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Part 1 : Canada, Eh? My Adventures and Mis-adventures in the Land of Maple Leaves

I couldn’t forget the feeling of anxiety the moment I stepped inside the plane bound for Canada two years ago. At that time what awaits me there, I have no idea. I plunge into the uncertainty with the hope of finding a greener pasture and a better life for my family back home. After two years, I’ve survived, thrived, became acclimatized, and grew to love this place that I would surely call my second home. Continue reading “Part 1 : Canada, Eh? My Adventures and Mis-adventures in the Land of Maple Leaves”

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Throw Your Cares To The Wind

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“I’m throwing everything to the wind – all my hopes, my cares, my dreams, my ambitions. I am no longer concerned about what will happen in the future.” These are my words. But it doesn’t mean that I am losing hope nor I am giving up on my dreams. It means I am laying them down to the Maker and Perfecter of my future and casting all my cares on Him.

Some of us have lived a planned and well-laid out life. I myself have been guilty of intense planning, not to mention about worrying about what the future may be. When someone would ask me what I will be 5years after, I would definitely answer the question without batting my lashes. I know the answer back then. But now at 28, the past two years has changed me. When I would be asked what would I be five years from now, all I could give is “I really have no idea.” You see the life I was planning to have is just all in my mind, a fraction of my hyper-imaginative brain cells.

For two years, I live a life full of surprises. It seems like everything that has happened has no pattern, no elaborate plan, and no definite purpose. But that’s just how I see it. I have faith in God and I know that all these things that are happening is my life is God’s way of knocking me down and waking me up from all those nonsense planning and endless worrying.

I am a worrier. I worry a lot. When I was small, I worried about what I will get in my exams and quizzes so I make it a point that I have a complete copy of all the notes before the exam and I made reviews on our lessons. When I was in High School, I worry about what I will take in college or where will I study. When I finished college, I worry if I would get a job or where will I find one. It’s an endless battle of future thoughts and preparations that when I look back to my life now, I regretted all the worrying that I made. It has made my life so boring. I feel like I have lived my entire life inside a shell, a protective covering of all my plans and future preparations that I end up living in the future instead of enjoying the present.

And so, for two years, I decide to jump into the unknown and I realized that living a life where you are not in control is enjoyable. You get surprises everyday and you always end the day with a thankful heart that you survived. Because in the first place, these lives that we have right now are really not ours, we are just stewards of this earth, a temporary living creature that would soon perish and die. God has placed us here to live a purpose that He intended for us. It is God’s plan that we are here and He wants us to enjoy this life because sooner or later we will leave this place. And what’s sadder than dying is to die without even being able to live a full life.

So throw your cares to the wind. Let tomorrow worry about itself. Believe that the Great Maker, the maker of Heaven and Earth will never let you suffer. He will take care of you. Enjoy this gift of the present. Never let the past haunt you nor the future troubled you. Life is meant to be enjoyed. Trust that God holds that future in His hands and He will make everything perfect according to His plans. So throw all those future plans away because God has a better, more secure, and 100% fool-proof plan for your life.

Stay in Love. Stay in God’s Love

Sarah Dawn 🙂

PHOTO CREDIT: National Geographic

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Langford Lake and Ed Nixon Trail

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The first time I went to this place I immediately fell in love with it. With it’s unexploited beauty and serenity, Langford Lake is by far one of the best go-to place during the summer if one desired to take a dip into its cools and blue waters. It’s cool waters and fresh air will surely give you a relaxing and calming feeling. Around the lake is the Ed Nixon Trail which gives access to hikers and bikers around the lake.

I really cannot fully describe this magnificent creation of God. This natural gem is surely one that must be preserved and protected. Here are some of the photos that I cannot resist to take when I had my morning walk on the trail around the lake.

I took these pictures through my phone. I usually took panoramic photos because I have this need to capture the entirety of a scenic view and this feature in my phone’s camera has always come handy.

Enjoy the shots!!!

Stay in love! Stay in God’s Love!

