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auckland zoo

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auckland zoo is such a special place- it truly is. located only 20 minutes from the city centre of auckland, auckland zoo is a happy place for both kids and adults.

don't miss the auckland zoo - it's definitely worth a visit

there are so many things i love about it. i don’t know where to start.

when we were waiting for our turn to feed the giraffe, i heard a man’s voice saying – do you know that a giraffe has seven bones in its neck, just like a human being?

without being in africa this is perhaps a good substitute to the african savannah

i turned and found ray, a volunteer at the auckland zoo talking to the visitors. i started chatting with him asking him questions about the animals and the zoo. i love the volunteer program at the zoo. for people who are retired especially, this is a good way of giving back to society and not to be bored because you  will have a million people to talk to.

one of my favorite sections at the zoo is the aussie walkabout whereby animals roam free.. the friendly ones normally would come by and say hi whilst the ones shy ones like wallabies - it takes a while for you to spot them

i was totally taken aback with the gentle nature of the emu

i love the sense of involvement that the auckland zoo gives its visitors. i love the open-ness of the zoo and energy of the zoo. i noticed as well they try to put a few different types of animals ( the sociable ones) in a certain enclosure. when i asked ray about it, he laughed and said – like people you don’t want the animals to think they are the only ones in the world.

the great green lizard and i

ray the man

i hope that for years to come, children and adults get to enjoy the auckland zoo. i used to think zoos are such horrible ideas but i now see the good as well. we are the destructive animal of all no doubt but we are also one of the most compassionate ( potentially) and intelligent as well. there is so much good we could do, it is unbelievable.

chickens on the loose at the auckland zoo. it's so cute

we only have a few 100s of these amazing rhinos left in the world. it's so sad, i don't know where to start.

the auckland zoo and as well the rest of the new zealand and australia zoos run a pretty successful breeding exchange program and as result to that – they have many animals born in captivity. unfortunately, many including myself will only have the zoos to learn about the animals and fortunately, we still have this channel. there is so much we need to learn about respecting other life forms and that when we hurt nature and its beautiful creature, we all get hurt too – that i guarantee you.

meerkats are fun to watch - very animating

whenever i read about researches done on animals, it never fails to occur to me how dumb we truly are. we grade how intelligent animals are based on a system that we created. if you just spend a little time with them, i can tell you that each animal deserves to be treated like an individual.

it is not hard to see the bond kashin has with his handlers... if you have any questions about elephants,they always encourage q&a questions

nice day for a nap...

we thought snorkel was one of the oldest resident until we found a chimpanzee who has been living in the zoo since the 1950s...

while i think the auckland zoo has done a fantastic job i think they should do more to promote the breeding program. i think they should create opportunities for the public to witness the entire birth program of the animals. make you tube videos, create a campaign around their birth/ when they first come out to meet zoo visitors. that would be great public involvement. nevertheless, it was one of the best zoos i have been to.


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January 29, 2011 at 9:24 am

the animal farm

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we stayed at a farm in this relatively small town in canterbury 40 minutes away from the city of christchurch. first of all i have to explain to you why i think that this so personal to me. as what you would call a city slicker, i absolutely detest the fact that i know so little about the entire food chain ( amongst other things)

my next door neighbor robbie the kunekune pig. the kunekune pigs are a unique species to new zealand. they are highly intelligent unlike the myth. when you call out robbie - they come running out like a dog.. really ugly animals but very endearing.

what is lamb chop to me? it is what i find in the freezer. it is what i tell the butcher to give me when i make a purchase over the counter. i feel that the sanitized condition of how i live sickens me. it absolutely frustrates me that i do not know.

one of the shows that i recently enjoy a lot is a show called the colony. it is on discovery channel. it is about how a group of people working together ( with different skill sets) to build a society from scratch. i think as much what we know today, we don’t know enough and we have overlooked the fundamentals.

i learnt a lot while staying with chris and elaine. i cannot tell you how humbled i am when i realized how a farm is run. i just want to ask you one question – do you think we respect farmers enough? i don’t think we do. which is a shame because without them, we’d have nothing to eat and the fact that they work so hard and yet get back so little – that’s another question i ask myself constantly.

