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Lux – An epic night out in Wellington

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We left it til the very-very last night, but it was totally worth it. We have just come home from Lux – an epic night out in Wellington.

Miss14 and I wandered down from home along with seventy billion other people, as it was such a calm mild night perfect for wandering along the waterfront and around the city.

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I had seen a few photo’s floating around on Instagram and Twitter, but didn’t quite know what to really expect until we got there.

Miss14 thought I was taking her to see the crane by Helipro with lights on it, she wasn’t that excited to begin with and thought it was going to be a bit lame….until we got there that is and she totally changed her mind :-)

Lux was awesome!

So many awesome ones, from the:

Monster’s Inc type Screamometer light flappy things ~ Screaming Rapture

• to glow in the dark lights ~ Potion Forest

• to Squid Bacteria that glows when irritated to ~ Vibrio Nimbus

• to Light reflected through water mist to music ~ X

• to Diamondy lights you can yell at to light brighter ~ Square things

 

I also really loved just wandering through the city casually and cruisey with Miss14.

We had lots of time to just chat and Joke around, Laugh, Dance, Sing and take silly photo’s.

We had a really early dinner so we could just take our time and not feel pressured to ‘get home’ because it was getting late or anything.

So we spent hours and hours down there and it was awesome. My photo’s don’t do it justice at all, but check out some of the fab picture galleries online, like on Twitter or Instagram, just search for the hashtag #WgtnLux or on the official pages @WgtnLux

We wandered into the Wellington Chocolate Factory which was open late.

They make organic, ethically traded chocolate on site and we had rich Hot Chocolates to take along with us.  Yummo :-)

 

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Somehow we also had room for Gelato from Gelissimo Gelateria on our way back home too 😉 trying new flavours…if you can imagine what “Ambrosia” tastes like…yup, it was GOOOOD!

It was so great to see so many Wellingtonians out on a Sunday night with their family and friends, in the middle of Winter/Spring might I add.

So, thanks Lux for putting on an amazing installation and great entertainment for our city. I was highly impressed and we loved it.

Looking forward to it next year.

Did you get down to Lux?
What did you think, did you have a favourite installation?

 

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Source: Lux

 

 

 

 

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How to write a ‘Rental CV’ and why it rocks!

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How to write a ‘Rental CV’ and why it rocks!…

In my first ever post Moving to the City Wellington I talked about handing to my new potential ‘Landlord’ of the Apartment we were really hoping would be ours our ‘Rental CV’.

Some of you may have heard of a Rental CV, others not, so I thought I would share it here as I have found it to be invaluable over the past 12 years of renting.

Rental CV example

Rental CV example

It lays out on one page:

  • Name
  • Contact phone numbers
  • A few points about yourself/family on why pick us
  • Rental Property history
  • Contact details of each referee

This is then attached as the front page and stapled to your accompanying printed written references from said referees.

Copy off a good handful of copies of both your cover page and copies of the references and have these stapled together and ready to go when you go out ‘viewing places’.

I have had every landlord I have given it too compliment me on it.  I give it when I say ‘We would love to be considered for the place’ – ‘here is our Rental CV and references’.  I know it has gone along way in helping make their decision that we are the right tenants for their home and that totally rocks!…more below

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Moving to the City – Wellington City…continued

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Moving to the City – Wellington City…continued

Oriental Bay, Wellington

Oriental Bay, Wellington

We still kept actively looking at places over the next two days, finding nothing you would call ‘appealing’ and then we got the call….
It was all ours…We were moving to the City – Wellington City!!!

3 weeks latter we were moving in!

Man, that moved a little faster than I thought – but it very felt right – but still scary!
(Oh, no, what if we hate living in Wellington…what if we hate living in an apartment!)

I had already done a fair amount of “going through stuff” in the few weeks before, sorting things into “Move, Store, Sell, Giveaway, Trash”. But now I really needed to step it up as we had a date, as it was all happening very quick.

In that same 3 week period, I also had on of my oldest-best-est friends come and stay for a while, and another friend also visit from out of town. I had 2 weekends of working in a row down at my Church. We had many extra School events on like Cross Country etc, Normal Sports Practices, Sports Games and Dancing. Lifegroups and Womens Discipleship Groups and a

Girls nights out at our house in it all squeezed into 3 weeks. I don’t think I got to bed before midnight at for the whole 3 weeks.

The MASS Clean out we were doing was oh-so-cleansing.

We had definite areas positioned around the house stacking:
MoveSellGive awayTrash PalaceTip.
I spent about 3-4 hours photographing and taking measurements, notes and details of all the things we were wanting to sell (that either weren’t going to fit into the apartment or weren’t needed) and uploading it all to Trademe. It was well worth the time spent as we managed to net $1012 from the sales, which helped ALOT with moving costs and we were also able to give a huge tonne of stuff away!.

