Life Update, WHERE HAVE I BEEN?

Short answer to that heading, I’ve been nowhere!
With my major absence on the blogging front and lack of activity on here you’d think I was off on some big amazing trip meeting so many new people that I didn’t have any time to log on and tell you all about it!

I’ve actually been a combination of super busy and my laptop crapping out on me. I think I stopped blogging when I turned my laptop on one day to actually write a blog post (a follow up on my Rarotonga posts) and the letters Q, E, T, U and P had stopped working. I assumed it was a once-off thing as my laptop is about 6 years old (ancient in computer years) but when I tried re-starting it and waiting a few days it’s still got the same problem. I went out shopping that weekend to ‘look’ at new laptops but there’s literally nothing out there I like. Anyone have a laptop they can highly recommend to me?
Everything looks cheap and plastic-y that I don’t want to spend my money on any of them. HOWEVER there is one laptop that I was really sold on, the HP Envy (touch screen and everything!) but the price tag is around $2600 which I definitely can’t afford to buy right now 😦 so it’s currently on my ‘wish-list’

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Another thing that’s been keeping me busy is I’ve got a new job! It’s technically not new as I’ve been there about 4 months now but i’ve been up to my eyeballs in work. It’s all good work though! I’m a Travel Agent 🙂
Obviously with my last few posts I was talking about becoming a Flight Attendant and then it not working out because of my eyesight etc… I then decided maybe it wasn’t meant to be right now so I applied at a big Travel Agency and surprisingly got the job. I have absolutely no major experience in Sales but they gave me heaps of training and as I’m passionate about Travel it’s starting to come quite naturally to me. I love planning someone’s holiday and believe it or not, Travel Agents in New Zealand are kept quite busy. I know not everywhere in the world it’s as big of a thing as it was many years ago because of the internet and everyone booking their own travel, but there are still heaps of people out there that actually don’t want to do it themselves. Plus we can make up some awesome packages and recommend tried and trusted hotels that we personally have been to which takes out the nervousness of going somewhere new.

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We genuinely want you to have a good and stress free time, so if your travel agent gives you a flight price and it’s a bit higher than what you saw online, there’s a reason for that! The amount of times I’ve given someone a price of flying to say, London or Bali for a few weeks and they’ve come back and been like “Well I saw it for $200 cheaper online!!” there’s always a reason why. The most common reasons are because you have a terrible layover time (eg, 8 hours until your next flight) or you’re arriving at your destination at a shitty time and still have to pay for a night’s accommodation because you arrive at 1am.

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My company Price Beat prices you find online or through another travel agency so we’re very competitive on price. The flight has to be departing New Zealand though so there are a few conditions behind it… if you find anything online, go to your travel agent and see if they can either price match or price beat it. I know all don’t do that but we definitely do.
Plus, you have that reassurance knowing that if anything goes wrong we’re actually here to help you. We have a 24 hour support line of travel agents that can access your booking and help you with flight changes or sorting out hotel problems so it doesn’t have to impact your holiday.

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That’s really my reasons for being very quiet lately. I haven’t given up on the blogging, I just need a new laptop and some more time in my life! I’ve been so full-on lately everything is Go-go-go!! If I’m not at work, I’m at the gym trying to lead a relatively healthy lifestyle or at home sleeping in on the weekend until 11am! What can I say? I loooove my sleep.
My boyfriend and I are still together, we were even at the jewelers today and I tried on a ring! Hahahaha, it definitely isn’t what you think though. He was there trying on watches (as always) and I got bored of waiting so asked the store person if I could try on the most expensive ring they had. The boyfriend didn’t even bat an eyelid because he knows I’d be gutted if he got my ring from the place we were at – I’m such a Princess I know.

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Not this weekend but next weekend we’re off to Auckland for a romantic getaway (more like Jetstar stuffed up our Rarotonga flights so gave us vouchers to use) and then the weekend after that I have my Travel Agency ball where we all dress up and spend hours getting drunk at a massive arena and clapping our hands when all the top sellers gets awards, yay!
I need to buy new shoes and I’m really thinking of getting my eyelashes done and maybe even a spray tan so I’m all save, save, save right now.

Hopefully I’ll have some interesting stuff to write about soon!

xx

Amora Hotel – Auckland

Stayed: June 2017 (2 nights)
Room:
Deluxe Room
Overall Rating:
 7/10
Price Range: $$$ NZD$169 a night

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I stayed at the lovely Amora Hotel while I was up in Auckland for work. Usually I don’t do reviews for accommodation in New Zealand but I thought there may be some readers on here that will benefit from it when they visit ole’ Kiwiland.

