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One Fine Day at Scorching Bay Beach, Wellington

Scorching Bay Beach, Wellington
one fine day at Scorching Bay Beach, Wellington



As we welcomed the new year of 2022, we had some days off in the beginning of January. Noting that in New Zealand summer is on, we took this opportunity to check out the surrounding beaches that we have in the area. One of them is Scorching Bay Beach.

By the time we arrived here, there was a lovely sand castle depicting the words "Happy New Year New Zealand - 02012022". Many of us were posing and taking pictures here for sure.


Scorching Bay Beach, Wellington

Scorching Bay is located along the Great Harbour Road near Karaka Bay. It is indeed one of the favorite spots of the Wellingtonians besides Oriental Bay, which is located closer to the water front in city center. 


more sand castle at Scorching Bay Beach, Wellington

This white sandy beach has lovely spot for swimming and relatively flat so it's safe for the kids within the designated perimeter. It has showers and changing rooms as well as playground for the kids with some climbing post and more. The good thing is, this beach has many parking spots, which can be full as well during wonderful days.


Scorching Bay Beach, Wellington
The playground at Scorching Bay Beach, Wellington

We went here with some friends and we had a picnic, while the kids (and I) played in the water as well. I didn't really call it swimming as we just played in the water. The water was so cold and I was just there for  15 minutes although the kids continued playing around.


We had fish and chips as well burgers and more for our picnic. It was delicious and practical as well as we bought it along the way. Drinks and fruits were also available so it was very fresh for all of us.

the public toilets and changing rooms

It took us around 20 minutes to reach this spot and find the parking space. Since many of the visitors had been there since early afternoon or even the morning, by the time we arrived we had the parking spot already. What a relief!

Not far from the beach, we have some scenic spot as well. We went there a week before but it was still too cold too swim at that time. We only strolled a bit and took photos there.


Cheers from the Frakarsas

So, what do you think? Will you join us on the beach as well? Come on in then.

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Welcome to Wellington, NZ
Welcome to Wellington, NZ


January is going strong and we are indeed enjoying it!

Our first month in Wellington has surpassed and now we are welcoming the new year with so many work plans at the office as well as list of places to explore. We are super excited and hope the itineraries will be realized. New Zealand surely has so many incredible landscape to explore and we are overwhelmed with the list that we are preparing ourselves.

This week I visited Palmerston North as well, a 2-hour drive city famous for universities and educational institutions. We had a break at lovely Orlando Country 

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WW: Seroja Cafe and Indonesian Restaurant in Wellington

Missing food from home is no longer a problem for me and The Frakarsas. 

We have Seroja Cafe and Indonesian Restaurant in Wellington !




Located at the posh corner of the city of Wellington, the Waterfront area, Seroja Cafe is indeed a lovely place to enjoy Indonesian signature dishes, like rendang, bebek and ayam kremes, nasi goreng, batagor, tempe mendoan, ikan bakar or grilled fish and more.

Here are some food we managed to try while visiting this lovely place.






ayam kremes

Special ice tea!


The cafe is located at Clyde Quay Wharf Accessway East, Te Aro, Wellington 6011 and you can definitely check more info and delicious menu at www.serojacafe.nz

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2022 FROM WELLINGTON

 HAPPY NEW YEAR 2022 FROM WELLINGTON!

Hope everyone has a wonderful start of the new year!


We are witnessing the changes of the new dawn in 2022 from Wellington, New Zealand. 

Happy happy new year, everyone


It was a bit quiet here in Wellington City, as the new variant of Omicron has once again put the restrictions back. So no big gathering, no fireworks, nothing in the city for welcoming 2022. We only saw Ibiza Party Bus was passing our hotel before midnight. Well, that didn't dampen our spirit to welcome the new year in this new city we reside.

Party on the bus...


