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Looking beyond Hobbiton to experience New Zealand’s charms

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The Mirror Lakes are just one of the postcard-perfect vistas in New Zealand.

The cold and rainy weather failed to dampen this writer’s spirits a few weeks ago when we set foot in Hobbiton, the fictional village of the Hobbits set and shot among the rolling hills of Matamata in New Zealand.

Posted: July 26th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

Make way for the Year of the Horse!


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CHRISTMAS guests with lucky wishing balloons, waiting for Marites Allen’s signal to release them

Galloping like a handsome stallion, the Year of the Horse is coming, and it will bring lots of good luck next year. There are just two days left in 2013 but still around 30 days left in the Year of the Water Snake.

Posted: December 29th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

(Been) There and Back Again


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Scene of sheep and serenity at the Shire

The sheep farmer was rooting for New Zealand’s national rugby team All Blacks in a hotly-contested game when he heard someone at the door. It was a stranger. Could he talk to him, the man said, about a possible business deal?

Posted: December 1st, 2012 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

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