Songs From Work

So this post is a little random, the idea popped into my head because I was thinking about all the latest songs that the kids at my centre have been interested in. We love to sing songs. A lot. The songs often go in and out of popularity, but they’re all catchy, and I will come home inevitably singing or humming some earworm and getting it stuck in Rory’s head. So I thought I would share with you guys, the current popular songs going around my centre.

The Classics

As always, there are the usual songs that are popular.

Wheels on the Bus is great. There’s lots of actions, and recently, one of the 14 month old girls has worked out how to do the “Shh” noise, so she always wants us to do the song.

Row, Row, Row Your Boat. But with the crocodile ending of course, because what one year old doesn’t love screaming.

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed is also huge right now. We love to do the actions, and the kids love wagging their finger as we say “No more monkeys jumping on the bed”

The Cultural

So New Zealand is a bicultural (or multicultural really) country. The Maori language, Te Reo is often used in the centre. We have lots of key phrases we use, and do our best to incorporate songs and prayers in Te Reo during out day to day activities. These include Tutira Mai, Ma is white (Colours), One Day a Taniwha, etc.

Currently, our toddlers are obsessed with Poi E. A kiwi classic, all in Te Reo. I recommend you guys watch the song. I have always loved it myself. Plus look at all the 80s fashion!

One particular little boy will swing his pois around like projectiles, and we have to move him to his own area so he doesn’t hit his friends as much. Our pois are soft, as they’re made from cotton and plastic, but he swings them fast enough that his friends get annoyed when he accidentally swings it into their face. For those wondering what a poi is, it’s featured a lot in the clip. It’s a small ball attached on the end of a string which is used a lot in Maori dance and culture.

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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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Leisurely Drives #2

Hello friends! Remember Leisurely Drives, well you guys really liked it, which is great! Cause I loved making it 😀

Ready for some more pictures I took from the car while we were driving around on a sunny day? Yes?

Well then, let’s go!

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Hello.

You made it to the end! I did take more pictures than this, but there was a lot of blurry ones. Maybe I should start editing my photos too, cause I never do. Except for on Instagram, but that’s cause they’re already on the app, I don’t have to open another program.

Anyway, you may have noticed a YouTube link underneath this paragraph. I have said that I’m interested in trying to do videos as well as blogs…Well this is my first real effort. I started videoing on another drive instead of just taking pictures. I downloaded a free video editing program, looked around online for songs that I could freely download and use without royalty costs. Then I spent way longer than I thought I would cutting together footage and trying to match it to the music. I also kept in random bits of audio which I thought were funny. But anyway, feel free to have a watch and let me know what you think 🙂 All constructive criticism welcome.

The music is Good Times by Podington Bear. I found it here. Also, this video is less than 2 minutes, but took me around 2 hours to make. Yikes, I feel for all those YouTubers.

Anyway, I am keeping in the back of my mind, other ideas that might work for videos. It may be a while before I do a talking one, cause it still feels awkward. That’s still a future goal though, cause this was fun 🙂

Angela.

30 Day Blogging Challenge – Day 12

Welcome one and all to Day 12. You guys know the drill. Make sure to check out what Maggie and Cheila answer for these challenges too!

Day 12 is about Places I Have Visited.

A lot of you may already know about all my travels, because it’s a big interest in my blog. So this post may link to a lot of older posts that will be able to tell you in more detail about these places.

Let’s start locally.

New Zealand, my home country.

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Here’s a basic map of NZ that leaves out a lot of cities, but it’s the one that shows all the places I’ve been to

 

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Evening Walks

Evening Walks

Hello all, are you ready for another photo heavy post?

Previously, I posted Leisurely Drives, and Leisurely Walks.

I haven’t done one in a while, and I enjoy when I get the chance to show off the good side of Wellington. When the weather behaves, it allows me to take some beautiful photos of my little town.

Last Thursday, I had a stressful day at work. So I decided to walk to the library after work to pick up Me Before You, a book I had been looking forward to reading. Rory met me there, and then we decided to walk alongside the waterfront for a bit. The sun was starting to set, and it was a lovely walk. I got a lot of photos, the sky only had a few clouds, there were shades of orange from the sunset and the moon was bright. It turned my day around.

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Weekend Getaway and Hans Zimmer

Weekend Getaway and Hans Zimmer

So this is up a bit later than intended, but here’s my weekend recap! I normally don’t do these, because my weekends are normally pretty regular, but last weekend, Rory and I went up to Auckland to see Hans Zimmer in concert. My sister, Jo and her fiancee, Tibor, live up there, and were kind enough to let us crash with them.

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The flight up to Auckland was uneventful. Domestic flights are always much simpler than international I find. The weather in both Wellington and Auckland was pretty drab and grey, which was a bit of a bummer. When Jo and Tibor picked us up, they joked and pointed out it was sunny before we arrived. This also happened the last time we visited them in Auckland. Rory and I just bring the Wellington gray everywhere we go.

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Earth and the Wonders I’ve Seen

For my interpretation of this week’s photo challenge, I’ll take a look at all the places I’ve visited here on Earth.

I haven’t travelled as much as I want to, but I have seen quite a few incredible things.

In my home country of New Zealand, I hiked the Tongariro Crossing and saw the Emerald Lakes.

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I went to Sydney, and I was able to see the Blue Mountains, an impressive rock formation.

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