30 Day Meme

May. 6th, 2010 12:11 am
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day 11 → a photo of you taken recently


clearly this is not me, but recently I reinterpreted the picture at the very tree:


(they built a platform to stop us fangirls hurting the tree)

30 Day Meme

May. 3rd, 2010 11:29 am
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day 09 → a photo you took
After yesterday's depressing pictures I'm going for some of the ones I'm proud of from NZ:

Auckland on a miserable day


And now for the sun )

30 Day Meme

May. 2nd, 2010 09:01 pm
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day 08 → a photo that makes you angry/sad

I am going to bring you some of each. The pictures I have put under the cut are of s21 and the Killing Fields WARNING: these are disturbing and sad

Kids in Cambodia spend more of their time working than they do at school, and this picture...yeah I took it but it makes me every time I look at. Look at their facial expressions


I still haven't recovered from seeing these places first hand )

30 Day Meme

May. 1st, 2010 01:47 pm
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Day 07 → A photo that makes you happy
I have to post 4 because they all made my smile when I saw them again!

Elephant riding in Laos

Mud, China, Hammock )
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[personal profile] mirasymphony arrived safely and we've begun the great tour of NZ. We've seen Hobbiton! And oh yes precious we got to see the construction going on for the Hobbit.

We're in Rotorua now playing with mud, sulphur and Maori.

The sun is shinning here *grin*
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So yesterday I warmed you up with the bungy jump while I was secretly still on a very huge adrenalin high. I still am for that matter, I've been grinning away and haven't stopped for anything. It might be because I jumped out of a plane at 14 000 feet. I sky dived! There is nothing like it in the world! The rush of the free fall, the views of the lazy glide into landing with the parachute safely out!

Yes I am never recovering from this one. I feel hugely proud of myself. Between it and the bungy I've had the biggest confidence booster, I feel really in control of myself and ready to face any challenges. So anyway, on to the photos!

Meet the plane that took me up! It just about fitted everyone in (other people were my instructed, camera man, another first timer with his instructor and two people jumping for the fun of it and the pilot of course!)


No I wasn't totally nervous when I saw the size of the plane )
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You can't really plan to come to NZ for a long time and not try some of the more extreme stuff. I've conquered my nerves over the past couple of week and tried some out. There are pictures capturing the moments! First off:

The Bungy Jump]
I did this off the Auckland Bridge. It was some experience! First off we had to walk out over the bridge on its underside, attached on to the railings and then there was the nervous wait while I was kitted out and asked if I wanted to do a water touch when I jumped. By the time I got to the edge, I was giggling a lot through nerves but it turned out to be the most spectacular rush!


The Jump as it happened )

It was the most scary thrill seeking, rush of free fall I've ever experienced!

I'm back!

Feb. 10th, 2010 05:32 am
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Okay so I have been back for two full days now, but I fail at posting! The good news is I adore gmail all the more for the downtime. I love how I no longer think about signing into multiple accounts and it just does it for me. It is going to get a whole lot more use now.

Gold Class Cinema
I have found a true Gold Class Cinema. When mirasymphony comes over she will be introduced to it. It has proper reclining seats, you control the head and the feet separately and electronically, there is a call button for service and an actual menu! Seriously I sat there with wine, a gourmet burger and chips and a chocolate mousse and when I was finished the seat was so big that I could really curl up and enjoy the film.

Edge of Darkness wasn't the world's best film but it wasn't bad either. It had some wonderful dark humour to it and it was a well constructed plot. It just seemed to hang and move slowly.
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*pretends to look shocked* Is that a picture taken from AC/DC? Why yes I think it just might be! I did mean to take more pictures but I got a little carried away at the concert and ignored my camera. I did end up with some Supernatural flash backs during it and leapt around singing for the rest of it.

There really is nothing on earth like Highway to Hell live.
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Before we get to the main event:

I AM GOING TO SEE AC/DC TOMORROW NIGHT so I am a little excited! I just booked my ticket tonight (I looked it up on the off chance there might be spare tickets). High way to hell is going to be amazing live

And here is the picture of the day:

Ianto at ease<

SO it contains my jandals which are never off my feet (apart from tomorrow night, my feet would die in them) and my Ianto that I have carried with me everywhere. I remember buying it with [personal profile] keeperofdestiny way back before I set off and grinning like an idiot.
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These are the two paper journals I have had to buy since I started travelling:

project 364

The blue one has a silk weave cover and was bought in Cambodia, the other one was bought right here in NZ. The photographs are by Craig Potton in it and they are really are incredible.

