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The Read List
2011
1) Horus Rising - Dan Abnett
2) False Gods - Graham McNeill
3) Galaxy in Flames - Ben Counter
4) Men are From Mars and Women are from Venus
5) Flight of the Eisenstein - James Swallow
6) The Magician's Guild - Trudi Caravan
7) The Novice - Trudi Caravan
8) The High Lord - Trudi Caravan
9) The World According to Clarkson - Jeremy Clarkson
10) Fulgrim - Graham McNeill
11) Legion - Dan Abnett
12) Battle for the Abyss - Ben Counter
13) Mechanicum - Graham McNeill
14) Nemesis - James Swallow
15) Daughters of Arabia - Jean Sasson
16) Descent of Angels - Mitchel Scanlon
17) Desert Royal - Jean Sasson
18) The First Heretic - Aaron Dembski-Bowden
19) The Gift - Cecelia Ahern
20) Paths of Glory - Jeffery Archer
21) A Thousand Sons - Graham McNeill
22) The Art Thief - Noah Charney
23) Bringing Nothing to the Party - Paul Carr
24) Prospero Burns - Dan Abnett
25) Beat the Reaper - Josh Bazell

2012
1) Next - Michael Crichton
2) Battle of The Fang - Christ Wraight
3) Helsreach - Aaron Dembski-Bowden
4) Shopaholic and Sister - Sophie Kinsella
5) The Ultramarine Omnibus - Graham McNeill
6) The Summons - John Grisham
7) After Dark - Haruki Murakami
8) Nagash the Sorcerer - Mike Lee
9) The Emperor's Tomb - Steve Berry
10) Nagash the Unbroken - Mike Lee
11) Realms of Shadow - R.A. Salvatore
12) Stop What You're Doing And Read This!
13) Fifty Shades of Grey - E.L. James
14) Fifty Shades Darker - E.L. James
15) Fifty Shades Free - E.L. James
16) The Last Mythal Anthology - Realms of the Elves
17) Nagash Immortal - Mike Lee
18) The Paris Vendetta - Steve Berry
19) The Elven Nations Trilogy - Paul Thomas, Tanya Cook & Douglas Niles
20) The House of Silk - Anthony Horowitz
21) Architect of Fate - Christian Dunn
22) The Killing Ground - Graham McNeill
23) Courage and Honour - Graham McNeill

2013
1) Ravensoul - James Barclay
2) Chapter's Due - Graham McNeill
3) Making Money - Terry Prachett
4) Soul Hunter - Aaron Dembski-Bowden
5) Blood Reaver - Aaron Dembski-Bowden
6) Mortal Instruments : The CIty of Bones
7) Mortal Instruments : The City of Ashes

2014
1) Mockingjay - Suzanne Colins
2) The Fault In Our Stars - John Green
3) Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
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Pieces of home
Friday. 3.17.17 1:00 am
I've been homesick every week since I've got to Auckland and I'm very glad that I've got two pieces of home visit me this week.

I'm surprise of that he still felt like home though a different kind than that when we were together. I suppose it's just how comfortable you are with people.

Seeing my pink triangle all weekend and I love how all we will do is sit in her hotel room and do nothing <3

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Getting Started
Monday. 2.27.17 3:54 am
A working holiday visa to New Zealand eh? How did you get it and for how long?

How to get this
For Malaysians

The visa application process opens around the 3rd week of January, you gotta check the NZ immigration website for the specific date at 8AM New Zealand time (means +13 GMT / 5AM Malaysian time). Also, there is only 1150 spots a year (check the immi website in case they change the quota!).

I heard that this year (2017), the website crashed when the applications opened and they had to postpone to a later date.

Everyone else in the world

I'm not entirely sure about the rest of you, check the NZ immigration website but... I know that Europeans get to apply all year long.

How long do I get to stay once I got the visa

Malaysians and Singaporeans - 6 months

Everyone else - 1 year (disclaimer: I haven't heard of anyone else who has a shorter period other than Malaysians and Singaporeans)

Can I extend my visa after the initial period is up?

Everyone (unless you are a Brit) gets to extend their WHV for another 3 months on the condition that they work on a farm/vineyard for 3 months. Check out the immigration website for the updated conditions.

Please note that the time you spent wwoofing (working for food and accommodation) on farms (regardless of the hours) will NOT be taken into account for this extension.

If you are British, you'll be able to get an extension for a year.. I don't know the conditions tho.

FAQ

1) Do I need to show evidence that I have the minimum cash requirement when I enter NZ for the first time?

Not unless you are asked to produce the evidence.

