Bali, a real holiday destination


If given the choice, what would you rather be doing, right now?

What could be better than being pampered in this luxurious hotel.  So relaxed that we returned again and again.

Once upon a time, in Bali …………………………


To me, a real holiday is about relaxation, sea, sun, sand, fruit juice or ice cream on the beach or sitting on the water bench sipping a glass of smoothies.

Going for a real holiday is taking time to unwind, put your feet up, not pressured for time, wake up late, missed breakfast and start the day with brunch or lunch.  Do lots of walk, swim, enjoy the facilities of a luxurious hotel with its fine food and drinks, soak in a hot spa, pamper yourself with a massage and pedicure.

When I think about Bali, I actually mean Nusa Dua which is located 40km south of Denpasar, the provincial capital of Bali.  The international airport is about 20 to 30 minutes by car.

Nusa Dua is a host of luxury hotels, home to the most popular golf course in Bali and the main convention centre on the island…

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A place for both the young and old ….

Auckland War Memorial Museum stands on the hill known by Māori as Pukekawa.

I walked past its grounds one evening and noticed the vibrancy of this place.

Not only are the taonga (treasures) from Māori (the peoples of Oceania and New Zealand) and our natural world showcased inside the three floors of this magnificent museum, its ground is a place of happenings for both the young and old.

Here is the story in pictures.




The word whitebait does not refer to a single species. It is a general term used in many countries to describe small freshwater fish that are tender and edible.

In spring, whitebait (could be various species about 4-5 cm long) make their way upstream from the sea, swimming near the river’s edge. Large shoals are referred to as runs.  Big runs often follow floods, a few days after the water clears – usually in the daytime on a rising tide.  White baiters will catch and sell them around $120 per kg which makes whitebait a delicacy.

NZ Whitebait is tender and the entire fish is edible including head, fins, bones and guts.

Chinese whitebait is raised in fish farms and plentiful quantities are produced for export. The Chinese whitebait (silverfish) is larger than the New Zealand whitebait and not nearly so delicate. The frozen product is commonly available in supermarkets at…

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West Coast Trip – Haast to Wanaka


Day Four

It’s now over a month since we did this trip.  Fast forward back to our day four of the trip.

An early start at 8.30am saying goodbye to Fox Glacier.  The travel distance was about 261km or 3.5 hours (not including stops).  There were lots of scenic stops along the way so we were pretty much cruising along.

Our first scenic stop was at Bruce Bay, a small settlement located approximately 40 kilometres south of Fox Glacier on the banks of the Mahitahi River.  We parked by the roadside rest area eating our sandwiches and coffee on the go.


Next stop was at beautiful Knights Point before arriving the township of Haast.

We turned into the town  (supposedly a place where you can get white baits but they were not in season).  There were a couple of cafes with signs saying ‘Whitebait fritters’ but none in stock.  At that time…

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My beloved four-legged

There is a special human whom I love to bits.

Obviously we never argue ‘cos he does not speak.

But his eyes tell me he loves me lots.

You are my shadow, it doesn’t matter you have four legs.

West Coast Trip – The Glaciers


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? Day 3 New Zealand contains many stunning glaciers, most located near the Main Divide in the Southern Alps in the South Island.  In the West Coast, you can view glaciers descending into temperate rainforest and they are…

West Coast Trip – Akaroa & Pizzas


Our holiday break this year took us to the West Coast, South Island.

I am blogging my memories and the things we did on this beautiful trip.  The best time to travel would probably be Spring or Autumn as when one travels, there are lots of sight seeing and in our case, a fair bit of walk to view the glaciers, waterfall, forest, mountains and lakes.  The summer heat can be a bit harsh.

Day 1 – 2/1/2018

We flew to Christchurch and picked up our rental car.

Akaroa (75 kilometres from Christchurch) is a historic French and British settlement nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano.

Feeling peckish, our first stop was at The Hilltop Tavern.  Indeed it offers stunning scenic harbour views but certainly NO good old rural Kiwi hospitality.


We were awed by the views of the Banks Peninsula with its undulating hills while waiting for our food at…

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The most beautiful place in the world


We just got back from a really beautiful trip, the best trip I have had so far.  It was an adventure full of walks, beautiful sceneries and good food.

I am glad to say that with this visit to the West Coast of South Island, I have visited almost the whole of New Zealand except for New Plymouth, Taranaki (a must-visit soon) and Invercargill, Southland.

The most beautiful region in New Zealand and also most probably the world is definitely Queenstown Lakes District.   In fact, the most beautiful town is Wanaka which is less ‘commercialized’ than Queenstown which is one of NZ’s top visitors’ destination.

Wanaka is nestled below towering mountains and is the most tranquilly set of the South Island lakes.   Wanaka has everything Queenstown has, beautiful lakes and mountain sceneries, wineries, restaurants, shopping, outdoor activities for adventure or simply sitting on the beach or grass at the lakeside to enjoy the views, feel the breeze and watch the…

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It must be Golden Churn

What is Golden Churn?

This is a household name for premium butter in Singapore, Malaysia, China and also perhaps other Asian countries.

Golden Churn is imported butter made either in New Zealand or Australia.  It came in a 340gram tin (mostly made in NZ) or 250g foil wrapped (made in Australia).   It is a halal product, indicating that a great chunk of the product is for the overseas market.

It’s the time of the year where Golden Churn is so much sought after.  When the festivals are here, it is time for making cookies, cakes and everything nice.  All bakers put in their best efforts with the best ingredients so their goodies will melt in your mouth with a taste of pure creamy butter.

Indeed it must be Golden Churn, goodness guaranteed.

While the rush for Golden Churn is happening in Singapore, Malaysia, China (and elsewhere), this is definitely not happening here in New Zealand or Australia where this butter is supposedly from.

I wonder if many overseas buyers know that Golden Churn is not even in our supermarket shelves.  These are the butter you see at our local supermarket shelves.

Thinking that we live in New Zealand, my elderly aunt beamed every time we return home to Malaysia and gifted her with tins of Golden Churn, her whole year’s supply, not realizing that we had to specially go to the Souvenir Shops to grab her favourite Golden Churn.

What a bliss, sometimes we left the gifts shopping till the last minute and still managed to see displays of Golden Churn along with other gifts at duty free shops at the airport.  Aren’t it blissful when you don’t have to crack your head to think hard what to buy for this aunty or that aunty.

Way to go, Golden Churn.  Goodness guaranteed !

By the way, do you know that it is cheaper to buy Golden Churn in Malaysia (for example) than to buy them in Australia or New Zealand?