Tuesday, 29 January 2008

So many ads...

Lying on floor here during yet another ad break in Harry Potter - The Goblet of Fire. According to imdb.com this movie is 157 mins long. Here it started at 7:30pm and won't finish until 10:45pm... that's 195 mins! That's almost 20 mins of advertisements during one movie. Oh well, at least there are some totally unreal ads to amuse myself with (though most of rubbish... hence this blog entry).
Having said that that beats last week attempt - 3 hrs to show The Prison of Azkaban which is only 140 mins long!!

Saturday, 26 January 2008

The Bag

Today I caved and bought The Bag. The Bag is something that I've been looking at every time I pass this bag shop on Lambton Quay for over a week now. In fact, I do believe it'll be a fortnight tomorrow that this sorry affair began. The bag was in a sale. It was half price. But I still felt it was too much. I went back regularly checking to see if it had been further reduced. No. Today I checked out some other bags (I specifically want something for hand luggage for my trip back in March) but no joy. Popped in to the shop again. Even put my MacBook in it... perfect size. Sigh. Hummed. Hawed. Brought it up to till and asked if there was any chance it would be reduced further. He looked at tag and said nope, it's half price already. We're losing money on it already (not sure if I believe that!) I mentioned that I'd been looking at this bag for a while now to which he said, "I know" :) Anyway, I bought the bag. Here it is...

Friday, 11 January 2008

The holiday...

I don't know where to start on this.
The Cook Islands consist of number of islands. Big coral reef. We spent first and last night on Rarotonga (main island with the "international" airport) and intermediate 5 nights on Aitutaki (aparently that's also an international airport... em right...)
Rarotonga resort... so so. Room first stay bit shabby. Second stay - definitely better. Large resort.
Aitutaki - beautiful from the air! Not much to do there but relax. It's lovely...

Aitutaki resort... so so so lovely :) Met at airport. Given bit of run down on resort on arrival there (involving 20 sec boat journey across to resort as it's on its own little island). Escorted to bungalow where luggage waiting. Bungalow on beach with view of water - v lovely.
We got some lovely sun and we get some rain. But it was pretty much always warm and as we were just there to relax it wasn't really a problem.

Bit of snorkelling combined with lagoon cruise last full there. Warm but not too sunny so no sun burn. Fantastic... even if I was a bit, well, hesitant, in the water! The coral was beautiful and as for the colour of some of the fish...
Our last day on the islands (back on Raro now) was a Sun so went to a CICC (Cook Islands Christian Church) service. Not like anything I've experienced before! Singing. Conducted in Cook Islands Maori and English. Members of congregation preach or talk as well. And all the guests, that was us tourists, invited in for a big spread in nearby hall afterwards.
Everybody is just so friendly over there... half the time I couldn't tell if everybody just knew everybody or everybody just talks to everybody... i believe it's the latter :)