2) I didn't manage to put in my application =((((

I would encourage you to check the immigration website again the next day for the next couple of weeks. Chances are there will be someone whom they have rejected and the application is open again to fill up the quota.

3) I've submitted my application (YAY!!!), how long will they take to get back to me?

If you are impatient, you can check your immigration account. You can see any changes to your account before they send you the email confirmation.

4) I've got my visa! Any advice on when to go?

Well... this is a tricky question. It all depends on:
- when you want to go (which season; please note that a huge amount of backpackers arrive in Dec/Jan, i.e. summer)
- what kind of jobs are you looking for (what fruits are in season when you want to arrive)
- depending on which island you want to start travelling from (South Island is generally colder than North Island)

5) Did you buy a one way ticket or a return ticket?

I bought a one way ticket. I even worked Australia into my plans (i.e. travel to a part of Aussie on the way there and another on the way back), might as well since it is kind of on the way to NZ. I flew from KUL to Perth to Auckland (it worked out to be around the same price unless you don't have a specific time you want to travel and are just looking at cheap tickets). You could also get an open return but I have no idea how that works =/

6) Did you travel solo or with a friend?

I travelled solo. I didn't plan much.. just where I wanted to stop first and then I worked from there.

7) Did you find work before or after you got there?

I started off wwoofing then I looked for possible jobs then. Some employers are alright with you applying for the jobs prior to you getting there but some requires you to be there before giving you the job, so it depends.

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Guide to NZ WHV
Monday. 2.20.17 12:17 am
So... After about 5 months of working on farms, I am finally back to civilization and I have came up with a brilliant idea (actually this one has been swimming in my head for a while since I have been here but I haven't had the time to do anything about it.. till now) of writing a guide to those who are interested to do what I'm doing.

This idea mainly came to be because when it was my turn, there wasn't much information out there for me to harvest and I somehow have ended up in places where I hardly come across many of my fellow countrymen (3 to be specific). Also, we most probably know someone who knows someone who did it but quite rarely, someone you actually know. I've also had two friends who have asked me this information so I thought I might as well help more people as going on a working holiday is starting to catch up in my country.

I garnered most of my information from a friend of a friend and this friend of mine was the only who came through and put me in a whatsapp group with his friend who actually did (thanks Mark!) a couple years back. It helped a lot in my preparation to run away from life as I knew it, my first solo trip abroad for a long, long time.

I will edit this from time to time for all the posts so this can be a comprehensive guide of sorts... Also because I have no idea how long it will take me to do this.

So.. here is to the birth of a brainchild.. and because I have too much bloody time now that I'm only working 40 hour weeks.

Links to WHV related posts

-- To be updated --


I am also opening up my comment section so I can help more people out there.. whenever I can. Hopefully it won't be overtaken by bots first...

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Greetings from New Zealand
Sunday. 11.13.16 2:43 am
Hello people! I have been meaning to do this for a while but I kept on getting distracted and now that I actually have time to do this, my internet kinda suck so yea....

Anyway, I am currently in New Zealand for a working holiday, running away from life as I know it. I'd really like to know how everyone else is doing and what you guys are up to!

Other than that, I hope to be able to upload some pictures here for you guys when the internet is more stable!

Take care!

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Missing Japan
Saturday. 2.27.16 5:30 am
In increasing regularity, I keep on recalling walking down certain streets in Japan. My most frequent one was when my best friend and I were lost in the Kiyomizu dera area in Kyoto, looking for the shop we were supposed to rent kimonos from - we were always turning that corner in front of a school of some sort. Other times, I would be either walking along the Odaiba Bay, heading back to Nikko or going grocery shopping in the supermarket near Tokyo Teleport station with him.

I don't know which I miss most - being in Japan itself or how I feel whenever I'm in Japan because I've only been there with the ones I love(d). I've never been so okay with being lost (somehow I fail to recognise the roads we'd use day in and day out).

It's so tempting to just buy a ticket and just leave this all behind. Just to remind myself that I am actually utterly okay with not being in control because getting lost together is fun. Because I was lost with you - that was what that made it fun.

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Not so mutual attraction
Monday. 2.1.16 9:11 am
Most of my life thus far, I have been told that if I don't behave a certain way, people (mainly guys), will not like me and I've always been okay with that. Lately, I realise that there are guys... contrary to what people say, there are! But... let's just say right now it is a situation where you would go "it's not you, it's me" and I really mean it.

I actually told someone that I'm single but not available last week (I am amazed at myself for this, I usually just rather not acknowledge the fact).

On certain days, I feel sad because I would go "me in 2014 would absolutely give you a chance" but me right now would not risk having another person make me change my plans.

There is nothing wrong with that, right?

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