This small little area of paradise has been a part of my childhood from the time i was a few weeks old, i have spent many holidays here.
It is a great place to get away from life and relax with the sounds of native birds in the trees, cicadas singing along with the birds, the sounds of the rushing rivers, and also the sound of soft waves gently crashing on the shore.
Even in horrible windy wet weather, it is still a beautiful place to just relax and unwind, i will never get sick of being here. 🙂
Will it has been a couple of weeks since I turned 30 (15th). Do I feel any different ?, nope not at all felt the same when I was still 29, nothing has really changed for me, unless you count the fact that I will be finishing this year and first big thing of being 30 is graduating… which secretly I am counting down too 😊
My birthday itself was a pretty good day, although was a bit more of a weekend birthday, on Saturday as my birthday was sunday, we went out for dinner with my mum and sister. We went to a place called Vault 21, which is located in the octagon, next to the regent theater, was also the first time I wore my heels that I will be wearing for my graduation. I decided to have a cocktail ended up getting 2 actually one was called Japanese Sunset, it was actually quite nice and it and even come with edible flowers, then i was curious to try the candy floss Cosmopolitan which was quite sweet but actually good at the same time. The meal I had was a satay beef meal with noodles it was good, I think just needed to have a bit more of the flavor as it got lost once you were just left with the noodles. And I finished the night off with a chocolate brownie that was very chocolatey but warm which was great, meant I was very very full going home.
The week before I went with my 2 best friends out for dinner we did this to celebrate all our birthdays which was fun as we all turned 30 this year. We went to lone star and had a great meal there also
Now some day of birthday details will I had woken up incredibly early for no actual reason but apparently I needed to be awake at 4am, so i sort of lay in bed for a better before getting myself ready for the day and as I was waiting to go out for brunch I opened one of my presents this one was from my dad, which had arrived a few days earlier and I held out from opening it until my birthday, actually just recieved my card from my dad the other day, oh well post is slow lately. So my dad got me a fitbit watch, I had said I have been thinking about wanting on or at least a smart watch was not actually expecting to get me an actual fitbit, I like it and have been using it every day since I got it.
We went out for brunch with my sister and mum to a cafe called rhubarb cafe in Roslyn, there I had my favorite breakfast meal, Eggs Benedict, which was yummy and also some champagne
I had recieved to real pieces of Pounamu ( Greenstone) the necklace is in the shape of a hook but also a whales tail. The card reads. Hei Matau takes its shape from a Māori legend in which Maui pulled Aotearoa, NZ from the ocean floor with a fish hook crafted from his grandmother’s jawbone. It connects the wearer to the sea granting them strength, abundance, prosperity, good luck and safe travels. Wearers of Hei Matau are seen as providers and protectors, with a determination that will lead to success in life.
The bracelet greenstone comes from the mountains and rivers of NZ, where it had been naturally tumbled and hand weaved, a blessing from the natural world bringing healing energy, connection, and protection to the wearer, is able to be wet so can keep the connection and protection consistent.
Looking forward to the year of being 30 and what adventures I may get up too.
9th of november has already felt super busy, over the last weekend of october I had been working. first I was working at the stadium for the Dunedin craft beer and food festival, that was quite a busy long day, especially on the friday, then on halloween not only had I again been working at the beer fest but then I finished early so that I could get to the town hall and work there at an event that the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra put on called on spooktacular since it was also halloween night, I had walked all the way to the town hall from the stadium and ended up getting pretty soaked as the sky literally had just decided once I had left the stadium that it would open up and pour with rain and then become that annoying consistent rain that just makes you more wet. Anywho that was a pretty good and relaxed shift then I had opted to just head to the supermarket and grab a few things to make for dinner instead of heading to McDonalds for dinner. I have had a day where I got to go up and work at the centre which was good fun, I enjoyed my time up there also, hopefully I can get a few more shifts up there.
I am now officially finished with Uni and that is for good, I had reached a point where I had just enough of uni so therefore when the 6th rolled around and there was a mention that the marks of the final 3 assessments I did were now out, which was also super handy as this was also the official end date of the course. I have to say so it was a little nerve wracking going into where the results are to have a look, I was still in shock when I had read the final ( unconfirmed results, they become official in a few more weeks). In order my results were a B- in my matrix and synthesis report which was then followed by a presentation of a topic from the synthesis, I am not great with presentations as I tend to start getting quite nervous, but somehow I managed to get an A is this which I was quite happy with, and lastly the test ( I don’t remember what I got for it last year) I got a C+ for this, I am super happy with all my marks and pretty proud of myself with the results also, especially as this means that I have passed the paper which I am glad for. Although there was a small doubt on if I did actually pass or not, but I was certain I would most likely get emailed and told anyway. Best thing though, is that I am totally graduating this year, already paid for my regalia and even have a dress and shoes all sorted.
