Kia Ora!

Kia Ora – a Maori term which means “mabuhay” or “be good” reminds me of my great adventures and experiences in New Zealand a.k.a. “the land down under”.  But as I travelled from north down to south, I couldn’t imagine that I witnessed its breathtaking landscapes, lush forests and amazing wildlife which I could say that it is not simply a land down under but rather a “heaven on earth”.  (You may click image for larger view.)

        

       

I have so many photos taken to share, of course with much stories to tell, but this blog won’t be enough, so let me just share to you some highlights of my trips—some awesome “my first” experiences in this amazingly beautiful country.

It was autumn on my first visit, my first time to experience autumn and I had to wear 5 layers of clothes because outside temp was minus 5 during the day.  Though it was summer when I came back, still it was freezing at night. 

       

My first time to eat lamb steak, it’s good! (haven’t tried it here, it’s expensive though, besides I consider sheep as pet haha. FYI: NZ’s approx. no. of sheep and cow can equal the Philippines’ human population or even more.)

       

It was really fun and cool to pick apples, even my height didn’t matter – t’was also my first time.  Photos below are: the apple trees (maintained by a Filipino scholar), the Lincoln University where these apple trees are located and where I was once a visiting student, the Christchurch Cathedral (Christchurch is the NZ’s garden city which is about 45 min. bus ride from the University) and BONZ, I don’t know if this is owned by bonistation.com haha)

       

       

I had my first road trip, a long day trip from Christchurch to Queenstown where I’ve seen nothing but literally a “huge garden”, views of fantastic landscapes, lakes, wildlife, flock of sheep on the road, apples, grapes and oranges, and of course the best of NZ food – fish and chips, gelato, milkshake, and lamb steak during stops.   Completely awesome, tanggal ang pagod!

       

I almost tried paragliding to see the aerial view of Queenstown, the home of the Lord Of The Rings, but my spirit then wasn’t good enough to conquer my fear of heights haha, so I ended up taking the cable car instead, also my first time, hella fun.  Well, at least I had a glimpse of the LOTR’s Middle Earth.  And then I was able to see the whole of Queenstown by a mountain bike, ang sarap makipagkarera sa ibang lahi haha, cool!  

       

       

Milford Sound cruise, another breathtaking adventure, t’was also my first time to be on a cruise ship.  On our road to Milford Sound, I’ve seen views of the Glaciers. I’ve learned that these glaciers are present and visible  all year round, that’s the reason why the weather in NZ remains cold even during summer.

       

While on board, I witnessed the scenic Milford Sound, a flock of seal, and penguins, also my first time to see these awesome creatures.  And look, here’s one interesting experience I had.  While having lunch, I heard some tagalog words from afar, I tried to look around and found out that the head chef is a Filipino, and with him is his wife as his assistant chef.  Lucky I was, they let me grab anything I want, haha astig talaga ang Pinoy!

       

       

What more can I say about New Zealand? Well, as to its society, it’s diverse, sophisticated, and multicultural. Though diverse and multicultural people, their qualities of being honest, friendly, and openness impressed me.   I was impressed when I took a public bus, the driver would say “Thank You, Have a Nice Day, Kia Ora” everytime a passenger would get off the bus.  Isn’t it cool?  Only in NZ!

I consider my NZ adventure as the best of all my trips.  And years from now, I might go back to NZ, to explore more, to gain, to learn, to earn, and to experience a totally different life in the “heaven on earth”.  But afterwards, I’d still go back here with all the learnings, earnings, and experiences to share, and later to be cherished and pass on to generations.  Kia Ora!

       

To all my fellow bloggers, maraming maraming salamat sa inyong lahat. Isang taon na ang BatangMangyan.  Cheers! Kia Ora!

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29 Responses
  1. Bonistation says:

    Astig ng New Zealand trip mo! gusto ko talaga makapunta dyan kasi mega fan ako ng LOTR!! astig astig TARAGIS!!! waaa ang ganda ng place! parang napaka fresh.. truly heaven on earth!

    dami pala nilang sheep at cow haha milyon milyon! =) bigatin ang BatangMangyan, visiting student ng Lincoln University! tapos eto pa isang mabigat, “BONZ” haha extension ng bonistation! =) salamat dyan sa picture na yan!

    Thanks for sharing this trip! Once again, i learned to dream.. someday, makakapunta din ako dyan!

    rock on tol! ang ganda ng layout hehe the best ang effects!

    BASE!! (eto mahalaga!)

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    BM :) BASE talaga ang tren haha. why not?, pwedeng pwede mong marating ang NZ, sa bilis ng BS eh saglit lang yun haha. kidding aside, we can always make our dreams into reality. the best talaga ang NZ ‘tol. salamat sa palaging pagbisita dito.

  2. jason says:

    waw ang ganda. ayawan na.!!

    hmmp

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    BM :) hahaha ayawan na!

  3. jason says:

    one word: Ang ganda naman dyan at ang tahitahimik tignan at ang aliwalas naman grabe nakakainggit ka kuya joel wala ako masabi talaga kasi sa post card ko lang nakikita yan tsaka sa mga picture sa internet tapos ikaw napuntahan mo na waw talaga wala talaga ko masabi nakakaelibs ang ganda ganda naman dyan sa puerto rico!

