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Daily Prompt: Complicated & Confused Switzerland vs. New Zealand

via Daily Prompt: Complicated

via Daily Prompt: Confused

Now that our long holidays are over… a piece of advice from some relatives and friends keep on bugging me and it is so hard to choose.  Really it is not that easy!

How can you choose between the HOME you come to love and missing so much and the other ONE that is very similar in looks yet far different in characters, values, and life but family wait?

Yes perhaps some of you who come to really know both Countries will find it hard as well to choose like me.  Both have their own merits and demerits.  It is almost poles apart in geography and I find it is indeed CONFUSING and/or COMPLICATED.

Perhaps I will wait until I get a sign from above?.. WISH.

NEW ZEALAND

SWITZERLAND

So now I leave you the quote below… Up to you if you agree.  Feel free to give some nice comment and let me know how you well know these two beautiful Countries and which one will you choose and why?

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The Door’s Castle

This is in response to The Daily Post:  The Story Behind a Door.

 

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Larnach Castle, Dunedin New Zealand

We were here in June 2014.  Just me and my small buddy which is my son.  Had a great tour around the grounds and the castle but yes in every castle there is a story behind a closed door.  So much history and it’s up to you which version of the story you prefer.

If you like Paranormal then click this LINK to know about what is happening in this beautiful small Castle in  a breathtaking surrounding.

If you just want a normal/ regular tour and history then click this LINK.  Surely you will not be disappointed and perhaps if New Zealand is on your bucket list then you would not want to miss this chance to go to Dunedin and  see for yourself the famous castle.  The more the merrier so you can also enjoy strolling around the grounds with your friends or loved ones. I tell you, there are so many photo ops in this location. Ehem! Peter Jackson? 

If you just want information or other FACTS then click this LINK.  What else? but my favorite Wikipedia.

At the end of the tour… stroll around the garden (top hill) and appreciate the simple beauty outside.

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At the hill, garden, Larnach Castle Dunedin, NZ

 

Thanks for your time!  Until next time 🙂

 

 

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Missing something. It’s just a “phase”.

This is in response to The Daily Post/Prompt: PHASE.

“The honeymoon phase always ends, for everyone.”  by Rose Leslie

It is indeed my true feelings that come and go and I believe some or most Expats all over the World are experiencing the same thing like me.  After all, we are only human.

I have saved this writing under a draft for such a long time and finally dig it out again just in time for this particular theme.  Having a negative feeling is not nice if I put it mildly.  There were times that all I need is a little more push and I will be booking a ticket to my home.  Yes, there is a but… family sticks through thick and thin. This is just a phase… and I will get over it.

“Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.”  by Oliver Wendell Holmes

BACK HOME.  Sure I have said before that home is where the heart is.  Perhaps with regards to family life yes it is better that we stick together. But… still something is missing.  Something I left behind that matters.  That I felt suffocated and anxious sometimes thinking it will take so long before I set eyes on them again.  I never felt this way before when I was younger and want to explore the possibilities of making my dreams comes true.  It did come true when I settled in New Zealand.  A place I longed to come back to.  A place where I felt the stronger ME, the better ME and the freedom that comes with it. I miss the natural beauty that surrounds me in all honesty over there.  I miss the car that I have sold a month before coming here in the UAE.  I miss all types of birds that I fed every morning from our back garden, thinking back then that sometimes it annoys me when a particular bird make a noise (Pukeko) in the morning like an early wake-up call when all I want is to sleep in. I miss our big comforting house compare to our apartment hotel we have now though I am not complaining it’s just I am missing those things that I was taking for granted just because it was there.  I miss earning my own money without depending on anyone and I travel when and where I want to within reasons,  I miss talking with my friends that I left behind, though I have new friends here but being an EXPATS they too cannot be too attached so not to hurt so much when one is leaving after the contract ends.  This is the reality of life here being an expat.  I miss the 4 seasons though not as much the long winter months but the colours it brings and the feelings it evokes.  I miss all the wonderful places I have been inside the Country and still not finish exploring it as it was cut short even after staying there for more than a decade and the awesome feeling of being proud of its natural beauty!  I just felt the need to write and confirm this feeling of sadness sometimes.  All expats have this feeling resurrected once in a while I am sure of that.  And someday once it’s all done and dusted, once the responsibilities and future established then we WILL go back home… where our hearts hoping for a better tomorrow!

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New Zealand flag on top, vinneve photo

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Auckland Ferry, NZ, vinneve photo

Up the hill in Dunedin

somewhere in Dunedin,NZ (vinneve photo)

Thanks for your time reading this.  Cheers! 🙂

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Daily Post Challenge: Contrast

This is in response to The Daily Post – Contrast.

” Contrast is what makes photography interesting.”  By Conrad Hall

A few collection of photos from my previous travels.  No filter just using a simple camera.

 

Simple Beauty

Paris, France

 

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Sydney, Australia

 

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King’s Park, Perth Australia

 

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Marina Bay, Dubai UAE

 

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Qatar, somewhere in the City Center

 

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Kumue Farm Show, Auckland NZ

 

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Yas Viceroy, Abu Dhabi

 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

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Mt. Santis, Switzerland

All photos are mine.  A great travel experience while taking these simple photos, I hope you LIKE them.  Thanks till next time!  Cheers 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Window of Opportunity

This is in response for the Daily Prompt: WINDOW

“If a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade.”  by Tom Peters

 

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Overview of Dunedin, NZ (from one of my domestic travel around my home Country)

 

That is why we are here in the land of the desert. PERIOD.

 

 

 

 

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Daily post: Longing

This is in response to the Daily Post Challenge : LONGING.

Longing is like a seed, that wrestles in the ground                                                                         Believing if it intercede, It shall at length be found

The hour and the clime, each circumstance unknown                                                                   What constancy must be achieved, Before it see the sun

BY: Emily Dickinson 

Being an expat here in the UAE, I still miss my old life in NZ.  Missing the people and places and all the wonderful nature you can find in beautiful New Zealand.

“If some longing goes unmet, don’t be astonished.  We call that LIFE.”   By: Anna Freud  

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Dunedin, NZ

A view from Skycity AKL

Overlooking Mt.Eden, Auckland

Auckland Ferry Terminal (1)

Auckland, NZ

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Rotorua,NZ

Until next time dear readers… thank you!

 

Camera Lucida – Reflections

This is in response to the Week #13 of Camera Lucida Photo Challenge.

“The decisions you make are a choice of values that reflect your life in every way..”  by Alice Waters

Every expat somehow missing their old home and this is just normal.  Old photographs served good memories and the reflections of your past actions of leaving your comfort zone but will be back for sure… someday!

Beach NZ, vinneve photo

Beach NZ, vinneve photo

” YOU find yourself through the reflection you discover.”  from pinterest