A Fly on the Wall of Everyday life for hardworking Indonesian women

30652303_10214066393767654_1658926196047478784_nStanding there at the side of road while taking the footage about some women were doing their job, have made me realize that women will do everything for their family. Scavenging garbage, selling the goods at the side of the road among the traffic, and sweeping the garbage and dust at the side of the road have not make them feel down even a tiny bit.

They proud, smile and confident with the jobs that they do everyday will make a little bit money for their family. They are an inspiration for me. No matter what you got now, be grateful. The important thing in this life that is make sure you are a happy person no matter what is your job as long as it can give you living then there is no reason to be grumpy._DSC8926

Maybe when i was taking the footage, They must be a bit proud of me too. Maybe they thought “There she is a woman, working with her camera and tripod in the middle of crowded people and traffic. She looks so confident. She must take a good pictures and video about me”

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Ya I proud being in those moment. I could record every moments that maybe this video will make people out there feel good and be grateful about their life. But It is not easy as I think, some men were upset with me when i was taking footage. They felt annoyed. “Hey you lady, what are you doing here, you can’t allow to take video in here?” But it will never stop me. I know what I am doing and will not harm other persons through the videos I made.

Life keeps going and let’s use the opportunity that God has given to us. Hopefully those women will give you inspiration.

Check it out in this video I made.

Is the Kartini Spirit still alive in Indonesian women?

Mostly women now days participate in every activities to increase their capacity building. Some women in a training in Medan.

Indonesian women now days and Indonesian women long time ago are totally different even though there are still some spaces that women are not allowed to speak up her rights still now in some aspects. According to our history women under Dutch colonialism didn’t have the right at all to speak up and utilize their rights. Women didn’t deserve to go to school only for some men who came from rich families. Women should obey their parents what ever the parents told them even to be married to someone who already had wives. Seeing this situation there was a woman her name is Raden Ajeng Kartini tried to approach women and encourage women to speak up their rights and advocate them that women have rights to go to school. She made a letter to Dutch magazine about her opinion as women at that time. But sadly her efforts didn’t last long. She died few days after delivery her son. But then her sister was continued her advocacy to Indonesian Women at that time.

Kartini had given a good example for us that women are not only as accessories for her family and man. Behind the beauty of women there are tons of treasure that we can use to make a better world. Women are strong enough and almost every occupation that men do women can do it as well. They will fight  for their loved ones.

Lifting up the goods to sell in traditional market in Pangururan-Samosir, Indonesia

A woman in a traditional market, Pangururan-Samosir, Indonesia

I used to work in rural and remote area long time ago around North and West Sumatra. I have seen how women have giving their dedication to stand up for their rights and their family. Every morning women in rural area woke up in early morning. They always make sure that their kids get ready to school, make breakfast, and then after kids go to school, clean up the house and then go to the rice farming or any plantation that they grow, taking care of them and then go back home make lunch for the kids and then go back again to the plantation field and in the evening they get busy with the livestock and then go back home make dinner for everyone and make sure that their kids had a great day, watching the kids study at night and make sure that the husband still proud of her.

Some women in very dry area have to lift up the water from the lake or other water resources on their head and have to walk in long distance back and forth just to make sure that their family will not lack of water during night time. Not only that when harvest time comes, They will use their muscles again to lift up the harvest and make sure that the harvest corps are safe enough and ready to sell.

 

A woman in the business of Medan city, picking up the garbag

What about women in the city? You can see many women in any occupation in the city. From high skyscrapers to the road, tons of women stand up for themselves and their family. Everything they will do  as long as they can still be reunited at night time with their family. Some women in the traditional market, They will wake up in the early morning and lift up the goods. Set up the table and organize their goods as good as they can so that people in the market will buy it. They even have to fight and compete for each other to get good goods in the early morning from the supplier. What about women on the road? They don’t have any problem at all to do any occupation as long as it will give them money in a legal way.

