Category: The Weekend Explorer


Adventures in Hamilton.

In 2015, I stumbled upon the Balloons Over Waikato event on Facebook ads. I excitedly told T that I wanted to go to that festival as I’ve always wanted to go to one. Few years back, in the Philippines, my mother and I planned going to the hot air balloon festival few hours from our…


July is for new adventures!

Exactly 2 years ago, around this time of the year… I was in a shop trying to find some winter clothes. We were just a few days in Auckland and trying to acclimatize with the cold temperature. Imagine coming from the tropical little red dot and then into 13 to 14- degree weather. I could…

A cove at Bethal's Beach

Weekends at the West

Since we discovered Piha, we’ve been visiting other beaches at the west side of Auckland. T would usually cycle there during weekdays when all his work is done and then bring me to the same spots in the weekend. Every beach still gives us that big awe… we are constantly  amazed by the beauty of our…

View of Piha Beach from top of Anawhata

The Road to Piha

It started with a conversation about theme park rides in the office. While writing the last few patient notes for the day a colleague turned to me and said “Do you enjoy those theme park rides?” I said no and that even just riding a car on a winding road makes me sick. Another colleague…

Kuaotunu Bay

December in Coromandel

Moving to a new country is quite daunting. Add to it a new role in a new job and it can be really exhausting. While there is so much joy in discovering new places and learning a new culture, sometimes living far from family and close friends can hit me hard. It didn’t help that…


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