Barista Cats – Cat Cafe

 

Ever wanted to visit a Cat Cafe ? Find yourself browsing the internet, looking wishfully at articles about Japan with its Hedgehog Cafes, Bunny Cafes and the ever coveted Cat Cafe.

Recently 2 cafes have opened in Auckland City and i was lucky enough to visit one. If you are considering a visit to the Cafe or just want to find out what the hype is all about read on to find out.  Continue reading

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Vacation!!!

Hey Wanderers

My First Official Contract with Disney Cruise Line finished on March 30th 2015. I had extended my contract by 3 days so that  could stop working on a Castaway Cay day, which means I boarded the dream in a foreign port and re-board the dream on my tourist visa instead of my work visa.

I did this as one of my on-board friends and I went on a 1 week vacation to Orlando/ Disney world!!!!!!!

Cue 1 week of shopping and seeing friends and eating!!!

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We caught up with some friends, we shopped and slept and tanned at Mickeys Retreat. It was a great end to a contract.

After Orlando I flew home to New Zealand where I spent a wonderful 10 days seeing friends and catching up on sleep and snuggling my favourite animal.

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I then flew to Australia to visit my friend from the college program, we were proper tourists we visited museums and art galleries. Walked through botanical gardens. Drove to the gold coast and of course bummed around at home.

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After Australia I flew home and visited my mum who has a new favourite animal as unfortunately Mary Jane had to be put down in March.

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RIP Mary Jane

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Welcome Lily

I had 7 weeks’ vacation all up. I finished up my time at home spending as much time as I could with friends and family, doing driving lessons and slowly packing my bags and counting down the days till I flew back to Florida.

Bye for Now

Xx

My Hairy Journey

So if you have been following my process you all know that recently I dyed my hair purple and it was amazing!

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However since I got the call to arms from Disney Cruise Line I have been battling the purple to get back to a natural colour. After I came back from Walt Disney World I was really broke. It is thanks to my wonderful father that I have been able to afford anything. I have been living on his good graces since I got home. Because of this scenario I have been trying to fix my hair myself as cheaply as possible.

So let’s take a walk down my extra fun crazy hair experiments.

Step One:

Bleach and dye hair purple using SPLAT! Hair dye in Lusty Lavender and Purple Desire.

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Step Two:

Live it up large with purple hair, rock it like it’s the most awesome thing you’ve ever done because you love it.

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Step Three:

Get a call from dream employer regarding position. Accept position realise purple hair not acceptable. Cry, cry a lot.

Step Four:

Put on your big girl pants and do all the web searches and watch all the YouTube videos about hair colour removal a home.

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Step Five:

Mistakenly listen to your father and try to bleach the colour out??

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Step Six:

Realise this doesn’t work. Research how to remove pink hair!!!

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Step Seven:

Try dying your hair a dark brown.

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Step Eight:

Discover it wasn’t dark brown.

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Step Nine:

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Try vitamin C hair caps and other homemade solutions

  • Baking soda and vinegar
  • Baking soda, crushed vit C tabs, dish soap
  • Anti-dandruff shampoo
  • Baking soda, crushed vit c, shampoo, dish soap,
  • Sterilising solution

Step Ten:

Try dying hair a mahogany brown to mellow out the red.

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Step eleven:

Notice how dry and sad looking hair is

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Step twelve:

Pay a professional to fix your mistakes.

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Step Thirteen:

Love your new Disney approved hair colour!

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So what is the moral of this story??? Pay a professional??? Don’t dye your hair crazy colours???

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Be yourself and persevere through it all!

Be The Change You Want To See In The World

Emma Watson embodies how I feel about Feminism.

#IfNotME….Who?

#HeForShe

#EqualityForAll

#YesALLPeople!

Like Emma says my life is privileged. My family love me for who I am. Not because I’m a girl but because I am a person. I have always been told I can do anything I set my mind to and if I work hard enough I can achieve it. I believe that my dreams are worthwhile but not at the expense of others. I do not believe any one person is greater or better than another. 

