Month: July 2015

Tamaki Mauri Village Encounter

We went to the Tamaki Mauri Village Encounter and stayed there overnight recently. It was so much fun here, and we got to learn a lot about the Maori Culture, in New Zealand.11013192_10153055962972362_5306263297469902379_nWe started off by having a very warm welcome from our hosts, who taught us how to play some children’s stick games to get us warmed up and the blood pumping (as it was -1 degrees at the time!). Then, we got taught a song in Maori which was so much fun to learn and ended up performing it for all of the guests that came for dinner that evening!
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We then got moved on to the opening ceremony, when the warriors would come out, present our ‘chief’ with a welcoming peace token and once we had accepted it and said that we come in peace, we would get lead into the village where we would learn much more!20013_10153055963117362_9133808676547386660_n
Inside the village, we learnt how the Maori Culture works, how they build their homes, clothes, weapons, tattoos and other games.11665432_10153055964122362_3559771274963824472_n
We then got taken inside for an amazing performance of song and dance which was incredible! Everyone really got into it and got to learn some moves and even the guys got to learn the Haka! Before we knew it, we were all sitting down for a gigantic meal which was more like a feast and then settled in for the night!

It was such a great experience, and I think that it will be one of my highlights of my New Zealand trip – a DEFINITE MUST DO if you visit New Zealand!
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In Real Life: My Journey to a Pixelated World by Joey Graceffa Review

I thought that I would give this book a quick read whilst I’m waiting for Ernest Cline’s new book ‘Armada’ to come out. So, I gave this a go as I love Joey Graceffa’s personality on YouTube and obviously, I enjoy making YouTube videos, also.

As soon as I started reading this, I was hooked and so surprised at the life that Joey went through. I had no idea about his family and it just made me love him even more!
He deals with issues like families, divorce, alcoholism, coming out, bullying, depression, anxiety.. there’s a lot to it, in this book!

It is such a great read and I highly recommend it to any fans of YouTubers! I can’t wait to read some more of their books now, too!

You can get this book from: Amazon (Paperback £3.85, Kindle Edition £6.33)

The Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Grahame Book Review

I have never read The Wind In The Willows, so I ventured off to this super cute second hand book store called Hard 2 Find Books in Auckland and found this there. It was really cheap and I thought that it would be a great time to start reading it.
It is definitely not what I expected from this childrens book..
There were a lot more emotions and problems flying through the book than I thought would be, so I was a little surprised at the time!

It was still a good story and I think that it could show a lot of lessons to children whilst reading this, but I also feel like the end was very rushed. But who I am to say? 🙂

I still enjoyed this though! Have you read this or seen the film?
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My Experience at High School

Have you ever had a time that you regret and would love to change it all? I do, although I would hate to go through everything all over again. I’m glad that I finished school and it was all behind me.

(Where I come from, we call it Comprehensive school but I understand that most other places it’s High School. Just to clarify that, incase I end up saying ‘Comp’ or ‘Comprehensive’ throughout this post!)

So, I started high school in 2003 and I didn’t really mind it at the time. I had my group of friends from my Primary/Junior school and I didn’t mind the lessons there. But when I got into Year 8/9, things got harder for me. Some of the pupils in my year, mainly the odd one or two ‘populars’ would start to make fun of me and try to have a laugh with their friends by trying to knock other people down. I never really took this too far to heart, as I was quite a strong person on the inside. Although, it did start to make me feel a little more self conscious about myself and my appearance.
When I got to Year 9, I was friends with a variety of people from different groups, and sadly I would go out of my way to try and fit in. I hated this so much and I still hate that I even tried that to this very day!
I would try to wear make up, plastering it on, I would straighten my hair and get a new hair cut to ‘be cool’. I would also wear the same sort of boots everyone did at school, the same style of coats, listen to awful chav music and then I would change my ways in class.
This is the one I hate the most, I have always been good at school but in this year I thought that it would be cool to act up in classes, try to be the funny guy by shouting things out and being a complete brat just to ‘fit in’ more.

