Tuesday, June 30, 2009


We have FINALLY landed in Tonga.
Oh man what a journey.
We couldn't land because the clouds were so low so we flew to Fiji to wait a while. It was so great. Now I can say I've been to Fiji. No stamp on the passport though.
Being on top of the clouds is such an awesome feeling.
They look so beautiful. The way they form little puffs and are such a beautiful white. I love it.


It is 12:00am and I still haven't finished packing. I am going to get very little sleep before I have to be up and ready to go to Tonga.
It is rather exciting all this.
I love early morning flights. They just make you feel like you are going on the biggest adventure ever.
I cannot wait!

Saturday, June 27, 2009


This fog is so beautiful.
I love driving in it. It makes things mysterious. Especially when accompanied by Trunk - Kings Of Leon.
I was dropping Amy home in it when we discovered a fun game.
I put the car in neutral to glide down the hill and then we decided we should see how far we got so we turned the corner and tried to get all the way to the beach. The car looked like it was going to come to a standstill so we both started jumping in our seats. It propelled the car forward and we even got over a speed bump.
We were in fits of laughter it was so much fun. We tried different locations in mairangi bay. We failed to get around the round about though. Ahhh what a hoot!


Oh man.
I bought the most delicious taste explosion in your mouth drink today. It was called Lychee Fusion.
I was a tad weary because yesterday I bought the most foul drink ever. I can't read the writing on it so I never know what I'll get but it tasted gross. Like burnt candy. I shudder to think.
That's why today's purchase was so much more appreciated.
It was amazing. Really.

In other news, Michael Jackson has died. I saw a giant burger doing the moonwalk on the pavement in tribute.


This has been the week for seeing people I haven't seen in ages.
I had coffee with Jess today.
I went to uni to study and as soon as I'd sat down and got out my laptop I got a call from Jess.
It was great.
She's just go sweet and happy that she makes me so happy.
I hadn't hung out with her one on one ever I don't think. We certainly have to more often.
It's always such a treat seeing people you haven't seen in a while, especially if the other alternative is studying.


Today I went to Esther's house and she, Jono (second mention!!!) and myself made lemon meringue pie and did a puzzle.
I say I was involved in making the pie but really I just offered my bowl licking services.
I have since learned you shouldn't lick the bowl because raw egg can give you salmonella poisoning. I will still do it in future however.
Anyway, it was lovely just to hang with them as I haven't seen them in so long.
Puzzles are also great fun and you can't beat lemon meringue pie.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


This evening Mum and I decided to do some exercise so I was teaching her some pilates moves and then we were jumping around to Basshunter.
She made me laugh so hard. I couldn't do my exercises properly because she looked so darn funny.
In one move which is meant to be so graceful she looked like a toddler throwing a tantrum and then in another she looked like someone was tazering her.
Man was it a laugh.


The Spanish royals are in NZ!
I saw them!
Well not them actually but they were in the Fale when I walked past. I was wondering why there were so many police and guards around.
It was awesome.
I felt like I was in a movie.
There were all these Mercedes with tinted windows and these three VW vans which had stickers on the windshields saying "Royal Family." Soooo cool.
It was like the Princess Diaries.
There were these two girls outside the Fale office squealing and jumping around in a way which only Pacific Islanders can. It was so funny. Their joy was contagious.
I love that.

Sunday, June 21, 2009


It's such a great feeling when something you've put so much work and effort into pays off fully.
This morning the kids did a skit/song thing for the main church and it was so darned cute.
They all dressed up as animals and sung a song and did actions.
Oh man was it great.
They did so well and I am so proud.
But yes.
It had the potential to be disastrous and it wasn't!
Praise God!


Tonight I stayed up way too late.
Sometimes it's nice just to be out and about knowing that you should really be in bed.
I felt badass.
Not really.
I was watching How To Lose a Guy In Ten Days at Kelly's place.
You know that groggy, tired, I just wanna sleep feeling? Yup.
But it was cool.
Have been too sensible as of late.

