Month: April 2015

A New York City Wish List

A few days ago, I posted my 2016 travel wish list, listing places that I’d like to visit sometime next year and one of the places that I’m most excited about is New York City. I’ve never been to NYC before and don’t remember the previous times I’ve been to the US because I was too young at the time, so I’m super excited to head over and check it out. There are few quite touristy places in that I’d love to visit, including; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Guggenheim Museum, The American Museum of Natural History, Times Square, Central Park, The New York Public Library, The Brooklyn Bridge and The Brooklyn Flea Market to name a few. I have also been doing a bit of research and Katie from the Travelling Light suggested Eileen’s Special Cheesecake Shop, which is supposed to be the #1 cheesecake shop in New York. I am also a bit of a Gossip Girl fan, and my friend Georgie is too, so we were thinking of taking a Gossip …

Life After School Advice (Part Two): University & Study Abroad

Welcome to the second instalment of my four part, ‘Life After School Advice’ series. This is something that I’ve been wanting to do for a while and have collaborated with some of my close friends in order to do it. My friends and I all took slightly different paths after we graduated from high school, so this series is a way to shed light on the different things you can do after school and what it might be like, from people who have experienced it. We are by no means experts, but we are going by our own experiences. My hope is that this series will help people who are just about to leave school and are still unsure about what they want to do. Or anyone else who is just in general, stuck in a bit of a rut. If you haven’t read part one about work and travel you can do so HERE. So now, without further ado, here’s part two. Part Two: University & Studying Abroad You all know me, Anya. I’m currently studying …

Food Photo Friday #8: Food Fiesta at Mexico

Food: A variety of yummy tapas/ Consumed: Mexico Food & Liquor, Britomart, Auckland / Date: 17 April 2015. For some reason I had never been to the much talked about, Mexico Food & Liquor. So, after my friend said she felt like having Mexican, I thought it would be the perfect time to finally check out what all the fuss was about. As soon as we sat down, we both commented on how awesome the decor was. The place has a dim, but welcoming lighting and the walls are jam-packed with posters and photographs and the tables had cute atmospheric candles.   We ordered one soft taco each, I had the smoky beef arrachera soft taco while my friend Amber opted for the chef’s special pan-fried fish taco. We then shared a bowl of plantain chips (with magic powder, coriander and fennel sofrito) and a bowl of guacamole (with pork crackling and totopos). We were slightly unsure about whether we should’ve ordered more, as the waitress kept telling us that the tacos were very small. …

Exciting Announcement

No guys, unfortunately I can’t announce that I’m about to marry the beautiful human pictured above, BUT I still have some exciting news which I’m super pumped to be sharing with everyone. If you’ve read my TV Schedule post or follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I am pretty obsessed with the TV show Outlander. In order to not bombard you all with constant Outlander posts, I decided it would be best to channel that passion to somewhere more appropriate, so it is with great excitement that I can now announce that I am now a contributor to the awesomely fun website, Fangirlish. My role is to contribute towards the Outlander fandom by updating everyone on what’s going on with the books, the show and the stars! You can find almost any fandom on the website, so if you’re a huge fan of a particular TV show, film franchise, band or book series, you should definitely check it out! So far I’ve written two posts, one of them a recap of episode 1×11: The Devil’s …

Travel Wish List: 2016

We may only be four months into 2015, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to begin dreaming up and concocting a travel plan for 2016. This year is a big year for me, I’m in my final year of university and will graduating at the end of the year, which is both an exciting but also very scary prospect. Because of this, along with the fact that I have very little money after my big 7 month trip just a few months ago, I have pretty much decided long distance travel will have to be designated for next year. There are still so many uncertainties about next year, but I’m hoping that I’ll have at least a month next year to fit in a bit of travel mileage. 2016 Wish List: Below are some of the places I’m hoping to get to by the end of 2016 *places that would be awesome, but not necessarily a MUST for me United States: New York City Orlando, Florida Los Angeles San Francisco* Europe: Scotland Dubrovnik, Croatia Ljubliana, …

