Ray to Riches: Volume 9

Welcome my friends. Every week there’s a new playlist with the hottest, newest, most underrated tracks that have surfaced during the week for your enjoyment. Along with a new weekly playlist, if you want to dive a little more  into my life, there’s a short story included that basically covers any topic that reflects what I’m feeling at the time. These could be memories, experiences, feelings, and etc. This is my weekly recap in a nutshell.

1 week. 1 story. 7 days. 7 songs. 2 weeks. 1 story. 14 days, 14 days (missed last week). This is,

Ray to Riches: Volume 9

Date: December 12-13, 2015
Topic: Jasper, Alberta

Canadian winters. One of the best and worst things about living up here. Going through a winter in Canada is almost equivalent to a sack of russet potatoes. But then again, I don’t got anything against potatoes…

Instead of hiding under my bed sheets with a cup of lukewarm hot chocolate beside me, I thought it was ‘somewhat’ a good idea for me to go to Jasper with some friends. I’ve never been there, but geographically speaking, it being relatively close to Banff had me come up with some preset assumptions about the place. The funny thing about the whole trip is that it was meant to be a snowboarding/skiing trip, but I decided to skip on it and conquer the streets (arguable whether they even had more than 1 street in the town) of Jasper.

It might have been the worst mistake I’ve made in 2015 to not go snowboarding/skiing. It’s not like I can’t do it; I just don’t find much thrill in sliding down mountains covered in snow. Jasper seemed like a ghost-town, even on a weekend. There were no commercial chains, not even one McDonalds… and it was mainly infested with overpriced gift shops that were evidently owned by the same group. It just felt like a old-fashioned tourist hot-spot that lost its flames. The environment was definitely weird and I felt out of place as a short Asian man.

Maybe due to the vibe I was getting in Jasper made me less appreciative of the nature around me. I feel like I’m sounding like a real city-boy but this is my truth. I felt completely bummed out and maybe I should have taken the chance to enjoy the slopes. BUT, what I can tell you is that with some alcohol, good friends, and some mountains to admire, Jasper isn’t that bad of a place.


– Raymond


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