Thursday, July 21, 2011



prawn fishing?

this is possibly the most random place i have ever visited.

during my trip to taupo a couple of weekends ago, mum, dad and i took a trip to the huka prawn park.

despite the fact that it was about 8 degrees, the weather was temperamental and the sky kept pouring torential patches of rain on us, dad and i took off on a tour of the park while mum took the sensible option and headed to the cafe.

to be honest, there really wasn't much to see. we first hit the trout pond which was huge but only had 12 trout in

we then headed down to the river to apparently see more trout, but saw

next we joined a guided tour and learnt lots of interesting (but useless) facts about prawns and participated in some hand feeding of the baby prawns. they eat like humans with two hands. this was probably the highlight of the whole park. and we were taught how to fish for prawns.

so off we went to the ponds to fish for prawns. dad and i love fishing and were super excited to catch hundreds of prawns and eat was freezing cold, it kept raining and prawn fishing really is a big test of your patience. after about half an hour, not catching a thing, no one around us catching anything and little tiny fish constantly stealing our bait, we gave

as prawns are up there in my top favourite foods, i couldn't leave without eating some. and a restaurant that has prawns on 99% of the menu was pretty exciting. 

what i learnt: fresh water prawns are nothing in comparison to ocean prawns AND huka prawn park was a major fail. don't go there.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

postcards from matakana

a quick day trip north to matakana 

sunshine, markets, delicious food, friends.


what is that sound?

i'm currently bashing the following tracks:

the jezabels - mace spray

tennis - marathon

the do - too insistent

camille yarbrough - take yo' praise

last dinosaurs - honolulu

marlena shaw - california soul

bombay bicycle club - shuffle


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Friday, July 15, 2011

same same but different.

I recently stumbled upon this idea and was reminded of it again when i saw it in the weekend herald magazine last weekend. what better to way to express ones nostalgia, show change or lack there of, over time.

i would love to attempt to re-create my own scenes at some point.

Monday, July 11, 2011

five weeks.

i'm really hanging out for some summer sun.
i'll be just in time to catch the end of the european summer.

but i still have so much to organise...

Sunday, July 10, 2011

postcards from lake taupo

a weekend jaunt to lake taupo, and this is what i saw:

1. lakeside bliss
2. the plug
3. warmth amongst the chill
4. keep taupo beautiful
5. there's gold in them hills

wall bed.

i'd always wanted to sleep on a bed that comes out of the wall.
and i've just done it. for two nights.
surprisingly comfortable.
don't knock it till you've tried it.

Monday, July 4, 2011

stars & stripes.

independence day.

the day musical legend barry white passed away in 2003

to me, it's the perfect excuse to eat like an american. mini hot dogs. yum.

Friday, July 1, 2011


my new favourite food.
salty goodness.
and great because they're both nutritious and delicious.

did you know that edamame beans (also know as soy beans) are a wonder food?
if you were to eat 1/2 - 1 cup a day, you would boost your fibre, protein and vitamin/mineral intake - awesome!