Women in the traditional market in Pangururan-Samosir, Indonesia

But let’s talk about women young generation now days. Are they understand how their mother struggling for them? Are they understand that they can go to school now days because of Kartini had fight for women rights? Do they have same desire as Kartini and other women’s which is life is not only about materialism but other than that to speak up and make the world a bit better for future. Do they still have a family orientation like elders women before? Do they have love for life, not only chasing money, career, and power?

women young generation are weaving after school in Lumban suhi suhi Village in Samosir Indonesia

A woman is picking up leaves for selling from abandon land in the middle of city of Medan

I think i do have the same desire still with Kartini and those mothers. A good woman will make a good generation and I believe that. Some women in some tribes in Indonesia, having daughter and none of them son have make them down. Family wants her to give a son. There are lot of story like this that give under pressure to a woman who can not give what family want. I am going to tell those women don’t let your heart get down. Your daughters are the precious ones that God give you. They can be Kartini kartini that you can be proud of. Legacy is just made by human but love in your heart and a mothers instinct only those that no one denied it. They are blessing from God.

Let us be wise just as like Kartini did. Don”t let Kartini day just passed without being proud of who you are. Happy Kartini Women where ever you are!!!

 

From Sorrow, to Happiness, 11 things that carried me to Happiness

19-04-2018 10-36-02Life is a blessing from God. It is a journey that you should be excited to look forward day by day.  We are human beings and never been apart from a problem. The problem is how can you treat your problem become a tool to make you become a pearl. If you know a story about pearl. The pearl is formed when a foreign object somehow enters the inside of the oyster, and instead of ejecting the object or irritant out, as most humans would try to do, the object is covered by the oyster with layer upon layer of a substance secreted from it’s own body. The object that came into the life of the oyster as an irritant, instead of being cast out is turned into something lovely within the oyster. And we are a pearl from all of our problems and burdens that come in to our life.

There has been much struggling and fighting in my life. Particularly, a traumatic tragedy 7 years ago when Anas (My son’s birth father) died. It has made me easy to become panicked and worried since that event. You can read this link a little bit about my life and this. It was tragic, what had happened to Anas. I thought that it will happen to me or to everyone that I love too. I lost my logical thinking sometimes, and hard for me to enjoy my days. But God never left me. I realized God is so good, he never lets me down too far. He has given me a lot of opportunity to get up and to be strong for my son and myself. It is not easy, at all.  All that I can do just surrender and lean my worries on him and keep pressing forward, even though I had to drag my legs step by step to continue my life with my son.

19-04-2018 10-56-32As time went by, then i met Josh Tyson 2 year after. It was in February 2014. He has been fulfilling my days. He brings back the smile on my face. He has been a best internet friend that I ever had. We shared so many things about our life and encouragement for each other. Until one day, He fell in love with me and I was trying to open my heart again for another guy. Day by day our love became stronger and then we build our dreams and had a plan to meet up in person.

received_10154494408081828Then we got married on May 13, 2017. We have lived in person after married for 3 month and then He had to go back to Canada. Currently, We have a long distance marriage. During this time, those old sickness’ were back again. I thought I have a husband now but he can’t hold me and help me in person. Our earliest long distance marriage has made me so nervous about our future. Then I often become worried, sad, and feel anxiety. My brain goes crazy again. Not only that, I got so many negative question about my marriage. Here are some questions that I mostly hear from people having married to Western Guy:

  1. Is your marriage real one? Is your marriage legal ? (people in here said contract marriage. We have so many case with contract marriage in Indonesia. Check in these link and this one).19-04-2018 11-33-53.png
  2. When you will go to Canada?
  3. Why your husband doesn’t bring you and your son with him?
  4. Why your application takes time? Is he meant to endure your time to be reunited again?
  5. Is your husband send you money?
  6. Why you have to sew again?
  7. Is he disappear after married you?
  8. When will he come to pick you and bring you guys to Canada?

As a woman and a wife who just got married, of course I was stressed out with all those questions. I feel like everyone is going towards me and beating me down with those questions instead of giving me support. And I have to learn again to stand up, to keep my head up and keep walking. No matter how big our obstacle, our God is bigger than the obstacle.

If you want to know 12 things that you need to learn when you have long distance marriage in this link.

