New Zealand Dreaming, Part 2

March 28, 2010 by  
Filed under Attractions, Enchanting Oceania, Nature

Continuing on my Photo Friday post last week, New Zealand Dreaming, I’d like to invite to continue our photographic journeys together through New Zealand’s South Island. This week, we travel from Mount Cook through to Queenstown, and we head towards Milford Sound, one of New Zealand’s premiere tourist attraction.

One of the views greeting us as we head South from Mount Cook

One of the views greeting us as we head South from Mount Cook

Another shot of that same lake

Another shot of that same lake

The view from a viewing-point at the edge of Queenstown

The view from a viewing-point at the edge of Queenstown

A view of The Remarkables mountain range

A view of The Remarkables mountain range

Queenstown, a very cozy resort-town

Queenstown, a very cozy resort-town

At the Queenstown harbor

At the Queenstown harbor

One of the stop on our way towards Te Anau

One of the stop on our way towards Te Anau

At the Mirror Lakes, a stop on the way to Milford Sound

At the Mirror Lakes, a stop on the way to Milford Sound

The 3-4 hours drive from Queenstown to Milford Sound is filled with such breathtaking views

The 3-4 hours drive from Queenstown to Milford Sound is filled with such breathtaking views

The ride takes us through mountaineous regions

The ride takes us through mountaineous regions

Finally, Milford Sound!

Finally, Milford Sound!

On hindsight, we would've loved to stay overnight here at Milford Sound – beautiful!

On hindsight, we would've loved to stay overnight here at Milford Sound – beautiful!

Back to Queenstown

Back to Queenstown

Queenstown, from the top

Queenstown, from the top


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HK Sidetrip – Macau

May 23, 2009 by  
Filed under Attractions, Uniquely Far East

Here are some snaps from my previous side-trip to Macau while I was in HK. Didn’t get to see too much of the city unfortunately, time dictates that I only spent a day-trip there, and truth be told, I was running out of money as well. Thankfully, Macau boasts free shuttle buses aplenty, tho only towards the glitzy parts of town (casinos).

Within walking distance from the ferry is Fisherman's Wharf, a sea side establishment good for a relaxing walk and a hearty meal.

Within walking distance from the ferry is Fisherman's Wharf, a sea side establishment good for a relaxing walk and a hearty meal.

Fisherman's Wharf also boasts some unique souvernir shops...

Fisherman's Wharf also boasts some unique souvernir shops...

One of them is.. this Enzo Ferrari boutique! Can you imagine getting one for a souvenir?

One of them is.. this Enzo Ferrari boutique! Can you imagine getting one for a souvenir?

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This huge mall/hotel copying Venice was called.. Venetian, Macao. Pretty but weird. A taste of Europe in Macau?

This huge mall/hotel copying Venice was called.. Venetian, Macao. Pretty but weird. A taste of Europe in Macau?

We're not allowed cameras in the gaming grounds. Here's the closest shot I can get without looking too suspicious...

We're not allowed cameras in the gaming grounds. Here's the closest shot I can get without looking too suspicious...


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Snapshots of Java

May 8, 2009 by  
Filed under Exotic South East, Nature

For this week’s entry into Photo Friday here’s a collection of snaps taken from Losari Coffee Plantation, Central Java. This collection of photos reflect the charming nature of Java and the idyllic nature of vacationing at the heart of Java itself.

The resort itself occupies 22 hectares of an active coffee plantation, surrounded by mountains and within driving distance to the mystical Borobudur. The scenic view was remarkable, a perfect place to rejuvenate and refresh. It is the perfect place to experience Central Java and its rich history of ancient kingdoms and vibrant cultures.

Visitors can take various tours such as the steam train tour, where you get to ride in a classic Dutch steam train through stunning rice fields, plantation grounds and traditional Javanese villages. There is also a tour through the coffee plantation, for the caffeine lovers, where you get a walk-through from growing to grinding coffee. Finally, there are also tours to Borobudur temple itself, and to various Hindu religious shrines around the area.

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Highlights from Port Hills Drive

March 20, 2009 by  
Filed under Attractions, Enchanting Oceania, Nature

After showcasing one of the highlight of our day-cruise around the Port Hills in Christchurch, we have some other photos to share, from the various part of that drive. After passing by Castle Rock, we went on down (missed the Gondola) towards Sumner and passed through the Avon River before heading back into town. Had a small hiccup at the Sign of the Kiwi, we went the wrong direction, but that misadventure led us to this beautiful view of the Governor’s Bay, well worth it. All in all a very refreshing and relaxing drive through some of the most amazing scenic landscape around!

Beautiful views abound! This one from the Sign of the Kiwi.

Beautiful views abound! This one from the Sign of the Kiwi.

A small misadventure led us to this beautiful view of the Governor's Bay.

A small misadventure led us to this beautiful view of the Governor's Bay.

Didn't go Punting by the Avon, but had fun with the ducks there.

Didn't go Punting by the Avon, but had fun with the ducks there.

Last leg of the cruise, a small beach town called Sumner. Perfect for summer!

Last leg of the cruise, a small beach town called Sumner. Perfect for summer!

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Photo Friday – Castle Rock, NZ

March 13, 2009 by  
Filed under General Fun

Castle Rock (Te Tihi O Kahukura) at Christchurch, New Zealand, was one of our sight-seeing stop during our scenic drive around the Port Hills. The drive started with a steep climb passing the Sign of the Takahe, Victoria Park, Sign of the Kiwi and Rapaki Rock, before finally reaching Castle Rock. A short hiking trail leads to this picturesque vantage point.

The view from Castle Rock, New Zealand.

The view from Castle Rock, New Zealand.

Castle Rock is basically a.. rock formation. Surprise!

Castle Rock is basically a.. rock formation. Surprise!

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