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Inexperience + Pride= Shame

The Ski Trip at Mount Ruapehu was filled with funny stories of embarrassing crashes, battle scars and wet clothing. My own particular Tale Of Humiliation was quite a funny one that cracked a smile on even the most humourless of people.

Being the inexperienced skier that I am, I stupidly wound up in the “Next Step” group for my ski lesson. There were three groups: Beginners (self-explanatory), Next Step (for those who have skied before and are ready to take things further) and Explorers (experienced skiers and snowboarders). Because I’ve skied before- once before, five years ago- I was put into the Next Step group. Right away I knew I was out of my league, firstly I couldn’t remember how to even get my skis on, and then once I had that sorted I lost control of my skis (because I couldn’t remember how to stop) on flat snow and took out some poor innocent snowboarder in the line for the chair lifts. I apologised profusely, and, bless his heart, he offered me a hand up and once I was upright I quickly proceeded to slide forward and fall over again. I sat there feeling disheartened and in despair because I knew I should be back in the beginners class, but stupid me, I had too much pride to turn around and head back down to Happy Valley. After another bout of profuse apologies, the nice snowboarder offered me a hand a second time and I took it but at the same time grumbled “thanks, I’ll probably just fall over again though…”

I managed to get to the chair lifts somehow and head on up the mountain to our group lesson. The further the chair lift went, the more I regretted not heading back down to Happy Valley because I realised just how far away I was at that point. The chair lift ride took quite a while, four or five minutes probably and it began to dawn on me that I’d managed to successfully get ON the chair lift, now the next problem was getting OFF it. The fear in my chest rose and I started to formulate a game plan as the little foot-high slope that you slide off the chair lift and down came into view. I managed to get off it without hurting anyone and slid over to the rest of the group and after that I felt my confidence start to come back. It was a short lived feeling though.

The ski instructor came over to us and introduced himself, he asked us to all introduce ourselves as well and then said we were going to ski to the top of quite a small slope that was just behind us so he could get us to show him how good we were. That’s when the next problem presented itself- I couldn’t move. It was quite funny going from being unable to stop on a flat slope to being unable to get moving. The rest of the group trudged onwards whilst I was left there flailing around unsuccessfully until the instructor grabbed my arm and dragged me over to the rope tow. I was pulled up to the top of the slope along with the rest of the group and the instructor followed. He said he wanted us to zig-zag down the slope, and he went first to demonstrate. The familiar feeling of horror returned because I had no idea how to do that and it only got worse as I watched my group do it with ease, one by one. I waited until the end because I wanted to put off my turn for as long as possible, but then my turn came and I knew I was going to embarrass myself.

I set off, obviously with the best of intentions, and wound up HOONING down the mountain at high speed in a straight line and was horrified when I skied straight past the rest of the group and remembered I didn’t know how to stop. In an effort to “zig-zag” I fell over on my side and did a somersault for a few metres before coming to a grinding halt. I felt my face go red with embarrassment and I looked up back at the group to see them all staring at me, “not exactly the most graceful landing!” I said whole-heartedly in an effort to regain some of my dignity. No such luck. I can’t remember how but I ended up back with the group (they may have skied over to me), and then the ski instructor introduced me to another ski instructor whose name I couldn’t pronounce or remember, and insisted on how great she was and said he thought I’d be better off with her. I gratefully accepted a position in her ski class as I couldn’t bear anymore shame in front of my current group.

I went off with the new instructor and watched my old group ski off to the distance to take on Rocky Garden and I was instantly grateful that I didn’t continue on with them.
It was then that I realised that I was now in a beginner’s class with seven and eight year olds… Great. I felt even MORE embarrassed at the drills we were made to do, but it did feel good being the best in the group and I managed to pick everything up quite quickly. Through the embarrassment of being in a group with such a young general age, I actually learnt a lot and when it came time to catch up with my initial group, I was able to do most of what they could! So thank you, ski-instructor whose name I can’t remember or pronounce, despite the humiliation it was very worthwhile.

