Monday, June 27, 2011

特色小镇之 Tirau ~ A Unique Small Town

Tirau 是个很漂亮的小镇,根据网络资料,镇上只有大概700多人,以农业为主(Tirau在毛利语里为‘一个很多朱蕉的地方’。
Tirau, a very small but beautiful town. According to the information from internet, the town has approximately 700++ populations, and basically its a farming town. In Maori, Tirau means "place of many cabbage trees (Cordyline Australis)."
Corrugated Iron deco is another uniqness in Tirau. From the i-Site to the restaurant to shops, you can see a lot of these beautiful and special corrugated iron.. We walked and shops and had our lunch here... it's just so relaxing. Besides, we saw quite a lot of kids not wearing their shoes here...
Isn't it special? This is one of the shop that next to i-Site

Tirau's i-Site

One of the restaurant... the swine pretty cute :P

Felt so lucky that we've got a chance to stop by this small little beautiful town (tho we've missed out few others in our planned route), I can still feel the tranquility ...

Sunday, June 26, 2011


昨天在星周洲副刊教育版上看到了一篇觉得非常贴切管用的文章 ,探讨为什么父母总是在批评,如何按耐不住迫不及待的把自己的人生经验传给孩子好让他们走少一些‘冤枉路’而忽略和剥削了孩子选着做事情的方式。


文 一:

批评是批评,指责是批评,比较也是批评。 还有一种隐性的批评也值得警惕,就是 “你为什么不。。。?

我个人是不抗拒别人给于建议,但是,我也希望当建议不被接受时,建议者会试着了解为什么,试着聆听,而不是一句‘硬颈’ 、‘固执’ 就抛过来。因为这样不是建议,而是看似客观的隐形命令了。




Wednesday, June 22, 2011

农宿 Big Bird B&B Farm Stay @ Otorohanga


We stayed here for 2 nights as it is nearby the abseiling+glowworms cave, and we can experience the farm stay on the next day. Our host Ann is very friendly & she kept the place clean & tidy that I felt so comfortable just like in my own house... I will definitely recommend this if you wish to have a good experience of farm stay.

Quite easy to spot from main road.

Can see the time and efforts that Ann & Ross put in this farm house. Using an unwanted shoes to plant is one of my small little dream!  

This is where we stayed. Got one extra single bed somemore...its cozy and tidy and warm!

Here comes our farm tour!

Miniature horse, the kids can ride of it oh. There are many more animals awaiting for us to feed them!

For once I was very resist to touch animals (felt that there are always some strange smell), then donno since when hor, I suddenly understand that my hand could have been even more dirty than any of them...

First time saw Llama (till then only I know there is such creature call Llama ==')! They marked their debut in a cool way...hahahahah 

Look at Lincon's curly hair! Damn, he is so handsome! He gaves Ann and myself a kiss after we finished feeding him!

The farm is really huge! And seriously its not easy to run and maintain it... Salute to Ann & Ross!

Participating and helping Ann to move the barrier so that the calfs have more grass to eat!

Ostrich's territory. The big bird was flapping his wings to warn you not getting to near of his gf!

These 3 little one were loitering outside a night before, Ann get them back home the next day morning. In M'sia, probably already gone case...

Helping the neighbour to 'manage' their grass :P

They've got so many guinea pigs! Oh my, and Ross made the cage himself! They are really cute!
A very great experience, missing the grassland, the pure air, and the stress free environment...

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

罗托鲁阿跳楼记 'Jump Floor' Experience @ Agroventures, Rotorua


Second day at Rotorua the weather was so much better, not too sunny even drizzling from time to time, but we still able to visit the thermal wonderland and proceed to this excited Agroventures games. Our very first 'jump floor' experience...
我们的配套呢,是5选3,还记得我们但是大小声的说:“我们不要笨猪跳啦,就选sweep, swoop 和 freefalls 好了。” 唉,谁知道那个swoop阿,和笨猪没什么两样哩 ==||
We can choose 3 out of 5 games here (Bungy, Sweep, Swoop, Freefalls & Agro Jet)
"No Bungy we don't want Bungy, ok lets do sweep swoop & freefals," We said.  Then it turned out that the Swoop is just so similar with Bungy lah aiyoo... ==||  

Forcing a smile...

Starting to question ourselves why we wanna torture our nerves in such way...

这时候我们开始看那些绳索是不是安全有没有要‘断线’的痕迹(虽然有点太迟。。。),汗颜 ==||
At this point of time, we started to check if the wire and the ropes are all OK, another sweat ==||

和铁杆平行时,地面的工作人员给指示:“OK 老兄你可以把绳索放开了!”下一秒钟,除了惊叫。。。还是惊叫。。。啊啊啊啊啊啊啊啊啊啊啊啊啊!!!!!!!!!!!
Until we were at the same height with the poles, the crew at the ground shouted 'Alright, you can release the rope now...', and the next secs what we all did were just scream scream and scream! AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!

哎哟。。。怕到,打死都没有下次 >_<||  难怪人家讲 ‘难得糊涂’,如果一开始我知道是这样的,根本就没有勇气玩啦,无端端去跳楼,真的是。。。
Walau, really freak me out! No next time no next time! Seriously, if I were to know it was like this ah, no way man, I definitely no courage to play! No wonder people said sometimes its 'good to be blur'... grrrr....

