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The Hobbiton - A beautiful journey for the fans of the Lords of the Rings and the Hobbits

 Hi everyone... 

It's been quite sometimes I haven't been updated! Well, life has been super fun and busy, and I haven't manage to sneak some times to write some of those adventures here in my blog. 

But, now, here I come, with some photos and stories about the Hobbiton.

welcome to the Hobbiton

Before I start sharing more, have you ever heard of this wonderful place before? or perhaps familiar with the movies?

For those who claim themselves fans of Sir Peter Jackson's works, - the Lords of the Rings and the Hobbits,- 
 like me, then you must be familiar with J.R.R. Tolkien's books as well as the movies.

Living in Aotearoa for a mere 2 years, #thefrakarsas are lucky enough to take some road trips around Aotearoa, New Zealand, For sure, 2 years is far than enough to explore this wonderful country.

So, our trip to The Hobbiton took place in 2022, during fall, just before winter. We went to Rotorua and had so much fun there. We stayed in Rotorua, enjoying the Skyline and luge as well as warm bath there, then head to the Hobbiton.

We drove to Mata mata, the name of the area where the Hobbiton is located. Before coming here, I have already booked the tickets for the 4 of us. So they have different time for the tour, where one tour will take around 1.5 hours. The tour started from the Shire Rest. Our slot started in 1 PM local time.

For sure, you are highly recommended to book the tickets in advance as this place is extremely popular all year long. The chances to just walk in and get the ticket is quite slim, so you better book it through their official website. It costs us around NZD 675 (including the tax) or Rp 6.500.000,- for the 4 of us.  I know it's quite expensive but it's really worth it..

I have to say we are very excited to be here!

We were there before the time and waited patiently until our group was called. We took the bus to go to the movie set and while riding the bus, there was a video about a short introduction on the place as well as the welcoming words from Sir Peter Jackson himself.  The more we heard the background story about his work, the more excited we all became to see the Hobbiton. 

Once we arrived at the exact movie set, we started the tour to see this movie set closer. Our tour guide was very patience in explaining many interesting details dan statistics regarding the place as well as the movie. Coming from Indonesia (who live in Welington LOL), we joined many tourists from different countries as well. 

We saw the unique hobbit house, with all different colors. We also saw tiny clothes, ceramics, household items and more on this place.

So we managed to walk for about 1 hour to see the whole 'village' of the Hobbitton, including Bilbo Baggin's house (you can see here with the green door), the bar, the river banks and more. It's super cute to see the mini, tiny houses with colorful doors and cute details.

Before I share more details, please check out these photos from the Hobbiton.
Fore sure, we took this opportunity to take endless photos whenever we have the chance. It's so peaceful to be here and by the time we visited it, the weather was just perfect!

So, that's out little story in the Hobbiton, Mata Mata, New Zealand. 
Do you find it interesting? Do you like it and do you want to visit this place as well?

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do and I have to say I don't mind coming back here again and have more adventures in Aotearoa, the Land of Long and White Clouds.

Have you watched Cinderella?

Have you watched Cinderella?
Yes, the happily ever after telltale that seems to bewitch us since childhod, at least in my case :). Beautiful dresses, grand ball,  sad tears, prince charming and happily ever after ending...

Despite the classic version in cartoons and some more 'loose' interpretation that have been produced before (remember Ever After starred by Drew Barrymore?), Cinderella has her charms for girls of all ages, including me. And I am a biiiig fan of Disney as well :)

So we decided to watch it together with Bo et Obi :).  
Last weekend, I have an additional meeting on Sunday morning (yes, Sunday morning, lucky me :) ) and I promised to spend some times with Bo et Obi as well. Then since my meeting was not too long, we planned to join some friends and watched Cinderella in one of the movie theaters near my office. 

After a lovely lunch with friends, we hurried to the theater and got on the line. But before that, we managed to take pictures as well :) Obi brought her Cinderella doll and voilaaa...Cinderella was watching Cinderella as well :).. 

Story's the same old plot. 
Beautiful life with mom and dad shattered as mom passed away and dad remarried with two step sisters coming along. As dad was lost on the sea, Ella started her new life with the horrible step mom and step sisters. But again, Ella, who got her nickname Cinderella after sleeping by the hearth and had cinder on her face, always remembered her lovely mom's be kind and have courage. know the rest, right... 
Bad treatments in the house, mice became best friends, met the Prince coincidently, and there were the Ball...Here stepped in the Fairy Godmother, the midnight curfew, the hunt for the owner of the glass shoes and the happily-ever after wedding :).

No surprises, I guess...

But I guess it is still enjoyable. Looking at cute Lily James walked dreamily to the Palace, or hearing the evil laugh of Cate Blanchet playing a horrendous step mother and blushing over the cute conversation between the Prince and  Cinderella.

One funny remarks made by Obi was when Cinderella, for a hundreth times, cried. 
And Obi just loudly said "agaiiiin"...and we just cracked hearing her saying that :). Looks like Obi doesn't fall for a weak, teary girl.

So, don't miss it..
It wil be an enjoyable move for sure...and your daughters will certainly enjoy it. Many good messages are reflected in this movie :).

The costume department is awesome as well. 
Terutama kostum untuk sang ibu tiri dan dua saudara perempuan tiri Cinderella yang keren abis walaupun agak sedikit 'heboh' (baca : norak-norak bergembira) untuk Anastasia dn Drizella. Cate Blanchet was brilliant...dan bajunya itu lhoo, kereeen semuaaa hahahaha #salahfokus :)

Kostum sang pangeran yang diperankan oleh Richard Madden, si ganteng Rob Stark dari serial TV The Game of Thrones, juga keren bangeet, terutama yang royal blue. I love it!.

Jadi jangan ketinggalan yaaaa :)..
Have you watched Cinderella?