Rachel Goh - “When I decided to be semi-adventurous, part 1”

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Rachel Goh

Rachel has travelled from Singapore to study Psychology at the University of Otago. She is often seen running around campus juggling various commitments. 

Kit Kat got it right with their slogan “Have a break. Have a Kit Kat”. Having a break (and lots of chocolate) is important, especially when you’re constantly surrounded by deadlines and tons of readings. Lucky for me, I live in a place where escaping your responsibilities is still rather doable. After all, Dunedin is a four-hour drive from the prettiest place on earth (aka Queenstown).

For the past 8 years, I have been to a couple of places in New Zealand that I may or may not remember. For the purposes of this blog, I will only focus on last year and this year when I did the bulk of my travelling (thank you OUSA and the lack of undergraduate classes for some semblance of freedom).

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However, as the title of this blog suggests, I am only semi-adventurous human being. I have always been the girl whose idea of a break is to sprawl somewhere comfy with my laptop and a book.

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So if you want to read about hiking or tramping, this is not the blog for you I am sorry to say. I am aware that New Zealand is wasted on me, but it ain’t all about the hiking life here ya know! I think I have done some pretty cool stuff anyway.

So here are the places I have been in 2016/17:

1. Wellington

Please do not make my mistake and wait 6 years to finally make it to the Windy City! I love Wellington for its city vibes, its strong café culture, the people, THE AMAZING FOOD, and the waterfront. Wellington is also rather easy to get around because it is not as humongous as Auckland – this makes it excellent for my subpar driving skills.

I really enjoy having cocktails with my friends at The Library, roaming around the cultural and historical artefacts at Te Papa Museum, and walking on the waterfront and seeing the stunning Wellington harbour (if it’s a good day).

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Most importantly, I love the food (#priorities). There is actually decent Asian food in Welly and I always make my friends bring me to Little Penang or PappaRich for my Malaysian/Singaporean food fix (try the char kway teow, trust me).

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