On our way to Lake Louise, I saw some sceneries that reminded me of the Drielandepunt in Netherlands. Drielandepunt is where the boundaries of Germany, Belgium, and Netherlands meet.
In Lake Louise, the view is absolutely breathtaking! Glaciers on the mountain make the panorama picturesque. A truly sight to behold!
After an hour or so, we headed back to downtown and searched for the Devounian Garden. Unfortunately, it was already closed. Chinatown was the other option, however, the shops are also closed.
We all decided to go to the mall to grab a bite and walk around a bit. When we are about to go home, we bumped into James classmate and best friend, Jedd. The two six-year-old kids run towards each other with open arms then stopped abruptly. 😀 That surely elicited laughter from all of us.
We all thought they’re going to hug like they haven’t seen each other for a million years. The truth is, they just saw each other few days ago.
It’s a good way to end the day… Gotta snooze now. Another exciting day tomorrow. Mwwwwwwa!
Few weeks ago, I’ve been wanting to shout to the world regarding the approval of my credit card application (with another bank, ha!)! However, I restrained myself and waited until I receive the card. And I finally got it yesterday! Yey!
Indeed, there’s a rainbow after the rain (see related article -> credit card ). So… What is my first purchase? It’s a 20-piece screw driver set from Canadian Tire! I bought it online for my Dad.
Second purchase will be the domain name in which I’ve been eyeing on. I hope it’s still available though, it’s been months since I tried getting it using my credit card from the Philippines. It didn’t work out. According to the customer service officer’s email, the purchase got rejected because it’s “mandatory” for the shipper and credit card address to be the same. It’s crazy, but it’s true. I guess I should be happy with the tight security provided.
How about the third purchase? I don’t want to reveal that one. :p The goal now is to keep using my credit card in order to earn credit score and build my credit rating! Ha! And the most important part is to make sure that the bill will be settled before the due date.
Hmmmm… unfortunately, I can’t process my second and third purchase at this time because the wifi chose to be “drunk”. It’s practically “impaired”! Argh!
A jump start to a new, bright and sunny day! It was raining yesterday so we just roamed around the mall. I did not do much shopping because my pocket is still bleeding from all the money I spent in that US Visa application (see related article -> denied).
Nevertheless, I did indulge myself with food as well as bought bedding, duvet and comforter for my new place. I’ll be moving to my new cave in a few weeks time. Wohoo!
Today’s itinerary includes a visit to Banff National Park and Lake Louise. We are kinda lost at the moment and I have no idea on which direction we are going. I’ve let RJ use his iPhone to check the road that we need to take. I kinda suck with geography thingy, so, I just sat back, enjoy the scenery and start writing.
By the time that we’ve found the Banff National Park, there’s already a long queue for the Gondola (Cable Car) Ride. Thus, we opted to look around for a bit and look for souvenir items.
I feel down today but not devastated. My US Visa application got denied. Although I got so distracted because the interviewer’s eyes kept twitching while asking questions, I knew in my heart that I answered the questions satisfactorily. Nevertheless, my confidence crashed when he told me his decision and the logic behind it.
The main reason that I was given was, I’ve only been in North America for less than six months. That is fairly acceptable reason…. however, I cannot fathom why they did not indicate that in their website. I could have save time, MONEY, and effort. Maybe the officer was just being polite? Hmmm… From what I’ve heard, US Consulate officials are known to be forthright. Hence, politeness is out of the question (?).
The US Visa application fee, airfare, hotel accommodation, and one day wasted vacation leave instantly flashed into my mind when I learned about the result. A considerable amount of dollars vanished in a thin air just like that! I could have added some few hundred bucks to that and got myself a second hand car. Or I could have bought a new pricey watch. Or I could have send the money to the Philippines. It’s so frustrating! Sigh.
I was even looking forward to visiting my cousins in Virginia but I guess, it’s not yet the right time. Now, I’m wondering where to go and how will I spend my vacation leave. Asia is too far. California is cheap but then again… I don’t have that freakin’ visa! Argh!
Hmmm… How about a cruise eh? Or travel to Europe perhaps? I got a Schengen Visa before and my record is quite good… maybe… just maybe.. they will issue me again a Schengen Visa? I’m just thinking out loud. :p
Now what? First, I got denied of a credit card. Second, I got denied with a domain name application because my (Philippine) credit card’s address does not match my current address. Third, I got denied of a US Visa.
Whaaaaat’s neeeeeext? -_- Oh well, it’s not the end of the world. You win some, you lose some. As they say, there’s a rainbow after the “rain”… perhaps I will get a “rainbow” next time?
“And I start singing, my my… my American Pie” or is it “bye bye… my American Pie”? :p
P.S.I decided to intentionally miss my flight tonight, hence, my return ticket is wasted. I would like to emphasize,it’s not because of depression or something. I met up with my cousin and her family and we will gallivant until Sunday! Ha! Life must go on! Aja!
I previously worked with a North American bank so roughly I have an idea on how the deposit and credit card accounts work. Thus, as a new immigrant, I was aware that I won’t be able to apply for the “normal”* credit card since I don’t have yet a credit score**.
It is advisable for people who have no credit score or bad credit standing (a.k.a. delinquent payers) to apply for a secured*** credit card instead. Nonetheless, when I received a call from my deposit account bank, informing me that I was “pre selected” and qualified to apply , I “pushed” my luck and made a go. Ha!
After two weeks, I received the rejection letter. Darn! I was a bit devastated and in denial for a few days. When it finally sinked in, I went to the bank to inquire on the following:
why my application was rejected?
how can I earn a credit score?
what other alternative card should I get?
The bank personnel referred me to go to another bank and apply for a secured credit card. Just what I’ve known from the beginning. I got too excited when I received that phone call which overpowered my common sense and made me gullible. Sigh.
I did not go to the bank where she suggested me to go. We’re not talking about vengeance here, I just went to my preferred bank. Ha! I prepared the documents (payslips, employment letter, bills) and IDs needed. I even took a screenshot of my bank account summary (which proved to be beneficial ).
The bank officer was impressed on my “preparedness” and he particularly adore my screenshot. Hence, he offered me a “normal” credit card and not the secured one! And he assured me that he will do his best to help me get the approval.
I will know the result next week. Fingers crossed… Let’s hope for the best! Aja!