Because of this I also believe that this is how the world should work. This is how all women and men should be viewed. One sex/gender is not better than another. One person’s life is not worth more than another. Women should have the only say about their bodies and their lives. Men should have the only say about their bodies and their lives. I do not hate men, I see them as an equal, as a challenger in the competition of life.

Unfortunately I am still afraid of many of them. I feel that at night I am in danger if I am by myself, if I am out drinking, if I wear a skirt or too much make up. However I do not always want to feel this way. With help from #HeForShe we can stop this or at least reduce it.

So I say to you today be the change you want to see in the world. Believe in yourself because you whether male or female are valued and worthwhile in all the things you do. 

Embrace yourself and others as we are learning to become more open and break down the walls of gender that society has long had in place “for our own good” 

Love yourself and your neighbour

Meagan

xoxo

Write my life???

Ok so for those of you who don’t really know me all that well I have recently become obsessed with YouTube and some of its stars. I have also only recently discovered Tumblr and also attended my first con!!!! So much accomplished in 2014!!!!

One of my favourite things to watch from some of my favourite YouTube stars (Myharto, grav3yard girl, Jenna marbles, vintage or tacky, Starkid), is a draw my life tag video. So I have decided (because the motivation has grabbed me) to do a kind of a write my life? It won’t be in depth but ill touch on what I think have been some major parts of my life which I believe have impacted the way I think and act and aspire to today.

My History:

Childhood:

I was just a baby when my parents got divorced. I don’t think I’ve ever been too distraught about this, I certainly did go through an awkward phase at around 10 of wanting my mum and dad to get back together (awkward because they were both practically re married).  I have always spent my life travelling back and forwards between my mum and my dad’s, this meant bus trips and road trips as far back as I can remember. It was always very exciting I got to explore and make friends along the way. I attribute this to the start of my wanderlust. I also have been to quite a few schools as well as being home-schooled for a period of my youth. This I believe attuned my curiosity and formed the idea that if you’re interested/passionate about something you should go for it, and look in to it.

Teenage years:

At 13 I moved from my mum’s to my dad’s and lived with him for the first time I could remember. I started a new school and made amazing friendships that I still love to this day. At this latest school I discovered a passion for theatre and even came top in my drama class one year. Starting new schools is really hard and can be quite stressful, but it has always taught me to make friends quite easily, it has also given me the option to shake of preconceived ideas about myself and explore different interests and dress codes.

At 16 I moved back to mums, I decided to go Goth which wasn’t well received at the small town school I was suddenly attending. But hey isn’t that how we learn and grow? I finished up my schooling and found a love for tourism. So much so that I actually took the class twice I my final year of high school. This final high school took us on trips around the county to explore options with universities in New Zealand. I didn’t believe I would ever want to attend university as I had decided that tourism was my passion and that generally was on the job training.

However I had always wanted to do an exchange program during my schooling and move to another country for a year. This unfortunately was never in the cards as it was insanely expensive so I began to look for other options on travel/jobs/exchanges overseas. It was during this time I discovered a program called Camp America. Basically it takes people over 18 from all over the world and places them at summer camps in America to work for 3 months. This sounded exactly like what I wanted and so I applied for this at the end of my last year of high school.

Young Adult years;

I spent a great 7 months in 2009 travelling and working. I spent 3 months in West Virginia at a wonderful all girls camp; Camp Rim Rock. I was a general counsellor, an archery instructor, a rock wall instructor as well as a life guard. I spent an amazing 3 months working at the camp before setting off on 3 weeks of travel around the eastern coast of the USA. I visited Washington DC, Philadelphia, buffalo, Niagara Falls, New York City.

After my 3 weeks in the states I spent 3 months in Italy staying with family, with a short burst of travel in England and wales. It was while I was in Italy lounging around mooching of my amazing cousin Jo and her family that I decided I wanted to go to university. I had to choose between 2 possible candidates, I decided that I was going to go to Otago University. It is NZ oldest university and is situated in the deep south of New Zealand. This was the farthest away from home I could get without leaving the country. Also as an added bonus my boyfriend at the time was already at Otago University. I decided I was going to study Theatre studies with a minor in hospitality as that way I got all the fun and none of the math.

