Auckland, a place so different from the rest of New Zealand. At times, you wonder if you are in China or India or the Pacific Islands.
This is admittedly a self-indulgent piece on my observation of life in NZ and Malaysia. Kiwis are such laid-back easy-going people while Malaysians are kiasu kiasi (direct translation: afraid to lose, afraid to die). I mean no offence to Kiwis and Malaysians because I think you are all great folks.
On the road
In NZ, a zebra-crossing is the spot to safely cross the road. Place a foot on it and vehicles magically stop. In Malaysia, only the foolhardy (or a Kiwi freshly arrived in Malaysia) believes that fairy tale. A zebra-crossing is there because someone had extra white paint and decided to enliven the monotony of the road’s black colour.
Going Around New Zealand
If you are into shopping or theme parks, then New Zealand or NZ is not for you! NZ is all about scenery, fresh food, fresh air and adventure sports. Oh yeah, the sheep.