I am two and a bit weeks into my three week Christmas/summer break and holy smokes, it was the best thing to hit the 'off' button on my recurring alarm set on my phone that first Saturday. Mysteriously, I did lose my ability to sleep through the night this last week and have since existed in a perpetual state of blurriness. I on a mission to fix this.
Though I would have loved to take a wild trip out of the country, it has been nice to take the days slow and go out on quick photo missions with the sister (Rachel Soh - her photos will change your life) and miscellaneous friends. We have become loyal advocates of the west coast, simply because it is the spot to be as the sun says goodnight (naturally). Thanks to daylight saving and summer, this is now happening at 8.45pm, leaving lots of time in the AM for catching up on New Girl, Modern Family, Friends (re-runs, always) and Quantico.
Anyway. Dotted along the west coast of Auckland are phenomenal black-sand beaches - Piha, Bethells, Muriwai, Karekare and Whatipu. This here is good ol' Piha. A surfer's paradise during the day and for us Asians dressed totally wrong for the beach, a photographer's dream in the evening.