I Am Now In New Zealand

@cacay1 (33192)
Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
October 24, 2016 8:29pm CST
I am here now in Auckland,New Zealand. I arrived here yesterday afternoon 5:15 l.m. I arrived here safe.I am so thankful of your prayers for my safe travel and good health. It is so cold here, spring time. When I arrived in Auckland airport I was less excited.Why? There was nobody to meet me in that strange place. I was terribly sad and afraid for I do not have with me NZ dollar only Philippine peso. I bought NZ dollar in NAI airport,but none sold. I waited fir 45 minutes , none appeared. I approached a taxi driver promising him to pay when reached my best friend's home. The taxi driver said,pay first before I bring you to your home. I went to the ATM machine to withdraw money from peso to NZ dollar,but when I look at the left side I saw Flight Center money changer, so I went to that area and have my cash on hand conversed to $NZ, and was successful,2,000 pesos at $50 NZ dollar just enough for taxi fare. Somehow, we have to listen to our instinct to solve a sudden problem. What happened then?My best friend waited in the opposite end so far away from my area the Way Out Area during arrival.She committed an error of waiting in the wrong gate. Thanks friends.Miss you all. No pictures yet,maybe next day.
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@SIMPLYD (86445)
• Philippines
25 Oct 16
You are so courageous in going there with Philippine peso no NZ dollar . I never would do that , because see you weren't able to buy NZ dollar at NAIA . But i am happy to know you are safe there . I will miss your funny comments my friend .
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@cacay1 (33192)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
25 Oct 16
Thanks my dear hehehe, yeah, I am so courageous.one main reason is the promise of my best friend to meet me in airport. It's their fault for they waited in the wrong area so far from the Way Out of Arrivals.
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@cacay1 (33192)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
25 Oct 16
Thanks friend. It is not good to travel without money. I brought with me my TM and credit cards in case worst comes to worst, and it did happen the worst situation when no one met me in airport.The one who supposed to meet me waited in the departure area not in THE WAY OUT ARRIVAL.She was ashamed of me.
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@SIMPLYD (86445)
• Philippines
25 Oct 16
@cacay1 Why , didn't she have a cellphone where you both can communicate ?
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• United States
25 Oct 16
I am glad you arrived safely, and were able to get money for the taxi =)
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@cacay1 (33192)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
25 Oct 16
Thanks friend, I was terribly sad and scared that time.
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• United States
25 Oct 16
@cacay1 Yes I would be scared too but glad you arrived safely.
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@cacay1 (33192)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
25 Oct 16
@infatuatedbby That is what I am so thankful to God for letting ,me arrived Auckland safe and in good health.
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@MGjhaud (20861)
• Philippines
25 Oct 16
oh wow.. have great time in there. looking forward to that picture. take care of yourself..
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@cacay1 (33192)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
25 Oct 16
Hi Joy? Thanks , I am still so sleep and groggy 18 hours travel from Manila to Auckland. We had one hour stop over at cairns, Aussie.
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@MGjhaud (20861)
• Philippines
25 Oct 16
i hope you had a good rest already.
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@cacay1 (33192)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
26 Oct 16
@MGjhaud , I had 2 days good rest Joy, 18 hours travel from NAI to Auckland, so long and boring,tiring.
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@youless (94715)
• Guangzhou, China
25 Oct 16
I am glad that you arrived in Auckland safe and sound. What a day! I am glad that you solved all the problems. I would be worried if I don't have the local money when I arrive to a new place. So at least I will convert some USD to keep with me. At least it is a popular currency and it can still work sometimes.
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@cacay1 (33192)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
25 Oct 16
I am so lucky enough to have told about an agency that buys Philippine peso hu huh hu. It was so scary for me before I got the idea to convert my money to NZ dollar.Thanks friend.
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@youless (94715)
• Guangzhou, China
25 Oct 16
@cacay1 I suggest the taxi driver will have a credit card machine so that you can pay with your credit card
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@cacay1 (33192)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
25 Oct 16
@youless Maybe that taxi driver was new on his driving job hehehe,but it must be the owner of the taxi to install it.
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@just4him (132291)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
25 Oct 16
I'm glad you arrived safe and you are with your friend.
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@cacay1 (33192)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
25 Oct 16
hanks Valerie for being so nice lady. Take care of yorself.T
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@just4him (132291)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 Oct 16
@cacay1 You too!
