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Saturday, February 6, 2016

NZ: Bike Ride in South Island

The best things this HelpX host could offer are:-

1)      A warm shelter
2)      Fresh milk from the farm
3)      Exciting work experience
4)    Rides on a pony
5)      A bike (Oh yes!)
6)      A great place to explore (Oh yes, yes!!)



It’s always a joy having access to a bike and a lovely place waiting to be explored!








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Friday, January 15, 2016

NZ: The HelpX Volunteering Fun



"Dear Mr Farm Owner,

I have work experience in a dairy manufacturing plant in Malaysia. The milk powder we use mainly comes from Fonterra, New Zealand. I am very interested to know how milk powders are produced from fresh milk to powder form. How miraculous is that! Isn’t it funny that in Malaysia, we turn the powder back into liquid again?

Since your place is a farm, not a factory, will you have me at your dairy farm helping with milking the cows? Oh, you mean, you don’t need me to squeeze the breasts, I mean udders? This is the 21st century and you have suction cups doing it? Ohh.. sorry, I am very backward. OK, OK. I’ll help you cusp the cups to the udders.

You will let me try if I liked the taste of fresh milk?
Why?
Oh, many don’t like the raw taste?
Yes, I’d still love to try.


So excited already…


Thank you and I look forward to seeing you.



Regards,
AkiraSabine

akirasabine.blogspot.com”









*A.S's current location*
Day/ Date: Fri/ Jan 15th, 2016


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Friday, January 8, 2016

NZ Ashburton: CS-er Meets Help-Xer


When you are a host and you have a Help-Xer and CS-er at the same time.
It’s not easy to juggle.

If you haven't known, ...
A Help-Xer helps around your house for minimal hours in exchange for boarding and food at your home.

A CS-er at a minimum cleans after herself, offers culture exchange opportunities and you are not obliged to offer food unless you wished to.

However when you are a superbly good host, you can’t offer one food to one and not the other. Your CS profile did not state an expectation to make your CS-er work and you don’t feel that it’s rightful to do so when she’s staying with you. The best is to keep the CS-er there for only a short stay.

As the CS-er, it was a very pleasant and comfortable stay and a nice experience being in a luxury farm house. The Help-Xer was a lady in her late 30’s from Finland scuba diving her way around the world funding herself as an instructor as well. How rad is that! It was odd having her minding the house when AkiraSabine(A.S) as the CS-er just relaxed and stepped out exploring and working on the camera.

Nevertheless, thank you Mark for giving A.S the opportunity to see Ashburton and enjoyed your hospitality for 2 nights in Ashburton, South Island.







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Monday, December 28, 2015

NZ: AkiraSabine's First Experiences At Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo is a must stop for all travellers although it’s not like a happening touristy town like Queenstown or a big city like Auckland. Point no.1 sums the lake up in one sentence. You may have known A.S by now that it is not the place she visits that matter most, although it may be the reason she is there in the first place, but what makes each trip even more memorable are the moments and the experiences.

Following are some first experiences, right there, right then at Lake Tekapo


  1. Seeing such an unexpectable, unbelievable, unimaginable turquoise blue lake.
  2. Meeting a traveller again and joining him in another road trip.
  3. Seeing how steak is being cooked conveniently next to the car
  4. Witnessing lakes of 2 hues side by side. Gorgeous, simply GORGEOUS!
  5. Camping in the car under the stars 












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Friday, April 10, 2015

NZ South Island: Mount Cook National Park


A.S Top 3 Things to do at Mount Cook National Park:-

1. Walking
There are various scenic tracks to choose from and they are all safe, well-marked and graded by difficulty level. The spectacular views around you make one wants to get a closer look and exploring deeper in the few nights you call this place, ‘Home’. The markings are super convenient and reliable even when one chooses to hike alone which is deemed to be an attempt of futility. Point 2 explains why.


2. Walking
That’s what everyone does here at Mt Cook National Park. Visitor to this park, young and old, tough guy or not, would at least do one of the many scenic walks even if they dropped in for a day’s trip. Some would include camping out there to gaze at the starry starry nights after a clear day and listening to the sound of nature.


3. Walking
It’s a free thing to do. It’s also a healthy and fun thing to do. One won’t get tired with such spectacular view to feast on. It’s also the best way do it at one’s own pace as he/she keep his/her hands busy with the camera.

Enjoy the video clip below.




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Activities to fill A.S' next 3 days

Checking out the place after dropping all loads at the hostel.



Tourist Info Centre

Want a bird's eye view of Mount Cook National Park instead?




Be enchanted.

Let's walk.








  *A.S's current location*
Day/ Date: Fri/ Apr 10th, 2015

-A.S has been back in KL, Malaysia since Aug 16th, 2012 from a total of 3 months in Spain and then, Austria. Burdened with lots of thoughts, plans and to-dos, she'll still try her very best to keep this blog alive. Thank you so much for keeping up with her delays.

A.S appreciates you as an audience to her blog. She welcomes you to drop in more often, share your thoughts and interact with her here at cyberspace. The posts may be a little behind but she promises to close the gap as much as she can, as she gets limited internet access and the time to update.


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