Monday, October 10, 2005
A Moose! Screeech.....
Paid a visit to Algonquin Provincial Park for my very first time ever. The endless stream of tourists in the area is one reason why I never set foot in Algonquin after all these years living in Canada. However, I can see why Algonquin is one of the most famous parks in the world: it is a beautiful, pristine and serene enclave. The Fall colours were really beautiful and the trail, although short, was one of the nicest trails I ever set foot on. Of the nine of us that ventured up there, there were seven new hikers--although their purpose was just to visit Algonquin Park, it was sweet to have them join us. As a bonus for me and the other newbies, we encountered a moose by the side of the road. Big dudes. The traffic jam he caused was quite a nuisance to some drivers:D

On our way back, a driver decided to stop at the bottom of the hill to make a U-turn. I almost took out his rear but luckily, I was able to swerve into the gravel shoulder in the last second to avoid him. Seriously, I thought we were goners there. If I had hit him I'm sure there would have been other casualities as there was a train of cars right behind me. Anyway, I am counting my blessings for the near-miss. It was partially my fault for not realizing the situation earlier but he should not have done something so thoughtless as well. Please drive carefully guys and think before doing such dangerous maneuvers.

As pristine as Algonquin was, the popularity of the park displayed how inconsiderate humans can become: litter on the trails. Please remember when visiting any natural areas: Take nothing but pictures and memories, leave nothing but footprints. Be courteous to other hikers and let others enjoy the park as how you have enjoyed it. Also, if possible, leave the trail cleaner than you found it--carry out all litter.

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posted by Y> @ 2:52 PM   1 comments
Sunday, October 09, 2005
"Hiking is sooooo much fun!"
Last week, we decided to hike around the Elora Gorge. It wasn't so much of a hike as the trail I choose was a flat boring rail-trail. Nice walking path but not really a hike. We then decided to look for other trails and found some short ones that eventually lead us to town. We did some window shopping and had some ice cream. A Hike? HAHAHA. It was Manami's first time hiking with us and she was humourous as always. Her first time out did not fair so well because as she was running towards the pile of snow, she tripped. Poor Manami. Being Manami, she just laughed it off: "Hiking is sooooooooo much fun!" HAHAHA The hike also marked the first outing for my hiking buddy, Parl, after her relatively minor surgery. Glad she was able to join us.

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Saturday, October 08, 2005
Are you sure about this?
How in the world can she take your antics, John? 'She just does somehow.' Ahhhh, must be love...hahaha. A good friend of mine just got married today. Nice. He may not show it sometimes but he is one of the kindest and nicest person I know. Of us four mahjonngers, we thought he would be the first one--at least I thought that. Congratulations, man. You deserve her.

What surprised me was that the bride is Hakka-Indian. I am Hakka-Cantonese (if there is such a thing.) There were three Hakkas sitting at my table as well, and so were most if not all of the bride's family. I have never been in a room surrounded by so many Hakkas. To tell the truth, I usually do not mention my Hakka side because many do not know about our ethnicity. However, tonight my Hakka blood ran excited, ecstatic and proud. I know very little about my background, only stories my dad tells me but after a little research I now know so much more about my Hakka heritage. I want to know more now.
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