Isnin, 31 Oktober 2011

Jalan Jalan New Zealand 3 : Queenstown - Milford Sound

 Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim

The drive from Queenstown to Te Anau took about 2.5 to 3 hour drive one way. We started our journey around 5am and arrive in Te Anau at 8am. Further 2.5 hour from Te Anau to Milford Sound. Prepare at least for 5 hour drive to return back to Queenstown if you need to head back to Queenstown for the night. Please be aware that there is no petrol station from Te Anau to Milford Sound. 

Milford Sound situated in the Fiordland National Park and runs 15km from Tasman Sea to Dale Point. Along sides of the Milford Sound are rocky hills with its highest peak called The Elephant that stands at 1517m high. When we were there it was raining heavily, and we couldn’t see much because of the fog. Due to the rain, there are hundreds of waterfalls running down the rocky wall. There are two permanent waterfalls that are known to have run down through Milford Sound. The Lady Bowen Falls and the Stirling Falls.

There are car parking area near the Milford Sound centre. You can either book your tour package beforehand or you can walked in. We bought our ticket at the centre and did a 1.5hour tour.
The tickets

On our way to Te Anau

Wind Farm

The Team...

At the Centre


After rain waterfalls....

Lady Bowen Falls

Stirling Falls

The route from Milford Sound to Te Anau was a scenic one, driving through mountainous landscape with patches of glacier, its a beautiful scene.

Te Anau Downs

Back to Queenstown

Jumaat, 14 Oktober 2011

Jalan Jalan Kehidupan: Am Singing a Different Song

 Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim

I am not singing a sad song. FACT number 1, I realised all of a sudden, thanks to a friend who reminded me of how sad I was 2 years back by telling me, hmmm…your nasty ex has become a father, are you sad? And I smiled, and said nope, am actually happy for him. And thank You Allah, Alhamdulillah, I am finally freed of all the sadness that had been haunting me for at least, yup…2 long years. I am breathing the sweetness air of being able to smile at the thought of how silly I was to have fallen for the wrong side of the world. 

Everything that happened 2 years back had really changed me. That is the FACT number 2. Am loving it. I still loves listening to rock music and despise love songs that are truly a lie to me; and I still thinks Ville Valo is gorgeous and he is not faking it; and I still fancies the colour red eventhough red is already outdated; and I still loves cooking for others eventhough every dishes that I cook is according to what I felt like having, myself…ahahhah!; and I still hate winter and I still am for the rest of my life. So, what are the changes? I am still who I am.
One great thing that I realised is, when I felt lost, Allah is always with me. When I am sad, Allah gives me strength and courage. When I felt weak to face the world, Allah brightens up the day for me to see clearly. Because after all, He would not challenges you with things that you can’t handle. That is FACT number 3.

I come to realise that self-therapy is important to overcome sadness. In a way, I come to understand myself when handling rough situation. I climbed mountains so that I can forget my problems. In a way, it does help a lot. The view at the peak, is priceless. Every step with every hike I did with dhikr, SubhanAllah, Alhamdulillah, Allahu Akbar. To see the world from different perspective, through the eye of a believer, the greatness of its Creator, MashaAllah. FACT number 4.

And, FACT number 5. It is not that I am not thinking of getting married at all. Been getting all this question for at least once a month. Not too bad. But the way I see it, has really changed. I used to think that marriage is a fairytale. You found someone nice, get married, settle down, have children, and all is all. Lovely. But now, finding someone to love, to spend your whole life with, is not that easy. Baking apple pie is way too easy than finding yourself a perfect other half. I truly believe that everything has been written down in Luh Mahfuz. Holy Qur'an states: "They (wives) are an apparel for you, and you are an apparel for them." (2:187). Marriage is a union of souls and I am praying for an ideal Muslim as a husband, and I will try my best to be a good Muslimah and together we will walk down our life to the path of Allah swt. Ameen~ 

From this point on, I will cherish life more than I did before. May Allah bless us all with happiness and Hidayah. Ameen.

Am so happy, Syukur, Alhamdulillah....
 ....overwhelmingly happy and relieved, I even baked cake!

 The Sticky Date Cake, sweet!

Jalan Jalan New Zealand 2: Franz Josef - Queenstown

 Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim

The journey from Franz Josef to Queenstown stretches out to 355km all the way. This was one of the most scenic trips around New Zealand. The first 100km stretch is just plain green fields with a glimpse of its coast, but after we drove around Haast through its mountain that our journey becomes interesting. 

We started our journey around 6 in the morning, with great supply of food and enthusiasm; we headed off to Queenstown, preparing for another 5-6 hours of long journey. Our first stop was the Gates of Haast. The Gate of Haast is a mountain pass through the Southern Alps of South Island.

The Gates of Haast

The coastline, cantek gile!

Our second stop for the day was Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea. Lake Wanaka is a massive lake with 42km in length while Lake Hawea with an area of 141km2. Both lakes situated in Otago region, South Island. These lakes are obviously one of the reasons that delayed our journey. I know I’ve been using the word Beautiful in most of my blog entries, but really, I can’t get enough of it. New Zealand is Beautiful!

Iena and Lake Hawea
Lake Wanaka, look at the reflection

Panoramic view of Lake Hawea

....along the way, through narrow road, up on the hills....fabulous view to be enjoyed!

Cantek yang teramat kan?!

Standard la posing style tunjuk2. Hihi...

Geng optimus Prime ikut dari belakang....

Arriving Queenstown....
Before we arrived in Queenstown we headed down to Puzzling World in Wanaka. It was along the way so we decided to have a look. Puzzling World started as a maze, but now it contains several rooms with optical illusions plus a cafe and yup, the famous Leaning Tower of Wanaka. A fun place to be.

Kuat tak? Kuat tak?
Kuat tak? Kuat tak?
The township of Queesntown was built around the Wakatipu Lake with scenic mountainous backdrop. Queenstown is known for Adventure Tourism. There are ski fields, whitewater rafting (being told that the rapid is up to Grade 5, but unfortunately...not as challenging as what we have back in Malaysia), bungee jumping (really wanted to do this, but yay to me, no extra cash...yay again!), tramping and fly fishing. Other attractions are the Skyline Gondola (where on top of the Bob's Peak, you will get the best view of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu), the Arrowtown (shooting site for Lord of The Ring) and Lake Wakatipu. 

Queenstown Mall, reminded me of Rundle Mall in Adelaide

The Skyline Gondola


In front of our backpackers hostel.
So, there was our 2nd Day trip around New Zealand, tomorrow yet another long journey to Te Anau and the scenic splash of Milford Sound....

K.G ....jealous la hang ada gambar cantek gini, awat saya x pnh dapat posing gambar gini? oh, tragedi seorang fotografer...

Panorama of Lake Wakatipu

Lake Wakatipu near our hostel.