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10.22

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Spring is in full bloom over here, I dropped my winter coat already, my sunglasses have found their way back into my bag, and I bought fairy lights today, because Christmas is coming and it’s never too early to start the fairy light season. I’m also facing the impossible task of finding a satin blend duvet cover and bed sheet, also, my phone is dying and guess where is it the most expensive to buy an iPhone, probably in the whole wide world? Yeap, in New Zealand.  So I’m dripping a little life energy from myself into my phone and hope it can drag its’ life out to Christmas, when I get back home and can buy another one in a much more reasonable price.

We are having a long weekend this weekend. It makes me so excited, yay, long weekend, which is alright, but I have had long weekends every weekend since April, so I don’t really understand all the excitement in me. Yes, that’s right, we had 4 day weeks and 3 day weekends every week. Our director thought to give it a try, maybe it will result in a more balanced out work and personal life. Instead of having a Monday, we cut it up in 4 parts and attached those hours to the other days, in result we started an hour earlier and half an hour later the other 4 days. Sounds alright. Nope, that made me feel as if I lived in the office those days, I literally woke up, went to work (before sunrise), got off work (after sunset – it were all in the cold seasons), came back home, watched an episode of whatever, ate my dinner, then spent time cooking for the next day, and when I finished, I usually had some more work to do for my clients back at home just about to start their day, which would make me terribly annoyed and angry and hate everyone, and aftert that I just fell into the bed, didn’t sleep enough, and started it again the next day. Then on the weekend – I couldn’t even move my arm on Saturdays, in the past weeks I didn’t even get out of bed on Saturday and half Sunday. At the end of Sunday I could already kind of feel my will to live, and on Monday, yes, Mondays were nice. At some point I stopped cooking at all, and lived on delivered fast food, mostly pizza. That threw my skin back to misery again, I had constant headache, nonstop for days, even weeks.
Ever wondered how it would be to push a little harder for 4 days, but in return have 3 full days off every week? Ever thought that would be a good idea? Well, it is not. Last week the entire office voted it down, literally everyone, and next week we are going back to the normal 5 days week. Which is a short week. Yay, maybe that’s where the excitement comes from.
Learn from my experience, love your balanced out 5 day weeks.
But a huge plus point for my innovative director, I love that this idea even got considered and experimented.

