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Thursday, December 27, 2007

The South Island

Highlight of trip: another 'things i must do before i die' struck off the list.

This was the jurassic style park i was telling the boyfriend about. You drive in with your car, purchase a bucket of animal feed and drive up the mountain feeding, occasionally stepping out of your car to hand feed or touch. The animals are pretty much wild. So sometimes it gets quite intimidating to have so many surround you. You run back to the car.

The wild animals come running down as you rattle the feed bucket. One of the goats kept nudging me with his hard horn.

Such a pretty deer.
This is totally candid. i look retarded.


This was the jurassic style park i was telling the boyfriend about. You drive in with your car, purchase a bucket of animal feed and drive up the mountain feeding, occassionally stepping out of your car to hand feed or touch. The animals are pretty much wild. So sometimes it gets quite intimidating to have so many surround you. You run back to the car.



Brokeback mountain. Hahaa.they weren't really holding hands (another illusion trick), unlike Siping and Valerie who really held hands before the helicopter ride.

The black sheep was exceptionally cute.


Basically its just a lot of scenery on this trip. After 12 days, you are no longer interested in rocks, mountains and lakes. The first trip to NZ 4 years ago was still better i feel. But its only because i'm a adrenaline junkie. And on that first trip, we did all the extreme sports. Quad biking, white water rafting, bungee jumping (me) and that is plentiful. This time round, it was only sky diving for me. We didn't repeat them this time round as we've all experienced it already and its just too expensive for the entire family to redo.



Spoiler.

This was the best busker i've seen so far. We ended up giving him $20 for his performance. Here he has a rubbery string through his mouth and out his nose.



On the trampoline.

Possums and rabbits always end up being roadkill. So some people pick them and use their fur. We bought 2 possum tails for a dollar each. Just for fun.


It was a long wait to get on the plane to sky dive. Luckily Ivan taught me chess.

The museum of puzzles and illusions was fun.

His version.

My version.

The roman styled toilet in the olden days.


This one of the illusion techniques used in Lord of the Rings for the hobbits. It was actually a sloped room. But it looks straight to you.

Extremely interesting experiment to test psychics. So far, no one succeeded. 6 have tried.





I like the following pictures. Very artistic and shows off the scenery.





While my brothers do their Bruce Lee to swat off the cotton flying around from the plants.

My dad uses every chance he gets to practise his tai ji.

The Luge. Where u roll off the hill in this thing.

We actually trek up this STEEP mountain for 1 hour (no steps. all rocks) to play the Luge. Did all that just to save the $20 cable car ride that takes you up the mountain. $20 x 4 = $80 savings!

Along the way, some one used acrons to do this. I think its hello in Maori.

I rearranged it to do this. Make the trip up spookier for other people. Like Blair Witch. I should have done "turn back NOW" instead.

You see amazing scenery everywhere in NZ. Even in the unexpected places. Like this magnificent mountain range right next to the shopping center.

This was the result of going 140Km/hr. Bug juice all over the windscreen. Couldn't help it you know, its 6-7 hours drive. I just want to get there asap.

I transited in Melbourne on my way to NZ. And so i brought a little Aussie into NZ. This is the picturesque scenery outside our balcony in Queenstown.

Thumbelina.
Its even bigger than him. Guess if its real or fake?

Botanic Gardens in Christchurch.


We posed to be superheros (as i was wearing my superman tee underneath) under the sorta Justice league statue.



Very 'oveaseas'. Dining by the sidewalk. This was on Christmas Day. Took us quite awhile to find something open. It was so dead. The zoo was closed, even Macdonalds!

My dad looks like the kid here.




I look like Goofy here.



If he wasn't my brother, he looks like he's peeving.

I finally did it.



Inspired by Jeepers Creepers.


Our incredible swift and good AND handsome personal ice climbing guide. See the mountain beside it? The cliff IS that steep and high.

That's me. Ok, i admit i'm chicken. I don't like slow thrills. It is uber scary. I do not trust the ice tools. It was very exhausting but it was good exercise. (then again not, because we ate a big meal after that)

We actually trek (really chong sua type) 3 hours to get to the glaciers. NS men chong sua for free (and even get paid). We pay to chong sua.


We drink the glacier's water. Ivan even ate its ice! But we didn't rub the mud on our face, supposedly to be good.



Dear Shyanne,
Please do not ask me go shopping when i get back. Because i've been crazily spending in my last days here. Its been 50% or more on EVERYTHING in the shops here. And i've got dresses to match your Sarah Jessica Parker one. I'm sure we'll make heads turn ;P

I hope i'm not making you jealous, because i now have a painful process of packing and making sure i don't go overweight (i'm sure my brothers will respond 'eat less' to this).

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

You all looked to have so much fun!!! So envious... =p WB

Shyanne said...

i'm so jealous babe!! i'd love to skydive and ice climb. how much did u pay for each?

Chrispy Tine said...

$240 for sky dive. an extra $179 for photos, postcards and dvd.

ice climbing was $180.

but all worth it lah.do it once only loh.

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