Wednesday, 21 March 2018

A Taste of the Marlborough Region of New Zealand

The Vines Village, Blenheim, New Zealand

I don't know about you, but when it comes to cruising, my family & I aren't real big on ship-organised shore excursions. For one, they tend to be either quite short or fairly long & with occasionally outrageous tags to boot. They also tend not to cater to our interests either; so it's fairly rare for us to find one that would make everyone happy....

....which is exactly what our "Taste of the Marlborough Region" tour achieved. I mean, who could resist a tour that involved both chocolate and wine? And even if you're like me & you're not remotely interested in drinking wine, surely the surrounds would make up for it right?

As it turns out, mine & my parents decision to take this tour turned out to be arguably the best thing about our Christmas/New Year cruise to New Zealand.

Friday, 9 March 2018

The Monthly Happy List (February)

2 months down, another 10 to go. Is it just me or is 2018 zooming by as fast as every other year in recent memory? I can't quite believe that summer is over & I'm now mourning the eventual loss of most of my favourite fruits, especially mangoes. Until October my dears....

For me, February was a nothing special kind of month, yet a slightly busy one too. The only personal highlights for me were celebrating 2 birthdays (my Dad's + the belated birthday of a family friend) + a salon visit to get the greys covered & my hair cut, that's about it. Oh & I made another dark chocolate & hazelnut praline semifreddo (if you want the recipe, here it is) & I think this 2nd attempt was even better than the first, perhaps because I made double the amount of praline:

Dark chocolate & hazelnut semifreddo

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand there was also the Priceline 40% off skincare sale, which I almost forgot to add to this post. I didn't purchase anything new this time, just stocked up on my most-used products like my cleanser, moisturiser, hand cream etc. I actually bought an extra Botani Olive Hand & Body Cream, but it missed out on a starring role in my photo because I forgot to include it:

So with that aside, let's see what else tickled my fancy in February:

Monday, 5 March 2018

Empties Time! (January/February)

Hola mi amigas & welcome to another week! I hope all of your weekends were great.

So with the first 2 months of 2018 done & dusted, it's time I reveal to you all what products I've finished thus far. I really didn't finish much at all in January, but there were some things that I really wanted to finish in February & I'm happy to say that I did.

Enough chit chat, let's get into it:

Monday, 19 February 2018

A Few Things To Do in Wellington, New Zealand

Views of Wellington, New Zealand

I'm gonna put it out there straight up: I wasn't fussed on Wellington.

Maybe my expectations of New Zealand's capital city were too high. Maybe it had something to do with having just arrived from the South Island on my Christmas/New Year cruise (if you missed my posts on Dunedin & Christchurch, check them out) & the eventual realisation that it + all its delights had my heart firmly in its grasp. Maybe it was the fact that Wellington felt like another big city to me. Maybe it was the fact that it reminded me a little of Sydney. Whatever it was, I came away from Wellington with an un-shakeable feeling of underwhelm.

(Side note: Having now been to all 4 major cities of New Zealand - Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch & Dunedin - plus having seen other areas of both the North & South Islands in between, I have to say the South Island wins for me. That's not to say I'll never visit the North Island again - Auckland's still on my travel bucket list for a reason - I guess I've just made up my mind about which island I prefer, that's all.)

Monday, 12 February 2018

How I Spent 4 Hours in Christchurch, New Zealand

Hola mi amigas!

Today I'm going to chat about a day trip to Christchurch that I went on during my Christmas/New Year cruise. Although the ship actually docked an hour and a half away (by coach) in Akaroa, the trip inland to Christchurch was definitely worth it as we travelled up & down steep & winding roads that encompassed mountains, lakes & overall gorgeous scenery.

Akaroa scenery