19 June 2007

A week in New Zealand.

It's been over a week now that I landed in NZ. Lucky to say, I did many things within this week. It's mostly satisfying, entertaining and challenging too. Sorry for not updating the blog. I have been very slack lately. The weather's too cold and I feel like staying put.

As most of you know, I love food. I have been eating a variety of food, which I can't compare with the ones in Malaysia. Like the real HK dim sums, the authentic Italian cuisine, the Vietnamese food which we can't find in our part of living in Malaysia.

Now, the best thing I have ever done in Auckland was learning to play board games (mainly) when we went there last week. Thanks to my hosts, Eddy and Rainbow, that I finally found something besides scrabble to kill my time :P We played the original edition, which is based in the USA. I actually went to buy the German Board Game - Ticket to Ride (marklin edition, based in Germany). It cost me $89 but it's all worth it. Seriously. The rule of the thumb of the game is to build as many routes as possible throughout to earn points. I'm totally in love with it. We had a chance to have a go with another German Board Game which is as fun as "Ticket to Ride". That's my next collection of the year. Will tell you more about that next time.

To cut my lengthy entry short, I'll show you some of the photos as a summary. Will upload more photos in the next entry to come. Oh yeah, Happy Dumpling Festival!! ^_^

My favourite nephew, Elijah - turning eight months old in five days' time. He's absolutely adorable! He smells good, too. Ahhh, baby, what can you complain about? ;) Henry's in love with him too. I'm a bit "scared" now, if you know what I mean.

The first meal we had in NZ - HK dim sum. This is my favourite of all times, "Fong Zao" (chicken claws), but might not be for most of you out there. That's not the only thing I had for lunch. Look at the photo below.

It was too bad that I didn't get to take photos of all the food. I was busy fressing about, hehehe.

Living room is very important in a house as it's the gathering point of all guests. I like this living room, clean and simple. All we need in a living room is the sofa and the hosts have it all right!

The second point is the dining room. Once again, clean and simple. All we need in the dining room is the dining table and the chairs which go along with it. Nice.

The kitchen is just next to the dining room. It's comfortable to see such a clean kitchen. After all, you don't have to worry about the food you cook from this kitchen.

My first dinner in Auckland, at an exquisite Italian restaurant. The table was well done. I like it a lot.

Eddy and Rainbow, who came from HK, were our hosts in Auckland. Rainbow was my best friend when I was studying at Otago Uni in Dunedin. We were doing the same course. I can't remember how we first knew each other but all my reminiscences with her were good. I learnt my written Cantonese from her, hehe. She is a really sweet girl. Eddy and Rainbow just got married last year after their 10-year courtship. *touching*

This is a starter dish from the Vietnamese cuisine. It's a type of spring roll. It doesn't taste oily at all and I quite like the taste! (Stay tuned for more Vietnamese food photos.)

Bwahahahahaah~~~~The ultimate board game!!!!! This is the original edition of "Ticket to Ride". You gotta try out, man!!!! Apparently, you could play online too, if you can't find anyone to play with!!! How considerate!

The night view of Auckland city. The long lighted building on the right hand side is the well-known Sky City. I didn't go up there as I don't want to "commit suicide"......maybe one day....


jam said...

Alright, I am the first to comment.
Glad to hear you guys settled down there pretty good.
BTW, why Henry wore that smart?!
And that Rainbow is pretty.. Hehe...

cc said...

Hello, stumbled upon your blog via another blog. I see you've just moved to New Zealand. Are you staying put at Dunedin? I'm a Malaysian living in Auckland. :)

Flora & Henry said...

Jam, I couldn't agree with you more, Rainbow's very pretty ;)

CC, I'm in Dunedin at the moment. Whereabouts are you?