I slowly got out of that phase when I got to Years 10 and 11, when I saw that I was just slacking in school. I started to find my own proper group of friends that I fit in with, had the same interests with and hung around with them ever since.
We all had the same taste in music, films and all enjoyed to succeed in school.
We all got called the ’emo’ group of the school, but I didn’t care as we all got on so well anyway. Things were looking up from there onwards.

Until one day at school, this tall, tomboyish girl came up to me in school at the start of assembly and started to shout at me. She said ‘Have you been going around telling people that I’m a lesbian? Have you?’ I would say no, because I hadn’t as I didn’t even know her. But she wouldn’t believe me and carried on shouting things as everybody else in my year just stared and watched. She said that she’d see me after assembly, that was where she shouted at me even more and threatened that she was ‘going to get me’ and I had better watch out.

She never actually ‘got me‘ but still, whenever I would bump into her at school (she wasn’t in any of my classes), she would always try to intimidate me and even when I would walk home, she would follow me as she lived further up than me, whilst shouting threats. Obviously, this made me feel really uncomfortable and I just didn’t want to go to school, I felt like each day I was taking a risk by actually going although I always put on a brave face, I never showed her that I was taking it to heart. At this stage, I decided to take up kickboxing with a few of my friends as self defence because you never know when you’ll even need it. I thoroughly enjoyed going, it was so much fun and you get in great shape. It turns out that a lot of people knew that we did this and it got around the school, from then on she didn’t seem to bother with me much more, which I was surprised about! (Not that I’m saying that you need to take kickboxing or anything, I’m just pointing out what I did!) 🙂

But, I absolute hate the become I pretended to be whilst in school so much. I could’ve had better grades if I didn’t mess about and try to act cool, and oh, the photos of my school days that make me cringe so badly! Haha! I guess most people go through a funny phase whilst in school though, when they try to find themselves! Eek!

I just want to say be yourself, even if people want to mock you or say something about you. The best way is to be yourself, ignore haters and do what you love to do!
This part of my life is such a huge regret to me, not that I can do anything about it. It’s in the past and I came a long way from that luckily! I am comfortable with who I am, I read 24/7 and I love to educate myself constantly on even the most random of things! Love to learn. Come on, it’s not cool to act stupid.

I am also currently reading a book called Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, which is about a girl that committed suicide in high school and recorded 13 tapes, which had 13 reasons to why she did it, which involved thirteen different people. Although I obviously didn’t go through anything like this, I think that this book sends out such a strong message to people and makes you think twice about how you treat others. You might not think that it’s going to harm someone, but the little things build up and up, that might be enough for them. I definitely knew quite a few people in my year that had a really tough time like that, and got bullied very often which people didn’t think would harm someone and was ‘just a laugh’ with their friends. I am going to be writing a blog post on this though soon, so I’ll leave it for then but I thought that I would just mention it as I’m in the state of mind for this!

I wouldn’t hold a grudge about the person that use to ‘bully’ me at school (I don’t really like to call it bullying, as it seems to serious, but I guess it is definitely classed as bullying). I just hope that this person realises what they use to do to several other people at school and think of it from their perspectives, how they use to feel at school and just see how they can change and grow from what they did in the past.

When I go places like Starbucks and I see a group of high school girls that are all gossiping, I can’t stand to sit there and have to listen to some things that are being said. I know they think no harm of it, a lot of people in high school don’t but when they’re all saying stuff like ‘Do you like ‘this person? No, I hate her, she’s really weird bla bla bla’  – I can’t stand to hear it, because maybe this person on the other end gets bullied a lot and absolutely hates going to school, like I use to?

Anyway, I’m going to try end this here – I don’t want it to be a massive essay, maybe I’ll write a few posts on bullying and other issues in the future?
Did any of you have bad experiences at school? Even if people had the intentions on doing so to you, or if they didn’t think it would harm? Did you have great experiences?! Let me know your stories, I love to read about them! (I’ve even added a lovely cringey old photo of me, just for you guys too!)
xx

Armada by Ernest Cline Book Review

The time has finally come! Ernest Cline’s latest book ‘Armada’ has been released, and obviously I jumped at the second it was on my Kindle!

