Exploring Food in NZ

Our travel to New Zealand during the last quarter of 2016 allowed us to sample food regularly served on the Kiwi (New Zealander) table.

I have often been told by Kiwi friends that Fish and Chips is the standard favorite among Kiwis. And so as we took our late lunch shortly after our plane landed in Auckland, I was eager to order Fish and Chips. We had lunch at Szimpla Gastro Bar which was just beside Ibis Budget Hotel where we stayed in Auckland.

This is how my meal looked like 🙂 Plenty of chips and fish slices in there. And if you’re wondering if it’s really a newspaper on which it was served on, you’re right 🙂 That’s how they served it there.

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Our host for lunch was my former boss while I was still working in Cebu, Cherry. She now resides in Auckland with her whole family.

While we were in Hamilton, we had one Sunday lunch together with the rest of our travelling group from the Philippines upon invitation by a fellow Filipino now based there. We ate a Turkish-Mediterranean restaurant: Sultan’s Kitchen. My meal was a variation of the Fish and Chips. Note that the fish here is not fried unlike the usual Fish and Chips but was steamed instead 🙂

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The last stop of our trip before going back to the Philippines was in Christchurch. My cousin welcomed my husband and me there and hosted our stay. While we were there, Jaireh made sure that we tasted the country’s unique ice cream flavor (with a cool name, too!).

Here’s our Hokey Pokey ice cream for the night 🙂
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Are you hungry yet? Hmmm. Wait. I think I’m ready for some scoop of ice cream. Excuse me. Getting my ice cream now 🙂

  • How We Got There: 
  • We flew round trip via Thai Airways from Manila to Bangkok and then Bangkok to Auckland. We booked online and got good fares. We also got to choose our seats round trip and also the food served to us during the flights when we did the booking.
  • We were picked up in Auckland by our Hamilton host and we traveled by land going to Hamilton. Private land travel from Auckland to Hamilton is about an hour and a half.
  • To go to Christchurch, we went back to Auckland and took a flight to Christchurch. We flew via Jet Star. Flight time is about one hour and 45 minutes. Hamilton is located in the North Island of New Zealand while Christchurch is in the South Island. It is advisable to book early to get good fares for domestic flights (the same with that of the international flights).

Traveling, Performing and Having that Look

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

I have to admit that some of my more interesting and “nerve-racking” trips have actually involved me performing before an audience.

A couple of these trips which my job required involved me leading a song before a large group of people. And there was another trip which challenged me to perform a dance together with my group of friends. This last trip meant that we needed to put on some costumes. Looking back now, I thought we would have been more interesting to the audience had we gone one more extra step of altering our looks a bit. And this would have been simply and easily made possible just by donning on a wig.

Here are 3 wigs which would have made us look a bit “more interesting” and glammed up as we did our dance routine:

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  • This Zury Sis Wig Viola Color Sombre would have made a difference on our look for that night. You see its play of shades would have had looked well as the lights were trained on us for that performance.

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  • This Bobbi Boss Wig – M899 Yvetra would have really helped the look of the “fairy character” in our performance. The color would have given our co-performer an ethereal look.

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  • I have to say though that a clean, no-nonsense look would still be great to have on a performance. So this Bobbi Boss Wig – M896 Andrea would have made sense for some of us in the group.

For a change in look as you and I perform before an audience, it is not hard to do really with the help of a wig or two (or more!). There are great wigs to choose from Divatress.

8 Travel Quotes for Both the Traveler and Non-traveler

I can’t believe it’s been 4 years since I last shared on this blog some travel quotes that pique my interest. You can find the post on those travel quotes right here.

I have had some lull in travel with my last trip in January and with the next one coming up on August yet. And so I thought it would be nice to get inspired about how others viewed travelling. So here are some travel quotes you and I can ponder on:

We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.
– Anais Nin

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.
– Martin Buber

For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.
– Leonardo da Vinci

People who don’t travel cannot have a global view, all they see is what’s in front of them. Those people cannot accept new things because all they know is where they live.
– Martin Yan

Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.
– Benjamin Disraeli

Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.
– Lawrence Durrell

No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.
– Lin Yutang

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
– T. S. Eliot

You can find more inspiring travel quotes from brainyquote.com.

Travelling to Music Festivals in 2017

Do you like going to concerts  or music festivals?

While I like going to concerts, I have not yet taken one step forward that others would do — travel to another city or even country just to enjoy the live music of their favorite artists in a concert or in a music festival. Speaking of music festivals, here are some which are scheduled to run this year:

    • Exit in Novi Sad, Serbia.  If you’re into electronic, hiphop, punk, metal, reggae and rock music, then this can be the festival for you. Organized yearly since 2000, it is scheduled to run July 6-19, 2017.
    • Tomorrowland in Boom, Belgium. If dancing and electronic music is your thing, then you might enjoy this July 21-30 festival. It would be likely that electronic music DJ’s taking the stage will be geared with the best headphones, hdj might even be their choice for the night.
    •  Splendour in the Grass in Byron Bay, Australia. The “land down under” also has its own music festival which will run this coming July 21-23. This annual event has been held since 2001 and features alternative, electronic, hip hop and indie rock music.

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  • Fuji Rock in Yuzawa, Niigata Perfecture, Japan. Reportedly one of the largest music festivals not just in Asia but the world, this will fill the air with rock and electronic music on July 28-30.
  • Rock in Rio, Brazil. This music festival traces its first one back in 1985. Other than in Brazil, it has also been held in different locations including in Portugal, Spain and the USA. This year, it is set on September 15-17 and 21-24 in Rio.

So how about you, would you be travelling for a concert or music festival this year?