Rotorua hole

Dear Definitely Filipino Readers…  Wow, I went 2 full weeks without posting an article on this blog, how abominable!!! I was busy with a charity event that I organized for some lonely old folks last Valentines (click here to see more about that) and then I had to fly off to Rotorua, New Zealand for the UCB Media Conference which I got invited to.

So far I have met 6 Filipinos working in the hotel and resto industry – WHY AM I NOT SURPRISED? The Filipino is TRULY global!

Anywhoooo… here is one of my adventures in Rotorua, New Zealand!!!

Now that I have your attention, I must explain that I mean the title of this article in a GOOD way. Rotorua is a geothermal town on the edge of a lake which is also called Rotorua. The main attractions of the town are geysers, boiling mud-pools and hot thermal springs. These three things are responsible for the release of sulfur into the air and if you were awake during Chemistry Lab 101, you will be wrinkling your nose as you read this line.

So, while Rotorua LITERALLY stinks, it is for a GOOD and TOURISTY REASON. There are holes everywhere that emit mist and sulfur, giving the air a particularly distinct flatulent characteristic.

Whaka Village - those guys are sitting on the bridge watching children swimming in a river below. Notice all the steam? That's coming from the geothermal holes that dot Rotorua and give it it's distinctive sulfuric smell!

Personally? I like the smell of sulfur and therefore Rotorua; it brings memories of the sulfur soap I used to buy in Metro Manila groceries – soap that I used to help me through those pimply seasons of life. Goooood memories, I have to tell you, LOL! And since I am (half) Filipina and accustomed to ‘interesting’ smells, I am enjoying myself. Extremely!

On Day 2 of the United Christian Broadcasters’ Forum, which I am attending, we went to a charming little geothermal village where we saw children swimming in the river waiting for tourists above on a bridge to throw coins into the water for them to retrieve. Talk about mild child abuse! LOLOL! Just kidding – I think it’s a whole lot fun for both the tourists and children :)

Whaka Thermal Village!!!

Kids waiting for Coins!

I'm still waiiiiting!

While visiting the little village, we met a cool local tourist guide who gave us a (futile) lesson in Maori Pronunciation. The Maoris are the natives of New Zealand and happen to love syllables and LONG, LONG, LONG NAMES. If you click on the link below, it will take you to the Youtube Vid of the (futile) lesson he gave us on how to pronounce the town’s name. Click on it and check it out!

WHAKA WHAAAATTTT!!!???? VIDEO

For those of you with sensitive noses, I encourage you to visit Rotorua ANYWAY. The sulfur smell is NOT that bad and God has blessed humans with the ability to adapt to such situations. You will only notice the smell in your first two or three days, then it will start smelling like normal. At this point in my working vacation, I have realized that I will MISS this smell badly when i get back to Manila simply because there is NO PLACE ON EARTH like Rotorua, New Zealand where SMELLY and FUN go hand and hand!

by Joyce Burton Titular, the blogging beauty queen…

Visit Adventures of a Beauty Queen to see more of my New Zealand Adventures ETC…!!!