Place 49 – Day 380: Auckland – Fresh New Locks, Damn Cars & Arcade Games

We were up at 07:45 so Kim could go out for breakfast with Kelsey & Liz as a ‘goodbye’ meetup. They chatted for a while and then Kim walked back to the hostel, stopping to get Curtis some breakfast on the way.

We watched some TV whilst Curtis ate his croissant and drank his coffee.

Post breakfast, Curtis went for a shower and got ready to go out.

Kim had an appointment to go to in Birkenhead, so we drove out to there, which surprisingly to us only took us 15 minutes!

We took a bag of clothes that we no longer want as well as some other stuff and the first port of call was to drop that at a charity shop. The first place we went to wasn’t taking donations but the second was, so we left it there and that is one less thing to do.

We then walked towards where Kim needed to go and Curtis spotted a barber that seemed nice so he went in there to get a haircut. After a short wait, Curtis was seen as got a fresh new look, exactly how he likes it.

Kim was not finished with her appointment, so Curtis wandered around Birkenhead to kill some time.

Once Kim was done, we went to the car and noticed that the engine warning light was on, which was typical when we’re just about to sell it! After checking the oil, it seems we were a little low, so we drove to a shop and bought some more to put in. We put enough in but it was still showing the light. The resident mechanic at the parts shop said we can get the ECU checked to see what the error codes are, but they can’t do it at their store at the moment, so we’d need to drive to the other end of town to get it done. We called ahead and it was Ok to go, so we drove across town for 25/30 minutes to get this done.

The staff had trouble finding our car model on the system for some reason, but eventually found it and scanned the ECU. The first attempt crashed the tablet and the 2nd attempt said there were 3 errors but showed no codes or descriptions! The recommendation was to take it to a mechanic, so we will need to, but none are open until Monday!

After this news, we met up with Josh and Danielle very local to where we were to get some food and watch a movie.

The restaurant Josh wanted to go to, as his birthday celebration, was no longer there, so we had to choose something else.

We found a pretty new chicken & ribs place. We both shared 1/4 chicken with hot sauce and 1/2 pound of ribs with some kumara fries whilst Josh had ribs and tatertots and Danielle ate a cheeseburger and curly fries. It was all pretty good food, but didn’t blow us away. Probably a 6.5/10.

We finished up and went to the cinema, about an hour early! We spent some time in the arcade just playing some games. Kim and Danielle played against each other in the basketball and then Josh wiped the floor with Curtis at it.

After basketball, we played against each other in a hard fought battle of bubble hockey! It went to overtime with Curtis winning with a lucky goal.

Josh and Danielle then raced each other on the racing game and the winner gets a free game, which was awesome! Josh then played about 6 free races and people kept coming and going and he kept winning! This kept us entertained until the film.

We watched the film ‘instant family’ which was meant to a comedy but was pretty sad/heartwarming. A very good film, actually!

We left the cinema quite late, came back to the hostel and now here we are. Looking forward to sleeping!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 66 – Day 1: Napier 🇳🇿 – Lack Of Sleep & Cold Sea

We got onto the boat and got right into bed in our cabin, planning to get to sleep as quick as possible.

Some of us slept well but Curtis only got about 30 minutes!

We were woken at 05:30 and had to grt up and ready to leave the ferry.

We got into the car and down the ramp into Wellington fairly quickly. Curtis wanted to take everyone to a cafe he went to in Wellington whilst there for work as they had humongous coffees and excellent food.

We arrived at the cafe and it looked a bit different, so it was already odd! We got XXL coffees, which are rightfully huge, and then looked at the menu, which was again different.

The XXL coffee (with a pepper shaker for size comparison)

We got some fairly adequate food from here and ate it, but it was no where near as good as Curtis remembered and had clearly been taken over by new owners.

We left here and got on the road towards Napier, where we are spending one night.

Once we eventually got to the AirBnB, noone was home and we couldn’t get hold of them, so we had to go out.

We went down to the beach where Kim had a swim in the very cold see and we took in the incredibly hot 35° sun.

We went back to the house and our host was in, so we met him and got aquainted with the house.

Curtis fell asleep for an hour or so, and so did Tom.

Kim and Tom went to the shop to get a little bit of food for dinner and then we sat out on the balcony looking at the tremendous views.

We plan to sleep early as noone really slept too much last night.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 61 – Day 1: One Tree Point 🇳🇿 – The Long Weekend Away Begins!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis’ Day was ridiculously busy! He spent most of the day fighting with the Mac still as well as a lot of cases that came in. There isn’t too much to write about other than the fact he was busy!

