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Sunday, October 19, 2014

NZ South Island: 40 Hours in Te Anau & Milford Sound


It's been a looonnnggg absence from this blog and now A.S is back, trying to revive it. There are so many pictures and video clips she'd like to share here dated back in 2010 from a little bit of USA, to a lot of Western EU to another half of NZ and then back to Spain,  Austria and Japan. There was one time she lost her entire files saved in an external hard disk drive and thankfully, with advanced technology these days, she managed to finally... finaalllly retrieved most of them back. It could be one of the lowest point in life when you realized your memories were gone.... forever. 


Now, let's move to the Southwest of South Island, NZ. A.S did not spend a long time here in Te Anau(gateway to Milford Sound) and Milford Sound, but only 40 hours, back in January 2012.  Following are 5 impressions she remembers about these 2 places:-

1. It rained a lot. 
If annual average rainfall in Peninsular Malaysia is 2000mm/yr, it is 4 times in Te Anau. A.S arrival at Te Anau at 6 pm, and was welcomed with strong wind, it could blow and break your umbrella and rain which didn't seem that it was going to stop. The reception at the Te Anau Visitor Centre promised a cleared day the next morning and rain again in the evening, so A.S and mate had to get up early to catch the good weather.


2. It looked like homeland.
A.S supposed it must be due to the generous rainfall that everything looked so green and so tropical. It felt like home. The look of Milford Sound on brochures and images she looked up online did not appeal to her as much as Queenstown. The hills appearing from the water reminded her of Halong Bay in Hanoi, Vietnam.


3. It had many tunnels.
It was the only place in NZ she remembers driving through tunnels from the small town of Te Anau to Milford Sound. It was a scenic drive surrounded by the morning mists and majestic mountain ranges.


4. It was quiet.
Like any other smaller towns in South Island of NZ, particularly, it was quiet, peaceful but yet, feeling safe. The population in this town is about 2,000 people, according to the 2013 census.


5. It had a very big lake
This official site says that Lake Te Anau is the largest lake in the South Island and largest in the country by water volume getting to depths of over 400m.The lake sprawls at the feet of high rugged mountains, and during the summer the hot dry weather encourages water skiing, swimming, fishing and kayaking on the lake. During the winter, days are crisp and clear with frosty mornings and sunny days.






As of 2007, the ratio of sheep to man is 10:1 in New Zealand.

Clear morning, woo hoo!

and mystical too.

Heavenly.

We must step up and take some pictures.

... all around us.

Chilly clear water. 
Arrived at Milford Sound

Go on a cruise to explore this Natural Wonder of the World.

That's what you'll ride on.

Plankton, marine vegetation..and the likes.

See the waterfall?

The size of the mobile homes against the mountain.

The thunderous waterfall from a distance.

Along the drive back from Milford Sound.

An exciting group of Japanese joined us. 

Arrived at an alpine lake where one just wanted to sit and feel the place.



Let's go.

Originally a video clip, minus the voices.







*A.S's current location*
Day/ Date: Sun/ Oct 19th, 2014

-A.S has been back in KL, Malaysia since Aug 16th, 2012 from a total of 3 months in Spain and Austria, but the memories are still vivid.

A.S appreciates you as an audience to her blog. It keeps her contented knowing she's not writing for herself. She welcomes you to drop in more often, share your thoughts and interact with her here at cyberspace. The posts may be a little behind but she promises to close the gap as much as she can, as she gets limited internet access and the time to update.


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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Getting Inspired



Has it ever happened to you? You didn't know someone but had an instant affection towards her by just reading her work or about her. Oh yea, it just happened to A.S. It was like an 'Aha' moment. She's got an instant fan in A.S.  Well this charming lady is none other than Janice Waugh. You may not know her like you know Oprah Winfrey but I'm sure they are both awesome in their own ways. Janice started the SoloTravelerBlog in 2009 and since then has garnered a wide readership. 

What does A.S like about her? Firstly, her distinct somewhat signature look. That white hair on a youthful face is just so uniquely Janice. The charming smile and you should watch the video below to see how poise and composed, the way she speaks, such a warm and friendly lady. 

Secondly, anyone who does solo travelling, especially a lady, is already A,S's instant friend. There's so much we can talk about and share... if only we met. She seems to have been to many places A.S aspires to go and being someone her age, (of which many travel with tour groups) but she, on her own, is just superbly inspiring to A.S.

Thirdly, she ran a successful conference, trade show and publishing company with her husband before the business was sold and became a writer/ speaker as she travels solo discovering this planet earth where we live in. Compared to her, what A.S did in 2010 was nothing. In one of her blogpost, Janice wrote 'Solo travel is an experience like none other. It allows you to enjoy a place on your own terms – without the distractions or schedule of others. It gives you time for contemplation and personal growth."

Affection requires first getting to know. Whether it is a 1 minute read or a 2 hours meeting, that's still a process, of getting to know. Do not fret, but instead reach out for you 'll never know who you'll read, meet and greet. 











*A.S's current location*
Day/ Date: Sat/ Jan 18th, 2014


-A.S has been back in KL, Malaysia since Aug 16th, 2012 from a total of 3 months in Spain and then, Austria. Burdened with lots of thoughts, plans and to-dos, she'll still try her very best to keep this blog alive. Thank you so much for keeping up with her delays.


