I wanted to be out of my comfort zone. I need to. But I can’t do it too quickly.. I’d scare the living hell out of myself. So I spent the whole day walking about and photographed whatever that interested me. The funny thing is, the biggest discovery I’ve found is an Asian grocery store. I kid you not, the prices are pretty cheap and I got really excited.
Anyway, back to the real adventure… Maryna and I went on a hunt for rooftops. We climbed several flights of stairs that got us nowhere and only found one accessible rooftop (so far!). It was so uplifting to be on the rooftop. The view was amazing, the wind was howling.. I loved it. We both did! We spent almost an hour up there discussing different buildings and where everything is at.
We found a few potential rooftops that we can try accessing. We’ll save that adventure for another day.
Maryna found some algae growing on the fake grass on the rooftop. It’s so beautiful.
Wholesale Asian groceries? Yasssss!
Whenever we hit a dead end while climbing up stairs, we take breaks to do mini photo shoots.
“Waiting for my boyfriend, Version 2.0”
I tend to end with a sunset, don’t I?
Jon came over to visit for two weeks. We had so much fun, sometimes we forgot about taking photographs. You’d start to notice that the photos started off looking all nice and pretty (cause it’s photographed with my DSLR) and then we got lazy and just stuck to Jon’s Samsung S5. A few exceptions to the last few photos, I just can’t leave my camera behind for a sunset shot, come on!
WARNING: LOTS OF COUPLE PHOTOS AHEAD.
We did a 5 day road trip down to Wellington, stopping for a night at Rotorua and another night at Hastings. With our rented Toyota Camry from Hertz, we had so much fun, even while driving. Jon was in charge of music obviously, and we were jamming to Alabama Shakes, Radiohead, The Black Keys, Bonobo and Nightmares on Wax. Now, we can’t wait to do a longer road trip in South Island. Potentially two weeks? That would be even more awesome.
Lunch at Fat Dog Cafe, Rotorua
Outside Rotorua Museum.
I promised to make full use of the selfie stick. It’s super useful when there’s only the two of us.
We had dinner at Ten Twenty Four at Hastings. When we arrived (without reservation, how clever!), we circled the building, wondering if it was closed for a private function. Thankfully, the waiter came out to the side door and we were able to ask if it was open. Although they only accept reservations, we were lucky that it wasn’t a busy night and the chef would be delighted to have us.
We were quite early, so we had the whole restaurant to ourselves. It’s almost as if Jon reserved the whole restaurant for me. Hah, jokes.
Double cheese burger at Five Boroughs, Wellington
DUCK FAT ROASTED POTATOES AND GARLIC.
This scaredy cat doesn’t dare to walk through the upper dam without me. 😛
At Island Bay Marine Education Centre-Bait House Aquarium, Wellington
That’s a mouthful.
The one minute sunset passed so fast.
In this trip, we have covered a lot of ‘first times’. Unintentional relationship goals achieved. Hah!
- Road Trip ✓
- Slept at 9pm together like old folks (It’s for the sake of waking up early to drive, people) ✓
- Took a tacky kissy photo (with one leg up!) in front of a point of interest at Rotorua Museum. ✓
- Nature walk (At Zealandia, Wellington) ✓
- Beach walk ✓
- Candle lighted romantic dinner for two at Two Twenty Four (Plus points: Whole restaurant to ourselves) ✓
- Made home made burgers from scratch ✓
- Discovered new places in the North Island of New Zealand✓
- Freezed on top on a mountain, Mount Victoria, Wellington(Well, a hill, really) ✓
- Watched a 1 minute sunset together (Oh, so romantic) ✓
- Bought non-stick pans together (WHAT?!?) ✓
- Jon supported me at one of my photography workshops ✓
I can’t wait for him to be back again soon. Meanwhile, I’ll deal with the winter winds first.
So gorgeous, ain’t it? It kinda reminds me of home. That long road in TTDI with all these beautiful trees forming an archway.
Ponsonby ain’t that far, really. It’s just a few bus stops away. Pretty nice and quiet here.
I found the ‘Publika’ of Auckland. Well, sort of. It’s a miniature size of it, with lots of cafes and fancy restaurants, an organic market, cool shops and this really cool fortune teller place. I’m gonna go to that fortune teller one day. It’ll be a fun experience.
Just a lil’ something I did today. Productive days ahead!
Note: Do your assignments.
So…. We reached Napier on Thursday and we explored.
Had my first cronut. Croissant + Doughnut. Well, it is veryyyy interesting…
Awesome room I have in Napier. (:
Although, I take up like 30 percent of space on the bed. Lol.
On Saturday, we stopped by Craggy Range Winery before heading to Cape Kidnappers.
The vineyards look so amazing.
But mists were all we could see on the mountains…
And a big white canvas replaced the sky.
At Cape Kidnappers, this was our beautiful view. LOL. Well, I liked it that it was foggy. It gave the whole place a different look. It’s a nice change from always having the perfect cloud-less sky and perfect view of EVERYTHING.
Gannets. Their terrible landings were quite a funny sight.