2016 had it’s fair share of troubles… but all in all it has been very good and I am ending it by being grateful for all the wonderful things that has happened this year. Welcoming 2017 with a big smile and a hopeful (and brave) heart! Happy New Year everyone! The adventure continues.❤
Went up to Auckland recently to watch the coldplay concert and spend some time with good ‘ol friends (The concert was AWESOME btw). The day after the concert, we had lunch at Takapuna beach.
It was such a wonderful day… warm sunshine, warm summer breeze, good food and even better company… It was a nice way to chill after the hungover from all the fun the night before.
Ordered Iced coffee as I was in desperate need of some caffeine and was pleasantly surprised to be given this!
You get to mix the espresso and milk into vanilla ice cream instead of just ice… this was sooooooo good! Yum!
After we ate.. we went walking by the beach for a little bit as it was such a lovely day.
Of course we couldn’t resist taking photos as well!
So… next time you’re in Auckland and wanting some chill time by the beach.. you now know where to go 😉
Note: For information on how to get here, just go to this link http://www.takapunabeach.co.nz/site/webpages/discover-takapuna-beach/getting-there.
After a rough week of earthquakes (the biggest one being magnitude 7.8), tsunami alerts, strong gale winds and rain and heavy flooding… It seems that better days has finally come for Wellington and we’re finally having a good dose of warmth and sunshine here in the ‘coolest little capital’ in the world.
In order to make the most out of one of the nice and sunny days we’ve been having.. me and my flatmate and very good friend Jennifer decided to spend the afternoon in one of the beaches here in Wellington. She suggested we go to Scorching Bay.
On our way out of the door of our flat, we saw Jan (the boyfriend) who had just arrived from his shift at the hospital and we urged him to go with us as well!
The wellingtonnz website describes Scorching Bay as “A popular sandy roadside bathing beach.” More info about the bay can be found here: http://www.wellingtonnz.com/screen/locations-directory/scorching-bay/
We had a nice and relaxing time just sitting/lying down on the grassy area facing the beach… talking, listening to music, taking photos and we even managed having a little nap!
It is very true when people say NOTHING BEATS WELLINGTON ON A GOOD DAY!❤
These are some photos that I took while we were in the resort that we stayed in on a trip to Bantayan Island Cebu, Phillipines. It had been three long years that I wasn’t able to spend time with my family so when I went back home ( finally ) for a two week vacation, I thought it a good idea to go on a short out of town trip with them.
There are a lot of resorts beside the beach to choose from in Bantayan Island. I had been to a couple of them way back when I was still in highschool and early college. Generally all resorts are good and most of them are just dotted right beside the shore. I ended up choosing Sta. Fe Beach club for us to stay in just because I haven’t been before and their room rates were well within my budget.
We were there during non-peak season and we arrived on a Friday so we pretty much had the resort to ourselves on our very first day. ( Peak season is during summer time, around March to May or during Holy Week which coincides with the annual fiesta in Bantayan Island. There are a bit more people during the weekends as well. )
We rented out three rooms during our stay. One of them was right in front of the shoreline exactly where I stood while taking this photo.
That’s our room right there, included in the photo 🙂
The second one a bit to the back. That’s the one right behind the coconut tree 🙂
Our third room was on the second floor of this building. The first floor is the dining area for all guests. For photos of the inside of the rooms and their rates click here: http://www.stafebeach.com/rooms.html
You can see local fishermen dock their boats early in the morning just to the side of the resort.
A panorama shot that I was able to take one late afternoon when the tide was very low.
Another panorama shot taken during sunset. That’s my brother sitting in one of the chairs. Hehe 😀
Sta. Fe beach club is no fancy hotel type or waterpark themed resort. It’s small and modest BUT because of that, it makes it really ideal if you’re looking for some quite downtime from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life. We had a nice, fun, relaxing time during our stay here. I’ve always been a beach girl and so three days of sun, sand and sea really lifted up my spirits and made my soul very happy!
P.S. This is NOT a paid write up but just wanted to share our experience during our stay. If you do end up coming here, I hope you have as much of a good time as we did. xoxo
“Maori folklore tells two stories relating to the color of these rocks. In one, Kupe – the famous Polynesian explorer – was gathering Paua ( large edible sea snails ) here when one clamped his hand. He bled and stained the rocks red.
In the other story, the red is the blood of Kupe’s daughters. Fearing for their father’s safety on a long voyage, they gashed themselves in grief over his absence.” – newzealand.com
The Red Rocks Reserve is a coastal walkway located at Owhiro Bay, Wellington NZ. It generally takes about two hours ( return ) to do the walk. About 30-40 minutes going to where the red rocks are and then another 30 minutes to continue on a bit further to Sinclair Head to get a glimpse of the New Zealand fur seal colony. Then an hours walk to go all the way back to where you started. Although I think the time it takes to do the walk will really be different for everyone. Some may do it faster than others… it really depends on how physically fit you are and what pace you are aiming at.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
RUGGED TERRAIN — You’ll be walking on sand and stones. Make sure to wear appropriate footwear like sneakers ( or rubber shoes ). Wear comfortable clothing as well.
