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Sharing the Best Moment

For certain reason, I had been working for 7 days. At the beginning, I was fine, because for me a busy day is the best. Now that I realized I was wrong. It is good to be busy, but I guess I should have a balanced life too which leads bringing me my kind of happiness. When I did my 7 days working, I felt myself just going through my days without even be at each moment in my life. I did not have time for other things, except work, eat, and sleep (#ohnooineedabreak).

I guess a break is necessary ๐Ÿ™‚ Even with 2 days break I could utilise it to have the quality days my girls.ย  I remembered the place which was chosen for our weekend gateway was Waiheke Island. ย As usual, I had already planned the tour itinerary for 1 full-day in Waiheke Island, but it did not work as it should be. First major mistake, I did not bring my car because I thought everything is going to be fine since we are just on an island (#doresearchbeforeyoutravel) Yes, it is an island, but it is a big island. It does not mean that you can explore the island without your own car. There are many choices of transportation, such as public bus, taxi, hop-on-hop-off bus, and bicycle. There are also varieties of car rentals (#yeayyiamsurvived). The main issue by using the public bus, especially in the weekend the bus will not come that often. I thought the distances from one vineyard to other vineyards are within walking distance. Yes, you can definitely walk, but I would not recommend, especially if you just have limited time there. Another thing that I and my friends forgot was our passports (#preparationisessential). All the vineyards in New Zealand require our original passport to be shown up. I just remembered that we also bought the discounted ferry pass, so our ferry schedule was a fixed time schedule. We really needed to leave the island with 3pm ferry (#discountdoesnotalwaysbringssatisfaction).

Letโ€™s just leave all the unexpected things that challenge the trip. The fact that this island is one of the must visit islands in New Zealand. For those who love / interested in / curious about wine, this is your island to be visited. There are many magnificent and boutique vineyards, cafรฉ, shops, and other tourist attractions. We managed to visit several places such as Ostend Saturday which is not as recommended as Matakana Farmerโ€™s Market. We also had lunch at Wild on Waiheke. Afterward, we continued our journey to Stonyridge Vineyard and Waiheke Museum and Historical Village. Stonyridge Vineyard is really classic and vintage vineyard. Unfortunately, we could not do wine tasting there without our passport. The museum was interesting and vintage. The 2 host volunteers in the museum were really friendly and informative. ย Not only them, but most of the locals are friendly here in New Zealand. They are really welcomed for questions from the tourists.

Even though there were not a lot of places I visited during that time, but I have my moments with my friends. This experience also taught me another thing from tourism. Travelling is not only about how many places which I have visited, but it also about the experiences/moments which I can feel and enjoy which leads me to the unforgettable experiences. Also, that is why there is always a reason for me to come back because, with the same places, the experiences can be different in each of every visitation.

See you soon my favorite island!

Letโ€™s explore New Zealand with a twist!

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Oh, Onehunga..

Something Old, Something New

To be honest, Auckland is not my preferred city to live in. Nothing against Auckland, but just like most of the migrants, try to avoid Auckland to get more points for their visa. Even, when I was in Wellington, my life puzzle has been almost completed. Well, here I am in the busiest city in New Zealand.ย  Starting everything from all over again, but I guess there are purposes for me to be in Auckland ๐Ÿ™‚

I AM BLESSED. That is the statement that can describe my life in the beginning of 2017. That is how I view my life. The 1st week in Auckland, I was doubt myself that I made the right decision. Now I can see my puzzle has started to be completed one by one. I got my very first full-time job at the right time. Not only that, I was placed in an area which is likely my preference for places to stay. It is called as Onehunga.

This place has become my very first special area in Auckland.ย  It is not just because of the flat and the cool flatmates who I am currently living with, but I just like the overall environment. If I can choose to live, I always have a dream to stay in an area which is surrounded by both old and modern buildings as well as coffee shops. โ€œSomething Old, Something Newโ€ that is really a perfect tagline to describe this area. There are combination old and new buildings in Onehunga. ย Plenty choices of coffee shops which just make my day even happier (little things that matter). ย Shops, restaurants, shopping centre, sports centre, bus & train station are just within my walking distance. In my opinion, it is like a city in a city. ย Moreover, there is always a street singer who will sing to cheer my day. J’adore ma petite ville!!

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โ€œSometimes is good for a change. Donโ€™t be afraid to make a change in your life even if it will make you need to start it from 0. Thereโ€™s always a reason for a change. A reason to make yourself as a better person.โ€

#wowNz #ajourneytomiddleearth #onehunga #aucklandlovin

 

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Wines with Identity

โ€œReplace the fear of the unknown with the curiosityโ€. Curiosity leads my way!

My life has been shifted from being a student to a professional. Time flies! I thought I was still in Wellington, wearing my jacket, walking with the wind Jย  Well, I am in Auckland now. Starting my life from zero again, but I know there will be more awesome days as well as opportunities to grow for me in this vibrant city.

