Another Color Run

This event was my Christmas present to three people and only one and myself made it.

Not sure that I would want to have to fork out $50+ per person to run or walk the ‘happiest 5km on the planet’ anymore in future.

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Fancy having to pay to walk or run.

Well, it was a self motivation, an awakening really that I, a night owl could wake up so early to make sure my money did not go to waste.  In fact, most of it was wasted as I bought four tickets and only two of us went.

It was my second time participating in the 5 km run (walk).

There were heaps of people and excited faces.  It was indeed amazing to see that people were in fact happy to part with $50 (or more) per person to take part in this run and get colors all over them.

All for the thrill of wanting to set foot into the happiest five kilometres on the planet.

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Bali, a real holiday destination

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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 …………………………

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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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West Coast Trip – Haast to Wanaka

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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.

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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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West Coast Trip – The Glaciers

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West Coast Trip – Akaroa & Pizzas

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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.

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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

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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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Titirangi Village Market & Visitor Centre

Running out of space.

I couldn’t even blog this on my main blog.

Not sure I want to pay $5 per month to keep blogging.

What should I do?

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Time out on a good sunny weekend always starts with a market.

Last Sunday, we visited Titirangi Village Market. This is an awesome market of about 130 stalls selling quality local arts and crafts, produce, food along with live music.

There were not too many food stalls but we found one stall selling the best Gozleme (a kind of Turkish bread with feta cheese and spinach fillings) I had ever tasted. We ate on the go and the food was so yummy that we put aside elegance while eating our pieces of gozleme on a tissue (not even a plate for me as we were sharing) with fingers (and no, I didn’t lick my fingers).

As always, local made chutneys caught my attention even though I sometimes make my own. We bought a bottle of slightly spiced (chilli) mango chutney.

Eating that couple of pieces of gozleme was not…

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Counting the steps @ Panmure Basin

I have done numerous walk around the Panmure Basin.

It takes around 45 minutes to walk the round loop.  On a fine day, you will come across joggers and people walking their dogs or just having a stroll.

In fact, I have not taken any photos of this beautiful walkway till my last walk.   Since I was a solo walker the other day, I took my phone and recorded the number of steps I took on this walk.  Also taken photos of the beautiful greens around the basin.  Spotted one Pohutukawa tree in early bloom.  Summer is hear and Christmas is near !

Approximately, it took me 3,000 steps to complete this walk in 45 minutes.  That was random and an experimental experience to capture the sights and count the steps on this otherwise unassuming exercise.

 

 

A glimpse of Cathedral Cove

You could get to Cathedral Cove in the Coromandel by boat or approximately 45 minutes to an hour’s walk (1.5 to 2 hours return) through the track providing dramatic views of spectacular coastal scenery along its length, finishing at the beach beneath an impressive rock archway.

The track leads you through a lush native flora and fauna, turquoise waters and access to Gemstone Bay and Stingray Bay before arriving at the Cove.  Moderate fitness is required as there are some hills and flights of steps at the end leading to the Cove.

I did this walk a couple of years ago.  I might struggle a bit now to do the same walk.  Must get fit again so I can get a good peek of the Cathedral Cove which is only accessible by boat or foot.

Cathedral Cove Walk is a stunning adventure and a must visit for tourists and locals alike.  The natural beauty of this area is indeed awe-aspiring and every visitors will tell you that the hike is well worth it.

 

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