Working with Wellington’s TDG Photo and Video Production

I really miss doing a proper shoot with photographers! Or just being around amazing people who I could learn more about photography. I tried looking up and joining a camera club in Wellington but I can’t seem to get myself to do it. (And to be honest, nothing compares to the talents of my former camera…

What I find strange and what I love in New Zealand (Food edition)

Since I’m new here in New Zealand (is 9 months ‘new’?), I’m still trying to get my head around these Kiwi customs and food. Hmmm… Strange. Marmite – It’s a spread on toast and crackers, and often spread with butter. It’s a sticky, dark brown paste with a distinctive, powerful flavour. There’s only one time I…

Snow is overrated—NOT!

I wasn’t that excited when we set off for the traditional Kiwi winter weekend getaway to Mt. Ruapehu with my Filipino community. Days before the weekend trip, I already checked the forecast and it wasn’t looking good. Below zero, with gale southerlies. Ugh!!! But it’s already been decided that we will still push through. Good…

Winning over my inner dialogues

Caution: This is a quite different and dangerous post. To my very few “followers” and to those who know me, you may probably unfollow me or think differently of me after reading this. I may even regret that I’ve put this out there. Just being honest here. * * * Sometimes I just really want…

Banishing those winter blues

It’s official. Winter is here. And I got inspired to write this blog post this lonesome Friday night because tonight may be the coldest night in Wellington SO FAR this year. We’re looking at real feel of 3 degrees at 10:04pm NZT, according to Metservice. And winter is just beginning… Which brings me to rant…

Paekakariki’s “Stairway to Heaven” hiking track

The Paekakariki Escarpment track has been recently opened to the public last April 9, 2016. Though I wasn’t able to go to opening, I was thrilled that I’d finally get to try this hiking track in Wellington this weekend–thanks to the invite of Kuya Mike and my sister, and thanks to the wonderful weekend weather…

Another Lord of the Rings film location: Putangirua Pinnacles

The top 3 Lord of the Rings film locations I wouldn’t want to miss in New Zealand would be: 1) The Hobbiton – check!, 2) Putangirua Pinnacles (The Paths of the Dead) – check!, and 3) Tongariro (Mordor) – still in my bucketlist. Putangirua Pinnacles The second on my list was accomplished just recently. It’s an…

Embrace autumn in Hawke’s Bay region

I was getting bummed out since summer’s officially over and I won’t be able to stop autumn from happening. Good thing there was this ANZAC long weekend so I could get to enjoy the changing colours of this season. I’ve read that Hawke’s Bay is stunning at this time of the year. And it’s true! From its golden scenery, wineries and…

Hobbiton movie set the second time around

“In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down or to eat : It was a Hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.”     -J.R.R. Tolkien…

New Zealand may have the clearest waters I’ve ever seen

Part of the Easter break agenda is to find a hidden gem in NZ that’s tucked away in North Island. Like with all good things in life–you have to work for it. To reach one of NZ’s best kept secrets, it took hours to drive here, an hour and a half to hike, and a…

Festivals in New Zealand this March 2016

Apparently, March is festival month in New Zealand, having more than 50 festivals around the country. Here are just some of the festivals that you can go to this month and we have been to in the past several weekends: Wairarapa Balloon Festival – Trust House Night Glow Saturday, 27th February 2016 Solway Showgrounds, Masterton Hot air balloons…

Day-adventure in Patuna Chasm, Martinborough

Last weekend, we drove through the winding Rimutakas to get to our hiking destination: Patuna Chasm. It’s a one hour and half road trip from Lower Hutt to the jump off point in Patuna Farm in Martinborough, which provides the access to the ‘Patuna Chasm Walkway.’ We arrived at the farm before 12 midday where we paid an…