Travel

Winter Break

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
That gherkin..

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.

Sunday’s Specials

Outdoor library.

Shark bus!

That is creepy. From far, it looked like an anorexic sleeping/drunk man.

We’re on a boat. We’re on a boat to Devonport.

Yes, I found the best location for my next photoshoot. It’s so friggin’ awesome!

Coming back here real soon. Like, tomorrow. Yes!

Ponsonby Visit

So gorgeous, ain’t it? It kinda reminds me of home. That long road in TTDI with all these beautiful trees forming an archway.

Autumn.

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.

Napier, New Zealand

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.

So I resorted to photographing these. Not a bad idea eh?

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.

A Bunch of Other Stuff , Kapiti Island, New Zealand

 Yay, my brother and I actually made it to the summit on Kapiti Island via the Trig Route! Whoopeedoo! Took us more than 2 hours actually. BUT we were watching birds and listening to them, so being late didn’t count. Pft

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