A ship named Pearl

  Last year I blogged about my experience cruising through the Pacific Ocean.  What I totally forgot about was the poem I wrote during my cruise and I stumbled across it today.  I wrote a limerick containing 20(!) verses, all describing the cruise ship journey.  It was amazing to see how easy and natural it…

Welcome back to work!

Today is my first day back at work, which also coincides with the predicted weather bomb set to hit New Zealand.  When I peer outside the skies are a dull concrete colour and the rain is lashing the pavements.  I notice people scuttling past with their umbrellas screaming as they bend in the wind.  Cars…

Day 24: Reminisce. Oh and Merry Christmas!

Wow.  I made it to day 24!   The past month has made me realise how many great things there are to do, that help contribute to positive health and wellbeing. Sometimes people think you need to be doing something big, showy or expensive to have a great experience.  This is not true at all.  A lot…

Day 23: Behold, Auckland!

If you want a stunning view of Tāmaki Makaurau, then go visit the Arataki Visitor Centre in West Auckland.  Seen as the gateway to the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, the Centre has fantastic information about the 16,000 hectares that surround the area.  It features breathtaking lookouts of the city, interactive displays, video presentations, maps and charts, and…

Day 22: Take a sweet walk

Sweet as. That’s how I would describe the walk I did today around the Chelsea Estate Heritage Park.  Set on the site of the historic Chelsea Sugar Factory (can’t miss the big pink building as look across the Waitemata Harbour), the estate covers approximately 45 hectares of bush, trees, birdlife, ponds and walkways. My friend…

Day 20: Be nurtured by nature

The task is simple.  Step outside and find some trees, bushes, flowers and water around you.  Wander around allow your senses to to take over.  Remember how amazing it feels. Below are some photos from my quick wander around Albert Park today. #xmascountdown2017  From 1-24 December I will blog daily suggestions with tips and advice on…

Day 19: Track down some street art

I love art in all it’s subjective glory.  How lucky are we to be surrounded by a symphony of colours, shapes, symbol and images.  Art is now so accessible that it truly has moved beyond the confines of galleries and house walls. There is a plethora of street art in Auckland that I encourage you…

Day 14: Be an angel for someone

Ooops, this is a day late, but better to be late than never! The prompt is simple.  Be an angel for someone today. Brighten someone’s day by doing something kind, generous, fun or thoughtful for them.  It’s doesn’t have be a big thing, or could even be the smallest gesture such as paying them a…

Day 11: Check out a movie for $10 or less!

I LOVE movies.  If money and work wasn’t an option, I’d be at the cinema everyday!  My first movie outing was to see ET at age four.  My parents took me to the Starlight Theatre in Papatoetoe to watch it, and apparently I perched myself on the armchair and cried out loudly for ET not…

Day 10: Find some quirky decorations

The festive season is synonymous with bright coloured decorations, tinsel, lights and ornaments.  Whilst conventional and traditional looks great, there is always room to add a dash of the unusual to attract attention and a few laughs! Last year I managed to pick up some ‘Summer Santas’ from Countdown for only a few dollars each. …