I celebrated my 33rd birthday last weekend. Time flies! I could not believe that all those years have gone by in an instant. Despite working for almost a decade, sometimes I feel that my skills are still like that of a fresh graduate out of university – walang alam. Haha! There are times that I feel young inside even acting childish but then I can hear my joints making a cracking sound every time I move!
Anyway, we went to Hanmer Springs last weekend to celebrate my birthday. It’s been a while since we went out-of-town and my husband miss going out for a long drive. What a perfect time for us because the weather was so good last week and the mountains are filled with snow due to a recent snow storm here in New Zealand.
We passed by a tourist information centre and I saw that they are offering various activities such as quad biking, jet boating, rafting, canoeing and bungy. I am interested to bungy but I told my husband to give me some time to think. I need to think if I still have the guts to jump, what’s gonna happen to them if something goes wrong and so on.
I gave it some thought. Like 3 minutes.
I went back to the information centre and I booked a bungy session for the following day!
Motherhood may have changed me as a person but then I will always be a YOLO girl at heart. I hope if there’s some trait that my son will get from me, that is never to be afraid and to have faith that things will work out in a positive way. 🙂
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!
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 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. 🙂