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Also, while I was ignoring my blog, I passed my first NZ anniversary. .. a month ago. I was planning to go skydiving, actually. But then I didn’t, it’s too expensive. That was my excuse. It’s a really good excuse, when Christmas is coming up and you have to buy a hundred presents, including the iPhone 7Plus for yourself (in the most expensive country)(I mean on the iPhone field). But I just chickened out, I wouldn’t go even if it was for free. This was not the year when I went skydiving. One day I will, just not this year.
It was nice to celebrate my first year here, it was so hard in the beginning I could only hope I will still be here today. This country is such an amazing place. It’s so beautiful, it’s beautiful when I walk to work, I’m in awe up till this date in every 5 mins, thinking “this is so beautiful” “that is so beautiful” “omg so nice”. It’s beautiful when I look out my window and see the lake with the mountains in the distant. It’s beautiful when I look out the window behind me in the office and see the hills, those hobbity really green hills with small trees. When I look out the other window I see snowy mountains. It’s a ridiculously beautiful place everywhere you look.
I smile! Do you know that bitter face everywhere in Europe? I was like that too, 24/7 on my nerves, stressed out, I would often notice that my lips are either curving down by default or grimace in disgust, in that way when it’s not yet visible, but all your face muscles are tense in a way that if you trigger it a tiny little it would be already visible. Which I noticed on myself because I really like Lie To Me, and body language overall (since I’m the kind of person who doesn’t talk, on the other hand observant, notices and hears everything). Here I smile, even in the morning going to work being totally not a morning person, smiling when coming back from work tired but happy. I’m calm here. Not entirely, it’s really really hard to let go of your nerves and calm the fuck down, but I’m half of what I used to be, probably even less. Even my hair started to grow back again, I always had massive hairloss in my whole life, everyone said it’s normal, everyone looses hair don’t worry, if I lost this much in my whole life, then that’s my normal. That’s a lie. After I moved here and slooowly-slooowly started to calm down all of those started to grow back, I have a clearly visible layer of hair that started to grow back together, I lose just a little hair now, almost nothing, I could even count it and I probably wouldn’t need all my 10 fingers to show how many.
Everyone is friendly and helpful, even the dogs are friendlier and calmer here, I walk down the street and there are like 3 of them jumping on me licking instead of acting like I’m a threat and trying to protect their territory. Everyone has car, so I’m the only one in the whole town walking. Except one man, who walks his dog about every second morning, we meet. We would small talk already, about the weather, anything. It’s raining often lately, quick showers, it’s spring. And there would a car stop by me already, asking if I want to get a ride, because I would get wet soon, it looks like it’s going to rain. I would go to the grocery store with a couple of big bags from other shops, in Hungary I would either not be let in, or they would check everything upon leaving, to see if I hid anything in them trying to steal. Here.. the cashier would ask if they have a sale, and how much, and if I saw something interesting, she might go there later too because she needs a few new towels. Going to a fancy night event where everyone is nicely dressed up, but no one is that bitter arrogant asshole as they are in Europe, here literally everyone had tattoos, gown and tattoos, full arm, full back, or just smething here and there, after the event everyone slipped out of their high heels, walked on the winter streets barefoot, laughing, genueniley happy and free. Here these are those owners and directors. The security at the clubs are not those steal faced monuments, already looking like I did something wrong by trying to get in. Here they would stop and talk with you, laugh with you, they are friendly faced guys, grinning. Birds sing, trees bloom, butterlies around you, schoolkids on bike deliver the newspaper, and everyone you meet would smile wide and say “good afternoon”. This country is an idillic place you wouldn’t believe actually exists, and I’m so happy to live here, honestly. I miss Europe, yes, I’m happy to visit it during this Christmas, because I also miss proper Christmas, but that one month will be just enough. To see my family, to carry my dog in my arms whole day every day I miss him so much, to have hot wine in the Christmas markets, to buy proper boots which won’t fall to pieces after a month of wearing, to buy a few t-shirts which wouldn’t shrink just by looking at it, a soft towel, a fork which doesn’t end in squares instead of spikes, and A SATIN BLEND DUVET COVER!

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We are experiencing another cold blast these days. I have mentioned that this kind of weather puts me into festive mood, so we (our office and friends) decided to actually have a Christmas party. A mid-year christmas party. With christmas tree, cracking fire, mulled wine, secret santa, fireworks, all the proper way. It was actually really much fun. Probably because I love Christmas, you can’t go wrong with it. And probably because I missed the last Christmas, so I had a long waiting. It went really well with the cold grey weather outside. A couple of months and I’m going to have another Christmas party.

Mid-Year Christmas Party

Two days after the party I was down with cold though. Or flu. Not sure, I never know which is which really. It was quite strong and went through the office, infected most of us. I had a blocked nose too. I’m sure we can all agree that blocked nose is like the 3rd worst condition. First is ear pain, second is toothache.
I wanted to buy a nose spray, but only pharmacies sell it (I don’t really understand why is this counted as a really special product here), and pharmacies are open exactly in the time period when everyone is at work (I’m also confused about who are they open for then).
Anyway, I looked for alternative ways, and there are a few. You could put boiled egg to the sides of your nose, and above it (the spots you would lamp.. when you have that lamp). Or stuff cut garlic inside of your nose (this is stupid, and probably hurts). Or sit under camomille steam. I chose the last one. It worked actually, and my skin looked quite amazing after these days too.

