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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Christchurch City Center


Scene Location :
* Christchurch City Center - Canterbury Museum, Rugby Fan Zone at Hagley Park
* Westfield Mall
* Antarctic Center
* Christchurch International Airport

Total Distance :
* 80km
* Fuel - NZD30

Setting :
* Day - Cloudy and Heartbreaking

Character :
* Driver : Shahrul
* Map Reader & Photographer : Biqque & Shahrul
* Extra : Bunga warna-warni, Bangunan runtuh, Jalan retak, Akak sedih kat Museum, Geng pakcik makcik terer naik mini bus siap pegi Franz Josef

~Page Eight~
Christchurch City Center : When We Cried Out Loud

It was a bit cloudy in Christchurch.

We woke up and got ourselves cleaned, re-heated the express Thai sweet chilli rice for breakfast, and cooked mix vege and spaghetti, to be packed for lunch and dinner.
Finally, the day that we tried to avoid, has come. It was the day where we must leave NZ, the land of freedom, worry-free, peaceful…back to the boleh-land, with heavy traffic and heavy rain…owh man…why…WHY???

Why must we leave all these excitements and back to boredom?

Home sweet home? Teeeeeeetttt!

Let’s explore the city center. Maybe by looking at the aftershock, we might reconsider to prolong the stay or not…

Bags were transferred to the backseat. Key was handed in to the reception. Off we went to the largest city in South Island, Otautahi, a.k.a city in a garden.

From Blenheim Road, we drove towards the city, turned to Montreal Street, and looked for a car park. All slots nearer to the city center were fully occupied by locals, since it was weekday. We had to park in front of someone’s house at Kilmore Street, opposite the Rugby Fan Zone, that they built on Hagley Park, purposely for the World Cup season.

“To the right, cross the park…” I opened the map, figured out the way to Cathedral Square.
Since the city area was walking distance, we had no issue to find the place. The street names were accurate enough to lead us to the square…


“Where’s the tram? I don’t see any tram…?” I looked left and right, when the rail was just right under my foot.

“Entah…awal lagi ke pun…?”
We continued walking and stopped at one basement parking entrance, where the pole that holding the ceiling was totally bended. “Owh mannnn…this is creepy!”

Soon we noticed that every building along the road has date stamped on the window. It was 26th Feb and 27th Feb. I presumed the day the earthquake hit Christchurch.

“Look at the walkway! Huiyooooo jalan ternaik tu!” Ok, I know that we can see the same cracks back in our country but this was not due to korek tampal korek tampal issue. This was due to uneven land! And right before us, there was one building that almost felt down. It was beyond repairable, I guess.

Approaching Worchester Boulevard, our eyes were popped out with the surroundings. Red skittles were lined up on the road. Extreme danger signboards were hung at the access point. Steel walls were squaring the city. It was a restricted area where officers were working in their safety jacket.
And there was no sign of Cathedral, AT ALL. Not even its dome.

“Oh shiat…teruk gile…no wonder la they closed the tram. City pun tak leh masuk!”

We joined other tourist, walking side by side, encircling the Red Zone. Once in a while, we zoomed in to see what was inside the gate. I saw IBM in there. We stopped at Bridge of Remembrance, where it used to be the main entrance of the city center.

“Punting tu mesti bukak kan?” “Tapi mahal...lagipun takde benda dah boleh tengok pun...” We sighed.

At the bridge, there was a poem written by two girls, expressing their emotion on why Christchurch was built on a swamp. More dissatisfactions towards the government were expressed, where Cantabrians were forcing for the Red Zone to be opened. I know where they came from, but I believe people’s safety is to be concerned the most.
Again, we sighed.

Sighed for the inopportunity of riding the tram! Nasib baik sempat beli magnet kat tempat lain, sebab i-Site pun kat dalam tu jugak.

The scene was portrayed exactly like in a movie…Resident Evil. A ghost town that left unfilled. Full of cracked buildings yang bila-bila masa je akan runtuh abis rebah ke bumi. (Jangan la gempa masa aku kat sini…)

To chill up, we snapped those beautiful and colorful flowers in the flower bed. Konon nak test micro sambil ignore orang yang lalu-lalang, heran dok tengok kitorang yang kusyuk sampai mencangkung tepi jalan raya. Macam bunga plastik pun ada!

