Christmas in Wellington

Just when I thought there was absolutely no way I would be able to relate to all (basically) of the Christmas clichés that I know of, because this year I’m in New Zealand where it’s summer in December (and therefore there are no chestnuts roasted in open fires), it suddenly rains. And on the day my sister and I decide to go Christmas shopping, too. Hence, people in jackets were abundant, and we felt like going to a café for the heat. And now at home I’m in a Christmas sweater sitting by the tree having a hot chocolate.

Of course it’s nice to have a different celebration for Christmas once in a while, but I am also glad to have this moment this year. 🙂

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Happy Holidays, Everyone!

My Almost Really Really Big Mistake

So here I was going around telling people I’d be back and in the office by Wednesday, and at the same time telling other people that I won’t be leaving until Wednesday.

It’s a good thing my sister didn’t go to work today and checked my schedule in the morning, otherwise we might never have realized our stupid mistake — I’m leaving NZ on Tuesday, NOT Wednesday!

And because it’s already Monday now, that means I only have a few hours to finish all my shopping needs and pack my stuff and say my goodbyes (okay, the last one is optional. I’ve already said goodbye to all the aunts I have here, and other than my sis, there isn’t really anyone else I need to say goodbye to). Still, I can’t believe how stupid I was to get the dates mixed up. It’s a good thing I realized it before it was too late, or I might have just missed my flight back home 😯 which is of course, not a good thing.

Anyway, so yeah, it’s my last day here and I’ll be back home by Wednesday. I’m sure of it now. Unless of course, you know, the airport closes on me again. It wouldn’t be the first time.

The NZ Food Tour

Right. If you’re looking for a real food tour and stumbled upon this place, please move along. This is a personal blog, and the “food tour” thing is mostly just a joke. 😉

Actually, I’m in New Zealand to visit my sister who has been here for the past 2 years, and since she likes to eat (well, we both do), she’s been bringing me to all the places with really good food. 😀 Yay! It seemed like our itinerary was dependent on which restaurants were open and what food they specialized in so I joked about it and told her that I’m actually here for the New Zealand food tour, since the last time I went (this is only my second time here), we practically went to all the tourist places both in the North and South Island, so there aren’t really all that many places left to visit now.

We just got back from Auckland though, the most populated city and where most of the concerts and other big events happen. For some reason (mainly because it’s just another big city that’s not all that different from other big cities like New York, San Francisco, etc.), we missed it when we last went here. And yeah, I daresay that we didn’t miss a whole lot since it is just a big city. Of course there are lots of things to do and places to visit like the Sky Tower, and Devonport Island, etc. etc. I’m not saying I didn’t have fun there, but since I’m not really the type who likes to party and spend their vacation time in the city (and neither is my sis), we spent most of our time sleeping in the hotel 😉 and eating donuts since it has the only Dunkin Donuts branch in the country (as in, the entirety of New Zealand).

I still have a lot of stuff coming up though, I’ve only finished the first week of my trip so far and I have seven days left on it. I actually already miss some stuff at home, like my friends (yes, they are classified under “stuff” hehehe) and my J-doramas, which yeah, I can watch via streaming here using my sister’s computer, but it just won’t be the same. But I’m not so homesick as to not be enjoying my time here anymore. I’m actually excited for all the stuff to come, it’ll be my first time going to museums and other places alone (my sister can’t be with me all the time, she has work) so it should be fun. Or scary. Either way it’s a new experience for me so it shouldn’t be all that bad.

Okay, I think I’ve reached my quota for boring people today so I’ll end this entry now. But let me show you a picture I took at Lambton Quay (that’s one of the main streets in Wellington).

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It's Cookie Monster giving out free cookies! 😀