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post #35716 of 37403
Don't get me wrong, some nice stuff comes out of NZ, but I'm simply unaware of interesting stores per se. If it were me I'd look for a nice sweater at a local shop. NZ isn't as obsessed with big box stores as we are in the US yet.
post #35717 of 37403
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New Zealand is a beautiful place. I can't think of any stores that were particularly interesting, but I think the most attractive part about it is the scenery anyway. They are certainly known for having a lot of sheep but if anything I would take that as a hint on what to get for dinner

 

I guess she heard from a friend that their wool is very highly regarded, so I thought I'd ask her to pick me up a sweater, or if their bedding is popular, a wool blanket, or something like that. I thought maybe there was something that's known to be a good product that she could look for during her time there.

 

I am definitely bummed about not being able to join her to view the scenery and eat some of their livestock. Maybe one day!

 

These are two different things.  That is, 'wool' can mean either the raw material or the yarn and,fabrics made from it.  In New Zealand's case we mostly talking about the former, with much of it exported

 

From the government website:

 

"New Zealand is the world's largest producer and exporter of crossbred wool, and is second only to Australia in the export of all wool. There are over 220 companies registered as exporters of wool although fewer than half that number are actively engaged in wool exporting. In 2002-2003 the top 20 exporters accounted for about 75 percent of all wool exported. In that year total wool sales in New Zealand amounted to 172 680 tonnes (clean), of which 79 percent by volume was exported. Seventy two percent of total exports was as scoured wool and the remainder was as greasy and slipe wool."

 

http://maxa.maf.govt.nz/mafnet/rural-nz/overview/nzoverview009.htm

 

While no doubt some gets turned into sweaters and such for the NZ domestic market, there's no intrinsic advantage to buying a sweater from the same country which produced the sheep.  Farming, textile production, and weaving are different businesses.

 

Do you drink wine?  Sauvignon blanc from NV is worth getting to know.  Might be worth bringing home a few bottles.

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

post #35718 of 37403
FYI - Kylie Jenner -Kim Karadshians step sister.

Edited -mixed up the sisters
Edited by venividivicibj - 4/8/16 at 10:53am
post #35719 of 37403

Kind of.... Kendall Jenner is the much more successful/famous runway model.   VS, Chanel, Bottega Veneta, Fendi, Givenchy 

post #35720 of 37403
Damnit. I always mix them up. Kendall is the cute one.
post #35721 of 37403

:fistbump: with you there.

post #35722 of 37403
I've actually seen a lot of instagram accounts that are basically shills for a couple of products. Throw in some cute girls/bathing suits/yoga poses/pseduphilosophy and you've got a ton of followers and some $ coming in. I can see the appeal.

I see it a lot for mens fitness accounts and fashion as well, so it works both ways.
post #35723 of 37403
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Originally Posted by Academic2 View Post
 

 

These are two different things.  That is, 'wool' can mean either the raw material or the yarn and,fabrics made from it.  In New Zealand's case we mostly talking about the former, with much of it exported

 

From the government website:

 

"New Zealand is the world's largest producer and exporter of crossbred wool, and is second only to Australia in the export of all wool. There are over 220 companies registered as exporters of wool although fewer than half that number are actively engaged in wool exporting. In 2002-2003 the top 20 exporters accounted for about 75 percent of all wool exported. In that year total wool sales in New Zealand amounted to 172 680 tonnes (clean), of which 79 percent by volume was exported. Seventy two percent of total exports was as scoured wool and the remainder was as greasy and slipe wool."

 

http://maxa.maf.govt.nz/mafnet/rural-nz/overview/nzoverview009.htm

 

While no doubt some gets turned into sweaters and such for the NZ domestic market, there's no intrinsic advantage to buying a sweater from the same country which produced the sheep.  Farming, textile production, and weaving are different businesses.

 

Do you drink wine?  Sauvignon blanc from NV is worth getting to know.  Might be worth bringing home a few bottles.

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

 

 

That makes sense. Like I said, she heard this from a friend, so maybe some info was lost in translation between us. I agree that just because they have a lot of sheep doesn't mean they make a nice sweater.

 

As far as your other recommendation, she actually works for a well-known company in the wine and spirits industry, which is the reason for the trip. Needless to say, our home is always well-stocked!

post #35724 of 37403
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I've actually seen a lot of instagram accounts that are basically shills for a couple of products. Throw in some cute girls/bathing suits/yoga poses/pseduphilosophy and you've got a ton of followers and some $ coming in. I can see the appeal.

I see it a lot for mens fitness accounts and fashion as well, so it works both ways.

I can think of one pretty prominent menswear blog I've stopped frequenting for this reason. He acknowledges that the items were given to him but almost everything that he wears is a gift at this point.
post #35725 of 37403
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I am definitely bummed about not being able to join her to view the scenery and eat some of their livestock. Maybe one day!

My wife and I have friends from NZ and we went there for their wedding. Seeing the mountains as you fly in is like... Wow!
post #35726 of 37403
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Originally Posted by Academic2 View Post
 

 

These are two different things.  That is, 'wool' can mean either the raw material or the yarn and,fabrics made from it.  In New Zealand's case we mostly talking about the former, with much of it exported

 

From the government website:

 

"New Zealand is the world's largest producer and exporter of crossbred wool, and is second only to Australia in the export of all wool. There are over 220 companies registered as exporters of wool although fewer than half that number are actively engaged in wool exporting. In 2002-2003 the top 20 exporters accounted for about 75 percent of all wool exported. In that year total wool sales in New Zealand amounted to 172 680 tonnes (clean), of which 79 percent by volume was exported. Seventy two percent of total exports was as scoured wool and the remainder was as greasy and slipe wool."

