Little New Zealand Update (8 months)

"Could’ve hit you with a candlestick but I want you in my life forever more. Should’ve crushed your cheek bone and your nose but I kind of like your face. Yeah, I like it like it is, I like it like it is forever more. It’s been a crazy summer, it’s been alright. Could, would, should’ve hit you back then but I really had to sleep, I had to take a nap, I had to take a nap forever more." - Múm - Candlestick - Smilewood

I haven’t done too well to keep this super updated and I’ve kind of let the days and nights slip by and I’ve thought to myself “I’ll do the LNZU on my day off”… Guess what? I had a day off yesterday and just watched reruns of Tosh.0, it’s a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine, the guy is handsome, he says mean things in a funny way and he’s just fun to watch, so it’s not a guilty pleasure at all. 

Since my last update I went on that wonderful Dunedin adventure, I ate my body weight in Cadbury’s chocolate from the Dream World tour and I got to feel the flutter of butterfly wings all around my wee face at the Otago Museum Tropical Forest. I spent a few days with some pretty cool people (Hailey’s Grandparents) and I loved every second of it. The weather was lovely and the sights were interesting, I was well fed and spoiled the whole time. I’m eager to go back before I head back to Scotland. Who’s up for round 2 at the chocolate factory?! 

The plane journey was the first one that I’ve done by myself, I had a row to myself and I watched “500 Days of Summer” to stop myself from thinking about the 37 hour journey I’ve got to take to get back to my home town in a few months, it was difficult to clear it from my mind as I was floating above the south island scenery, it’s extremely scottish looking. 

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Preach it Summer, tell it like it is. 

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I caught this snap, yes hills, dear, lots of hills.  

I think I’ve been really busy this month, I’ve grabbed all the extra hours at work as possible, I’m attempting to learn how to swim, I try and say “yes” to almost every opportunity that comes my way. My roomies, Craig and Hailey have been crazy busy recently, they’ve only gone and opened up a restaurant with close friends and family. LOOP

Check it out in the link: 

http://loopdining.co.nz/

I can’t quite believe that it’s finally happened.

Recently I’ve been looking at my previous blog entries about NZ and I can’t quite believe I’m in my final 3 months, I try to enjoy every moment in New Zealand, I am striding comfortably through these next few months, comforted by the fact this was a long term holiday but as I read the old entries I can recall my feelings of anticipation, my excitement and I’ve gone in a full circle, I’m excited to come home. Let’s make the most of it all. 

I’ve received a lot of messages recently, I’m feeling missed. You’re asking when I’m coming home and what my plans are when I get there, you’re telling me that you miss me and you can’t wait to catch up when I get home. You’re saying that you’re proud of me and you can’t wait to hear all my stories, you can’t wait to have girly nights in and girly nights out. You let me know you’re thinking of me and not to get homesick and you’re not just one person. <3

Anyhoo, before I get even more mushy and airy-fairy I’m gunna wrap it up here, I’ve got some plans to make and cool stuff to do, not sure what, not sure when but I’ll get there! 

I miss you all, PEACE!! 

Hair Transformation (2011 - 2014)

From 17 to 20. Black to blonde. 


Little New Zealand Update (7 months and 2 weeks)

"Come on, get up Romeo. Don’t you know what time it is? It’s the death of rock and roll. That’s what the news said. Did you know that I’ve been wanting you? So leave your locks on the latches… If you bring the water, I’ll bring the matches" - Band of Skulls - Fires - Baby Darling Doll Face Honey

What up peeps? Long time no speak, I honestly don’t know where to begin with this one… Alright, THE WEATHER! 

It’s been stunning, sunshine like you wouldn’t believe and the temperature is slowly but surely cooling down and it’s sorta perfect. Can I tell you something though? I may have actually gotten a little bit of a tan… yeah, you heard. I’ve went from ghostly white to sorta white… 

February has been a random month, I spent most of it in the house filling my head with knowledge that I can’t quite recall now from documentaries that I don’t quite remember. February is a strange month, maybe it’s the come down after the new year celebrations but people seem to fall back into their same routines and summer is coming to an end for most. 

I got hit hard by the hand of homesickness this month, I just couldn’t shake it, I started romanticising about my home town and I was seeing it a sort of earlybird instagram filter in my head, everything was all slow motion and I saw all the good bits and I couldn’t quite remember why I wanted to leave so bad, or for so long… 

Expectation… 

Reality! 

Obviously missing friends and family is to be expected but I didn’t realise just how much it would affect my mood but I just had to remind myself that everything I’ve always had is still sitting there, at the other side of the world and I’m going back at some stage and I’ll be there for like a month maximum and I’ll be like “Wish I was back in New Zealand…” So, you can go away homesickness, make like a tree and leave. 

