April Favourites

April Favourites

Hello!! It’s that time again. Here are my favourites for the month of April. (Can you believe tomorrow will be May? I can’t)

Movies

Quick sidenote, I apparently haven’t watched much movies this month.

Beauty and the Beast

So I watched this late, really late. But it originally came out around wedding time so you understand I had other priorities. I really liked this movie though. I’m not actually a fan of the original Beauty and the Beast, I preferred other Disney movies like The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Lion King, Mulan… That being said, I enjoyed this live action retelling. Also, the songs are just as catchy as ever, and Emma sings really sweetly. She’s definitely not a powerhouse but it suits Belle perfectly.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2

I loved the first Guardians of the Galaxy. It was so refreshing to see a superhero movie that didn’t take it seriously. The sequel is just as good. We dive more into Quill’s lineage, and we also get to spend more time with Nebula and Yondu which I liked. Basically, even if you’re not into superhero movies, this movie is a lot of fun. It sucks you into the world, and it’s so damn funny. Also, baby Groot does more dancing 🙂

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A Day in The Life

A Day in The Life

Hello! So I’ve seen a few of these going around, and they look like fun to do! So, yesterday, during my regular Friday, I made notes and took photos so I can share with you all what a typical Friday looks like for me. As you guys know, I like to ramble a lot. So this will be a detailed Day in the Life kind of post, because I can’t do it any other way. I’m also Knackered as I write this, but hey, a day full of working with toddlers will do that.

6.30am

Rory’s alarm goes off. I don’t have one because his wakes me, and I’m on the closing shift this week, which means I work 9-5.30 instead of 7.45-5.

No one gets up till 6.40 though. Rory goes to have a shower, and I check my phone to see what’s been happening overnight on the old blog.

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Doctor Who

Doctor Who

Previously, C is for Community, and now here comes D. Which you will already know the answer to because of the title 🙂

D is for Doctor Who.

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This show has been on for decades, literally. The newer series was a reboot which began in 2005, and was one of the earliest shows I every became a fan of. It was my introduction into being sucked into a television show, and wanting to explore all the behind the scenes and secrets of a show. For that, Doctor Who will always have a soft spot in my heart.

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The First Time Tag

The First Time Tag

Hello all! I’ve seen this floating around before, but most recently, it was done by 50shad3s0fjay last week. I was tagged by no one but I really enjoyed reading Jennie’s answers, so I thought I would do it too, because why not? I open it up to anyone and everyone to take part too. Just for the fun of going down memory lane!

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First tweet

Good old HIMYM. I don’t actually remember tweeting this. It was 6 years ago. I also haven’t done anything on Twitter for a while, I just like using it to see what celebrities are up to, you know?

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Wanderlust

Wanderlust

Today’s inspiration for the photo challenge is Wanderlust. When I first saw that, I thought, “Damn, I used all my best ones last week for the Earth Challenge”, but you know what? I take a lot of pictures when I visit places, so consider this the next installment 😀

If you want to see last week’s photos about some of the wondrous place I’ve seen on Earth, you can click on Earth and the Wonders I’ve Seen.

I’ll also include links to posts I’ve written about my travels to the specific photos. So if you’d like to see more, go and click. Or not. I’m not your boss 😛

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Wanderlust inspires us all to travel. You see incredible things that you didn’t think you would. Sometimes this happens while sitting in a plane, and the clouds seem like you could almost touch them.

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In Fiji, you find clear blue seas and white sand beaches. The most incredible part is that the water is warm, and there’s so much life to see underwater, not too far from the shore. Honeymooning in Fiji.

Can’t forget my recent trip to Peru that I keep (and won’t stop) bringing up 🙂

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The Salkantay Trek took us through hills, lakes, mountains..and the top of the Amazon rainforest. Salkantay Trek.

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The cities had elaborately decorated town squares, and colourful markets with homemade goods to sell. Arequipa

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Our stay in the Amazon rainforest led me to some strange and wondrous sights. Like giant lilypads that I might be able to sit on (I didn’t try though).

Also, through the rainforest and Iquitos combined, I got to get near lots of animals that I rarely see. More links here – Amazon RainforestIquitos.

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One of my favourite spots in Sydney is the Chinese Garden of Friendship. It feels like you’re stepping in another world, within Sydney itself. You can read more here at Chinese Garden of Friendship.

Finally, sometimes you don’t have to go far to discover new places. Tongariro Crossing, one of my very first posts if you’re interested!

Thanks for reading and letting me show more of my pictures from my travel!

Angela.

Mystery Blogger Award

Mystery Blogger Award

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Rules:

  1. Put the award logo or image in your post.
  2. List all the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
  4. Tell your readers three things about yourself.
  5. Nominate readers and notify them.
  6. Link back to the creator of the award.
  7. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice with a weird or funny question.
  8. Share the link to your best/favorite post of yours.

I was nominated by Ash over at Universe of the Unspoken. She blogs in her corner of the internet world about many topics, ranging from creative writing, to lifestyle, to her general thoughts on life and all. Go check her out 🙂

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Leisurely Drives

Leisurely Drives

Hello! I got lots of great feedback from you guys about my post Leisurely Walks. I really loved going through all the photos I had taken while I was out on a walk. So this may start a series of sorts, where I write less, and let my photos do the talking.

Yesterday, we had some lovely weather here in Wellington for a change. It was nicer than it had been in weeks. Instead of walking around though, we had plans to go out and spend some time with Rory’s family which is not walking distance. It’s a 15 minutes drive out of town, and while we were driving, I took out my phone and started taking photos for no real reason, other than I wanted to.

Have a look!

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Let’s Bake! (ANZAC Cookies Edition)

Let’s Bake! (ANZAC Cookies Edition)

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I’m going to start on a serious note. Today is a public holiday for us in New Zealand (and over in Australia). We are celebrating ANZAC Day. For those not in these countries, let me quickly explain. ANZAC stands for Australia and New Zealand Army Corps. It’s a national day of rememberance for all those who have served and died in all wars, conflicts and any peacekeeping operations. A day to think on the contribution and suffering of all those who have served. The date was chosen as it was the anniversary of the first landing of the Anzacs in Galipolli. It did not go well, and is seen as a disaster from our countries’ view. While I want to share with you all, a fun little baking post, I don’t want to undercut the importance of this day in my country.

I looked up the history of these cookies on Wiki. Apparently, they were not eaten by soldiers on the frontline, as I was previously told. They were eaten and sold at galas, and other public events to raise money to support the war effort. They were originally called “Soldier’s biscuits” or “ANZAC biscuits”. Traditionally, they are very hard, which helps with their long shelf life. However, the recipe I used makes soft biscuits. If you read the previous baking posts, you’ll know that I prefer soft and chewy biscuits.

So, let’s get baking. You can find the full link to the recipe here.

As always, first, I checked to make sure that I had all the ingredients.

To make 18 cookies, you will need:

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 125g butter
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp water

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