Category Archives: Experiences

Day out with J


Seafood lunch, Kelly Tarltons Aquarium, a visit from a neighbourhood representative, a fun runaround at the park, what a wonderful day! Photos taken with my new Nikon D800.

Don’t forget to check out my earlier post for a chance to win $200 to spend at a camera shop!

Ouch – The Soup and Elastoplast comes to my aid …oh and a giveaway!


‘Ouch! I can’t believe I’ve cut myself again!’ I thought to myself as I reach for my ringing cellphone. It was The Soup calling about their Elastoplast Blogger project – and they have selected me to be part of it. ‘How timely!’ I thought.

As part of this exclusive Soup project, I have been sent a pack of Elastoplast Heavy Fabric Waterproof plasters. My task is to give them a good road test to see how they measure up to their claims.

What they say:

  • Hi-DryTEX technology making the strip 100% waterproof
  • ‘Sure stick’ adhesive to keep the wound fully protected from bacteria
  • Flexible fabric that adapts to twists and turns of your body so it’s comfy to wear.

To see what they are really capable of, they will be put through some rigorous testing:

Challenge 1:

Stickability – just how strong is the ‘sure stick’ adhesive?

Challenge 2:

Waterproof – how does it respond to water?

I will be asking my friends and colleagues to test these out too. Results to come in the next post and in the mean time…

Blog Competition Giveaway:

They have kindly sponsored a $200 gift voucher and 2 packs of Elastoplast Heavy Fabric Waterproof plasters for me to give away to one lucky reader. So kind! All you have to do is this: Follow my blog and in 30 words describe why you think the Elastoplast strip would be good for you in the comments section to this and the upcoming posts about this project. Easy Peasy. Just follow the instructions below.

Step 1
Follow this blog! (click on the follow button on the side bar to the right)

Step 2
Like Hopes dreams aspirations on Facebook. (Click on the Like button on the side bar.)

Step 3
Leave a reply to this post below to let me know you are following and we are now friends. In 30 words describe why you think the Elastoplast strip would be good for you.

Step 4
Share this with your friends and get an extra entry into the competition! Tell me that in your reply.

Good luck to all!!

Eligibility: New Zealand only. Closing Date: 10 July 2012, 12pm. Now because this blog is primarily about food and photography, I’ve chosen the gift to be used at Auckland Camera Centre, one of my favourite shops in New Zealand. One $200 account will be set up for the winner to spend on anything there. The winner will be selected by me and contacted via email by 11 July, 2012. The prize is sponsored by Elastoplast and the Soup.

Travel delays – epiphany


Firstly this is a rather long winded story but I had to write it out in such detail that those reading could understand my internal turmoil to appreciate my whole experience.

I had to fly to my Wellington head office today for meetings and had a pretty full on day. I was really looking forward to returning home but arrived to a chaotic scene at the airport boarding gates. Flights have been delayed due to bad weather and lots of passengers were queuing, waiting for the news.

The first announcement was that my flight has been delayed by 15 minutes. Well that’s not too bad I thought to myself, and went on to find my colleague who is booked on a later flight.

Next announcement came through and said that the inbound flight could not land and has been diverted! This means my flight has now been cancelled and I will have to rebook for a later available flight. I was told to proceed to the check-in counter and queue to do that. There are flights every 30 minutes for the next hour or two but lots of us are trying to do the same thing so I had better hurry.

As I ran down the stairs, a sudden thought flew into my head – ‘why not check if there are still seats on an earlier flight, which is still boarding because their inbound flight was delayed as well?’ I saw an airline staff and went up to him to enquire, he said he’ll let me jump the security check point queue and follow him to the gate to check how the flight’s looking. Another passenger was there too so the two of us stood there waiting anxiously. We got chatting and he said if there’s only one seat, I could go on first! That was so nice of him!

Minute by minute passed and we were still waiting for the last passengers to board to see if there were any seats left for us stand-byers. I kept praying that something will come up. My heart was absolutely pounding as I waited, and it dropped like a stone in the ocean when the last remaining passenger showed up after the door’s closed. The other passenger and I went ‘oh bugger’ – one of us will need to try and rebook.

The Air NZ staff had been so calm and collected throughout this – of course he had seen more of this than I had. In fact, this was my first flight cancellation!
He said don’t get too panicky yet….wait…and found two seats for us!! YIPPEE!!!

I got on, and ignored the looks of other passengers who might have thought I was a late boarder and was holding up the plane. The flight attendant looked at my hand written boarding pass, and said ‘oh 12 Alpha, somebody’s in it’ – WHAT????
Amazingly it was just a case of wrong seat and so I quickly made my way to my seat.

It took us a while to taxi out and waited in a plane queue for 15 minutes further. When it was our turn to take off, I couldn’t help but look out through the window. I had to see how bad the weather was.

As we climbed, our plane went through thick misty clouds that were so low no wonder planes couldn’t land. The moment our plane cut through the dark rain clouds, I saw a rainbow.
At that exact moment, I hear His voice saying ‘This is my covenant with you, remember? I will always look after you.’ Tears.

Next thing I saw was the bluest sky and brightest sun I have seen for days. Amazing!
See even when we are surrounded by darkness, misery, uncertainties, unhappiness, we need to remember that there is warmth and hope just beyond, all we need is to have faith and reach out to Him!

Ps. I later found out that the plane I got on was the last one out of Wellington for the night. So had I not listened to that voice and did what everybody else is doing (rebooking at the counter for a later flight) I would not have returned when I needed to.

Praise the Lord!

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