Year: 2016

Currently: August 2016

This month has been a pretty huge month for me. Well in truth, this last week has been a huge week for me. Why? Because I have my first full-time job y’all. Despite feeling that pull to go back to the USA still, the past month I’ve almost accepted that New Zealand is where I’ll be for a bit longer. But what definitely set that all into stone was getting an editorial assistant role at New Zealand Weddings Magazine. I was absolutely ecstatic when I found out! It’s my first full time and media-related job and I honestly couldn’t be more excited or grateful. There’s a lot to learn, but that’s what makes it so exciting. So far the first week has been absolutely amazing. My first week coincided with New Zealand Fashion Week and NZ Weddings holds two fashion shows as part of it, so I got to experience the full excitement and craziness that accompanies one of the busiest times of the year for the publication. So yes, while I’d still love to …

Food Photo Friday #32: Lunch @ Hello Friends + Allies

Food: Deconstructed cured salmon salad/ Consumed at: Hello Friends + Allies, Auckland/ Date: August 2016 The day ended with some of the most exciting news I’ve received in a while, but naturally it all started with a little bite to eat in the loveliest of places. I am that person who scrolls through Instagram looking at all the pretty and delicious looking food people have been eating and scouting out a new cafe spot to check out. Sure, I have my favourites, but I love variety and love trying new things, especially when it comes to food. This time round it was off down the road to Epsom to a gorgeous cafe called Hello Friends + Allies. I’d driven past a couple of times and had always loved the look of it from the outside and inside was even better! I’m a bit obsessed with plants and botany hanging from the ceilings and sitting on shelves in cafes. It gives it a feeling of being alive and almost ethereal, which I love. I got there just …

Food Photo Friday #31: Lunch @ The Workshop

Food: Pumpkin and chorizo tart & chocolate cake/ Consumed at: The Workshop, Silverdale, Auckland/ Date: July 2016 This cute little place is a new one that opened at the beginning of the year in the industrial area of Silverdale. You’d never know it was there if you weren’t in-the-know. Apologies in advance for the snapchat quality photos, I was feeling self-conscious taking photos of my food with my front-facing camera.  Newly back at my old job in Silverdale I was happy to hear that a new cafe had opened up just around the corner from where I work. My work is in a bit of an awkward place if you don’t have a car, so The Workshop opening just up the road was the best news. It’s located in old shipping containers and doesn’t look like much from the outside. But inside it has a very “workshop” feel to it with cool decor and lots of light streaming in from all corners of the cafe. You could tell how popular the place is because by the …

Throwback Thursday: Farm Life in France

Sitting here with my laptop in front of me and my phone buzzing with Facebook and Snapchat notifications next to me, it’s hard to imagine this time two years ago I was internet-less and phone signal-less for almost two months.   Yep, that’s right. Two years ago I spent three months living on a farm in a little village called Vicq-sur-Breuilh which is just outside of Limoges. I was living with my aunty and uncle and neither of them had the need for internet, so I was essentially disconnected from the inter-webs for quite a while. Initially I wasn’t sure how I would cope. I’d downloaded a whole lot of TV shows to watch, I had a stack of books and helped out my aunty with errands and cooking whenever I could. It was a very different and simple way of life and I actually really enjoyed it. One thing everyone seemed to love was eating and drinking which, if you can’t already tell, is definitely my favourite thing, so I fit right in. Lunch …

Food Photo Friday #30: Dinner @ Al’s Deli

Food: Al Burger & poutine/ Consumed at: Al’s Deli, Kingsland, Auckland/ Date: July 2016 What do you do after a workout? Eat all the calories back again! After a rough start to the day, I got myself sorted by working out with my friends, followed by a good feed at Al’s Deli in Kingsland and a few hours of Pokemon hunting to round up the night. I hadn’t realised that Al had opened at Kingsland as well, but I’d been to the Queen Street deli quite a few times and obviously loved it. Something that I was very keen to have was the poutine. I had been quite disappointed that the Canadian Pavilion in Epcot at Walt Disney World did not serve poutine and had been craving it everyday since. Poutine, for anyone who’s never tried it, originates from the province of Quebec in Canada and is made up of French fries drizzles in gravy and sprinkled with cheese curds, such a winning combo. So in addition to a small (but generous, in my opinion) …

