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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s how they served it there.

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 at 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Are you hungry yet? Hmmm. Wait. I think I’m ready for some scoop of ice cream. Excuse me. Getting my ice cream now ๐Ÿ™‚

  • How We Got There:ย 
  • We flew round trip via Thai Airways from Manila to Bangkok and then Bangkok to Auckland.ย 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).

Take a Break, Travel, Play Music

I think that traveling is one of the best ways to take a break.

Whether you travel to the next town or fly over an ocean to visit an international decision, this will take you out from your usual routine. The experience can help you see things in a new light. It refreshes your mind, challenges your perspective.

Music, on the other hand, may not mean stepping into a new physical territory like traveling but like reading, it can take you to places as well. It can bring you back to the past, it can let you re-experience the happy places in your life. And yes, it can even allow you to revisit some of the painful stops and pauses in your life. I think this is true whether you just listen to music, watch a live musical performance or whether you yourself are playing music with the piano or a Fender guitar (by the way, check out the best musiciansfriend.com fender guitars).

Traveling and music. Both provide opportunities to take a break from our usual routines. Both can take us to places, and hopefully inspire you and me as we continue our own personal journeys in life.

When It’s Time to Pack

How do you go about packing your things as you travel? Well, there are three things that I automatically think about as I pack: a list of things to bring so that I don’t forget anything, the kind and size of bags I will be bringing and packing containers or cubes I would need to use to efficiently pack my stuff.

Speaking of packing containers or cubes, I recently came across this 4 Set Packing Cubes – Travel Organizers with Laundry Bag.ย Here it is:

If you’re wondering about their sizes/dimensions, here they are:

The sizes as we see above, I think, are just right. And yes, a laundry bag would be very useful for your dirty clothes which you would eventually have during your trip. The cubes could be used to divide your clothes, underwear, toiletries and even your gadgets. When you’ve filled in the cubes, this is how the inside of your luggage could look like:

Thisย 4 Set Packing Cubes – Travel Organizers with Laundry Bag is made of high-quality Nylon with YKK zipper. The packing cubes have mesh top panel for easy identification of contents and ventilation. These can easily fit in most airline carry-on suitcases. It can also fit inside your tote, weekender, backpacks and even duffel bags. Drop by Bagail.com and see this travel essential available at an affordable price.

When it’s time to pack, you can do so efficiently. Pack smart and enjoy your trip.