|The sun is bright, the sky is blue. This is just outside our main door.
Basketball and Fishing On a Saturday
Last Saturday my wife and I helped our landlord set up a booth at an all Filipino basketball tournament at the YMCA in Northshore. I'm not a basketball kind of person so I didn't enjoy it that much. What caught our attention though was the food. There was a stall that offers home cooked Filipino food. The sisig was very good and the laing was a piece of Bicol heaven in Auckland. Abby had beef steak and it was cooked to perfection. Apologies, I don't have a photo of the food...aesthetically, its not pleasing (a pile of meat on rice, in a styro plate) so I didn't bother.
At around 3pm we decided to pack everything then we went to Tai Ping and Countdown (supermarkets here in Auckland - someday I will write about it) at the downtown area to do our grocery. Several grocery bags heavier and a $100 poorer, we went to the wharf for a bit of fishing. It wasn't as successful as the labour day weekend fishing we did but it was enough for a decent meal of fried fish. We just caught bait fish which is ulam already for most pinoys. For most kiwis, if not all, what we caught is just fish food.
|Bait fish makes a pinoy happy and full
Mass and Roses on a Sunday Afternoon
The following day, after hearing mass at Balmoral, Abby and I went to Parnell Rose Gardens to attend the Festival of Roses.
|Marimba players provided the background music for an already perfect afternoon
We were greeted by music from a group marimba players which added to the relaxed ambiance of the afternoon. Aucklanders and tourists alike roam the food and souvenir stalls that dotted the whole ground.
|Tourists and Aucklanders alike enjoyed watching the marimba players
|Food and souvenir stalls litter the place
|The star of the afternoon....the roses
|The thorn among the roses?
|Freshly made cones and delicious ice cream
We just couldn't resist the ice cream...danish ice cream in a freshly made cone?! We are only human.
|A view of Auckland's marine port
The performances and the food made last Sunday extra special for us. What a weekend!