Travel Tag #2

Travel Tag #2

My first tag since going self hosted! The ever amazing Jenny over at Sit Back and Just Live did this lovely travel tag which is a huge deal as she hardly does awards even though she is nominated for heaps I’m sure! ? She tagged little old me (specifically!) to take part, so as always I gladly accept!

I’ve done a Travel Tag before actually, it used to be one of my most popular posts. But since moving, all my views and likes have been reset, so ah well 😀

The Travel Tag that Jenny tagged me for has different questions this time around. So let’s get into it!

Where in the world are you from?

I am from good old New Zealand! I was born here and lived most of my life here. Specifically, Wellington, the capital city!


However, I do like to mention that I am half Filipina (on my mum’s side) and lived there for a few years when I was younger.


Have you been overseas? When/Where?

I have been overseas to a couple of places.

I have to been to Sydney, Australia twice in my life. First, when I was 4 on the way to Philippines. We were there for like half a day. Second, for over a week in 2016, with Rory.

As previously stated, I lived in the Philippines from late 1996 to early 1999. We were based in Manila, but if memory serves, we also took a holiday at some point to Palawan.

Then of course, there was the Peru trip. I’ve been reposting some old posts about my trip to Peru lately.

On the way to Peru, we had like a 10 hour layover at LAX. We were too scared to leave the airport though. Too big. So I don’t think I can really say I’ve visited the US. I did have a pumpkin spice latte though, but iced, cause I love iced things. It was nice!


On the way back from Peru, we stopped for a few days in Tahiti. We stayed in Papeete.


The most recent overseas place I visited was Fiji for our honeymoon back at the end of March. We stayed in Nadi and Taveuni.

Do you prefer summer or winter? Why?

I always seem to prefer the opposite of what I’m in. I just can’t be happy either way. For this reason, I prefer Spring and Autumn as they’re the less extreme of both. But if I really had to choose…I will say Summer. Cause it coincides with Christmas, my birthday, and the Pohutukawa (flowers) are everywhere.

Summer or Winter Fashion?

I tend to lean towards winter. I love cardigans, boots, scarves, gloves..just layers. Pile on all the layers.

Where is somewhere you would love to travel to?

So many places. But Japan and Iceland are always in the back of my mind.

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Name your essential make up items for the beach.

Nothing? It’s too much effort and it’ll probably come off via sweat or water anyway.

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Are you currently saving up for a trip?

Sort of. We want to go to Japan, and originally we were going to go next March, but we’ve spent a lot recently (Sydney, Wedding, Honeymoon in Fiji, and possibly a house), so we need to save up in general again. But! For now, we’re thinking about heading to Japan the following year.

Do you like/dislike travelling?

I definitely like travelling.

Name a place in the world you would love to shop

I’m gonna go with any store in the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter, or any theme park in general. I love souvenirs and novelty things.

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What is your favourite accent in the world to hear?

A lot of the European ones. They all sound cool.

How many countries have you visited?

Australia, Philippines, Peru, Tahiti, Fiji make five. I’ve visited a lot of places around New Zealand though, so I’m counting that too. I’m bumping it to six.

Why do you travel?

To see and experience something new.

Favourite city or country?

That I’ve ever visited? I tend to change my mind a lot. I’m always happy at home though, it’s a nice feeling to return, even if I get the travel itch a lot. I would love to see more of the country I live in. We’re heading to Waiheke Island in October for my sister’s wedding which is gonna be fun! I’ve been to Auckland a few times, but never to that spot. It’s meant to be beautiful!

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Most memorable experience?

Experiencing a proper thunderstorm when we were in Fiji. It was our third or fourth night there and it had been raining for a lot of the day. Then at night, lightning lit up the whole sky and the thunder shook our entire bure. It was so exhilarating.

Best item purchased?

Pedro. My trusty alpaca all the way from Arequipa, Peru. He’s still with me now.


Advice for those who want to travel but think they can’t?

Start small. Day trips or weekend getaways. Travel within your country. Research what hidden treasures are around and plan a trip for that. Look up sites that offer special deals. That’s how we wound up doing the Tongariro hike. We found a deal through a local site called Treat Me that offers deals on travel and lots more.

Doing the Tongariro Hike was a weekend trip for us

Preferred method of travel: Planes, Trains or Automobiles?

I don’t like long rides in general. But I prefer planes as it’s faster. However, I’ve always wanted to go on a long scenic train ride. I feel like that would be fun.


Top Three Travel Items

I’m gonna stick with the obvious. Passport, Phone, and Camera. Cause I can’t think of much else besides those.

Hostel or Hotel?

In Peru we did a lot of hostels, it was fun meeting new people that way. But now, I tend to prefer places like self serviced apartments. So not quite a hotel, but more than a hostel. Does that make sense?

Are you a repeat visitor or do you explore new places?

Both. But for overseas, I would say exploring new places. Travel can cost a bit, so I’d like to keep seeing new places.