Needless to say, I still wiped out at every corner of Rocky Garden on the way down to Happy Valley, but I’m sure my wipe-outs would’ve been far worse without the lesson I participated in, no matter how shameful it was 🙂

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August 14, 2010 at 6:14 am Leave a comment

Exciting Holidays!!!

Apologies for being absent over the last couple of weeks, but I’ve been seriously preoccupied with my AMAZING holidays that I’ve been having 😀 I came down to Hamilton on Monday (one week ago) and spent three days with my Nana and Poppa, and a glorious three days it was…

When I arrived in Hamilton I was really reaaallly sick with some sort of Flu. I was having horrid symptoms and the bus trip over was tedious and I felt really nauseas from the flu, it was so so nice to go to Nana’s and have a nice, delicious hot meal waiting for me and have someone to take care of me. I loved the relaxing and quiet environment, it was a really great was to relax and de-stress after one incredibly hectic term.

On Thursday I went up to Auckland with Mum, Mark and my friend Lily to go to Rainbows End (theme park) and Ice Skating! Here are some photos of the highlights:

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The Arcade.

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Lily and I waiting in line for the Bumper Cars.

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Lily and I waiting in line at the Motor Boat rides.

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A super excited me to be going to the Log Flume after not having gone on it since I was a small child.

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Sam and his ENORMOUS candyfloss.

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Then I decide to face my crazy-intense fear of heights and do the unthinkable…. Ride the FEAR FALL!

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That’s at the top. 18 STOREYS!!

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A photo I took that I love of the Roller Coaster.

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We saw some AMAZINGLY talented Asian acrobats.

After Rainbows End we headed off to our hotel to relax and decide what we were going to do for the rest of the day and what we were going to have for dinner. We ended up walking about 3 Kilometers from our Hotel to the supermarket to get heaps of eats. I won’t recall what they were because they weren’t overly healthy… Haha.

Here’s the view from my room in the Hotel:

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We went ICE SKATING too which was an all new experience for me, I’ve never ever been before. It was freeezing inside, much colder than I expected, and it was an amazing environment to be in with professional skaters skating around and small children who’d had a lot of practice and were really really good.

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We were pretty excited to get on the Ice 😀


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I wasn’t very good… Lol. Mum said I needed to work on my “Gracefulness”

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We all enjoyed ourselves, and we were offered a free lesson…

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It was quite helpful and I learnt a lot. We also got an awesome demonstration from the Coach who’s a New Zealand Ice Skating Representative!! 😀 I was happy to leave though, I’d had enough of it.

We returned back to our Hotel room for lunch and then Mum, Lily and I went to Queen Street to go shopping. I experienced the incredibleness of my new favourite shop… Real Groovy. It is AMAZING!!!! It sells books, DVDs, Clothing and a whole bunch of other random stuff that you wouldn’t find anywhere else. The books, CDs and DVDS that they sell are things that nowhere else stock, so they have really rare items. Within the store there’s a vintage clothing shop called “Peachy Keen” and they sell absolutely incredible vintage clothing. Once we left we headed to another Road to find the other Peachy Keen store to shop for more clothing. I bought the cutest little vintage sweater I’ve ever seen. Later that afternoon we went to see Shrek Forever After in 3D and it was really good! I highly recommend it 🙂


I came back to Hamilton on Saturday morning and stayed the night with Nana again, then I went to Dad’s on Sunday and we went to go see Hamilton Operatic’s Miss Saigon and it was AMAZING!! My friend was in it and I was so happy to be able to go and watch him perform.

Today I went shopping and bought a great pair high-waisted shorts which I’m very very happy with and a nice warm jersey/jacket which I haven’t removed all day. I have so many awesome jackets, I think I may be obsessed lol.

Anyway, that’s the basic catch up of what I’ve been up to these holidays. I’ve recovered from the Flu happily enough and I plan to spend the next few days with my head down, studying for exams and completing two huge research projects that are due back at the start of term 2. I hope the rest of you are enjoying your holidays!



