Sunday, 4 December 2016

Go fish

Grandad also managed to get the boat in the water twice during our stay, in between the rain showers and the rough water. The first time they were out early in the morning, but didn't catch anything:

The second fishing trip was on our last day, in the afternoon. Even though the weather was a bit more gloomy, they had a lot better fishing luck then. They caught five fish! Although all but one were too small and had to be let back, that one fish was big enough to feed us all for dinner that night, yum!

Linnea was very happy, as she was the one that had caught the fish!

Super fresh crumbed trout for dinner, mmm!


Grandma and Grandad sold their big house in Acacia Bay just recently. The kids especially grieved not coming back to "THE house" this time, as that's been NZ to them. But it was just too big for Grandma and Grandad, and instead they have bought a section of land in Kinloch where they are going to build a new, slightly smaller house.
They are going to be up high, with views to the famous golf course, the village and also the lake. I'm sure it'll be fantastic once it's finished.

The view to the golf course to the right behind Lucas, and to the village and Lake Taupo to the left behind Linnea:

But for now, they temporarily live just outside Taupo, in a much smaller house. So for our visit, they had also rented a batch (=summer house) out in Kinloch, right on the lake - beautiful views!!

Kinloch is a small, sleepy village, with not much else than a marina, a playground and a corner store.

NZ actually wasn't too good to us this time. The weather was mostly very windy, rainy and cold. I didn't take many photos on those days... so the photos you will see here on the blog are all from the few rather good days we had!
Nathan only managed to get in ONE bike ride..! But it was a good one!

Kids and I went to feed the ducks:

Playtime with Grandad:

ONE day only we we treated to a stellar evening when we could actually sit outside and enjoy the sunset.

We're back

We are back from our two week holiday in NZ and although we are still struggling with a little bit of jet lag, it's not too bad. Linnea was out already at 7pm last night, and we were all up at 5am this morning. But that was ok, we had plenty of time to get ready for school!

It's a really long hike to get to NZ, or rather, to Taupo where we normally reside when we are there. The trip there took 30h door to door, and the return 32 h... Zzzzz... A lot of waiting around, at the airports, after check in and during transit.
This time we were lucky to be able to catch up with the cousins from Sydney, as they were over in Auckland for the weekend and came to lunch with us at the airport!

The main reason the travel time is so long, is the long leg between Abu Dhabi and Australia. This time we traveled via Melbourne and on the way home that flight time was over 13 hours!

Believe it or not, the kids were actually not ready to get off the plane once we landed this time! They could've easily done another 13 hours! Reason being we flew the new A380, where all the business class seats are on the upper deck. It was absolutely lush!
Lucas and Linnea got seated in rear facing seats, which they seemed to like. Lots and lots of space.

Always bubbles before take-off! Just because we can!

Our flight was a very late night flight, so it didn't take long for all of us to get into our comfy Etihad pyjamas (!) and go night-night. Nathan and I sat in a "love seat" (the middle seats, which are very close together), so we watched a movie together before we got some sleep.

On the A380 there is also a small bar area, which we also had to check out, of course. The kids sat there for a while chatting away to other passengers, and the crew..! Very nice!

A really good flight, to end a lovely holiday.
Thank you Grandma and Grandad! See you in February!

Sunday, 13 November 2016

From Boodles to Boucheron

I turned the big 4-0 while I was still in Brunei, although Nathan had already moved out here so we weren't together for my big day. He wanted to get me a nice piece of jewellery but wanted to wait until I got here to buy it, since you get more for your money out here, gold and diamond wise.

It took a while, but nearly a year after my big day I had finally picked out and purchased a beautiful diamond ring, a Boodles Waterfall ring in white and yellow gold:

My idea with it was to get a nice right-hand ring. A ring I could wear with most outfits and on most occasions. As amazingly beautiful as this was, I realized with time that not only did I end up only wearing it on "very special occasions" and got too scared to loose it; it was far too blingy for me...
I'm more for the subtle and sleek, classic but with an edge. I've built up a collection of well chosen pieces, mostly in gold, that I wear every day, and this ring didn't fit in.

So, I went back to visit my goldman in Dubai over the weekend, and I exchanged my Boodles ring, for this one:

The Boucheron Quatre Classique Large ring.
It is rather fittingly inspired by the architecture of one of my favourite cities, Paris. I love the combination of different golds and textures in it. It is so much more me.
It's truly stunning and I am so pleased with it. Happy at last!

Saturday in Dubai

That our weekends include a trip to Dubai for a bit of rugby fun is almost compulsory this time of the year. Although last weekend there was no game, and this weekend it was on the Saturday morning instead, which was why we got a two-day "almost vacation" out of it in Dubai!

The Harlequins played against the Arabian Knights, at Dubai Sports Central. First time for me watching them there.

Harlequins put up a good fight and had a good game, but they still lost pretty bad. The Knights had a superstar player that scored all but one of their nine trys!

The funniest bit was after the game, when they all got caught in the automated sprinklers while having a pow-wow on the field!

After the game we headed back to Meydan for a little bit of r&r by the pool, and some pizza for lunch. Aaahhh, so lovely to soak up the sun! The temperatures are just perfect right now!

On the way home from Meydan Heights we stopped into Meydan South as well, for a quick cup of coffee at the Dehlis house. It seemed silly to be so close and not stop by, even though time was not really on our side. Good to see them. We unfortunately don't see enough of each other although they are "just up the road". Life kind of gets in the way..!

Last Exit

The last few times I've been driving to Dubai I've spotted this new place on the side of the road, literally in the middle of nowhere, signposted 'Last Exit'. I kept wondering what it was so I found out - it was a food truck park!
On Friday when we drove up to Dubai, I planned it so that we could stop in there to have our lunch, and boy was I not disappointed! What a cool place!

The park is inspired by old fashion fuel stations and food joints of the 1950s and is completely sticking to the retro theme throughout with all this rehashed automobiles design and lots of upcycled elements. It is the first of its kind in the region and it serves food 24/7, seven days a week.

You can choose to drive through, or dine in. We parked and had a walk around, picked out what we wanted to eat and then sat and enjoyed our food inside. The kids had pizza and I enjoyed some enchiladas from the Baja Fresh Mexican food truck.

Even in the the washrooms, you had to "accelerate" on a pedal to release the water in the old pipes that then flowed into the basin, which of course, was made out of and old truck tyre! So cool!

We will definitely try and time all our Dubai trips so that we can have lunch here each time from now on, there are many more food trucks to try out!