Friday, June 19, 2009


It's lovely just to have quality time with one's mother. I went to lunch and then Ike's Emporium and then church with mine today.
It was nice just to spend time doing stuff with her.
She's pretty swell is my mum.


Tonight I went to the scary washing machine auction closing charity party thing.

It was so cool to feel part of the action.

We took loads of photos of the machine.

It really was quite loud.

Lived up to the auction.

If you don't know what I'm talking about check out www.scarywashingmachine.com

I even touched it!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Today I FINALLY handed in my second assignment for Tongan 201.
It felt unbelievably good.
Like a whole weight off my shoulders.
Why couldn't I just have done it earlier.
I'm so stupid.
But it was an amazing feeling.
I love Tongan.
One and a bit weeks!


I could not sleeeeeeep.
I have been so good for the last couple of nights too.
However, tonight I went to bed at 10:30 and was all snuggled up but my mind was racing. I kept thinking of things to do and people I needed to email. Goodness it was awful.
I got fed up at about 12:40 when I grabbed Adam and started surfing.
I got into an awesome conversation with a friend of mine. It was great to chat. She's one of those people with whom I always seem to have DMC's with. Mostly late at night. I feel as though I slam her all the time for stuff but she takes it and she seems to appreciate my honesty about life and God and such.
It's cool to have someone to be open about that sort of thing with.
I think that it was a divine appointment of sorts.
Although I am shattered right now.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Tonight at band practise I totally laid the smack down about comittment and being on time.
It was so good just to do that and to have them listen to me.
It was amazing how the atmosphere in the room just dropped as I explained why they need to be there on time and how slacking off is not acceptable.
But the practise was so much more focussed and we got everything done. We even finished early! Amazing.
Do not cross me. I shall unleash my wrath and fury.


This morning the team from church going to Tonga went to a little Tongan church in South Auckland. It was so cool.
The guy who's kinda like the pastor spoke and he interchanged between Tongan and English. It was amazing. One day I shall be able to do that. he had lived in Tonga for 15 years. But man.
It was awesome because I was able to understand a few words of the Tongan and get the gist of what he was saying. I was so proud.
I love other cultures. They are so interesting.

Sunday, June 14, 2009


This day as I was driving up to an intersection it was pouring down and all the lights were reflecting off the road surface.
It was so beautiful.
There was red and green and white and orange.
It looked so lovely.
Kinda like one of those photos where you capture the light in such a way it creates lines.


Tonight was the first time in a long time I had been to Emerge which is the youth church at Albany City Church.
It was so great to walk in and be greeted with smiles and squeals.
It made me feel so special.
I love those people and it's been way to long since I had seen them.
PLUS I beat Craig at a car game on the xbox.
That's never happened before.


Tonight I went around to my friend's flat and we just hung out. I drank coke! And ate the biscuits which SHE left in the oven too long.
It was just great fun.
OH! And have you seen the new cardboard Cadbury chocolate packaging?
Scandal! Same price of 50g less. Shocking.

Thursday, June 11, 2009


Not in the absolutely no-cost way, but in the break-out-of-prison way.
This is the day I have been waiting for for about 20 months. What a cause for celebration!
Seeing my naked teeth for the first time was a tad weird.
They looked rather large. I am more used to it now though.
They were oh so slimy as I ran my tongue over them. I couldn't help but do it.
Ohhh. Free teeth worldwide I say!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


Today I just felt God was near me all day.
It was so cool to feel his presence just as I went about my day.
I know he's there all the time it's just I could sense him more today maybe.

It is also very cool how God can use people in such small ways to impact hugely on someone else. I just felt today around about lunchtime that I should pray for this one girl in my band who is having a bit of a rough time at school with some other girls. I just texted her some simple encouragement. It honestly took a few seconds.
She replied in an email when she got home and said how lunch was so awful for her today and thanks because what I said really meant a lot to her, not just in her school situation but where she's at with God and that it was just at the right time when she really needed it.