Will it is now 10 days later since I began writing this blog, such a busy time it had ended up being, so after where my last post ended where I mentioned about my grades for my last 3 assessments which I am still happy with and glad that I had passed them all. Today the grades came out at as official marks so I received the overall mark for the paper which I got a C+ I am super happy with that too, even if it would have been nicer to get a higher mark at least I still passed and will still be graduating in what will now be a months time on the 19th December, soon I will be able to go pick up my regalia and the tickets, I am hoping that I can get the number of tickets that I had asked for. Even made sure that ihave ghe stream link ready for the people who I know can not be there on the actual day, especailly the ones in other countries
I am really looking forward to graduating and being done with university then I can be able to start in my career that I have knowing that I have wanted to do for such a long time, I still have a dream of doing this overseas hopefully that can happening since it is safe enough to travel again, I mean it could be now but there is just that underlying worry of possibly getting the virus.
I am finally getting together my parcel to send away to my special one as the other day i went and got a parcel bag from the post while I also needed to get a couple of other things. A while ago we had a little movie date through skype where we watched a couple of episodes of Truth Seekers which has Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in it, a great show so far and looking forward to seeing more of them. 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰
So the weekend before the one just is gone or more like the first full weekend of November, with my two best friends we went out to dinner to a restaurant we all agreed called Lone star, was hard to make a decision of what I wanted to eat, I ended up getting the Johnny Cash stash which is a stuffed chicken breast with mushroom sauce, was so good, I had also tired a cocktail, this was a cosmopolitan although all I could really taste was the lime that was added as a decoration, lastly for dessert I had kiwi pavlova, which was 3 mini pavlovas stacked on top of each other with kiwifruit although that was quite sour and ice cream as well. Was such a filling meal, but a great night spent with friends we decided to do this to celebrate all our 30th birthdays, even though one friend had their’s in April we weren’t able to do anything together as we were still on lockdown, and my other friends birthday was just last week as she is 6 days older than me. For me, my birthday was on Sunday just gone. my puppy had come down to visit me also, including Harry to of course not alone as they came with my mum, so of course, I got to spend some time with Berlie, she is in big need of some full-on training, thinking of taking her to puppy school or obedience training. I am also trying to figure out ways to stop her from digging so much, although I am thinking that could also be because she is bored and wy she goes and pees in the house even when access to outside is easy to get, and she also needs a groom. I had the other day a random thought of doing something like dog shows with her, not sure yet though, time will tell.
I have begun thinking that maybe I will start doing like a book review blog posts, which I have actually been thinking about for quite awhile. Although I do still have my other idea sitting there about trying out different recipes from around the world of all the countries that I have currently virtually travelled, which I am now currently in the pacific islands.
Today I was in town and I had discovered that there is now a Maori translated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone book which was sooo tempting to go and buy, the best thing to about that is that it is completely in Maori which makes it more interesting to take the time to sit there and read it, even if I had the english version nearby, I just think the journey of reading it in Te Reo would be amazing.
My lovely Virtual trip through these four lovely countries, photos mixed up a little. Also discovered while I was virtually exploring that these four got hit by Hurricane Eta 😔 hope all is ok in each of these four and have as much help as they need to get back on their feet
Enjoy my virtual trip of Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Belize 💙
Today during a celebration we were having at the teachers college I was gifted a second gift, this time it was of a stone with a word written on it, the word was actually written in Maori.
On my stone was the word: ngakau aroha which translates to empathy. every student was given a different word, and it got me thinking of how the teachers picked each word to go with each of the students.
While also thinking about being gifted with the word of empathy, what was the reason behind me being given that word, was this something they could see in me. I have thought to myself to having or holding empathy, so it was a very interesting moment to be given this rock with the word empathy written on it, what had also made it special was the fact that it was written in Maori.
According to Maori Dictionary, which is a very reliable resource when looking up the meaning of Maori words or wondering what an english word may translate into. So ngakau aroha the meaning is being empathetic, sympathetic, kindhearted, considerate, caring. I think that is such a lovely way to look at what empathy means but also gave me such a deeper understanding on why that word may have been chosen to be given to me. As I know that i am a kind and caring person and this is not just with young children and wanting to continue in the career of being an early childhood teacher, but also through many different aspects in my life where I have always wanted to be there for people and help people out when I can. It was also a reason why I had decided that I would love to be apart of the refugee support volunteer community with red cross and I think I would continue for as long as I have, The first family I had was such a great experince and just being their to support them settling into their new life in dunedin was just rewarding, I plan to go visit them soon. I also feel that from this is why things like hearing where the family used to be was being bombed had affected me a little more than I thought it would have ever had before because it was on a different level to just hearing about it in the news. And then with the mosque shootings last year, that was a whole completely different story and emotions then, I had honestly felt so upset, sad, worried and even a little frightened for many different reasons, half of that reason was because of the syrian family that i connected with and they were one of the first people that i made sure to contact that even though they weren’t in CHCH it was still the whole muslim community that was affected.