July 12, 2010 at 6:54 am Leave a comment

Final instalment of ACE 2010 recap!

Day 4

By now we were all really enjoying our time in Waiouru. It was once again up at 6 and into our morning routine, plus Breakfast. That morning we had the BEST presentations of the whole day 🙂 We were introduced to Armed Corps and Infantry!!! Bring on the tanks and big-ass guns!

I won’t share too much details about it because I’m not sure of how much I’m allowed to say about that on here, but OMIGOD, it was amazing. The best part of my entire week and I have never had such an awesome time. I learned so much and gained so many skills and a whole new respect for the talent the Soldiers and Officers all have. Kudos, Staff!

Anyway, after that we headed to the Mess for lunch. After lunch it was time for the fitness test. You guys will remember when I completed the initial fitness test? If not, you can read all about it here.  Well it was time for everyone to redo it. My ankle that I had rolled the previous day on the Assault course was really starting to hurt and I knew that running on it would be a bad idea so instead of completing the test, I was a road marker to direct everyone of where to go.

They were FAST man! The fastest guy was about, 7 minutes 58 seconds or so? At that wicked high altitude, he had busted out an insane time!! That was pretty awesome 🙂

I took pleasure in listening to everything the P.T.I had to say and observing his techniques and the way he taught the class. I was a sponge, absorbing all the relative information.

After the assault course we went to something awesome….

We marched out to the Taylor firing range in our Platoons to watch a firing demonstration by the Staff. It. Was. AWESOME!!! They were incredible! They demonstrated what it would be like if they were in a war on the front line. It was incredible to watch, I couldn’t take my eyes off it, they were so slick and so smooth with their movements and actions… It was totally inspiring.

The rest of the evening was pretty nice 🙂 We went to one more presentation after that which came from two current new recruits going through Basic Training. That was quite cool and quite funny, we asked heaps of questions and learnt some important things for those of us wanting to apply to join.

After that presentation we got the chance to go to the gift shop and buy some souvenirs. I bought a shirt that said “NZ ARMY” embroidered on the front.

From there, we went straight to the Mess for dinner and then to the Conference Hall for the closing ceremony. That was pretty sad, we were all sad to go and we had some fantastic laughs together, all the Staff said a few words about how they think we went. They were all really impressed by our progress and how far we’d come from when we arrived to when we left. We also were presented with our certificates by our regional recruiters, then it was back to the Barracks to complete some final chores and tasks to be ready to head off early in the morning.

I was looking forward to coming home but sad at the same time. I’d really begun to get used to the Army lifestyle and it worried me a little bit about heading back onto Civvy street and not knowing how to adjust back to that. All the same, the Barracks were immaculate that night and all our gear was packed and ready to go.

I didn’t sleep a wink that night for excitement.

