Finally, this long overdue plan already came to reality. It may seem short but we still had a pleasant few days of strolling around New Zealand. Though the visa application was “a little bit” complicated. Not bad actually because it was approved in 3 days time. But it would have been easier if we could have given a “proper” passport sized photo. If you are planning to visit NZ, I highly suggest that you check here for the acceptable photos, and be sure to read their website for the necessary documents.
At that time, Ninong Rene was all set and he already got a seat for Marshall. 🙂
Aug 3, 2016.
We reached Ninong Rene’s house in Auckland at around 11pm.
Aug 4, 2016
Of course, we woke up late. (napasarap ng tulog hehe)
We didn’t plan for any itinerary. We just depended on Ninong Rene’s suggestions. haha!
Roadtrip it is!
The weather was not that friendly but thanks to Ninong for cheering us up with this Mega Ice Cream.
We only spent few minutes in Muriwai Beach since we saw big waves and there was heavy rain.
So we ended up going back early to Ninong Rene’s place.
Day 2.Aug 5, 2016.
Aug 5, 2016.
Next day, the weather was better.
After 45 minutes (or more), finally, we reached the Cathedral Cove.
Day 3. August 6, 2016
After about 8 hours drive, we arrived at Mt Ruapehu.
Aug 7, 2016
Aug 8, 2016
July 3, 2016
Blue Mountains, NSW.
From there we took the train going to Katoomba Station.(Buti walang sumpong si Marshall kasi maaga nagising, hehe)Luckily, it only took about 2 hours for us to reach there.From Katoomba Station, we rode a bus about 15-20mins away from our destination. Hurray!with Tito Wiljay, Tita Malou, and Tita Blanche
Although there was no snow, it was still cold since the temperature is 3 degrees.
It’s called Blue mountains because basically, it looks blue. 🙂
They are clad in vast forests of eucalypts (commonly called gum trees), which in the hot sun discharge a fine mist of eucalyptus oil from their leaves. The mist refracts light, which makes the haze look blue at a distance.– http://www.sydney.visitorsbureau.com.au/regions/blue-mountains.html
We walked and took photos around the area for about 20 minutes. There’s no entrance fee, by the way.
The 3 big stones you can see in the photo are called “The Three Sisters”. Legend says that these were actually 3 ladies who fell in love with 3 men but the tribal law forbids them to marry. A spell cast upon them and turn them into rocks. See story here.
After some time, we went to Scenic World which is just a few minutes away from the Blue Mountains.This time, we paid for ticket that includes unlimited rides to Scenic Railway, Cableway, Skyway, and Walkway. 39aud for each adult and $21aud for children aged 4-13. Yey! Marshall is still free since he’s just 2 1/2 years old. Check out price here.
Here’s a short clip of our cableway and railway experience.
*some photos grabbed from Tito Wiljay :))
Winter has already started earlier this June. When we came back here last March, the temperature was already cold like having a centralized aircon. Unlike the first time we went here in January, the temperature that time reached to 40 deg Celsius.
This is our first winter! Yey!
We didn’t bring any winter clothes so we bought some for Marshall.
It only took 3 days for me to receive the delivery.
He then tried on the jackets and here he is. 🙂
The fabrics are thick yet very comfortable.
On the other hand, the boots were bought from gumtree. The item was still in mint condition and we actually got it from a Filipino seller. When he learned that we just moved here in Sydney, he and his wife gave away several toys for Mashall, in addition to some cleaning appliances.
Though at times we heard a lot of unpleasant experiences of our fellowmen , dada and I feel really blessed that we are able to meet some of these people that despite the fact that they have gone so far, you can still feel their unbelievable generosity and genuineness especially to individuals like us who are still on the process of stabilizing ourselves in this new environment. And that is one of the values we would want Marshall to learn and adapt until he has his own identity.
Here’s our short video for his first winter modelling 😉
To ensure he would have a good rest this winter, (and other seasons as well), I’ll set up a comfortable sleeping mattress for him. You may check out Kokopax baby mattress. 🙂