Anyway, this update isn’t going to be all about my missing home and what not. I’m on the other side of the world mutha truckers! 

I spent the last week of February hanging out with a really cool German chick, M, she told me about her journey to NZ for a wee 2 week vacation and how she had been here before and she just loved it. She encouraged me to venture out of Auckland all by myself when I get the chance, I’m keen to go on adventures and just see where I end up. I’m in such a sweet position for it, working the first half of the week then travelling the rest. I am inspired. Over the past week I’ve met some wonderful people and I can just tell that this is another chapter in the NZ adventure. 

I think I’ve mentioned that Auckland has a lot of weird things in it’s veins, I was sitting eating some frozen yoghurt (was amazeballs) and I was casually people watching when this old guy was walking about with a long black coat on, sun glasses and a back pack, and I’m like “Donald! where’s yer troosers!”

http://youtu.be/t6qoQ7UvEBk

(translation - troosers = trousers…) - This song is actually about kilts but anyway… this old guy was marching through the street in his boxers… his junk was just flailing about as he was walking about, I swear I could have ripped my eyes out there and then, I almost brought up my frozen yoghurt. 

Then a couple of hours later I was sitting at the bus stop with M, we were innocently gazing in the general direction of friends exchanging goodbyes, it was clear that the male friend was expecting a goodnight kiss but the lady was very shy and wanted to keep the kissing limit to 3 times on the cheek but he was so keen on trying to land one on the lips… It was the most awkward thing I’ve ever seen in my life, I wanted to look away as if it wasn’t happening but it was so deliciously tragic. 

I went to a place called Longbay this week, sand and sea oh it must be a beach, after being burned quite badly at the beginning of the month I kept applying my spf 50 every time I got out the water, exfoliating my skin with the sand that kept sticking to my sunscreen. I actually bought a bikini, the dreaded one piece was not to make an appearance that day, seriously though, New Zealand has a lot of eye candy in summer, every one is so freaking gorgeous… Look at my fabulous hat. 

My accent gets me so far, always. 

I just thought I’d let you know what I was up to these days, it’s been too long. I hope that winter is treating you well, spring is just around the corner and then I’ll be home in summer, how lucky am I? 6 months of sunshine… I can’t say that with a straight face, Scottish summer is a myth. 

I miss you all, hugs and kisses to my Scotties. 

I’m out… PEAAACE! a

Little New Zealand Update (5 months and 3 weeks) - Part Two

"This town will always be too small for all the dreams held inside my head, I’m sorry but I cannot stay." 

I’ve started this Part Two so many times and I’ve just never saved the drafts. I will not move until this is done. 

The weather has been freaking stunning over here with all this summer going on and what not, I’ve been to the coromandel peninsula twice in 2014. TWICE! and we’re only 2 weeks in! 

New year was a total blast and I hope yours was too. I went to matarangi beach with Craig, Hailey and most of their friends. We camped outside F’s parent’s bach and it was tent city under the stars. 

The little tent in the middle? mine… well T let me borrow it and he kindly put it up for me too, with a mattress?! oh my, princess Steph! my best tent experience in my entire lifetime, except for the early morning saunas that I woke up to as the sun cooked my tent as soon as it popped itself into the sky. 

The dog? Murphy. I like that name, I imagine that his inner monologue is Eddie Murphy. 

The journey to Matarangi was a bit of a struggle for me and my pea sized bladder but i made it - just. 

We went straight to the beach after we got ourselves settled in, I had the intention to swim in the sea, i even put my black one piece on (not the one piece!) but once i got near those white horses I just couldn’t do it, captain… I JUST CAN’T DO IT!

We got back to the bach and started the new year’s eve celebrations and I was drinking Old Mout (rhymes with fruit) and I had a wee shot of tequila courtesy of F and his sound advice about shotting it - breathe in, knock it back then breathe out so the vapours don’t burn your throat… EASY! 
The day went on and we played ring of fire, next thing i knew it was like 5  minutes until 2014! we grabbed the chinese wish lanterns and ran to the beach trying to get there in time for the countdown… got half way there and 10 - 9 - 8 aww crap? where’s ma kiss? - awkt well. 

New years day was pishing it down all day as if to wash the puke from the night before away… I have such a vivid imagination. New years for us was crosswords, hungover people and boys played poker. 

02/01/2014 
"Sunshine, on my window, makes me happy, like i should be…"- Spiderbait 

F’s mum, J, recommended New Chums beach to us, informed us that it was a bit of a mission but totally worth it as it’s so out of the way and it was voted one of the best beaches in the world! - SOLD

I imagined that the mission part would be walking endlessly… i was wrong, there was rocks, and mud and obstacles and I was wearing jandals (flip-flops) and carrying an umbrella as a parasol… princess Steph… as the smile was slipping from my face as i slipped into the rocks the little voice in my head was like “Steph, this is an experience, everyone else is doing it just fine. It’s not a negative, it’s an experience, it’s an experience” as I saw the opening from the end of the forest and my eyes saw miles of pohutukawa trees, sand and bright blue water I just couldn’t help but smile. 