BEAUTIFUL VIEWS — You could easily get pre-occupied with just doing the walk and finishing it. When it gets a bit tiring, take a breather, look around and appreciate what’s around you.
MILD TO STRONG WINDS (It IS Wellington after all) — A windproof hoodie with good insulation is a good accessory to have as it can get really windy and cold in the late afternoon (especially if you’re doing the walk in winter). When we did our walk, the wind was strong enough to actually blast some of the sand and pebbles on the side of our faces!
GOOD EXERCISE — Red Rocks is considered as an easy walk… still, that’s about two hours of proper walking… that’s good exercise if you ask me. You could always jog or run as well if that’s more suited to your activity level. Within the area is also where the Taputeranga Marine Reserve is located where you can go snorkelling or diving. See here for more information http://www.doc.govt.nz/Documents/conservation/marine-and-coastal/marine-protected-areas/taputeranga-marine-reserve-brochure.pdf.
THE SEALS — Generally the seals are just lying and resting on top of the rocks and are harmless. Be cautious in approaching them though and don’t get TOO close. I got one of the seals all flustered and roaring at me when I got too close for comfort. That was quite a scare.
HOW TO GET HERE:
Drive: It’s about 25 minutes drive from the city center down to Owhiro Bay.
Bus: “You can catch bus number 1 to Island Bay and get off at the last stop and walk around the coast via the Bach Cafe and Owhiro Bay Parade. This adds a 2 kilometre walk before the start of the walkway. The are buses to Happy Valley, number 4, during the week which take you closer, as does the Southern Shopper bus (number 29) which takes an awkward route from the Hospital, through Newtown, Berhampore, Kingston, Brooklyn and Happy Valley to end at Island Bay shops.” – newzealand.com
Source: I got some of the information found here at http://www.newzealand.com/int/feature/red-rocks-reserve/
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Spending Christmas last year in this paradise was the BEST idea ever ❤
Note: I would like to thank my friend Dorothy Sanchez for some of her photos that are posted here.😊❤️
- The 10 minute walk from Medlands Beach to Bark Bay.
2. A good dose of greenery and sparkling blue waters along the way.
3. The swing bridge when you do the waterfall trail from Bark Bay ( About an hour one way ).
4. The waterfall
5. The water’s cold!
6. Rest and a picnic on top of some boulders.
7. Relaxing and soaking up the sun after all the walking.
8. Fun under the sun! We love the beach!
9. The Sandbar
10. White sands… Crystal clear waters… Not too crowded. We absolutely love this place!
Happy 2016 to all! This post will be part of a series of posts that I will be doing about our lovely summer Christmas holiday in Nelson. I was initially a bit confused on how I was going to go about writing this… in the end I decided to just break it into the different highlights of the trip rather than making very detailed and lengthy daily posts that might be a bit of a bore to read. If you think it’s a better idea to write down all that transpired from the start to the end of each day, please let me know your thoughts in the comments section below. New ideas or writing tips are always appreciated! Alright, on with the post!😊
Our trip officially started when went aboard the Interislander Ferry bound for Nelson on the morning of the 24th. We were taking the ferry as we had never tried riding the Interislander from Wellington to Picton before and we had heard stories from people we know that it’s one to try due to the views. The journey takes three hours and passes by Pencarrow Head, Cook Straight, Marlborough Sound, Tory Channel and Queen Charlotte Sound.
Here is a link from the Interislander website that will show you a more detailed look about the voyage —-> https://www.interislander.co.nz/The-Voyage/Index.aspx#content
I experienced a bit of sea sickness in the middle of our journey, however, I was able to take some anti-nausea medicine (which was available in the ferry store) so I was still able to enjoy most of my time on the boat especially once we entered Marlborough Sound going to Queen Charlotte Sound. The site that greeted us was amazing!❤️
Beautiful right? For those of you who haven’t tried the ferry trip from Wellington to Picton yet, I definitely recommend giving it a go (even if it’s just once if you really are not a boat person). It would be a nice tick off your bucket list 😉
Note: I left the photos unedited because I seem to like looking at them “untouched” and natural at the moment 🙂
My Friends and I decided to do a short walk and beach trip on the famous Abel Tasman Coastal Track in Nelson on Christmas day.
This post is just a little photo teaser until I’m able to start writing about our whole Nelson trip. Just a little too excited here to share how beautiful this place is that I just had to do one quick post! Hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas as well!😊❤️