Currently: July 2016

Oh my, the first currently of the year- only 7 months in, but better late than never, non? This month has mostly involved settling back into life in Auckland. I’m not going to lie, it’s tough. Like, very, very tough. Every day I’ve been pining for my life back at Disney and in the States. I’ve just had to keep telling myself that it was the best thing to do, what with the student loan I need to pay off and me wanting to actually start my journalism/ media career, neither of which I would be able to achieve at Disney. I guess the hardest thing is that in this situation I did have the opportunity to extend if I’d wanted to. But because of the timing of when they asked, I totally thought I’d be fine leaving Disney and coming home. Fast forward to two weeks before I was set to leave Orlando and man was I wrong! But I guess that’s life and I just have to keep telling myself that things happen …

Food Photo Friday #29: Lunch @ Bubba Gump

Food: Shrimper’s Heaven/ Consumed at: Bubba Gump Shrimp Co, Santa Monica, CA/ Date: January, 2016 A trip down to the seaside at Santa Monica wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Bubba Gump’s, which is perched up on the pier with a great view of the sea (and the hot lifeguards in training). Because of the time of year, Santa Monica was pretty chilly, so Loren and I decided to head inside for some much needed warmth and food at Bubba Gump. Loren had visited a Bubba Gump before during a previous trip to the States, but this was my first visit to the Forrest Gump themed restaurant. Everything was themed to perfection, and we even got given a quick Forrest Gump quiz by our waiter, who was one of the loveliest waiters I ever had during my time in the States. For lunch I chose the Shrimper’s Heaven, which was comprised of “hand breaded coconut shrimp, grilled shrimp, crisp golden shrimp and tempura shrimp with fries. And of course great homemade dippin’ sauces like tangy asian, …

Oh! Hi there, it’s me again.

So I vaguely remember making a promise months and months ago that I’d keep my blog updated while I was in the USA, that I’d vlog and do all the things that bloggers are supposed to do. Unsurprisingly (and this is very unfortunate that it’s the case,) I wasn’t able to keep that promise– not even for a day few hours. There were a combination of reasons. Firstly, I had no laptop for about a month, thanks to the thieves who broke into my house just a few days before I was due to leave NZ. Secondly, wifi was piss poor (which was a disappointing surprise). Thirdly, my vlogging camera decided it would be the perfect time to konk out, less than a week into my travels. And just in general, blogging was kind of the last thing that was on my mind after a late night back from work. Yes, working for the mouse does have it’s hard days, just like every other job. On a slightly brighter note, after arriving home to New …

2 Hours Until Disney

Is there a prize for least efficient blogger? Because if so, that should go to me. My excuse? My laptop was stolen. Yup, literally just days before I’m meant to leave someone stole my laptop. Typical. Because of this blogging has been a bit hard, but I am now armed with a tablet (a slow one tbh though,) and will be trying my hardest to blog and vlog when I can! Meanwhile I’m having my last legal drink for a couple of months (I don’t turn 21 until March) and doing all the last minute checks! First stop: LOS ANGELES! See ya there.  

6 FYIs About the Disney Cultural Exchange Program

In light of the fact that I’m leaving for the US in 7 (!!) days, I thought I’d motivate myself to be a more consistent blogger by doing a blog post every day for the next week, leading up to my departure. Today I thought I’d give a quick run down on the Disney Cultural Exchange in Orlando, FL for anyone who thinks it might be something they’d like to do, or even if you just want to know more about it. 1. Live in New Zealand or Australia: Unfortunately the Cultural Exchange Program is only open to people who live in NZ or Aus. HOWEVER, there are also programs under different titles and with slightly different setups for people from other countries outside of NZ and Aus, as well as probably most famous program, the Disney College Program for domestic students. 2. Be a tertiary student: Another requirement for the program is that you have to currently be studying at a tertiary provider (for example; university, polytech or TAFEs). You must have completed at …