Wednesday, July 30, 2008

25 July

My birthday was gone in the blink of an eye.

Sydney was a chaotic trip. Mostly, due to one sick child and too many activities.

Didn't get to do much shopping as well.

But, eat we did. :)

Ah well... there will be always be another trip. ;p

Meanwhile, here's a teaser to Tetsuya's.


Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Day Before

Ah so tomorrow I edge a lil closer to the late twenties tag.

And strangely this year, there is not much time for me to drag my feet and whinge about losing my youth. :)

So to sum up end of my twenty sixth years … I..

  • started a building project with the husband
  • went on a wild road trip in the south island of new zealand
  • celebrated my third wedding anniversary with the love of my life - where has the time gone?
  • went back to work
  • started regular date nights with the husband
  • spent a bit more time with the girlies.
  • Bought my first snow board and boots!
Well the truth is there is probably more that I've done but two pregnancies meant that the brain has deteriorated a lil . :p

I can feel that I am a lot more comfortable in my skin and am a lot more perspective about my actions. I am a lil calmer and less reckless. I tend to appreciate the pace of life now.

My kids have definitely bring a different dimension to my life. I used to tease the husband about spending my twenties raising kids whilst everyone else is out partying. But really … I think having them young has made me a lot more determined to get more out of my life, instead of sponging around. :p

We are flying up to Sydney for the weekend to celebrate my 27th and I cannot wait to dine @ Tetsuya's and watch the Aust vs All Blacks game on Sat evening with the boys.

So I guess if this is the way I welcome my 27th birthday … maybe just maybe… growing a lil older isn't all too bad after all.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Dark Knight


The Dark Knight lived up to its hype and expectations. We were on the edge of our seats for most parts of the show. It was a well scripted and excellent casted show.

Strangely, I liked Maggie Gyllanhaal, as Rachel, better than her predecessor.

Thoroughly enjoyable.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Franz Josef

The Franz Josef Glacier

In our (over)ambitious planning to tour the whole of the NZ South Island, we decided to head north and then westwards towards the glaciers before heading down to Queenstown.

So that decision that we made resulted in a seven hour drive. It was long and a tad boring.

But we had the best steak sandwich in the remote town of Murchison. It was so foggy when we entered the town that it had a ghostly aura about it. Still our fears were overtaken by our hungry tummies and so we went to the only hotel in that town for lunch.

The tiny town center

By the time we reached the Franz Josef region, it was almost dusk. And we were a lil beat from all that driving.

So we decided to spend the night @ the Top 10 Holiday Park which had a 5 star rating.:) Haha... No it's not luxury campervanning. It just means that they have better facilities than others, like a Gaming Room and really nice family shower rooms.

We started the next day bright and early. Our plans to hike up the glaciers were knocked back as the kids were too young to trek.


On the way...

That meant that we have to go for the more expensive option - Heli Hiking. Thank God the weather were beautiful that morning. The sky was clear and the air was crisp. It was perfect condition for a heli ride.

One for the album

The first company we called had to reject our booking as they needed another adult in order to make flight costs. So the kind consultant recommended that I go to the smaller one down the route.

And I was glad we did cause we had the entire 'copter to ourselves.


Isn't it magnificant?

The glacier was very majestic. I was very much in awe of its structure and a lil dismal at the effects global warming has on it. We spent twenty minutes up there and we took in all its funny formations and structures.

We brought the kids for a short hike after and saw the glaciers from afar.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Lynn's Hen's Night

Robbie and Lynn are long time friends of ours. Darien knew them from the raving days. And they are just the loveliest couple ever. If you've never met Rob and you spoke to him over the phone, you will think that he is a pure blood Singaporean. Haha..

So after so many years of dating, they are finally getting hitched. And to celebrate Lynn's last days as a bachelorette, her best gals organized a Hen's night for her.

O it was a blast. She was so spontaneous and funny. We did things from nude drawings to teppanyaki to Mandate. It was so much fun! :)

Congrats sweetie!


