November 27, 2012
thanksgiving may be my favorite holiday. not because of the food, though it is delicious, or even the company, whether it be family at home or friends in a distant country, but because it is a day to celebrate everything God has blessed me with and done in my life. this year, i have so much to be thankful for like being able to study in this beautiful country, the new friends i've made and the old friends i cherish, my cute puppy back home, my wonderful family, the things i consider necessities like a laptop, phone, camera, car, food and a roof over my head and even things that are seemingly silly in comparison but still make life great like my morning coffee, cute shoes, blogs, beautiful photography, good books, yoga, tea and the like. though i wasn't home this thanksgiving for the second year in a row, it was still a great time eating yummy food and spending time with my college family. i did all the flowers and decorations for our celebration (post to come) which i had a blast with! it was a thanksgiving i will always remember and be thankful for
November 24, 2012
i have always loved Lord of the Rings. when i was a kid, i read them with my mom and i have seen all the movies on opening day. i even did a dance in my grade school talent show to music from the movie soundtrack! they are some of my favorite movies partly because of the beautiful scenery and cinematography! so when i found out i was going to new zealand, going to hobbiton was on the top of my list of things to do! this past week, i finally got to go to hobbiton and it totally exceeded my expectations! it was so quaint and beautiful and alot larger than i imagined! they just redid it for the filming of the hobbit series and we got lucky because the lake area opened to the public just a week before we visited!
November 22, 2012
every sunday, we go to tauranga, a beach town near the school, to serve at the local church and after, we usually have some time to explore and wander around. this past week, we were watching a surf competition and it started pouring rain. though i live in california, i have never been to the beach in the rain and it was so pretty! i think rain makes everything more beautiful
November 20, 2012
i'm so glad i stumbled on this cute little cafe while i was in wellington! while wandering around on cuba street, my friend and i decided to stop here for a quick bite to eat and ended up staying 4 hours! the rhubarb and strawberry breakfast parfait was beyond amazing and the hot chocolate was good but it was no scopa, which is just a few doors down and still the best i've ever had! i'll always have fond memories of this darling cafe.
November 18, 2012
while in wellington, i had lots of coffee but none came even close to flight coffee at memphis belle! back in college, i watched this video by these lovely people and thought the coffee shop in it was just darling! fast forward a few months and i found myself in this same coffee shop across the world completely by coincidence. when i first walked in, it seemed familiar but i didn't know why. after a while, i realized it was the same coffee shop and was so excited! we ended up getting coffee and hanging out here everyday while in wellington. it reminds me so much of my favorite coffee shops like night owl or alta or gypsy den back home which added to the homeyness of this city. overall, if you ever go to wellington, memphis belle coffee is a must!