Yet we had a blast as we moved to the new house at the last day of 2021. We brought all our luggages from Quest on the Terrace, which has been a temporary apartment for us in the course of one month, to our homey little home in Cathie Place, Karori. The house has been equipped with white wares (stoves, oven, hood and dishwasher) and we have brought the lazy boys (two, big reclining seats), 3-seat sofa, 3 sets of beds and some bits and pieces we acquire along the way.

Welcome to Karori, Wellington, New Zealand

We were super excited indeed, noting that the house has been prepared with items we will need for at least the next couple of weeks after the new year break passes. Many things have been suspended for this summer (yup, it's summer down here in NZ) break, including shipments of many of our stuff bought in Wellington as well as in Jakarta. But at least we can cozily live in a house with no fridge and TV for 2 weeks, right. 

Welcome to Karori, Wellington, New Zealand
The Frakarsas at Karori House

So, on the last day of the year, we dragged all our belongings brought from Jakarta to Karori, Wellington. This little house on top of the hill will be our home for the next 1-2 years. Well, we are assigned here for 4 years but let's see how things are unfolding in the future. 

cheers...

On the New Year's eve, we went to our friend's house for BBQ and countdown session with the kids. It was fun and lots of food for sure, as we chatted till midnight and started the count down with non-alcoholic sparkling grape juice. We cheered for better, kinder, safer, and happier 2022.

Just like what I have shared in my IG account, the year 2021 has certainly taught us a lot.

Patience, perseverance, discipline and compassion, are among the principled values we hold dear as we continued our fight against the pandemics. Tears, disappointment, anger, pain and misery might choose to accompany us at certain point of time. Loosing seems to part of the game too.

But we all choose not to give up. We choose to get up and continue the fight. We never give up and keep our hopes high in the air. We keep the faith and move forward.

Allah SWT sungguh maha baik kepadaku dan keluargaku. Sejatinya kepada kita semua.

Tak terhitung begitu banyak nikmat, perlindungan dan cinta-Nya yang tercurah kepada #thefrakarsas dan keluarga besarku di manapun berada. Di antara serangan COVID - 19 yang alhamdulillah kami alami 2 kali, jatuh bangun keluarga di tengah pandemi, dan roller coaster kehidupan, Sang Maha Pemilik Kehidupan memberikan akhir tahun yang manis dan penuh kejutan.

Along the way, ada banyak cinta, rezeki, teman baru, kehangatan, tawa lepas, tim kerja yang hebat, pekerjaan yang selesai, rewards dan apresiasi, pemandangan indah, tempat baru yang dijelajahi, momen spesial serta global family and networks that I really love and cherish! Oh I am so swelled with happiness. Merci ya Rabb..

May the world be a safer, better, happier and more blessed place for all of us.

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim .. selamat datang 2022 

Then on the first days of 2022, we have been enjoying the house and heading to the beach.

Yes, Scorching beach.. here we come!

Happy New Year from Wellington

Since summer is really on, before long the beach is packed with Wellingtonians who craved for some sunshine and tanning session. I will share more details on our lovely time at Scorching Bay Beach on the next post.

Again, Happy 2022 and may the new year bring all happiness, joy, excitement, success and health to all of us


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The holiday is coming and what a festivity!

I don’t celebrate Christmas but surely happy to enjoy the vibe. Many offices in Wellington are already closed and many will be open on January 10. Quite a break we have here!

My office is still actively open and running some last-minutes errands as our beloved Ambassador, Ambassador Tantowi Yahya and his family, who has been assigned here for about 5 years, will soon be leaving. So sad as he’s such an excellent figure with many brilliant ideas and activities that have strengthen the ties and friendship between Indonesia and New Zealand. Well, but life must go on. So, till the very last days, we still have farewell meetings and calls. Some of them are packed with Indonesian food! 

Later, we will enjoy extra holiday and days off on 27-28 December and we just can’t wait. For now, we are enjoying the sales LOL. I know we should wait for the Boxing Day for further reduction but hey, so many tempting sales around.

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