Hehe, this one is cool (and cold, hehe just nice to calm ourself after the swoop) ! All you need to do is to keep the body balance & follow the instruction properly, then the crew will help you get all the stunt actions done!


Third games of the day, thought it's the easiest one yet it turned out to be the most tiring one! Gotto cycling 3 laps only the 'capsules'  

Hehe, he gotto race with himself since there were only 3 of us :P

Don't play play ah, I made the record of the lady oh! Muahahaha

I would recommend this activities if you were to visit Rotorua and have got extra time :)

Monday, June 13, 2011

The Museum, Polynesian Spa & Hells Gate @ Rotorua

当我们从Tongariro National Park 启程到Rotorua时,一路上天气是阴暗的(如同天气预测一样),还下雨呢。抵达目的地的游客中心,拿了我们要的活动配套,还是下雨(结果下了一整天的雨),所以我们就往博物馆避雨顺道参观参观。。。呵呵。。。然后就泡了好几个小时的温泉。人生的第一次温泉啊!爽!
When we left Tongariro National Park in the morning for Rotorua, the weather was a bit gloomy. We reached Rotorua and it was raining. It almost rain the whole day! So what did we do? After we checked out the i-Site, grabbed the tickets of the activities, and started our itinerary that suits the rainy day – Museum & Spa!
We didn't take out the camera due to rain, so this photo taken from the museum's website :) Museum itself is not huge, and the mini cinema that shows how the Maori settle down in New Zealand impressed me the most. The chairs will move and shake in line with the movie's story (volcano explode...)

逛了博物馆后还是下着雨,可能老天也觉得我们该休息休息,暂且告别户外活动,所以我们也‘顺应天命’,泡温泉去了!我们选了Deluxe Lake Spa,有四个不同温度的池让顾客浸泡,虽然放眼望去并无什么特别的美景,不过还是很舒服的。此时天空下着雨,冷冷的雨水打在脸上,顿时让那被熏得昏昏的脑袋清醒过来。。。
It was still raining after we finished exploring the Museum, probably God want us to take some rest and no outdoor activities today. Hehe, so we went to Polynesian Spa to try out the hot pool spa! We took the Deluxe Lake Spa package whereby there are 4 different temperature's pool for you to immerse in it. Felt so good when the cold cold rain dropped on my face while body was warm... we were here for few hours, so long until we can still smell the sulphur few days after :P

Well we did this on the 2nd night @ Rotorua after our extreme daily activities (to share in the next post). We went to Hells Gate for its mud pool spa. But it didnt turn out to be so nice as the Polynesian Spa and its pretty costly. Lucky it was low peak season, otherwise, I guess their relatively small size of pool and only 1 fitting room facilities might not be able to cater for large volumes of visitors. The mud pool was not like how we imagine it (full of thick sticky mud :P ) the mud was laying on the bottom of the pool that u need to 'grab' it to put it on your face etc etc  :P
因为时间和天气的关系,我们没能去乘筏子,留待下次咯!呵呵。。。这里的‘国际青年旅馆’(YHA) 棒极了,以后背包旅行都会考虑这旅馆,超有水准又不贵,非常值得推荐哦!

Due to weather & limited timing, we did not try the white water rafting here (good reason to re-visit huh? :P) Gotto mentioned a bit about the YHA Backpacker Hostel here, its really of great value, clean & nicely setup, I will definitely consider YHA if I ever backpacking again!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Never SenHeng Electric Again! Consider LH Emart!

Especially the Bandar Puteri Branch. Why? Because they staff can give you all sorts of excuse (including personal problem???!!) to delay your warranty claim, to FIND your replacement parts and best is never call you to follow up as PROMISED.

What did I do? After travelling few times back to the shop and with N times sms to the staff. I gave up. Login to the Consumer Right Association Portal, type a complaint, click 'send'. That's it.

Will I get a reply? I will perhaps, but of course not too soon, but at least I take action.

Here is what happened:
30 April - Send my cordless phone for warranty claim, was charged another RM5 for the new phone warranty. Fine, I paid. Was promised can get a replacement phone after a week.
11 May - Travelling back to the shop, was told that, sorry, phone not arrive yet. Fine, I wait again since they said next week I can get it.
18 May - I went there again and wow, they told me the phone is 'ON THE WAY' to the shop, I can get it 'THE NEXT DAY'
19 May - I went to NZ, so my brother went there to take the phone. Result - Sorry don't have the phone, please wait again.
19-31 May - Brother went there again - Sorry, no replacement phone yet.
4 June - I finally get back my replacement phone BUT THEY LOST THE BASE! No base, can't charge battery, how to use???
4 June - 12 June - forgot how many sms I've send, how many promised I've been given, I still haven't get my base back.

WTF???!!! Enough is enough. Complaint. That's it. Some people just tend to take advantage when others are being nice.  Such an attitude in servicing line, man, they should have close down the shop so that less consumers suffer from their lousy services.