Project 365

Feb. 1st, 2010 08:36 pm
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Oh well I've randomly decided it is a good day to start this. Have a view from my bedroom window:

project 364

Unfortunately the show girls and the escorts didn't make the picture, they are along to the left of me.
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I've just come to the last page of the book that I have been using as my paper travel journal. It's the second book I've gone through and with a jolt, I realised I have been away for over five months. Where the heck has the time gone? This is also the longest I've ever managed to keep a diary and I am pleased to announce it is now a habit rather than a chore to remember. I've got my next journal already *pats the pretty*.

Which leads me on to my online travel blog. It is currently very sadly behind the times but I am going to spend the next few days getting it up to date. I've decided that the word count of it should be counted to my word target of the year for writing. It is getting written and edited for other people and I am getting comments on it so it fits my own criteria. The decision pleases me because it is so time consuming and does take a lot of effort.

When I first started the travel blog it was easy and fun but then people started reading it and I became a lot more conscious of what I am saying and how I am saying it. I am currently wrestling with how to describe the Killing Fields in Cambodia. It is very hard to put into words. Part of me wants to skip over it in a paragraph but I think I should be better with words than that. So I am going to try again.
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Well I went to bed at four o'clock this morning and woke up after two in the afternoon. I was just a little impressed with myself for actually sleeping in.

I was up late doing the backpackers thing of drinking and watching films (Lesbian Vampire Killers and The Men Who Stared at Goats) and drinking beer. Got flirted with by a Canadian, flirted back. Common sense dictated I was not going to have a one night stand. Certainly didn't like how he pushed the idea when I said no. You'd would have had to date me first you prick. Damn annoying thing is that he is fun to talk to but gah, I didn't appreciated being treated like that.
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mirasymphony takes the top spot. I am dancing around everywhere. SHE IS COMING TO NEW ZEALAND. I remember back in school when we dreamt that we would go to New Zealand in search of hobbits. And now it is really happening. It just...I'm still lost for words.

The insane conversations that spring up on twitter especially with batmanboxers and keeperofdestiny. I've spent so much time doubled up with helpless laughter over them this week that it is awesome.

I joined fandom_smash to save batmanboxers' Ten from getting kicked by someone from Glee. I am now having a blast over there with Jack. Everyone is flirting with him. He's sticking by his Doctor and dislikes the Master for getting in the way.

And then Kerry tops it all off by ageeing to start our demons rp up again. It was more than I deserved but I am so excited about it.

There is less to be excited about off the internet. I'm working a lot more this week because of the amount of people booking in for the Big Day Out. And well it's hard to make friends in the hostel when I still need to be managerial at other times. I just need to get the guts up to go and walk into a bar alone and start talking to people.
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The staff have been trained in manners there but not in how to remember things. When I went to order, the girl on the till spotted my one and insisted that she would bring my food over to the table for me. I was pretty bowled over by that one I can tell you, I never get offers like that anywhere.

Anyway I got my own drink and took a seat and waited and waited. She wasn't overly busy and when I went back after fifteen minutes she had totally forgotten about me


I ended up carrying the tray back to the table by myself after that too.


Jan. 10th, 2010 05:57 pm
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Here I was thinking that I would get a nice relaxing afternoon, writing and doing internet stuff or perhaps going to the cinema. Well I'm in work instead getting earning some money.

The paper is giving me some pretty funny headlines to read during the lulls:

'Flight Attendants Look Like Drag Queens'
'Pot shops to open across NZ'

Christopher Lee is making a heavy metal album Yup didn't see that coming
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Well that was all rather sudden. Traipse back into the backpackers with my mum in tow after the last dinner together and say I'll be job hunting as of tomorrow to the lovely manager. Well he looks me up and down and says he has a job for me!

I start training tomorrow to work behind the desk selling travel packages and signing people in and out of the packers. I get 24 hours worth of work, 16 is paid, and the other 8 gives me free accomodation. Well okay I know it isn't technically free but I get a single room to myself and trust me it would cost me a lot more to -pay- for a single room.

sooo all is good, and I can look for some other part time hours to match in some place out.

The big question now is - do I get paid in cash once a week so I have money on hand or do it by the book? I have the option to do either.
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Saw a tropical penguin and surfed down tall sand dunes on a 90 mile beach. To top it all off it was at the very tip of New Zealand where the two oceans meet. I had an awesome time. Can't believe I saw a penguin in the wild.

I get to go dolphin watching tomorrow ^^

New Year

Jan. 1st, 2010 10:11 pm
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Well this evening is pretty. I am up in the Bay of Islands and there is a full moon out over the water.

Please guys no spoilers for either parts of Doctor Who, I won't get to see them for a couple of days yet and I am not going to have it ruined. I am hiding from any words that look like it.

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