As quite a lot of people know now, his first book was called Ready Player One and it was a massive hit, that it’s now being made into a film by Steven Spielberg! It was about a corrupt, dystopian world that was so bad, people lived their lives via a life simulator. They went to school on it, had jobs there but when the creator died he left his life’s earnings for the person that would complete the game and challenges he created inside this world. So, I was very, very excited for this next book!

It is not on the same lines as the previous book, but it still has some similar mannerisms such as using references to popular video games and sci-fi films from the 80s.
This book is about a boy that is in school one day, when he looks out of the window and sees an alien spaceship in the sky but it looks very, very familiar to him – like out of one of his video games that he plays very regularly. He thinks that he is going crazy, but one day it returns and actually lands to take him somewhere..
I am not going to say any more about this book, as it would ruin the storyline! But it is a great read and I almost cried at one point, too!

You can get this book from Amazon, at this link: (Hardcover £9.09, Paperback £7.99 and Kindle Edition £6.02)
I would definitely recommend this book to any nerds and sci-fi fans out there! I’m even going to leave a link to Ready Player One here too! (Paperback £6.29, Kindle Edition £5.98)

Have any of you read this yet? Did you like it as much as Ready Player One, or better?
I personally love Ready Player One a lot more, and shot straight up into my ‘Favourite Books’ list!
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Taranaki Falls & Mt Doom

Last week, on our way to Wellington we stopped to have a walk around Taranaki Falls, where we could see the famous ‘Mt Doom’ from Lord Of The Rings. This was incredible, as I am a fan of Lord of The Rings and of the snow at the time – we also got to see the waterfall (Taranaki Falls) where Gollum eats a fish out of the water in the movie.
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The walk was so beautiful, very slippery and a little dangerous, but so so beautiful! It took 2 hours to walk there and back, and it was definitely worth it! Although, if you want to see more of this, you can do the Tongariro Crossing hike, that takes 7 hours to do and you go a lot closer to Mt Doom! 11745516_10153061119117362_5318211993117064850_n 11709559_10153061120287362_3989892762674154498_n
Here is the waterfall that I mentioned earlier on, I loved that it was so cold there that it was starting to form icicles underneath the waterfall and started to make a snowy foam as the water hit the bottom!11042685_10153061120437362_8422178168144324788_n
I would highly recommend doing this walk, if you are passing the area! There’s not too much more that I am going to say on this but feel free to ask me any questions! It was a place to take in the beauty of the New Zealand nature!11403417_10153061115257362_6777366561525724174_n
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re you a big Lord Of The Rings fan? Would you like to visit Mt Doom?
xx

Taranaki Falls & Mt Doom

Last week, on our way to Wellington we stopped to have a walk around Taranaki Falls, where we could see the famous ‘Mt Doom’ from Lord Of The Rings. This was incredible, as I am a fan of Lord of The Rings and of the snow at the time – we also got to see the waterfall (Taranaki Falls) where Gollum eats a fish out of the water in the movie.
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The walk was so beautiful, very slippery and a little dangerous, but so so beautiful! It took 2 hours to walk there and back, and it was definitely worth it! Although, if you want to see more of this, you can do the Tongariro Crossing hike, that takes 7 hours to do and you go a lot closer to Mt Doom! 11745516_10153061119117362_5318211993117064850_n 11709559_10153061120287362_3989892762674154498_n
Here is the waterfall that I mentioned earlier on, I loved that it was so cold there that it was starting to form icicles underneath the waterfall and started to make a snowy foam as the water hit the bottom!11042685_10153061120437362_8422178168144324788_n
I would highly recommend doing this walk, if you are passing the area! There’s not too much more that I am going to say on this but feel free to ask me any questions! It was a place to take in the beauty of the New Zealand nature!11403417_10153061115257362_6777366561525724174_n
A
re you a big Lord Of The Rings fan? Would you like to visit Mt Doom?
xx