Life After School Advice (Part One): Work & Travel

Introducing the first instalment of my four part, ‘Life After School Advice’ posts. This is something that I’ve been wanting to do for a while and have collaborated with some of my close friends in order to do it. My friends and I all took slightly different paths after we graduated from high school, so this series is a way to shed light on the different things you can do after school and what it might be like, from people who have experienced it. We are by no means experts, but we are going by our own experiences. My hope is that this series will help people who are just about to leave school and are still unsure about what they want to do. Or anyone else who is just in general, stuck in a bit of a rut. So, without further ado, here’s part one. Part One: Work & Travel Moana Sebenik is one of my oldest and dearest friends. After school, she decided to work full-time before going travelling, I talked to her about …

Food Photo Friday #7: Italian at Elliot Stables

Food: Pumpkin cannelloni/ Consumed: De Niro, Elliot Stables, Auckland CBD/ Date: 13 April 2015 It took us two weeks to decide where we wanted to go for dinner, and in the end we decided just a few hours before going, but it all worked out! What I love about Elliot Stables is that it’s a lot like a food court, but a lot more fancy. My friends and I sat down at a table in the more secluded area. The lighting was dim, but warm and welcoming, and the decor is lovely. I was keen for some Italian, something I haven’t had in a while, so I headed over to De Niro to order a cannelloni. I can’t quite remember the exact ingredients of the cannelloni, but I know that it was vegetarian and filled with delicious warm pumpkin. The best Italian I’ve eaten in a while and very satisfying. After dinner, my friends and I headed over to Moustache, the milk and cookie bar which unfortunately has shut it doors now. They were having …

Japan Day | Auckland

There was plenty happening down in the Auckland CBD yesterday, one of them being Japan Day, down at Auckland’s Queens Wharf. There was an enticing range of Japanese food stalls (along with a few stalls from their neighbouring countries, China and Vietnam) and Japanese wares, both traditional and contemporary. There were also performances on the main stage the whole day, my favourite being this group of drummers. I also got to see the process of people making some savoury moochi. I’m a huge fan of the sweet kind, so it was great to try a savoury version and see how it was made. Did anyone else go along? Would love to know what you thought!

Film Review: Insurgent (The Divergent Series)

It’s a quick one from me today. Just a quick film review of The Divergent Series: Insurgent that I saw on Monday with Moana. The Basics: Directed by: Robert Schwentke Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Octavia Spencer, Jai Courtney, Tay Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet. Released: March 19 2015 (UK), March 20 2015 (US). The Plot: “As she [Tris] searches for allies and answers in the wake of the uprising, Tris and Four are on the run. Being hunted by Jeanine Matthews, the leader of the Erudite faction, Tris and Four will race against time as they try to figure out what Abnegation sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris faces one impossible challenge after another as she unlocks the truth about the past and ultimately the future of her world.” IMDb *There may be unintentional spoilers now, so read with caution* Thoughts: The film …

Food Photo Friday #6: Ramen Raving

Food: Pork Ramen in a miso base soup/ Consumed: Ramen Do, Eden Terrace, Auckland/ Date: April 14 2014. Nothing warms me up and fills me up better than a good noodle soup. My favourite will always be a good bowl of Vietnamese Phở, but a big bowl of Ramen is not far behind. Here is the sixth instalment of ‘Food Photo Friday’. Last week my friend asked me whether I realised I’d posted four breakfast/brunch posts in a row. I guess I just love a good petite dejeuner! Buuuuuut, I do enjoy a good lunch and dinner also, so thought I’d spice it up this week. This day in particular we were celebrating my brother’s 13th birthday. He had invited a bunch of friend’s out to lunch at Ramen Do, in Auckland’s suburb of Eden Terrace, which is very close to Auckland’s CBD. This was the first time I’d been to Ramen Do, I usually go to Tanpopo in Auckland’s CBD, but this place was just as delicious. I am a huge fan of Japanese …