With eyes open I was having a dream

New Zealand – Auckland / Never in my life would I have pictured myself venturing out to New Zealand. As somebody, who is wildly conflicted about her own place in the world, any place that would require a pre-approved visa upon entry, I had become shy of even daydreams involving foreign lands. You see, the biggest misconceptions about me to this date are that I “probably” live off a trust fund and “probably” have a first world passport – neither of which, is true. That said, I think these hurdles thoroughly ground me, and I am able to appreciate every travel-blessing with my full attention and gratitude.

We arrived in NZ and were instantly met with weird weather – because we are lucky like that – and so my exclamations were marred with whimperings of “It’s freezing!” from the get-go. I am asian, it is what I do. No judgement. My lovely cousin and her family gave us a little tour around Auckland, where our arrival was vicariously celebrated with amazing beer-laden dinners followed shortly with a bill containing first world prices, reminding us that we were no longer in Kansas, if you know what I mean. This fact sank in most positively when I was met with a supermarket full of fresh produce, and just like that, I was in love. Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love supermarkets, and this is also why I have no photos of the many supermarkets I have explored – my hands were always too busy grabbing things and swiping cards like an overexcited third world child.

We visited Piha and some nearby waterfalls, and I got very excited about these, not realizing it would be the first of many, many waterfalls we would encounter on this trip, over which, I never ceased to stop showing my unbridled excitement, which I am sure my short term memory issues is to blame for. I took so many photos on this trip, so bear with me, as I am seriously struggling to figure out how to divide them into posts. As I am sure you are sick of my blabbing at this point, I will just leave you with these images of Piha and Kitekite – and dinner. Because I am asian, and we like to photograph our dinners.

PS: Once everything NZ related is up, I am thinking about punishing you guys with a Vlog (hahaha sorry) and so if you have any NZ or non-NZ related questions, be sure to leave it in a comment below.



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9 Comments Add yours

  1. It’s nice to know that you’re blogging again, Dane! You write so passionately💕

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    1. Thank you so much for the encouragement. I do often wonder if my ramblings interest anyone out there.. 🙈⭐️

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  2. Iris says:

    I hear you about the visa woes. That seems to be a constant in my Third World life, too.

    Also, I echo the above sentiment. It’s good to see you writing again. Blogs that actually have something to say seem to be a dying breed.

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    1. Isn’t it?! But it does serve as a gentle reminder that we shouldn’t take our freedoms for granted – most days I try to remind myself of that, in an effort to focus on the pros rather than the cons. And thank you and yes – I seem to have resumed my old rambling ways but its my most honest me and I wouldn’t have it any other way! Thank you for the love XO


  3. Kat Feria says:

    Your travel photos makes me think more about this life. Whenever I’m tired and stuck in the office, I always look at you blog. This makes me happy in many ways. Thank you! BTW I’m a fan. xx

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    1. Aw, thanks for letting me know. I’m happy to share the more scenic parts of my life in order to inspire, and its so nice to know that my work is appreciated. 🙂 x


    2. So sweet and I’m glad I can offer up some inspiration 💗


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