One of Curtis’ colleagues had their last day today, so at 09:30 there was a ‘morning tea’ for 30 minutes to say goodbye.

Curtis heard on the radio about a crazy police chase with shots fired and a whole road closure, so he had assumed that the journey home was going to take a while, but it did not!

Both of us;

Kim got home and we packed the last few items for our long weekend away and then Danielle and Josh picked us up from home and we set off.

We stopped at mcdonalds for a bite to eat and then carried on before arriving at One Tree Point, where Josh’s mum has a nice house.

We are just staying here for one night before we drive further up north, but the house is beautiful!

We arrived and Kim was having a great time with the dogs that are here. We all sat down and watched a film called Upgraded which started off rubbish but actually got pretty good.

Once the film was done, it was 23:00 so it was bed time!

We are up nice and early tomorrow to continue our drive up north.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 307: Auckland – Doctor Visit

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis was working from home today due to having the doctors right after his work time, meaning he wouldn’t get home in time otherwise.

Curtis’ morning was slow, so he did his usual admin and then did some training for pretty much the whole morning, with a few small cases to do in between.

After lunch, Curtis got a little busier, having the odd thing to do, but again, not a very busy day.

After work, Curtis drove to get Kim from her work so we could go to the doctor.

Both of us;

We got to the doctor and didn’t have to wait too long to go in.

Curtis was going to the doctor as he had an odd ear/jaw pain for the last week so wanted to get it checked. Luckily, the doctor couldn’t see anything bad with the ears, so thinks it may be more of a jaw issue so gave Curtis some jaw exercises to complete and see if that helps.

When we got home, Curtis made some of his excellent rice to go with our leftover fajita meat and sauce.

Once we ate we watched NCIS:LA and some other TV shows and then made lunch and went to bed. Crazy that it’s Wednesday tomorrow already!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 301: Auckland – Making Friends Dinner

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work early again and his day was full of the same tribulations as the last two days! Curtis was still fighting with the server that had a virus and spent most of the day sorting that out.

Curtis got into that PC and was able to find a malware scanner to remove the malware, but once he restarted he was unable to get back in again! He got hold of the client and that didn’t help, so he will be going there tomorrow morning to resolve.

Other than that, Curtis had to setup some laptops as well as send a PC to another town with the new system, which meant he had to learn that!

Curtis left work at 16:00 to make up 10 minutes of lunch he didn’t get on Monday.

Both of us;

Kim got home and we drove to the shop to get some items for dinner. Kim made a friend at the shop who saw Kim and said ” Hi, I’m 4!” To which Kim responded with her age and the girl said “that is a lot” which Kim appreciated!

We got home and Danielle and Josh arrived. We invited them over to make them some dinner.

Kim made sweet chilli beef stir fry and it was excellent! Everyone enjoyed it a lot and Danielle and Josh brought over Bundaberg ginger beer to accompany it and a caramel cheesecake for dessert.

We had a lot of fun, most of the time being silly and messing around, but it was great to just hang out.

Kim spoke to her sister as it is her birthday today! Kim ordered her some cakes to her work and Abbie was really appreciative and apparently cried!

Danielle and josh left and Kim did a bit more booking before we watched a few videos and went to sleep!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 298: Auckland – Tāwharanui Beach & Fish Burgers!

We had a nice 10+ hour sleep last night, which made up for early start on Saturday!

We woke up at 09:30 and had a spot of breakfast before we got ready for the day and jumped in the car.

Josh drove us to Tāwharanui Beach, which is a beautiful surf beach! He weather wasn’t that great at times, but the rain held off and we have some great fun. We walked on the beach and onto the rocks, where there is a few rock pools which are beautiful clear water!

Kim jumped into The above pool, which was apparently very cold!

After the rocks, we went back and off them and up a little hull where we got a really nice view of the beach.

We left the beach and went back to Josh’s grandparents’ house, where we had some lunch. They made us some beer battered snapper burgers and battered sausages, which was excellent!

We then got packed up and got on the way home, but not before stopping at an the old ‘cementworks’ building, which is ruins of an old cement factory, which was pretty cool to see!

We drove on from here and headed towards home, stopping for an ice cream on the way back.

We had quite a bit of traffic on the way home, but we got back home at 16:15.

We popped down to the shop to get stuff for the week, and then went to McDonald’s for a coffee as Curtis got one for free through the monopoly promotion.