Can you recite your passport number from memory?

Yes. Same with my cell number, my home number from childhood, my credit card number, my bank account number, my tax number. I don’t know why they’re all in there, but it’s come in handy.

Do you read up on your destinations for culture, history or safety, or do you just wing it?

Always. It’s part of the process of planning a trip for me! I love reading up on the places we’re going to visit!

Where would you recommend a friend to visit and why?

It would depend on the friend and what kind of vacation they want. If they’re based in NZ, then I always recommend Australia. It’s nearby, and there’s lots of amazing cities. I really liked Sydney, but I would love to visit Brisbane, Melbourne, Sunshine Coast, and lots of others.

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You’re leaving tomorrow and money is no option, where are you going?

Iceland!! I want to see the Northern Lights, Ice Caves, the Blue Lagoon! It’s just so damn expensive since it’s literally on the other side of the world.

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Favourite Landmark you’ve visited?

Machu Picchu!


Beach or Explore Adventure?

Both! What’s fun is a place where you can do both. We got that on our Sydney visit. We had beach time, and we got to explore nature and the city.

I’m going to leave this tag open to anyone who wants to do it. I feel like I say that a lot lately, but I want everyone to feel free to do this tag!

Happy travels!


Bonus Round #5

Welcome to another Bonus Round. So it’s been three weeks since my last one, so it’s added up again 😀

Thank you again to those who have nominated me again for an award!! I hope you learn lots of tidbits about me 🙂

The Liebster Award

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Original post here – The Liebster Award

Princess Blabber Mouth nominated me, she blogs about lifestyle and beauty, be sure to check her out!

11 Facts

  1. I love instant coffee
  2. I also love iced coffee
  3. I am more short sighted in my right eye than my left
  4. My nails break easily
  5. I often walk into shelves and other objects
  6. I love pineapples on pizza!!
  7. I prefer Android phones over Apple
  8. I have two tattoos and I’m contemplating a third (I may have a problem)
  9. I don’t have any pets
  10. I’m 25
  11. I still own numerous stuffed animals

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Would You Rather Book Tag

Mel from the Bookish Wanderer was the one I first saw do this tag, then recently Pamela did it too and reminded me that I wanted to do it! So here we are.

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Would you rather: a series or a standalone?

It depends on the series to be honest, some I’ve tried but hated so I couldn’t finish it, others I read all in a row…Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. I’m gonna go with series, cause thinking about leaving a series I love unfinished irks me.

Would you rather: read only female authors or only male authors?

I think the bulk of authors I read tend to be female, so I’ll go with that.

Would you rather: shop at Barnes & Noble or Amazon?

We don’t have Barnes and Noble in NZ. But I have ordered books for my kindle through Amazon, so I’ll go with them.

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Music is Life Tag

Melissa over at The Bookish Wanderer has made such an awesome tag, which is all about music!

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  1. Mention/link the original creator of this tag (me,) and the person who tagged you!
  2. For all 13 questions, name an artist/band/song as an answer and if you’d like, add some sort of photo or link so people can find the music you are talking about 🙂
  3. Tag as many people as you want that love music as much as you do.

Suburbia – Name an artist (or band) that you can fall in and out of love with, but will always return to.

Taylor Swift

I get annoyed with Taylor Swift and all the drama, then I think her music sounds all the same, but she’s just so catchy! I always get sucked back in.

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Love Your Selfie

A note from the creator:

“Hey Guys, summer is the toughest season for me when it comes to body and self image. I am / never have been someone with a lot of confidence who can go out in their shorts and crop top, and completely rock it! I’m more of a jeans, and maybe a nice top, sit in the corner and listen to people conversations instead of joining in kinda girl. I haven’t been confident enough to put on pictures of me wearing summer clothes – shorts, dresses, because I don’t like the thought of people looking at the parts of my body I don’t like! So, I thought it would be a lovely idea to create a tag in which it promotes body confidence!”
The rules:

• Tag the creator, Jade!

• Thank the person who nominated you, and give them at least one compliment.

• Post 3 pictures of yourself – One in a summery outfit, that you wouldn’t normally post. – One of yourself with little/no makeup on. – One selfie which you love and makes you feel confident.

• Caption each picture with your favourite thing about yourself, that you can see in the picture.

• Tag 5 other bloggers, with one nice thing about them.

• Use the tag ‘Loveyourselfie’

Cassi nominated me for this lovely award! Cassi is a relatively new blogger, but she has been making waves in the community! She is so sweet, supportive and posts impressively about makeup and beauty. She has a darling little girl called Bella, and she is just overall amazing, and you need to check her out if you don’t already!!

Let’s get on with these 3 pictures.

A Summery Outfit



Summer normally means dress yes? You may recognize this from my Favourite Dresses post. But this from back when I was wearing it in summer. Also, I was rocking some henna temporary tattoos.

