time really really flies and here i am in the apartment studio with just marilyn alone as the rest departed for their homes. sigh~~
our wonderful lovely escapade in NZ has come to an end this morning.
Day 4 was totally spent relaxing in our penthouse by the sea in Coromandel. Went grocery shopping, went jacuzzi, cooked our own dinner and just laze at the balcony sipping white wine n nimbling on gourmet cheese while enjoying the sunset. Life is good.
Day 5 was pretty intense and exhilarating as we set off from our 'home' in the morning to take a glass-bottom boat ride out into the sea to visit the cathedral cove at Whitianga in Coromandel and to snorkel. But snorkling was such a bad bad idea. The water was sooooooo freezing cold. It was a horrendous nightmare jumping in. But oh well it was still pure fun. But the freeze and the chopping sea afterwards made me a lil oozy with my unsettled breakfast (thanks to the friend who suggest I finish up the bottle of wine after my milk and cereal as it's a pity to dump the leftover). Nontheless, I survived the mini ordeal and it was pure fun. And we then grab a light lunch and went off to visit the Hot Water Beach. It was soooo packed with people. And it's really an amusing sight seeing everyone with spades digging into the beach sand for hot water. And natural sauna was really awesome.
Next was the really intense drive back to Auckland. Due to some mis navigation and a wrong turn by our friend the second driver, we found ourselves going in a circle and back to the area where we had stayed. But really thankfully, another friend in the group was really cool and capable. He took over the wheel, managed to beat the sunset at the winding roads and completed the drive back to Auckland under 3 hours (the journey should have been more than 3 hours). Quite crazy at the start no doubt as he really just sped all the way through the winding cliff roads. So we reached, checked in, rested briefly and had our dinner at some late night chinese joints before our usual nightly talk cock and late sleep.
Last brunch together was really in the words of my friend, like the way we were when we first met. Our first lunch was spent in silence. This time too. But for different reason. What was initially unfamiliarity and awkwardness has really miraculously changed into nostalgia and sadness at the thought of seperation.
And finally the roadtrip gang parted after brunch as our friends left for the airport to Sydney and Christchurch, while marilyn and I have our last day and night in Auckland today.
Sigh~~~~ I really feel soooo grateful for this awesome roadtrip. Indeed God is really such an awesome God. I wouldnt be able to have such an enjoyable time without these new friends. Really God worked in wonderous ways! Praise God for these friends, for the car, and for the steady drivers.
And I truly miss you guys~~ And tonight there's no one to talk cock to anymore or to play cards with. Yes my gambling skills had increased exponentially thanks to the tutorial by my new friend.