On Saturday night I went along with the crew to check out the ice-skating rink that’s been set up in Aotea Square. I was sooooo excited when I heard about it as I was always so jealous that Queenstown had one every year. I hadn’t been skating since my school days, about 15yrs ago, so I was slightly nervous about how I would manage. To my surprise I only skated once round while holding on to the rail but after that was fine balancing on my own, so much fun!
Best to go at night when the pretty fairy lights are lit up. I’ll definitely be going again but maybe try a week day session as it was quite busy on the Saturday. 90minutes of skating costs $20 for adults, $15 for children and they have family passes too. There’s also a merry-go-round, laughing clowns and a scary as boat ride that I didn’t go on lol.
It’s great to see activities like this in the city, go check it out!
Che showing YOLO codes.
Dave, Che and I skating, yay!
Special thanks to Ron for getting us all organised to go, also thanks to Lani and Keshani for the photos ^_^
I woke up earlier than usual on Saturday morning to meet up with friends at La Cigale French Markets. The markets are located in Parnell and open every Saturday and Sunday morning. You can pick up fresh fruit/veg, cheeses, breads as well as an assortment of delicious French pastries on offer. We spent about 4 hours there just indulging in food, drinking and chatting, it was bliss!
Highly recommend getting the rhubarb tart, cherry donut, lemon curd tart and a cornish pasty. I’ll definitely be going back as there is still so much more food I didn’t get to try!
Tip #1: Best to go early (9am – that was extremely early for me on a Saturday ok) in order to get a seat and try as much food on offer as you can before it disappears!
Tip #2: Buy a bunch of macaroons as soon as you get there as they disappear fast.
Tip #3: Go with a group of friends so you can try a whole bunch of stuff together.
Also, this happened, accidental matching outfits with Lani LOL
The BF and I popped over to Sydney last Friday (at the crack of dawn) to go to the Prince concert. Needless to say, the show was amazing! He performed for 2.5 hours, dancing around in high heels on a 360 degree stage. This 53yr old man still can rock a whole stadium! He covered most of his classics however I was gutted that he didn’t do “I Wanna Be Your Lover” and was secretly hoping he would pull out “Party Man” (a girl can dream!). So many highlights but the biggest one for me was when he dropped “When Doves Cry”, so amazing seeing that live.
We spent the whole weekend in Sydney catching up with friends and trying to eat our way through the city. Whenever I go overseas I always immediately think of all the places I can eat, planning where to eat and how much eating I can fit in to a trip lol. Here are some pics of what/where we ate:
First up, my friend Aileen’s cafe that she owns with her sisters. It’s called Vella Nero and they make the best coffee!
Roast beef sandwich with caramalised onions and horse radish sauce, so good.
If you go definitely try one of Aileen’s chocolate espresso cupcakes!
Went to Mamak for dinner, thanks to Lani Says for the tip, this place is soooo good. They serve delicious traditional Malay food, they even make their own roti in the shop window!
Definitely try the lamb curry, any of the roti dishes and the rojak salad, wash it down with an iced milo or teh tarik and you’ll be sweet!
Of course I ate more than this but I forgot to get photos cos I was too busy eating. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to go to all the places I wanted to which means I need to get back there! Special thanks to my friends Emma and Greg for letting me stay over the weekend ^_^
If you’ve got any tips on where to eat in Sydney let me know for next time!
Have a good weekend xx
Well it’s been a minute since my last post, what’s new lol. This year has been all about the YOLO codes for me and on Friday night I went to my first ever live rugby league game! I was so excited when Lani suggested we go to the Anzac test. Even though the Kiwis lost, the atmosphere in the stadium was amazing, oh and so were the pyrotechnics lol. I couldn’t help but get excited everytime the flames popped up haha.