The Hens

Mr Sporting Teppanyaki Man

Haha... DTKC?

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Spring Cleaning

I think I need to spring clean the wardrobe this week.

There are things that I am not wearing cause it is impossible to crawl through the jungle of clothes sitting on top of the shelves.

My shoes are everywhere. And … I know this is a shocker ,but I still have a suit case to clear from my NZ trip.

Plus we need to hang up the frame in the boys room.

Pack some of the stuff that we never use so that we can start prepping for the move back.

This sounds like a busy weekend and something tells me we won't get much done again.

Cause I have a hen's night to go to on Saturday.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

MAMA MIA!

I have had a busy few days @ work.

So it's a lil safe to say that I was a bit of a grumpy lump for some parts.

We decided to catch a movie yesterday evening and I chose Mama Mia for its timing.

(even though I had secretly wanted to watch it asap!! But I know the husband is dying for Hancock… heh! )

And I loved loved loved it!!! It truly lifted my spirit.

I grew up with ABBA music and I used to sing along when my parents used to play it in the car. So you can just imagine the joy I had, reliving its memory when it was onscreen!

I went in with no expectations and it turned out that it was a well executed plot with three rather charming mature men and the fantastic Meryl Streep. It was very very funny. :) I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Turned out that Darien had just as much fun watching it too! He suggested that we should catch the musical too, if we have the chance.

And now I'm dying to watch it again. Dammit… I might just get the CD.

Monday, July 14, 2008

A Lil Dishwashing Chat

The kids slept a lil earlier last night.

So Darien and I had a rare opportunity to hang out in the luxury of our own home, with no distractions..

Whilst washing the dishes, he asked me about my thoughts on our Big Move.

I told him that I am not overthinking it. In fact, I think I am ready to do it when the time comes.

Maybe this is a sign of getting older. Your thoughts change and you no longer fear the not so unknown.

After all, we are moving home where our friends and family are.

I think, as parents, we have to think about how we can take the opportunity to maximise our youth so that our children can have a better future. We definitely want to give them a headstart in life.

I guess, for me, the most important thing is not the location but the people. As long as I have my loved ones around me, I think I will be a-ok for the road ahead.

I love it that we talk about everything and we take each other's opinion in most decisions that we make. If anything, I think this is how we tick as partners. :)

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Still Up North

Nelson is a beachside town in the north of the south island. It is a 2 hour drive from Blenheim.

Apparently, some parts of LOTR was filmed in the nearby Abel Tasman National park. It is also the originating place for the Ring. They even have the original prototype for it in the store of the creator.

What they are also famous for is their beaches and wineries.

If it's anything that I take away from my trip there, it's the food.

Pastries from the Swedish Bakery


We had the unforgettable almond croissant from the Swedish Bakery. The authentic Thai food from Golden Bell. The coffees from the stores.

Us mucking around with the camera.

My lil hobbit


Rearranging tins in the coffee store

Sat Morn

I realise that we are spending a bit more time at home lately.

I guess the cumulation of work stuff and late nights have resulted in our staying in.

Anyhow we are going off for lunch.

And then the boys are going for a bit of a play at an indoor playcenter. (It's freezing)

I love it how I'm sitting here typing when the husband is busy cajoling them to wear their socks and shoes. :)

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Marlborough Region - Blenheim

Don't you love the majestic mountain ranges? I do.


One of the things we wanted to when we planned our trip was to visit the Marlborough region.

We love visiting different vineyards and so we took the opportunity to see what this region can offer. Savignon Blancs are definitely their most popular export.

Blenheim
Blenheim is considered a pretty established town in a regional setting. It has a large town center and a lot of amenities.

Jakey boy

We decided to stop there for a night and stayed at this holiday park, situated by a lake and next to a bridge. There were sheep grazing just across the water and it had such a lovely country feel to it.

I took the kids for a walk in the morning and we went to say Hi to the ducks swimming in the lake.