Talking about problems, sorrow, sadness, and stress out. Here are things that we can get if we let those stay longer in our life, they are :

  1. Depression.  According to this site depression occurs more often to the woman. Depression is a feeling sad, scared and loneliness for longer time periode. Thanks God, He doesn’t let me to go to this path.
  2. Anxiety. This situation is more like nervous all the time and you can’t sleep, and hard to focus and concentration.
  3. Panic attack. Panic attacking is the situation when you got sweaty, your heart beats fast and you feel  super extremely nervous about your problem.
  4. Health becomes worse. You don’t realize that having stress too much can harm your health in future.
  5. Missing God blessing every minute because you only focus with your problem instead. We should be grateful everyday for what ever our circumstances.
  6. Wasting your time to not enjoy your life. Time goes so quickly even you don’t realized that everything has change so fast around you. You will miss a moment that we can’t go back in to it.
  7. Too sensitive. This is true, sadness and traumatic tragedy will make you so sensitive. You would be easy to get hurt again, your pain still not recovery if you still be in this situation.
  8. Bad dreams. When your brain focus with negative things then it can come to your dream while you sleeping. Then you woke up in the middle of night and hard to fall asleep again. Less sleep will make your body sore in the morning then you will loose your excitement to start your day.
  9. A delay Menstruation. As woman has menstruation cycle. Stress out can affect your hormone. If your hormone imbalance then it will make your menstruation delayed. If you want to know more about hormone imbalance then check this link.
  10. You would be not be inspiring to your family. As a parent we should be an inspiring person for our family, especially for our kids. How can you give good impact to your kids if you can’t manage your stress. We always hope that our kids can do their best at school but we still not give them our loving attention to their growing personality. Stress out can make you anger, yelling, screaming, Uncontrolled emotion and maybe violence. Make sure that you will not destroy your kids personality because our bad habit while we get stress out.
  11. Finding temporary happiness. Mostly people find their temporary happiness with negative ways. Smoking, drugs, maybe have an affair, or maybe uncontrolled eating foods. Those will make you addicted and will harm your life. By the time your ruin your life then you will hard to escape from it. It ties you up. You have to let go every sorrow and stress that come in to your life. Face it and keep pushing it away.

So what will you do with those situation? are you going to cry and stress out all the time? Of course not. So I thought that I t want to share my experience here below what you need to do if you were in these situation. Here are things that you can do :

  1. Fill your day with positive activities. What is positive activities? Positive activities is things that you can in do in order to lift up your spirit and motivation which can give you good benefit for your health.  As woman there are so many options that you can do to start with positive things. They could be a simple activities that maybe you would never realize it if you do that regularly it can give you good mood.  For example Maybe you can start with your hobbies and let your brain get busy with it (cooking, sewing, writing, reading and etc). Make your positive activities as your new life style.
  2. Pray and Meditate. Take time to pray and have a conversation with God. Talk to God and let Him know what are your worries and sadness. Calm your mind in your meditation and tell yourself to let all your worries and sadness to go away. There are so many good things that need to enjoy instead of focusing your sorrow.
  3. Work out and yoga. I wrote about work out, maybe you can read about it in here.
  4. Control your mind. You need to stop your mind if it goes too negative. You have power to say no.  I heard some wise man said that “Your brain is stupid, listen in to deep your heart then you will find peace in there”, I am not sure if this quote match up with your personality but I have experienced this and I feel good about it.
  5. Start to find a way to smile and laugh as much as you can do. Laugh is a good for your body. According to a scientist if you can smile and laugh then your body will produce Beta Endorphin that can widen your vane so that blood can easily flow to a whole your body.
  6. Listen some music that can make you motivated. My husband often suggested me to listen a music when you feel a bit down. It can booster your mood right away. But you have to be careful what kind of music that you will hear. Some happy music or a nice instrument those are good for you. Or you can listen again the music from your old memories. It can make you smile and laugh.
  7. Have a women day with your friends, mother and sister. Hanging out with friends, sisters or with your mother is nice to do once in a while. You can share about woman stuff and get inspired from them while having snack and drinks.
  8. Hanging out to a memorial place or your favorite place with your spouse. This is another way to bring your memories back by visiting some places that you and your spouse most like. It will make you smile when it comes back in to your brain. But sometimes hard though. Sometimes it can make me sad, But that is fine to be sad, but don’t focus with it. Take your deep breath and relax and enjoy good memories at that place.
  9. Go window shopping. Woman likes this for sure. Window shopping can help you forget your problems by looking other stuff in a mall or in your favorite retail shops. It can give you some inspiration and ideas.
  10. Being busy with your kids. If you have kids, they will help you to get some smile and laugh. Kids are so innocent. You can make something funny words then they can get laugh easily and you must be got laugh too hearing them.20-04-2018 21-29-40
  11. Travelling. Travelling can help you get fresh mind again. Travelling is not always about expensive stuff. You can get promo or discount by keep looking information. You can visit family out of your town or friends. It will safe a bit money but yet  still can get some fun travelling.
  12. Blogging. Talking about blogging is one thing I am doing right now. So far I enjoy it. You can share your struggling, idea and inspiration to the world, who knows there will be some people read your blog and get encouraged.

