Tranquil Turtle Bay

Our luck hasn’t ever been the best with hotel rooms…the first time we went on a big holiday together (to Berlin) we stayed in a corner room that was almost the same size as a cupboard. It featured a huge scary mural of a lady with a fly on her mouth above the bed. I also poked myself in the eye with a chair. That’s wasn’t the room’s fault, although not the best. With our room at Turtle Bay, we basically won the lottery! Our room over looked the cove of the main beach, and it was heaven. On our first night, we drove to some near by food trucks.  Again, I was hoping to try some authentic poke bowls. The girls had a really yummy looking concoction that had lots of sauce and sides. The vendor explained that he was all out of that fish, and gave me another one to try. It was nice, so I agreed to have one. When my bowl came or, it resembled cat food on a bed of rice, with no sauce. Needless to say, I did not end up eating it. Not even the stray cats or chickens (junglefowl) wanted to eat it!

It was so nice to sit under the moonlight on our tiny little balcony and eat m+m’s with red wine out of tumblers. We well and truly embraced holiday mode.

In the days leading up to the wedding, we went to Waimea falls for a girls day, James and I went hiking around Turtle Bay, we snorkelled and took a trip to a pharmacy in a neighbouring town on account of the return of my dreaded heat rash. Despite my gangly arm, I didn’t let it get me down, we had an unforgettable time!

The night before the wedding, we had a girly sleepover complete with face masks, Taylor Swift and chocolates. The most simple way to celebrate one of the most important sleepovers in our lives!

On Aly’s wedding day, we woke up super early for no reason, and started to get ready. The weather was perfect (if not a little cloudy) and not at all windy at the time! Our makeup and hair looked better than we could have ever imagined, and the bride was literally radiating joy! She wants nervous at all, just so happy.

By the time we stepped outside to walk down the aisle, the lifts had broken down twice and i had sprinted up 6 flights of stairs 3 times! Thank goodness that they write up and running to deliver the bride to her groom!

Their ceremony was short, and so sweet. Aly and Rob were beaming at each other the entire time! I even teared up a bit too.

The rest of the night passed in a happy blur of cocktails, bustles, dancing and speeches! We ended the night at the beach, dipping our toes in the sand and trying not to fall asleep. The most beautiful bride and groom on the mosh beautiful day!

We nursed our sore heads with burgers and cokes and then said our good byes before one final dinner by the ocean. After a very early start the next day, we were on our way back to Honolulu airport to go back to Sydney, and then continue our Polynesian adventure onto Wellington.

I could not wrap my head around why James wanted to go to Wellington. I googled everything- ice hockey games, rugby games, concerts, festivals…surely there must be a good reason to go to Wellington other than just to continue our holiday?!In the end, we went so we could slowly get over our jet lag, and enjoy a nice wintery escape together, before it was back to reality!

Freezing outside Starbucks while James got his fix!

Little did I know (and I would refuse to think about) any other reason for visiting.

 

When James insisted we go for a walk after a big, greasy, fried chicken lunch (our favourite) when it started to rain, I didn’t think twice. When he squirmed away from me (when I accidentally brushed his pocket that had a ring in it) , I just laughed.

When he bent down on one knee and asked me to marry him, in the rain, on a bridge filled with tributes to love, I still couldn’t believe it!

The first thing I said was “are you serious?!!” And then it sunk in! We are getting married! James picked a token ring for me so we could design one together. I told him he could’ve asked me with a lock of hair, I was so happy!

We spent the next few hours walking around in the rain, getting a lock, writing on it and taking photos. We were so happy we didn’t even take any photos until 4 hours later. James has booked a 5 course meal at a restaurant that turned out to be a plant-based establishment. One of the most expensive meals we have ever eaten, without any meat but it was delicious!

Wellington is my new favourite city in the world, where we spent our time soaking up our engagement and shopping and eating and relaxing! I wasn’t sad for our holiday to end because we have so much to plan and look forward to! What an end to an unforgettable trip.

Fast forward a few months and we have designed our own engagement ring (something symbolic and unique!) and started making arrangements for a destination wedding.

Thank you for reading, and I look forward to providing a few life updated more frequently, soon!

I am finishing off this post shoe horned into a middle seat, with my (pretty short) legs folded like a pretzel. It seems this is where i have no distractions and can write without inhibitions.

I’ve just spent two days in Melbourne on a training course about work place investigations and standards of conduct. It might sound dry, and boring,  but I really am a nerd at heart and I love to learn new things, especially when it comes to work and aviation. We learnt about best practices for performance management, having informal and formal conversations, and how to bring our “just culture” of Qantas values to life in a practical and litigious sense. Very heavy, but very interesting!

Flying to Melbourne on the Dreamliner was also very dream like, too!

I am so lucky to be in the position that I am in, and constantly want to better myself. There’s no better way to do that than learning.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend, and enjoy the sunshine of Perth if that’s where you are. I too shall be taking it easy with my little family after a big couple of days of flying, working and writing!

Happy weekend-ing

Taylor x

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