Posted in Wellington

I Left My Heart in Wellington

Cable Car going down from Mt. Victoria

Ah! Windy Welly! I can write volumes of poetry about you and we’ve only known each other for 2 days! Ha-ha! But really, if I am given a chance to move here, I will definitely do so in a heartbeat. Wellington is so picturesque that I cannot take a bad photo of it, and that’s saying something considering that I got practically zero skills in photography. And the coffee here is so good you can find a good café almost anywhere. It is also noted that this “world’s coolest little capital” has more café, restos and bars per capita than New York! How great is that?

Mom and Bubba with Max Patte’s “Solace of the Wind” sculpture

Since we had two weeks of holiday break last Christmas, my husband decided to test his driving endurance (and patience for that matter) and went on a 10-hour road-trip from Auckland to Wellington, with a one night stopover in Taupo. Wellington is more compact than Auckland, so it’s easier to explore the city on foot. There are also more buses here compared to Auckland so you can just hop into one if you’re a bit tired and weary from walking. If you have your own car, attractions can be visited with only 5-10 minutes of driving. It’s a bit more chilly here than in Auckland because of wind factor so be ready to have a jacket handy if you are traveling on cooler months.

View of the city from Mt. Victoria

It’s so easy to fall in-love with Wellington, not in a maddening, hair-pulling state of love, but in a gentle motherly-nurturing kind of it. It’s a kind of place you will take good care of because you know it will give you the same kind of cultivation – both for your physical well-being as well as in the mind and soul.

Boats at the Waterfront

Just a simple stroll at it’s waterfront can help you clear your mind of daily stresses as the cool breeze of the ocean sweeps your meandering thoughts. A quick hike to Mt. Victoria could just be your much needed energy boost or if retail therapy is your thing, the city has countless of shops and stores wherein you can get spoilt for choices. If you’re a culture vulture you can visit Te Papa museum and be awe-inspired by it’s amazing Gallipoli exhibit. 

Gallipoli exhibit @ Te Papa Museum

There’s just everything for everyone in this city and no matter what your reasons are for visiting, I’m sure your heart will be captivated just like ours were smitten by its quaint and unassuming charm.

Posted in Auckland, New Zealand

An Ode to a Beautiful Dream

View of the City from North Head, Devonport

It was a smooth yet tiring 10-hour flight. We glided our way through the plane’s corridors as if on auto-pilot, clasping our luggage tightly like our whole life depends on it. The crisp spring air touched our face as we headed our way out from Auckland airport it made us shiver a bit, a gentle reminder that we are now miles away from the tropical warmth of Singapore.  Familiar smiles greeted and welcomed us to this City of Sails. We heaved a sigh of relief and sincere gratitude to the Almighty God.

Sailboats @ Half Moon Bay Marina

Finally! We waited 2 long years (which felt like eternity) before our resident visa was stamped in our passport. It was our dream to settle down in New Zealand, search for greener pastures and start our own family here. We’ve heard stories of how conducive the country is for raising kids and that its safety is second to none. Its government and school system are one of the bests in the world and the economy is fairly stable. Though it’s a far-cry from the fast-paced and upbeat lifestyle we had in Singapore, we embraced it’s more relax and laid-back perspective in life. Nothing here is in a rush, time doesn’t slip through your fingers like precious pearls. One can enjoy the serenity and peace that are mostly deprived when one is bourgeoned by deadlines and rat race.

Fresh blooms @ Auckland Botanical Garden

The skies just seem bluer and the grass greener on this side of the earth. Just a few minutes drive and you will see magnificent bodies of water where you can dip your toes or go on a full swimming sesh if the weather permits. And speaking of weather, this is also the country known for having 4 seasons in a day. Yes, it can be wintery cold in the early morn, summery at noon, heavy foliage falling in twilight then all windy and chilly again in the eve. It is indeed  the stuff where dreams are made of and we are so blessed to be living into such awesomeness!