Accents, New Zealand, Video

Ghost Chips

This is a quick 1-minute PSA put out by NZ Transport about stopping people from driving drunk.  It’s funny and a good example of the Maori/Pacific Island accent here in New Zealand 🙂  It’s a nice change from the typical drunk-driving PSAs…

New Zealand

New Zealand Wins!

The All Blacks have beat France to win the RWC 2011!!!!  Yaaaaaay, New Zealand!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  After everything that New Zealand has faced in the last year – the Christchurch Earthquake, the Rena Oil Spill – this win is a huge jolt in the arm 🙂  Go, the All Blacks, you beauties! PS – Pretty cool that… Read More New Zealand Wins!

Auckland, New Zealand, Travel


Do you see that? I’m not referring to the Sky Tower.  I’m referring to the other thing.  Do you see it?  No?  Here – let me point it out to you: You still don’t see it?!  Ugh.  Fine – I’ll zoom in: Do you see it now?!  That, my lovely readers, is a human being… Read More SkyJump

Food, Groceries, New Zealand

Foreign Food

I’ve been cleaning and organizing a lot these days.  One of the big tasks on my “to do” list was to reorganize the pantry.  While not exactly terrible, it was messy enough that finding something took awhile.  Also, I wasn’t always sure what we had and what we didn’t, which resulted in sometimes buying extra… Read More Foreign Food

New Zealand

Christchurch Earthquake

The devastating reports out of Christchurch keep mounting.  It’s getting to the point now where I don’t even want to read the news.  They’ve reported 75 deaths so far – 55 who are confirmed {meaning they are ID’ed and next-of-kin notified} and 20 that have not yet been confirmed {no ID/next-of-kin notification}.  The numbers will… Read More Christchurch Earthquake

Auckland, Christmas, New Zealand, Travel, traveling

Hiking Rangitoto While Pregnant? No Problem.

Living in New Zealand and experiencing a warm Christmas has meant changing up our traditions.  Instead of spending Christmas Eve day looking at snowfall and drinking hot cocoa, we decided to hike a volcano. Rangitoto is part of Auckland’s volcanic field and is some of “newest ground on earth”.  It’s only about 600 or 700… Read More Hiking Rangitoto While Pregnant? No Problem.

Baby, Maternity Care, New Zealand, Pregnancy

Pregnancy in New Zealand – Labor & Delivery

Picking up from the last post… I have to admit, learning about Labor & Delivery in New Zealand and the differences between here and in the States was the most surprising for me, especially the part about how soon you’re discharged after birth – 2 to 4 hours postpartum. Labor and Delivery Just like in… Read More Pregnancy in New Zealand – Labor & Delivery

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