I felt brave with my water resistant spf 50, my shield from the sun… with my one piece on into the sea I go… I’m unsure but I’m ready. I let the water get up to my knees but no further as i look at everyone miles ahead with the water only getting up to their waist and I stay sure at shore but then Craig looking like a pro in his rash guard tells me that i’ll be safe if i wade in closer and i do, i let the waves lift me as the sea full of fish eggs soak me, not letting my hair get wet, until a big wave comes in - i gotta duck! fish eggs in my hair, my mouth oh my, i need a break! 

we go back to our shady spot to have a wee rest, i read and chat and then we go back in for some more. Craig hits out with more pep talk as he tries to teach me how to swim with the waves and I got dumped twice by waves and the water engulfs me, my eyes dart open to see my flailing milky limbs as I try to gain control to seek air - shaking once it’s all done, chuffed faces from those who successfully caught the wave and then there is me, my body not ready to undergo it all again, i get out of the water and my body just spits up fish eggs and sea water. - eww. 

Craig, Hailey and I went back to the bach and I felt like it was much easier getting out of the beach than getting in, i was swifty completing the obstacles until the rocks, aww shit. Craig to the rescue once again as he helped his baby sister by holding my hand over the rocks! hurrah! i survived, got ice cream then chilled out the deck with my book.

Check me out in my wee singlet (vest) i had to go for a shower when i got back to the bach and there was a heated outdoor shower, so liberating except for the part where i got really paranoid about people being able to see me through the holes in the fence… 

once everyone was all clean and free from fish eggs we braided each others hair, cute! 

In return for T letting me borrow his tent I attempted to teach him how to french braid. He did okay! 

- So that’s the new years update! 

Since then I’ve been to Whangamata (wh = f sorta like ph…) beach and back to work! loving life. 

Happy 6 months in NZ! 
I’m such a lucky girl out here, I’m having such a blast and I’m looking forward to the next 6 months. I have met amazing people here and I’ve learned/discovered a few things about myself. I miss everyone back home and I can’t wait to hug and squeeze the living daylights out of most of you! I hope you’re all doing well :) 

PEACE! 


Little New Zealand Update (5 months and 3 weeks) - Part One

"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art - write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope somewhere in the next year you’ll surprise yourself." - Neil Gaiman

Happy New Year! Phew! This is the calm after the storm - 

I’ve been all over the shop in the past couple of weeks and I don’t have a solid weather update to put here - you’ll get the gist as I blab on… 

I spent Christmas in the South Island of New Zealand in a bach (nz word for beach house/holiday home) at Pareora River in Timaru with Hailey’s mum’s side of the family. image

Hailey’s mum, B, pictured above is not doing the Sprinkler Dance (note: I am not 100% if she is or not). hehe!

So, this is my first time going to the South Island of New Zealand and I got the plane with Hailey’s brother, E, to Christchurch where we were met by B and we took a drive to Timaru, stopping on the way for some treats such a fudge and I had a steak and cheese pie for breakfast - how very kiwi of me?! (it was so freaking yummy, words just can’t explain, maybe it was the lack of sleep kicking in from 6am flight but it was simply euphoric). 

We got to the bach on Christmas eve in Timaru, Timaru has about the same population as Kilmarnock and I swear for just a little second I felt like I was in Ayrshire. Oh homesickness, you amplify each happy emotion I have - thank you. 


Introductions happened and I felt instantly welcome, this lovely bach has been in the family for at least 5 generations as the 4th generation are starting to have babies I am sure that there are many generations to experience this place. It’s a bach with 4 bedrooms (the one I was in contained about seven sleeping spaces, bunkbeds, double bed, single bed! The first night I was there the bedroom only had two people in it, by the last night five of us were sharing one room!) a big piece of land for camper-vans, tents etc and an outdoor bathroom with a tank of hot water for the bunch of us to share! (maximum quantity of people at one time at the bach: 25) 
Hailey had the good sense that the weather may not stay glorious for us and we should probably explore while it was nice, armed with my togs (kiwi word for swimming outfit) and some Dutch courage we marched to the Pareora River - nothing was gunna stop us. not even eels. image

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Oh dear… WARNING: BRIGHT OBJECTS WEAR EYE-PROTECTION TO OBSERVE! seriously though? how pale are we? twilight, eat your heart out!? vampires sparkle? well! we glow!! gingergenes. 

oh the nostalgia!! - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIiblu5kLhw

anyhoo! so there was flying fox action too (cable car type thing - not animal bat like thing) and a HUGE cat called MEATBAALLL! image

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MERRY CHRISTMAS! 
I bounced out of my bed, flew into the living room and drank my tea as we began to exchange prezzies with each other, scrutinising each other’s faces to see if the other person truly likes the gift! we kept some prezzies at home for post Christmas, Christmas. we saved some Christmas fun for Hailey’s dad because he had to work over Christmas. I ate like a princess that day and by princess i mean pig. croissants for breakfast, ham (cannibalism) for Christmas dinner and we went to say our seasons greetings to our new found chubby feline friend.