I took a sick leave too afterwards, because my fever went up, and I worked through one day like that, but the next I refused to. With this fever after work I went to the grocery store to buy that hot drink against cold (which I love, I wish it would be like an everyday proper drink… like instead of the daily C Vitamin maybe, because I hate that and have to chew on it every day), and something to push down fever. I started walking back home, I felt suddenly motivated about me walking 3 km-s back home in the evening, in this damn cold weather .. after 5 mins of walking I was like no, let’s call a taxi. So I did. And then waited 20 mins, waiting in the freezing cold for it to arrive, I could have walked if I known. I already called him where the hell is he, I’m in the centre of the town! And he said “the other driver said he can’t find his car keys, so I’m alone now”. …I live in a town where we have one taxi driver. Sometimes two, when he finds his keys. 😂
This episode was probably the last blow to my sickness, I really went down after this.
But the camomille steam was nice, maybe I should keep doing that.

to clear a stuffy nose

Yesterday I decided to try the #stylechallenge on Instagram. It was actually quite much fun, I like a lot of illustrators, but I never actually studied their style, but now I had the chance in order to convert it onto the chosen character.
I tried to pick ilustrators who look really different from each other, to have more diversity. Also picked those whose style is not just a style, but it’s in the elements themselves. Let me explain .. so it’s not a realistic drawing with added effect, and that effect makes the style. But it’s either character style (So Youn), or an added element (Hirano).
So Youn even commented on it, so I was fangirling here a little. 😍

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And on Saturday we had snow.
I have lived in places where we had season in different order, or hot winter, or saw snow in summer when passing at high mountains. But this is still my first August snowing. Wow.
It looked quite surreal with the palms.

 

Taupo

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I told you, it’s in the air.
Taupo is the town of active extroverts, and when I arrived I had this suspicion that it might be in the air, cause I could see the signs on me, and I’m not an active person, nor an extrovert. But here I have been caught in the wave, really.

Literally.
This weekend we went rafting with my colleagues. I was slightly worried about it. It was a Grade 4 one (the highest is Grade 5, when you are falling off waterfalls and stuff like that), which is already pretty high, and here this is available only twice a year. They said for Grade 4 you can’t bring anything with yourself, not even waterproof cameras, and you have to be able to swim (for 1-3 you don’t have to). I didn’t plan to bring my camera, and I can swim, but this notice made me worried.
Well, it wasn’t half as scary, and was quite enjoyable. We had two guards per boats for safety, I have been sitting next to both (I am the greenie next to the blue and the red really smiling and obviously enjoying the entire situation), and they were pretty cautious, nothing scary happened. We had 4 boats, and about 4 kayaking guards additionally to the two per boats. So they really made the entire trip as safe as possible. No one ended up in the water in none of the boats. It was amazing. I got super soaked, it was cold too, the water was 9C, but I didn’t feel it, they dressed us up well. The company I went with was the Rafting New Zealand, in Turangi (raftingnewzealand.com), anyone looking for a safe company, they are them. : )
Fun fact, I made their new rackcard design too, haha. : D Almost, kind of, they have a combo card with another company in Taupo, and their common card, the new version of that was made by me. : )

Taupo (no, this is not the same river):

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And these are from the time I hiked up the mountain here to get a nice view on the area:

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(Taupo, me, and the wind):

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When I woke up on day of my birthday, back in the beginning of February, the first I reached for my phone to read my e-mails (as usually), and that day a special one was waiting for me there. I got a job! That was my first present that day, so I was extremely happy whole day, and week, I started doing my working visa, running around for papers, health checks, and moved here to Taupo.
I got my visa in the beginning of March, on a Thursday, at 2.30pm (I know this because after the happy phone call I dropped everything and run to deal with my tax number before the post office closes). After half a year of hanging in the air, and almost, aaaalmost getting on a plane in December, I finally got my working visa, and could begin to work. And begin to calm the f down.

