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New Zealand: Dunedin to Christchurch | Introducing, J-Anne

Sunday, 6 May 2012

We spent our last day in New Zealand shopping (well, sort of because most of the stores were closed), looking for a place where we could charge our gadgets for free (we lost our adapter in our hostel and just weren't prepared to shell out P800 for a new one), and traveling back to Christchurch to catch our midnight flight back to KL. 

I will spare you from the mundane details of our last day.  Instead, for my last post in this NZ series, I'd like to introduce you to my travel mate, J-Anne (It's never too late even if the trip is *gasp* already one month old!) =D

As I may have mentioned before, one of the best things I like about traveling is that it gives you an opportunity to meet new people.  It's fun (and sometimes challenging) to discover an unfamiliar place and culture.  With openess and understanding, shared experience with a travel mate is what's going to get you through.

At the airport:  Hey I just met you, and this is crazy...

J-Anne and I are actually batchmates from the same college in UP, but what's weird is that we have no memory of ever having met before. 

Blind date with a travel mate? Haha, almost.

We've been introduced online by our common friend, Chin, who couldn't make it to the trip because she's currently engaged in a VSO stint in Africa. J-Anne and I met each other for the first time at the airport... Yes! That very same night we flew to Kuala Lumpur for our connecting flight to NZ.

The whole get-to-know-you setup in a foreign place might look scary.  Of course, I was also a bit concerned about the possibility that conversations might get awkward and that our decision-making process might be more difficult.  Fortunately, my trip with her proved to be kikay and fun! :)

I liked the fact that J-Anne shared my level of OC-ness and invested time in preparing for this trip instead of leaving everything up to me.  She was also open to trying new things and was very patient (even in taking and sorting out tons of photos, some of which I've previously posted here).

Best of all, she tolerated my rather strange fashion sense (a guilty pleasure when I'm on travel).  In the latter part of the trip, I discovered her to be a shopaholic!  She even got herself a nice pair of boots (with the fur!) to complete her NZ wardrobe.  Suddenly, I didn't feel so alone, haha. 

P.S. J-Anne, if you ever find yourself on this page, you should've known that it would come to this.  Can't wait for our next trip with Chin! :)

P.P.S.  I'm actually thinking of making this short and sweet profiles a regular thing.  So dear friends, colleagues and travelmates, you've been warned!  My blog will often contain thank you pages (and no, that technically does not count as online pimping, haha).

Kia Ora New Zealand,



Hi Rhea!
I love your travel posts! More! :)


Rhea Alba

Drea!!! Oh wow, thank you for dropping by! :) Been cyber-stalking you through your blog too, hihi. Glad you had fun in AUS/NZ too! Can't wait to read more!!! :)

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