Monday, 5 October 2015

Weekend project

I have been wanting to do one of these colour by the numbers for ages. Just one. I know all these colouring in books for adults are all the rage right now, and I see so many different ones in bookshops and art shops - the secret garden, the patterns, etc. - but I wonder if anyone ever finishes a volume from start to finish. The colouring by the number is tiny, so my neck is definitely feeling the strain at the moment. It's not as easy as it looks, and while you are focusing on not messing it up on that tiny corner, you sometimes forget to see the big picture of what it is you're painting. Is that grey a bit of the fur, the rocks, or the river? Then at the end of a session you sit back and see how much progress you had made - and allow a sigh of contentment. It's not yet finished, but soon! Then it will be admired before going onto another project. 

Friday, 2 October 2015

Where are you a local?

Every time someone asks me, 'Where are you from?' I pause slightly. What answer is this person expecting? Why is this person asking me this question? 

If the person had asked me, 'Where are you a local?' what would I answer?

Auckland, Bordeaux, Christchurch, Melbourne, Seoul, Paris, La Rochelle... Such a long list! These are all places I'd called home in the past. London, though I'd lived there for four months, doesn't count, because I didn't quite leave a piece of my heart behind in that city. Perhaps Tauranga will become another of my localities. Maybe Melbourne will cease to be one, with time. 

Taiye Selasi talks about Rituals, Relationships and Restrictions to define whether one is a local. 

In every city I've always tried to choose a local hangout to make me feel at home, to gain a sense of belonging. Relationship wise, my weeklies are Auckland, Bordeaux, Christchurch. ABC. I hold one New Zealand passport, which makes travelling to Auckland, Christchurch and Melbourne quite easy, but puts Restrictions on long term plans on all the other cities. Not that that stops me visiting again and again.  

But as you evolve, so does your experience with your localities. Every time I go to one of my homes, they have changed so much they almost become foreign to me. But then again, some things never change. 

Where am I a local? I was born in Seoul, raised in Christchurch, studied in Auckland and Paris, and worked in Auckland, Melbourne and Bordeaux. My French hometown will always be La Rochelle - Angoulins Sur Mer, to be exact. Most recently I've returned to New Zealand, and split my time (unevenly) between Auckland, Christchurch and Tauranga. 

Where am I a local? In all these, perhaps too many, places. 

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Happier living

I am more and more in love with my tiny room. Over the weekend I made a small pleasure purchase and now my room smells of the sea. Cannot wait for it to get warmer so I can make splashes in the local beach! Meanwhile I'm curling up in my room as much as I can, devouring as many books, podcasts, and other personal projects, as possible. 
Not eating out all the time is hard for a girl whose hobby is to try out as many cafes and restaurants as she can in her city. Limiting down to one or two eating outs a week takes much self control! Planning and budgeting for meals are fun, too, though. This week I'm going through a lamb phase. I've never bought meat before, so it's a cool experiment. It's exciting to watch my eating out expenses going down as the grocery expenses go up. At the end of my first month, I'm saving about $40 a week. Hopefully as I get better at cooking, I'll be saving more. One recipe at a time!

Monday, 28 September 2015

Spring is here

The warm weather is definitely beginning to show its face and I can't wait for more colour in our lives. Over the weekend I actually got to wear a dress with bare legs for the first time and it felt wonderful to have some sun exposure to the skin. With the new season I am experimenting new diets. Less dairy products, which seem to battle non stop with my digestive system, and more home cooking, making use of my new recipes book. It's equal amounts healthier eating/living and saving. Setting clear goals keep sticking to the plan easier, but much support will be needed for sure. Things are looking up with the increasing sunlight in our days :)

Friday, 18 September 2015

Drooling over chips


One of those day moments:

  • Soap over toothbrush instead of paste
  • Drooling while eating chips
  • Tripping over ghost obstacles
  • Reaching out for non existent cups
  • Searching for your [replace with any object here] that are just in front of you
  • Doing nothing and suddenly it's 2am already - what? 
Thank goodness it's Friday!

Tuesday, 15 September 2015


Walking into a packed food court after a ...meeting? wedding? In the top left part of the H-shaped room, five pots of crayfish of various sizes are on display. From left to right, the largest to the smallest. Aren't the smallest normally on the left with the biggest on the right? Not here. The meatiest of them all, "Child sized crayfish," next to "Monkey sized crayfish." They tower over me, sitting in their hot bath pots, baring it all on the other side of the glass. Hmm.. Which should I go for? How hungry am I?

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Lunch place: PappaRich

Metro Centre is changing! Upon hearing that a new restaurant had recently opened in Metro Centre, I took my family to PappaRich for lunch.
Luckily, we hardly had to line up to get seated at this Malaysian place. The interior was modern and brightly lit, with the buzz of people coming and going from their lunch in town. There is an inside area where the light shines off the white walls, and an 'outside' area in the covered hallway that is a little more moody in a brown tone. 
Among the four of us, we could try four different dishes: three rice and one noodles. The price was reasonable, between 15 and 19 NZD, the portion was big. I got curry chicken with jasmine rice, with tiny spoonfuls of spicy sauce, peanuts and anchovies, decorated with slices of cucumber. Others had fried rice with spicy chicken or chicken wings and aubergine pieces. Mum had flat noodles with prawn pieces. 
We were all too full to get dessert, though some of those drinks looked refreshing and colourful.

Not bad for our first meal together in... I cannot even remember. Two years? Three years? 

Sky City Metro, Shop 2.01-2.03,
291 - 297 Queen Street
Auckland Central
Papparich Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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