Weekend Review #3

Weekend Review #3

Late Start Saturday

So technically, I got up at 7. But I just chilled in bed and read blogs for a few hours. We got up past nine. During breakfast, Rory watched Rick and Morty, and I started doing some colouring. Then we started laundry. The weather is drab and grey, so we had to leave it inside with the dehumidifier. It was a nice, slow morning. We looked at some open homes for tomorrow, and decided on a few to check out.

At 12, we decided to go get groceries. It was pretty busy, we normally go a lot earlier.


We got back and had lunch. The weather got more grey, but I decided to go for a walk to the library. I kept putting it off all week, so I decided to finally just go. I got After You, I also wanted a few other books but they weren’t available. I did manage to also get Buffering by Hannah Hart though. I haven’t read any biographies since Tina Fey 😀


After that, I did more colouring and finally finished a page in my new Mandala colouring book. I really like it!


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Golden Bay

Golden Bay

Welcome to another TBT! Today is about when we visited Golden Bay in Nelson. This was during our Christmas Holidays in the South Island back in 2009.

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Golden Bay is located around Nelson, a few hours drive from Blenheim (in the South Island) where we were spending Christmas with our extended family. We often went for little day trips, and one day Dad suggested this. The name alone sounded intriguing, and we were all keen to go out for a day trip.

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It was very pretty, and very busy! Especially since it was the summer holidays.

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Weekend Review #2

Weekend Review #2

I can put number 2 in the title, so I guess I can officially consider this a series in my blog! Yay!

Early Start Saturday

So we had an early start this Saturday. We had a 9am meeting with an insurance manager at the bank, in a branch that is a 30 minute drive away. So yeah, no late start for us this weekend.

The weather was pouring down and freezing, typical. But we were ready to go and out the door by 8.20.


We arrived there early and loitered until 9, where we had the meeting. I will skip the boring details, but it all went relatively well. We agreed to a good insurance cover, and it has offered us some peace of mind. We were being great adults. I also finally managed to change my last name at the bank at least. So that’s one down, a gazillion to go.

By the time all this was done it was quarter to 11. Where did our morning go? With our head buzzing with a lot of information about life insurance, income protection etc, we decided to get our grocery shopping done. Also, the weather had stopped raining, the sun was shining, but the wind was still ice cold.

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If you really squint into the distance, you can see some snow on top of the far off mountains

We did the groceries, and by the time we got home it was already almost half past twelve. Rory put away the groceries, and I kicked off the laundry as we hadn’t yet done that due to that early meeting.

Then I went and tidied up our bedroom as we forgot last week, and our clothes pile on the bed and floor was getting extreme again.


So now that we can actually comfortably lie down in bed again, it was time for a quick lunch.

After lunch, I caught up with my post reading, and set up my posts for the next day as I hadn’t written or scheduled them yet. This included emailing back Angie about tattoo ideas for the mandala, and tracking down a few work emails.

The work emails were about helping out a colleague fill in a survey for a course she was doing on her leadership, and the other was from my team leader about a self review we were doing about our environment which we need for our meeting on Monday. Got that done, and now it was 3.30 pm. Time for a break yes? By break, I mean I’m going to write more blog posts (like starting this one!).

So this carried on into dinner time. Since I had just finished Me Before You, I was also keen to watch the movie.

I did manage to do some baking after the dishes though! Look out for that post tomorrow! I posted a picture of the final product already on Instagram yesterday 🙂

Then we watched the movie. There was so many faces from so many different fandoms there! Beyond Daenarys and Finnick, there was also Neville?? Clara?? Tywin??!!

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I liked the movie, it was cute and I loved the two leads. But the book (as always) was better, at least for me.

Sleep In Sunday

So we didn’t wake up till 8.30, then no one got up till 9. We had breakfast at 9.30, and I started blogging around the same time. Somehow we lost track of time and it was now 11.30. We wanted to look at that home we saw last week again. The open home was at 12, so we headed off.

