sitting on the floor at this particular place and wait for someone to hire them for little jobs to do:


Little stores:


Typical Moroccan door:


Fruits seller and little taxi(brownish one):


Police motocycle:


Mohammed VI's garden:


Garbage can:


My camel (You can ride them for around 50 diirhams-70diirhams for a nice ride) around 7 to 10 dollars:


The souk at Marrakesh:









Water givers (they used to be important because they are the one carrying the waters in the old time, to get a drink, we have to pay them a diirham or two if I remember correctly) By the way, don't forget to pay them after taking a picture with them. The minimum 5 diirhams, don't let them force you into giving more and... Never show them a bigger amount than the amount that you plan to give, they will nag you like hell!! =O:


Morocco is famous for their orange juice but becareful where you buy yours, some are unclean. Go to Marrakesh where the seller press the orange in front of you and see if their glasses are clean. A good glass of orange juice cost 3 diirham (~40 cents):


Marrakesh present gare (they built a new one but the new one, it's a surprise once you get there you will see it Wink :


Next batch of pictures will be the Moroccan food at my friend's place =D.

By then, I think I will have enought time tomorrow to talk about the basic things that tousists and travellers should know. Big Grin

Pictures from my trip part 3: places that I've been

August 6th, 2008 at 07:28 pm

Okay here is the rest of the pictures of places that I've been:

Rabat (The capital of Morocco):

Little taxi (BLUE):


The town:





Forgot the name of the place but it's where Mohammed V, Hassan II and his brother rest in peace:

They are real guards by the way:








Typical Rabat:


Typical Moroccan door:


Snacks anyone? :


Typical Moroccan entrance and I am in this picture:


Shopping!:







Restaurant around the corner:



Gosh... Too much pictures. I am going to post Marrakesh tomorrow if you guys don't mind. Too lazy tonight hehe ^.^' Marrakesh is quite beautiful too =P






Pictures from my trip part 2: Places that I've been

August 5th, 2008 at 09:58 pm

By the way, the first part is a little city called Mohammedia. It's between Rabat and Casablanca.

Here are pictures of places that I've been:

The first is Casablanca :

In front of the train gate:


The city:



The little taxi:


Hassan II mosque:



Old style bus:


Pizza (best pizza I've ever taste!):


It is getting late now, my next post will be about Rabat, Marrakesh and the country place. I don't need to work tomorrow so I will have the chance to post everything and even the basic things that tourists and travellers should know. =P

Pictures from my trip part 1 : where I live

August 5th, 2008 at 11:19 am

Okay I'm back! Sorry couldn't post it yesterday because my internet was down.

Here a few pictures from my trip :

Where I live, it's an apartement of five floors.

Front of the apartement:


View from the kitchen:


View from the balcony:


Side fron the balcony near the beach:


This is the first part of my entry today. I will promise you guys that I will post more tonight once I finish working. The basic things that tourists and travellers need to know will be up tonight too.

My trip review

August 3rd, 2008 at 11:30 am

Well it's been a few days since I didn't write anything. Too busy working working and working. I promise to write more for the days to come. Just that I have nothing new except reporting my earnings.

I earn 244.10$ from my last paycheck last Thursday from 30 hours of work. I pay my credit card bill 36.91$ from buying skin lotions. Now I have 207.19$ left with 155$ tips. I am planning 50$ for my phone bill and... possibly a bus card that is going to cost me 45$ this month. That left me with 267$.

When I was in Morocco, I spend approximatly 455.02$ more than I plan on spending which is 1455$. Unfortunatly, I will have to take that out from my Japan trip. Luckily, my tips and my paycheck last week helped me bring that number up and now I have 7693$ on my Japan trip. ^.^ The reason why I overspend by almost 500$ is because I want to enjoy as much as I can there and I want to buy many typical Moroccan stuffs.

My friend keeps telling me to enjoy as much as I can because most of these stuff are either expensive or non-existant in Canada. It's true by the way ^.^! Well the fashion there are much more advance so I bought many of their clothes for less than 20$ each. I got a cute Zara dress for less than 8$ Canadian which was a steal. They have many factories such as Zara,Mango and all many of the European brands even Levis.

In general, the country is very advance in fashion because they are near Europe and they are not as conservative as many thinks. There were women dress like here but to prevent harassement from men, we have to wear a t-shirt that cover our shoulder and a knee lenght skirt or pants.

The things there are not expensive either because of the revenues of the general population. For me, I consider it cheap but for them, it is expensive. My friend's family couldn't afford many typical Moroccan things because of the inflation and they are exporting their product to other part of the world like Europe, Asia and America.

I could talk forever about my trip but now I have to go to work. I will talk more about my trip later and I will post a few pictures up. =D

Hope you all have a good day!

Back from my trip since last Tuesday

July 28th, 2008 at 10:52 pm

Heey everybody!

I'm back from my trip since last Tuesday but I didn't have the time to write anything because I was busy working, working and working.

I am now at my fifth day of work today and tomorrow will be my last day of work before my break on Wednesday. Then I'm on the row again for five days of work. I don't mind at all since I'm making money right now before I start school. The reason why I got that many hours of work right now is because half of the full-time staff are in vacation... It's a great opportunity to make $$$!! With the money earn this summer, I will save a big chunk of it.

