Hot Springs in Aotearoa

Japan has her “Onsens“, New Zealand has her “Hot Springs”. While they are both not quite the same in terms of ambiance and feel, they are nevertheless both a brilliant experience in terms of geothermal activities at their best, beneficial to human health, both body and soul. Waiariki Pools, Ngawha Springs Ngawha Springs has two hot pool complexes next to each other. Between them are several unfiltered pools of varying temperatures. They are very basic, very natural, providing a gentle adventure in the mineral-rich spring water with therapeutic benefits without much in the way of fancy extras. Waiwera Thermal Mineral […]

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Where do Kiwi Birds go ???

New Zealand is probably very much “in love” with the word ‘Kiwi’ to such an extent that almost everything that is iconic in NZ has part and parcel of this word. Starting with … “Kiwiana” referring to any particular items of popular culture unique to NZ (like the All Blacks, the Haka dance, etc), the citizens and residents here are commonly called Kiwis, the national golden-colored fruit with green or yellow flesh is also called Kiwi-fruits. And last but the least, the cute little flightless birds that once was on the the brink of extinction, is also called the Kiwi […]

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Must-Do while in Auckland

Many things had happened since I last blogged. Inadvertently, the events ‘conspired’ to move me into New Zealand. Maybe too fast haha  😆  Nevertheless, here I am with my feet firmly planted on Auckland soil for more than 3 weeks now. Yup, it has been my dream to live here in New Zealand with my family, to enjoy the beautiful nature this wonderful place has got, and to live a life that doesn’t revolve just around work, study, shop and spend. Well… now that I am still settling into a new life here, I have met some really wonderful Kiwis (Thanks […]

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The Ultimate Seasonal Guide to Hokkaido in Autumn

For many of us, Hokkaido is the inspiring winter destination. The Sapporo Snow Festival is the major visitor highlight as the island transforms into a white winter wonderland. But this northern Japanese island is equally beautiful throughout the rest of the year. Spring cherry blossoms and autumn foliage create two of Japan’s most inspiring landscapes, filling the panoramas with a kaleidoscope of colours. During the summer, endless national parks and a mild climate help to make Hokkaido an outdoor playground, plus the Sapporo Summer Festival is a universal attraction. With so much on offer in Hokkaido, choosing the time of […]

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Cavorting around Punggol Park & Coney Island

To be honest, I would rather there by no hype around this Punggol area, so there would be no big crowds of people coming this way as they had when Coney Island was first opened to public on 11 October 2015. Nevertheless the hype seemed to have died down since … i think haha. And there are really interesting things that one could see around Punggol Park & Coney Island. And it is very much related to nature and wildlife here … so where there are crowds, chances are there would be nothing much to see. So I picked a […]

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Trekking the Wild side of Tongariro Crossing

One of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, located in New Zealand’s North Island, Tongariro National Park is New Zealand’s oldest National Park, gifted by the Maoris in 1887. In 1993, Tongariro was also recognized as one of the Cultural World Heritage site for its richness in cultural significance and history. These great piece of wildness boast the grandeur views of 3 mountains or rather 3 active volcanoes: Mt Ruapehu, Mt Tongariro & Mt Ngauruhoe  … over an large area made magnificent and unique by volcanic activities! These 3 young active volcanoes, less than 500,000 years old, form the southern limits of the Taupo Volcanic Zone, […]

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2016 Top Onsens in Japan

The new BigGlobe Onsen rankings for 2016 is OUT!!! Selected from the outcome of about 26,000 votes, with male votes averaging 50 years old encompassing 57% of the votes, while female votes averaging 30 years old encompassing 43% of the votes. For me personally, I don’t really look at rankings per se, but it does gives a good indication of rather good onsen areas or ryokens that could have fallen out of the rankings from the prior years and therefore out of our sight as foreigners that don’t live in Japan. Still, it would be reasonable to book early rather than […]

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10 MUST DOS when in New Zealand

Many people says that New Zealand is a Dream Destination. If you ask me, I would definitely beg to differ. What is there to dream about? It’s such a beautiful place with more than 101 reasons why I would love to be there, that it is as simple as just set your target of when to go …. and JUST GO  😎 That is probably why I am kinda a Nike advocate. JUST DO IT! Plan for budget, Work and get the budget, and Go for Trip. Just look at these photos … ain’t it inviting? There can only be […]

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The magical Shire, and Hobbiton, the home of the Hobbits

For the fans of JRR Tolkien, there is no better way to fulfill that fan-manship than by making at least one mystical trip to the Hobbiton to witness personally the grassy hills and the Hobbit Holes where it was featured in both the the film sets of “The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. The Movie Set located at Matamata, Waikato region of the North Island is a district literally of rolling green hills when we drove up from the steamy geothermal city of Rotorua! For a moment, upon stepping into Hobbit-land, it was […]

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Great Waterfalls one should visit while in Japan

If one has been to a Waterfall, especially a great Big One …. one can feel or know that there is an impressive amount of energy generated about the waterfall! The refreshness of the air, the cooling gusts of wind with moist water droplets, all created by the impact of falling water on water from metres above. When and if the sun shines upon the waterfall, one might even be blessed with the sight of a rainbow on the waterfall! While photo does show the visual beauty of a great waterfall, it is nothing close to the personal experience of […]

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