I called home, I called my Dad and he was so happy to hear my voice, I was so happy that B let me use her phone as I got no reception out in the great wild. called everyone else and then as I got off the phone my homesickness was interrupted by the youngsters at the fire place, asking me where my accent is from and if i’m Polish. I am not! I had a lovely Christmas outdoor shower at night time so I could get some hot water while everyone else was busy! 

I wake up suddenly on Boxing day with a phone call from my Dad, he was trying to figure out where these strange NZ numbers were popping up from, I forgive you! 
More people arrive at the bach and we go to meatbally faces territory, his bum is angry and smells bloody terrible, he clearly didn’t take it easy over Christmas. eww. Haileybubz was keen for some boxing day sale action in town and craigy was keen on a walk to the dam, both equally frightening, shopping wins. as we got further into town, i saw more mullets than i’ve ever seen… 
Hailey then took us to Caroline Bay Carnival which featured hot donuts, rose gardens and semi-safe carnival rides. image

I visited Scotland for a wee second in the picture above. Imagine if that was real life, to scale - save us all. i’d be stephzilla steppin’ on er’body! 
Got back to the bach late afternoon and I let a four year old girl put chalk in my hair, she’s got two older brothers, she was so chuffed to be doing girly things! I got given a pretty flower from one of her brothers (he bet the other boys $5 that i’d accept it…) and the lingo of these youngsters these days “young, dumb and full of…” DO YOU KISS YOUR MOTHER WITH THAT MOUTH!? - we all had a fairly civilised end to the night with us helping hailey with her puzzle book! -

I was taken on a wee adventure to look for eels, we took frozen sausages as bait and we tried to break up the links using a shovel, no luck, i had the bright idea of running the sausages under warm water like i do with ice cubes to loosen them from the tray but naaaw it didn’t work out too well, walking about with cold, gooey sausages. I don’t blame the eels for not taking the bait and I’m not afraid of the dark, i’m afraid of my imagination and the dark “steph, what would you do if the torch just shut off and me and C just disappeared?” “steph, imagine if we saw a feral man in the tree over there?” - the only feral man i wouldn’t mind seeing is Will Ferrell… good one steph! We got back to the bach and had a cuppa tea, biscuits and a chat by the outside fire! bliss! 

The next day we got up and went to see some maori rock drawings and went and had lunch at Pleasant Point, went to see some stuffed animals and tried hokey pokey ice-cream! I got to see a real live wallaby, dead. 
Got to the bach and had some white bait pancakes… the eyes, oh my gee the eyes! :( 

The last night, I went on another adventure with R, and C and they had better bait for the eels, we spent ages hunting them down only to find the frozen sausages from the night before until C spotted an eel, about the length and width of my leg peer out from under the bank, we called her Stephanie, AN EEL NAMED AFTER MEEEE! 
another early flight back to Auckland and the lack of sleep and trekking about with wet socks on has caught up with me, I have a cold. 

Thank you everyone at Timaru, you made this Christmas totally special for me, you made me feel welcome and at home. 



POST CHRISTMAS, CHRISTMAS?!

I like the way hailey does Christmas, she extends it, it’s great! we took a trip out to muriwai to spend the night (i forgot we were spending the night - silly me) and we got to share that special christmassy moment together again, although, it’s hard to think that it’s christmas when i’m outside drinking cider in a spa hot tub… 

Anyhoo, this looks like it’s gotta be a two parter, i’ve got a lot more blabbing to do about my new years adventure, see you in a bit, I hope Christmas was lovely and I hope you’re all doing well! 

PEACE! 

Little New Zealand Update (5 months)

"So save me, love, save me all the time, i’ll wash you down with a simple sip of wine, and toast my glass to all my loved ones, to  let them know that the stars, well they still shine. it took a while for you to find me, but i was hiding in the lime tree…" - Trevor Hall - The Lime Tree - Trevor Hall

It hasn’t been long since my last update but I wanted to squeeze one in before Christmas. The weather has been amazingly beautiful and warm and i’m impressed with myself, i’m remaining fairly untouched by the sun. thanks spf 50, you’re a skin saver. 