Those ideas are only some that I thought of, and I have done them all. If you have another ideas give me comment in comment section below. Life is short so let us enjoy every moment that God gives us and be grateful every day. No matter what don’t ever let your heart get down, lift it up and be motivated everyday with what you have right now.

God loves You!

PS : I took some pictures from this link.  But the rest are taken from my personal stock.

 

 

12 Things that you need to learn if you are in a long distance marriage…

Long distance marriage is something you don’t want to experience in your marriage if you can avoid it. But on the other hand maybe there is something that you should accept it right now knowing that it will only be for a temporary. Just like me and my husband. We got married on May 13, 2017 and then he had to leave me after 3 months of living together as husband and wife. He had to go back to Canada due to visa limitation. He also had to go back to work to start our family sponsorship for me and our son. Currently, we are waiting for the permanent resident approval and we don’t know yet when the date of our approval will be, hopefully soon.

It has been so tough for us to walk down this path. It is not an easy path when you need your loved one to hold you in person but because he can’t do that it can make

you so sad and your heart will be so sensitive. All you can do is to only focus with your sadness, this is the hardest thing to get rid it off. No matter what your belief is, you have to be strong enough to pass fight this feeling. We believe one day we can be reunited soon. There were so many obstacles in our long distance marriage. I think there will be so many bumpy roads ahead for us during this time. All that we can do is keep staying together even when we are not living far apart.

I am going to share with you from my experience about living apart while married. Here are some of them that you need to do to stay connected to your spouse :

