summer is just around the corner. we’ve got a month left for spring and then here comes summer knocking at our door. yey! i miss the tropical philippine beach, where the water is warm and you can stay in the water as long as you like unless you start to feel the sun burning on your skin or some jellyfish bite you.
here in new zealand, the water at the beach is ice-cold because we are near the antarctic waters. when hubby and i dip our feet on the water, we screamed and laughed so hard because it’s freezing cold. haha!
the sun is warm but the air is cold, very typical of christchurch. we spent an hour walking along the tracks while baby is soundly asleep inside the carrier. he likes to sleep…a minute or two after we reach the destination. 🙂
this is our first time to attend the spring fair at orton bradley park. we arrived at around 11ish and saw that the parking lot is full and many people walking around. we weren’t expecting the big crowd because normally, every time we go to an event here at christchurch, there aren’t many people and we do not worry of overcrowding. haha!
there’s music entertainment, food stalls, garden stalls, art stalls and play area for the children. it is definitely an event for families especially kids. food is ok. we spent half an hour waiting in the queue to get our souvlaki which turned out just ok. it was a bit hot also because of the crowd and the weather.
nevertheless, i enjoyed the event because i’m with my two boys. 😉
this is godley head walking track, my new-found happy place for walking and hiking. the place provides a scenic view of taylor’s mistake beach, lyttelton harbor and the vastness of the pacific ocean. i’m so loving christchurch that i can’t imagine myself relocating to a more urbanized place anymore. we may not have the big shopping malls and restaurants here, but we’ve got lots of beautiful scenery to enjoy. going to the beach, hills and winery is easy peasy because it’s within the city!
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Happy Place.”
red brick shops, restaurants and cafes with the christchurch hills at the back drop make the tannery an interesting place to visit. the best thing about it is that it’s only a walking distance from our house. 🙂 i went there yesterday with the baby for a walk. it’s nice and sunny outside with a hint of cold winter air.
sunny winter day
row of shops
in a few weeks time, i’m going back to work and will be busy again. before that happens, i’m making the most out of my free time to do all the things i want – walking outdoors, coffee time, eating non-stop and lazying around with my mini boy. 😉 when baby is asleep and snuggled inside the carrier, it makes “me time” stress free and enjoyable. haha!
my first stop is the woolston market. this is the nearest café at the entrance so i’ve decided to rest here for a while after a long walk. i ordered a scone with a cup of hot chocolate.
(baby status = SLEEPING; mommy meter = HAPPY) 🙂
hot chocolate on a cold day
the woolston market
scone with butter
mommy status = happy
once i finished my food, i started window shopping. yes, just window shop because the items in the artisan shops are very expensive like élite level x99! i was walking with people wearing their fancy ootd’s with designer bag whereas i’m in my cookie monster hoodie and sweat pants (plus a baby).
(baby is fidgeting inside, cue that i need to start walking…)
the mall’s interior looks classy and elegant. far from the kmart and the warehouse shops i frequent to.
after almost an hour or so of walking, i felt hungry. i’m thinking of getting a delicious, decent, heavy lunch. ahhhhhhhh. but before that, it’s nursing time. the mall doesn’t have a parents room unlike the other malls. good thing, i saw a couch near one of the closed restaurants so we did our feeding session there. i’m comfortable nursing in public, provided i always have a cover with me.
(baby status = AWAKE; mommy meter = HUNGRY x2) 😐
after our nursing session, i went to mitchelli’s café renato, a small italian café. browsing through their lunch menu, i immediately saw what i’m looking for – pesto pasta! 🙂
once i paid my order, i went upstairs and look for a place to sit. i chose the one at the corner, if something goes wrong (clue: baby related). it has a nice top view of the restaurant and beside the window.
the waitress finally served my food and said “enjoy your meal. 🙂“.
then the baby now fully awake, alert and impatient starts moving inside the carrier. my most dreaded moment. what a perfect timing for my lunch. *groans*
i then ate a big spoonful of pasta and all of a sudden, baby started to cry and scream in my horror. times like this always make me panic. the couple sitting near me as well as the group of teenagers at the next table turned their heads and looked at me (with the slightest judgment), “what did she do with her baby?“.
it really annoys me when baby starts to scream like that. yes, that kind of scream that gets into the nerves. i hurriedly ate my pasta, half chewing it just for the sake of not getting choked and then swallow. oh by the way, the pasta is really good, i wish i enjoyed it as the waitress said. hindi man lang tumagal sa bibig ko. and you see that focaccia bread? all i can say is “shet, sarap”.
as soon as i ate everything, i grabbed my bag and left the place as fast as i could.
(baby status = MONSTER; mommy meter = STRESSED) 😦
it turns out that baby is sleepy again. it’s about time that we go home. before we end the day, i drop by she universe as our last stop. i bought a pack of thin peppermint chocolates since i like their free taste sample. we were also there last sunday and tried the chocolate drinks which are really yummy.
she universe chocolat
original hot choco and peppermint choco
am i happy? yes. but i also realize that “me time” is just a far-fetched dream.
hanami in japanese culture, means flower viewing particularly the ‘cherry blossoms’ during spring. people usually go to the park or gardens to have picnic under the beautiful cherry blossom trees with their families, friends or colleagues. japanese sometimes wear their traditional kimono or yukata during the hanami festival. it has always been my dream to go to japan and see the sakuras in bloom.
but dreams of travel and jetsetting are a reality miles away…
so last year, when i found out that the japanese community here in christchurch organizes a yearly hanami festival, i got so excited and vow to attend the event. no need to go to japan at all because my cherry blossom dreams will now become a reality here in christchurch! spring officially starts from september until november, but the best time to see the sakura is during the early part of september as the flowers are very vibrant and in full bloom.
compared to last year, this year’s event is better because there are food stalls available showcasing a variety of japanese delicacies such as rice cakes, sweets and gyoza. i tried one of the rice cakes which is similar to our bibingka but with a sakura topping on top. it was good, not too sweet. but the best-selling item during the hanami is the gyoza. check the long queue, everyone wants a gyoza on a good sunny day! for $6, you will get 6 pieces of gyoza, choose from pork or lamb flavor. 🙂 we bought 1 flavor each, yummers!
there’s also a tea ceremony booth at the far end area of the park. a few women garbed in kimono were doing a traditional tea ceremony while the audience enjoy a cup of hot tea and a rice cake.
around half past twelve, the drum show started and the people assembled and find their seats. the show run for 30 minutes.
all these japanese stuff brings back good memories of my japan trip few years ago. 🙂 if there’s one country i want to visit again, japan is on top of the list and most likely I will spend the days just eating ramen, sushi and more rice cakes. *nom*