We then passed by one big building, something like art gallery. The main door was sealed, but the gift shop was opened. I asked a lady who was doing a cross stitch by the hallway, and she pointed us the direction to the shop. Unfortunately, they only sell artsy items, not touristy items.

The guy told us that there was an Art Center down the road, where souvenirs are put up for sale, but it was closed due to the earthquake. Same goes to souvenir shops around that area. Pendek kata, there was nothing left lah! Bengang aku…

Luckily the guy directed us to the Canterbury Museum at the Hagley Park. That will be our last hope.

So we walked towards the Art Center and while walking, we tried to chill up by posing at the banners of Black Boot Legends Gallery, and posing konon macam tahan tram laaaaaa…
We stopped for a short break at the Dyslexia center, to read some history and snap few photos of the statues, before we headed to the Museum.
From afar, we saw lots of info boards in front of the Museum. There was a Merry-Go-Round bus stop and double decker bus as well. Comel! Next to the Museum was a community college. Kemas jer bebudak ni pakai coat, pipi merah-merah sebab sejuk. Hahaha!
We entered the Museum and paid no fee. It was free admission and visitors were allowed to take pictures! Haaaaa tempat lain ada? We were welcomed by the officers who guided us to the main hall. The first thing that I saw was a horned lady in ruffled wool dress. A fashion victim maybe? (Serius! Aku baca memang dia tulis rallying for fashion victim! Hahaha!)
We were introduced by a family of Maori manikins experimenting how the Kiwi ancestors previously survived, living in huts and eating wild animals. Similar to other countries’ aboriginals, they were half naked and half coated, with curly hairs and darker skin tone. So yang putih-putih ni sume pendatang la ye. Kawin campor dengan English yang datang nak memerintah. Actually, Maori ni banyak yang tertindas sampai tergadai tanah, sian gak kat diorang sebab dulu-dulu banyak yang kena tipu. Ah malas nak cakap pasal history nih…
The next hall displayed the creativity of capturing the All Blacks moments, history, achievements, stars that were organized in creative collage, by various sports photographers.

At the other side of the hall, the scene suddenly changed to the 50’s era. A row of classic shops like barber shop, pawn shop, doll shop…“HOIH! TERKEJUT AKU! ADA PLAK MAKCIK NI!”

“Ha…ada beskal…” I waited for an Asian couple who was taking their sweet time, capturing each other.

“Asian…” HAHAHA!

“Meh sini Asian ni nak tunjuk cara sebenar naik beskal!”

Tergelak sorang mak omputih ni sebab anak dia pun nak tiru cara aku! Hahaha! Tapi mak dia tak kasi. Mak dia suruh naik kuda jer. I wanted to try the horse as well, but hubby said it’s only for children under 10 years old. Kang patah patung tu.
So I just played acting with the guy up there.
“Ayang…ada orang tengok you…” “Ok…that is not funny…macam real siut!”
“Dah jom…jom…” We finally reached the souvenir shop. We had a chat with the volunteer and she also expressed the same feeling where government didn’t do anything to speed up the recovery. But she was thankful that her family survived in the quake. She told that the government is delaying things coz they has no money to rebuild the city, so I consoled her by saying “You have a beautiful country and I pray for the prompt restoration.” Jangan buat church la, buat masjid, mesti tak runtuh :D

We then walked to the Botanic Gardens and cam-whoring with the flowers.

We ended the city tour by visiting the Rugby Fan Zone, entering the air-pressured dome.
They were exhibiting the revolution of “rugby-living.” The transformation of news, from radio to TV to internet.

Love the way they set the scenes, kan? From 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Millennium, and Today.

There was a merchandise area but we didn’t buy anything since semua barang mahal nak mampos! Hubby was in delusion of getting a Gilbert. Ko telan air liur je la bang…
We left the city and drove back to Ricarrton Road, to do some last minute shopping at Westfield. For a birthday treat, I gave hubby two limited edition of Quiksilver South Africa and NZ rugby t-shirts, and hubby gave me a special edition of RWC 2011 t-shirt. Well, he got himself one piece, too! Nak buku Rafaaaaaaaaaaa...(tau tak kat NZ lagi murah dari MPH! Dang!)

