Matakana, New Zealand, Travel

Escape to the countryside of New Zealand (Day 2): Market, Vineyard, wine tasting and beer – Matakana

After our brief encounter at Warkworth, we drove up North to Matakana. Matakana is a small town of Rodney District of New Zealand and is famous for its farmers market (http://matakanavillage.co.nz/). The market is on every Saturday and showcases a range of local goods from organic ice cream made using fresh fruits picked from local… Continue reading Escape to the countryside of New Zealand (Day 2): Market, Vineyard, wine tasting and beer – Matakana

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New Zealand, Travel

Escape to the countryside of New Zealand (Day 1): boat, bees and giant Kauri trees – Warkworth

  Warkworth is a small town located 50-min drive away from Auckland. As a mid-point between Auckland, the biggest city of New Zealand and Bay of Island, a famous touristy destination up North, it is often used as a stopover for those who head North for a holiday. In fact, it was said to be… Continue reading Escape to the countryside of New Zealand (Day 1): boat, bees and giant Kauri trees – Warkworth

Art, Auckland, New Zealand, Travel

Arty Easter egg hunt as you “scramble” within the city of Auckland

The Big Egg Hunt is an event sponsored by Whittaker's, which invites friends and families to partake in an excursion within the city for an Easter egg hunt. Taking place in 3 major cities in New Zealand, it features 100 or so giant easter eggs painted by local artists. The event aims to raise funds… Continue reading Arty Easter egg hunt as you “scramble” within the city of Auckland

America, Art, Lifestyle, Travel

Once upon a spring time – finding Easter bunny in Macy’s flower show

  Macy's flower show is an annual exhibition of blooms and decorations. Held in three different locations, we had the opportunity to see the one in Chicago. This year the theme is "Once upon a spring time", the fairytale backdrop and the music provide a romantic and creative spot for families to hang out, and… Continue reading Once upon a spring time – finding Easter bunny in Macy’s flower show

Food, Lifestyle

Orange muffins with chocolate chips

Easter is a good time to do some baking, actually...when is NOT a good time to do baking? Made those orange muffins for the first time and it turned out to be a success. The recipe is simple and only takes 20 minutes. The muffins were best eaten freshly baked, as the kitchen was filled… Continue reading Orange muffins with chocolate chips

America, Chicago, Travel

Art, blooms and fairytales on a table: the floral centrepiece competition in Chicago

What would you put on a table as a centrepiece? An extravagant vase, your favourite China, or something of character and sentimental value? Tablescape is a design competition taking place at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show annually, and it is here that designers took creative liberties with blooms, porcelain and other decorative items to… Continue reading Art, blooms and fairytales on a table: the floral centrepiece competition in Chicago

America, Travel

Where Botany meets Art – Chicago Flower and Garden Show

The history of the Chicago Flower and Garden Show can be traced back to 1847. Now held annually at Navy Pier, it aims to welcome spring with a collection of artistic exhibits and visions to inspire garden lovers. This year the theme is "Flowertales: every garden has a story to tell" and features 18 different… Continue reading Where Botany meets Art – Chicago Flower and Garden Show