However by the end of my first year I realised I wanted to take 20 tourism papers and like 2 theatre papers. I was actually offered honours in both Tourism and Theatre and had the chance to choose between them, I chose to change my degree from a Bachelor of Arts to a Bachelor of Commerce. Unfortunately this meant all of the math!!!! However with some great utilization of summer school I still managed to graduate in 3 years as scheduled.

During my first year of university I was loving my tourism/hospitality classes and one of y lecturers, my favourite and huge role model Tara! Told me about this awesome opportunity called the Disney International College Program. The option to work, earn and learn from the world largest media conglomerate. This sounded like the perfect dream job to me, how else would I get to live in America for a year with a job, in a gated community and transportation provided on a daily basis??? So I decided to finish my degree and then apply for the ICP.

For more information of that you can check out some of my early/very first posts to this blog.

However one of my longest running dreams is to travel the world and be paid for it. So everything I do is striving towards this ultimate goal. I pondered being an air hostess (I’m too short) and working on a cruise ship (taaadaahhh).

Today:

So as you all know I am mid-way through my process of becoming part of the team with the Disney cruise line. You can read this post HERE about my process so far.

I also got some great news the other day that a friend of mine is also going to be interviewed for the Disney cruise line as well!!! Yes super pumped!!!

Where I stand today is in a sort of limbo. I am still riddled with wanderlust and I can’t wait to get the call from the Disney cruise line so I can set off abroad once more.

This is an odd post and if you didn’t like it I apologise, I just felt like there is a certain amount of my life that attributes to why I want to travel and how I’ve gotten to this point and I felt like sharing it.

PS, i learnt how to use links !!! did you notice.

TTFN

Nutmeg

Day Four – St Maarten

Ok so the day dawned somewhat brightish and earlyish, we were docking in St Maarten.

We had decided on breakfast at the enchanted garden at 9am.

Breakfast was surprisingly a buffet ha-ha,  during which our waiter spilled a glass of water all over our table we all had good giggle and after breakfast spent a few hours chilling on board, this was because we had booked a tour but it wasn’t due to start till 12:30pm. So at around 11:45am we made our way through to the Buena Vista Theatre to await our briefing.

We arrived nice and early and spent around 20 minutes waiting for everyone else to arrive. We had booked the Under 2 Flags tour which was $29.00 per person and took us on a coach tour around both sides of the island. We stopped at a market place where we perused all the token souvenirs and bags and what not. We even chanced a look inside the mall, which was filled with various expensive stores with nothing overly interesting. I purchased some post cards for my collection.

We decided we were thirsty and so we stopped at a juice bar for some fresh fruit juice. Kat got a vitamin C juice which was deliciously tart as it had no added sugar. I had an island blend and Christopher had a Pina colada smoothie – no alcohol added. After which we boarded the bus again and headed for the rest of the tour.

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mhmmmmm all of the ice cream Flavours

Our last stop before the ship was at a famous carousel and Italian ice-cream shop. We all had a free go on the carousel and a scoop of ice cream, there were so many flavours it was really hard to choose but they let us taste a couple first. I ended up with a Bounty flavor, which tasted just like bounty chocolate bars.

After half an hour there we were dropped back at the port. Chris and Kat headed back to the ship and Michael and I window shopped at the port side shopping for around an hour.

i just want to apologize that none of these photos are in order.

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Ticket for the tour

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Can you see the Lizards ???

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Dodgiest rubbish bin ever

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Katherine and Christopher

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Michael

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teaching kat how to get the glamour shot

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glamour shots are hard

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Meagan wont get off the bus cos its too close to the edge

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Day four was pirate night, there was a lot of commotion happening with dance parties and pirates of the Caribbean themed shows and even fireworks. We had dinner at animator’s palate for the first time since we had eaten at Palo on the first night instead.

I must say that out of all the menus this was the one I was least interested in.

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Lamb shank

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Pot Stickers

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Shrimp and Israeli Couscous

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Choc Lava Cake

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Pirate beverage

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A Lost Boy(Girl) and Peter Pan

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After the fireworks there was a dessert buffet at cabanas but it was also a bit average.