Little to No Makeup


I normally wear little makeup everyday. Just foundation to even out my skin a little, and maybe some eyeshadow or eyeliner. That’s normally it.

Selfie Which You Love


This photo might be familiar to you guys. I’ve used it a lot recently. It’s my current favourite selfie, in my current favourite cardigan. Also, my eyeliner was even, which always makes me feel more confident.

I have also just realized that I’m making the same face in all three photos. Did you just go up and look at them again? I did, a few times. What can I say, that’s my go-to selfie face.


I’m leaving this one open to anyone and everyone. Just let me know you’re keen, and you’re tagged. Dive into those selfies you guys!


The Unique Blogger Award

The Unique Blogger Award

Cherylene nominated me for this. She blogs over at Living vs Existing and shares her writing and thoughts with us, hoping to motivate, encourage and inspire. Isn’t that amazing? 🙂 Thanks for nominating me Cherylene.


  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them 3 questions.

Cherylene’s Questions

  • What do you think is the most unique thing about your blog?

How much I post I suppose 😂 But also, the range of what I post is also quite unique, since I post about anything and everything.

  • Use one word to describe your blog.


  • Other than blogging what else brings you the most joy?

Being with my family.


My Questions

  • What were you doing 24 hours earlier?
  • Who was the last person you texted?
  • How many posts are in your drafts right now?


As always, only take part if you want to 🙂

And anyone else who wants to do this award!

Thanks again Cherylene for the nomination!


The Entertainer Blogger Award


Sun Sunny nominated me for this. Thank you! Also, sorry it took me a while to get around to it! She blogs about a combination of things, mostly just whatever pops into our head, which I can relate to. Go check her out 🙂


  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Add these rules to your post.
  • Answer all the questions below.
  • Display the award picture in your post.
  • Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring and most important of all ENTERTAINING!

Why did you start a blog in the first place?

To store all my memories of my travels. Then when I run out of travels to talk about, I started talking about everything else.


What is your favourite book?

I never know what to answer with this, as I like a lot of books, but I have a hard time narrowing it down to one. So I’ll go with my standard answer.

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What do you dislike the most?

Rudeness in general.

What is your favourite food at the mall?


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What is your favourite past time?

Besides blogging? Currently it’s baking.


As always, feel no pressure to take part 🙂


The Happiest Award

An extra bonus post, as I have been nominated for quite a few new awards recently, and I want to get on top of them all!



  • Thank the person who has nominated you and provide a link to her blog
  • Name the award creator and provide a link to her blog
  • Share the rules
  • Share the award logo
  • Answer the questions
  • Nominate 5-15 people
  • Share your favourite blog post (from your blog)
  • Notify the people that you have nominated that you have nominated them

Anni was lovely enough to nominate me for this brand new award, that Thehappiestpixel created in celebration of her reaching 500 followers. Isn’t that amazing? Go check out both of them!!

Tell us your favourite:

  • Place: Home, Wellington in general


  • Film/TV Show: Parks and Recreation

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  • Song: Grovel to Tempo (right now)
  • Activity: Blogging


  • Drink: Iced chocolate/coffee. Or hot chocolate if it’s cold

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  • Food: Sweets (bonus points if it’s me who made them)
  • Holiday: Christmas

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  • Book: Harry Potter series

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Favourite Post:

Why do you guys always ask  me this? Do you know how hard it is for me to pick?? 😦 I also end up picking a different one each time I get asked.

Favourite DressesAngela Tries Beauty Box. I picked these two this time around as they’re both beauty or fashion related posts which I normally don’t do, but I’m quite proud of.


As always, feel no pressure to accept the nomination, just know I was thinking of you 😀


Bonus Round #4

More nominations for more awards! More chances for you guys to get to know me a little more 🙂

Thanks you guys!

Here we go.

The Mystery Blogger Award

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Original post here – Mystery Blogger Award

So, three facts about the me.

  1. I am around 153 cm tall last I checked.
  2. I get bitten by bugs a lot lately
  3. I am currently wearing my pineapple socks

I was nominated by Pastel Pink Plans! She blogs about a mixture of lifestyle and beauty, as well as her life as a student.

Here are her five questions to me.

  • What is your fave holiday of the year? Why? Do you have any traditions for that time? What are they?

Christmas for sure! For one, it means it’s summer!! For another, all of our family get together for food, presents and hanging out. It’s just nice.

  • What is the weirdest thing you’ve eaten? Why did you eat it/what got you to be eating that weird thing?

I haven’t tried anything too crazy. I once tried Durian candy which a colleague who had been to Indonesia gave me. That just tasted weird.

  • What is something you are afraid of that is probably ‘weird’ to others?

Velvet. Okay, I’m not afraid of it, but the feel of it makes my skin crawl. Especially under my nails. Uggghhh.

  • What age would you want to be forever if you could? Why?

I’m kinda happy to age really. It means I gain more life experience you nkow.

  • What size bed do you sleep on?


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