Monday, February 28, 2011
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011
But, good news is that it was yet another amazingly beautiful drive!
This time it was on the Alpine highway from Greymouth to Christchurch.
God really did a great job with this country I must say. It's just
beautiful everywhere you turn!
Ok then, that was a great trip. Am happy. And it's gonna stay in my
head for a long time to come. Oh and as cheesy as it might sound, I
did enjoy spending some exclusive time with hubby for so many days in
a row! The last such holiday was in 2009 and am not sure when the next
one would be, so this was really awesome.
Now back to Singapore tomorrow.
546 more to go.
Took a nice long drive from Franz Joseph to Greymouth. But the
highlight was the drive further from Greymouth (where our hotel was
at) to Punakaiki along a magnificent coastal highway. Punakaiki is
famous for the Pancake Rocks (layered limestone formations in the sea
along the beach) which I found super cute. We had the best time there
- am a sucker for the ocean and this is one of the most spectacular
oceanic spots I have been to! Loved it! Really really!
547 more to go.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Today we were caught in the New Zealand rains. I come from tropical regions of Kerala and Singapore with abundance of rains in both places but I must say that I have never before seen a rain like this before! All the way from Wanaka to Franz Josef, a distance of more than 250 kms, it was pouring cats and dogs. Which also meant that we might have missed out on some good views of the NZ Alpine region on this particular drive, which is disappointing.
However, there was one incredible highlight for the day.
We were passing through one mountain after, through dense forests on either sides. Also, thanks to the rain the visibility was very poor, so we pretty much had little knowledge of our surroundings beyond a few metres around. At one particular turn, we came across a sign "Caution: Debris on road during high sea".
Both the hubby and I were confused by that, we were in the thick of a forest and on a mountain as far as we knew, so that absolutely didnt make any sense. Both of us almost said "What does that mean?" but were cut short mid-sentence.
Around the corner, there was the ocean - terrifyingly wild and uproarious just about 20 meters away from the road. It was such a stunning sight, and a least expected one at that. With the rain crashing down, the super grey skies above and the waves in the sea were at an appalling height and so very close to us, the atmosphere was eerily spectacular.
Am not really sure how best to describe it but I can say that sight alone made up for the lack of the Alpine views throughout the day.
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Saturday, February 12, 2011
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Friday, February 11, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
recommended scenic route. And man, it was indeed bloody scenic! With
the hillocks, pastures, forests and the sudden appearances of the
ocean, it was truly stunning! The highlight was this spot where we
stopped to take pictures. I forget the name of the region but its
tagline was 'where sea and forest meet'. Here we got a breathtaking
view of the oceanic expanse, thick forest starting right from the
beach, small peninsular strips running into the sea on either ends and
a strong, chilly wind to add to the experience! I felt very much at
peace standing there!
Thank you god - for making this world so very beautiful, literally.
551 more to go.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
with a stopover at Wellington. But instead of rushing to see Dunedin's
seaside attractions, we made our way to a cyber cafe because an
almost-completed teaser for my film was waiting in my inbox. Before I
left on my holiday, the only work left on the teaser was the
soundtrack and its first draft was now ready for me to review. I
obviously couldn't wait to get my hands on it!
It took about a couple of hours to find a cyber cafe, download all the
files, review, feedback etc and by the time it was done, it was too
late for any sight seeing. So yeah I technically ended up working
during my holiday, at the expense of some sightseeing, but it was
totally worthwhile because I can see the teaser finally come to life
And am so darn excited!
552 more to go.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
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The very nice holiday continues... Highlights of the day:
a) The drive from Waitomo Caves village to Rotorua via Taupo giving us a long, extended view of the tranquil Lake Taupo.
b) The blanketing sulphur smell over the town of Rotorua thanks to the high geothermal activity in the area. I am not a fan of the sulphur smell, but it is quite facinating that such a phenomenon occurs! And it is super weird to see smoke coming off the ground in different parts of the town!
c) The visit to the Te Puia geothermal park where, for the first time in my life, I saw natural pools of boiling mud and three amazing geysers that spurt hot water out like tall fountains every hour or so! Super freaky phenomenon, if you ask me.
d) Seeing the Kiwi bird for the first time. It is so adorably cute! But I must say it had the mannerisms of a rat than that of a penguin!
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Sunday, February 6, 2011
a) Breakfast near the beach with one of the hubby's very fun Kiwi
colleagues. And he pretty much gave us a tour of Auckland, which was
b) Beautiful drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves Village through the
c) Our gorgeous little room surrounded by stunning views at the
Waitomo Caves Guest Lodge.
d) The hour long walk through a cave full of stalactites, and
sightings of 1000s of glowworms! Amazing stuff!
e) Bush-walking! (Which basically just meant walking through a thick
forest)! This was quite an experience since it was just me and the
hubby in the middle of a jungle, with caves, bridges, streams to
555 more to go.
Most part of the day was spent on getting to Auckland from Sydney. And
the highlight? The safety instructional video on Air New Zealand!
Complete with an animated character, the video is the most
entertaining safety video I have ever seen! Not only was it a great
way to introduce the Kiwi lightheartedness but it did get my complete
attention, which has never happened before but is obviously very
critical for safety videos!
I already love this country!
556 more to go.
Friday, February 4, 2011
Am gonna keep the posts for next couple of weeks real short - just so that I don't spend too much time typing these out and ruining my already maxed out eyes!
So yeah, today I finally got to be down under in Australia! Got to see the famous and universally loved city of Sydney! And yeah, I like it too!
558 more to go.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
If I had not already gone through it, I would have said it is absolutely impossible to complete all the work I had to in the last 3 days, before going on my holiday. There was an unbelievable mountain of things to sort through both at work and office and I really struggled, to be honest. But hey, here's the good news...
Have I completed every last thing I had to do at work before I leave? - Yes!
Is the teaser for the film on track for release as soon as I get back? - Yes!
Is the film ready for censorship submission? - Oh hell, YES!
Am I feeling exhausted, absolutely and completely drained? - Yes, very much so.
Am I feeling good nevertheless?- YES, unbelievably so!
And now its time for Australia and New Zealand!
559 more to go.