the takapu refuge – limestone cliffs along the black beach coast of the north island. yes virginia – talagang itim ang kulay ng buhangin. ang galing nga. tahanan ito ng libo libong mga ibon. isa na namang breathless kiwi site. i was half expecting holly hunter to show up along the coast, sitting on top of a large black grand piano accompanied by her deaf daughter and her maori lover. alas, all i saw was 60 other people like me – accidental tourists from all over the asia-pacific region, enjoying the day off from their conference. middle of the week kasi, during this time, may one day kaming field trip na pampagana. nung umaga, nag tour kami sa isang brewery na customer namin.siyempre, pagkatapos ng tour ay may free beer. ayun – alas 10 pa lang ng umaga, ngongo na ang salita ko. hehe. naka anim na basong beer ata ako. pero nawala ang lasing ko nang makita ko ang takapu refuge. ibang klase ang ganda niya. gaya ng sabi ko kanina – yung view doon ay parang yung opening scene ng “the piano”. incidentally this classic film was done here in new zealand and was directed by a kiwi – jane campion. now through this trip, i pay homage to one of my favorite movies.