The chain of Amora Hotels have hotels in Australia, New Zealand and Thailand. I’ve only ever stayed at one in New Zealand (Auckland) however we do have one where I live (in Wellington) Don’t expect to stay at the Wellington one any time soon though – they’ve closed down for a year so they can do a full refurbishment. Opening again in 2018*

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I stayed at the Amora Hotel in Auckland for two nights and would probably stay again. The reason I chose this hotel was because 1. It was in my company’s price range and 2. It was close to the company’s head office where I was doing my training.
When I went to check in, the front desk staff were nice but they didn’t really go out of their way to show me where my room was or anything. I guess they are only a 4-Star hotel so I can’t be too fussy.
My room was on the 6th floor and as one of the cheapest rooms, it was quite nice! It was spacious, the bed was one of those typical two king singles pushed together to make a nice big King bed (without the crack in the middle may I add) and the bathroom was tidy, even though a bit small. I also had two comfy-ish chairs with a small table and a small kitchenette near the entranceway with a stove-top, fridge and microwave oven. Surprisingly there was a washer/drier in a closet too so it was perfect for a long-term stayer. However, as your key card slides into the slot on the wall in your room to turn on your power I’m not sure how you’ll leave the washer going when you go out for the day.

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Pros:

  • Big spacious rooms
  • Nice smelling toiletries (I’m that person who always takes them when I leave!!)
  • Great shower pressure
  • Comfy bed
  • Sky TV (certain channels only)
  • Restaurant downstairs
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Free newspaper
  • Close to the main CBD
  • Good selection of room-service food
  • Washer/Drier in room
  • Small kitchen with stove-top & utensils
  • Balcony

Cons:

  • Gym was absolute shit
  • Just being that little bit too far from the city, very easy to walk to the city but walking back you’d probably want to Uber as you go up a slight hill. *Lazy right here!*
  • Dessert menu finishing at 10pm *Cries*

As you can see, I didn’t have too many con’s with this hotel. Yes the staff could be a little friendlier, they weren’t rude as such but to get a higher rating *in my book* the staff have really got to make an effort. Even when I checked out on my last day the front desk staff didn’t even ask how my stay was. They just billed me for the dessert I had one night and then sent me on my way. I felt I was ‘just another customer’ to them. Being in the travel industry and them knowing that you’d think they’d at least ask if I enjoyed myself!
The big thing for me that made me rate them only 7 out of 10 was THE GYM!!
My god, I don’t think you could even call it a gym. I know people don’t work out on holiday but when you’re at a hotel for business you kind of want to keep you daily schedule.
I walked all the way into the city on my first night, had dinner with some friends and was going to go to my usual gym (as they had a club in Auckland too) however I thought I’d give the hotel gym a try without checking it out first. What a mistake that was! I’d even looked online at their pictures and the gym looked fine. They were very deceiving pictures let me tell you.
I took the hotel lift to the basement (which was where all the cars were parked) then walked across to this little dark room that had a sign ‘Gym’ written on the door. I turned the lights on and sitting in front of me was an old rower (with the seat all wobbly) an ancient bike and one of those ‘all-in-one’ weight machines basically all crammed together into a tiny cold room. I legit sat on the rower, hopped off and went back to my room where I did a youtube video workout on abs.

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I’ve had a look on Google and the above picture is what they show on their website as their gym. The don’t even have a treadmill and they’re not arranged in that order either so it’s all lies!
Like I said, I was only staying for two nights so it wasn’t really a massive deal but just a heads up for anyone who’s planning on staying and wants a great workout you’re not gonna get one.

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I didn’t have a swim in the pool, let alone see it at all (as it was dark when I got back) but there is one which I think would be great in the Summer-time. They also have The Grill Restaurant on the main level but I never got around to eating there. I had a lovely dessert delivered to my room on the first night though which I devoured while I had a bath #hotelife but I never got the chance to try out the dinner or breakfast they had to offer.

Overall, apart from the gym it was a pretty good stay. This hotel is central in the Auckland CBD but not so central that when you walk out the door you have restaurants and shops on your door step. It’s good as it’s not so loud at night like some other Auckland hotels but more annoying if you want to go to the Viaduct (where all the good nightlife is) you’d have to take a short taxi or walk for 15 minutes to get to see Auckland’s main attraction – the Sky Tower.

All pictures are property of www.amorahotels.com/hotels/amora-hotel-auckland