Friday, August 26, 2011

Family Trip

Finally i get the chance to blog about my family trip which happened almost 4 months ago. It's been such a long time since i had so much fun with my family. In fact, i would consider this was my first overseas vacation with them. My parents had been to so many places across the globe but never brought us along, argh... Haha, not throwing my tantrum anymore because i truly enjoyed this trip. Miss you all!

Poor erjie and francis who missed out... we did think and talk about you two lots of time throughout the whole trip because we really missed you, haha! Now just to show off some of the highlights of this trip.

Minus 5 Bar in Queenstown. A small bar completely made of ice and served cocktail in an icy glass. Only allowed in the room for 30 minutes. Couples of sculptures scattered all over. Overall experience, freaking cold.

The most luxurious accommodation i ever had. It's a villa at the top of a hill overlooking the whole Queenstown. Would definitely not stay there if there wasn't discount from GrabOne.

Kawarau Bridge, the first bungy jump was invented here. Yeah, one thing ticked off from my bucket list, i jumped! Very expensive and very scary. My advice: think twice before you pay and don't think anything when you are standing at the platform.

Dajie and a big teddy bear at Toy Muzeum, Wanaka. Rows of toy display ranging from ancient time to modern time. More like a warehouse than a conventional muzeum. Not entirely gutted but didn't find it too fascinating. Probably because i didn't own too many toys when i was young, sob sob... childhood deprived...

My parents and san gu at the top of Franz Josef glacier. Instead of spending 8 hours hiking the glacier like we young people did, they decided to take the helicopter and flew up in less than half an hour. Of course there was a price to pay, huge monetary price to pay, haha! Not complaining since it came out from their pocket.

My dad trying to lift up a tilted clock tower at Puzzling World, Wanaka. It was a very interesting place that create visual illusion. The best part was a room that looked normal but made you feel dizzy and walk sideway as you walk across. Highly recommended. Bring along a scientist to explain the phenomenon would be awesome.

My mum trying to 'flirt' with cruise captain in Milford Sound, haha! It took us almost 5 hours to drive to Milford Sound from Queenstown, and another 5 hours to return on the same day. Breath-taking scenary but extremely tired after such a long journey.

Me and san gu at Mirror Lake, somewhere near Milford Sound. Don't get fooled by the name of the lake, it doesn't reflect your image when you look down, it only reflects the scenary above the surface.

My family at Skyline, Queenstown. We had over rated buffet, watched a haka performance by Maori people and took lots of picture since the scenary was so pretty.

Random shot at Akaroa. It was ANZAC day when we were there, so most of the shops were closed. Not to mention the weather that day was horrible. Cold and wet, worst combination. We went for a cruise and saw some rare dolphins that can only be found here.

Me and dajie having fried rice at Franz Josef. Fried rice that bought from Wanaka the night before. Probably the best fried rice we ever had because we were extremely hungry when we were taking the break. Imagine 8 hours of hiking on ice, probably shed off some kilos as i climbed, haha! Highly recommended and do it while the glacier is still here, remember global warming is taking over.

Memorable vacation. Shall do it again!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Another Snow Day

What's the best thing to do when there is snow? Of course it's to stay home and stay warm. Christchurch was hit by another polar blast yesterday bringing snow to this ruined city. Though it isn't as heavy as the previous one, i still get the opportunity to make another snow man at my front yard. Such fun!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Mid Winter Santa Claus

A mystery parcel was sent to my doorstep few weeks ago when i was chatting with the sender at night. It was a pleasant surprise! She sent me 2 packs of dark chocolate tim tam and 2 hand warmers. Thank you so much, Swarna! Really appreciate that!

Suddenly it reminded me of one chinese idiom, ‘千里送鹅毛,礼轻情意重’