Travel-diary: the Beauty of Christchurch

Or rather, the beauty of Peppers Clearwater.
Wouldn’t mind waking up to lakes and greens everyday!
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Facts: The February 2011 Christchurch earthquake of magnitude 6.3 killed 185 people. 4,423 earthquakes were recorded in the Canterbury region above a magnitude 3.0, from 4 September 2010 to 3 September 2012.

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Nevertheless, the city still retains such scenic beauty! Some economists estimated that it will take the New Zealand economy 50 to 100 years to completely recover…

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The villa we were staying in: right by the lake.
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Definitely adding sky-diving and bungee-jumping to my wishlist for the next trip!

“There is nowhere else in the world where, within two hours of an international airport, you can ski at a world-class alpine resort, play golf, bungy jump, raft, mountain bike, hot-air balloon, wind surf, whale watch and visit internationally-acclaimed wineries and gardens.”

Travel-diary: Nagoya Unagi Rice ひつまぶし (Japan)

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Finally tasted the most famous Hitsumabushi (Unagi Rice) in Nagoya!
The 4300YEN platter that we ordered for 2 came with these set of instructions, a four-step guide to eating the reknowned Japanese dish.
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I must say, this is the best eel-rice I have ever tasted!! I loooove unagi rice!
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So following the etiquette guide, the best possible way to enjoy this Eel Rice Bowl was to portion our unagi rice into quadrants. Each section is eaten separately, in different and unique methods.

Step One: Eat it on its own.
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Step Two: Add the seasoning – seaweed, wasabi and green onions
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Step Three: Add the seaweed, wasabi and green onions. Top it off by pouring Dashi-broth (green tea) on top of the rice.
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Step Four: Pick your favourite method and eat it all over again!
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To be honest, I couldn’t decide! I wanted to eat a second full bowl of hitsumabushi on my own.
The broth method really cleansed my palate of any oil, and when eaten along with the juicy, slightly fatty Unagi, it felt like heaven on earth.

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So amazing, I’d definitely come back again for more!! Was told that it’s really crowded during lunch and dinner. People actually queue up for up to an hour. We slipped in during a lull period, thankfully. The walk/journey to Unagi Horaiken was totally worth the trip.
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Unagi Horaiken
Nagoya Matsuzakaya South Wing 10th Floor,
3-16-1 Sakae,
Naka-ku, Nagoya

the modern gothic

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The Basílica y Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia
(Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family),
better known as Sagrada Familia.

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Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Catalonia.
Magnum opus of Antoni Gaudi,
God’s Architect.

wow

Viewing it from different compass points gives you a distinct feel of the buildings’ elements,
its Nativity Façade (east), Passion Façade (west), Glory Façade (south)
Beautiful!

Probably every girl who has ever read Dracula in all its glory
would appreciate gothic buildings from its finer days.
Transylvanian castles, anyone?

#bucketlist