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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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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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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8 to 10 Days Travelling Itinerary to Osaka / Kyoto / Nara

Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Nara cities are all located within close proximity to each other (within an hour train ride) and well-connected by the Japan railway network, so a single point accommodation in Osaka is actually sufficient as a base to start from for visiting attractions located in the other 3 nearby cities. Looking back on my travels where I had 5 and 1/2 days spent in this 4 cities, my family and I took up 2 different accommodations during this period, not so much that it was essential, rather it was to let us experience the difference between a AirBnB […]

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World Heritage Sites (UNESCO) at Kyoto

Steeped in Japanese history, Kyoto is Japan’s 7th largest city in population, but home to about 25% of Japan’s national treasures, shrines, temples … It is also recognized by UNESCO World Heritage for 17 sites within and around Kyoto for surviving monuments and architectures of Japanese Garden concept (except Nijo-jo) that had a profound effect on the rest of the world from the 19th century onwards! From 794 to 1868, Kyoto was also the ancient Capital city and the Emperor’s residence. Even today, it is probably one of the few cities preserving the ancient art and traditions from Geisha schooling, Tea […]

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