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Christchurch City Walkabout

Nothing beats a lovely walkabout in the city when the sun is out in Christchurch, especially when the city is a mere 45-60 minutes walk away – combining exercise and sightseeing is nice 🙂 Apparently we did almost 12,000 steps!

There’s also a trendy new eatery place that’s opened called The Welder. It’s established in a block of repurposed industrial buildings (something that’s very popular these days for that naturally rough, industrial look). I feel so old when I go in – everyone seems to be so trendy and hip in there! Even the food’s pretty trendy… carrot muffin with some sort of homemade hummus and spinach topping (I think… can’t remember now!), and the hot chocolate had some sort of spice sprinking (I think it’s cinnamon).

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First Weekend of Freedom

We got our freedom back two days ago in the sense that we’re now allowed to go outside for non-essential things, such as for entertainment and for non-essential shopping. We went out for a walk to stretch our legs, and somehow ended up in the city centre which is full of people. There weren’t many shoppers in the invididual stores, though. I guess it’s a bit of a hassle to have to sign in / sign out (a requirement for contact tracing) is all you want is to go inside for a bit of a browse.

We did however go into Ballantynes, and it was packed – not in the Boxing Day Sales sort of way but it was crowded enough that there’s no way to maintain a one-metre distance between people as required by the COVID-19 Alert Level 2 guidelines!

It’s quite amazing to see the city centre so crowded, as there would be little to no tourists in the city.

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Autumn Garden

It’s been a very long time since I’ve taken “proper” photos with the 2007 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30 compact point-and-shoot camera. After all, with cellphones producing technically higher resolutions than this camera today, it makes little sense to use this antiquated digital camera for taking any photos, right?

Hmm, I think this camera still have useful life. Aren’t these colours beautiful? Sometimes this camera can produce a cyan sky when there’s too much green in the shot though, but generally I love the colours produced by this camera’s JPEGs. (It only shoot JPEGs, no RAWs.)