Kevin

About Kevin

Junior

Aviation Business Administration

Major: Business Administration in Aviation
Hometown: Queens, New York (born in Indonesia)
Campus Involvement: Airport Management Club and NBAA
Study Abroad experience: The Great British Tour
Why I chose Embry-Riddle: As a young boy growing up near LaGuardia Airport, New York, it was a dream of mine to fly big airliners jets. Embry Riddle has many things to offer, including the knowledge I need to become the next industry leader. Additionally, Embry Riddle has many connections to large enterprises, such as, Southwest, Rolls Royce, Gulfstream, and many others. Choosing Embry Riddle was an easy decision to make. It started out with a dream then comes the passion and the last step is to apply the knowledge Embry Riddle has given me. That's why I chose Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

Rebuilding of a City

It’s been a couple of weeks since the last time I posted a blog. Traveling around New Zealand made connecting to the outside world known as “internet” very difficult. This time my girlfriend and I travelled south of Auckland to a place call Christchurch. Christchurch is located in the southern island of New Zealand. It is the third largest city in New Zealand with Auckland being first, Wellington being second, and finally Christchurch. Christchurch has a population of 366,100; according to UNData. In 2011, a massive earthquake destroyed the city. Many businesses, homes, and schools were obliterated. Thankfully, the casualty were not severe.

Located in the heart of the city, there is a cathedral. Below is a photograph that I took off the internet to show you how magnificent the cathedral was before the Christchurch earthquake in 2011.

Christchurch Cathedral

Christchurch Cathedral

 

The next photograph is the picture that I took while I was in Christchurch.

Christchurch after the earthquake.

Christchurch after the earthquake.

There are not a lot of attractions in Christchurch due to the closure of many businesses. However, there are still a few things to do in Christchurch. So let’s get to it.

First thing to do when when you go to Christchurch is that you really have to visit the Cathedral Square. Located in the heart of the city as I mentioned earlier, the church is surrounded by parks where you can easily relax and have a picnic. Additionally, there are numerous amount of restaurant and cafe nearby. My girlfriend and I were looking for a place to have a quick lunch and lucky enough we stumbled upon this authentic Japanese ramen place. I must say, the food is phenomenal. The broth from the ramen itself is bursting with flavors. Below are some pictures that I took of the food before we ate.

Pork ramen.

Pork ramen.

 

 

Beef Danbury.

Beef Donbury.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next thing we did was, we went to to walk around the Avon river. At first, I thought it was going to be a big river perhaps big enough to transports goods in and out of the city, like the Nile River in Egypt or the Yangtze River in China, but it turns out the river was very small and and narrow but very beautiful. Below is the photograph that I took while I was standing on one part of the Avon River.

Avon River

Avon River.

For a fee of $25NZD you can take a gondola through the river. The advantage of taking the gondola as opposed to walking is that you are saving a lot of energy and time. The river takes you around the city. You can see many buildings such as the city council building and many others.

City Council of Christchurch

City Council of Christchurch.

Alternatively, you can always take the tram. Although the tram is a little bit more pricy, costing $40 NZD per person, you get to have a light lunch that is provided for you for free of charge. I wouldn’t really recommend this method because there are plenty of restaurants and cafes.

Tramway.

Tramway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In conclusion, Christchurch is a unique city with many history and a future that needs to be written. The whole city is currently on a rebuilding stage. There are not many things to do in Christchurch but it is definitely a city to visit when you go to New Zealand. Hopefully in the near future the city would be built stronger and much more modern.

 

 

Kia Ora!

Summer vacation has finally started for me. Gladly, I am here to tell you all about my travel plans this summer. Currently, I am traveling all over New Zealand and I can not wait to share my experiences with you. So without further ado, pack your bags and follow me to this amazing trip! Kia Ora!!! (A traditional Maori language in New Zealand).

Auckland is the biggest city in New Zealand with the population of 1.4 million, the city comes to life. Surprisingly, Auckland is very diverse. There are many students from places like India, China, Europe, as well as South Africa. These students are actually a part of the three biggest universities in Auckland; which are, Auckland University, Auckland University of Technology, as well as, Embry-Riddle’s New Zealand partner, Massey University. Auckland is very rich on history, food, and art. There are many museums and world class dining experience around the city.

The first place that I want to take you guys is called Viaduct Harbor. Viaduct Harbor is very famous in Auckland because it is known to be the best spot to see the Auckland skyline. Below is a photograph that I took while I was strolling down the harbor. This is perhaps the best view to see the Sky Tower.