With temperatures staying in mid-twenties over the past week i’ve been melting, melting like the little snowman i am. image

well that’s a wee bit morbid and i’m being a drama queen but for the love of god and all things holy will someone please, please, PLEASE get me a parasol. 

i said in my last update that i would have a much more organised update but nahh, not this time. 

you can always rely on the kindness of strangers: well that was me a couple of days ago, got up for work earlier than usual so I could get a tasty treat from a café up the road and as i was waiting for my delicious turkish style chicken sammich to be toasted i overheard a conversation between a woman that worked there and a homeless chick who was wanting to leave her huge suitcase somewhere so she could drop off her dog but the lady was having none of it… steph to the rescue i thought as i jumped out my seat and said “bring it to my shop, sit it there” and she did, but as she left she said “don’t worry there ain’t any drugs in there” WTF? i wasn’t worried at all about that but NOW I AM! i’m thinking all sorts of things now that she’s gone and this suitcase is my responsibility, getting a bad feeling in my stomach as the day goes on and she isn’t back yet. how long does it take to drop off a dog? i’m thinking of all types of scenarios “what if she doesn’t come back for it?” “what if it’s full of dead bodies?” etc, etc… luckily she gave me her mobile number and I called her… the phone was switched off! AWW HELL! someone suggested that i take it to the local homeless shelter and give them her name and number and tell her where it is when i see her next. “my whole life is in that suitcase” she said as we brought it into the store… no pressure. five hours later and i finished my shift, called her mobile and she answered, “aww shit, didn’t realise the time, can i ask you one thing? can you bring it to me?” 
i was like “yeah, sure” man, in for a penny, in for a pound. i hauled the suitcase down the hill for her into the next street and she was so grateful and then the nice feeling that i thought i would get from helping someone happened, finally. i gave her a big cuddle and went on my way. stressful times

life is pretty eventful in the city and people are strange when you’re a stranger… got a little admirer in the last week who is a wee bit younger than me, he’s keen and has been in 3 days this week, he brought his mum in to meet me. yep, his mum. she asked me for my number to give to him and i said no, i had to tell this boys mum that i wasn’t interested in her spawn, that she has raised, how dare i? her response “you tell him then, i’m not gunna break his heart.” luckily i knew she was just messing around with me… i think. 

with all the craziness aside i’m so glad i’m on the other side of the world, i thought i had a solid idea in my head about where i wanted to go in life, you know? university, career, fall in love, marriage, babies… i thought that it was silly that i wasn’t fully inspired by that thought, something in me just doesn’t think that it’s enough… if i’m lucky to lead a long life then there is plenty of time for all of the above but i wanna see what else is out there. the people i’ve met here have opened my mind up and they’ve shown me that the possibilities are endless really and i don’t have to do just one path and there are so many ways to explore… metanoia. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4c_WGTah5hE

Craig, Hailey and I all went to Muriwai to celebrate B’s birthday, had some lovely steak, salad, new potatoes and cheesy mushroom and plenty of booze, some chocolate cake to finish with some jersey caramels on top and chocolate sauce, delish! We’re heading to Timaru for Christmas and I’ll get to meet some more of hailey’s family and I’m excited to see how they do christmas! I’m one lucky lady managing to get a few days off at xmas and new year from retail! Got a 6am plane to catch on xmas eve, i’m a morning person, and i’m quite festive, ya’ll have been warned. “can someone please get this festive bitch off the plane!?” 

There is something highly unusual about summer and christmas being together. i could get used to this if i wasn’t so god damn hot all the time! 


i’m fascinated by the weird insects over here, i’m sure i saw something like this: 

on my window today… beautiful. 

to all my friends and family back home, I miss you and I’m gutted that I’ll be spending this Christmas and New Year without you and I’m sending all my love your way. I promise to bring lovely kiwi souvenirs back with me. I’m having the best of times here and everyone is great, everything is great and i think about you all often. much love, stephanie! 


i miss you all,

PEACE! 

Little New Zealand Update (4 months/19 weeks)

"Living in a city of sleepless people, who all know the limits and won’t go too far outside the lines… ‘cause they’re out of their minds. I wanna get out and build my own home on a street where reality is not much different from dreams I’ve had. A dream is all I have. Daydreaming, daydreaming all the time, daydreaming, daydreaming in to the night and I’m alright." - Paramore - Daydreaming

Jeezo, these weeks and months are just flying by, I knew this would happen! Today as I’m writing this the weather has decided to take a wee break… since the weekend the weather has been stunning, clear skies and temperatures over 20 degrees… I reckon that back home it’ll be struggling to hit double figures. I have been very careful about the amount of sun I expose myself to but I have an overwhelming wave of guilt wash over me if I don’t take full advantage of a sunny day. I blame Scotland for that, sunny days being such a rare thing and all. Still a porcelain princess though…