It may look sunny, but it was only like 10 degrees, that’s 50 degrees for you Americans 🙂

We met up with Rory’s dad (who also wanted to have a look) and had a second look at the place. I still love it, but I am fully aware that it will need some work. Not too much, but some, enough to think about how much we want to offer, taking into account how much the work will cost. So much adulting this weekend.

Anyway, we got back home just before 1, and had lunch. I finally folded and put away the laundry. Then I went back onto blog.

At 2, we left for our meeting with the property agent. We let them know we’re interested and we’re now going through the process of making an offer. There’s so much to go through, but we’re slowly getting into it.

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Hello stock photo. We even have a lawyer on top of all this now. Does that make me an official adult?

Afterwards, I went to the library to get After You, and return Me Before You. I returned Me Before You, but After You wasn’t ready to be picked up yet. Darn. I stopped by in Typo on the way home, and came out with only one thing, which is rare 😀

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Such a good store
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The Land of Stationary
I got a three year journal. Each page has a prompt, and a space to write three times. One for each year, so at the end you have a collection of thoughts ranging over three years! I actually had been thinking about getting this for a while, but kept umming and ahhing, but after reading Ella‘s post about her own 5 year journal, it got stuck in my head again! 😄 I’m so happy with it! I can’t wait to start filling it in!

Then I hopped back on blog, and forgot about cleaning again. Next weekend…I swear. Anyway, after that, we had dinner, washed dishes, did our own thing for a while and went to bed!

To-Do List (For some reason it got long this weekend):

  • Get ‘After You’ from the library as I finally finished ‘Me Before You’ – I went, but the reserve wasn’t ready to be picked up yet.
  • Write and schedule more posts for the upcoming week
  • Check out new followers blogs – ish. I’ve checked out a few, but you guys are coming faster than I can keep up 😛
  • Unfollow some blogs, those who haven’t posted in over a month, inactive ones, etc.  –  I did do this, I was following 382, and now I’m down to 312. Around 30 of those were just dead sites though :/
  • Do some baking
  • Do some cleaning around the house
  • Do some driving
  • Household errands – Grocery and Laundry
  • Meeting #1 – Insurance Manager at 9am on Saturday
  • Meeting #2 – Property Agents at 2.30 pm on Sunday
  • Change last name at the bank
  • Start trying to change last name at other places (IRD, Drivers License, Passport, etc) – ish, I’ve looked up the process online at least
  • Check out open home for property we saw last week again
  • Fill in survey for colleague at work
  • Think of data gathering ideas for self review at work

What did you guys get up to this weekend? 🙂


Makara Beach

Makara Beach

Hallo! Welcome to another little TBT post. Today’s is about a place I have very briefly mentioned before in the blog. It’s about Makara Beach. I had never heard of this place before, but Rory had frequented it with his family as they liked to walk there. So in 2015, on a Labour Day weekend, Rory drove us up there, so we could do this little walk up the hill.

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It was a very stony beach

As we made our way past the carpark, we came across this beach. It was very stony. To the left, there was a little path and a sign showing us more about the walk.

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A helpful little sign

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There were a few options we could take. We went with the ones that went up to the Fort Opau gun battlements. The full walk takes few hours, but we decided on just doing a small part (we got hungry).

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Angela’s Bucket List

Hello all!

So I’ve been wanting to make a bucket list for aaages. I liked the idea of coming up with 100 things, but that turned out to be a lot harder than I thought 😄

I’ve been writing this since I started blogging, and I’ve only just finished it! I’ve included things I’ve wanted to do since I was younger, so I’m already able to start crossing things off. I’ll try to come back to this every now and then and see if I can cross more things off!

These are in no particular order, but go ahead and have a read!

