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勇闖紐西蘭北島之旅」圓滿成功!
23 June 2010 Wednesday | 2010/06 New Zealand

刚在听广播,DJ分享了楊瀾對旅行的看法。楊瀾非常捨得在旅行中花錢,她認為沒有比把錢花在旅行上更值的了。因為它給你帶來的是你永遠不會忘記的記憶的財富。一件衣服兩年就過時了,一個包包,三年就磨壞了,但旅行的記憶,不論是當時的錄像還是照片,或者是當時寫下的兩篇還很幼稚的旅行日記,當你重新翻看的時候,那種美好的感受依然會將你環抱,綿綿不絕。

這次到紐西蘭,拍的照片不是很多。地方太大了,手持傻瓜相機,再怎麼壯觀絢麗的美景,也只能在腦子裡做永久收藏。奧克蘭就像任何一座繁華的大城市,上下班巔峰時刻,還是會堵車。路上除了當地白人和少數毛里求斯原住民,同樣多了世界各地各種膚色各種口音的人。羅托路瓦少了高樓,我們一路上看見很多很多很多牛和羊。廣闊的草原上,唯一阻擋視線的是一排一排刻意種植的筆直樹木。嗯,心煩的人應該到那裡散心。世界那麼大,哎喲,會有什麼大不了的問題啊?

The world is your oyster! 希望你能盡情享受生活中的一切快樂與機遇;世界屬於你!

上個星期三晚上,我們在奧克蘭天空塔最後一次聚餐。豐盛的海鮮大餐!那是獨家安排,其他行程都沒有。第一天的陌生,到回國前的不捨,看到大家打成一片,我還蠻開心的。出國渡假,一定要帶著最燦爛的笑容回去,不是嗎?有人為我點了啤酒,還開了一瓶紅酒。他們不是不知道我比較喜歡可樂,哈哈,只是酒精比汽水較能擺上桌面。謝謝,你們真是把我寵壞了。

吃完飯,我們到了二樓。我簡直不敢相信自己的耳朵。什麼?要看我的證件?紐西蘭賭場的最低年齡限制是20歲。我看起來像10多歲的弟弟嗎? !

我回房間拿護照的時候,領隊和那名華族工作人員聊了起來。他是剛移民過去的。所以,你跟我說,他是不是要刁難我?如果是洋人,“看不出”華人的年齡也就算了。一個在亞洲長大的華人,會看不出我已經超過20歲了嗎?

那晚,我成為了天空城賭場的會員,而且是拉了一票聽眾一起排隊報名的。哈哈哈。那晚10點,他們進行超級大抽獎。會員有機會贏取5萬紐元,得獎者必須在三分鐘內衝上台。我一邊在玩輪盤,一邊瞄準舞台,抽獎前已經劃好路線圖,確保自己不會在第181秒才上台⋯⋯ 結果,我們這些新會員都沒中獎。 “萬一下個星期叫到我們,怎麼辦?!” 呵呵。

我不愛早起。這點,你肯定知道。但是,我特別期待那天的早餐。一行人8點準時集合,然後上山享用香檳早餐!我拉著團裡70歲的阿嬤,“哎喲,喝什麼橙汁?喝香檳啦!Auntie, 乾杯!” 是的,我在為日後成為「師奶殺手掌門人」做準備。

餐館隔鄰就是Luge Station。三個選擇:基本的「風景線」- 長度超越聖淘沙,一路讓你看見不同的動植物​​。第二輪,我直接跳過「中級線」,駛入「高手線」。太刺激了!更快、更崎嶇、還有45度的陡峭路段。 WOOHOO!

在華人地區,我們動不動就打出「國寶」這兩個字。紐西蘭要是選「國寶」,Peter Jackson當之無愧。籌拍「魔戒三部曲」時,他派了一組人乘坐直升機,尋找合適的拍攝景點。他們在羅托路瓦找到了這座牧場。放眼看去,沒有高樓,沒有天線,沒有任何文明跡象。哈比人的Hobbiton就在此建造。拍攝完畢,劇組因為惡劣的天氣,無法拆除佈景。就在這個時候,牧場主人提議,將Hobbiton永久保留,電影公司也答應了。除了Hobbiton,「魔戒」其他拍攝場地也成了著名景點,每年為紐西蘭帶來數以千萬計的旅遊收益。太厲害了。這個地方真的很美,但我不能上載任何照片。他們正為2012年的電影《哈比人》做準備。未免珍貴畫面提前曝光,所有人都必須簽署保密協議。

再次謝謝曾兄弟旅行社。上回到土耳其,這次去紐西蘭。之前開會的時候,他們還打趣地說:“都去遠的,近的、便宜的,都不讓你不去。” 呵呵。

謝謝所有和丁志勇一起勇闖紐西蘭的所有朋友!謝謝你們的參與,很開心認識你們。我玩得十分開心,希望你們也和我一樣,從紐西蘭的冬季,除了帶回奇異果和蜜糖,還有許許多多的回憶。我們下次再一起出國! :)

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ADVENTURE!
18 June 2010 Friday | 2010/06 New Zealand

The recently concluded tour in New Zealand was specially put together by Chan Brothers, to cater to a group of adventurous Y.E.S. 93.3FM listeners. There were several exclusive elements, and I think my passengers enjoyed themselves as much as I did.

People who have tried prawning in Singapore would be very impressed with the facilities in Huka Prawn Park. And the Malaysians would be incensed. The prawns in this place were picked for their breeding speed, and yes, they came from across the Causeway. If someone up north had that streak of entrepreneurship, Huka would be dissed as nothing more than a copycat.