I’m not really that great at keeping track of all the stuff I’ve been up to over here, so this update is going to be really scrambled…

Since my last update I have…

  • been on a superyacht
  • been to a dress up party (Halloween)
  • make that two dress up parties and you’re bound to get lei’d at a Hawaiian themed party…
  • been awesome at soul calibur on the xbox
  • finished breaking bad (crazy ending huh?)
  • chilled out in Albert park (chilled out… more like freaking cooked!)
  • started watching Workaholics
  • met new people and had instant connections (being in a country where I hardly know a lot of people has really helped me to be more open, the people over here are so welcoming and open too)
  • been to Craig’s surprise 30th
  • enjoyed being blonde.
  • been to a fashion show
  • been told that the Scottish accent is sexy but I am finding myself trying to tone down the thickness of mine because I’m getting fed up of repeating myself
  • been told that the Scottish accent is sexy but I am finding myself trying to tone down the thickness of mine because I’m getting fed up of repeat… (I see what you did there ;) )
  • developed a counterfeit kiwi accent when I’m drunk in order for people to understand me more…
  • seen little lizards that haven’t been mauled by the monster that is Ziggy da cat
  • witnessed the randiest rabbit trying to get off with everything that moves, it is a psychopath and ya’ll should hide yo’ kids, hide yo’ wife ‘cause it’s raping errybody out there
  • been mistaken for being french and Canadian…
  • been to an engagement do

R and B have a new place in Muriwai Beach and it’s just stunning, I adore it. Craig, Hailey and I went for dinner there earlier this month or late last month… I’m not sure… anyhoo it was amazing, we sat outside on the deck and to my left was a tidy wee snow moth, it was just chilling, enjoying the deck too. moths are just gothic butterflies…
First time I laid my eyes on a pavlova was back in 4th year Hospitality class, thought I was the shiznizz at that dessert but let me tell you something, the kiwi’s know a thing or two about pavlovas, had a yummy one at B and R’s place!
So the violent cat that goes by the name Felix has calmed down a lot more and he’s just playful, he likes roaches and crisp packets! Jazz, the dog gets a wee bit overly friendly when I’m around but I ain’t no bitch! (some may disagree!)

Hailey’s bro invited me along to a wee dress up party earlier this month and in an hour I came up with a creepy dolly costume, taking full advantage of my pale complexion and my natural ability of being a total creep. That night is such a haze to me but I was a sociable wee dolly and made numerous friends who’s faces and names escaped my mind the next morning and it’s not everyday you get to hang out with jack and sally, a gnome, spider-man, indian chief and so on… life is but a dream. 

Cosmo is up to her old tricks again but this time with a twist, she loves us so much she brought a bread roll in for us as a prezzie (she knew there was some special birthdays coming up)… the bread roll was infested with  tiny freaking ants… it makes me think (dangerous for the likes of me) about the wee ants living on that bread roll, eventful night all round.

went to my first BBQ over here at Hailey’s friend’s house, it was a chilly night but still such fun and my love for pork just keeps growing… 

This November has been unlike any other Novembers for numerous reasons and the main reason is that November is the birthday month for my family back home, all a couple of days apart… Craig turned 30 this year and he’s just shown me (not being cheeky) that 30 isn’t old. When I was 10 I saw 20 as being a grown up… I’m now 20 and I’m not that much of a grown up and it’s crazy, this illusion of age and maturity. I hope to always feel this way…

Hailey set up an awesome surprise party for Craig and I’m chuffed to have been with him on this side of the planet to witness it. There is a decade between us and as we both get older that gap closes and it’ll not seem like that much of a gap before we know it!

I had a lovely birthday, spent the morning chatting to friends and family from back home in Scotland and at night went to Orbit restaurant in Sky tower and got to see all of auckland while Craig, Hailey, B + R, and mee all ate! My first birthday in the Southern Hemisphere.

Anyways, that’s all for me on this update and I’ll write a much more organised one next time.

I miss you all, PEACE!

Little New Zealand Update (3 Months/13 weeks)

"I won’t let love disrupt, corrupt or interrupt me. Yeah, I won’t let love disrupt, corrupt, or interrupt me anymore." - Jack White - Love Interruption - Blunderbuss

Oh my, where do I start? - with the weather! The temperature is quickly increasing and so is my use of sun cream. I don’t mind being a little milk bottle but I mind being a wee strawberry milkshake. It’s awfa windy in Auckland, I’m constantly windswept and mildly interesting.
During the day the sun is out and then at night the skies just burst into tears and in the morning everything looks so fresh and lush.

