New Zealand

On taking the next journey…

travel quote

Photo taken in Collingwood Bay, South Island, New Zealand

Travel Quote of the Week: “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware.”       – Martin Buber

After a few months of rest and recuperation at home from my last humanitarian work in South Sudan, I am finally leaving for my next assignment in another country.  When I was offered the new job, I immediately accepted without researching about my new host country.  I have heard about it in the news as the world’s longest running civil war.  But other than that, I am unaware of its other aspects (such as cultural, geographical, historical, economical among others).   Although I have read the crucial bit of the country’s profile particularly on the security aspect (I know I can just google the information or read from my briefing orientation notes), but I prefer to learn more while in country rather than depending on available literature prior my journey.  I am excited to find out its uniqueness to my previous other host countries and to explore its road less travelled destinations.  It will be another challenging experience for sure, but I know that at the end of it all, I will come back home with new learnings and a much wider perception on how to live life to the fullest.

To all my followers, I apologize once again if I will not be as active as I promised I would be  in blogging this year.  Nevertheless, I will still continue to find time to post once in awhile if my situation permits to do so.

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Categories: New Zealand, Wandering the Road Less Traveled: My Humanitarian Missions, Weekly Travel Quotes | 2 Comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: One

This week’s photo challenge is about establishing a focal point such as photos that focus on one thing.  Here is my entry for the Weekly Photo Challenge: One.

I took this photo at a botanical garden in Christchurch, New Zealand with my friend, RC, who was touring me around her new hometown.  I was so fascinated with this ornamental plant with strange white petals and little yellow buds in the middle.  I wanted to make it stand out without using the DOF effect or blurring the background.  So I asked RC to hold one flower.  This is another way of drawing the eye of a viewer to your point of interest or focal point that you want to highlight.  What do you think? Did it work out well?

New Zealand flower

Categories: Australia, Christchurch, New Zealand, Oceania, Weekly Photo Challenge | Tags: , | 15 Comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Color

Color is the highlight of this week’s Photo Challenge. I was contemplating of which one to showcase between a gallery of objects focused on one color or a macro photography of flowers. However, I decided to focus on the natural colors of a country.

Thinking of my travels, I wondered where I saw dramatic color contrasts of scenery and landscapes. Then I remembered the unique ‘gasm’ experience I had during my 3-week backpacking trip in New Zealand. I witnessed the magnificent explosion of colors filling the vast open spaces of stunning landscapes, amazing sceneries, gorgeous beaches, unique wildlife and fauna that make New Zealand’s nature experience even more memorable.

I have decided to feature the NATURAL COLORS OF NEW ZEALAND as my entry for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Color.

Below is a gallery of New Zealand’s colorful nature I have photographed around South and North Islands.

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Categories: Auckland, Christchurch, Franz Josef, Kaikoura, Nelson, New Zealand, Oceania, Picton, Queenstown, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wellington | Tags: , , , , | 11 Comments

Macro Shot of a Little Flower

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Photo taken while exploring Queenstown Park in New Zealand and saw these tiny little flowers

on the grass. I have to use Macro Photography to capture its beauty.

 

 

Categories: New Zealand, Oceania, Queenstown | Tags: , | Leave a comment

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