inward and outward journeys

Category Archives: oceania

Top of the South

New-Zealand-aerial - Sandra the TravellerTop of the South Tour was our second trip to New Zealand, back in 2009.

It was that spring/almost- summer time of October that we headed out for our second South Island trip. 9 days of almost all glorious weather. We managed to stay ahead of the fickle weather, until the storm hit in the last couple of days.

Unlike our last trip, we drove through the top of the South Island, Hanmer Springs being our first stop. We visited towns like Murchison, St Arnaud, and Nelson before headed for nature in the Abel Tasman National Park. Kaikoura was our last stop before heading back to Christchurch.

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Kayaking and Hiking in Abel Tasman National Park (New Zealand)

We love New Zealand. We even considered immigrating there. It’s beautiful country. And we love the South Island, perhaps for its stark contrast to Singapore and urban living. At the northern tip of South Island is one of the country’s most popular national parks – Abel Tasman. It’s known for its pretty mild weather which… Continue Reading

We Love Sunsets

We love sunsets, don’t we? Is it the romance part of it? The gratitude that we had another amazing day? The breathtaking colors and transformation that remind us there is something bigger than us? That we are part of this thing bigger than us? I love sunrises, but I’m usually not awake, at least not… Continue Reading

Where to go? Spa, Culture, Eco or Volunteer?

There are over 200 sovereign states. Wikipedia said so. (What’s the deal with this number anyway?) 200?! And if you are like me, too much choice is sometimes too much.  At last count, I’ve been to some 35 countries + the Vatican + Bermuda. So I’ve knocked a fair number off the map, so to speak.… Continue Reading


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