Tens of thousands of litres pour down in seconds, making Huka Falls a magnificent sight, and a potentially fatal site for morons who try to challenge Nature. Apart from ogling on the bridge, one could pay NZ$99 for a ride in a jetboat. High speed turns and 360 degree spins. Very exciting!

Prior to the trip, people challenged me. “I dare you to do the bungy jump.” Siao ah. Hahaha. I said I would gladly contribute 50% of the fees, if anyone would jump. I didn’t expect a girl to take up the challenge!

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I heart NZ
17 June 2010 Thursday | 2010/06 New Zealand

I’m back!

I really like the space New Zealand has to offer. I’ll probably freak out if I were to stay there permanently- just imagine the daily commuting and the hassle of getting things done quickly and efficiently- but it was a visual treat for people trapped in a city full of humans and high rise buildings.

Look! Another rainbow!

Apart from sprawling greenery, we saw plenty of animals along the way. Cows and sheep. Many of them. And I like the elegant swans too.

This creature was so happy to see a fellow Sheep from Singapore that it had to pee on the spot.

Before.

After.

The fruit originated from China, but the Kiwis were the one who made it their National Fruit. Over at Kiwi360, where they account for 90% of the international market, top grade fruits are shipped off to the Japanese, who wouldn’t settle for anything less. Orchards like this used to allow visitors to pluck fruits, but reversed their decisions after too many Asians went out of control and plucked fruits from forbidden areas. Singaporeans were apparently top on the list of badly behaved tourists. Tsk.

They really love their rugby. All Blacks merchandise was all over the place. And as the coach went past schools and other fields, we saw men and boys jostling over the oval ball. The enthusiasm level for their All Whites team competing in the FIFA World Cup pales in comparison.

As we headed south from Auckland, the temperature dipped. We were all eager to seek shelter from the merciless winds in Waitomo Glowworm Caves. No pictures were allowed within, and entry level cameras wouldn’t be able to capture its full glory anyway. The worms glow to attract the opposite sex, or prey. What a sight, as the boat sailed through a pitch dark cave (I was thinking Phantom of the Opera). We lifted our heads to marvel at the thousands of glowworms that had attached themselves to the curvy ceilings. “Let’s not talk, in case the worms fall into our mouths.”

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11.6: SIN-AKL/ 12.6: Auckland
13 June 2010 Sunday | 2010/06 New Zealand

KIA ORA!

It’s GMT +12 here in wintry New Zealand, and the temperature is still manageable with a jacket on top of a tee and jeans.

My listeners and I departed for Auckland on Friday evening. Some of them slept well on the plane; while I found myself jerking awake every 15 minutes. The interrogation process at the customs was horribly long, not good for someone who just endured a 9.5hr sleepless flight. And two Malaysian passengers were held up for 2 entire hours!

My birthday!

A quick Chinese lunch later, we embarked on the city tour. And that’s when the (mass) photo taking began. I swear by the following: 1) Erratic Moulding Clay by Joice, 2) High Hair Finishing Spray by Wella, and 3) Studio Fix by M.A.C. I was generally ok for pictures, even after a long night on SQ! Hahaha.

Compared to the 5 million people squeezing in Singapore, only 4 million make New Zealand home. They share the space with 60 million sheep and cows.

The Coach Captain. Tour guide cum driver.

Evening rush hour begins from 3pm!

Down a slope, right into the harbour. The locals must be in a perpetual holiday mood!

Our friends from Mainland China are everywhere.

Once a volcano, now a tourist spot. Hot piping lava used to emerge from this innocent looking crater.

Here, you get a panoramic view of the 4th largest city in the world.

Hello everyone perspiring back home. It’s 15 degrees at the top of Mt. Eden.

Auckland is known as the City of Sails. This picture was taken while I was on the coach. The sight of hundreds of yachts anchoring at the bay was magnificent.

Rain…

… and then a rainbow.

Flavour of the Day: Hokey Pokey. Some honeycomb thingy.

We had the ice cream by the beach and watched the seagulls hovering above us. They reminded me of the irritating gluttons in Finding Nemo. Hahaha.

I was too tired to hit the Sky City casino by the time we checked in at 5pm. In fact, I didn’t even want to explore the streets below, and had food delivered to my room two hours later. The NZ$29 meal was awful. The poor fish died for nothing.

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This customised tour is presented by MediaCorp Y.E.S. 93.3FM and Chan Brothers, who have comprehensive packages to New Zealand, and the rest of the world.

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「勇闖紐西蘭北島之旅」就在明天!
10 June 2010 Thursday | 2010/06 New Zealand

WOOHOO! 明天就要出發了!第三次與聽眾出遊,說不上得心應手,但肯定沒有當初的戰戰兢兢。

從技術層面來看,這算是“工作”。幾年前刮起這股DJ陪遊風之後,高層不斷叮嚀,DJ不要抱著去玩的心態,那是“工作”。也對,大家是衝著我們而去的,當然要首先照顧聽眾的福利。 “先聽眾之憂而憂,後聽眾之樂而樂”。嗯。可是,跟大家一起坐車、吃飯、聊天、拍照⋯⋯ 這也叫“工作”哦?肯本就是在製造堂皇的理由,讓我和大家一起去玩嘛!哈哈哈!

學生時代”沒有錢“,沒機會到一些比較遠的地方。之後“沒有閒”,幾乎都是因為工作,才有機會探索新的地方。我能走遍幾個主要華人城市,都是因為全球榜。幾年前,曾兄弟旅行社把我第一次送到歐洲的邊緣-土耳其。今年,我能第一次走出亞洲,也因為有他們。

瞄了一下名單,上面有年輕情侶/夫妻檔,也有舉家大小一同出發的。還有不少朋友是來自馬來西亞的!哇,都說我在新山有市場了。哇哈哈。

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