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Disneyland Hong Kong

Disneyland Hong Kong (5 Days in Hong Kong: Part 2)

This series of blogs begins with a sad prologue: The phone that I took all my photos on while I was away has since died before I could get all the photos off it, so the visual storytelling of these posts will be reliant on Snapchat and Instagram posts, so bear with… If you haven’t read about my first day in Hong Kong, you can check that out here. *scroll down for my top tips and insights, otherwise feel free to read on from below* Ok, let’s begin: Day Two in Hong Kong was one I’d been looking forward to as soon as my Mum announced we’d be stopping in Hong Kong for a few days. For me, Disneyland was a given — period. This strong sense of need originates from my previous job: working for Disney World in Orlando, FL back in 2016. It was like a homecoming… except like in a different country, but Disney is Disney. In case you are new to my blog and are unaware, I love public transport. Auckland …

Easter at The Hamilton Gardens

On Easter Sunday I made the drive to Hamilton to spend the day at the beautiful Hamilton Gardens with my friend, family and family friends. It was a gorgeous warm autumn day, and I was surrounded by gardens that transported me to a new country each one I visited, but the best part? It was free! It had been a long time since I’d visited Hamilton Gardens, and while a day spent looking at gardens may not sound like the most exciting way to spend your day, it’s actually a pretty relaxing, enjoyable day out. We left Auckland close to 10am and arrived at the Hamilton Gardens about an hour and a half later. It was packed. Before venturing into the actual grounds, we stopped for a quick bite to eat at their cafe (I was actually really keen to try a cafe I’d heard about, The Kirk, but with limited time we stuck to the Hamilton Gardens cafe). First up were the ‘Enclosed Gardens’ and this is pretty much where we spent most of …

5 days in Hong Kong (Part 1)

I begin the re-telling of my time in Hong Kong and Vietnam with a sad prologue: The phone that I took all my photos on while I was away has since died before I could get all the photos off it, so the visual storytelling of these posts will be reliant on Snapchat and Instagram posts, so bear with… This one-month trip to Vietnam (via Hong Kong) had been a long time coming. Let’s be super dramatic and say it’s been 22 years coming. Why? Because my Mum is from Vietnam and until this trip, neither me or my two younger siblings had ever been. And considering we’ve grown up identifying probably more with my Mum’s Asian side than say my Dad’s Pacific Island side (well it’s been that way for me anyway,) it was a huge deal to finally be going to the “motherland”. Before heading to Vietnam though, we were stopping over in Hong Kong for five days (just FYI: I LOVE Hong Kong guys). The last time I’d been to Hong Kong …

Shop ‘Til Ya Drop | Washington DC Day 4 and 5

After trying to jam in as much as we could in the first few days, our fourth and fifth days in the capital were much needed chill days consisting of (window) shopping and seeing more of our new favourite city on foot. If you haven’t already, you can check out Day 1 here, Day 2 here and Day 3 here. Our last couple of days weren’t very eventful in terms of checking out iconic landmarks, but it did cement our love for DC. We were both quite exhausted by the previous day, so being able to take in the sights and sounds of DC at our own slow pace was a nice change. This included window shopping at malls and shops, trying a handful of cute cafes and getting our internet fix.   A few quick observations during my visit: Something that really stood out to me was how easy it was to walk everywhere. The whole time during our stay in DC we never had to take public transport of any kind. I guess …

Culture Vultures at the Smithsonians | Washington DC Day 3

Day three in the capital consisted of a lot of museum and art galleries, a must for me when visiting a new city, even if it’s just a quick peek. And if you haven’t already, you can check out Day 1 here and Day 2 here. It’s no secret that I’m not about early rising. Except for very special occasions, (read: occasions that happen no more than once a fortnight,) so it was no surprise that we left our hotel just before noon for our day out exploring a few of the Smithsonians. Our first port of call was the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Georgie studied American history and politics at university so she had a particular interest in stopping in for a quick nosy and to be honest I’m always up for museum visits of any kind. I was in awe when I saw the Star Spangled Banner in real life. Other highlights included the First Ladies exhibition where you could see a lot of the famous outfits the First Ladies have …

