Trip to Oamaru

my family from the PH visited us here in NZ last holiday season. it’s the first time my family went on a long haul trip which is really exciting! it was fun and memorable albeit a little short as they stayed only for 3 weeks. nevertheless, i know that they enjoyed their visit most especially spending quality time with my son. 🙂

traveling in new zealand is not complete without going on a road trip. and so, channeling my inner travel consultant persona, i brought them to some of the tourist destinations here in south island such as akaroa, wanaka, queenstown, oamaru and tekapo. my husband did an awesome job driving for us! *thanks papa*

since there are lots of photos and stories to share, i will post one place at a time. 🙂

first place is oamaru, a town located three-hours away from christchurch and at the east coast of new zealand. oamaru is part of the north otago region and reminds me of vigan or intramuros in the PH because of its historic victorian architecture. we had a limited time touring the city because it’s only a day trip and much of the time spent was catching up on stories in my relatives house. but they are gracious hosts and showed us around the town. first stop is the victorian precinct which is a small hub filled with shops, restaurants and art galleries.

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we tried the locally made ice cream at deja moo. my father did not finished his ice cream because he was feeling cold from the weather.

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it started to drizzle and get cold so we’ve decided to go to oamaru blue penguin colony as our last stop. unfortunately, we did not see any penguins that time because we were still early and the penguins will only come out during the night-time. since it’s summer, sunset means 9 pm in our part of the world.

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there’s still a lot more to explore in oamaru but sadly we have to go home. the charming old town makes me feel transported to another lifetime. next time, we will go back and will definitely check out the penguins. 🙂

<3,

 

Camping on Waitangi Day

long weekend on a summer season, is one of the days i and most kiwis look forward to. everyone is excited to go on a holiday trip and do outdoor stuff like having a backyard bbq party, walking at the park or chilling at the beach.

for us, it only means one thing. it’s CAMPING time! it’s been a year since we started camping and now, we consider it as our regular outdoor activity. camping gives us the much-needed break from our busy lives. it is therapeutic and relaxing. all we do is enjoy each others company by having real conversation with friends (due to absence of wifi which is the BEST.THING.EVER), sleeping inside the tent or under a tree, playing pinoy henyo and basically eating non stop. camping in new zealand is very safe as there are no wild animals lurking around such as snakes and crocodiles. the only thing that annoys us are the sand flies, so insect repellent is a must.

here are some of the photos from our last camping adventure. obviously, the boys love the outdoor so much and they were having a great time wading in the river. the water is crystal clear clean and you could see the bottom of it. this moment of experiencing the beauty of the nature with family and friends…are what i’m grateful for. 🙂

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xoxo,

 

Welcome 2017!

happy new year friends! it’s another year full of hope, dreams and fun-filled adventures for me and my family. 2016 has been good and i’m grateful for all the wonderful things that happened to me. our new home is the best thing that happened to us for the past year. despite adjusting to budgeting and feeling poor as ever (haha), health wise, career wise and family wise…i am joyful and contented.

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my yearly new year’s resolution of losing weight never progressed and wishing for a slimmer figure is like…

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i find new year resolutions easy to break like promises you can’t deliver. though there are some things in 2016 that i would like to continue and improve better such as:

  • keeping in touch with friends and family and checking how they’re doing from time to time.
  • keeping a clutter free home and being organize in my personal belongings, computer files, friends in social media (ONLY stay connected to people who matter).
  • unfollow and unfriend dramatic and attention seeking social media super star wannabes.
  • debt free and organize family budgeting.
  • more camping, tramping and other outdoor adventures.
  • learn and improve new skills related to my job and also for personal growth.
  • talking less and listening more.
  • limiting my social media posts. i am pertaining to facebook. (rather filtering the audience of my posts, i chose to delete people whom i haven’t spoken for a while. haha! easy peasy.)

i feel this year will be as good as last year. or better. 🙂

xx,

Time flies

My son officially started his first day in his new room. He was staying in the babies room, now he is running along with the other toddlers in the next room. Time flies! I feel emotional that he is growing up too fast. I always feel that I just gave birth yesterday, but see he is turning 2 years old in two months time.

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Bubs @ 6 months old

The tiny little boy who was just crawling and makes cooing sounds, tossing and turning in bed is now a rambunctious little tyke making funny mischief wherever he goes. He likes saying “Oh No!“, “Uh oh!“, “All gone!“, “No more!” and a lot more.

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Bubs @ 22 months old

I feel like I want more babies but daycare is expensive and we have no relatives to help us. Maybe when my little guy is big enough and can follow simple instructions, then we may consider a new one. But for now, I’m enjoying our precious time together and I look forward to the day he starts to talk and asks me lots of silly questions. 🙂

 

Fried Hokkien Noodles

my husband and i agreed that i will do the cooking during weekends. this is to give me other things to do apart from cleaning baby’s bum. kidding. i need some variety because i kept on doing the same things everyday and i kinda miss cooking. i used to cook for my family when i was in 6th grade after going home from school. but i’m not an expert cook, ok? my limited cooking skills only knows stir fry, tinola, adobo and nilagang baboy/baka/patatas/itlog/etc. 

truth be told, “a happy wife is a happy life”or also can be “a happy mommy makes a happy baby.” so here, i’m back in the kitchen and sharing one of the recipes i randomly found from the cook book. it’s an easy stir fried hokkien noodles recipe which surprisingly tastes good.

despite being sleepy and it’s almost 11pm, i still have some energy to cook our baon for tomorrow. well, nakakapilit talaga magka energy pag nalalapit na ang payday ni sir at hingalo na ang bank account. haha!

ingredients:

  • cooking oil
  • sesame oil
  • chopped garlic
  • chopped spring onions
  • 1 red capsicum chopped
  • 1 bag raw prawns
  • chopped chili – i only added 1 piece this time just to tease my dish
  • button mushrooms sliced thinly
  • 1 pack (2 bags inside) of hokkien noodles
  • sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp of soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp of water
  • sesame seeds (optional)

steps:

  • add the cooking oil and sesame oil together in a high heat pan.
  • add the garlic, prawns, spring onions and chili. stir fry for 5 minutes and put in a separate bowl once the prawn starts to look cooked.

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  • add another serving of oil and sesame oil then sauté the capsicum and mushroom together.

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  • once the mushroom turns brown, add the noodles.

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  • add the water, sugar and soy sauce and let the noodles cook for at least 5 minutes. note: the hokkien noodles is already pre-cooked in the packaging so don’t need to cook it for too long. 
  • add the bowl of prawn mixture to the noodles and continue cooking for the next 3-5 minutes.
  • season with salt and pepper to taste. you can also garnish the noodles with some sesame seeds on top.

and the finished product, voilà! lez eat!

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