Monday, September 17

3 Monkeys' Weekend: Guna's Visit To Wellington

It's always great when monkeys get together.
It was great when we got together in Malaysia.
It was great when we got together in Australia.
And it was great when we got together in Wellington!

Even though we were 2 man short, we were not short of creativity & fun!
Guna & Syahir dropped by for the weekend.
Guna stayed with us & hung out with us while the snob, Syahir, chose to stay with Hadi and refused to hang out with us!
He'd rather have the PS3 & flat screen TV! **HUH**
We had fun without him anyway... lots and lots and LOTS of fun!
Go Monkeys!

I prepared 2 dinners for Guna during his stay.
He chose to go for a vegetarian diet to mourn the loss of his grandmother
so I whipped him up a nice vegetarian dinner not once, but TWICE!
On Friday night, we went to the well-known dessert restaurant, Strawberry Fare,
for dessert after a fabulous vegetarian dinner I prepared.
However, the restaurant dissapointed.
Check out their reviews on for why.

Saturday morning we headed to Westfield Queensgate
for the best tosai at The Spice Traders cafe.
Tosai is a South Indian Crepe made from a batter that is slightly fermented.
The tosai was amazingly large and crispy.
It came with a filling of potato & chicken as well as, on the side,
1 small bowl of dahl curry & 2 mini tubs of different chutneys.
Havent had it in a long long time... Loved it!
Special thanks to Karuna for taking us!

That night Nesa went to work & I took Guna to the karaoke.
There was a karaoke event organised
& sponsored by the International Student Council.
We had lots of fun there singing songs, laughing at each other & cheering others on.
Guna & I even sang a duet of the Maroon 5 song, "This Love".

That night, after the karaoke, we hit the clubs.
Guna was dressed up & he looked real smart & hot!
We took Guna to every good club in Wellington...
We stopped at Rain for drinks.
We stopped at Coyotes for a dance.
These two bars are my favourites because they play the latest and hottest music!

My highlight of the night was dancing with a special young person.
That person was sooooo hot!
Such a good dancer too!
But we kept it all on the dance floor...
we were clean, we did not want to sex each other...
we just wanted to have fun...
but it sure was good...
I danced with...

NESA, My Housemate!
There was a group of us & we have been dancing for a while...
some of us were shy & did not dance very comfortably...
I got bored and decided to krump with Nesa...
but somehow it ended up as us getting it on with each other...

It was good...
Our group loved it...
Great fun!
Study Smart In Auckland, Guna!
Come Back Soon For More Adventures!

Monday, September 10

My Rugby & Football Weekend

Last weekend I had the rare opportunity of watching a rugby game at a severly discounted price. Furthermore, I also had the opportunity to watch a football game for free in the same weekend!

Both games were at the majestic Westpac Stadium in Wellington CBD.

The Air New Zealand Cup Rugby Match:
Vodafone Wellington Lions vs North Harbour Rugby Union

I watched the rugby game on Friday evening.
I got tickets that were usually worth $40 for $10 through the subsidising of the International Student Council. Going to the rugby game was one of the many events organised & subsidised by the council.

This is how a rugby pitch looks like...
There are two sides in the game; both sides fielding 15 players.
The objective of the game is to score tries.
To score a try, a player has to bring the ball past the opposite end of the pitch; pretty much like scoring a touchdown in American Football.
To be able to do that, you have to overcome certain obstacles, like the opposing team & working within the many rules.

One intersting thing I noticed was the use of bicycles to warm up!
Very clever!

However, I have a complaint about the game.
Too often in the game, players from either side go down & need medical attention.

This causes play to stop for a few minutes while the player is checked & okayed.
Imagine this happening again and again and again and again and again and again.
Get what I mean?

It may be a clever tactic to bottleneck opponent momentum but it bottlenecks the spectator's enthusiasm too.

The Hyundai-A League Football Match:Wellington Phoenix vs Newcastle Jets
I watched the football game on Saturday evening.
I got to watch the game for free because someone kind hearted gave me the ticket.
I was selling tickets at a Westpac Stadium ticket booth when I was given a ticket & was told to give it to anyone who wanted to by only one ticket.
So... I took the ticket & went to the game myself!
Thanks to the kind man, whoever you are!

Having watched a rugby match the day before, I could compare the two matches.
The most significant difference was the spectators.
In the rugby match, all the spectators were quietly sitting in their seats & most were quietly enjoying the game in their private space. I felt sleepy during the game.
In the football match, however, the spectators were emotional, excited & responding instantly to every single move on the pitch with both their mouths & bodies.
It was noisy but more welcoming & entertaining to watch the football match instead of the rugby match.