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@cacay1 (33192)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
26 Oct 16
@just4him Thank you.
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@TRBRocks420 (85763)
• Banks, Oregon
25 Oct 16
Glad you arrived safely and, hope you have a good time there.
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@cacay1 (33192)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
25 Oct 16
Thanks TR, I hope to enjoy in this very cold country. Huh Huh Huh I miss my family at home.
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@sishy7 (27592)
• Australia
25 Oct 16
Ah, how could she not know where to wait for you being the one who should be more familiar with the airport... Anyway, glad you have arrived safely...
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@cacay1 (33192)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
25 Oct 16
Actually she was so ashamed.They waited me in the area near McDo and they ate there with her hubby while waiting me. Their location is in the departure area not arrival, very far from me. I had all the tensions during arrival,but God Blessed me. I am so thankful that there is a buyer there from Croatia Philippine peso to NZ dollar.The driver I negotiated did not allow me to pay thru credit card, no machine inside his car perhaps. It is not a good deal to travel without credit card or ATM proven on my expereince. I was so scared yesterday before the solution poppped up tp my mind. Thanks dear.
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@cacay1 (33192)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
25 Oct 16
@sishy7 , The one who supposed to meet me are immigrants in NZ for almost 5 years. They are Filipinos who migrated in NZ whole family.My friend Nenen and her hubby Jong waited me in the departure area not arrival hehehehe. They waited near McDonald so far away from the arrival gate. They were so sorry.
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@sishy7 (27592)
• Australia
25 Oct 16
@cacay1 I'd imagine so... departure area is usually at the opposite end of arrival area... they're probably hungry and just went straight to McD when they saw one at the airport...
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@allen0187 (34384)
• Philippines
25 Oct 16
Glad you landed safely at New Zealand. Too bad, your initial experience in this new country wasn't good. I'm sure the mix up with your friend was an unfortunate miscommunication. Do keep us updated with your new life in NZ.
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@cacay1 (33192)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
25 Oct 16
Thanks friend, the one to pick me waited in the wrong area not in the WAy OUT ARRIVALS. She and her husband waited me in the opposite gate the Destination gate. Maybe they also got lost as being new to NZ almost 3 years. The alrready had boiught 3 cars here. She is a teacher and her hubby enginner. I have to begin scouting for job starting tomorrow.
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@allen0187 (34384)
• Philippines
30 Oct 16
@cacay1 good luck in finding a job!
• United States
25 Oct 16
oh, i bet t'was a shock to yer system to arrive where such's still cold. so glad that'cha made't there alright, e'en though sounds most stressful. don't reckon i knew ya were gonna be stayin' with a friend there? that's wonderful news coz they can show ya 'round 'n help get'cha acclimated to yer new surroundin's. rest 'p, my friend ~ big hugs!
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@cacay1 (33192)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
25 Oct 16
Thank you great lady for your comforting words. That was a terrible experience of mine nobody picked me in airport. What if I did not have Philippine money to be converted to NZ $, I will be in distress. I am so thankful to bring with me my credit card and ATM cards.I am still sleepy until this time hehehhe. I feel your warm hug. Thank you dear.
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@cacay1 (33192)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
25 Oct 16
Thanks dear for your comforting words. You are such a good and great friend.love you.
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@cacay1 (33192)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
25 Oct 16
@crazyhorseladycx Oh, thanks dear , you are having a lovely soul.Your family and hubby must be proud of you, for being so thoughtful and loving.Thanks for the warm embrace, I feel it's warmth here.
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@Shiva49 (14523)
• Singapore
27 Oct 16
So happy for you Erly. Wish you the best of luck and happiness. It happened to me years ago. My relative said he came a bit late but I waited for him for an hour after the train reached! All is well that ends well but changing money at airport is quite expensive! siva
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@cacay1 (33192)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
27 Oct 16
@SHiva49, Thanks siva, yes expensive ,about the one to meet me, they can never show up for they waited me in the departure area not in arrival area.At least, I was able to solve my problem.
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@cacay1 (33192)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
27 Oct 16
Thank you friend.That is true expensive to exchange currency in other country.
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@Shiva49 (14523)
• Singapore
27 Oct 16
@cacay1 Agreed you had no other way sadly - siva
@dodo19 (34291)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
25 Oct 16
I am glad that you got there safe, and that things did work out for you. I hope you do have fun in New Zealand.
