Day trip to middle earth [The Travel Diaries]

It’s 6.30 am, Im crawling out of bed, I brush my teeth, put my hair up in a ponytail and wash my face. I wake up le boyfriend for him to do the same, trying not to jump to the bed containing my excitement. We are going on an adventure!

Let’s say Le boyfriend is a bit obsessed with Tolkien, he read the whole lord of the rings trilogy, the hobbit, we have the three “extended versions” of the film, and went to see The Hobbit (an unexpected journey) twice, I don’t feel so fondly of all the saga as him, but I get excited nonetheless. So naturally have been living in New Zealand for over a year, we had to go to Hobbiton.

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Semi-Permanent 2014

Last weekend Auckland welcomed Designers, Architects, Film makers and artist from around the world for it’s 10th edition of Semi-Permanent. Lucky for me a friend of mine and fellow graphic designer had a spare ticket for Saturday an was kind enough to give to me.

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Goodbye doctor ( fish fingers and custard)

[Doctor Who is a show by the bbc, that features the adventures of a “time lord” and his companions through time and space. Whenever he is about to die he regenerates into another body, ergo another actor. When a regeneration occurs, even though the Doctor remains essentially the same each regeneration has its own tastes, likes and dislikes and what worked for one doctor might not work for another. When the tenth doctor regenerated into Matt Smith eleventh, he meets a young Amelia Pond who tries to cook him some food, failing miserably until the doctor realize his fondness of fish fingers with custard. This has become an icon for the fans]

Yes, the day has come for us, fellow whovians to say goodbye to eleven. On Christmas day the bbc aired Doctor Who’s Christmas special were the doctor will regenerate once again and we will be introduced to the twelfth doctor (even though we had the chance to see a sneak peak on the 50th special.) I haven’t had the chance to watch it yet, but what better way to honor Matt Smith’s journey that with some fish fingers and custard.

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I know what you are thinking (gross) but instead of actual fish fingers i will make fish sticks look alike cookies. This are really simple to make and it’s a great idea if you are trying to recreate the dish without exactly using fish fingers.

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A day in the life of a gamer (Digital Nation NZ)

After being in a 4 year relationship with a keen gamer and lately living with one I can say that I learned a few bits and pieces that could help me survive in a geek-pocalypse, I know what a creep is, that we must hate lag, and the words WoW, LoL and HoN no longer mean the same.

So I decided to be a caring girlfriend and got tickets to Digital Nation NZ, a two day convention at Vector Arena (Auckland) that featured different games and consoles, talks with games developers and designers, demos of new games and game touraments. (e.g LoL finals…. no… not Laugh out loud… League of Legends…told you)

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As far of the venue options, we were able to access the venue an hour earlier, which meant there wasn’t as much people around and most game were easier to access, there were console booths where you could test the new XBOX One, Playstation 4 and some PSP’s with some Girlfriend-friendly games that featured a new back touch screen. To be quite honest, I didn’t love the back screen, I though it was kind of difficult to used and simply unnecessary, but at the same time the PSPs were connected to a gigantic metal cord so that may have influence how I grabed it.

In the upper floor you could find some vintage arcade games(for us old people) to play for free and all around the upper part of the venue there was an exhibition of consoles from the 70’s and 80’s till now, it was a walk through memory lane for all those retro gamers to see again the consoles they may have owned when they were kids.

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