bertie the rooster. i am telling you this rooster has so much personality. when it wants attention from you, it pecks at your toes, it wants to be carried all the way. when you carry it in your arms, it falls asleep and bertie snores... seriously, every year when time magazine puts together the study on animal intelligence - they should put bertie as an example

i don’t think i can throw away anything anymore without thinking about how to re-use it or finding a different way to use it..with chris and elaine – everything is maximized. if a chicken coop falls apart, they reuse everything including old nails, when they go for drives, they find apples to feed the donkey, when they eat out and if they can’t finish their food, they take it home to feed the chickens..

the rascals.... they know where to look for good food - humans!! and the moment you pick them up. - they squeal like as though they are being strangled or something. they are really smart though and fun to watch

good honest hardworking people who knows how to build the world. i feel that we need more of these people. if you are interested in staying at a farm and see for yourself some of the nicest animals around, please pay chris and elaine a visit at warwick farm

sunny the one year old alpaca.. definitely one of my favorites. sunny has such a sunny disposition, he lives up to his name that's for sure. he is on sale. if only we have more space in hong kong. i may be the only girl in hk with an alpaca pet. they are quite nice pets i think. they like to poop in a certain area and only eats grass, willow leaves and hay...

rose is the sweet one..... such gentle eyes

one of the 12 enderby island rabbits

they have enderby island rabbits -they are very rare. in fact one of the rabbits that they have at the farm – they are only 12 of them in the world. how lucky i am to have touched one of the rarest animals in the world.

i feel like the messiah of farm animals

way way way down under…. new zealand

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before the fall of the berlin wall, east germans were asked about what they envied most about the west. it was the fact that  west germans could travel whenever they want to.

i must say i resonate the same sentiment. people that i have often found interesting were people who had travelled extensively. i find stories of their travels so intimately thought -provoking. we did 15 days in new zealand. whilst we now have thousands of photos to remember the trip by, there was so much about the country i won’t be able to take home with me.. the clean air, the curious looking animals and plants, the spirit of respect the maori people have for the land and animals, the people that we met along the way, the stories that were shared along the way.

i think we went to new zealand at a good time. this year the country is hosting the world rugby cup. whenever a country play host to an event of that scale – the country gains a lot of attention forever changing the lives of its people. many europeans i have asked see new zealand as one of the furthest places they could go and now that traveling has become so common, new zealand will be high on the any avid traveller’s must-visit countries.

things that i will miss about new zealand

1.) every kiwi we have met and talked to, they look as though they really like talking to you. i like that sense of sincerity ( or maybe it’s because when you are so isolated, living with 4.5 million people in a rather large space don’t create enough people for you to talk to. in asia, we have too  many people but we have too many people whom we don’t want to talk to!)

2.) the meat because from what i see, cows really graze and run around in large space. if you have seen food inc, you would understand my paranoia about our food source.

3.) sitting outdoor and having a nice cuppa coffee. the air is so clean. i have come to the conclusion that the world doesn’t need 9 billion people, the world needs 9 billion consumers. think about it.

4.) seeing children play.

5.) keeping a sense of child-likeness. we stayed at a farm ( i will devote a write up to this) and the owner of the farm told me this – what is the likelihood of you taking a walk by the beach and finding a piece of driftwood that resembled the head of an alpaca? i seriously thought he was pulling my leg. it’s funny that this person has so much less than me yet have so much more than me – at least he is not jaded and being jaded is nullifying.

5.) i will miss all the animals i made friends with while staying at the farm.

children playing by lake takawera, rotorua

the shoreline of kaikoura

all ready for the world rugby cup?

enjoying a glass of wine is somewhat such a pretentious affair in asia. i really like the laid back vineyards in new zealand. it doesn't cost anything to get a nice glass of anything. i am not a fan of pinot noir but apparently new zealand is famous for good quality pinots. picture was taken in a vineyard in the canterbury region - it's called langdale. it's very pretty with all the lavenders around.

pahi beach - have you seen a beach with black volcanic sand? that was my first time.

church by lake tekapo. do you care about eternity when you have a view like that?

lake pukaki. seriously this lake is strange. have you seen a lake that is completely still? maybe there is a monster that lives in there? you know what they always say about still water runs deep right?

moving on…….

