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.








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.







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.



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. 🙂



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

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

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 use 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. 😉