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@cacay1 (33192)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
26 Oct 16
@dodo19, Haven't found fun yet here, very lonely planet,It always rains everyday.
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@dodo19 (34291)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
26 Oct 16
@cacay1 Give it time. Maybe things will turn around. You haven't been there long.
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@cacay1 (33192)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
27 Oct 16
@dodo19 , Yeah, I have to wait for the right time.
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@acelawrites (12719)
• Philippines
25 Oct 16
Am happy to know you landed safely in New Zealand. Good thing you saw that money changer for your taxi fare. Good luck on your new "adventure" there.
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@cacay1 (33192)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
26 Oct 16
@acelawrites , yes friend, at first I was so horrified for what I had was pesos forgetting our money can buy NZ dollars. I was so relived after.
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@acelawrites (12719)
• Philippines
26 Oct 16
@cacay1 as long as you have the money, you can not worry; and of course you always know what to do; just presence of mind.
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@cacay1 (33192)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
27 Oct 16
@acelawrites , That is true friend, it is not easy to travel without a credit card and ATM .Thank you friend.
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@Jenning (2022)
• Nigeria
25 Oct 16
Enjoy Woman! More Grace on you.
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@cacay1 (33192)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
27 Oct 16
Thank you.
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@Jenning (2022)
• Nigeria
27 Oct 16
@cacay1 All thanks be unto GOD.
@hereandthere (33348)
• Philippines
25 Oct 16
you've been to nz many times before, so i'm surprised you bought pesos instead of dollars this time. if your friend and husband immigrated to nz years ago, how come they're not familiar with the airport (departure vs arrival area)?
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@cacay1 (33192)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
26 Oct 16
@hereandthere , I did not buy peso, I converted my peso to NZ dollar. My friend and her hubby was also lost.They are not always in airport they told me. They were there the first time they arrived Auckland and after 5 years, they haven't gone to Ph. They should have asked the guard to get info.
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• Philippines
26 Oct 16
@cacay1 how come you did not exchange the peso to dollars at the bank or even at sm forex the day before your flight? yeah, it seems like since they arrived, they never went to the airport to pick up visitors, either.
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@Dextoi (2424)
• Philippines
26 Oct 16
Congrats! You made it there! :) Have a greet NZ day!
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@cacay1 (33192)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
27 Oct 16
@Dextoi , Thank you.
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@PatZAnthony (13257)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
25 Oct 16
$50 for a taxi! Wow-that is an expensive ride.
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@cacay1 (33192)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
26 Oct 16
@PatZAnthony , That is right, but I do not have a choice.The taxi driver also pays entrance/ exit at $10 each passing, so that's the reason why expensive.huh huh huh.
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@DianneN (91533)
• United States
25 Oct 16
Exchanging money is always a nuisance, but I'm happy you found your friend. Enjoy New Zealand and hope you warm up soon.
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@cacay1 (33192)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
26 Oct 16
She has found me at the home of my other friend hehehe, she was so ashamed of me.
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@SophieY (899)
• South Africa
25 Oct 16
enjoy - remember pictures next time
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@cacay1 (33192)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
27 Oct 16
Thank you, sure picture to follow.
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@jaboUK (55159)
• United Kingdom
25 Oct 16
I'm sorry that you had such a bad start to your stay, but glad that it was only a mistake on your friend's part. Let's hope that you have no more stress and can relax and enjoy yourself now.
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@cacay1 (33192)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
26 Oct 16
@jaboUK , Thanks friend, that was really stressful moment having no one to meet me with money in peso. I am so thankful to our dear God for guiding me what to do. Actually, I paused for a moment and asked God what to do and he dictated me to buy NZ dollars thru Philippine peso which was successfully done. Plus, money changer office is just beside me. I feel the complete happiness. I thank the Lord for He is me, you and all of us all the time.
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@AkoPinay (10115)
• Philippines
25 Oct 16
I haven't traveled. I am nervous because of stories like this. It would be different if there is a direct flight with hotel accommodation so I'll just wait for someone to pick me up from the airport and wait a friend to knock at my hotel room. I also suggest to my friends to buy a plane ticket with hotel accommodation. I hate waiting and I don't want to wait at the airport. I want to fly to NZ and experience fruit picking
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