I remember the time a planned memorial service was going to be held in Dunedin that then got moved to the stadium to accommodate more people I ended up working at it, for security the police where there also so it did feel a little safe. Anyway I remember standing out at one of the gates just doing the usual greeting and checking bags routine of any other time, and I was keeping watch to see if anyone from the Syrian family were going to come, I know that I had started to get a little emotional, couldn’t help it, it was quite an emotional day in itself, so the dad from the family had come in I just remember nearly bursting into tears, no clue exactly why that was happening, but he came up to me greeting me and shook my hand all I could do was smile I am sure I spoke also. Not long after that I secretly skipped an afternoon class to spend most of the rest of the day with the family, helping them with a few gift cards that they were given and then they invited me to a meal and I just could not say no. Last year has also been the first time I had ever visited a mosque and spent some time inside when they had an open day at first I was a little nervous as I generally am but in I went.
I also found in Psychology Today New Zealand. says how empathy is about the ability to be able to recognise, understand and share thoughts and feelings of another person, animal or even a fictional character ( which I guess is why one can feel all the emotions within a story when they start to connect to the characters and what they are going through, I can count many books that I have read in the past that this has happened with). One of my grandmas has always said that animals and children always come to me whenever I am around. I always make sure I am therefore my friends and family, sometimes people I don’t know so well. People the mean so much to me I always try to be there for no matter what.
Empathy helps in connecting with others, with children that is almost always easy to do, sometimes easier than with adults although of course you are also building the relationships and sense of trust with the child so that they know you are their to support their well-being when they are in need. Establishing important relationships is important in many different areas of life, through careers, relationships, friendships, families and many more.
I am going to keep this rock and word of ngakau aroha close by me always … another thing Aroha also means love ❤
I feel like October has sort of moved a little faster, especially as not long ago I wrote a post in regards to what was going on for me in september and that I was having a little holiday away from dunedin, went up to blenheim which was nice. It was good to get a break away for a while…. even though it decided to snow while I was away, little annoyed by that. On the other side it was good to have a break.
The trip back to dunedin was good with nice weather, we took a stop at a beach on the way back, at that time the moon was beginning to rise, which was awesome to see especially with it rising above the sea. I took a few many photos of it.
After the holiday we were right back to classes, catching up on all the classes we had missed during placement, today was the last day of one of the classes where we also had a presentation to do, mine I wasn’t too worried about, I was feeling quite confident when coming to do it. Although of course once I got half way through it my hands decided shaking which started to throw me off but i still managed to get through it all which is good. So therefore, hopefully i pass that along with the assessment I submitted yesterday I really want to pass them both and pass this whole paper, as graduating this year would be great.
Today we also had after the class a little celebration just to really celebrate us finishing and completing placement as our associates also were invited to come along, it was nice there were some cake and cheese platters with sparkling grape juice. We got a little gift of a spider plant which is pretty cool, See attached picture.
I tell you what though some people in the class have been almost stressing me out with their worrying over the last couple of assessments and now the test on friday,,, then i have a friend who was going on about if she failed all her assessments or got low marks then she would fail the paper that actually got me a little concerned and I did not really want to hear about it, because I failed it last year i just want to be passing the paper this year and even though my nerves kicked in, for the presentation i feel little postive that both presentation and the written assessment have gone will, I again have had several people looking at it, so i feel that it will be good. I am just going to think positively about it, not much more i can do about it right now,
I even started looking for teaching jobs and thinking about my graduation and going into next year. over the weekend was super busy with working will it at least felt like that on saturday we went down to Invercargill to work at the rugby there it was a semi eventful day, the van ride there and back though on the other hand was not, I really did not enjoy that part. And as we got back to dunedin at like 1am sunday morning only really had 3 hours of sleep and was back getting ready to work at the stadium for another rugby game, this time i was in the lift…. such a fun job that. Next friday I will be working a rugby game again…
Need to email the hairdressers to make another booking to get my hair done again, I tired to online but somehow got all confused with how to book so I will give it another go later today, maybe since today I really am kind of having a lazy day. Also, need to not forget that I need to sort out the academic regalia stuff soon too. Also excitingly my grandma and her partner of 20 years got married the other day in Kaikoura.
I voted early since the election day was on Saturday… I am also super happy that Jacinda is staying as the NZ PM she is a pretty cool person.
Been spending more time with my special one, even having a few more movie dates which is so much fun and enjoyable time together. ❤ ❤ ❤ 🥰🥰🥰
slowly getting back into virtual travelling, just been around panama, haven’t decided which country will be next.