Day on the Mall | Washington DC Day 2

Day two in the capital saw us visiting the White House, the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial just to name a few. If you haven’t already, you can check out Day 1 here. I’d like to say we woke bright and early to make the most of the day, but that would be a lie. Instead, we left the hotel closer to lunch time and made our way to the mall (no, not the National Mall, that would come later, but an actual shopping centre). Window-shopping for a wee bit we made our way down to the Monument’s Reflecting Pool, the scene from Forrest Gump playing in my head. By this time the hot summer sun was already beating down on us, but we persevered.   We slowly made our way from the Monument end of the pool, up to the Lincoln Memorial, where I was weirdly more interested in the ceiling – don’t ask. It was an amazing view from inside the memorial looking down across the pool and to the towering Monument …

The first taste of DC | Washington DC Day 1

This time last year I was finishing off my USA trip (in NYC to be exact,) and getting ready to settle back down to the realities of job hunting at home, here in New Zealand. Naturally I’ve decided this is the perfect time to heighten my thirst for travel by re-living the past (read: I’m terrible at actually writing these blogs in a timely manner, so a one-year throwback is just an excuse to make it look like this was planned all along). So on that note, here’s what I was up to a year ago… DAY ONE: Up before the crack of dawn, I farewelled by apartment and housemates at Chatham (one of the four complexes you can stay at while working at Disney World,) goodbye. It was a teary one, that’s for sure, but I also knew that these were people I would see again, and no doubt very soon. (I was right by the way, about six months later I’d seen 5/7 of them, so I haven’t done too badly.) Onto a …

Busing around Los Angeles | Vlog

Last month you may have spied my blog post about my first full day in Los Angeles and now I have a lil vlog to accompany it. I was uhm-ing and ahh-ing about uploading this, as I’m slightly self-conscious/ wasn’t particularly feelin’ myself this day haha, but in the end, because my camera stuffed up and I have no footage of my time at Disney, I thought I’d make up for it with everything I filmed from Los Angeles. So here you go: Enjoy. And definitely check out my blog post about this all for a more in-depth run down.  

1 Year Since Walt Disney World

It is absolutely mental to think that it has been exactly ONE year since I landed in Orlando, Florida to begin my unforgettable six month adventure working for Walt Disney World. I’ve gushed endlessly about how amazing my time there was so I won’t say much more. But what I will do is share a few of my Disney World highlights with you, thanks to some help from my ‘appy mate Instagram. If you have any questions about the Disney College Program don’t hesitate to drop a comment down below or get in contact with me directly! I’d love to help! Warning: This may take a wee while to load! JANUARY Yup, exactly one year ago I landed in Orlando and hung out with Scar and the hyenas at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort! I stayed in one of the Little Mermaid Rooms. First night with all the Kiwi and Aussie roommates at our CP apartment in Chatham Square. It may have been pouring down with rain but THIS WAS THE DAY OF OUR TRADITIONS AND ALSO OUR …

Los Angeles by bus: Hollywood and Beverly Hills

My first full day in Los Angeles had me busing around Hollywood and Beverly Hills with stop-offs at cool places like the LACMA and The Grove and we also caught our first glimpse of a Hollywood celeb or two! The Bus Waking up bright and early after a good sleep, my anticipation rose as me and my Aussie mate discussed our plans for our first full day in LA (the first of just two). Carless, (neither of us were game enough to brave driving the LA roads,) we opted to scope out the area by bus. One of the main stops for the Starline Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off bus was just a ten minute walk up Hollywood Boulevard from our hostel (Banana Bungalows Hollywood), and after a quick stop in Starbucks for a much needed coffee and bite to eat, we crossed the road to the Pantages Theatre to hop on the bus. There are multiple ticket options for the Hop On Hop Off bus which are valid within different time slots; 24 hours, 48 hours …