  1. Go overseas
  2. Fly in a plane
  3. Fly first class in a plane
  4. Graduate university
  5. Move out of home
  6. Fall in love
  7. Get married
  8. Celebrate 25th wedding anniversary
  9. Celebrate 50th wedding anniversary
  10. Do a flip on a trampoline
  11. Sing karaoke in public
  12. Play a game of paintball
  13. Play a game of laser tag
  14. Pull an all-nighter
  15. Go for a romantic picnic on a hill
  16. Get fitter, and work out more
  17. Go to a yoga class
  18. Go to a pole dancing class (it looks fun, I’m not too flexible though)
  19. Buy a house
  20. Do DIY in said house
  21. Make a house of cards
  22. Complete a scrapbook
  23. Finish a colouring book
  24. Fill up all the notebooks I keep buying
  25. Do a Road Trip around the North Island
  26. Do a Road Trip around the South Island
  27. See more of Australia
  28. Visit all the Pacific Islands
  29. Visit Harry Potter World in Orlando
  30. Visit Scotland and the places Harry Potter was filmed in
  31. Visit Europe in General
  32. Visit Canada
  33. Visit Iceland
  34. Visit Japan
  35. Visit Germany
  36. Return to the Philippines
  37. Visit a Disneyland, any Disneyland
  38. See the seven wonders of the world
  39. Go snorkelling
  40. Go scuba diving
  41. Experience zero gravity
  42. See a Broadway Show
  43. Go to a concert
  44. See a musical live
  45. Go to a wax museum
  46. Go to a ballet
  47. Have kids (max 2)
  48. Have a pet dog or cat
  49. Complete a fun run/marathon
  50. Do a colour run
  51. Do all the Great Walks around New Zealand
  52. Solve a Rubix cube
  53. Gain my full driver’s license
  54. Own a car
  55. Learn how to take care of a car (oil, change a tyre, jumpstart, etc)
  56. Ride a bike
  57. Do a wheelie on a bike
  58. Ride a Segway
  59. Ride a hoverboard
  60. Complete a Masters in Education
  61. Make a dress
  62. Make a blouse
  63. Own a really good camera
  64. Make everything from a recipe book (preferably a baking one)
  65. Write a book
  66. Spend time in a float pod
  67. Bathe in milk
  68. Have a massage
  69. Have a spa day
  70. Learn to read sheet music
  71. Learn how to play the ukulele properly
  72. Relearn how to play the piano again
  73. Watch all the Star Wars movies
  74. Watch all the movies that won an Oscar
  75. Ride in a horse and carriage
  76. Go horse riding
  77. Witness an eclipse
  78. Go to a drive in movie
  79. Dye my hair (any colour)
  80. Master a couple of hairstyles, outside of ponytail and half up half down
  81. Get a tattoo
  82. Get a henna tattoo
  83. Get a temporary tattoo
  84. Get multiple ear piercings
  85. Have a white christmas
  86. Donate blood
  87. Become fluent in another language
  88. Relearn Tagalog
  89. Learn Sign Language
  90. Take a photography course
  91. Stay in an ice hotel
  92. Learn a magic trick
  93. Learn to knit
  94. Go for a helicopter ride
  95. Fly in a hot air balloon
  96. Memorize the periodic table of elements
  97. Visit a psychic
  98. Make a time capsule
  99. Have a food fight
  100. Meet a celebrity

So hey, here’s my bucket list! A lot are doable, a lot are a bit more difficult, and some will just take time. But I hope you enjoyed reading this list!!


Weekend Review

Weekend Review

Hi guys! So I thought I would start updating you guys on my weekends. Often, there’s not too much going on. But I’ve gotten into the habit of making a list of things I want to get done in the weekend, but a lot of it never happens. So at the end of my weekend recap, I will show you said list and we’ll see how I did 😀

Busy Saturday

We got a fair bit done on Saturday. I spent my usual morning in my comfy chair, catching up on blogs as I always do. During this we also got the laundry done, unfortunately the weather is gray and cold so we had to leave it inside.

Then we did our usual grocery run. As a sidenote, I really dislike when people leave their trolleys anywhere in the carpark.

Why would you do this? Is it really that much harder to just take your trolley back to the bay..

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