I started immediately. The next day, on Friday, 9am, as Intermediate Designer (Visual Architect, as they like to call it) at a Creative Agency. It’s a small cozy one, in a small cozy town, nothing harsh, no big pressure, lukewarm. Just exactly what I was looking for.
My March was about that. Working, and being really quite happy about it.
I don’t have a car, and it’s a small town they have a bus, but it goes about 3 times a day.. So I walk. To shop and to work. The distances are quite big, and the town has hills, we are in New Zealand after all, hills everywhere. I walk 12 km-s a day, 2 hours, not a bad exercise. It’s getting cold in the morning though, I’m freezing through the 1st km, then it gets okay. By now I’m convinced that I am the only one in this town who is walking, endless lines of cars are passing by,big20magic and I’m the only one walking, except 3-4 school kids whose parents didn’t took them to school. In couple of months I’m pretty sure I’m going to be “The Girl Who Walks”, it’s really that rare. Anyway, I could feel it in my muscles in the first days, now I barely notice it, and it actually feels nice after sitting whole day. I started listening to audio books while walking – I feel I’m using my time super efficiently.

The first one was the Big Magic, I wanted to read it for quite a while, so I bought it on Audible. I really suggest you to read it too, I loved it, really – quite – much.

I might actually buy a car later (the grocery shopping part of the story is rather inconvenient) (especially today) (the shop is 3 km-s away, 3 there, 3 back), but now I’m okay with walking, I took the photo below yesterday morning on my way. I think we can agree, when you walk through places like this it’s not that bad. : )File 2016. 04. 02. 19 20 12 b

Moved to Taupo

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Earlier in February I moved to Taupo. I was traveling back and forth between here and Auckland, it took me two rounds to get all my stuff here (how did everything fit into one luggage 6 months ago?). I took the bus, it is a 5 hrs long journey to one direction. Though they are only like 200km-s apart. That’s because NZ doesn’t have highways between towns, so you pretty much have to climb through everything to get from A to B.

It was worth every minute of bus seat, it’s a beautiful little town, I’m happy to be here.

Taupo is like The Town of Active Extroverts. It’s quite a sportsy place, with the average age around 25-35 years old, plus the tourists. I’m not a sportsy person, nor an extrovert, but it is probably in the air, because even I went hiking on the mountains already while being here. Taupo has the biggest lake of the North Island, so if you check the map, you see a lake in the middle of the North Island, that’s where I am now. I have a lake view studio apartment too, so I’m super satisfied! I was really lucky with finding this place for rent.
It’s colder than Auckland, that is expected. It was already cold in this last month of Summer, I was wearing sweater most of the time, but today Autumn has started here, so I don’t have misconceptions about how cold it will be in the winter, it won’t catch me off guard!
By the way – if I didn’t mention it enough: New Zealand is a cold country. I have been whining about it when I arrived in Spring, and everyone said that “yes, yes, but the summer will be really hot, just wait, you will see”. No, summer was just as cold. I left off my sweater and double blanket, but it was really far from being shorts-bikini-mojito. I don’t know how the palms and tropic forests manage to survive here, it’s cold here! I like it though, I got some warm clothes and hot packs (which ones I actually received for Christmas and Birthday from friends and family – I was probably complaining too much about how super cold I feel 😀 ), now I can enjoy the chilly weather, perfect.

I hope I will stay here in Taupo for long, and won’t be moving again anytime soon. : )

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Queenstown clouds

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Rather impressive clouds I saw at the lake in Queenstown. I was staring at the scene for a long time before I realized I have a camera and I can take a photo of it. Took these photos and a video (which I have used in my last process film, in the beginning), then went back to staring. I couldn’t figure out how the light should fall onto the clouds to create shadows and tones like this. As if the middle of the cloud is glowing, and the edges and the curves are dark, make a pattern from this, and now figure out where is the light. They moved fast too. It was so interesting, and so beautiful.

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