Absolutely Positively Brownlee

Many of you may not know this, there has been more than 7600 aftershocks since a major 7.1 earthquake hit the city I live in — Christchurch in New Zealand last September. One of these 7600 aftershocks was a deadly one, and it only came 5 months after the major 7.1 earthquake. Nearly 200 people died in the February ‘aftershock’, mostly due to building collapse in the CBD (central business district). Therefore, today, nearly a year since the quake, our city is still functioning (well… let’s not get into defining ‘functioning’) without a CBD.

Since the February quake, the city has been in a really bad shape (ok, ruined), however the City Council has invited citizens to get involved in the rebuilding process by setting up the site Share an Idea so everyone could put their suggestions forward. After months of gathering ideas from citizens and experts, the city has finally published its central city rebuild plan yesterday. Many people have been feeling positive and hopeful, especially our city mayor Bob Parker, because it’s the only thing you could and probably should do, be hopeful.

However our Earthquake Recovery Minister, good old Mr. Brownlee has been nothing but negative along the way. When the city plan came out yesterday and the city was feeling all hopeful once again, our beloved Brownlee once again said ‘oh, that’s a pretty big wish list‘. Oh, good old Brownlee, we all know your job is just so hard and stressful, but could you please, for once, be positive? Or even fake it, because the people need it. You don’t think for one second we all know that our city is ruined, we have lost everything we loved about Christchurch? You don’t think we all know that it’s likely going to take more than 20 years to rebuild our city, and it will just never be the same? We do, and to be honest we don’t need your negativity, not right now.

This morning I felt that I just had enough of his negativity, and one of our great Kiwi Tui beer ad came to my mind and I created a little something for our absolutely positively Brownlee.

Brownlee Speaks



Today, I successfully enrolled myself into one of the Swimsmart programme at my local pool.

“Hi, I’m wondering if I could enrol into one of the swimming classes please?”

“Sure, are you enrolling for your kid?”

“…um.. no, it’s for me.”


I’m not sure how that conversation could have been any less embarrassing to be honest. Yes I’m in my mid-20s and still cannot swim, and this is my third time enrolling in Beginner’s class. Everyone keeps telling me how swimming is so easy, it’s all about muscle memory etc etc. Sure.

I always have these fantasies about myself being an amazing runner, or swimmer, part of me always dreamed to be some kind of athletic person, but in the end I am still that girly girl who does gentle sports. I hope this will be my last time enrolling in Beginner class, so Henry (yep, a male instructor too. FML) please work your wonders and TRANSFORM me!

Do we always dream of becoming something we are not?

Amy Amy Amy

Lately I’ve been listening to Amy Winehouse quite a bit, sadly, since she passed away. Part of me feeling shameful for joining the fandom only after she passed away, however at the same time I realised just how talented she was.

You can’t really blame me for assuming that she was all about PR packaging, anger and perhaps overdose based on all her previously appearances in the tabloids. The only song I ever listened to prior her death was Rehab, or the first line of Rehab rather. However, after listening to many of her songs, I realised how stupid of me to assume she was nothing more than publicity, she was so so talented, her music was in a way so timeless and her voice was unbelievable. I agree with what Adele said about Amy Winehouse, “Amy Winehouse paved the way for me“, yep.

So excuse my rather late realisation of Amy’s talent, may she rest in peace.


Do you ever…?

Do you ever hate those lucky people who could stuff everything and anything down without getting … well let’s face it… fat?

I know I do.

You can’t beat your genetics, but you certainly can work hard to remain healthy with exercise routines and the sacrifice of naughty (but yummy) foods. Why do yummy things always do more harm to you than good? It’s like a trap! I usually do OK until I see some petit wee girls stuffing triple chocolate cakes in the Cafe, then I would get very jealous. Why dad why? why couldn’t you give me the superpower genes of never-getting-fat?

Oh well.

Are you one of those lucky people who can eat just about anything and still remain a beautiful figure?

Can people be healthy at any size?

Update: saw this article on CNN today Should all obese people lose weight?