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i was so upset yesterday over a few things yesterday – i sent a text message to my husband – you know why it is so important for me to marry you? it is a reminder that on days when i don’t like myself there is the realization that someone does. he replied – it’s a nice quote and if you ever get famous one day, i’ll put it in time magazine!!


i hate that we are so entrenched  in the past. i hate that the papers still talk about michael jackson’s death. it’s like falling over, hurting yourself, the scab grows on top, then you pick it open and pour salt on it. we talk so much about the past, it f***king sickens me.

why don’t we let ourselves move on?

i’d be a fool if i cannot see how blessed i am with everything i have. truly i’d be..

i met this fantastic new friend bibi from south africa a few days ago. she came to hong kong three years ago. got a divorce shortly because her husband cheated.

i said – must be hard to leave everything behind, coming here and shit like that happens.

bibi said, ” it was hard but then i met my best friend here. i don’t want to keep knocking on an old door when it had already closed. i’ll just wait for the next to open”.

have a feeling that bibi and i will be great friends. bless you bibi!! bless you indeed!

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January 7, 2011 at 4:37 am

to wear or not to wear…

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in an sos call to my friend who lived in new zealand i said – how do you pack for new zealand because we are doing so much outdoor activities?

this is what she said – no one cares about what you wear in new zealand. don’t bother dressing up!!

what!!!! no.. i am shallow that way….

packing is the most stressful thing ever. thank god i have been watching so much of gok wan’s fashion fix. in the program he buys 24 pieces of clothing for his makeover subject and teaches them how to mix and match. it’s like playing the game of probabilities with your wardrobe. and that is what i am doing – if an outfit can’t go four ways, i am tossing them out.

i love you gok. i adore the ground you walk on. you are a freaking genius. and i so agree with you on what you say about great underwear… hides all the lumps and bumps and bring out bazookas.

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January 6, 2011 at 3:07 am

dear mr. president

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been listening to a lot of pink and green day – the rocker chick in me has been resurfacing. this song had me in tears when i first heard it – it’s such a beautiful song!

it’s called dear mr. president

Dear Mr. President,
Come take a walk with me.
Let’s pretend we’re just two people and
You’re not better than me.
I’d like to ask you some questions if we can speak honestly.

What do you feel when you see all the homeless on the street?
Who do you pray for at night before you go to sleep?
What do you feel when you look in the mirror?
Are you proud?

How do you sleep while the rest of us cry?
How do you dream when a mother has no chance to say goodbye?
How do you walk with your head held high?
Can you even look me in the eye
And tell me why?

Dear Mr. President,
Were you a lonely boy?
Are you a lonely boy?
Are you a lonely boy?
How can you say
No child is left behind?
We’re not dumb and we’re not blind.
They’re all sitting in your cells
While you pave the road to hell.

What kind of father would take his own daughter’s rights away?
And what kind of father might hate his own daughter if she were gay?
I can only imagine what the first lady has to say
You’ve come a long way from whiskey and cocaine.

How do you sleep while the rest of us cry?
How do you dream when a mother has no chance to say goodbye?
How do you walk with your head held high?
Can you even look me in the eye?

Let me tell you ’bout hard work
Minimum wage with a baby on the way
Let me tell you ’bout hard work
Rebuilding your house after the bombs took them away
Let me tell you ’bout hard work
Building a bed out of a cardboard box
Let me tell you ’bout hard work
Hard work
Hard work
You don’t know nothing ’bout hard work
Hard work Hard work

How do you sleep at night?
How do you walk with your head held high?
Dear Mr. President,
You’d never take a walk with me.
Would you?


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January 5, 2011 at 3:13 am

How exciting- i love numbers

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The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 3 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 145 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 780 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 942mb. That’s about 2 pictures per day.

The busiest day of the year was April 13th with 357 views. The most popular post that day was how i met jim rogers.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for emma watson underwear shoot, wing lee street, watch echoes of the rainbow, dickson poon, and small trouble.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


how i met jim rogers March 2010


some people have it all April 2010


christina chan March 2010


hong kong’s finest stars October 2010


h&m lanvin September 2010

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January 3, 2011 at 7:40 am

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