Day 5

Day five, the final day… Wow, we were all in a bit of shock that this world we’d become so accustomed to was now going to be tipped upside down as we headed home. I was a bit nervous about going back to Civvy street, I was a little concerned by the lack of discipline and routine that I’d grown to love.
The morning began as usual, up at 6am, straight into fatigues and getting ready for the day. Although this day was a little bit different because we were to remove all the sheets from our bed and our pillow case, fold them all neatly and place them outside our door. We were to fold up all the rest of our blankets and duvet and leave them in a neat and tidy pile at the end of our bed. After that, we needed to double check that all our bags were packed and we were ready to go.
At 0650 hours we were to be downstairs, formed up in our platoons, dressed in our Number One’s to head to the Mess for breakfast.
Breakfast was a bit sad because it was the last one we’d be having there. We marched back to our Barracks afterwards and were instructed to go upstairs, finish our fatigues, make 100% sure our Barracks were clean and tidy and then bring all our luggage downstairs and line them up in our regions.
After that there was a bit of a wait for our buses to arrive, it gave us all an opportunity to reflect on the week and discuss whether or not we’d be joining the Army after the ACE.
At roughly 8.45am, the bus for my region arrived and we were instructed to load our luggage on. From there we had a small wait before we were allowed to get on. Once we did I managed to score a good seat up the front, I love watching scenery whilst travelling.
We waved goodbye to everyone and drove off, we knew that in two hours we’d all be meeting up again in Taupo. I really enjoyed the trip to Taupo, the scenery was amazing and I was able to reflect on the awesome week I’d had. Even though the first two days were really hard, it got easier once you learned the rules and got used to the routine.
In Taupo we met up with the other 2 buses for lunch. Lunch was AWESOME!!! We each got a foot long subway sandwich and a pump bottle of water! Sweet!!!
We enjoyed our food, then we were given the opportunity to say our final goodbyes before heading onwards on our journey. We left Taupo at approximately 11.20am.
Next stop was Rotorua, I slept quite a bit through that leg of the trip, I had much sleep to catch up on that I lost during the week!
After dropping off a few people in Rotorua, there were only a few of us left to head to Tauranga. We were all starting to feel excited about seeing our families again.
We arrived in Tauranga at about 2pm and it was great to pull into the Army Recruiting Hall and see my Mum sitting there waiting for me. We unloaded our luggage, were given final instructions and said our final goodbyes to Captain Copeland and Sergeant Te Kani before we headed our separate ways. Mum and I headed off to get coffee and catch up.
I had a BLAST at the Army, but it felt great to be back with my family.

Army Careers Experience 2010. Challenging physically, mentally and emotionally. It tests who you are and your self-discipline. You learn things about yourself you never knew before.
The punishments are tough but the rewards are great.
It’s not for the faint of heart!

So… Have you got what it takes?

April 13, 2010 at 10:13 am Leave a comment

Final Day of Term 1!!

I am very, VERY relieved that term one is over. It’s sort of surreal actually… Seems like just yesterday that the term began. I’ve been so busy that the time has just flown by whilst I’ve been on Autopilot.. I don’t even really get a holiday because on Sunday I’m heading to Tauranga to prepare to depart for Waiouru on Monday. On Monday our bus departs at 10am sharp, we’ll arrive in Waiouru at approximately 1pm. From there I’ll be living like a soldier until Friday 🙂 I am SOO excited!! I’m expecting to have a total blast.

Once I get back I’m working Saturday, Sunday and Monday then on Monday evening after my shift I’ll head to Hamilton and stay with Dad until Friday (I’m hoping that’s ok with you Dad, lol). I have to come back friday because I’m working Saturday and Sunday 😦
Working is exhausting!!! It’s so time-consuming and it sort of takes you by surprise how it creeps up on you… At least I’ll be earning lots of money so I can pay back Mum and Mark asap.

Nevertheless, the holidays will probably be just as hectic as the term has been. At least I won’t have to worry about my exercise lacking since the first week will be spent in the Army! I’ll be absent from the blog-world while I’m down there, but I promise to take tons of photos and give a huge recap as soon as I get back.

Anywho, onto more recent events, my class totally ROCKED it at Body Combat tonight! I love the muscle-tone this class is giving me, and I can feel myself getting stronger each week.


I leave every week feeling like I’ve truly given it everything and it’s an awesome feeling 🙂 That class is fantastic! I feel like my self-defence skills are seriously improving which is a huge confidence booster.

Anyways, I have been so exhausted lately. Afternoon naps are becoming a regular habit and I’m not entirely sure why because I’ve been getting quite adequate amounts of sleep lately. I guess my body’s been doing everything it can to catch up on the sleep I lost when I was stressed out over the last month or so.

