Rotorua and Tauranga: The coolest hotspots

Part 2 of 3 series. I never thought I would also enjoy Rotorua in our Christmas-New Year roadtrip as much as I did the first time I was here in 2012. It’s an adventure playground with heaps of activities to enjoy along with nature’s attractions. Rotorua Eco-tours. Rotorua is part of the Taupo Volcanic Zone,…

Coromandel – Rotorua – Gisborne roadtrip

Part 1 of 3 series.  Companies here shut down over the Christmas – New Year holidays. That’s about 2 weeks of no work and everyone is going on road trips, bringing out their trailers or camper vans, spending the holidays camping or doing outdoor activities, just basically going out of the city, so Wellington CBD…

What I need to get used to…

So I’ve been here for more than a month now and I haven’t even noticed it ’til a few days ago! I’m starting to get the hang of it already but there are some things I still need to get used to. And I’m not complaining! Like… Preparing my own breakfast and packed lunch. I…

My start-of-the-year yearly tradition

Before I left for New Zealand, part of my checklist was to throw away a lot of stuff in my room and shred my past journals, especially from my highschool and college days. I know I could’ve kept it and brought it with me in NZ but it’s just additional weight in my baggage. But before…

I live in New Zealand?!

I was more nervous about the ordeal in the immigration / airport in the Philippines than the thought of actually leaving my family, friends and my home for more than 30 years and living in a different country. Though I know I really had nothing to be worried about since my papers are complete, I…

#TheBigMove2015 checklist

I had a very tight timeline to complete all the little things I needed to do before I leave for NZ. My visa got approved November 19 and my plane ticket (my round trip ticket originally intended for my vacation) was dated December 13. So I basically had less than a month to do EVERYTHING…

Work visa application and Overseas Employment Certificate checklists

I love checklists. Let me correct that. I love ticking off items in my checklist. So my job offer and employment contract came in October and my employer told me that I could already apply for work visa. Good thing I already had a “practice” in applying for visa when I initially applied for visitor…