Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Buddy Has To Be Fixed


Our buddy, the Mazda Bongo campervan has to be fixed in Greymouth. We got no choice coz the fixing work will take at least 2 days. So we had a night at Duke backpackers own by a man from Israel.
From Punakaiki (not in the map, in between Westport and Greymouth) to Greymouth.

Sunset at Greymouth.

Greymouth city centre, view from our hostel balcony.


The next day, our buddy still not ready to be ride. We had a nice walk for a few hours while waiting. Once buddy is ready, we heading to Christchurch through Arthur Pass.
On the way, we stop to see Londonderry rock at Kumara.
Not far from Greymouth, spend your time to have a look at Londonderry rock. Allow 20 minutes driving from Greymouth. Turn off State Highway 73, 1km east of Kumara onto a metalled road running alongside a water race.

The rock probably travelled on top of the Glacier thousand years ago. Measuring 14 metres long, 11.6 metres wide and 8 metres high. Londonderry Rock is estimated to weight between 3000 and 4000 tonnes. According to the local folklore, the ruck fell with a thud that shook Kumara and stopped the post office clock.
Arthur Pass, State Highway 73.

Amazing view of the road between the mountain.
We encountered with Kea, the largest species in parrot family and can be found in the forested and alpine region in the South Island, New Zealand.

Kea get into our buddy, checking my rucksack.
Kea also known as "the clown of the mountains" because of their cheeky, curious and destructive behaviour. They will investigate backpacks, boots or even cars, often causing damage or flying off with smaller items.

After 6 hours driving, plus the oppurtinity stop and taking photos we get to Christchurch safely. The end of my winter trip and back for job hunting.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

My First Hari Raya Abroad


Saying goodbye to Blenheim, the town that witnessed my hard work in 3 months. I decided to travel down to Christchurch and looking for other job. We choose a different route back to Christchurch, through West Coast.

Mark with pink is my route from Blenheim to St Arnaud.
St Arnaud is a small alpine village with a small population about 750. The village has several store such as postal service, cafe-restaurant, petrol station, camping facilities, motel, chalets and hostel.
The best time to do tramping, hiking and stuff is during summer. It was very quiet when we get there eventhough it was already at the end of winter season. Weather was still cold and we are the only campers there. For your information, shower is not available during winter but toilet is available. The water frost during winter.
The camping fees during winter season is cheaper, about $NZD8 per person. We park our van at the designated camper van parking. I couldn't believe my eyes as we get to the Lake Rotoiti. The view is awesome.
Lake Rotoiti with the gorgeous mountain.
The night time was very quiet and cold. We had nothing much to do, we just spend time talking about how beautiful is the place and would love to come back in summer. For the nature lover, you will love this place.
Kitchen facilities, facing Lake Rotoiti.
Selamat Hari Raya, Kier wish to me the next day. I just smiled and start to miss home and was wondering what are the food my mum cook for Hari Raya. Kier cook Aidilfitri dishes for me, beef maggie and omelette. Kier had experienced the Ramadhan month and Hari Raya with me.
Me with my traditional dress.
We sped off our old buddy (campervan) heading to Westport. My first time not at home during Hari Raya, travelling on the road without no plan, as long as we can safely arrived in Christchurch and start looking for a job.

We continoue our journey from St Arnaud to Westport.
The sky was a bit cloudy in the morning. We left Kerr Bay camping ground around 12 noon. It was the second Hari Raya and nothing special I had done. But for sure I will always remember my Hari Raya moment in New Zealand although nothing special.

The journey was not bore, it was amazing, scenery keep changing and the camera is always at my hand. Weather was not good, it was raining and so cold even Spring has approached. From highway 63, we drove to highway 6 heading to west coast. We passed a small town called Murchison.
Light house at Cape Foulwind
We just had a short visit to Cape Foulwind. My plan was to visit the Seal Colony. The female New Zealand fur seal always giving birth at this area. Due to the bad weather we cancel to walk further from the light house to the Seal Colony.


I will always remember the second day of Hari Raya, we was so excited to see the scenery and we decided to stop at a look out point. After few of snap shots we get back to our camper van and our buddy surprised us, our buddy was broke down at a quiet area.

A mechanic from Greymouth that cost the fortune
Kier spend about 2 hours checking on our buddy but my plan was just to get a ride from anyone who passed the road before it's getting dark. After a few try, Kier gave up and we hitch hike. We got picked up by a Maori couple and stop at the nearest accommodation in Punakaiki, which is only 10minutes drive.

We walk to our buddy the next morning after fail being picked up. From where our buddy was broken, we manage to get pick by a lady who work in Westport and on her way to Greymouth. We managed to get a mechanic from Greymouth and our buddy been fixed. What's the problem I have no idea, girls know nothing about engine!


Pancake Rock, Punakaiki.
Let's continue the Raya journey. We stop at Pancake Rock, not far from where our buddy was broken. We don't turn off the van because that is what the mechanic told us. We need to bring the van to Greymouth to get it well fix.

