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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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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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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Top 10 Onsen Ryokens

Ryokan are Japanese style inns found throughout the country. More than just a place to sleep in, ryokan are an opportunity for one to experience the traditional Japanese lifestyle and hospitality, incorporating elements such as tatami floors, futon beds, Japanese style onsens and local cuisine, making them popular with both Japanese and foreign tourists alike. No two ryokans are the same, and the quality of ryokans can vary dramatically. There are entry-levels basic, no-frills ryokan experience, all the way to premium exceptional ryokan experience with wonderful food, a exceptional room, a Japanese cypress bath, a view of a Japanese garden and first-class service that comes with […]

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2015 Top Onsens in Japan

Onsen in Japan has been as old as history with Dogo Onsen in Ehime Prefecture (Shikkoku) probably being the first recorded Onsen in Japan history in year 712. Throughout history from the 12th to the 17th century, the culture and practice of using an Onsen has been largely credited to Buddhism influence for the religious practice of cleansing and purifying the body. In addition, there is also the widespread recognized health benefits to be obtained from different types of Onsen. Of course, with its healing properties comes numerous myths and legends of various Onsens having miraculous properties where injured warriors […]

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10-12 Days Hokkaido Itinerary Ideas

This itinerary idea is based on my last year’s trip to Hokkaido for 11 days with my family of four. Hopefully this could also give others planning trips to Hokkaido for similar periods an idea of where to start and where to go. Starting point would usually be at Sapporo or Chitose where the international landing flights come into from all over the world. So Sapporo or Chitose would normally be the starting point of most itineraries in Hokkaido. And largely depending on the Season, and the MUST GO that one already has in mind, the time taken per place […]

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