After observing the spectators, I discovered that the most roudy group was seated at a particlar section of the stadium. The major source of the chants was also from that particular section.
I then realised that even the Wellington Phoenix is followed by football's infamous, the hooligans.
They are the Yellow Fever. You can catch them on the streets of Wellington wearing their yellow t-shirts in support of their football club as well as clearly stating their affilation to the football bloom that is occuring in Wellington.
If they can even maintain their current level of enthusiasm, football will no doubt be the most exciting & popular sport in Wellington!

**Clap** **Clap** **Clap**

Tuesday, September 4

My Trip To Rotorua

During the latest two week holiday off university, I had 4 things in mind.
I wanted to (arranged in level of urgency):

  1. Do A Hot Springs Trip
  2. Do A Ski Trip
  3. Have an Idle Day or Two
  4. Finish the Linguistics Assignment due the Monday after the holidays
In the two weeks, I managed to complete 3 out of my 4 objectives.
Guess which ones I chose to complete as I describe each completed objective...

My Hot Springs Trip

The weather in Wellington was absolutely positively horrible during the month of August. It was cold & chilly with strong gales all day & night. I got worse as the end of winter drew near as the winds started to get stronger & cold hard rain started pouring.
After hearing a few Japanese 人 rant about the weather & how 気持ちいい it feels to soak in a hot spa, I decided to try it out myself.
After doing some research on the internet, I found that the best or most reputable place to do this would be in Rotorua, a small town in the middle of the North Island, 5-6 hours drive North of Wellington.
So in the late morning of a sunny Sunday on the 26 August, I picked up a Nissan from NZ Rent a Car & drove my way to Rotorua with a very special person.

In Rotorua, we stayed two nights at the Princess Gate Hotel.
The hotel is a historical building & it has really handsome interior & furniture.
It feels like stepping into a hotel in the 19th century! I was breathtakingly in awe!
I went when it was cheap too... off-peak season... hehehe...
I had an awesome time staying there.

This is a picture of us having dinner in Herbs restaurant, Rotorua.
During my time in Rotorua, I explored the town, visited retaurants & also went to the Mamaku Blue Winery.
You can read my reviews of this restaurant as well as the others I visited at
The Mamaku Blue Winery was slightly dissapointing. There as nothing special there. Some plants should have been planted to make the place look more attractive. It was a large estate with a small shop at the entrance selling the produce of the farm. They have got jam, jelly, juice, wine, liquer, ice cream & etc. All at premium prices. I got some jam for my family in Malaysia.

Finally, the highlight of my trip!
The Polynesian Spa is one of the top 10 spas in the world. Therefore, it is a natural choice for a first & last time traveller like myself.
The exterior of the building looks very good. It does make me want to go in for a soak. However, after exploring the different rooms in the building, the age of the building & the furniture becomes very obvious. They were somewhat worn out and in need of replacement or refurbishment.
Even though the asthetics were not pleasing, the hot spa did not dissapoint.
We were there in the late afternoon as the sun was setting. We took the "Lake Spa Deluxe" that overlooks Lake Rotorua &, at that time, the setting sun. The sky was a breathtaking blend of colourful shades! The view from the hot spas were magnificent. Enjoyed sitting in the exceedingly hot but somehow comforting water and staring into nothing...
Do becareful when you are in a hot spa though. Your body will slowly dehydrate. You will also feel light-headed after soaking too long. Have regular drinks of water and don't sit with your body in the water too long.

My Ski Trip

Photo taken from

I planned for a ski trip during the last weekend of my holiday. However, as I got closer to the date, I found that I needed the weekend to complete my assignment & do well in it.
I had to make an important choice. Assignment or ski trip.
In the last minute, I chose to cancel the trip, lose my deposit and concentrate on my assignment. I think it was worth it because the extra time helped a lot. I hope the result turns out ok...

2 Week Holiday Reflection

It was a good holiday with lots of relaxing, some academic work & some travelling. Going on the Rotorua trip was a good call and I had my first spa experience. Miyabi was a great companion too!
I'm glad I finished my assignment but I'm sad to miss the best ski period of the year. Spring is here & soon the snow will melt away. Uni has started so I don't have time to go. However, I believe I will have the chance to ski again in the future!

**Looking forward to a good remaining two months in Wellington!**

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