When I went to Hokkaido in January, where it snows almost everyday in winter (average temperature in January is -12 to -4 degree Celsius), I decided to write a blog on how to pack for this crazy cold weather. For those you who don’t know, Hokkaido is Japan’s second largest island and is at the northernmost of Japan. Anywhere close to the North Pole is pretty cold in winter.
Skyline Gondala is a company that operates gondola up the mountains near the city centre of Rotorua and Queenstown. I have never been to the Rotorua one, but I highly recommend the Queenstown one. It provides picturesque views of the city, every photo taken up there is perfection. The mountain top The place is located […]
The main purpose of visiting Queen’s park is to visit Southland Museum & Art Gallery. It is famous for tuatara, one of the most precious New Zealand species- they are pretty much living fossils. However they are close to extinction after the introduction of rats and possums. Tuatara Henry is the oldest tuatara in the […]
I always believe that Invercargill is a great place for raising kids. That belief was strengthened after I visited the famous Queen’s Park in the city. This park was located 15 minutes from where I stayed. It had a massive total area of 200 acres. It contained many buildings from Victoria era with an 18-hole […]
Other than the typical skiing in Queenstown, you are able to do paragliding as well! Since I love purchasing things on Groupon, I found an awesome deal where you can do paragliding for NZD$99 (rather than NZD$210) which included hotel pick up, photos and videos. Paragliding in Queenstown is an activity that is weather dependent, so […]
After working in Invercargill as an intern for 3 weeks, finally got a chance to visit the east coast of Invercargill called “The Catlins”. By definition, this area is in the southeastern corner of the South Island thay lies between Balclutha and Invercargill. It includes the South Island’s southernmost point, Slope Point. The Catlins are famous for its […]
After hearing a lot of good things about “d’Arrys Verandah Restaurant” at McLaren Vale, York and I decided to give it a try. d’Arrys Verandah Restaurant is located in d’Arenberg, it is one of the most significant wineries in McLaren Vale. This place has proven to be quite popular, we had to book 2 weeks in advance […]
When Winny and I decided to travel extensively this year, there is one budget we kept to the minimal and that is the food budget. In total we only spent less than $2500 AUD per person for a whole year on food and we did spend some time in expensive places and countries like Iceland and Scandinavia region. One of key to eat on a budget is to cook when and where it is possible and appropriate.