Then we moved.

(Of course it took longer than a 3-letter-sentence to move, but I’ve determined moving is like Child Birth…at the time, you think….moving sucks…it’s painful…the clearing out sucks…the finding box’s suck…packing, stacking, pushing pulling sucks…finding people able to help sucks…all the energy spent on it sucks…moving day itself is HARD and sucks…cleaning you old house afterwards sucks super big time x infinity…and you say your never going to move again…..
Then, 3 months latter, 6 months latter, 2 years latter…you’ve forgotten what it was ‘really’ like and sign up to do it all over again).

We could hardly close the door behind us once all our ‘things’ had been ‘plonked’ inside late on that Friday night. But we had just enough room to clamber over and squeeze around things to get in the make the beds and go to sleep!

We then had fun over the next week setting up our new (old) apartment.

We had visitors coming from out of town in exactly 4 weeks post-move-in, which actually was a really good incentive to keep up the ‘unpacking’ momentum and the putting things away ‘somewhere’. Taking boxs and packing rubbish to the skip each day (oh how I love thee ‘Rubbish Room’ in the building, who ever knew how fabulous these things are!).

Having our first visitors was awesome and a great way to celebrate our new place! They were here for the AMG Wellington Marathon race that we competed in (we were only the 10km run, not the marathon!).

Oriental Bay, Wellington

Oriental Bay, Wellington

 

So if you remember on yesterdays post, I talked about all the compromises we thought we would have to ‘make’ with moving in to the City and how we didn’t think we would particularly like it, but were going to step out into the opportunity and do it anyway for good reasons.

Well, within the first few days we knew – WE LOVED IT.

1 year latter as I’m writing this post. WE STILL LOOOOVVVVE IT.

We are so very very fortunate and blessed to have got the place we did.

  • It is quiet
  • It is warm
  • It is sunny
  • It is safe
  • We don’t feel like the neighbours are too close at all, but it’s nice to know they are there to
  • We are so close to everything city wise…the waterfront, the beaches, the Cafe’s, Bars & Restaurants, awesome places to Run, the Gardens, Events…
  • The route we take in and out of the City is so easy, so it’s less than minutes and we are ‘on the motorway’ or ‘off the motorway’, so we don’t really get traffic, (I’m going the opposite direction to everyone too, so it’s easy)
  • As we live in a wee ‘pocket’ within the city it is even quieter and we don’t really get any street noise either
  • We don’t miss the grass that much and there is a patch across the road if we want to go and sit on one. I totally don’t miss mowing it either.
  • We don’t have a spare room anymore, but our awesome, comfortable fold-out to queen-bed-sized-couch (yes, Queen bed sized!) fits on one side of our lounge and folds out into a perfect space for our out of town guests. You would also fit another 2-3 people in the lounge on airbeds/mattresses also if need be.
    There is also still enough room to sleep a 2nd person each in both my room and Miss 13’s rooms (as our rooms are long). The most Miss 13 has had in hers so far is 4 for a sleepover.
    So, compact YES, but as long as visitors are happy to ‘fit in’, it still works well!
  • It’s older (15+ years) but it’s still in OK condition and isn’t too bad at all
  • It’s cozy
  • We are very ‘compact’, but it still surprisingly works and it just makes us be very aware to put things back where they came from after we are done
  • It love that it feels completely like home when you walk in and it feels like it wraps its arms around you as you walk in the door like a little cocoon.

I’m pleasantly surprised how much we love the place.

We love the act of living in the City, we love just being able to pop outside and wander down into the City in minutes, down to the waterfront, to the local shops, bars and restaurants.

It’s so funny how many people you talk to that have heard that we now live in the City that they then often add ‘wistfully’….”You know I always wanted to live in an apartment in the City”….”I still hope to one day”…so they love coming to see where we are and we offer them to come and stay and hang out.

Some people would totally hate it and would think it’s terrible.

It may not be forever for us…but its for now.

As Miss 13 once told one of our friends, “We love being City Chic’s”. And we absolutely do!

 

Wellington harbour by night

Wellington harbour by night

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Pro’s:

  • Going against the traffic morning and night
  • So close to Waterfront, Restaurants, Bars
  • So close to events on in the city or at the stadium, and easy walking distance
  • There is a Buzz as soon as you step out the main doors, but yet it does quieten enough to not be in your head
  • We live in a ‘pocket’ so it’s even quieter
  • Apartment:
    – So easy to clean and fast
    – No grass to mow or gardens to prune
    – Save lots of electricity

 

Con’s:

  • Parking for guests – if they come at night, its free on the street directly outside, but during the day
  • Apartment:
    – Less Space in it, but we’ve managed better than I thought
    – No Courier delivery, unless you happen to be home, you don’t have a ‘doorstep’ as such to leave it on. It’s always a ‘calling card’.
    – No Garage to ‘store’ all your garage related stuff in. We have a covered secure carpark and I also rented a small storage locker for that sort of stuff…camp gear, large power tools, boogie boards etc…

 

Have you ever thought of moving into Wellington City from the ‘suburbs’?
(Or into your closest City from your ‘suburb’?)

