Hello everybody! Welcome to this last post of the year of 2020! Christmas, Modeling, Gardening & Camping || December 2020 I can’t believe this year has passed so quickly. It’s fair to say that this year took everybody by surprise in so many ways.
I really can’t figure how it all would’ve been if the circumstances in the world would’ve been different. I think this sudden situation has brought so many different thoughts and make all of us reconsider what’s most important.
I’ll be doing a separate blog talking about my personal thoughts on this subject and also maybe a recount of this year but here I’ll be sharing what’s been going on through the month of December 2020.
Hopefully this coincidence becomes a proof of ominousness for next year…
I’ve been signed with my New Zealand modelling agency for a little while now but I haven’t had much luck. I noticed industries like modeling and fashion are not as prominent here as other big cities in the world. There hasn’t been as many events and jobs as I was used to when I was modeling with my agency in Mexico.
Regardless, this December I had the chance to get back to my modeling roots and modelled an outfit designed by New Zealand brand Sei Oriana for the Pacific Fashion Show and a traditional Chinese QiPao for the Chinese Cultural Centre.
Pacific Fusion Show
Celebrating five years of their unique event, the Pacific Fusion Fashion Show 2020 (PFFS) took a new form this year, broadcasting an exciting digital fashion show on Freeview TV from Wellington’s City Gallery. Supported by The Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF), the show titled POLYNATION was a joyous and vibrant affair showcasing the creative designs of 13 Polynesian designers. It featured original music tracks created and mixed by Brandon Haru and poetry written by South Auckland spoken word poet Grace Taylor. 130 invited guests enjoyed a red carpet style event with the designers in attendance before co-hosts stylist Sammy Salsa and Miss Universe New Zealand Diamond Langi, hosted the live screening.Pacific Fusion Fashion Show, broadcasts incredible digital event
Photographers and models from different places around the world came together to make a compilation of people from different cultures wearing the traditional Chinese QiPao.
The cheongsam, also known as the qipao, is a type of body-hugging dress of Manchu (ethnic minority in China) origin. It is a high-necked, closefitting dress with the skirt slit partway up the side. It was known as the mandarin gown during the 1920s and 1930s, when it was modernized by Chinese socialites and upper-class women in Shanghai.Cheongsam
We appeared in the local Chinese newspaper and Jono’s parents got a bunch for us to keep. The models involved came from places such as Nepal, Hawaii, Czech Republic, China and Mexico.
Corner Creek Camping || New Zealand Travel
We went camping for the weekend to a Campsite called Corner Creek. The idea was mostly to go and reunite with our friends and spend the night camping.
We had a little campfire and went for a walk to the Putangirua Pinnacles Scenic Reserve. It was a little bit windy for a campfire but it was an awesome experience.
If you read last month’s blog you probably already know that I started a Vegetable Garden. By started I mean I put the seeds I got into a piece of wet napkin to start germinating at the end of November. Here I come with an update of how the little seedlings are going.
Some of the vegetables we intend to grow on our deck garden are:
- Pinto Bean
One thing I realized is that I germinated way too many seeds for the space we had to plant. Specially because at first Jono built 120cm planters and according to the recommended spacing for Tomatoes and Cucumbers, we could only fit 2 plants per planter.
Jono was able to sell and build new planters for our necessities of 150cm long (to fit 3 plants) and 50 cm wide.
We had a week of lots of sun and most of the plants thrive from it but the first carrot badge burned down and died. I have a new badge growing and it looks like little grass coming.
After the week of heat we’ve had a week or so of heavy rain which fortunately enough hasn’t affect the little seedlings and they seem to love it so far. I transfer them to their home in the planters the 20th of December and they’re looking great so far.
Christmas, Modeling, Gardening & Camping || December 2020
This Christmas we stayed at home and spend the time together as a family. We have Jono’s brother, Dominic, staying at home with us and since he’s a wonderful cook he was the one to organize and cook the Christmas dinner.
We had the chance to sit all together and play some Mahjong. A Chinese game that I have never played before.
Mahjong is a tile-based game that was developed during the Qing dynasty in China and has spread throughout the world since the early 20th century. It is commonly played by four players (with some three-player variations found in Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia). The game and its regional variants are widely played throughout Eastern and South Eastern Asia and have also become popular in Western countries. The game has also been adapted into a widespread online entertainment. Similar to the Western card game rummy, Mahjong is a game of skill, strategy, and calculation, and it involves a degree of chance.Mahjong
Partner of a New Zealand Citizen Visa Extension Approved
I got my visa extension approved! We applied for the Partner of a New Zealand Resident visa extension the 30th of November 2020 since my visa was about to expire in January 2021. Fortunately nothing came up and I got my visa approved the 16th of December 2020. Only 15 days after applying.
For my first Partnership Visa I applied in 14 Nov 2019 and was approved the 10th of January 2020. Two months.
At the same time I applied for a Residence Class Visa the 24th Nov 2020 and I’m waiting for approval. With this visa I’ll be able to study with resident fees instead of international fees.
I’m planning on writing more about it with tips and sharing my overall experience. If you’d like to see more about my Partner of a New Zealand Citizen Visa Process let me know in the comments.
For now you can check out New Zealand Immigration’s website.
Christmas, Modeling, Gardening & Camping || December 2020
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