Thursday, June 23, 2016

New Zealand Day 3 - Waitomo Glowworm Caves & Ruakuri Cave

06 Jun - We woke up early the next morning to start our drive towards the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. According to Wikipedia, these glowworm are exclusively found in New Zealand. The adults are around the size of an average mosquito. But for their young, they are worms that attached onto the walls of the cave. They feed by secreting a thin threadlike substances from their mouth to catch small insects that flew into the cave. In the dark, these thin thread glow luminous, creating a sky of living lights, hence the name of glowworm caves.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Entrance

Glowworm under visible light

Glowworm in the cave
(Above picture is grabbed off the Internet as no photos allowed in cave)

After the guided tour, we proceed to our next destination which is the Ruakuri Cave. This cave features stalactites and stalagmites limestone formation created over millions of years. The opening cave entrance let visitor walk down a spiral walkway deep underground into the cave.

(Above picture is grabbed off the Internet as well)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

New Zealand Day 2 - Sky Tower and Hobbiton

05 Jun - Woke up early in the morning to visit the Sky Tower, a major attraction for the city of Auckland. At the top of the tower, visitors can have a magnificent view of the surrounding landmarks, which nonetheless, is awesome.

As we do not have much time to spare for the day, we need to move on to start our drive to Hobbiton Movie Set, which we had booked several months ago. Its interesting to see the actual place where they filmed the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Along the way, we pass by rolling hills full of cows and sheep. It is indeed that New Zealand has more cows than humans.

Welcome to The Shire 

Do remember to try the Ginger Beer they offered at the Tavern. It is the best ginger beer I have ever tasted in my whole New Zealand trip!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

New Zealand Day 1 - Auckland Airport

04 Jun - After a 10 hours direct flight, we landed into Auckland Airport late in the night (+4 hours difference in time). By the time we past the security check and got out of the airport, it was almost midnight. Expecting a good accommodation waiting for us near the airport, to our horror, we have to squeeze 3 people into a small room with limited space to move. I shall remember never to stay at Ibis again....By the way, the accommodation we chose was Hotel ibis budget Auckland Airport.

Tight squeeze for 3 pax =(

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

X-Men: Apocalypse

Synopsis: Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction. [Source: Golden Village]

In summary: Boring, unexciting and dull. I don't really enjoy the whole movie which was set in the beginning days of X-men with a new generation of casts. Halfway through, I have lost interest and was contemplating should I doze off instead in the theater. Avoid catching this movie at all cost.

Rate: 2/10

Monday, May 30, 2016

Disney Conquered

USA Orlando Disney World (Magic Kingdom, Epcot) - 2007
Japan Tokyo Disney Sea - 2012
Hong Kong Disney Land - 2016

Sunday, May 08, 2016

JB Staycation

To celebrate our wedding anniversary (Time really flies, its 1 year already!), I decided to bring *mds* over to Johor Bahru for a stay-cation. First of all, we wasted no time in trying out the savory food around our hotel area.

Kong Bao Frog

Malaysia Style Wontoon Noodle

Since we have not visited Legoland before, we took this stay-cation opportunity to spend a whole day in the theme park. Truthfully, Legoland is built more for kids than adult, it was fun to go there for experience the first time, but I doubt I will want to return again.

Albert Einstein

Dragons built from Lego Bricks

Star Wars Lego

Mini Scenes around the world built  from Lego Bricks

KL International Airport

Singapore Riverside

More Star Wars - The theme for May

What is stay-cation without a good hotel to relax and chill? =)

Monday, May 02, 2016

Marvel's Captain America: Civil War

Synopsis: Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War picks up where “Avengers: Age of Ultron” left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain. [Source: Golden Village]

A successful movie pitting the good superheroes against each other. On one side we have the mild mannered Captain America, and the other, we have the egoistic Iron Man. When super powers clashed, expect lots of park and humour, and casualty too. Overall, not a bad movie though.

Rate: 7/10