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    BM :) taragis Puerto Rico! sige next time padadalhan kita ng postcard galing sa Puerto Rico pero ang view eh Zimbabwe. salamat hamster, sa sunod BASE dapat ha!

  4. Len says:

    wow bago napapala bahay mo.. :-)

    padaan lang po..;-)

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    BM :) salamat len.

  5. kaye says:

    Kia Ora!

    at dahil naiinggit lahat kami, sa next trip mo diyan, kelangan mo na kaming isama. (wish ko lang) tingnan mo nga yan.

    at nakakainggit ang trip to the land of LOTR! waaahhhh! ang historical ng dating! hahahah!

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    BM :) Kia Ora! salamat ms kaye. sige wish ko din na magkitakita ang mga bloggers sa NZ.

  6. eliment says:

    kia okraay! haha
    ang gandang lalaki talaga…este ang ganda talaga ng mga adventures mo mr. B.

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    BM :) hahaha, maraming salamat eli…alam ko din naman na magaganda din ang mga adventures mo at ni busyok!

  7. basti says:

    Wow ang ganda naman jan!! Isama mo naman kami sa susunod! kahit taga buhat ng mga maleta mo….!!!!

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    BM :) hahaha eh sigurado ako mahal ang bayad. haha. salamat po sa pagbisita ulit.

  8. Sphere says:

    ganda ganda naxcite ako don sa apple saka don sa mga baka salamat sa pag share ng mga photos:-)

    hug kita sa blogroll ko ha last time na pagbisita ko d2 under construction itong bahay mo nagbakasakali lng ako ngayon hehehe:-)

  9. duking says:

    whoooaaa!!!

    muntik ko nang ma miss to dahil sa firefox glitch ko!(pero parang pc ko lang sa bahay ang meron?)

    wala bang picture na yung andun ka mismo sa shire nila frodo?

    bagsek as usual.talagang halos libutin mo na ang mundo.yung mga snow capped mountains,ang sarap dilaan.parang ice cream lang.hahaha!

  10. dencios says:

    great architecture at NZ. mukang alaga din ang nature.

    curious ako sa weather kasi kahit mukang maaraw eh malamig.

    what about the people, hindi ba sila racist?

  11. Tsiremo says:

    Basta pag NZ, LOTR naalala ko and the fact na kung paano magalit ang mga tao sa NZ pag sinabihang same accent sila with Aussies…haha omg im learning…great place..maaliwalas walang pollution..PAK!

  12. wow! happy blog anniversary bm!

    talagang all out ang adventures mo! grabe, to the highest level!

    ang alam ko sa new zealand ay ito: may svd mission area din dyan. 4 na pinoy SVDs ang andyan. 2 kilala ko.

    plus ito pa: mas madami ang population ng cows kaysa sa tao. hehe.

  13. Tito Boy says:

    Inget na naman kami ni Bon! Ganda ng mga pics mo BM. Dumaan kaba sa Shire para ma-meet mo sina Frodo, cute mga bahay nila, kasya ka dun hehe..

  14. toni says:

    pede po ba isama nyo kami pagbalik nyo jan?

    ok ang lamb, parang mas masarap kumpara sa pork meat dito.

  15. Nortehanon says:

    wow, sarap naman, pasyal-pasyal lang sa NZ!

  16. Busyok says:

    kia ora! ora..orada! hahaha

    ibang klase ka mamasyal, ako gang kanto lang e.haha

    musta pre?

  17. neo says:

    wow angas ng mga litrato…

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  19. yodz says:

    awesome place!! napadaan lang ako kaka gala dito sa blogosphere. Nakita ko yung title na batang mangyan kaya na click ko — batang mangyan din kasi ako (from Occ. Mindoro)
    Galing naman, ang layo ng mga travel adventures mo — kakainggit he he.
    Nice site very neat.
    Kia Ora!

  20. livingstain says:

    ang ganda ang ganda ganda… sarap sarap…. kakaingit..

    like like ko to…

  21. sarah parin says:

    Wow, ganda ng view, nakakarelax…

    Next time kung gusto mo ng photographer pwede ako. :)

    Kia Ora sa site mo!

  22. Lionheart says:

    Nice naman ang mga nagala na ng isang batang mangyan na tulad mo!

    Sana maging ganyan din ako… Hehe!

    Isa rin po akong galang mangyan!

  23. tacio says:

    nakidaan lang po. madanda ang adventure. kaingget.

  24. Charles says:

    home of the lord of the rings! nice post!

  25. ngayon ko lang napansin, the fifth photo looks like taal volcano, batangas.

  26. Flora says:

    Breathtaking views! ang galing ng pag ka capture mo talaga!
    Andito na nga ako sa NZ for almost 6 years na, di ko pa narating itong mga nakuhanan mo ng pictures…
    Staring next month tho, I will finally conquer South island as I will be moving there for good!

    See you here in Christchurch next time

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