  1. Keep communicating. Indonesia is 14 hours ahead of Canada. It was a bit difficult since our earliest relationship before we got married but since we got married it has become tougher. All that you do give your time as much as you can before he goes to sleep and before he off to work. We talk through face time or audio call every day and then the rest in text chat. For his weekend we have longer time to talk than normal days.
  2. Make sure that you know your spouse schedule. What time your spouse will go back home, It will help you to avoid a misunderstanding. Tell your spouse everything that has happened in your day.
  3. Do things together as if you live together in person. Even we are not together but most everything we do stuff together. We discuss about something and then we decide it together.  For example, he goes with me through my phone when I do groceries. What stuff we need to buy, sometimes he reminds me to buy something that I most like to eat. Sometimes he suggests that we eat and cook together through the webcam.
  4. Plan something that you will look forward to in a month. This is will help you to pass the time because you guys have something to look forward to in the upcoming months. For example, sometimes we go to the hotel or go to the restaurant, or buy something together online.
  5. Talk clearly if you feel something is bothering you. Don’t keep it in your heart and pretending nothing happened, you already have a great distance from your spouse. Especially when you can’t see your spouse in person so it will be hard to understand body language that something bothering you in your heart. 
  6. Text chat sometimes can cause a big misunderstanding. You can interpret some words with your false assumptions. Particularly, when you have a bit of a  disagreement about something.  I have had these many times during our relationship. As you know we came from different cultures. The way we talk and see about something can be drastically different. I need to observe many things from him. My native language is not English so sometimes language can cause a huge misunderstanding, especially when talking about English slang that I don’t get too used to speaking it everyday.
  7. Keep building your marriage and dream. Make sure to always discuss it often for encouragement.  When you have your same goal about how the marriage will run by both of you. It will make a strong connection to your spouse. It will help you to be continuously motivated everyday and be excited with achievements that you take step by step. When you feel down one day you guys can talk about it again and being funny and silly with the dreams. Trust me it will bond your marriage.
  8. Reach out to the both sides of the family. Having support from both sides of your family is very important. I have a lot of support from my husband’s family. They always talk positive and encourage me every time I talk with them. I feel blessed that all families in Canada are welcoming me and my son and can’t wait to see us. Mean while I hardly get it from family  here.
    Although they are very loving and supportive of my relationship, People around me are always suspicious about western people. My husband worked hard and diligently to build a strong relationship with my family.  They always wonder when we will go to Canada and why it takes time to go there? But my husband has dedicate his love to me and my son. He is always do the best for our family in here, showing his responsibility as a husband, talking with them and explaining everything that we have been going through for the family sponsorship.
  9. Keep intimate even if you are at a great distance. Intimacy is not always about sex but other than that it is more about how you maintain your love and desire for your spouse. How you want your spouse so badly, speak it out loud and let your spouse know that you  miss each other every second. Talk in loving way and keep being romantic. Maybe you can go back to your sweet memories about your honey moon. And talk about intimacy that you have shared, that you guys want to partake in again once you can be reunited.
  10. Sending pictures and videos frequently. This was a big help for us. Let your spouse know how you look today. Or you can send a video message for encouragement so that you can play it at any time.
  11. Have an online date with your spouse. You can do this anytime and anywhere as long as you have good internet connection. You can dress up nicely, put make-up on and  set up a table with food and drink. Then you can eat together and have a nice slow music in the background. This will make you laugh and smile because you can have a special date, even though you are not living together.
  12. Grow close through prayer. As they say, when the going gets tough, the tough get going. All we need to do pray together. This is will ease your burden and put it in the Lord’s hands. He will take control of our problems.

I am speaking from a woman’s perspective from Indonesia, but it still works through a  man’s eyes too if you can feel what my husband has done so far to keep our long distant marriage connected everyday.

I hope these 12 things can help you to overcome your long distance marriage. Have a look at this video, you can see one of my activities that can inspire you to keep going, by being busy with vlogging and blogging.

My Next article maybe I will write how to keep you motivated in enduring through a  long distance relationship. Especially when we talk about a woman’s perspective.

So, happy reading guys, have  a blessed day!.

Have you experienced these 5 things while in a traffic jam?

30652303_10214066393767654_1658926196047478784_o.jpgYes, I made it yesterday. I beat down a great wall that restrain me to try out my DSLR camera with the tripod on the traffic roads in Medan. I drove my motorbike on the back home with a big smile and I said Yes I did it! It was a great feeling when we can accomplish one thing and knowing that we got what we want. And not only that I got a nice respond from people that I met. They stared at me and look so excited to be in the camera. Maybe they thought that I was a professional photographer and videographer that was on duty at that time. But I don’t care I think people like to be in the camera, don’t you think so? As long as I don’t do something that can harm people so why not to be creative and share the world about my place.

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Medan, the city I live in right now is the fourth biggest city in Indonesia. I have been living in here since i was in 15 years old. I grew up in Banda Aceh, if you know about the Tsunami in 2004, I spent my childhood in there. Medan has been growing since me and my family move in this city. Every where you go in Medan you will find people every corner and along the roads, vehicles noisy, food streets, and retails and building construction. But only less people that care to manage the traffic on the road and the most important is the road condition.

