Camping at Lake Pearson

we are now mid-february. that means, there are few days left for summer and miserable winter is not too far away. how come we only found out about camping just recently?! we are such late bloomers. our couple friend here invited us on a weekend camping and it was lots of fun, no wonder most kiwis love camping and outdoor.

lake pearson

camping is not only relaxing but also a good time to spend quiet moments with family and friends. no telephone signal, no computers and no internet. just the beautiful view of the nature and the sound of the crickets at night. they have complete camping gears so life’s not too hard for newbies like us. since bubs just turned one, we were able to bring him for camping. it’s his first camping experience so a memorable one for all of us.

mountain view
old ladies relaxing

i borrowed a tent from a friend. initially, we were only planning for a picnic day trip but our friends convinced us to stay overnight. now we know how fun camping is, we bought our own tent so we can go camping anytime we want. yay! new zealand outdoor is too awesome.

our family van and borrowed tent

we arrived at 10-ish morning and our friends helped us to set up the tent. as a contribution, we brought marinated pork bellies “aka liempos” and my husband’s new baby – a portable barbecue grille. haha!

bbq chicken in progress
hubby and baby – haha!

everything went well except that we are not appropriately dress for the event. hubby and i were wearing shorts and the baby forgot his jacket. by the time evening came and we are about to sleep, the freezing temperature is unbearable and my legs and feet are cold. i also wake up every hour to check bubs if he’s warm and not shivering. guess what? he sleeps soundly as if he’s at home. that’s my baby bear grylls in the making, haha! we camped at lake pearson, a beautiful and tranquil lake located at south island of new zealand. there’s a nice view of the mountain when you look from inside the tent.

hello from the other side
mom and baby camper
my future adventurer

campsite is free of charge and has a long drop toilet. since long drop toilet is for everyone’s use, expect it to be filthy, yucky and stinky. the funny thing is that you will survive using it because there’s no other choice. it’s part of the experience anyway.

tada! the long drop toilet

here are some of the photos during our camping. too bad, summer is about to end. we can still camp when autumn comes and it will be a different experience then. the beauty of fall is incomparable. like my friend said to me, “each season has a different beauty”. 🙂

like father like son
bub looks grumpy as he forgot to put sunblock
freezing temperature before sunrise
finally the sun is out
first family camping

looking forward to our new tent and more adventures!


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.


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 time, there’s always a next time. 😉

Travel: Queenstown Skydiving

yahoo!!! one major personal project ticked off from my bucket list. (^________^)

i was able to push through with my skydiving plan, finally! i’ve been thinking about this for some time now but no chance of doing it. i was supposed to do it during the sydney trip last year but was cancelled on the day due to the bad weather.

i traveled all the way down to queenstown for a long weekend and never did realize that i went to the adventure city. this was very unexpected. i woke up early yesterday to catch a glimpse of sunrise which is a very good time for photography. then as i was walking around the block, i passed by the nzone skydiving office. you know, that feeling when the office is luring you to go inside and pulling you like a magnet. hehe!

to make the story short, right then and there i booked my slot for the day. haha! i was lucky because there are few slots left for the first jump at 8am.

after reservation, i filled up the registration form and sign the waiver. haha! do it at your own risk. the staff gave us some orientation and let us watch a video so we know what to expect for the activity. after that, the driver picked us up and brought to the drop zone, which is 20 minutes away from the main office.

ok din talaga yung hindi pinaplano at least natutuloy. to be honest, i feel nervous and scared a bit which is NORMAL i guess. haha! i was in the 2nd batch of jumpers and i was introduced to my tandem partner and photographer/videographer. pogi ang mga staff wahahaha! ehem husband loyalty check. the weather was very good yesterday — no winds and the sky is clear. we were given jumpsuits, helmet, gloves and goggles to wear. after that, we boarded the  small cessna aircrat which can hold as much as 21 people.

i was more nervous waiting at the drop zone than boarding the plane itself. as soon as we started to ascend, i feel more relax and excited. no backing out! almost halfway, my tandem master showed me the altitude device signaling me we’re almost halfway so he started strapping me to himself and he put on my helmet, gloves and goggles. my tandem master and photographer were trying to make me feel relax by constantly talking to me and giving me high fives. syet mga kuya sige lang chikahin nyo ko nalulurkey na ako sa kaba pero di na ako maka atras. nyahaha!


i was the 3rd to jump and it all happened so fast. the free fall experience was different compared to my bungy jumping experience. bungy jumping was actually more scary because you can feel that ‘falling’ moment unlike in skydiving wherein you just feel like floating in a big vacuum of air and the wind blowing on your face is like that in a very fast-moving car with windows open.


at 6k feet, the tandem master opened the parachute and i felt the tug as we started to move up a bit. i enjoyed the 5-10 minutes of view from up there overlooking the beautiful queenstown. as we slowly descent, he instructed me to do a sitting position to prepare for landing. after i landed, we all had high fives and i had a last picture with my tandem master, signs of life photo from the jump. 🙂


in span of 3 hrs, i successfully survived my skydiving experience. no broken bones, no damage limbs, all perfect and still good for a next jump. hahaha! this is one of my most memorable and favorite life experience which i will never ever forget. jumping 12k feet was never a joke. happy is an understatement. 🙂

will i do it again? i know myself that i can do it again. but i guess one experience is already enough. i still have many other things in my bucket list which i need to do so i’ll concentrate on those. and besides, i have to think about my carefree lifestyle now that i’m tied up to someone. nyahaha! 🙂

[usapan as how i recall it]

me: uy beh mag skydive ako ah. kelangan ko sya gawin habang wala pa tayong anak. may mangyari man sa akin wala akong iiwanang anak.

beh: eh anong tingin mo sa akin, san ako pupulutin? pauuwiin ako sa pinas?

hahaha. ok, no more selfishness moments from now on.