Adventures in Auckland

To sum up my third Auckland experience:

1. Mediocre room service from Crowne Plaza at 2am local time. Great chips, over-fried snapper fish. But still yum-in-my-tum after 10-hours in the skies.20140608-172649-62809783.jpg

2. 15°C in the day, with the sun out. What more can you ask for?20140608-172650-62810755.jpg

3. My favourite cereals and the works – late-night snacking essentials.20140608-172651-62811620.jpg

4. Thumping the threadmill late evening before another round of fish-and-chips, kiwi-style. Definitely calls for gymming over-time.20140608-172652-62812491.jpg

5. Strawberries and Cream Frappucino! What more can I say, I love this shit. It’s ice-cream, milk, strawberries, fresh cream all in a cup.20140608-172653-62813667.jpg

6. Late-night gossip with awesome colleagues. Talking stuffs only we understand, surrounding ourselves with quizzical stares when we burst into maniacal laughter. 20140608-172654-62814403.jpg

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7. Brunch is Japanese food, again! (We did Japanese the day before as well) They seem to love Japanese food down-south because these joints are everywhere in Australia and New Zealand. Katsu Chicken Curry with a lemony-twist. Loved it. 20140608-172655-62815301.jpg

The whole lot more doesn’t come with pictures. I don’t love Auckland particularly but the place definitely has its perks. Someday soon I would get ballsy enough to do that SkyTower bungee jump.

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

Photo-diary: Rangitoto and Volcanoes

Fedora’s friend Ridge drove us up the coast at Mission Bay – Patteson Avenue
which overlooked the active volcano on Rangitoto Island
They say, you only live once
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What with volcanic hazards and possible reawakening of volcanic activity, this place is entirely too beautiful.
Then again, beautiful things are dangerous.
The Auckland volcanic field is fuelled entirely by basaltic magma, and is likely to erupt again within the next “hundreds to thousands of years”.
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It is expected that these volcanoes won’t erupt anytime soon. But then again there’s the volcanic ash from Mount Taranaki/Egmont, Taupo, Okataina, Tongariro and Mayor Island.
Soooo beautiful, right?
20131004-201716.jpgA heaping mound of Thai Food to warm up our frozen bodies…it was so cold by the seaside!!!20131004-201731.jpg Conclusion: most of us tropical climate creatures are just not made for winter.