If you were standing at the side of road you would see 5 commons things in Medan. These opinions are based on my experience driving in Medan. So the 5 commons things are :

  1. Vehicles run very closed to each other. You should make sure that you have a good brake, a good horn to remind someone who is getting closed to you or taking your way or your room. 11-04-2018 17-18-41.png
  2. People crossing the road where ever they like and it seems like a habit, what they do is they just give a sign with their hand as if asking a permission to the drivers.11-04-2018 17-27-07
  3. Driver who is turning around where ever they like along the road. I really don’t like to see a vehicle wants to turn right when i was driving, so people have to stop and they don’t care at all.11-04-2018 17-24-33.png
  4. Vehicles stop at the edge of the road. They don’t pull over but take space to stop on the edge body of the road.11-04-2018 17-29-24
  5. Yelling, shouting, mocking dirty words to each other if someone upset you on the roads and sometimes it can end up with physical fighting.11-04-2018 17-33-29.png

They are seemed pretty chaos but so far people in here, It looks like They just enjoying it. All We do is just accepting that our place has lot of traffic. Dealing with it everyday sometimes tough for me because i got stress out every time i was on the road and got back home feel exhausted as if the chaos on the street already beaten you up.

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But, guys don’t feel scare though to visit Medan. We have lot of  wonderful thing too that we can offer you. Traffic is another story that you might to consider while you traveling to Medan or be knowledgeable with this information  especially if you want to drive in Medan. My husband is pretty shocked seeing our traffic but he was really good to handle it when we drive together on my motorbike on our busy road.

Next time i will tell more other good things to about my city.

Please visit here if you want to see the video that i took about our traffic.

Have a bless Day!.

Do i need an excuse again?

09-04-2018 17-39-38I just watched a Youtube Channel. It shorts of kicking me to write this article. He talks about going out, do something, record every moment what you find interesting and be creative with that. Even if you only have a web camera instead of having fancy camera and other fancy vloggers stuff. I think he is right though. Do you know why?  Because I can tell that mostly people like to make an excuse so that you would feel better, because you feel that you have decided the right thing. Even though sometimes you regret it.

Just like today i had been talking with my husband for hours until he needs to go sleep because of Job that he has right now, make him to go to sleep in time and has to go for 5 working days every week. He is always make sure that i would be just fine when he sleeps. He gives me a lots of idea about how you can be creative with internet, learn stuff from other you-tubers and use it as much as you can take it to improve your skill. That is right though, i remember one day, I watched a TV show on NatGeo People “Pho and Co” She said she learns about  a recipe from YouTube. She watched about one recipe from tons of clips in  YouTube channels and then she created her own recipes. And people love her recipe. So that is one other inspiration story from someone about being creative and learn from others channel in YouTube.

30582047_10214048883649912_6931235964794699776_nToday when i just woke up from bed, My husband messaged me to verify my email. He had been setting up my domain with my name on it and then right away he paid it off for a year. It was a nice surprising in the morning, i got this blog on my name now. I am so excited. He said “there is no an excuse anymore”….haha ya right, don’t create an excuse for doing the positive thing in your life. Just keep pushing it through then maybe you can get the jack pot and it can change your life in a good way.

We also talked about making money from the internet today. We have been talking about it lately. Who doesn’t want money keep coming in your account while you are sleeping? Who doesn’t want to have freedom in your life and yet no worry about the money ?  I bet tons of us want it. But you have to be creative and be smart to find a way of making money. I still need to learn it more and more. Anyway, I can do bags crafting but it takes a lot effort and time to do that. I will consider to do it again but maybe not now.

Recently, i have been focusing on a list that i might possibly do. A list that i need to pursue to be creative with my blog and my YouTube channel

Maybe i shouldn’t think too much with what people might say to me when i carry my big camera and talk in front of camera in the crowded people. I had a bad experience when i using my camera in sun plaza mall in Medan. You can check the clips on this link. The securities in that mall don’t allow me to use DSLR camera in the building. They said they afraid that i will use the footage for un-properer things that can give bad impact to the mall. So i had to be sneaky at that time and use my phone instead.

So guys, I am going to share you this site , a young entrepreneur who makes tons of money. Maybe we can learn something from him. I am not an expert of making money through the internet but this guy he got lot of energy to do that.

