New Zealand – Day 9: Queenstown


There is so much to do in Queenstown! Even staying 2 days is not enough at all! Next up, ski!

Winter Ski

To purchase your passes, rent equipments or clothes, and arrange for shuttle (or drive up yourself), you can go to the Snow Centre.

The Station Building
Duke Street, Queenstown, New Zealand

Tel: +64 3 450 1970


Admission: Refer the website

For rental of equipments and clothes, you can go to a cheaper shop. However, if you rent equipments from another shop, you need to carry them with you up the mountain instead of renting them on the mountain. So, depends on whether you’re up for it, the equipments are quite heavy.

39 Camp Street  Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Tel: +64 3 442 4187


The Remarkables

Near Queenstown, there are 2 mountains you can go to, Coronet Peak or The Remarkables. For a newbie like me, I chose The Remarkables because it has a higher percentage of area for beginners. Anyway, I can’t very much choose which is better to ski while I’ve never done it before.

More info here

The facilities are great. The one I love most is they have elevated certain parts of the hill so that you don’t need to carry your skis up the hill after each ski down.


A must-try burger when you’re in Queenstown. Fergburger is an oversized burger!

42 Shotover Street  Queenstown Town Centre 9300, New Zealand
Tel: +64 3 441 1232


Fergburger with cheddar (NZD12)

This is good! The beef patty is still juicy with loads of vegetables and cheese. Love it!

Locally made mulled wine (NZD7.50)

During a cold weather, this is a very good wine. It’s a hot wine and taste a little like ginger tea but I don’t think it is ginger. Good stuff!

Fishbone Bar & Grill 

A seafood restaurant.

7 Beach Street  Queenstown Town Centre 9300, New Zealand
Tel: +64 3 442 6768


Hours: Daily 17:00 – 22:00

We came here to try out some oyster because they have oysters live from their tank! When we were there, Bluff Oysters were not in season. So we had to try the other 2 types that they have, Tio Point and Waiheke oysters.

Looks appetising eh? But I’m a little disappointed again. It’s better than the those I tried at Auckland but they are still not fresh enough with a little fishy taste. Not so much of “sweetness” of oysters apparent. (-_-)

Limited Edition Fast Foods

Here are some fast foods that is only available at limited time and in New Zealand only.

McDonald’s Serious Lamb Burger

This is good! It has bacon, egg and vegetables. The lamb patty is nice but some people may still dislike the “mutton” smell which to me, it just very light.

KFC’s Double Down

The chicken meat replaces the bread with bacon and cheese. It comes in 3 flavours of chicken meat – Zinger, Original and Grilled. This is delicious! The chicken meat is tender and delicious.

Accomodation: Mantra Marina Queenstown

When you come to Queenstown, it’s best to stay at Frankton Road facing Lake Wakatipu. The view is beautiful and serene.

Picture soure: Mantra Marina website

875 Frankton Road  Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Tel: +64 3 450 9096


Price range:
~NZD70 per person (includes free unlimited internet usage)



NIKE WE RUN KL 10K 2012: Registration starting soon

Update (3rd september): Nike We Run KL 2012: Registration starts on 7th September

No doubt Nike We Run Kl is one of the most success and famous run in Malaysia. From past experience, registration will be full in few days once the on-line registration start. The run event will be held on 13th October 2012 according #WeRunKL, as image below:

The official site also hinted the online-registration will be open real soon, probably in these few days, head to Nike Malaysia twitter as they will tweet an official announcement soon.

HTC One X: 2.17.707.3 (Android 4.0.4) OTA available in Malaysia

The latest 2.17.707.3 firmware for Malaysian’s HTC One X is now available. It is the massive update that been talked about since few weeks ago, that comes with few bugs fix, Android version 4.0.4 and HTC Sense 4.1.

I have it update by OTA using mobile data connection on 30th August 2012, time 23:31. To update it manually, go to “Settings”–>”About”–>”Software updates”. Update Detail as below:

Country: Malaysia
Telco: DIGI
File Size: 140.74MB
Connection: Mobile 3G Network
OTA Update Duration: 56 minutes (due to slow connection)
Previous System: 1.29.707.11
Current System: 2.17.707.3

According to the official, the system software update about:

  • Android 4.0.4
  • HTC Sense 4.1
  • Memory management enhancement
  • Camera quality improvement
  • Fixes bugs affecting display flicker in some circumstance system
  • Here are some noticeable improvements from my observation:

  • Smoother, snappier and more responsive on whole
  • Faster screen unlock
  • Another crap-ware named “Rescue” installed
  • Fixes on live wallpapers: Phase Beam, Nexus and weather
  • Three dots menu can now be set-off
  • Beats profiles gone, with just on/off
  • Minor tweak on USB connection: interface change and faster performance
  • Better Photo Gallery, smoother pinch zoom-in and zoom-out animation with back button
  • Three Dots Menu

    The famous 3-dots menu issue is now solved, the dots can be eliminated by:

    i) go to “Settings” -> “Display, gestures & buttons”
    ii) under “Buttons” section, tap on “Recent apps button”
    iii) Choose which you prefer, either “Press for menu, press and hold for recent apps” or Press for recent apps, press and hold for menu”
    iv) now, you can enjoy the full 4.7″ precious screen for all the apps

    For Unlocked HTC One X users, below is the direct Link for 2.17.707.3 (Android 4.0.4) 579.35MB package file mentioned in XDA forum:

    New Zealand – Day 8: Queenstown


    A lot more information here
    The town

    Enjoy yourself with a walk around town and by the Lake Wakatipu.


    Cookie time for cookies lover

    TSS Earnslaw Lake Cruise

    A 1912 Edwardian vintage twin screw steamer still cruising Lake Wakatipu. Check out some package deals here

    Walter Peak High Country Farm

    The cruise make a stop at the country farm at another end of Lake Wakatipu. If you’re interested, check it on the website above for a different package at different prices.

    For a fee, they also serve BBQ buffet lunch before the farm tour.

    The farm tour consists introduction of the place and a few activities and shows.

    Sheep feeding


    Sheep sheering


    Wool spinning

    Sheep dog in action

    Skyline Gondola

    Taking the gondola (a.k.a. cable car) 450 metres up Bob’s Peak for the view of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu.


    Brecon St, Queenstown, New Zealand

    Tel: +64 3 441 0101


    Hours: Daily 09:00 – late

    Admission: Check out their website for return trips and package deals.

    Skyline Luge

    From the peak’s main building, take another chairlift up for the luge ride! It’s a very fun and thrilling ride! You will want to pay for more ride. Take at least 2 rides to experience both the scenic and advanture track.

    Note to friends: Even if you have taken the ride at Sentosa, Singapore, do take this one. It’s SO much more fun!

    At the end of the day, we stumble upon an amazing view at the bottom of the hill. Setting sunlight and bright moonlight shining upon the opposite mountains.

    Who would miss such beautiful view? ^_^