Escaping Through Cities and Mountains (New Zealand). #QuerkyDiscovery

There are more sheeps than people, they say. Well, that’s true. Living in the city can be pretty tiring. Cars, buildings, coats and leather shoes are common things. Instead, you’d want to look at the green grass, misty mountains, crystal blue waterfalls and friendly smiles. New Zealand is known for its beauty. It’s 1070km from Cape Reinga to Wellington in the North Island which is about 13 hours long drive is what makes it all worth it.

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Lake Taupo, New Zealand (Photo by Tobias)

“ If you travel far enough, you’ll meet yourself ”
So, why not? Stop what you’re doing right now. Book a flight to Auckland and start planning your trip.

Getting around the island is not hard. All you need to do is to rent a tiny car and you’re set to start on your road trip! But of course, what’s better then to grab a cuppa hot coffee on the go? Maybe a cone of Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey at Ponsonby? Even breathing in the fresh air is good enough to get your adventure started.

 

 A few pit-stops to be pinned on your roadmap is essential because you don’t wanna miss a thing. Engaging the road down to Matamata is where you’ll find yourself stopping by the Hobbiton (well, if you’re a fan of Lord Of The Rings!). Grab a pint of Girdley Fine Grain, Amber Ale while you’re at it too. Trust me, you’d want to have a taste of it. It’s something not to be missed!

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Hobbiton

Make your way down to Rotorua, another pit-stop on your road adventure. It is known for its’ geothermal and maori escapade for you to relax and unwind. Enjoy a pure, natural calcite-laden thermal water at Waikite Thermal Pool to get a pure experience in New Zealand! Not only thermal spa, the geysers is worth a thousand pictures and you get to watch it live, at the Wai-O-Tapu at exactly 10am! You don’t get to see an active volcano everyday. Well, probably in Indonesia but hey! It’s still exciting!

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Geiser at Wai-O-Tapu, Rotorua.

Continuing your crusade around the island, make another pit-stop to Lake Taupo!

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Lake Taupo

The highlight of the entire trip. Why, you ask? Because it’s the largest lake in New Zealand AND it’s where you throw yourself down the clift to that inviting waters of Waikato River below with just a latex rubber cord tied around your legs as lifeline. Well, you only live once, right? All you need to do is take a leap of faith. Literally!

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Taupo Bungy (It comes with a certificate!)

Oh, here’s another crazy idea! Try jumping off a plane instead! Do the Tandem Skydiving over Lake Taupo! The view is absolutely amazing! Well, at least there’s an instructor who’s gonna be wrapped behind you.

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Taupo Tandem Skydive (@Pinterest)

Another pit-stop will be at Napier. It’s full of history that’s stuck in a time capsule. If you want to travel back in time, this is where you should visit. Bringing back 1930’s feel at the Hawke’s Bay with the music, performers and dancing on the street alongside with the architecture that’s preserved from that year. The Art Deco was designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Just walk around the town and enjoy the history. Make sure to take plenty of pictures that is instagramable!

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The Art Deco, Hawke’s Bay at Napier (@Getty Image).

Drive all the way down to Wellington after Napier. The Çity of the Wind’ or better known as the Capital of New Zealand. Make sure to put on your scarf cause the icy, cold wind will definitely blow you away! But that should never stop you from enjoying the night with a cold brew and the city lights.

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Wellington, the “City of the Wind’ (@Getty Image)

Since it’s pretty much near to the Kaitoke Regional Park, here’s a place to visit for you LOTR fans, that’s where they filmed Rivendell!

 

Rivendell film set in Kaitoke Regional Park

Wellington is also home to the Weta Workshop which is the empire of the LOTR franchise. Since you’re already here in middle earth, why don’t you explore it like how Frodo did?

Next stop, Wanganui! What’s that? Well, if you want see some white snow for a change, that’s where you should head to.

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Mt Ruapehu, Wanganui

Then again, it depends on which season you’re visiting. It’s a really long drive up the mountain but the scenery is picturesque! When you reach the peak of the mountain, just relax and enjoy the cold with a hot coco in your hand. Yums!

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Hot Cocoa at Tongariro National Park

Now, it’s time to head back to Auckland for the remaining 2 nights before ending your adventure.

It’s been fun, isn’t it? Now, just enjoy your remaining days in the city and browse through the shops and the busy roads. Take a stroll at Albert Park and enjoy the sun. If you’re lucky, you might be able to catch a few college students trying to film a scene from Macbeth by Shakespeare!

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Devonport, Auckland

 

2 AMAZING WATERFALLS IN LOMBOK, INDONESIA. TIU KELEP AND SENDANG GILE.

When we talk about waterfalls, we  always thought of refreshing and cold water streaming down from the mountains. If you are one of us who appreciate such scenery and experience, you should definitely start planning your trip to Lombok, Indonesia where they posses two of the most beautiful waterfalls that you could experience called Tiu Kelep and Sendang Gile. The waterfalls are located at the foot of Mount Ranjani  and you can hire a tour guide if it is your first time.