 

http://maxa.maf.govt.nz/mafnet/rural-nz/overview/nzoverview009.htm

 

While no doubt some gets turned into sweaters and such for the NZ domestic market, there's no intrinsic advantage to buying a sweater from the same country which produced the sheep.  Farming, textile production, and weaving are different businesses.

 

Do you drink wine?  Sauvignon blanc from NV is worth getting to know.  Might be worth bringing home a few bottles.

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

 

 

That makes sense. Like I said, she heard this from a friend, so maybe some info was lost in translation between us. I agree that just because they have a lot of sheep doesn't mean they make a nice sweater.

 

As far as your other recommendation, she actually works for a well-known company in the wine and spirits industry, which is the reason for the trip. Needless to say, our home is always well-stocked!

 

So you already know about NZ's sauvignon blanc.  Excellent!

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

post #35727 of 37403

I hung out with a few kiwis once.

"We're sheep shaggers and damn proud of it."

Pretty much the only thing that I remember from the conversation is written above.

post #35728 of 37403

Speaking of travel, I'm heading to Vietnam and Siem Reap soon for about a month and would love some advice! I'll be going N to S through Vietnam, doing Hanoi (1.5d), Sapa (2.5d), Halong Bay (2d), Hue (1d), Hoi An (3d), Dalat (3d), Mui Ne (2d), Saigon (1.5d), the Mekong Delta (2d), and then 3d in Siem Reap. Any must-sees or must-dos in those places aside from the obvious (eg. the obligatory night on a boat in a crowded, tourist-filled bay, the trek through mountains, running around on sand dunes, seeing floating markets, Angkor Wat)? I am trying to do this on a relative budget but I'm also celebrating so I'm not slumming it in any hostels or taking painfully long bus/train rides, and I don't mind splurging for memorable experiences or meals, but food's less of a priority for me on this trip in the sense I know I'll be eating pretty great regardless and I'm traveling out of a backpack so no fancy meals.

 

@ridethecliche didn't you travel in these parts just a few years ago?


I'm stopping in Seoul on the way back to the US but it's just a long layover so I can't really explore the city/visit BnT (not that I can afford anything yet) but I have booked a transit tour of the city since I have quite a bit of time.

 

Actually speaking of that crowded, tourist-filled bay - any recommendations on how to do 2 nights in Halong Bay without being surrounded by other boats or being on a booze cruise? If it weren't so damn iconic and beautiful I'd pass it up for Ninh Binh or someplace I could actually kayak but I'd like to see it. Thanks y'all.

post #35729 of 37403
Yeah, I backpacked around SE asia last summer.

I loved Sa Pa. Hue and Hoi An have amazing food. I skipped Dalat and Mui Ne. I spent 19 days in vietnam and it was not nearly enough. Sounds like you're going to be flying from stop to stop? I took one flight so I could make up some time, but I'd warn you that flights ran late pretty often.

I think you can go to Halong bay by yourself and take a ferry to cat ba, but there are some of those tour companies that are targeted more at adults and not boozed up kids. I'd stay away from the vietnam backpacker hostel ones for that reason especially.
post #35730 of 37403
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Speaking of travel, I'm heading to Vietnam and Siem Reap soon for about a month and would love some advice! I'll be going N to S through Vietnam, doing Hanoi (1.5d), Sapa (2.5d), Halong Bay (2d), Hue (1d), Hoi An (3d), Dalat (3d), Mui Ne (2d), Saigon (1.5d), the Mekong Delta (2d), and then 3d in Siem Reap. Any must-sees or must-dos in those places aside from the obvious (eg. the obligatory night on a boat in a crowded, tourist-filled bay, the trek through mountains, running around on sand dunes, seeing floating markets, Angkor Wat)? I am trying to do this on a relative budget but I'm also celebrating so I'm not slumming it in any hostels or taking painfully long bus/train rides, and I don't mind splurging for memorable experiences or meals, but food's less of a priority for me on this trip in the sense I know I'll be eating pretty great regardless and I'm traveling out of a backpack so no fancy meals.

 

@ridethecliche didn't you travel in these parts just a few years ago?


I'm stopping in Seoul on the way back to the US but it's just a long layover so I can't really explore the city/visit BnT (not that I can afford anything yet) but I have booked a transit tour of the city since I have quite a bit of time.

 

Actually speaking of that crowded, tourist-filled bay - any recommendations on how to do 2 nights in Halong Bay without being surrounded by other boats or being on a booze cruise? If it weren't so damn iconic and beautiful I'd pass it up for Ninh Binh or someplace I could actually kayak but I'd like to see it. Thanks y'all.

 

I don't know if you've booked your hotels already, but I have a few suggestions.

 

Ha Long Bay you can do in one night if you want, and Cat Ba is a great suggestion, I used to have a place there and it is extremely beautiful. I would try and get some more time in at Hanoi, a lot of culture, and the food is absolutely amazing.

 

If you're traveling between Hue and Hoi An, I would suggest you stay one night in Hue, then stay in Da Nang for one or two nights before going to Hoi An, the sky bar at the Novotel in Da Nang at night has perhaps the best view in all of Vietnam. Da Nang and Hoi An are about an hour apart by car, and you should also visit My Son if you're in the area. Also, if you're going between Hue and Da Nang, take the train. The view is absolutely spectacular, it is so beautiful.

 

Mui Ne is really nice, although to be fair I haven't been there in about ten years. But if your itinerary isn't set in stone, I would suggest Nha Trang. Absolutely beautiful, a bit more developed so a few more things you can do there, and the beaches are perhaps one of the best in Vietnam. Or if you want a bit more remote, then I would suggest Phu Quoc or Con Dao (I've been told the Six Senses there is an amazing experience)

 

I hope this helps, feel free to PM me if you want to know any more, especially about Vietnam.

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