I’m going to finish watching Go Girls and then I’m hitting the sack. BRING ON the extra hours of sleep without homework 🙂



April 1, 2010 at 7:51 am Leave a comment


WELL! Today has been one seriously intense day. It was swimming sports with school and then afterwards I had my NZ Army fitness test…

Swimming sports was lots of fun 🙂 I entered 4 events but only competed in 3 because the 4th event was cancelled due to time constraints 😦
I swam in 1 length freestyle, 2 lengths freestyle and 1 length breaststroke. I sucked in the first two, but I didn’t expect any better. I haven’t been for a proper swim in about 3 weeks, HOWEVER- I came first in the 1 length breaststroke 🙂 That made me very happy. The first time in my history at Trident High School that I came first in anything sports related.

I spent the day with 3 awesome friends and the time just flew by. I was pretty anxious the whole day though in anticipation of what would be to come at 4.30pm…..

I didn’t each much throughout the day. I had a small breakfast which was about 1 and a half eggs, 1/4 of a can of baked beans and 1 slice of toast.

I had to force myself to eat throughout the day at swimming sports. I ate two carrots and a small fruit bar, an apple and a marmite sandwich. When I got home I made sure to drink up (because I hadn’t had much water either) and eat some good, healthy food.

I had some green tea, an orange, a handful of Brazil nuts and a Green Monster containing: 1 banana, 4 small leaves of silverbeet, 1/4 cup of blueberries, 1 cup of skim milk, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon.
It was a it odd tasting, but I was glad I drank it. That stuff gives you such a huge energy boost!! I’d recommend it more than any energy drink available.

At 4.10pm I headed down to the Army hall. The weather’s been pretty on-off all day. Changing between sunshine and heavy showers the whole time, it was alright during swimming sports coz we were all wet anyways. The weather was looking pretty shite when I got there, but I have no problem exercising in rain so it didn’t phase me.

Out of 30 applicants from our area, EIGHT showed up for the fitness test. I don’t care, gives us more of a chance of being accepted!! Oh, by the way, I was the only girl there.

The fitness test was very much more difficult than I had ever anticipated… But as you know, I thrive on a challenge and a chance to work up a heart rate raising sweat so I stayed positive.

The test included:

  • 2.4K run (in under 10 minutes 30 seconds for guys, 12 minutes 20 seconds for girls)
  • Press-ups (ARMY STYLE!! VERY much more difficult than JENNY style lol. Minimum of 28 for guys, 15 for girls)
  • Curl-ups (minimum of 66 for guys and 50 for girls)

The run was killer… I got to the turnaround point and the Army guy in charge told me I’d need to really work hard on the way back to make it in time… Boy howdy did that light a fire beneath me. I HAULED SERIOUS ASS all through that 1.2 Kilometer! It was painful. I couldn’t breath very well, my throat burned, my stomach burned, my face burned, but I ran as quickly as I could.

When I made it to the finish line, I almost died of happiness when I heard my time was 11:57 😀 😀 😀 It wasn’t as great as it COULD have been, but hell, I DID IT!!! I ran the fastest I have ever run in my life and I’m so proud that I achieved the requirements for the run 😀

Next up was press ups. Those sucked… I felt terrible because I was only able to do 20 crappy ones. He said he’d count 16 rather than 20 because he goes for quality over quantity and I hadn’t done too well… Something to work on for the future I guess. I’m glad I achieved the minimum though 🙂

Finally, there were the Curl Ups. He told us the minimum requirements, then he said that when you’re doing them, girls can stop when they reach 118 and guys can stop when they reach (something like) 130. I had never done that particular style of ab work before, but I was so glad that I’ve spent months and months working on my abs because I knew reaching 50 would be a breeze.

We were paired off and worked with our partner to count how many they did and to make sure they were maintaining form and doing them correctly.
When it was my turn, I just went for it. I gave it everything and focused on my breathing and making sure to use my abs. Well… this went far better than I could ever have anticipated because I did the full 118!!! I could’ve kept going but my neck started to hurt :/

I beat all the guys and after that had mad respect from them. It had started raining pretty heavily by then. The guy in charge took us all aside individually and we had a sort of interview. Then he spoke to us all as a group and told us that he’d get back to each of us within the next coming week. He told us we’ll receive one of three letters; saying either congratulations you’ve got a spot, we’re keeping you as a reserve or sorry, not this year.