Since we still have plenty of time before departed from Christchurch, we stopped for a while at Antarctic Center. Sampai dah mati kutu, baru kitorang masuk airport parking and parked the car, at the said lot, to ease the rental service to collect the car on the next morning.
In the car, we heated the spaghetti using the car heater :D Panas jugak la...hahaha! We cleaned up the car and re-arranged our luggage. Aku risau je tak lepas…tapi macam biasa, belakon kena real to show that bag tu tak berat mana pun.
We hid the key and left the car, walked towards the check-in counter. While queuing, we met a group of oldies who happened to complete their trip, with the allocated time like us. BUTTTTTTTT…THEY WENT TO FRANZ JOSEF ON THE FIRST DAY! Siap pegi Akaroa lagi.

HOW LA? HOW THEY DO IT? They were driving Mercedes mini bus, loaded with 9 old folks!

They must be driving alllllllllll the way without stopping...huh? Mesti tak banyak gambar ni. (Calming myself down.) Owh…they didn’t go to Nugget Point. (Pretty damn sure!)

We killed time by eating BBQ chips and lepak at the couch.

It was sad to leave NZ, I must say. The COLDNESS, the picturesque, the SNOW, the mountains, the waterfalls, the BLUE SKY, the GREEN GRASS, the cruise, the roads, the SHEEPS, the locals, the cabins, the buildings, the rugby fans, EVERYTHING…have been the BEST ROAD TRIP we ever had.

So we made a pact, to visit The Land of Maori, in the near future! Kia Ora, NZ!
(Tengok ais kat cermin tuh! Memanggil-manggil jer...)


Ako Retna said...

abih doh... ehhee ok pasni nnt wat entry pasal accomodation and transport n barang2 yg u beli etc bla bla hehe :p

just.HY said...

damn cun langit! biru tue...owhh how i miss nz soo much. kat city centre tu, even time aku pegi pn takleh masuk. scary abes laaa sbb mmg totally nmpk mcm ghost town. sunyi sepi kalo luar bandar still mcm happening lg.

Biqque said...

ako...abih sudah...accom, keta, barang, sume dah diselit2 dlm post tu...if ada pape yg best, nanti i post lagi :D

john, awal2 tak biru tau aku dah nak ngamuk2...seb beik tengahari tu ok and petang dah cam cloudy balik...tu ar, rasa cam tatau la bleh ke tak pulih tu...seb baik aku tak berapa nak explore sgt town2 ni...suburb lagi mencengkam...

just.HY said...

yes exactly, city dia nothing much to see for me. suburb dia always the best!

btw, aku trabaca yg citizen ckp govt dont have money to restore the city? then, how dorang punye rakyat nk keje kalo bangunan still rosak?

Unknown said...

I tak masuk pun dalam kawasan runtuh2 tu, rasa dah malas dah last day tu huhuhu..tapi ada jugak pegi Hagley park tu, byk jenis bunga ada, tapi besor sangat la pulak nak jalan, so kitorg lepak kat satu kawasan jek. memang betul pn christchurch cam takde apa sgt nk tgk time kite pegi, nasib la kite tak spend byk masa kat sini..kus selamatttttt

Biqque said...

sbb tu la diorang skg tengah protest suh gov bukak blk red zone tu cepat2...sbb ramai takde keje...employer pun rugi sbb ta buat business...apetah lagi gaji kan, nak makan pe...nak cari keje lain luar city, ape sgt pun...jual kambeng? aku dgr rintihan akak tu cam sedih siut...dia keje kat kedai souvenir tu kena compete ngan pekerja asing ok! tah bape la gaji dia dapat...aku sampai rasa cam tak cukup ke duit tourist dok masuk NZ sume tu...maka pegi la ramai2 ke NZ lagi ye :D

ni baru2 ni gempa lagi...bertambah2 la crack yg sedia ada...aku rasa mmg tak leh recover melainkan runtuh balik sume, tambak tanah (sbb city center tu swamp kan) then baru buat balik bangunan...tu pun buat rendah2 udah...

kemang~ said...

byk nye hasil shoping.. hihi

Biqque said...

mmg banyak, tapi sume tu bukan utk aku! bleh??? untung sungguh jadi anak sedara aku, kakak aku, abang aku, bapak aku, mak tiri aku, anak angkat aku kan kan kan kan...haih...

aku nyer sekeping t-shirt rugby bersama FMs jer...sob sob...

just.HY said...

marilah kita ramai-ramai berhijrah ke NZ biqque, kita ajak chawanna, dan sume blogger kat sini. duk berjiran hokeyyy!!! hahaa..chop! aku nk duk depan lake tekapo boley. hahaha

Cawan said...

wahh best jugak dpt round 1 taman ni.. siap ade taman botani kalo tak silap..

bangunan sini sayang btul kalo runtuh abis.. tp dh mcm total lost.. sob sob..

so mcmane ni, bile nk return trip?! commonnnn!

niL said...