What I wanna say here is, go LH Emart (especially SS2 Branch) to check out their electric goods, the price are amazing, you dont even need to waste time to bargain! Senheng?? Never again!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tongariro Alpine Crossing @ Tongariro National Park, NZ


This was another lucky day of us. We were told that 5 days before our tramping, the weather were not so good and people couldn't even see the blue lake! Yet we had a super Sunny and Windy(blow away the glooming cloud) day! God Bless!

A little fact of the crossing. This is one of the most spectacular tracks in NZ. About 19.4km walk, starting from Mangatepopo Hut and ended at Ketatahi road, so you'll need a transport for the crossing as the starting & end point is different. It takes about 7-9hrs walk (depends on your pace), and how's the scenery? It's awesome awesome awesome! Take a look!
After the energetic breakfast, we brought along the prepared pack lunch, ready to go!

这时Lorraine(旅店负责人)再次大喊“好啦好啦,不要拍太多照片,该开始了!记得三点钟一定要离开Ketatahi Hut!”。开始我们都觉得为什么她那么紧张。后来才知道原来她觉得我们亚洲人太爱拍照啦,常常因为这样而延误行程(前一天就有一班亚洲人因为拍照所以耽误了时间),而我们的国家又热,她觉得我们不会常常走路运动以保持身体温暖。。。哈哈哈。。。紧张也是一种关心吧?
At this point of time, Lorraine (the lady who send us here) kept shouting "not too many photos! Start walking, remember to leave the hut by 3pm (repeated N times before we depart)".
While on the way back only we understand why -- coz she think we Asian take too much of photos (a day before the group delayed their journey due to taking too many photos ==|| ), and we do not have the fitness (coz our country is hot woh, so she assumed we don't keep walking to keep the body warm. hahahaha), thats why she kept shooing us to start...hahahahahaha...

再次觉得自己在 Discovery Channel 里,说我大乡里也好,真的从来没有想过我也有机会走上这么一趟!激动的很哪!这背景,美的太不真实了,美得像布景一样!
Again I felt that I was in the Discovery Channel! Never never thought that I would have a chance to experience such a beautiful sceneric walk. Excited and felt so blessed...The snow mountain was too beautiful to be real, that always made us felt that it was just a wallpaper background... 

There is a 'Stop! Consider Turning Back' Signboard before we reach here... Turning back??! Nah... no way!

The very first 'Cloud Sea' in my life...
that I always wanted to see it in 'lin ming shan' here in M'sia but no chance...

阳光普照却凉凉的,四周环境又有沙洲的荒凉感,感觉真的很奇妙和特别 (再次大乡里 ^_^)
The Sun was so strong yet it was windy and cozy, a desert-like plateau, the snows were waving to us...

Walking along the mountain, all the way up! Human become so little in front of the mother nature...

觉得这里和Mt KK的顶峰有点像哦!不过KK高的多了!
Looks very similar with Mt KK's peak huh? But KK was way higher!

Some little sand(stones??) went into my shoes... hmn, such a photo huh? Plus point to the photo shooter. Hahaha

The mind lifting blue lake shows up, presenting itself in a calm, serene and elegant way....

A beautiful Emerald Lake, mineral leached from surrounding rocks contribute the emerald...

Backpack as my tripod, gloves to prevent the strong wind blow away my camera, just for this special moment!

Wind Breaker Off! Yeah baby, if we don't do something stupid now, when shall we do it?? Here we go, fighting with the wind and made post and say 'cheese'!

这张为自己留念,不知何时再有机会‘discovery' 嘛
A memory for myself, as not sure when will have the next chance to be in 'discovery channel'...

Had our sandwich here, stayed about...30mins? Such a beautiful scenery, why rushing to continue while we were way ahead our schedule?

Looking back, kind of a breathtaking...the descending path are all lose stones, pretty testing on your balancing and momentum... 

After the blue lakes, these will be main scenery... the alpine sensitive area. Lorraine said the trees in the alpine area only grow a bit for 200 yrs, thats why they put up all the 'alpine sensitive area' to alert trekkers stick to the path and do not simply step on the alpine trees...

到达Ketatahi Hut,休息,吃苹果,劳烦德国的朋友为我们拍照!时间多得是嘛,谁说我们体能差来着?:P
Arrived Ketatahi Hut, rest, enjoyed our apple, and the Germans were kind enough to help us take some group photos :)
Eh, we were still plenty of time ahead, who said Asian do not have the fitness eh? :P

Wanna do this long ago! Yes, looks very idiot but man I wanna try it! Not bad mah right? ( I think the westerns were controlling not to shake their head now...)

Hmnm, walking on this kind of route for 3hrs plus, what say you eh? Kind of depress leh...hehehe...

Last part of the walk very much similar with the tropical wood, just like those in M'sia, but Autumn here the sky get dark very early, 3pm something we already felt like evening is approaching...

完成了!呵呵,还有证书和T-Shirt 呢,晚餐那苹果派让我无法忘怀。。。
Ta da! Done! And we've got a cert and a t-shirt, and a wonderful dinner!
Crossing trek info

Gives you the idea of the altitude across the track
 Been there, Done it, No Regrets.


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