So we take turn looking at Pancake Rock with a blow hole. Kier got a spare key and he joined me later and lock the buddy while another key still turning on the engine.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Country Life Motel

Assalamualaikum & hello,

We found out that Paul, our friend in vineyard cum the staff driver live in a motel, fully furnish and he pay weekly rental for NZD110. Even though we left 2 weeks to finish job in vineyard, Zul, Abby and I decided to move to that motel. 

It is like an apartment unit, 2 rooms, with shower room, kitchen, fridge, dining table and a couch. Quite reasonable NZD110 per person, per week compare to what we had paid before, just a room for NZD110.
Our flat/motel unit.

The name itself already give a basic introduction about this motel. The owner got chickens, sheep, horses and cows. The chicken are freely roaming around the motel compound. Don't dare to steal the chicken, because he counts it every morning. Free range eggs are available too.
Sitting on the fence, the sheep field behind our flat.
Our farewell party, friends from vineyard came to say last good bye.
That night after the farewell party in our flat, we went out have fun at night club in the town. I really love the night club with the simulated bowling game.

Missing all my friends in Blenheim :(

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Jobs Hunting Leads to Somewhere


After feeling nervous staying in Christchurch due to hundreds of aftershock, I travel down to Wanaka, a small ski town down in the state of Otago.Other reason I came to Wanaka also because my friend Yann told me he got a work, commercial cleaning. But the job will start when the ski season hit the town.

Hundreds of WHV (Working Holiday Visa) maker waiting  for the ski season to get a job around here. Majority are white/european WHV maker. Very few Asian, just an asian who was on holiday here. Wanaka, do I have a luck here among the blondie and the whity? I filled up the form for the cleaning position where Yann got the job from.I thought that I could get a job since I got experience in house keeping and cleaning job.
Wanaka famous trademark.

I decided to 'hitch hike' to Queenstown. An engish man, work as a joiner pick me up. He was on the way to do some shopping in Queenstown. He almost crash because he was busy talking and looking at me. That was the sign baby!

I'm glad with the information given by Yann to hitch hike near the junction so and so. The short cut to Queenstown through Crown Range.
Crowne Range Scenic Road (Wanaka-Queenstown)
First night in Queenstown I stayed in a quite busy hostel. Don't like it. The next day I walk about 20 minutes looking for a cheap and quite hostel. Found it, near the esplanade, Lakeside Hostel.
Laura, Kier(my bf now), Me
In that hostel I met and make friends with Steve, Laura, Taro, and Kier. The town was busy preparing a winter festival. We went out to have a good time. Party the whole night, and continue the next day! Job hunting ends up into party and party. A little warm up before job hunting. That's all about Queenstown, a party town.
Laura(Argentina), Sebastian(Argentina), Me, Steven(Aussie)

Performance from the local artist.


No job here and there. Just one place I'm sure I will get a job anytime, Blenheim. I went there and get a job in vineyard from Abby. So we work together under the same contractor. Freezing to death working outdoor in winter from 7am-5.30am. Two layer of lagging, jeans; three layer of socks; two layer of long sleeve shirts and two layer of gloves.
The best thing about working outdoor is you get close encounter with animals like horses and sheeps.
Friends in Vineyard, from left: Zul, Abby, Me, Kier.
What ever job it is, if you have a good people around you working together, the tiredness turn into happiness.

Doing odd job like this has given me a lesson for life and a good value of experience. An open heart to understand other people situation.
This is my  room, spending the night after long hour works outdoor and keep myself warm.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

New Beginning in South Island, New Zealand

Assalamualaikum & hello.


It's time for me to set my foot to South Island, job hunting and another life experience. You need to get ferry to cross to South Island if you travel by land. Flying is cheaper actually, sine I got a bus pass, I had to use it before it gets expired.
Ferry terminal in Wellington

Takira, my landlord little girl, the top picture was my first place to rent, below, the 2nd home.

The first house I rent in Christchurch was at Gabraith Ave, Avonside, one of the Earthquake Red colour area. Lot's of damage in the city. 

After the February 22, 6.3 magnitude earthquake, the engineers inspected buldings and houses or properties in Christchurch and has a red, yellow or green placard.

A red placard means the building is considered unsafe and further structural assessment is needed. These buildings have generally been isolated with barriers. 

A yellow placard means the building has limited access, as noted on the placard, and further structural assessment is needed by the owners consultants.

A green placard means the building is considered safe for its intended use.

Then I left Christchurch and heading to Queenstown for job hunting. After a week in Queenstown I'm back to Christchurch and move to new house with my landlord at Callishaw Street, Avonside, in the Earthquake Yellow colour area.  


Red zone, Christchurch city centeral.
4 September 2010 Christchurch dilanda gempa bumi berukuran 7.1 magnitude. Selalunya selepas gegaran pertama, gegaran susulan akan menyusul. bukan satu dua, tetapi beribu. tidaklah kuat seperti gegaran pertama. Tiada angka korban dicatatkan. Masa ni aku kat Malaysia lagi, takat dengar dalam news je lah.