Tunggu biqque wat carboot sale jual boot ngan coat purple...

Bnyak2 kali duk bukak tutup blog nih, mata still terpaku kt 2 bende tu selain gmbar2 yang....alahaiiiiii... terliur nya tgk ...

Unknown said...

ok tengah pack barang2 dlm rumah nak berhijrah ke NZ ni..emm jadi jiran ramai2 pun best gak ni..leh ternak kambing biri2 ramai2 :p

aaaaa bahagianyaaa

Biqque said...

laki aku nak duk lindis kalo korang letih2 singgah la ye :D

john, ko nak duk lake tekapo sebelah church tu ke? jaga2, malam kang ada anjing kong kong kong macam aku kena tu hari hahaha!

cawan, tu la, sayang gile...dah la diorang takde duit...pegi lagi??? jom!!!!

hahahaha nil, ramai gile kowt tanya pasal boot i tu :D dulu i ada buat garage sale, tapi bukan coat la kihkih!

na, dah pack barang??? *biq lari menuju ke walk-in wardrobe dan terus menyambar semua baju yg tergantung sumbat dalam beg merah* hahahaha! i mmg nak sgt bela kambeng2 tu, pemalu sgt, meh sini aku nak ajar jadi model kahkah!

Ely Hasrul said...

buduhhhhhh part ko naik beskal tuh!! akut gk ko mcm FT okek!!! kahkahakhkahkah!!!..

cam bese sami punye souvenir paling mahal hahhaha tengkiu auntie biqque.. tgk cm kecik tp mmg ok kat dia.. hahahaa

shah_rule said...

btul tu biqque, mcm dlm resident evil gak time ak kt sane..jalan memlm dgn anjing bersepah... takot!

i-site die ade, die pindah kt area tepi taman tuh kalo x silap...

Biqque said...

FT??? i loikeeeeeeeee!

sami mmg, kang beli murah2 mami nyer marah! hahaha!

3plepl8 said...

biqque: habis dah?? alaa...nk lagi.
blue: nasib tak plan dok 2 mlm kt chch...
bdk2: idea baek tu berhijrah ke nz. tekapo ke, lindis ke, mt cook ke xkisahla...mana2 pun ada kambeng.
cawan: commooonnn bebeh!
ely: shot naik beskal tu 18x take...

Fatt said...

ok aku baru sempat nak marathon kat blog ko...aku paham camne rasa sedeh nak tinggalkan tmpt yg kita suka. aku sendiri pun, mmg rasa berat hati nak tinggalkan nz tp aku takmo datang dah..kenangan lama harus dibuang ke tongsam...elok explore tmpt lain pulak...ntilah kalau aku dah berlaki baru aku dtg balik..

masa aku pegi chch dulu cathedral, tram sume masih ada...lepas aku balik (2010) tu yg jadi lagi sekali disaster dan habis ranap sume. ko ada singgah tak masjid kat riccarton? riccaton tu area student mesia..dulu aku ada la kenal sorg bdk pastu lost ctc..mebi dia dh balik. kalau pasni pegi pun aku nak ripit north island...nak pegi 1 gng yg nama dia berjela2...pastu scene lotr berlakon..pastu visit bdk2 mesia yg aku kenal masa sangkut kat epot time winter aritu..dorg lepak kat welly...but now tiket return mahal gila..aku just ada 1 way...still thinking nak proceed ke tak...*sigh*

ko ada plan nak repeat ke?

Biqque said...

fatt, aku mmg ada plan nak ripit, samada cover south island lagi tapi part atas je, or north island terus...haaaaaaaa amacam? bleh kita amazing race kat sana! hahahaha! tapi time tu aku tatau la bila...mau aku kena membanting tulang lagi cari duit dulu kot...

tak, aku cover town sedih gile kot dgn cite2 kat sana...

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