I am going to end this article by saying let’s us do something creative and fun. Maybe if we think about money it will be tough to start it, so let’s do something for fun and positive only and share good information for others people. Your time will be worthy by doing good things to other ones.

Have a bless Day!

 

Top 5 Places in Canada to take my Family

As me and my family wait patiently to learn of permanent residency application approval for my wife Lince, and Son Andro. I can’t help but day dream of the many places we will go in our travels around my wonderful and beautiful country of Canada. Although Canada is the 2nd Largest country in the world, it’s population is rather small in comparison to it’s closest neighbor the United States of America. With a land so big, and so beautiful, with so many things to see in it’s great unknown vastness, here is a small Top 5 List of Locations that are perosnal to us, and some you may have visited yourself.

1. Whistler, Blackcomb, British Columbia, Canada.

Home of the 2010 Winter Olympics, this growing village/city is world renown for it’s flowing white snow trails, and beautiful city center and village square. This is a truly one of the most beautiful locations on Planet Earth. A Jaw dropping sight in every direction will leave you with a feeling of Wonder, and amazement. Although Whistler can be a rather expensive place to visit and live, it’s not far from where I am located now, in the Lower Mainland of southern British Columbia. If you ever get the chance to visit Canada, put Whistler right near the top of your list, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

 

2. Trent University Campus

This one might seem like a bit of an odd ball choice. My wife Lince has a diploma in Architecture. I’ve always had a fascination with simple yet stand out beautiful architecture.  For some reason the  Trent University Campus in Peterborough, Ontario captures the poured concrete look of the typical 60’s architecture boom period that hits  home with this Canadian. I love the overall look and sleak appearance this gives. It gives a feeling of safety, majesty and grace as it stands proudly over the Otonabee River. My wife and I look forward to visiting this campus and getting some nice photographic experiences capturing all the obtuse angles, and wonderfully green scenery. What a beautiful campus we look forward to visiting.

3. Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta

My Son Andro like many young boys his age, loves Dinosaurs. He has Dinosaur toys, Dinosaur books, and he watches videos on youtube about Dinosaurs. But so many people don’t realize that Canada has one of the best known fossil beds spanning a great distance and filled with many dinosaur fossils. The park is situated in the valley of the Red Deer River, which is noted for its striking badland topography. The park is well

Canada / Kanada – Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta: a dinosaur’s bones – photo by M.Torres

known for being one of the richest dinosaur fossil locales in the world. Fifty-eight dinosaur species have been discovered at the park and more than 500 specimens have been removed and exhibited in museums around the globe.

 

 

4. Quebec City, Canada

I wish I could tell you all sorts of stuff about Quebec City. But I can’t. I just know that this is one of the oldest cities in Canada, and has a great history and remnants of the old city are still there and very much apart of everyday structural life. It has a very old city feel with some modern style. The sights there seem to be just incredible. Canada has 2 official languages, English, and French, from early ages in school we are taught both English and French. I believe it’s time for me to brush up on my French, as it is the preferred language when entering the beautiful province of Quebec. It is the largest province in Canada, and some would say it has a culture all of it’s own. Rivers and forests that seem to go on forever. Although it may have some differences between other Major Canadian provinces, we are all brought together by our survival during Winter, and of course our Tim Horton’s Coffee and Hockey Night in Canada.

5. Okanagan Valley, British Columbia

Although my wife and I do not drink Alcohol, we can certainly visit one of the fastest growing and well known Wine Locales in the world, the Okanagan Valley. When people think of Canada, they often think snow and cold. But that is truly only during the winter months, we have 4 seasons and a wonderful beauty all around. Did you know that Canada is home to desert. A true Desert in every sense of the word. In this now lush area, the Okanagan Valley has become a hot bed for wine tours and for it’s award winning world class wines. Although you can’t take my word for it, I’ve never touched the stuff, but You can take the word of the countless others who have. I am proud to show my family these astounding sights, and truly feel the peace and vastness that Canada has to offer, if you like warm weather, deserts and Wine, why not go to Canada! Never thought you’d hear that did you!?