I’ve been suffering broken sleeps due to Cosmo’s midnight antics, I’m not sure what she is going through at the moment on a mental level but she appears to be making a wee nest in the house. She keeps bringing in dead leaf shoots and announces at the top of her lungs that she’s brought in an extra prezzie… I mean, I’m not that upset about it, I prefer dead leaf shoots over wetas and earth worms ANY DAY!

This month I took a wee trip to Mount Maunganui to visit a fellow Scot and her Irish flatmate. It is such a gorgeous place and I got to see it on a really crummy day (grey skies etc) and I was still blown away. I can’t wait to go back in a couple of months. Hopefully I’ll try out the hot pools and a wee walk round the mount sounds good to me! The journey there and back was 4 hours each way… in a bus with no toilet… NIGHTMARE. Luckily we stopped halfway for refreshments and whatnot. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so much in 3 days. I think I put the petite in appetite…

My Scottish friend has a black cat called Cat and he has an extended fang and it reminded me of my black cat called Tiki (coincidentally Tiki is in Māori mythology where Tiki is the first man) he also has an extended fang… maybe it is a black cat thing?

My first shift back at work after my trip a customer was like “Aww cool accent! Where in Ireland you from?” and I was just like “Sorry, I’m Scottish but the Irish get confused for Canadian, So if they sound Irish they are probably Scottish and if they sound Canadian they are probably Irish” - best advice I’ve ever given. Also, why do I apologise for their mistake? I’m sorry that I’m rubbish at my own accent? I’m sorry I fooled you with my accent? hahaha!

As I was leaving for work Hailey shrieked because a man was pissing outside our window in the garden across the road. I don’t know what else to say about that? Just gads!

Last night I went to see Beyonce’s Mrs Carter World Tour at Vector Arena in Auckland and it was amazing. The company was great and the show was even better! It was unforgettable! I think I’m becoming boring in my old age as I was defeated by 11pm and almost couldn’t do the whole drinks at a bar afterwards and that isn’t the only time I’ve been a wash out this month, I was invited to a club in Mount Maunganui but my wisdom teeth were coming through and a pain killer and a cup of tea sounded like a better idea!

Months Going Strong Now

I can’t believe how quickly these 3 months have went by and it has been amazing. I know New Zealand has so much more to show me in the next 9 months and I can’t wait to see what else it has in store! Craig and I have our birthday’s next month and then more birthdays, and Christmas and New Year - so yeah, next 3 months!

I love this long term holiday concept with in it all and for the past 2 months I’ve been working part-time and I’ve had the majority of the week to myself, I’ve used it wisely. Playing xbox, watching Breaking Bad (on season 5, it’s getting intense!), reading books, taking walks, etc.

That’s it from me, I miss you all!

PEACE!

Little New Zealand Update (Week 11)

"Well you impress me so completely, I start obsessing to hear from you. Whatever you do, you do sweetly. It takes a lot not to take from you." - The Raconteurs - These Stones Will Shout - Consolers of The Lonely.


Starting off these updates with a description of the local weather seems like a great way to begin. Well there has been thunder, lightning and strong winds. Single paned windows don’t keep much of the noise out so everything is amplified. the weather can just change from  one minute to the next and I quite like saying to the customers - “aww if I knew the weather was gunna be like this I woulda stayed in Scotland!” and they look at me with blank stares and I often laugh loud enough for the two of us.

A customer came in today and noticed the bar layout and said “Do you get tourists asking for some alcoholic beverages?” and I opened my mouth and words came out and his face flushed red because I’m a tourist…

I love the rain here, usually when it falls it rains cats and dogs. Almost like it washes the city from it’s puke soaked streets on a nasty weekend. Speaking of cleaning the city, I’m a wee bit sick of the amount of sick I see. Folk must just fit it into their nightout routine… “aww I’ll get too drunk and chunder outside that nice menswear shop on High Street”. I’ve been lucky because usually the guys I work with deal with it but today it was horrendous but I braved it and mopped the entrance to the store. I feel dirty.

In about two weeks time it’ll be the 3 month mark. I’m so happy with this place, I’ve been speechless so many times with the beauty I witness here. It could be the stunning sunsets, sparkling skylines, vast waters, lovely people and the weird animals.

Last night I went to Lake Pupuke (took me forever to remember how to say it Poo-Poo-Kay/Key). It is a lake formed by a past volcanic explosion, the crater is underneath the water. I saw a black swan in the lake with a beautiful red bill. They are quite stunning. There was also a mummy and daddy goose and they had 2 little Ryan Goslings. Turns out I’m a wee bit terrified of geese, ducks and swans. you are pretty from far away but you make have kittens when you fly at me with no warning!


Mum and Denise, do not worry about the dietary change, I am not strict enough with myself to give up certain foods, - I’m just sticking with everything in moderation. I like your view on it D - 80% good, 20% bad.

