Saturday, April 30, 2011

New Transformers and Harry Potter Trailers!

July is now my new bestfriend because of these two movies!

Transformers: Dark of the Moon


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Twilight: Breaking Dawn teaser photos

Thanks to Summit Entertainment, People and Entertainment Weekly, we, Twi-hards can now feast our eyes to this new Breaking Dawn photos - which is scheduled to be shown in cinemas this November.


Photo courtesy of Summit Entertainment and People.com

Photo courtesy of Summit Entertainment and People.com

Image credit: Andrew Cooper, Summit Entertainment and ew.com

For more photos, buy the latest issue of People Magazine and Special Breaking Dawn issue of Entertainment Weekly.

New Zealand's National Museum - Te Papa Tongarewa

Te Papa Tongarewa - a walking distance from where we lived in Wellington (YHA Wellington) and in English means "Container of Treasures," is New Zealand's national (and perhaps the biggest) museum with collection ranging from Art, History, Pacific, Maori and Natural Environment.




Entrance to this magnificent building is free but if you want to donate, feel free to drop a few bills in their designated donation boxes.

The five-floor (I think) museum has a cafe, shop, parking, library and a customer service counter for museum assistance and guided tours.

The museum is home also of the perfectly preserved (and perhaps one of the world's biggest) squid.




Apart from their wide collection of preserved artifacts and restored antiques, the museum offers state-of-the-art and interactive displays where you can not only learn, but have fun as well.



A hologram presentation of Maori's Boating Culture. 



Produce your own music with this laser thingy. Just point your hand towards a circle and you will hear a beat/melody.  Run your hands towards all the circles and a song will come up.


The museum is open everyday from 10 AM to 6 PM. Entrance is free except for some halls inside the museum where there are special exhibitions and short-term display of a collection.

All is well in Wellington

People sometimes had misconceptions that Auckland is New Zealand's capital city. Apparently I'm one of them.

Wellington, the so-called Windy City, is New Zealand's capital city. It is where all the major government offices, the parliament, and some biggest companies are located.

If you're traveling by land, it will take you at least 12 hours before reaching Wellington. Thank God for the Wright Brothers, because it will only take you 30 minutes to reach Wellington by plane.

One of the advantages of online shopping is that you'll be able to check the new plane promos like the one from Air New Zealand where we got our ticket to Wellington for less than $50.



Air New Zealand is one great flight! They served us snacks in the plain. You can choose from cookie or lollies and tea, coffee or just plain water for drinks.


Finally after minutes of waiting, we're finally in Wellington. It's freaking windy!!!


Unlike in Auckland, where almost all people have cars, most of the Welly people use the bus, tram and tram bus to go around the city. Maybe because the streets are a little narrow and there aren't enough parking spaces for cars unlike in Auckland. Actually, if you love walking or biking, I think you will be able to go around the city and some of its nearby suburbs.


One of the main attractions of the city is Cuba Street - where shopping, arts and culture can be found in one street.


Apart from brands like Posties, Hallensteins, Valley Girl, etc., Cuba Street is also a mecca for vintage and collectibles shopping. Vintage clothes, music records, paintings, comic books, vintage and collectible toys --- they can be found here.



I love Slow Boat Record store...



Make sure to browse their music catalogue, you may find price bargains for vintage albums and music collectibles. They also sell second-hand music items and vintage movie poster reprints for film buffs.

A few meters from Cuba Street is Quay street. Quay street is like their business district and where all high-end shopping can be done.


One of the marvelous attractions of this city are its old buildings that were restored and were currrently used as shopping and office buildings.


A tour of Wellington won't be complete without a visit to the Parliament House. It is where the prime minister, John Keys works and where all the upcoming house bills are debated and became laws eventually. 


The Parliament House is open for touring. Make sure to go inside and check the schedule of their tours. These are free but you are not allowed to bring any gadgets and cameras with you. Make sure also that you are decently dressed when entering the building. I think those who are wearing sandos, slippers or any kind of house clothes are not permitted inside.


If it's a day of House Debate in the Parliament, after the tour, you can tell the guide that you are interested to watch the Debate. There you'll see the congress people in action.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Auckland's MOTAT (Museum of Transportation and Technology)

Twenty minutes away from Massey is the Great North Road where the Auckland Zoo, Western Springs Park and MOTAT is located.

The MOTAT or the Museum of Transportation and Technology is an interactive museum that offers a wide collection of different types of Transportation, Telecommunication and a little history of New Zealand.


The entrance fee is $14 each including a free tram ride. If you are a tourist, never ignore the Jasons Tour Brochure in the airport because not only it provides map and suggested tourist destinations, it also has coupons which offers discounts in various places.

We got a 10% discount coupon from the brochure and used this when paying at MOTAT.

Here are some of the attractions at MOTAT ---








MOTAT also has themed villages to show us how New Zealand looked during its earlier years.





One of the main attractions of MOTAT is the last tram --- the final tram that rode the streets of Auckland before it was permanently replaced by buses.


After the tour, we rode the free tram back to the parking lot.



The museum is one of the must-visit places for me. As part of museum upgrade, they were building an Aviation Display hall which is scheduled to open on September 2011. I'm looking forward to visiting it again on my next trip to Auckland.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Jessie St. James is back on Glee!

Groffelicious!!!




Jessie St. James, leader of New Directions' arch choir-enemy Vocal Adrenaline, who broke Rachel's heart and is played by Jonathan Groff will be back in Glee!!! Yey!

According to entertainment sites, he'll be back on the last three episodes of Glee Season 2 and who knows he might try to steal Rachel again from Finn!

Other characters who will be back on the last episodes of this season are Christine Chenoweth (April Rhodes), Gwyneth Paltrow (Holly Holiday), Charice Pempengco (Sunshine Corazon) and Mr. Schue's ex-wife (I forgot her real name).

I can't wait!

Third installment in Hush Hush Series

After the success of the first two books Hush Hush and Crescendo, Becca Fitzpatrick, the author of the series, has announced that the third installment in the Hush Hush series is entitled Silence.

Image: beccafitzpatrick.com


The cover art will be released this May and the book will hit the shelves on October 4, 2011.

Who's waiting for Patch and Nora?

Friday, April 15, 2011

Mission Bay Beach

One of the great features of Auckland is that it is surrounded by seas. So no need for you to travel long if you want to go to the beach.

One of the best beaches located near the city is the Mission Bay which is a 30-minute trip from where I live.


Mission Bay is located near Auckland's exclusive subdivisions. The houses and cars are so high-end...

Now back to the beach:

The beach is located along Tamaki Drive, Kelly Tarltons, an underwater park can also be found here.






The beach is free unlike in the other countries. You can go on a picnic, jog, ride the waves, actually you can do almost anything.



If you don't feel like bringing your own food, you can dine at one of the nearby restaurants or even watch a movie there.


So if you are itching for a dip and just bathe yourself under the sun while laying down on the sand, Mission Bay is just minutes away.
 
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