Wellington: The Sunday Creatures

on our second day in wellington, we started the day by attending the sunday mass at st.john’s presbyterian church along willis street. due to earthquake repairs, sunday mass is temporarily held here until the catholic church is already safe to use. after the mass, we started looking for a place where we can eat our lunch. despite being called a city and the capital, most restaurants and establishments are closed during sundays making the city look dead as a ghost town. we must have spent 30 to 45 minutes walking around until we end up in a turkish eatery which i didn’t find satisfying at all.

after that, we went to weta cave studio. to go there, we rode bus #2 from the city central going to miramar.

so what is weta cave studios all about? it’s a shop where they sell souvenir items from the movies ‘the hobbit’ and ‘lord of the rings’. visitors can also enjoy a short film viewing inside the store, as well as a mini tour at the studio next door that explains how props and costumes were made for the movie. due to the ongoing production of ‘the hobbit’ movie series, visitors weren’t allowed to take photos inside the studio. hmm, fair enough to keep the secrecy of how things were being made. there’s nothing much to do inside the store aside from buying stuff and taking photos, so we joined the tour which costs us $NZD20 each. well, i’m not a fan of anything fantasy related so i think the workshop is just ok, but the husband likes it and finds it very interesting.

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here are some of the photos we had that day. i did not upload most of them in fb because as you know, i am pregnant and i had photos with the not so good-looking characters and the parents and in-laws were panicking when they saw my photo with gollum and the lurtz. lololol. and you know how the oldies believe in old wives tales, pamahiin and urband legends right? they told me not to look at them or else baby will come out ugly-looking. hahaha! i really appreciate the concern and all but i find it very stressful, especially for me who doesn’t believe in pamahiin at all.

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so this is the highlight of our second day. not much to see in wellington on a sunday to be honest.

Wellington: City Tour and Friends

few weeks ago, my husband and i flew to wellington to have his passport renewed.

well (rant upcoming)…

we could have save some bucks if only the embassy people told us ahead that they will be flying to christchurch as part of their mobile consular services. when i called them for an appointment, they even asked us where we came from and we said that we’re from christchurch. they should have known by that time that they were scheduled to go to christchurch and advised us instead to wait for them rather us flying to the capital and spending for airfare and accommodation. i’m pretty sure they know there’s an upcoming christchurch leg. well ph government office, what else is new?

anyhoo, we just took the opportunity to roam around wellington and catch up with some old friends.

we took the earliest flight on a saturday morning and left our car at the airport for 2 days. this is cheaper compared to us getting a cab or getting the airport shuttle services. it was a smooth 50-minute trip from christchurch to wellington and we were blessed to have a good weather on that particular weekend, after days of cold snap and non-stop rain.

it was both our first time in wellington. husband and i were very amazed when we saw tall buildings, shops and lots of cars. ‘syet ang daming building!’ hahaha! para kaming galing probinsya!

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OFW!!!

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basically, the 3 largest cities in new zealand are auckland, wellington and christchurch. auckland is the largest and populous city in the country and somehow equate to manila. everything is in auckland – shops, events, concerts, traffic and crime! wellington is the second largest city and the country’s capital. it is a balance mix of urban and nature. the seat of government is also based here. lastly, christchurch is the third largest city. we don’t have that many buildings because as you know, there was a major quake a few years back so most of the tall buildings were already demolished. i would describe christchurch as a very laidback city with lots of parks, gardens and nature trails. we don’t have to go out of the city to find nature because hills and ducks are only a few minutes away from our house. i compare christchurch as similar to baguio city, city with a cooler climate.

if i were to choose between the three cities, i would prefer christchurch. i think i already gave up the city lifestyle and would rather live in a place where nature is more accessible than tall buildings and malls. after a long day at work, all i want to do is relax, have a nice view of the surroundings and enjoy strolling at the parks and feed the ducks. haha!

now going back to our wellington adventure, we took the city bus upon arrival at the airport so we can early check-in at the hotel. unfortunately, we were too early since 12pm is the earliest check-in time and it’s only 8am. to use the spare time, we started with the city tour and walk towards the wharf and museum. pregnancy didn’t stop me from doing long walks though i must admit that i easily got exhausted and out-of-breathe after 20 minutes of walking. i forgot to mention that wellington is a hilly city so it’s like hiking at the same time!

we had a quick breakfast at mcdonalds then after that, we went to Te Papa Museum. i like going to museums. i’d rather go to a museum or a library than spend time in a shopping mall. it’s a really nice museum – clean, well maintained and the entrance is free. FREE! woohoo! we spent an hour or two in there before i got a message from Mj, telling me that they’re on their way.

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we walk for another 15 minutes going to the wharf, meeting them at a japanese restaurant for lunch. it’s nice to see her again after years of not seeing each other. she’s got a baby too after 11 long years. wow indeed! so happy for her. :)

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Baby Alex meets Tito and Tita :)

after the lunch and bidding each other goodbyes, we went back to the hotel. i have to endure these long torture hilly walks. i swear, i missed our trusty old car. :-|

we were finally able to check-in at the hotel around 2pm. when we reached our room, i heard some weird noise coming next door. it was like some couple having sex and we could hear the moaning and heavy breathing from the inside. hahaha! juice colored!

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above

in this age of facebook and instagram, everybody seems to be enjoying ‘foodtography’ as much as i do. most of the time, i’m guilty of not saying the graces before meals and instead…i take pictures of the food i eat. oh well. :-| so here’s a yummy photo entry for this week’s photo challengepenne al pesto and salmon, which i ate when i traveled to sydney, australia. i’m not good at cooking pasta and i wish i can cook something as delicious as this one.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

up, up and away…jumping out at 12000 feet. my bucket list turned reality…

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skydiving. :)

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Colors

it’s weekend again and it means, it’s weekly photo challenge time. thanks to wordpress dailypost community for the good ideas (^_^). and so, this week’s theme is about colors. here’s my photo entry for the week. (to be honest, i’m just lazy to blog and all i want to do is sleep, eat and relax in this cold weather…hihihi)

colorssouvenirs at asakusa 

this picture was taken at one of the souvenir shops at asakusa in tokyo, japan. as you can see, tourists are not allowed to take pictures of them (you should buy it!!!)…but i was able to sneak one shot. one.naughty.bad.ass.

i wish to be able to go back to japan again someday, perhaps in kyoto or osaka so i can see the beautiful sakura blossoms during the spring.next time, there’s always a next time. ;)

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