New Zealand Chapter: Dunedin

Continued from New Zealand Chapter: Auckland…


Where I had friends to meet in Auckland, Dulcie is the only person I know here. And I had to count on her to go around here.

The first thing on the to-do list was racing up Baldwin Street, the steepest street in the world.

What a way to start the holiday in humble ole’ Dunners. Haha!

Got to know Dulcie’s friend, Jay, and within no more than a minute he invited me to represent Salmond College in the race up Baldwin St. A mercenary never takes a day off.

The air was cold and chilly, definitely colder than in Auckland. I jogged to the start of the street in an effort to warm up. The super steep street is intimidating but I was more excited to see how far my gym training had brought me in the past 6 months.

So I raced against other Amazon-like women… and prevailed!

It came at the cost of running out of breath and retiring down to the ground.

The street was no joke. My legs felt crammy yet it was the cold air that really got to me. The hailing stones that came minutes later didn’t help with things. LOL

While in Dunedin, I stayed with everyone else at Salmond College. Dunedin is basically a ‘students town’ because the number of students outnumber the rest of other occupations here.

Dulcie toured me around the college and the next couple of days here. Staying here, I didn’t feel like a tourist… more like another student! Haha. πŸ™‚ And I’ve mentioned many times Salmond College reminds me of the fictional X-Mansion in the X-Men cartoon a.k.a. the School for Gifted Youngsters.

Speaking of that, only the best students get enrolled here so students here are truly aces in their own rights! Makes me feel like some non-enlightened, uncivilized barbarian now ey?

Dunedin is full of churches from many denominations, and most old buildings are preserved to this day. So walking around in Dunedin kinda brings you back in time too!

While here, I attended a mass service with Dulcie and her friends in the Holy Name church.

One of the attractions I went to in Dunedin is the Cadbury Chocolate Factory!

75 minutes of watching how chocolates were made behind the scenes and shipped to the entire world… not gonna lie, we had “chocolate orgasm”!

Meet Sarah our Cadbury tour guide. She’s been whipping out chocolates after chocolates magically from her pockets throughout the tour! I think cross dimensional pockets are no longer a thing of the future.

My stay in Dunedin was shorter than in Auckland. We did plenty of walking around and sight seeing including the Botanic Gardens, the old Railway Station, numerous churches, and life in slow paced Dunners.

It was an overall fun and exciting vacation but good things came to an end when it was already time to fly off.

All in all, it was 9 days well spent in New Zealand!

Even more photos on my New Zealand trip are found on my Facebook profile.

10 Years Ago Today

I was 15 then. It was around midnight when a school friend ICQ’ed and told me to quickly check out the news on CNN. So I rushed downstairs to the TV and see what was happening on the other side of the world.

Footages replayed over and over again on two planes being crashed into the twin towers while new information was being relayed through the scrolling marquee. I remember one of them was exactly “Osama bin Laden: I had nothing to do with it”

By now my whole family woke up to see the bad news happening LIVE.

New photos. New footages including the Pentagon on fire this time. And even more footages taken at the vicinity of the towers which will later be known as Ground Zero. People running away from the collapsing towers. People FALLING from them.

I didn’t know what was really happening except it was truly terrible. Little did I know we were all witness to something that would later go down into history of the world.

Do you remember where you were 10 years ago today?

24th Birthday

Damn. I’m not getting young.

Given the tight schedule, my upcoming Egypt trip and the need to go to Johor, I decided to throw an early birthday party.

With my mind occupied on many things (a big part thanks to the excitement of going to Egypt) I booked a VIP room at Red Box karaoke. Got a little bit of discount thanks to Khai Ng‘s member card.

The room could fit about 20 people, so I invited my main friends: (if the room could hold more people I’d invite more!)

– Internet Marketers
– SRDC’ians
– Ex-DJians
– Team Mercenaries

Me and Yuenn. How come she gets more gorgeous with age? Hmmm…

Karaoke’s nothing without Khai. You know, this is actually deja vu. Look back at what happened 3 years ago.

My best best buddy for 2 consecutive years πŸ™‚

Wow, Evelyn Toh! Idol! She’s easily amused, and that’s what I like about her. πŸ˜›

With Terence Toh and Joshua Thong. Bummer I couldn’t join them and the rest of the gang for the RYM Camp. That would be the time I’m flying off to Egypt. πŸ™

Dulcie and Delia! πŸ™‚

Roy and Ziet. Was a pleasant surprise to see Roy here actually, when he’s based in Singapore!

Marcus Chang joined the party later. Excellent screamer. Can’t say the same for singing though. πŸ™‚

Only the people who came that night knows what song Terence was singing! Let’s leave it at that.

Kent, Ashley, Kenneth, Zim… Gangsta!

Screaming away…

I don’t know how, but someone included Thai songs into the play list! And since there were English subtitles, we might as well sing to our best word for word!

Have fun at the RYM Camp! πŸ™‚

Wrapped up the night with a birthday cake.

Went back to Johor the next day, and spent my actual birthday with Mom and sister Ashley at our new home there.

Thanks everyone and I feel so blessed to have you friends in my life!