Anyway, after a month tried to adapt to life in Auckland, I had time to explore a new destination. I had a chance to visit a boutique winery which is just 10mins drive from my workplace. Itโ€™s called as Villa Maria Winery. After my visit, I am just wondering why this place is rare to be included in the tour package. For me personally, I would definitely recommend this magnificent winery to everyone who visits Auckland for long or short term period. It is located in a strategic area which is close to the Auckland Airport and also equipped with a fabulous cafรฉ.

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I am not a wine addict, but since I am currently living in New Zealand which is famous for its wine, I think this place is one of the must-visit destinations then. The whole experiences were started from the moment I entered the front gate. I was welcomed by the breathtaking vineyard. It was led me to the main building for the wine tour and wine tasting. Unfortunately, I missed the first tour session. But a friendly and helpful staff offered me to do the wine tasting while waiting for the second tour session.

If I can rate my wine tasting and wine tour from 1 -10, I put 10 for both experiences. ย It was just beyond my expectation.ย  The staffs are really informative and friendly. I got a chance to try all different variant of Villa Maria Wines.ย  So far my favorite will be Ngakirikiri (one of the best seller), Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot. ย I didnโ€™t just try all of the wines, but at the same time, I expand my knowledge about wine and the success story of Villa Maria. Now I can say that wine isnโ€™t just an alcohol drink. I think it is a unique drink by seeing the process of making it till become the wine with the right taste.

After the wine tasting, I explored other spots, the cafรฉ, wine cellar and absolutely its vineyard. At 2pm I and other tourists from different countries were guided to take a closer look on how the wine has been processed in Villa Maria Winery. The factory is really cool!! It was really interesting to see each process that was taken to make the raw grapes to be drinkable wines.

In general, I really recommend for anyone who visits Auckland to spend a time in this awesome winery. Treat yourself with something nice in the cafรฉ and donโ€™t forget to experience the wine tasting and wine tour for only NZD 5 / each. It is also worth to buy the wines to take them home with you because I believe itโ€™s going to cheaper rather than you buy in the supermarket.

For those who are in Indonesia, if you would love to try their wines, donโ€™t worry you are still able to do it even though you are not in New Zealand.ย  Villa Maria has distributed its wines to many countries in all over the world and Indonesia is one of them. YEAYY!! Just simply contact me through email / message me through FB messenger for further details.

Highlights:

  • Breathtaking Vineyard
  • Lovely Cafรฉ
  • Attractive Wine Tour
  • Informative Wine Tasting
  • Perfect venue for special function, wedding, pre-wedding, birthday party, etc
  • Absolutely authentic taste of Villa Maria WINES

#WOWNZ #ajourneytomiddleearth #NZmustdo #VillaMariaWinery

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Shopping in Wellington, Why Not?

I am always wondering the reasons for my mom like to go to traditional market, while I prefer to go to modern shopping centre. I guess this kind of phenomena is kind of normal for other people as well. But then, I realize that actually both of us get different experiences. It is not just the stuff that you buy, it is also more about the social interaction, and the excitement to see the products / services that you are willing to buy. The different environment also plays a major role in affecting our shopping experience.

Yeayy, I can say that in Wellington you can get those different shopping experiences. At the same time, I may suggest that when it comes to the shopping centre in New Zealand, as an Indonesian we cannot simply make a comparison with our shopping centres in Indonesia. Well, you are ย in Wellington, New Zealand , so letโ€™s just diffuse ourselves to the local situation, culture, then you can take the valuable memories with you.

There are different feelings and experiences when I do my shopping day. In the traditional market, I can feel the sense of crowd and fresh. The colourful vegetables & fruits, the fresh look of meats, the antique things, the smile from the sellers just make my day for shopping. For modern shopping centre, the old, classic architectures, the arts, the smell of coffee, the boutique shops just make me almost forget about my shopping budget.

Psst…watch out your travelling budget! ๐Ÿ™‚

Saturday Marketย 

Shopping Centre in Wellington City

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The Coolest Destinations in The Coolest Capital City

You just need to spend half day to explore the city. How cool is that?

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My point of view, Wellington has a special charisma as the capital city of New Zealand. As what it is stated in its tourism booklet, Wellington is packed with Creators, Thinkers, Dreamers, Doers & Lovers of life. That is true! ๐Ÿ™‚

Highlights Wellington City Tour:ย 

*To be continued.
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A Nostalgia ~ Deepavali Night 2015

1, 5 month before I leave Jakarta to begin my new challenging life in New Zealand. I was glad that finally after many years past, I had a chance to attend an event which you can see it only once a year in Jakarta. It is Deepavali Night. I can say that there are not many people who are aware of this event. In my understanding, it is conducted nearly after the day of Deepavali by a Hindu Community who consist of Indian people based in Jakarta and surrounded area.

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This year, it was held on 5th December 2015 at Universitas Bunda Mulia. To be honest ย it was like a nostalgia for me. I was to be a dancer in Deepavali Night in the past years. Deeply in my heart I still have passion to dance, but for some circumstances I could not participate on it ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

The highlighted one, it is not just about the dance performances. Can you imagine that you can see the bollywood dance is just in front of you?? ๐Ÿ™‚ At this age with a better mindset I can say that Deepavali Night is a ‘must-visited’. ย  It is full of cultural , art, music, and the value of a tradition. So friends, stay tuned Deepavali night 2016!