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Saturday, February 20, 2016

NZ: Road Trip Around The Southern Alps

A.S returned to the same hosts she stayed with a month ago. They were just as welcoming as the first time. The helpXers who joined her the last time had moved on with their travels after she left. There were 3 new helpers now making up of a pair of German couple and a Dutch boy who just arrived at NZ. To accommodate the Dutch boy, the hosts called up their good friend, a German who fell in love with NZ and stayed for a decade, to show him around. Conveniently, the couple and A.S were also invited as the van was big enough to accommodate everyone. 

"All of you are travellers. Canterbury deserves your exploration. It's beauuuutiful." The host, Ebby said. 

A.S certainly was glad. She could tell from the bike rides she took earlier. She knew that there were more to Canterbury region beyond her energy and time to cycle to. 

You'll definitely agree with her after watching the following video clip. Enjoy!











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Saturday, February 6, 2016

NZ: Bike Ride in South Island

The best things this HelpX host could offer are:-

1)      A warm shelter
2)      Fresh milk from the farm
3)      Exciting work experience
4)    Rides on a pony
5)      A bike (Oh yes!)
6)      A great place to explore (Oh yes, yes!!)



It’s always a joy having access to a bike and a lovely place waiting to be explored!








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Friday, January 15, 2016

NZ: The HelpX Volunteering Fun



"Dear Mr Farm Owner,

I have work experience in a dairy manufacturing plant in Malaysia. The milk powder we use mainly comes from Fonterra, New Zealand. I am very interested to know how milk powders are produced from fresh milk to powder form. How miraculous is that! Isn’t it funny that in Malaysia, we turn the powder back into liquid again?

Since your place is a farm, not a factory, will you have me at your dairy farm helping with milking the cows? Oh, you mean, you don’t need me to squeeze the breasts, I mean udders? This is the 21st century and you have suction cups doing it? Ohh.. sorry, I am very backward. OK, OK. I’ll help you cusp the cups to the udders.

You will let me try if I liked the taste of fresh milk?
Why?
Oh, many don’t like the raw taste?
Yes, I’d still love to try.


So excited already…


Thank you and I look forward to seeing you.



Regards,
AkiraSabine

akirasabine.blogspot.com”









*A.S's current location*
Day/ Date: Fri/ Jan 15th, 2016


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Friday, January 8, 2016

NZ Ashburton: CS-er Meets Help-Xer


When you are a host and you have a Help-Xer and CS-er at the same time.
It’s not easy to juggle.

If you haven't known, ...
A Help-Xer helps around your house for minimal hours in exchange for boarding and food at your home.

A CS-er at a minimum cleans after herself, offers culture exchange opportunities and you are not obliged to offer food unless you wished to.

However when you are a superbly good host, you can’t offer one food to one and not the other. Your CS profile did not state an expectation to make your CS-er work and you don’t feel that it’s rightful to do so when she’s staying with you. The best is to keep the CS-er there for only a short stay.

As the CS-er, it was a very pleasant and comfortable stay and a nice experience being in a luxury farm house. The Help-Xer was a lady in her late 30’s from Finland scuba diving her way around the world funding herself as an instructor as well. How rad is that! It was odd having her minding the house when AkiraSabine(A.S) as the CS-er just relaxed and stepped out exploring and working on the camera.

Nevertheless, thank you Mark for giving A.S the opportunity to see Ashburton and enjoyed your hospitality for 2 nights in Ashburton, South Island.







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Monday, December 28, 2015

NZ: AkiraSabine's First Experiences At Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo is a must stop for all travellers although it’s not like a happening touristy town like Queenstown or a big city like Auckland. Point no.1 sums the lake up in one sentence. You may have known A.S by now that it is not the place she visits that matter most, although it may be the reason she is there in the first place, but what makes each trip even more memorable are the moments and the experiences.

Following are some first experiences, right there, right then at Lake Tekapo


  1. Seeing such an unexpectable, unbelievable, unimaginable turquoise blue lake.
  2. Meeting a traveller again and joining him in another road trip.
  3. Seeing how steak is being cooked conveniently next to the car
  4. Witnessing lakes of 2 hues side by side. Gorgeous, simply GORGEOUS!
  5. Camping in the car under the stars 












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