Archive for July 9th, 2010

World Famous Mangonui Fish Shop

The Partner has dumped me in Singapore and gone back home to New Zealand himself. Okay it was mutually agreed (somewhat), and the “compensation” would be a trip to Italy instead, but stillllll. To commemorate his visit back to God’s own, I shall be posting up pictures of our previous holidays in NZ for the next few days. Kixes mentioned that she was hankering after some Fish and Chips (Fush and Chups), so I thought I shall start off with posting some pictures on the World Famous Mangonui Fish Shop. Mangonui Fish ShopThis is the World Famous Mangonui Fish Shop 1 hr or so away from Paihia in the North Island. It seems no one knows why it is world famous, but whether self-proclaimed or not, the fish and chips here certainly live up to the world famous name. If you are going up to Cape Reinga, this is a good place to stop for early lunch or afternoon tea.

Mangonui Village ShopsThe Mangonui Village is very idyllic and serene. There are lots of interesting boutique shops as well as cafes lining the bay. There is also an I-Site, which is what NZ calls its information centres.Mangonui

Mangonui The Partner’s uncle owns a property up here. Even though it is so far away from the big city, I can sure see why he would want to retire here.

Mangonui Fish and Chippery Sign Tarakihi, Fish of the day when we were there. Don’t think you can get Tarakihi easily in Singapore, if at all. I see they don’t have paua fritters here (paua = abalone).  Tried some a few years back, and they were quite nasty. It’s no wonder the Pākehā don’t like Abalone if they’ve been reduced into a mince paste fritter thingy.

Mangonui Fish and Chips wrapped up in paperHow fish and chips are served in NZ. I hear that fish and chips rank higher than Mcdonalds in the favourite takeaway food survey.

Mangonui Fish and Chips As I was saying, the fish and chips here are really good. They are freshly made and so hot you have to leave it for a while or risk burning your fingers. Nothing like eating hot fish and chips on a blustery day overlooking the waters.

Mangonui boardwalk

Wooden walkway leading to a 4Square. Careful how you drive at night or you might drive into the sea.

Seagull basking in the sun

Seagull relaxing in the sun and keeping an eye on my bag of fries.

Please do not feed the seagulls sign Shucks, how did they know I was going to do that?

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Mangonui Fish Shop

Over the water, 137 Waterfront Drive, Mangonui

Telephone: 0-9 406 0478

Fax: 0-9 406 0478


Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner

Only 1 hour from the Bay of Islands/Paihia en route to Kaitaia and Cape Reinga

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Let’s take a break from food photos for a while and let me indulge in my other favourite things to do in Singapore…visiting parks, museums and old buildings. Here’s some photos I took a few days back at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. You can always find something interesting to see and do if you just slow down and let the world go by. Someday soon, I plan to prepare a little picnic basket and have a nice homemade afternoon tea with the Partner at the Botanic Gardens. Why live, if it’s not to enjoy the little wonders in everyday life?

Shy tortoise basks on roots

Some animals wait for you to snap as many photos as you want, although they may still feel shy about it and tuck their heads in.

Bird sipping nectar from flowers

I was so lucky to be able to take numerous shots of this little birdie sipping nectar from the flowers. He was doing all sorts of acrobatics, sometimes sipping nectar while hanging upside down, not a metre away from me. Can anyone identify what this bird is?

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