Back to my trip, I had a great time and I learn many interesting things there. It actually put my view in a brand new perspective which I was looking forward to. My friend's mother always keep telling me that the Christina before and after my trip will not be the same again. It's true!! Well how? I don't really know. I feel like I achieved a goal made four years ago and I have mature from this trip. I feel like I know Morocco more than ever and I consider my friend's family as mine.

It's getting late now and I need to wake up early to see travel agencies which I will tell you guys a little later. ;-) On my next post, I will tell you about basic things tourist or traveler needs to know about Morocco. ^.^

Good night!

Here something you guys should look forward to! ;-)



Planning for Morocco part 3

June 30th, 2008 at 08:58 am

Heey everybody! That day has finally come and I am happy to tell you guys that I take care of everything already for my trip today!

Here are the total of everything:

Flight ticket: 1380$
RBC Insurance: 65$ (all included)
Shot for hepetite A: 85$
Medicines for diarrhea: 27.07$
Money for Morocco: 1000$

Total: 2557.07$

I am going to buy two or three little things at the DollarStore! Can't wait! When I come back, I will tell you all about my trip =D !!

Took my rendez vous

June 17th, 2008 at 05:05 pm

I took my rendez-vous for the shots today for my Morocco trip. I just need to do a shot for Hepetit A and the next one will be in six months. So I have to do two in total which will last for 20 years. It cost me 85$ for the first shot and 27.07$ for the diarrhea pills (in case I get diarrhea there).

I am thinking of taking it out on my conservative clothes. Seeing that I don't need any clothes now for there. I can buy something there to cover myself up if I have to wear something really conservative. For the time being, my friend reassures me that where she lives, they dress more liberally. I can always buy those big scarf too so I won't need to worry.

So far, I spend 45.14$ on shoes. I spend 85$ on hepetit A shot and I spend 27.07$ on pills for diarrhea. So far I spend 157.21$. O.O Man that is A LOT!! I have 42.79$ left. If I can get some money back on my dad's assurance then I will spend less on medication. =P I will keep you guys update on that.

Planning for Morocco part 2

June 3rd, 2008 at 08:17 pm

I've been asking Moroccains who come from Morocco about how the people dress. Many and even many recent people who immigrates to Canada all said that the people dress like here. Although, my friend in Morocco said that I can wear clothes from here to there, I need to bring one or two shirts when they go to somewhere where they require conservative clothes.

People who never been to Morocco all tell me to dress super conservatively. For all of you who worries,yes I will bring 1-3 conservative shirts and one or two conservative pants. As I will be living near a beach, I can wear my summerwear. Keep in mind, I don't dress showy like what you think an 18 years old dress like. I dress conservative enought.

Last thursday, I went to Costco to buy a Ombrelle 30 sps extreme sun cream. It's my second bottle for the summer and I will bring them to Morocco too. I figure one bottle isn't enought so I bought two.

For my medical check up, I didn't have the time last Friday because I spend a great deal of time looking at my friend appartement and doing the cleaning in the house. I will probably go tomorrow.

This Friday, I will be going shopping for conservative clothes with my friend. A list will be put up soon probably tomorrow or Thursday.

Planning for Morocco part 1

May 29th, 2008 at 09:21 am

I decided that I should plan for what I need in Morocco now.

The reason why I buy bikinis is that my friend lives in Mohammedia, a popular beach place in Morocco and she lives near a beach. I only have one bikini so that's why I wanted to buy some more. Three set of bikinis were 148.49$ and I do regret spending that much. The reason why it cost so much is because of my third set of bikini. The two others would make it around 60$ but I wanted the third one because it was cute. It was 70$ the third one... .__." I know I know... I could go look for a cheaper one and the bikini could be on sale two weeks later. Now I can't return the third one...

Anyways, I do need to buy 1-3 conservative tops and maybe... another conservative pant (I have a black loose pant at home) Hopefully, I will spend less than 200$. It will be hard to find conservative clothes since it's almost summer now. I hope to find those loose ones... I don't want to die of heat @.@". I will also use this money to buy a hat (My friend will give me her hat if I like it) and a pair of sunglasses.

As for my digital camera, I think I would be able to save 400$. Of course I won't buy an expensive one. I would try to look around the internet and newspaper for an inexpensive good camera in order to save as much as possible from now on.

I will visit a travel clinic center to see if I need any shots or some sort. I read information about Morocco and it said that I don't need any shots of any sort but I have to make sure I already have for Hepetite A.

I looked at what I can and can't bring in the plane. My friend in Morocco asked me if I can bring her 60 donuts from Tim Hortons... Can I bring food in the plane? I don't think I can fit five boxes of 12 donuts in my bag... Hell it would be too much. Not to mention a box of French Vanilla and English Caramel would be even more. I will try I guess.

As for suncream, I bought a 30 sps and I might buy a 45 sps. I will buy a small less than 100 ml bottle to put sun cream in so I can put some when I arrive to Morocco. Just a precaution, I might get a sunburn... Which I never ever got one in my life in Canada because there are times that it gets 25-33 degrees outside and I was fine. Anyways, I don't want to get cancer or any sort in the future.

Tomorrow Friday, I will visit the health clinic to check if I need anything.