A.S appreciates you as an audience to her blog. It keeps her contented knowing she's not writing for herself. She welcomes you to drop in more often, share your thoughts and interact with her here at cyberspace. The posts may be a little behind but she promises to close the gap as much as she can, as she gets limited internet access and the time to update.



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Thursday, December 26, 2013

NZ: Top 5 Ways Of Experiencing Queenstown (Not Your Usual Guide)


Here's the shortest and most casual guide ever following the path of A.S.
Warning! Your happiness is not guaranteed, but you're sure to see Queenstown deeper from underwater to the woods and up the hill. Last but not least, you'll leave this town a lot fitter, and also, more blisters. Here goes:-


1.       Make new friends as you enjoy the spectacular road trip from Wanaka.

2.       Hang out at the happening lake front or find yourself a secluded place to take a dip and listen to the sound of breeze and water.

3.       Hike up Queenstown Hill for yet another perspective of the lake and surrounding mountains as you take a bite, snooze and listen to ….. silence.

4.       With more energy, hike up Skyline Trail leading to the theme park on another hill. Alternatively, there’s a Gondola Ride for you.

5.       Enjoy fun rides or simply get excited watching others.


Here for more experiences…

Here to see more of what the Skyline at Queenstown has to offer…





                   Come get excited for over 5 minutes.


This refers to point no. 5




*A.S's current location*
Day/ Date: Thu/ Dec 26th, 2013

-A.S has been back in KL, Malaysia since Aug 16th, 2012 from a total of 3 months in Spain and then, Austria. Burdened with lots of thoughts, plans and to-dos, she'll still try her very best to keep this blog alive. Thank you so much for keeping up with her delays.

A.S appreciates you as an audience to her blog. It keeps her contented knowing she's not writing for herself. She welcomes you to drop in more often, share your thoughts and interact with her here at cyberspace. The posts may be a little behind but she promises to close the gap as much as she can, as she gets limited internet access and the time to update.


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Thank you very much and A.S hopes you enjoy your stay here. ;)





Sunday, November 10, 2013

NZ: Hiking in Wanaka


Dear blog, here’s A.S long delayed trip report back in Wanaka, NZ.
It may be short and hopefully, it is sweet, too.

Jan 22nd, 2012
2nd day in Wanaka
  • Met new friends over breakfast at the hostel and joined them for a hike at Mount Aspiring National Park
  • The objective was to get a closer look at the glacier.
  • It wasn’t a pleasant ride to get to the starting point of the National Park.
  • Imagine a bumpy ride for 10 km maneuvering narrow stony unpaved road but the landscape and encounter with deers and sheep was superb.
  • Followed the track but glacier didn’t seem to get any closer after 1 hour’s walk.
  • View was however picturesque and there were sheep grazing on the slopes.
  • Some streams crossing required without any bridges.



Jan 23rd, 2012
3rd day in Wanaka
  • Met a friend again who stayed at the same hostel in Hokitika a week earlier.
  • Joined him to Mount Ithmus overlooking Lake Hawea.
  • Awesome hike, awesome solitary getaway, awesome landscape. If you wonder about the sound, pure  “…..”.  Blissful, absolutely blissful.
  • So peaceful that A.S and mate stole a nap for 30 minutes.
  • That evening, A.S and mate separated and A.S continued her journey to yet another spectacular city, Queenstown.




Next up...
The touristy town - Queenstown


On the 16km bumpy ride...
Finally arriived



Let's go

We're not alone

Perfect spot for a bite

and a snap

Liking the colours

A different set of colours
The glacier, our unaccomplished mission

--- The end of Mount Aspiring National Park ---


---The beginning of hike at Mount Ithmus ---


OUCH. nah, not painful but tedious job.

Ignore them first.

Here and there

Mate busy sharing his photos.
Simply lovely

Mission accomplished









*A.S's current location*
Day/ Date: Sun/ Nov 10th, 2013

-A.S has been back in KL, Malaysia since Aug 16th, 2012 from a total of 3 months in Spain and then, Austria. Burdened with lots of thoughts, plans and to-dos, she'll still try her very best to keep this blog alive. Thank you so much for keeping up with her delays.

A.S appreciates you as an audience to her blog. It keeps her contented knowing she's not writing for herself. She welcomes you to drop in more often, share your thoughts and interact with her here at cyberspace. The posts may be a little behind but she promises to close the gap as much as she can, as she gets limited internet access and the time to update.


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Thank you very much and A.S hopes you enjoy your stay here. ;)







Sunday, June 9, 2013

NZ Road Trip: Fox Glacier to Wanaka


This was  indeed no ordinary road trip.
One which struck you with awe and wonderment.
Amazing, truly AMAZING!!
As you can see, no words can really describe this experience in Jan 2012.













*A.S's current location*
Day/ Date: Sun/ Jun 9th, 2013

-A.S has been back in KL, Malaysia since Aug 16th, 2012 from a total of 3 months in Spain and then, Austria. Burdened with lots of thoughts, plans and to-dos, she'll still try her very best to keep this blog alive. Thank you so much for keeping up with her delays.

A.S appreciates you as an audience to her blog. It keeps her contented knowing she's not writing for herself. She welcomes you to drop in more often, share your thoughts and interact with her here at cyberspace. The posts may be a little behind but she promises to close the gap as much as she can, as she gets limited internet access and the time to update.


Be a fan today to get instant updates the soonest the next post is published!

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4. If you are a fellow blogger, link to her blog with the HTML code provided.


Thank you very much and A.S hopes you enjoy your stay here. ;)





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