We had a pretty big night after the league so Saturday was spent on the couch, eating pizza and watching movies with Lani and Keshani. My favorite movie ever is 10 Things I Hate About You so that was definitely on the agenda. Also, She’s All That, love this movie and I forgot how good the soundtrack is! Kiss Me by Sixpence None The Richer and 66 by The Afghan Wigs swoooon. Sunday night I watched Reality Bites, I was 14yrs old when this movie came out. I wanted to be just like Winona Ryder when I was growing up (before she got caught shoplifting), the 90′s was definitely her best decade. Lastly, I watched High Fidelity, one of my top 5 movies of all time #SWIDT.
Also, on the topic of YOLO, I’m off with the BF to Sydney next month to see Prince! eeeeek!!
Hope you had a fun weekend too!
PS: Remember THAT dance scene from She’s All That?? Simply amazing:
I purchased some Bedrock Bones goodies from Once.It last week and they arrived today yipee! Oh my aren’t they super cute?! I got the classic black hair tie, pink pastel bracelet and one of the new mermaid glitter bracelets in purple.
You can pick these up from one of my favourite websites The Yellow Brick Road, so kawaii ^_^
Slight delay on this post as the whirlwind that was #MeetingMayer took precedence last week. Splore was, in a word, awesome! It’s a music festival where you are always guaranteed good vibes and fun times. Lots of good music on offer of which you can listen to while lazing on the beach and having a swim – brilliant! Despite the traffic jam on the Friday night to get in, I managed to see a bit of Erykah Badu and then witnessed Soul II Soul. I never thought that I would ever get the opportunity to see Back To Life live but I did and it was amazing!
Other highlights were DJ Qbert, swimming while watching Shortee Blitz, running to see The Cuban Brothers as they covered Lionel Richie’s All Night Long, eating smoked Marlin, hitchin a ride with my mate Simon up the hill (I needed that!), hanging out in trees, art installations, making friends while sheltering from the rain under the cover of the crepe trailer then eating crepes while waiting for the rain to stop lol.
Such fun times, can’t wait to do it all again next year! YOLO! xx
One of many art installations.
Caron Wheeler from Soul II Soul
Circus action in the Linz Living Lounge.
Chillin out in a tree.
PS: Check out this video to see what my mate Simon from Lotech Media worked on at Splore, isn’t he clever!
Topographical Delineation – Splore Festival mapping projection from The Dub Module on Vimeo.
Hugs with Mayer ^_^
Firstly, I just want to apologize to my friends and the BF for putting up with me going on and on about Mayer Hawthorne since like forever and with his trip down under announced last year the excitement had intensified lol. I’m a huge Mayer fan ever since I heard Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out and so for awhile now I have been following his work…..and his tweets…ok his life!
I first saw Mayer perform at Splore 2011 however I missed out on the signing so this time round I made sure that I would meet him one way or another (that totally doesn’t sound like I’m a stalker/groupie). Thanks to Coup De Main Magazine and Universal Music I was lucky enough to win 2 “meet and greet” competitions, yes 2!!
It's me! #Winning
The first meet and greet was to attend his soundcheck with The County. It was pretty much a 20min concert with about 10 other people, such a treat! He performed some covers such as Michael Jackson, Prince – I Wanna Be Your Lover, Hall & Oates – You Make My Dreams Come True as well as some of his own tunes. Afterwards he met everyone, did signings and took photos. I gave him my felt broken heart badge that I made for him which I think he was stoked about. The second meet and greet was a bit more intimate and perhaps too overwhelming for me, all I could manage were nervous giggles, le sigh.
Felt badge I made for Mayer.
Mayer signed my "Just Ain't Gonna Work Out" heart record and "Mayer Hawthorne and The County live at Capsule Labs" record which I picked up at Turntable Lab in LA last October.
The show itself was amazing and the crowd were loving it. Highlight for me was seeing Henny and Gingerale performed live and watching him proceed to share his bottle of Hennesy with the crowd. I had the most amazing time and will never forget my experience!
Thanks Sacha at Coup De Main also Jane, Myra and Brendan at Universal Music!
Here’s a quick little vid I took of Mayer performing Henny and Gingerale, enjoy! xx