Saturday, June 25, 2011


I'm in Auckland now. I called this place home for almost a year, but it doesn't feel that way anymore.

It's a neat city and I'm spoiled in terms of how many amazing friends I have here. The other day I went to my friend's and she'd baked me delicious pastries and the most divine chocolate cake. It was fudgey and lovely. I could marry that girl.

Today I was a lady of leisure. I nipped out quite late to meet a girl friend and we got our nails polished and shaped. We sipped on sauv while we caught up on that had happened in the month since I saw her last. And it reminded me of this quote, a favourite friend of mine had painted on a picture for me before she left for America:

"Friendship is not being inseparable, it's being separated and knowing nothing will change"

And in that moment I fully appreciated the beauty in those words.

I am excited. Tonight I booked a one way flight to Singapore. I'm leaving New Zealand on the 1st of July. In February when I was thrust back into my worst nightmare, I didn't fathom that so soon I would be heading back to Asia. I'm nervous because while I know I am more than capable of making this new adventure as amazing as my last, it's always scary taking that leap of faith.

But I've learned to trust in this amazing adventure that I'm on, and no doubt it'll work out fine!

I've attached a ridiculous photo of me checking out how I'd look with this as a tattoo! I will have photoshop back in order soon, so I can upload sweet snaps of what I've been up to.

I get to have a new countdown: six days until everything changes again. Six days!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Green shakes and ground shakes.

I've been staying with two friends lately and they're into the healthier side of life. At the moment they're all about the shakes. The green shakes. So, I've been blending up large and enjoying them too. They're really refreshing and surprisingly fulling. Yum yum yum.

Yesterday we had two massive earthquakes. For those of you who don't know, I'm in Christchurch at the moment. I cut my trip to India short in February, when my aunty was killed in a 6.3 earthquake in my home city. It was pretty bad, but since then we've not had too many big quakes.

I was having a shower at 1pm and a 5.5 hit. I was in a shower over bath and I was literally holding on to each side of the bath, water spraying everywhere, screaming and crying while I rode it out. I jumped out as soon as I could move, ran through the house naked crying and answered my phone. My best friend had called me straight away to check on me as she knew I'd be freaking out.

Just over an hour later another quake hit. I was sitting at the table eating a late lunch and it started. It was so powerful. I spent a few seconds contemplating whether the table was stable enough and decided to head for the door. I grabbed my laptop and my camera (haha) and leaned into the door frame.. Eventually it stopped and I sat in the doorway of my bedroom crying. We lost cellphone coverage, power and water.

Finally, a friend called and I just burst into tears. It was a 6.3, the same size that killed my aunty. In this quake only one person died, we are so lucky it wasn't any more. Some of the suburbs here are flooded with silt and a lot of houses still don't have power.

It was such a crazy experience and the aftershocks are still coming.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

grown up

Do you ever just stop and look into a recent picture, and really realise how much you've changed? I usually feel the same inside, as my five year-old self did, but when I look at a recent picture I can really see how much I've grown.

It's like staring into my own eyes and in an instant learning everything you have.

And then I realise how much I've grown and how glad I am to be in the right now.