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  • PinkPanther 1:45 pm on July 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: adventure, aloha, Hawaii, squadgoals, tourist, , waikiki   

    Aloha in Hawaii 

     

    polynesian1

    Hola! Aloha!

    Hawaii will always have a special place in my heart. Why?

    Probably because of its atmosphere, culture and tropical climate being close to home! When I travelled there sometime in 2013 with my other 3 single girlfriends (then), I could not help but had sworn compact with myself that I shall return (well, it didn’t happen .. yet!)

    The squad followed the below itinerary and almost maximised the time that we were there… no spare minute nor second!  But I believe that all four of us shared the same sentiment that we understated Hawaii prior to our travel.  We should have allotted at least 2 weeks to fully enjoy every corner of this amazing tourist destination and we should have done island hopping instead of staying just in Waikiki. Not that I am saying that Waikiki is not worth it but there are other hidden treasures on this side of the globe that we should have likewise explored.

    Our itinerary.. Voila! 

    • Day 1 Arrival.. fast forward –> Dinner at Red Lobster…
    • Day 2 Shopping (Waikale)
    • Day 3 Diamond Head\Hanauma Bay
    • Day 4 Visit to relatives morning; shopping again in the afternoon (Waikale\Ala Moana)
    • Day 5 Lanikai beach, Kailua, Waikiki
    • Day 6 Pearl Harbor/USS Arizona Memorial/ Polynesian Cultural Center
    • Day 7 (Last day) Waikiki Beach morning walk .. …fast forward—> Departure

     

    Anyhow, enough with all this reminiscing.. let me give you my top 7 most memorable takeaways from our Aloha trip!

    1) Food is love

    Yum! 🙂

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    Cheesecake Factory,  IHop, Red Lobster, Shrimp (food) Truck, Goldilocks, some Buffet restaurant (no photo taken.. too hungry to even remember)

     

    2) Hiking at Diamond Head

    Testing your strength, endurance and dedication!!

    But I’m telling you, it’s worth it… every stride, every drop of sweat, every single muscle pain!

    There was this moment when you’re convincing yourself in the midst of “should I give up and just go back or should I continue  what we have started”.  Note that peer pressure played a significant role here! That little nudge from a friend surely created a strong push against my back to take another step or two.

    This is it! There is no turning back! 

     

    -Water is gold!

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    -stairway to heaven:

    a short moment of silence please with this finale.. a breathtaking view:

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    .. removed this from the bucket list:

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    3) Vast blue sky and waters

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    4) Dole pineapple plantation

     

    5) Shopping! Shopping! Shopping!

    • Waikale (there’s a shuttle bus that can take you there) and Ala Moana

     

    6) Sunset

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    7) Culture and History

    Morning stop-over:   

    Pearl Harbor/USS Arizona Memorial

     

     

    Afternoon stop-over :

    Polynesian Cultural Center

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    That’s it folks..my 7 takeaways! 🙂  I believe your takeaways will be even more than this!

     

    I promise ..one of these days… I SHALL RETURN!

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  • PinkPanther 3:33 pm on July 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: BungeeJumping, Haka, Hobbiton, Lordoftherings, New Zealand,   

    Haka in New Zealand 

    First and foremost.. what is Haka?

    As per Wikipedia “A haka is a traditional ancestral war cry, dance or challenge of the Māori people of New Zealand which the New Zealand national rugby union team, the “All Blacks”, and a number of other New Zealand national teams perform before their international matches.”

    Ok, to demonstrate, here is the greatest Haka clip from youtube:

     

    Apart from the famous Haka, what are the 7 other reasons why you should consider NZ as your next tourist destination?

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    1. FOOD IS LOVE

    Let the photos speak for themselves and do the talking.. #foodislovefood 1food 2food 3food 4food 5food 9

     

    1. KIWI PICKING

    You better do this one. You will regret it if you wont give it a shot. Imagine you’re already in New Zealand and you don’t give yourself a chance to experience it. What the heck! Make sure you will end up carrying basketloads of both green and gold kiwi fruits!

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    giant..kiwi fruit..

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    giant kiwi bird…

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    peeking Kiwi..

     

    1. GREEN.. GREEN and more GREEN…

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    1. ROTORUA (Geyser)

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    1. COROMANDEL TOWN (Cathedral Cove walk)

    For those who love bushwalking and make it a weekend routine, this is for you. Not my cup of tea.. but this is worth it!Coromandel Towncc2cc3cc5cc6cc 7cc 9cc 10cc 11cc 13

    I don’t have the “presentable” photos, but try visiting also Butterfly Garden and experience the Gold Mine …and the Hot Water Beach for a natural spa\sauna experience.

     

    1. “LORD OF THE RINGS “ movie location …

      Hobbiton, The Shire, Middle Earth

    Re-live and reenact the scenes from the the famous LOTR trilogy…

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    1. BUNGEE JUMPING (Auckland)

    For some adrenaline rush.. remove this from your bucketlist.,,do it now!

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    I was only 50 kilos back then…

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    on the way to the dreadful moment of my life….

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    no turning back.. someone pushed me!

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    I feel like I’m flying..

     

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    ..indescribable..

    …So the question now.. when are you going to book your ticket? Call your squad first!

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