I love that God can use us and prompt us to do things that could be so meaningless or simple but really it has eternal or crucial implications.


Dutch Liquorice is so good.
The first taste is all salty weirdness and then it just keeps getting better.
So much so that you cannot stop.
You just keep reaching in for more.
This variety is farmer liquorice.
I take a cow and chew the head off first, a maiden and nibble her feet, a barn and chew the roof.
You get the idea.

Monday, June 8, 2009


Isn't nice to come home after a really long day and just be home.
It just feels so cosy and familiar and comfortable.
Especially when it is accompanied by a nice hot cup of tea.

Sunday, June 7, 2009


This evening I went to a 21st waaaaaayyy out in the wops.
It was so scary driving around all the bends in the pitch black, especially after Mum has told me the road I was on is notorious for crashes.
Not fun.
Then I got lost.
I went too far and wound up on a very narrow metal road.
It was like something out of a horror film.
To make matters worse I was listening to Kings Of Leon with all their ambiance and it was creeping me out.
But it was definitely an experience.
Thinking back it was quite fun.
Livin life on the edge.

Saturday, June 6, 2009


As I look off into the distance
Watching the sun roll on by
Beautiful colors all around me
Painted all over the sky
The same hands that created all of this
They created you and I
What a beautiful God
And what am I, that I might be called Your child
What am I, what am I
That You might know me, my King
What am I, what am I
That You might die, that I might live
-Shawn McDonald, "Beautiful"

Tonight's dusk was just so perfect. The sky was a lovely amber and I love the way it contrasted to the concrete and the cars on the way home.
I took a photo on my phone but it was shocking. Can't see a thing. No point in uploading.
At the same time as that I was listening to my iPod and it was just so fitting.

Friday, June 5, 2009


It is the 4th which means that it is less than a week until I get my teeth jewelery off.
How exciting!
But today I got in a fit of giggles. It hasn't happened in quite a long time. It was so great just to laugh and not be able to stop.
I was filming Amy say a video notice and she just kept cracking me up. It was shakey camera so bad every take.
She was just far too enthusiastic.
Ohhh good times.
Laughing cures everything.

Thursday, June 4, 2009


Today I watched The Butterfly Effect. It made me really sad because I felt so sorry for him at the end. The only way things could have been better is if he were never born. That's just awful.
I'm so thankful that God has an awesome plan and that everyone is meant to fit into it. No life is worthless.
Most people don't realize that though. They should because life is so hopeless without the knowledge that you are part of something way bigger than the few years you are on this planet.


I rediscovered my love for The Sims today.
I loaded it onto the computer thinking it would be harmless and I'd just make a couple of people and I wouldn't get too into it.
I love it. There's something about controlling the little people that's so much fun.
I remember making a town full of all my friends when I was younger. I thought it was hilarious when some of them got in fights.
Ahhh it's an ingenious game.


My mum went to Kuala Lumpur yesterday for a conference. Dad got all excited this morning and woke up early to make bacon and eggs for breakfast. He can do whatever he likes because Mum isn't at home. He didn't even clean up.
But yes. I was still in bed when my brother came into my room brandishing a plate full of goodness.
I've never had breakfast in bed before. It was such a treat.
I felt so special.

Monday, June 1, 2009


Tonight I checked out my friend Esther's church. It was so refreshing to be in a less conservative church for a change. I love my church but it was cool to have the time just to reflect and spend some time in God's presence. Also it was nice because usually I'm doing something at church and I don't get that time for myself there. So it was cool being just part of a congregation.
The worship was cool too. It was all about lifting God up and honoring him. There was no "I" or "me" in the lyrics at all. How cool is that!? I think he'd be pleased about that.


It is break-up season at the moment.

This afternoon my friend broke up with her boyfriend of ages.

Amy and I popped round to see her and it was so cool just to chill and talk and to just be there for her.

We ate skittles and gummy bears and made too much noise too late at night.

It was nice.