Showing posts with label WW. Show all posts
Showing posts with label WW. Show all posts

WW: Cooking during Ramadhan

 Ramadhan is soon coming to the end.


This special month has taught us many things, including how to share with others, how to control our emotion and how to redeem ourselves in front of our Creator. Special month indeed require special treatment and one of the beauty of Ramadhan is that we spend extra time with our beloved family, friends and communities.



I do spend more time at home and after all the prayers we have to do, I cook a lot.
I really enjoy it and for me, cooking is certainly one of my cup of teas. I don't really cooking something fancy but the fact that you are creating something special for your beloved ones is really a luxury already. At least for me and my family.


So during our first Ramadhan in New Zealand, I managed to prepare some meals for shaum or our breakfast before dawn, and ifthar, or breaking the fasting. I cooked some entrée as well as the main courses of the day. at later stage, I cooked some cookies too, like kaastengels, nastar and more. Some cooking are successful, some are not LOL, particularly the new areas of bread that I have been exploring lately. 

here come nastar..


I guess I have shared some recipes before and this year, I have to admit I got so absorbed with the work at the office that I haven't shared any recipes. My bad! I hope I will be able to sit down and share more. What I manages to get is some photos of the food I cooked so far and here they are.










lasagna for Ifthar











This is really a special time and I am so grateful for being able to experience all this here in Wellington, New Zealand, with the Frakarsas, my beloved. 

See you on the next stories and meanwhile, stay safe, happy and healthy, wherever you are!

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WW: The Endless Charm of Napier, the Art Deco Capital of New Zealand


Napier, the Art Deco Capital of New Zealand

Come join me and enjoy the endless charm of Napier, the Art Deco Capital of New Zealand, or probably even the world!

I was lucky enough to go back to Napier area in Hawke's Bay for the second time this year. History said after the earthquake in 1931, the City of Napier got the chance to rebuild their city anew. The art deco theme is their choice and seems like it's the best decision taken. Look at this vibrant city now!

Napier, the Art Deco Capital of New Zealand
Napier, the Art Deco Capital of New Zealand


We had series of meetings and events in Napier and we spent 3 days, 2 nights in the area. We drove from Wellington to Napier, taking around 5-hour drive with some short breaks in between.      

We stay at the Nautilus hotel this time, just beside Restaurant Indonesia, our favorite restaurant in Napier. I have shared about our dinner here before.  

READ: Restaurant Indonesia, Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

We met the Mayor and some of the councillors of the city of Napier. We also met with Indonesian migrant workers here in the aria and KAMIBAY, the Indonesian association for Hawke's Bay region. 

As the meetings are well scheduled, I had the time to actually stroll around the area for some times and here are some photos I took. I mainly strolled in the area in front of the Nautilus Hotel or the Marine Parade as well as the city center.  Come and join me..


Napier, the Art Deco Capital of New Zealand

Napier, the Art Deco Capital of New Zealand
love this building!

Napier, the Art Deco Capital of New Zealand
one of my favorite corners in Napier




So, what do you think? Such a lovely city, right? For sure, Napier has a lot to offer and I will definitely share more stories about my trip here, including the one to the Vintage and Antique stores. Will be right back!

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WW: Cape Palliser Lighthouse at a Glimpse


More outdoor session here in Wellington and the last time we had beautiful days during the weekend, we went to Cape Palliser in Wairarapa Region.

It was around 2 hours drive and we certainly enjoyed the fantastic weather in balmy  summer and lovely landscape along the way. Before that, we stopped by at Putangirua to see the famous pinnacles that had been used as the movie set for the Lord of the Rings - Return of the King. 









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WW: Putangirua Pinnacles Reserve, Wairarapa

Here comes another trip to one of the movie sets of my favorite movies of all times, the Lord of the Rings

After Rivendell in Kaitoke Regional Park, the set for the house of the elves in LoTR was built for the movie, now we are looking at the place where one of the segments of  the final trilogy, Return of the King, were made.

Putangirua Pinnacles Scenic Reserve, Wairarapa
Welcome to  Putangirua Pinnacles Reserve, Wairarapa

Welcome to the Putangirua Pinnacles Reserves, or ‘the Path of the Death’ as the they call it. I have to admit that the name is rather terrifying but it matches with the journey taken by the Army of the Death from Moldor. Oh, you really need to see the movie again and admire those amazing details. 

