Month: May 2014

Gizmos and Gadgets: Getting Travel Ready

With just over four weeks to go (28 days and 15 hours to be exact… but who’s counting,) I have been slowly trying to buy gizmos and gadgets (and clothes) that I can say are going towards the trip so that I don’t feel horrible for spending money that I don’t have. Some of the exciting purchases include; A new camera; I bought myself a Samsung mv900f in the colour White which I am SUPER excited about.   I chose this one because of the screen that can be lifted to a 180 degree angle which will be perfect for vlogging (I’ve decided that I want to do some daily vlogging while I’m away as something fun to do). 32GB SD card; not very exciting, but I thought I’d chuck it in anyway.   Universal Travel Power Plug Adaptor; ok so I’m going to sound really geeky, but I’m pretty excited about this because it’s a 4-in-1 kind of product that I’ll be able to use in Europe and the UK.   Juice Box Portable …

T2: The Ultimate Tea Experience

It’s been a while now since my birthday; two and a half months to be exact. But after finishing off one of my birthday presents and feeling sad and slightly empty inside, I realised how much I’ve loved this present so, I thought I’d share it with you all! My present was given to me by my lovely friend Eloise and it came in a cute orange box with cellophane and a lovely red ribbon around it and smelled DELICIOUS! It was a strawberries & cream flavoured tea from T2! T2 Tea is an Australian company who I’d heard about numerous times and I’d seen stores popping up all around Auckland, with display windows decorated with brightly coloured teapots and cups. There is a HUGE range of delicious teas and cute tea-ware that you can buy, perfect for a cute cuppa! I like to have mine hot with a little bit of honey, or serve it cold on ice with a bit of lemonade or soda water! Well anyway, looks like it’s time for me …

Out & About| May 2014

Today was quite a full-on day for me. I had work, had to catch a million buses to meet my friends for lunch, (okay, slight exaggeration,) take pictures for my journalism assignment that was due at 4pm and then bus into university to hand it in! It’s days like these that I really wish I had a car. Anyway, here are a few photos I took today, it was a gorgeous sunny day today! Still a bit chilly, but sunny nonetheless.

Kiwi Lingo: A Guide to New Zealand Slang

I’ve been a bit nervous about doing this post, mainly because I feel like I have no idea what I’m talking about (which in reality is pretty ridiculous since I’m a Kiwi (the slang word for a New Zealander- but you already knew that) who was born and has lived in New Zealand my entire life). Also because some of this stuff is so cringe, but whatever. I’ve been doing a bit of research; reading blogs and watching videos, and have finally compiled a list of slang words and phrases that you might hear often in New Zealand, I’ve tried to use ones unique to New Zealand, but there’s bound to be similarities between Australian and British slang as well. As a rule, Kiwis are pretty lazy. We hardly articulate any of our words which leads to our accent, and we like to shorten words as much as possible (even writing this, I was tempted to write “poss”). Again, Aussies do this often too. Oh and Kiwis use the word “as” ALL the time. We …

My Travel Bucket List (2014/15)

Okay, so I don’t think this bucket-list is going to be incredibly adventurous, but my excuse is; it’s my first BIG independent trip. These are not in any particular order, but are just some of my goals and hopes for this upcoming trip.  Be able to hold a basic conversation in French: Because I’m going to be staying in France for around 3 months with an Aunt who knows limited-no English, I’m hoping that this will force me to use what little French I know and develop it a whole heap more! Try 9 new foods/dishes: I’m usually quite an adventurous eater, I’ll give almost everything a go. The only thing I’ve not been able to eat has been chicken feet at Yum Cha. If I was in another country and that was one of their traditional foods I’d totally eat it, at the moment though, not really my cuppa tea.  And why 9 foods you ask? Just simply because 9 is my lucky number. Make friends with people from at least 5 different countries: …

Currently: May 2014

CURRENTLY: Reading: Where’d You Go, Bernadette? By Maria Semple Watching: Game of Thrones (it’s baaaaacck) and the  Listening to: All things boyband/manband (what you gonna do about it?) Dreaming of: A cool vlogging camera Planning: My accommodation for Cardiff and public transport in foreign places Making: pretty diagrams and to-do lists on my pinboard Enjoying: the cool weather, not so much the rain when I have to walk through it Eating: almond butter on sliced apples (try it!) Excited for: planes trips and getting to vlog exciting places Goal setting: saving every spare dollar I can Learning: more French. Gotta brush up on my already very limited (and terribly pronounced) French if I want to survive in France for three months Lusting over: THESE PLACES  

Girl Crushes x Bloggers | May 2014

I wrote this post sometime last year on my old blog and thought I’d post it here because I still love these two so much! For a while, a couple of super super super fashionable chicks (presumably sisters,) kept popping up everywhere on my Tumblr dash. At first I thought it was just a one-off street style snap, but as the photographs began stacking up on my queues, I realised these chicks were so fashionable it was unreal I was super jealous I needed to know who they were and I was super SUPER jealous. So, I did a bit of digging and found out they were Stef and Jess Dawson, fashion bloggers from Australia and, you guessed it– unbelievably stylish. Yes, I am new to this whole blogging thing, so I’m not in-the-know about all the popular bloggers, so no eye-rollin’ please. But pretty much this is a post expressing my girl crush on these gorgeous Aussie sisters and my envy at their outfits.   So go ahead, check them out at How Two Live if you …

Quick Trip to Vanuatu (Throwback)| May 2014

Around this time last year my Dad’s football (or soccer, whatever you want to call it,) team organised a team and family trip to Vanuatu, a South Pacific island nation (close to New Caledonia) and where my Dad is from. My Dad’s team-mates and their families stayed for a week, but due to me having uni the following week I stayed one night… Talk about a short trip. Despite only going for one night it was totally worth it because it was so lovely to be engulfed in warmth and be able to go swimming, which I hadn’t done in literally seven months. Anyhoo, here are a few photos from my very short trip: Ready for the trip! View from our room The resort lobby… thing The resort’s jetty Ferrying back to the resort Being photographic and shit Ferrying back to the resort from the mainland Entrance to the resort… at night. View of the mainland from our island resort The resort restaurant (that guy in the white shirt was HOT) Pool by the resturant …