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Sendang Gile (Photo by @jirpboy).

 

Starting from the entrance, it took us 15 minutes to get to the first waterfall, Sendang Gile. At the location, we enjoyed the gorgeous view and refreshing air while enjoying some snacks that locals sells in the perimeter. We didn’t go into the water because we were told that we should save it for the next waterfall that we are about to visit!

After 30 minutes, we packed our bags and proceed to the second waterfall, Tiu Kelep. Getting there took us 30-40 minutes and crossing multiple rivers, the journey might be tiring but it will be worth it. You might want to wear a proper shoes for the journey, because we did not and that gave us some hard time making sure we didn’t slip or fall.

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Tiu Kelep (Photo by @jirpboy)

 

Once arrived, we feast our eyes with the beauty of mother nature. Water streaming aggressively down over the mossy rocks, water splashes and sprinkles touching our cheeks softly, and the cold purifying freshness.

After spending some time enjoying the cold and refreshing water, we decided to head back but instead of using the same route we took the  water tunnel. The tunnel was pitch- black and was filled with water up to our ankle along with a slight current. So you might want to be careful and be aware of where and what you are stepping on,  however good news is there will be kids will offer to help to guide you while you’re in the tunnel making sure you don’t hurt yourself! You might want to tip them to thank the kids for their hard work 🙂

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Water Tunnel

 

 

6 Habits Of Successful People You Should Follow

1.READ BOOKS EVERYDAY.

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Yes, books… There many benefits of reading books such as stress reduction, knowledge, vocabulary expansion, memory improvement and many more . If you’re not a fan of reading books its okay, us too. You can read short stories or even news instead!

2.KNOW YOUR PRIORITY.

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We only have 24 hours a day and with the amount responsibilities and commitment we tend to have, 24 hours seems to short for us. Hence, instead of focusing getting everything done, start prioritising on what you should focusing on getting done first. In that way, you can get the most important things checked and settled before moving on to the next one.

3.VISUALISATION.

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It is important if you can get to visualise your goals to make yourself believe that it’s possible and achievable to help you bring yourself close to your dreams and goals. It’s that simple!

4.WAKE UP EARLY.

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Yeah we know, waking up before the sun probably a challenge and who would want to leave that comfy and cozy bed. However, starting your day early is not only good for your health but also give you more time to work on your things while your neighbour still busy snoring.

5.GOAL-SETTING.

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As usual, setting our goal could help us have a clearer vision on what you want to achieve at the end of the day. These goals could be anything that you want to achieve everyday, such as start recycling, read a news paper, spend time with your family and many more. In order to achieve bigger things in life, we have to start achieving the little ones first.

6.EAT HEALTHY & WORKOUT REGULARLY.

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Yeap, whats the point if working too hard and skipping meals and neglect our health? So you probably want to consider consuming nutritious food, and work out whenever you can! Because, it reduces the risk of you falling sick and it may keep you feel energetic all day.

3 Gorgeous Places in Bali That Will Up Your Instagram Game

I’m sure most of you heard of Bali, and Bali is by far one of the most popular destination to visit even after all these years. Being a millennial myself, the places that I visit have to be aesthetics af enough to be up on Instagram. Please tell me ya’ll feel me too.

Here are the 3 gorgeous places in Bali that will definitely boost the likes!

1.Bali Swing, Ubud

 

Ubud is a little far off from the main city centre of Bali. However, it is definitely a great place to escape from the hustle and bustle of Seminyak or Kuta. You should definitely visit Bali Swing to get amazing view of the forest while you swing! You have a lot of photo spot in Bali Swing, for example, the nest and the swing itself. Your instagram gonna look bomb af.

2. Tegallalang Rice Field, Ubud

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Tegallalang Rice Field is located in Ubud. The Tegallalang rice terraces alone offers a scenic outlook that spreads down before you and away to the rice paddies on the slopes across the valley. The high roadside location is cool and breezy and it is a well-known spot for tourists, especially intagrammers to take mesmerising photos that makes your instagram look SO GOOD.

3. Abandon Plane

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This abandoned plane is located near Pandawa Beach in Kutuh, South Kuta. It’s totally hidden, so it definitely a cool-hipster-ish instagrammable spot and can definitely up your Instagram game!

It takes 5-minute drive, less than 1 km away north the beach’s entrance. The abandoned plane was located in a limestone valley on a side of the street, concealed behind barriers as if it had some work-in-progress project inside! It’s a little far off the main city centre of bali, but for such a cool picture, why not right?