Sky Tower Auckland, New Zealand

Sky Tower Auckland, New Zealand

You can see the that the atmosphere around the harbor is very relaxed. Around the harbor there are many bars and restaurants. Surprisingly, during day time, there are many people reading books and many joggers. In my opinion, Viaduct Harbor is an amazing place to destress.

Auckland is also known to be called The City of Sail. Why? Well, in Viaduct Harbor, there are precisely 2,500 boats. There are many Catamarans and other small vessels. There are many people who are practicing for the America’s Cup in Viaduct Harbor. America’s Cup is a competition that is held every year and it is basically a race of two yachts. Around the harbor, there are private companies who owns and operate a similar yachts that are being used in the America’s Cup and with a sum of fee you can experience the difficulty of the America’s Cup.

Earlier I mentioned about Sky Tower. Sky Tower is the pride and glory of Auckland, it rises from ground to 1,076 feet tall, making it the tallest building in Auckland. Inside the Sky Tower there are two restaurants; Sugar Club and Orbit 360. Fortunately, I had the chance to dine at Sugar Club Fine Dining Experience. I was shocked at the quality of the food. It was an unforgettable experience. There are a lot of varieties of food on their menu; such as, Asian cuisine, French cuisine, as well as, Italian. For myself, I chose a 5 course meal. My favorite dish was the Pan Seared Tuna. I can tell you that the combinations of flavor truly set the bar high for this restaurant. Here are some pictures that I’d like to share with you.

Hoisen Duck Breast, Sky Tower.

Hoisen Duck Breast, Sky Tower.

Pan Seared Tuna, Sky Tower

Pan Seared Tuna, Sky Tower

 

During my time in Auckland, I stayed in Sofitel Hotel. Sofitel in Auckland is known for many things. However, the location and the view is unbeatable. Sofitel is located in the heart of downtown. There are many restaurants and bars nearby. My favorite would be Restaurant 88. Restaurant 88 is a Vietnamese restaurant that specializes in modernization of traditional Vietnamese cuisine. Below are some dishes that I ordered. I have to say, the tossed beef was a bowl of explosive spices and flavors.

Tossed beef with papaya salad.

Tossed beef with papaya salad

Viaduct Harbor, A view from our hotel room.

Viaduct Harbor, A view from our hotel room.

View from Sofitel Hotel

View from Sofitel Hotel

 

Jamaican Cobbler & Bedford Summer Cup

Jamaican Cobbler & Bedford Summer Cu

 

 

 

 

 

Since Auckland is a culinary hub. I’d like to take you to a place a little bit outside Downtown Auckland. Outside of Downtown Auckland there are many restaurants, particularly, Ponsenby Center. Ponsenby Center is a small town that has all the restaurants and bars in one street. There are shops like The Chocolate Botique, Argentinian BBQ (El Sizzling Chorizo), and last but not least, Bedford Soda & Liquor. Ponsenby Center is designed like food court in the U.S. However, it is outdoor seating. Ponsenby Center is decorated with many trees and flowers, making it very relaxing to dine and drink there. My girlfriend and I tried a few drinks from Bedford Soda & Liquor. Though it was a bit pricy for a few drinks, we walked away with satisfaction. We ordered the Bedford Summer Cup and The Jamaican Cobbler. Both drinks are full of flavor; a mixture of mints, lime, lemon, peach, and pineapple. Again, what an unforgettable experience.

Finally, for the final chapter of this blog, I want to take you a historical place in Auckland called One Tree Hill. Yes, it is similar to the TV series. One Tree Hill is a monument that was built because in the past there were arguments between the Maori people and the British. Maori people is the native New Zealander. Apparently, before the monument was established, there was one big sacred tree that stood up on the summit of the hill. It was worshiped by Maori people at that time, but the unfortunately, one night the one white settler cut that tree and the Maori people were very upset which caused a war. However, today, it is widely known as a tourist destination. Below are some photos on the summit of the hill. Standing on the summit really gives you the bigger picture of Auckland’s sky line. On the top you can see all 360 degrees view of Auckland.

Eden Park (Stadium for All Black, A Rugby Stadium) A view from One Tree Hill Summit.

Eden Park (Stadium for All Black, A Rugby Stadium) A view from One Tree Hill Summit.

 

One Tree Hill Monument

One Tree Hill Monument

Well, that was it for my first blog. I hope you enjoyed our journey through Auckland city and its surrounding. Stick around for more blogs from me as I head down south to Queenstown and the famous Hobbiton! Until next time lads!

 

First sunrise in the world! A view from Hilton, Auckland! Until next time!!

First sunrise in the world! A view from Hilton, Auckland! Until next time!!

See you next time!

See you next time! KIA ORA!