finally, i finished reading the book gone girl. if i remember it right, i started reading the book while still on a maternity leave and my constant companion while putting my baby to sleep.
i always find it interesting when a book is made into a film. i feel excited especially when i knew the book beforehand or had finished reading the book. gone girl is one of the novels which was made into a movie starring ben affleck and rosamund pike, as nick dunne and amy dunne respectively.
i’m not going to make a film review or book review as i’m not an expert to that. i enjoyed the book as much as i enjoyed watching the film. oh wait! i think i must have slept a bit watching the movie because that was three hours long and i have a bad habit of always sleeping in the middle of a movie. haha!
i like the story, the twist in the plot and how scheming psycho bitch amy is, the gone girl we are referring to. i’m amused as to how she planned and stage her disappearance so she can frame her cheating husband for murder. sneaky and vengeful yet intelligent and impressive. amy is quite a character. she is complex and unpredictable which i find remarkable.
if i have the time, i’ll watch the movie again. no sleeping in between this time. :)
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.
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!
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.
we make quick stops from time to time to take photos of the beautiful view.
the most rewarding time is always reaching the top. :)
of course, not forgetting the selfies!
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. :)
i will post later on our farm adventure, so stay tuned!
- 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 motel. i 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.
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.
here is the view from the outside. our rented chalet is the one at the right.
and here is the view of the mountain from the porch.
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. :)