Travel: Wai ariki Farm Park

before heading back to christchurch after our hanmer staycation, we visited wai ariki farm park. it is a small farm with various friendly animals to feed. a small café is available where you pay the entrance fee to the farm. you can also buy there the animal food for $2, if you wish to feed the animals. we stayed only for an hour since baby got some colds and it’s quite cold that day too.

wai ariki farm park

wai ariki farm park

family farm visit

family farm visit

i’m too lazy writing a long post now so just have a look at some of the photos. and i just want to say that someday, i want my own farmville!

Travel: Conical Hill

one of the things we did at hanmer springs during my birthday weekend escapade is…walking. hahaha! i don’t know if this sounds exciting but then i really like nature walking adventures. aside from it being a cheap form of exercise (technically they’re free), there are also a lot of beautiful sights at the different walking tracks you will encounter. each walking track brings a different sense of excitement and accomplishment to me.

we tried one of the short tracks which is the conical hill walk. it’s an hour-long walk with a zigzag pathway made available so walkers can reach the summit and have a beautiful view of the hanmer district.

entrance to conical hill

entrance to conical hill

forest walk

forest walk

sitting bench

sitting bench

zigzag footpath

zigzag footpath

we make quick stops from time to time to take photos of the beautiful view.

view of hanmer basin

view of hanmer basin

the most rewarding time is always reaching the top. :)

snow-capped mountains

hanmer basin view from the summit

of course, not forgetting the selfies!

riding in tandem boys

riding in tandem boys

birthday girl

birthday girl

familia pabebe

familia pabebe

after the family walk, i had my much awaited “me time” moment. it feels good to have the massage after an hour of walking, while husband’s looking after the baby. :)

a well deserve mommy time :)

a well deserve mommy time :)

i will post later on our farm adventure, so stay tuned!

Travel: Staycation at The Chalets Motel

staycation /steɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/ noun – informal – a holiday spent in one’s home country not abroad, or one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions.
whoever coined that word is a genius. i love staycation. or perhaps, i could not go far enough because money is too precious when you now have a family. also, there was a sudden shift in activities when having a family vacation. everything has to be well planned. not much of the spontaneous adventures like what i do when i was still single.
for my 31st birthday, we went to hanmer springs, a town two hours drive up north from christchurch. hanmer spring is known for its thermal pools and spa and the best time to visit is winter. good thing it’s my birthday, we have an excuse to go there. do you imagine yourself taking a dip at one of the thermal pools with the snow-capped mountains as your backdrop? :)
for my three-part birthday post, i will share first our chosen accommodation. i thought it deserve a separate blog post as we spent most of our time here just relaxing and chilling like a villain. hahaha. when making a booking reservation, i’m always confused on which among the following should i prioritize:
  • best reviews but out of budget
  • affordable but experience is so-so

since it’s my birthday and i feel i deserve a nice vacation before going back to work force, i chose the one with the best reviews with a bit extra on our budget. once in a blue moon.

the name of the place is the chalets moteli have an idea what a chalet is but still googled it. chalets are a common type of accommodation in the alpine region of europe and is mostly made of wood. i am not the hotel-y type of person because i find it boring. i prefer interesting accommodation with a bit of character in it. when i saw that they still have open slots for my birthday, i knew that the chalet and me were meant to be. haha. here in new zealand, motels are very common as there are many backpacking tourists roaming the country.

we arrived friday at around 4pm. the host is a nice woman who gave us a complimentary drink new zealand style…a small bottle of milk. haha! their office have a wide array of books and dvd collections that you can borrow during the stay. after paying the bill and getting the key, the host brought us to our one bedroom with spa chalet.

the place is equipped with everything from blankets, towels, pans, microwave, ref, stove with oven, newspaper, clothes peg pin, dishwashing liquid, newspaper and many more. it’s a fully functional house with wifi connection and cable tv too. the house looks cozy and very calming. i imagine there’s snow falling outside but then waley.

the bedroom

the bedroom

toilet and bath with a spa

toilet and bath with spa

my husband used the spa during the first night. birthday nya din daw. i used it on the second day, lakas maka sowshal indi ako sanay. wahahaha.

the kitchen

the kitchen

the living room

the living room

the kitchen

complete with mini fridge, stove, microwave and kettle

the living room

comes with wifi and cable tv

here is the view from the outside. our rented chalet is the one at the right.

the chalets motel

the chalets motel

and here is the view of the mountain from the porch.

a bit of snowy mountain

a bit of snowy mountain

lush and greenery makes a mommy happy

lush and greenery makes a mommy happy

for our first night, my husband cooked pasta and brought the cake he gave the other day. nothing fancy, i’m happy just spending a quiet time with my family. ok na din at least tipid. :)

Random: Thirty One

today marks my 31st birthday.

to say i am happy is an understatement. i am delighted…ecstatic…overjoyed.

looking back at my life few years ago where i used to cry everyday and every single night, i still can’t believe that i am in a situation now that i have nothing more to ask for. reminds me of the quote, “you have to fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life.” 

ooopppssss wait! i feel hypocrite in saying that. of course, i’m still drooling over material things such as books, jo malone perfume and woven wraps (which are my current obsession).

despite not having the luxury to buy them at the moment (…because i’m jobless and relying on my husband’s money, lol), i still feel that my heart is full and smiling. :)

to someone up there, thank you for the 31 wonderful years!

to my boys, who surprised me today with these simple gifts, labyu boat! medyo naiyak ako ng totoo kasi ngayon lang din talaga ako na surprise ulit, ever. hahahaha! either walang regalo kasi ang asawa ko or kung meron man, di ko alam kung tino-troll lang niya ako sa bigay nya. ;)

thanks boys!

Book: Calm (Calm the mind, change the world)

day-to-day life happenings bring us so much anxiety and stress. commuting to work every morning, encountering traffic as we drive off to work and juggling the tasks at work and home are some of the typical stressors we may meet everyday.

i happen to see this book, calm: calm the mind, change the world, when we passed by one of the bookstores at the mall. out of the many books displayed, the bright blue cover attracted me and so i skim the pages and found out it’s indeed a good read. it’s a self-help type of book which discusses the different ways on how we can achieve calmness in our daily life. the book is divided into eight sections namely nature, sleep, travel, relationships, work, children, creativity and food. the book is designed not to be read in a linear fashion, so anytime you feel that there’s a need for calm through the eight sections mentioned earlier, you can jump from one page to another. this book also comes with an app that you can download in apple or android.

calm: calm the mind, change the world

calm: calm the mind, change the world

this book is one of the easiest and light reading materials i had so far. i was able to finish it within a month’s time (an achievement if you are looking after someone). some of the book’s suggestion that i often neglect are turning off my gadgets, chewing thoroughly the food and eating lunch at my desk. when i am bored, i incessantly tap on my phone and scroll through my various social networking accounts. we are all guilty of spending too much on it, isn’t it? when i’m at work, i always feel in a hurry thus eating my food at my desk, sometimes forgetting that a couple of minutes of leisure walking outside will refresh the mind and bring back my energy again.

if you feel like reading something light, just want to relax and not pressured to finish it just like other fictional books, this is a nice one. :)

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