The crowd @ Cork and Keg

That night, we ventured to an English pub for dinner. It was just coincidental that they were showing an All Blacks game on the big screen so it was pretty crowded that night.

They had this beef pot pie that was really really good. And I ended up pinching it off Darien. :(

The lake in front of the cafe - So delfin!

However, it was impossible to find a cafe serving brekkie on Sunday morning. Oh the horror! We circled the town a couple of times before Darien spotted a restaurant by the river.

Allan Scott - Family winemakers

We headed to the vineyards, right after breakfast, and spent a lil bit of time wine tasting. The weather was perfect and the air was so crisp.

Hubbi at Cloudy Bay

Hubbi, being a bit more of a red drinker lately, only bought a few bottles this time round.

What I loved and learnt, from the few glasses that I tasted, was their pinot noir. It was beautiful. Fruity, full bodied and dry. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

My contemplative child


I didn't really think much about the different vineyards that we visited that day but looking back, I think I did like the character of the region. Each winery was unique and had its own personality.


Leaving our footprints behind

I think we will be back again for lunch and a lil bit more vino.

TGI Thursday

It has been a crapper of a week.

You know, those that make you want to throw in your towel?!

Yup, those kind.

Work has been shocking. So much so that I was whingeing to the husband about wanting to be a SAHM again. (Right.)

Which resulted in him telling me that if I choose to go down that route, I will be sacrificing a lot of my lil personal treats.

Plus, with the reality of a mortgage hanging above our heads, I'd have to suck it up and keep working.

Ah, the life of the working class.

I don't know if it's because we are probably ready to move onto the next phase of our lives or it's time telling us that we both need a bit of change.

But I am quite ready to finish up my stuff here and move, I guess.

I think this is a sign.


Monday, July 07, 2008

A Ponder


If only everything in life can be solved over a cup of coffee, there wouldn't be any war. :)

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Guess who loves me?

A big kisss from one cutie to another.

Random Food Post

Had a crappy work day so here's some food from last weekend to start this one off.

Chilli Eggs from Cafe Sweethearts

Gordon Ramsay's herb crusted rack of lamb

Home made apple pie

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Kaikoura


On Saturday, we ventured up to Kaikoura, after our lil sulphur detox session.

We were meant to stop there for a night but, as it turns out, it was a sleepy lil beach town except that they had whales off their coast!

So we hopped into the I Station and they said that we could only do the heli-whale sighting cause the kids are all under three. OR leave them with the childminding services for 4 hours whilst we go on the cruise. So we hmmmed and hahhhed and decided to give it a miss.

Simply because we did something similar in Nelson's Bay, NSW a few years back.

So we started searching for lunch and a lady recommended that we try the hotel by the boardwalk but alas, their chef was sick and so lunch would only start an hour later. So no luck there, again.

We settled for lunch at a regular café where Kayden threw a tantrum so he sat at a corner for most of the meal. Then he decided to join us so that was the end of his self imposed punishment.

The BEST part of Kaikoura is … the search for a roadside crayfish store.

Our friends mentioned that these babies are quite cheap! Which left us scratching our heads cause those that we saw in town were pretty much regular restaurant prices. Until… we hit Nins Bin.

Doin' the jiggy.


And this was what we got for $55. Now that is a bargain baby!

With garlic butter.


The kids know what the good stuff is.

Life cannot be any sweeter. Not when you are eating crayfish by the roadside with the majestic ocean view. I call that contentment.

New Financial Year

Ahh it is the start of a new financial year.

It's funny how the same trend happens year in and out. A big rush for all sales to be closed on 30 June and then it's quiet as a mouse on the 1st of July.

So here I am twiddling my fingers at my desk whilst waiting for some action to happen.

It looks like it will be a quiet week.

Just as well… I'm off to see Mr Builder today. And then maybe we can have a nice lil dinner out with the boys.

And this is what I am counting down to.

Tetsuya's main entrance

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