Sarah Dawn 🙂

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The Grandiose Kinsol Trestle

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The Kinsol Trestle, also known as the Koksilah River Trestle, is a wooden railway trestle located on Vancouver Island north of Shawnigan Lake in the Canadian Province of British Columbia. It provides a spectacular crossing of the Koksilah River. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinsol_Trestle)

Before reaching the trestle, one still needs to walk the Cowichan Valley Trail that is a 10 – 15 minute walk from the Cowichan Valley Park Parking area. At the end of the trail lies one of the most amazing products of brilliant Engineering and crafty hands. There you can see the majestic Kinsol Trestle.

The wooden trestle has stood the test of time. This manmade majestic structure has been around for more than 100 years and has withstood floods, fires, abandonment, and politics. Built on the year 1911 and was completed on 1920, this wooden trestle is really a work of art by the farmers of Vancouver Island. The place is really spectacular. It stood so grand amidst greenery and mountain ranges. Tourists and locals alike can enjoy the place for free as this has been part of Vancouver Island Regional Park. The place offers routes for hikers, bikers, and horseback riders.

There is a foot trail that would allow visitors to go down to the foot of the trestle and along the riverbanks. Benches and picnic tables are also provided for families who wish to take their meals at the foot of the trestle.

Since the place is considered as a Regional Park, coming to Kinsol Trestle is absolutely free. No entrance fees or parking fees. All one needs is the energy to walk the foot trail from the parking area towards the wooden trestle.

For nature-lovers and hikers who wish to take a break from the busyness of their work life, Kinsol Trestle is a must-see and must-go-to place. Kinsol Trestle will let you appreciate nature as well as the ingenuity of human hands.

Photos of Kinsol Trestle:

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The view walking on the trail towards the trestle.

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My Quest

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Life is an endless journey. We are travelers to a destination that is uncertain, a destination of unknown and untold realities. What awaits us there, no one knows and nobody can tell. But the question is: When would this travel end? Would it end the moment we die? Will it end the moment we breathe the last breath of life? Or would the journey continue after death. The answer is unknown because no one has come back to tell the living what awaits us there.

The uncertainty of life has caused chills inside me. As a child, a lot of questions lurked inside my head. What could I become in the future? Will I be successful? Will I reach the age of 50? Will I be able to have my own family? These were some of the questions that were left unanswered. Until I reached adulthood when I feel that those questions when I was a child seemed obscure and childish, even foolish. But still the fear of the unknown hasn’t left me. I am still haunted with the fear of being unable to handle the reality that awaits me in the end. But what really is the end? Is it something that we can experience because of the things that we do today? Are those the consequences of our decisions that we playfully made? Is it some sort of punishment due to the kind of living that we practice today? Different questions, yet the same bottom-line – the question and the desire to know the unknown. I’ve been through a lot and I could say that life has never been easy. I’ve experienced happiness as well as misery and I could tell that all these things are the end-product of my decisions before.

My questions when I was a child were already answered but with each answer emerges another question and the endless quest for answers starts again. And then I realized that the more I wanted to define my future, the end of what I called “My Life”, the more questions are laid down and more fear of dealing with the uncertain and unknown end are visualized. I quit. I resolved to stop this nonsense thinking! I cannot always prepare for the future. I cannot continue figuring out what the future holds for me. It’s not mine to foresee and it’s not mine to mind. I will live life the way I want it to be and there’s no one to stop me. I set my own rules, I build my own walls and limitations, and I will decide to whatever I will encounter with the knowledge that all these decisions shall contribute to the wellness or misery of my life. I cannot hold the future. I cannot define it the way I wanted it to be. I cannot also rebuild the past, for all that has happened shall never come to pass again. But I can live today to the fullest, to the best way I ever could. And I will cherish each moment knowing that life is a gift from God that should be spent in the fullest way possible. I will live today as if there’s no tomorrow.

My life is an endless journey. And there are still questions that sometimes pop in my mind. But I know that it’s endless and the questions are never-ending. And since it’s endless, defining its end would be futile and thinking of what tomorrow could be is such a pointless act. Are you acting that way too? At some point in your life, do you desire to furnish a future based on what you want and on what you define as a perfect future could be? Again my friends let me tell you: Defining your future is futile for only God holds our future.