Whats stopping you?

 

Wellington harbour by day

Wellington harbour by day

 

Wellington harbour

Wellington harbour

 

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Moving to the City – Wellington City

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Moving to the City – Wellington City.

 

Oriental Bay, Wellington

Oriental Bay, Wellington

Part of me wanted to move into the City…but honestly the biggest part didn’t want to move.

We loved the suburb we were living in at the time and all the things we could do close by to our home.  We really enjoyed living in the actual house we were in, we had been very fortunate to be able to rent such a Modernised, Clean, Roomy, Garaged, Large Lawned, Inviting & Cosy home.

But our lives were changing, we were entering an exciting new part of our lives next year and so move we must if we wanted to maximize our options.

We thought about it long and hard for months and months prior.  We prayed about it, did our research, we did our budgets, we went through ALL of the pro’s and con’s we could foresee.
It kinda seemed a ‘bit nuts’, as we were onto a good thing where we currently lived…but it felt right to be stepping out into this opportunity.

It would have been so much ‘easier’ to stay where we were, in our comfort zone and go down the expected straight path…but we have never been a family to take the ‘easy road’, or do things the ‘around the right way’.

That is something I will always be very appreciative of how my parents bought us up…they lead by example and encouraged all of us to take those chances, to not always take the most obvious path, to attempt something people say you can’t and to find a way to make it happen if you know it’s right.

Decision was made.  We would look at moving into Wellington City, aiming for May/June 2012.

….arrrghhh…now we had made the decision…it suddenly seemed alot scarier…but we were stepping forward anyway…

 

Oriental Bay, Wellington

Oriental Bay, Wellington

 

We thought we would have to ‘compromise’ on lots of things in order to be able to make it work, like:

  • That it would be much ‘noisier’ than we were used to
      (although sometimes it was use making the noise currently :-)
  • That our neighbours might be much closer than we liked
    (and they could be ones that could feature on the TV program ‘Neighbours at War’)
  • That traffic would be busy and annoying getting in and out and around the city
  • We would loose our ‘spare room’ and we have alwasy loved having people stay
  • That we would miss our green grass and space to just walk out onto
  • That we wouldn’t have as much room in our house
    (and the one we currently in seemed the perfect size, even when it was filled with 16 kids from Miss 13’s class for the end of year party/sleepover)
  • That the house would probably have to be much older and not as nice as we were use to
    (I’ll be honest, I like ‘nice’, not such a fan of ‘grotty’)

 

Wellington Harbour

Wellington Harbour

 

I had been “watching” houses and apartments on Trademe – Wellington Property for a good few months leading up to our decisions, so I knew what types of things were available and what sorts of things had been coming up.  So when the date rolled around (1st May) when it was time to start ‘actively’ looking, I leapt into action shortlisting what was online that day.

There was a variety of places for us to look at, ranging from stand alone houses further out of the ‘City’, but still in ‘Wellington’, to tiny minuscule apartments in the heart of the City.

The first place we viewed the very next day was a flat/house in Khandallah which looked like it got absolutely no sun at all and didn’t feel like an inviting place to come home to.  But it was a good place to start as it gave us a benchmark (but I was hoping like crazy that we would find better than that!)

The very next place we viewed (2nd May), was completely different.

Even when I did the drive by, I was aware that it ‘seemed’ pretty good from what I could see.  We were able to get a viewing the same day and walking through the apartment, in a way it seemed like it was too good to be true.
That everything I had been ‘watching’ on Trademe prior to now in our price range in the areas we were looking in, didn’t compare at all to this.

It seemed perfect.

I praying about it (quickly whilst walking around) and then talking it over with Miss 13 to gauge she was feeling the same thing.  We were both getting that feeling that this felt very right even though it had come about very quickly into our ‘search’ (only 2 days in).
We let the landlord know that we would like to be considered and handed over our References and our “Rental CV” (I’ll write a post about how to do a Rental CV soon) that I had bought with us.  He was very keen to give us the place, but there was another group that had just been through that had first dibs on it that the Landlord was waiting to hear back from first.

We then had to be patient and wait…

 

Lyall Bay, Wellington - Stunning even in Winter 2013

Lyall Bay, Wellington – Stunning even in Winter 2013

 

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