Apparently there have been 80 applicants for this trip and there are 15 spots available… Pretty intense. I’m keeping my fingers crossed, hoping one of those 15 spots are mine.

If not, well now that I know what to expect I’ll just work 10 times harder and come back and whip some serious booty next year 🙂

Anyway, I’m exhausted now, it’s been a loonngg and busy day and I’ve got heaps of homework to do before bed 😦

To all the Trident Students, hope you all had an awesome time at Swimming Sports 🙂

Night all!


February 25, 2010 at 7:00 am 1 comment

A whole new world of pain.

Man, I woke up yesterday in so much pain… And of course again this morning. All thanks to that insane strength/weight workout I did with the trainer at the gym the other day.

Literally, my ENTIRE body hurts. Even my abs lol, that’s funny because I didn’t even do ab-specific workouts.

It’s highly difficult to even walk properly. My thighs and butt hurt so bad, I went to the gym yesterday to see the trainer and get my cardio training plan, I had planned to do some kind of workout, but I got there, walked on the treadmill for 2 minutes and decided I was in too much pain to carry on.

HOWEVER, It doesn’t really matter that I skipped the gym yesterday because I did touch training in P.E and that was relatively full-on (also ridiculously painful). Today I did P.E again, I’m quite surprised at how well my knees are handling all the running involved, (I haven’t been to a physio appointment in 2 weeks though :S It’s not my fault though because they work dumb hours. The physio don’t work on weekends and they only work mornings during weekdays, in which I’m at school! That’s so average, I may have to change Physio.) we did a circuit course today, we only went for about 15 minutes, but it was alright.

Also I played Squash in Electives today for the first time in around about a year. The last time I played it was with Emma when I was at my fattest and most unfit. I discovered that I seem to have LOST any skill I may have had. I’m absolutely terrible at the game lol, but hey, I guess everyone has to start somewhere. Besides, I’ll most likely be moved into a production elective anyway.

This one was short but sweet! Still haven’t gotten around to taking any photos 😦 I’ll have some soon hopefully. I just don’t want to bring my camera to school for fear of having it stolen. And besides, don’t really want pictures of me at school on the blog anyway :/

I’m cooking dinner tonight, so if it’s something interesting I shall photograph the process to see how I go. Regular blog readers will know how awful I am at cooking. The other night I attempted low-fat Quiche. You couldn’t even really call it “Quiche”, it was more like Onion with a side of Quiche if you get what I mean lol.

Have a great night!


P.S- I’ve been listening to the Glee soundtrack like mad. These two are my favourites 🙂

February 11, 2010 at 3:46 am Leave a comment

Back to school!

I did a little video blog to help get you guys up to speed as quickly as possible.

I have to say, since I filmed this video blog (sorry about the bad sound quality, the microphone/speaker was muffled the whole time) 2 hours ago, I’ve had kind of a revelation.

Two of my friends opened their hearts and listened to me explain why school upsets me so much, and then they told me what they thought.

They were both so nice and gave me their opinions in such a way that it really made a difference. I need to confront my insecurities and stop worrying about fitting in. Also, we’re doing the production “Fame” this year and it’s kicking off straight away, so that’s something awesome to look forward to 🙂

I’m going to start concentrating on all the amazing opportunities that have been offered to me this year, and to try to do the best I can academically and in other areas. I’m starting to get excited about this year because there are so many possibilities 🙂 Also, I’ll never ever get free education again, so I might as well ENJOY it while I can.

The first 3 years of High School sucked and were a horrible experience for me, so why not make this year different?

I’m now determined to enjoy this year and, as Mr Tootell would say, make this my best year yet.

It sounds so lame, but I know I can do it.


February 3, 2010 at 9:07 am 1 comment


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