I’m reminded of Foo (my ex diabetic cat) from back home by Cosmo and Ziggy, they both drool when purring. It is horrific, I don’t know if I can put up with it, Foo is like my child and his snots and slevers do not repulse me but the other cats…

Not long till Beyonce Mrs Carter show at the Vector Arena on 16th October, buzzing!

Oh I’ve went a wee bit blonde, physically and mentally (like the peroxide is like frying my brain cells). Going for a pastel look for summer. How weird… It is almost October… and it is spring, the clocks go forward tonight for daylight savings. My mind is so ruined by it.

I miss you all.

PEACE.

Little New Zealand Update (Week 8)

"It’s my life and I’m not sitting on the side lines watching it pass me by. I gotta make my mark, I gotta run it hard. I want you to remember me. I’m leaving my fingerprints, I’m leaving my fingerprints, I’m leaving my fingerprints on you." - Katy Perry - Fingerprints - One of The Boys.

Damn, New Zealand has a lot of weather. It has been raining cats and dogs recently with the odd thunder storm but this week is to be lovely. Next week is to be a stinker though, I’m glad I found that brolly at work!

I can’t believe it’ll be hitting the two month mark in less than two weeks time, weeks are zooming past each time I blink my eyes and it’s all wonderful.

I’ve been working in the city for just over a month now and I take the bus in to town about 3 times a week and I often just sit there listening to my music, taking in the sites and then I started noticing weird street names “Gore Street” and “Lovelock Lane” and people sure like to mess with the “Lovelock Lane” street name by putting white tape on the upper part of the second L to make it look like “Lovecock Lane” and I laugh every time. Yup, still nineteen. 

Been enjoying having Craig cook dinners, we’re a white sugar, processed flour, pasteurised dairy and processed salt - free house. I’ve almost went a whole 2 months without eating a single slice of bread or cake, how about that. Be warned Mum and Denise, I will be attempting to make these diet changes take place in our kitchen when I get back!

Even with an in-house chef we still go out to the Food Court on Ponsonby Road for something to eat about once a week, Hailey and Craig are a fan of the Vietnamese Kiosk where as I’ve been munching my food staring out the kids eating pizzas, I often mouth threats across the room at their little chubby cheese covered faces and I contemplate stealing a slice from them on my way out.

Still on the subject of food, recently Hailey’s friend T has had us over for a “potluck dinner party”. It’s a great idea, there is such a mix of food there and the company is great. His 2 year old daughter, M, reminds me of little Haleigh from back home, she’s turning 2 tomorrow! Can’t believe it.

Been to the cinema to see Pacific Rim, went to a lovely restaurant on Elliott Street (Elliott Stables), walk on Mission Bay, Chocolate Boutique, Auckland Museum and Michael Joseph Savage Memorial.

Through working in the city and doing the shifts at The Fairy Shop I’ve met some awesome people, I often work with S who introduces me to all his friends who are all a bit crazy but in the nicest way. I went a night out with G and her friends on Saturday night, was a bit crazy and a lot different to what I’m used to back in Kilmarnock! I rolled over my ankle about a week ago and it still hasn’t healed and all the chicks and dudes who stood on my foot on the dance floor that night has added to the rainbow on my foot.

Working in the city I see some weird and wonderful things!

  1. guy riding by the shop on a uni-cycle
  2. sassy men doing cat walks up and down the store
  3. men who are still drunk from the night before stripping down on the shop floor to try clothes on (quite a show)
  4. being asked out for dinner and when I replied “no” was offered $5… only $5 pfft, that’s like £2.50 ya chump.

My accent for the most part has been a big hit, grabbing the attention of customers, sales people and randoms on the street. I’m not gunna lie, I love the attention but yesterday I was asked “are you from South Africa?” - you for real? haha

The cats are still up to their strange business but Cosmo is the weird one these days, she brings in precooked sausages and slices of bread. It’s not that I’m disgusted by her, I’m amazed and would like to know where she gets the food and how the hell she manages to bring it through her cat flap.

As I’m only part time in my job in the city, I have a lot of me time. I usually sit watching breaking bad (I’m far too addicted to it), play Xbox or watch some films, so far I’ve watched “Network”, “Once Were Warriors” “Boy” and “The Perks of Being a Wall Flower” all amazing films. 

I’m really enjoying Rugby at the moment, I don’t know much about it but I find myself shouting against and for, to each team.

I’m off to see Beyonce Mrs. Carter tour next month with Hailey and her friends, quite excited.

I’m glad I got SnapChat (Regdor93) I love waking up to pictures from back home every morning. I miss my family and friends so much and I think about you all everyday. I see your faces in the crowds and I see you all in my dreams.

Anyhoo…

That’s all from me tonight!

PEACE.