22 Februari 2011, aftershock 6.3 magnitude menggegarkan Christchurch. 181 orang terkorban dan beratus yg lain cedera parah. Separuh dari jumlah kematian ialah daripada jumlah yang terkorban di dalam runtuhan bangunan 6 tingkat Canterbury Television (CTV).

13 June 2011, sehari selepas aku tiba di Christchurch, sekali lagi aftershock yang kuat melanda bandar ini. aftershock yang pertama pada jam 11pagi 5.5 magnitude, ketika itu aku masih di rumah. Rumah yang aku duduki bergegar dengan kuat membuatkan aku terkucil lari.

Kemudian jam 1pm sekali lagi gegaran kuat berukuran 6.3 magnitude melanda. Ketika ini aku berada di Barbadoes Street. Bunyi kuat serta aku tidak dapat berdiri dengan betul akibat gegaran. Gegaran kuat menyebabkan luqeafaction, iaitu air seperti 'mud' keluar dari bumi menyebabkan jalan banyak tutup serta banyak rumah yang rosak. Tiada angka korban dicatatkan dan sesetengah bangunan yang rosak pada Februari 22, runtuh akibat gegaran.

Helikopter berlegar-legar di ruang udara dan polis serta ambulance ke sana sini. Keadaan memang kecoh buat sementara. Beribu gegaran kecil direkodkan selepas itu. 

Itulah pengalaman pertama aku merasai gempa bumi. Memang takut dan dasyat. Seminggu selepas gempa bumi, aku pon bercadang untuk merantau ke tempat lain mencari kerja, iaitu ke Queenstown.

Good morning Christchurch. At 8.34pm last night Christchurch was hit by 5.5 magnitude, 2 kilo tonnes earthquake energy, depth 8 km and it is the 8th largest earthquake in the record. No damage was reported. The picture above are from the earthquake damage on the 22 February 2011.

The earthquake damage house was covered by thick snow in August 2011, winter in Christchurch.
I had experienced the big one in June with the magnitude 6.3. No power for that night and no water supply for a week. After 22 February 2011, Christchurch experienced more than 8000 aftershocks. Last nite aftershock is no more a news for the people of Christchurch. They get used with it.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I Smell The Spring

Selamat Pagi, Good Morning or in maori Morena! Spring welcome us in September after a long months (3 months) of winter. The first month of Spring the weather not much different from winter, lowest temperature is -2 celcius, highest is 12 celcius.


New Zealand Rugby world cup is going on. We don't bother so much about that. We just love spend our weekend outdoor; camping, hiking and picnic.
Preparing sandwich for the hiking.
Since I live a life in New Zealand, I don't bother about spend my weekend in the city, shopping or do what other girls at my age do.  I utterly have an active and healthy lifestyle. Day by day I get pretty fit.
Hiking up Mount Herbert, say hi to the cows and sheep.

We drove to Peninsular Bank, about an hour from Christchurch and camping at Okain's Bay camping ground.
New Zealand is for outdoor lover, the mountain, the nature and the scenery are a gift to them. I once heard from someone that been to New Zealand and said New Zealand has nothing and it's bore. If you are into shopping, this is not a place for you.
Sharing kitchen facilities at the camping ground.

Most of the camp site in New Zealand are in good condition and clean. To travel cheap, you can choose camping to cut cost your accommodation budget.
Low tide at Okain's bay.
Kitchen, shower, toilet and laundry.
The young mussels.
I would love to take this chance to give some advice, PLEASE DO NOT STEP ON THE MUSSELS OR DESTROY THEM WHEN YOU ARE AT THE BEACH. Those with children, tell them about this.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Rock 'n' Roll Rotorua

Redwood or Whakarewarewa Forest is one of most spectacular natural assets in Rotorua District. This forest famous with the Californian coastal redwoods.

Different path can be choosen for a walk in the wood, each track has different duration.

Me, Apis, Sean (Korean), David (Holland) & Nina (German) spend our time at Redwood after work. All picture was taken in autumn (May).



When I went through my pics in netbook, I found out pics of me making Kimbap. Sean the Korean guy taught us (me & apis) how tomake Kimbap (Korean sushi).

1. Cook 2 cups of rice. After the rice cook, mix with sesame oil.
2. Get a 2 cans of tuna with mayonese. Up to you what kind of tuna you want. Sean get me tuna with mayo.
3. 1 Cucumber, cut into long strips.
4. 1 Carrot, jullienned.
5. 3 eggs, whisk eggs until evenly yellow and fry until flat omelet. Cut eggs into strips.

Using a bamboo sushi roller or a piece of tin foil, lay the dried seaweed shiny side down.
Ready to eat for tea time!


My boss where I was working in Planet Backpackers in Rotorua, New Zealand took me, Apis, Nina & Jo for fishing at Pukehena Beach about 30 minutes from Rotorua. This is my first time fishing using a torpedo. I never saw one in Malaysia. It's using a battery and it could go as far as 500 meter from the beach.

It was very sunny and we enjoy the sun in autumn. Well, this pictures was taken during autumn somewhere in May.

We went home for some fishes and smoke the fish for dinner. Nyumm!!!