The pinnacles are indeed unique. It looks like rock towers carved distinctly, nothing similar to one another. Surrounded by loose rocks and gravels in dominant grey, this place can look so eery. I guess that is why it had been chosen as the location for the path of the death. 


the pinnacles


Let’s see how it looks like and I will tell you more about this place.

Putangirua Pinnacles Scenic Reserve, Wairarapa
really matches what I have in mind about Moldor

We choose the stream way to reach this spot instead of climbing up for the lookout. From Google Maps, I can see that the aerial photos taken from the lookout is amazing. But we were planning to visit the Cape Palliser Lighthouse right after this place so we saved our energy. 

Putangirua Pinnacles Scenic Reserve, Wairarapa
happy me..

Taking the stream way, it was a beautiful, sandy path with streams and river along the way. Rows of pampass grass, the tall graceful grass you will definitely love to take as the background of your photos, as well as other indigenous flowers along the path make the hike enjoyable. 

Putangirua Pinnacles Scenic Reserve, Wairarapa
such an amazing area... many beautiful photo spots too

By the time we reached the area, we took photos together and admired this unique, natural landscape. For sure, we made another memorable print there. Hope we can have more coming in the future.





Putangirua Pinnacles Scenic Reserve, Wairarapa
the map of the area..

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WW: Blooming Flowers in Wellington and the surrounding areas



I have been trying to jog, stroll and trek around the walk path that we have near our house, office, as well as the surrounding areas.

Along the way, I usually stop by to take pictures of the blooming flowers. I don't always know their names but since they are beautiful, I just snap them with with my phone.

Beautiful, purple Agapanthus

One of the most commonly seen here in Wellington is Agapanthus, the charming purple that apparently is considered as weed. The fact that you can practically see this purple Agapanthus everywhere, standing tall and graceful against the crazy wind in Wellington, makes you think that this is like a native flower around here. I have seen some hydrangea and roses too. I am pretty sure there are some blue (or purple) bells flowers as well. The rest I am not pretty sure about the names though.


I don't know the name of this one. some types of Hydrangea?


Well, if you notice the name of some of these flowers, please let me know on your comment ya. I am thrilled to learn more about these beautiful flowers.

can somebody tell me the name for this?


Cheers and love from Wellington and the surroundings.

pinky roses for sure.

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WW: Strolling Around New Regent Street, Christchurch, New Zealand

Strolling Around New Regent Street, Christchurch, New Zealand


Hi everyone.

I hope everyone is safe, happy and healthy wherever you are. I know Omicron is rampantly lingering and even in Indonesia, my home country, some of my family members are contracted by it and have to stay in isolation. Again, please remain vigilant and make sure to observe the health protocol.

Anyway, I would like to share some  short stories and photos from my last adventures in Christchurch. Being the second most populated city in New Zealand after Auckland, Christchurch has a lot to offer. After taking tram city tour in Christchurch and incredible culinary experience in Riverside market Christchurch, let's join me on the other side of the city.


Welcome to New Regent Street

This time, I will take you all strolling around New Regent Street, Christchurch, New Zealand. 

Being the central part of the city, New Regent precinct offers many unique shops, boutiques and cafes that become major attractions for tourists and visitors.  I strolled around and checked cute shops and eateries, including book shops, record store, opticians, souvenir and local artists. I know why this pedestrian mall is becoming people's favorite. Moreover, the pastel - dominated Spanish architectures dotting the area makes the street becomes highly "Instagramable.'


Meet my newly acquainted friend :)

the lovely ceramics dotting the shops along New Regent St.

One of the cafes that I stopped by in this area is Belle, cafe and micro roastery

I really love its interior design, lovely services they offer, and the scones. I tried their flat white, cheese scones and the ice cream.  As it was raining cats and dogs during our visit, we stayed inside then got to the terrace to get fresh air. While sipping my coffee and munching my scones, I saw the legendary tram passing through. Well, here are some photos I took from the cafe.


Upside down paintings on the roof

Love all the colors!

cute faces sitting on the coffee machine

Fancy the painting?

My take - away cup..

So, will you explore this lovely precinct? 
I bet you will enjoy strolling around and shop some of  the locally made items or grabbing your favorite food and beverages.

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