We got home and did a few chores, doing laundry, making lunch and a few other things.

We then booked some more accommodation and then had some leftover spaghetti Bolognese for dinner, which watching some YouTube videos.

After this, we got ready for bed and spoke to Kim’s family regarding the trip.

Back to work tomorrow, which is a shame as we’ve had such a fun weekend!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 286: Auckland – Hail

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis had a good sleep last night, which was a relief.

Curtis got to work at the usual time and began working on his cases and answering emails.

He had a big chunk of work to get done which he worked on throughout the day.

During lunch, Curtis had to go down to a client as they had an external contractor arrive which Curtis had to help with. Originally, Curtis drove down to the client which was in the city. Unfortunately, there was no parking anywhere and it was raining and hailing so Curtis went back to work and got dropped off to the client by his boss.

Curtis spent a while at the client and then risked the walk back. The wind was so powerful that Curtis nearly got blown over a few times!

Curtis got back to the office, finished off a few cases and did some admin before leaving the office at 16:10.

Both of us;

When we were both home, Kim spent most of the evening booking some things for a trip we are taking soon.

We had leftover chilli for dinner and Curtis made amazing rice again! We watched TV whilst we ate and then got dessert we had popcorn and Maltesers.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 283: Auckland – An Incredible Game & A Birthday Party

We woke up at 10:30 which was the perfect time to wake up!

We had a sausage each from last night as well as scrambled eggs, beans and mushrooms.

Breakfast

We finished up with breakfast and then Curtis watched the Leafs’ pre-season game.

At 14:00, Curtis took Kim to a birthday party! This was for a colleague at work. We stopped by at the supermarket to get some flowers for the birthday girl and some drinks.

Curtis dropped Kim off, got some fuel and went home.

At 15:30, Curtis left to go to his hockey game. As he got halfway down our road, he realised he didn’t swap his glasses for contact lenses, so he turned around, put them in and then was off again.

Curtis got to the rink and had a good feeling about the game! This game was against the Bears, who are currently last place.

Curtis’ team started sloppy and after 2 periods, they were down 1-0.

In the 3rd period, the Scorpions turned it up and scored two goals in the last 5 minutes to come out with a win! Curtis got an assist on one goal and felt that he had a good game in general.

One more game left in the season and then it’s playoff time!

Curtis drove home, showered and ate some pizza. On the drive home, there were some incredible skies!

Kim had a great time at the party. She was playing games and of course drinking, but she really enjoyed herself.

Kim got a lift home via KFC and got herself a twister wrap.

Once Kim got home, we watched some YouTube videos and then went to sleep!

Curtis needs to get a haircut tomorrow but his usual barber is closed so he had to find a new one!

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This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 279: Auckland – A McLaren?

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis had to contend with some traffic on the way to work but once he got there he made a coffee and got to it.

He had some admin to do for the morning as well as replying to emails.

At 09:00, Curtis left to go to a client to pickup a laptop. During the 6 minute drive, Curtis drove past the Lamborghini, McLaren, Porsche, Bentley & Aston Martin garages!

Curtis got to the client and had to wait briefly as the person he needed to speak to wasn’t quite there yet. Curtis eventually got the laptop and made his way back to the office.

On the way back, Curtis saw the McLaren showroom glass sliding doors open and a brand new McLaren came rolling out onto the road. He snapped a photo, of course.

Mclaren

Curtis got back to the office and for the rest of the day he setup the laptop he collected, but not without some challenges!

Curtis needs to drop that off tomorrow, which he is doing so in the morning.

Both of us;

We both eventually got home after having to contend with evening traffic too!

Once the traffic died down, we drove to Takapuna and got some items for dinner.

Kim made a sweet chilli pork stir fry which was great!

We chilled for the evening and got incredibly tired so decided it was time to sleep.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 273: Auckland – Leaving Meal

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis left the office with no cases again yesterday, so didn’t have any to do this morning.

Curtis had some admin work to get done a b d then the cases started flowing!

Curtis had a steady day which wasn’t too busy but not boring.

Curtis got home and waited for Kim to get home from work.

Both of us;

Once Kim got home, Curtis drove her to Takapuna as she had a leaving meal for her current manager.

Kim had a good time out for dinner. She had a range of food, including lemongrass wagyu sausage, beetroot buns and some delicious pork!

Once Kim was finished, Curtis drove down to pick her up.

Once we got home, Kim showered and then we went to sleep.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale