2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

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Best Android App Awards – Krash Bandikoot style ;)

Hello and Welcome ūüėČ


And here we find a run down of the Krash Bandikoot best Android Apps ūüėČ

Most Addictive Gameplay –¬†Happy Poo Fall

Happy Poo FallHappy Poo Fall is actually something that I came across by accident. I was browsing for something fun and simple to play, and stumbled¬†upon this. My thoughts were, that it was free and if I didn’t like it then I could simply uninstall it, right? I am yet to uninstall this app, and is a super-massive hit with my man friend’s younger siblings. Like many of the most popular smart device apps around such as Temple Run and Angry Birds, the concept¬†“.is simple but entertaining. All you have to do is complete set out goals such as ‘Earn *insert number here* points without collecting any gold’ and ‘Stay close to the bottom for *insert number here* points.






Best Travel Buddy –¬†Waze

Waze Waze is a fantastic social GPS application that allows the user to make traffic reports, such as heavy traffic, Police, Accidents, Hazards, and Speed Cameras. As you drive and make reports, you also accumulate points, which in turn allow you to receive rankings among the world and your country on an all time basis and a weekly basis. The higher your ranking and the more points you receive, the greater influence your traffic reports have on real time routing for the GPS feature.





Best News and Current Events –¬†New Zealand Herald

New Zealand HeraldThe New Zealand Herald app is a wonderful little news app, but without letting the annoying advertisements get in the way of your reading pleasure. Clean and easy to use. Much better than Stuff.co.nz app.









Best App To Have Little to No Real Practical Purpose –¬†The Night Sky

the night skyWhile it’s cool to know where all of the¬†constellations¬†and planets are at any given moment, it’s really going to serve you no purpose to know where they are. It’s cool to be able to tell your friends where ‘Uranus‘ is, though.





Best App for Those Who Frequently Forget their Grocery List – Out Of Milk

Out Of MilkOut Of Milk is for those who regularly remember the ‘important’ things, like keys, cellphone, wallet, etc. when they go out, but can’t seem to remember to bring the grocery list with them. Awesome features where you can scan the¬†bar codes¬†of items in your pantry and share your list with others with the app.




Best ‘Who Comes Up With This Stuff’ App – Ninja Chicken

Ninja ChickenHow I came across this app, and what possessed me to install continually escapes me, but By Golly, do I just love it! Whoever thought up a game where a chicken with a sock for a ninja mask battles against hay bales, pitchforks and dogs being shot out of cannons must’ve been in a very weird headspace, but nonetheless, it is a very addictive game where it’s a constant struggle to put it down. Playing on silent mode is a no-no, as the music and sound effects make it all the more funny to play! ¬†The sequel, Ninja Chicken Ooga Booga, is also worth a shot







This is all for now, but once I’ve trialed-and-errored a few more practical apps for smart phones, I’ll let you all know ūüėČ

Until next time!



New School Year!

Hello everyone,

Well the new school year is almost upon us! Well, for Tertiary students it’s almost here, but if you are in good ol’ high school, you’re already back *tear*. Anyways, for the tertiary students, there’s the expense of student loans, text books and that awesome new pen that you simply couldn’t leave at the store! But for the upcoming academic year, I though I should share some things that are a must for a new school year (including some from my own school bag)!

iPadA few things from my own school bag, is a tablet.¬†Among¬†the most popular is the Apple iPad. While you can get several reasonably priced tablet computers, whether they be iOS or Android, iPad certainly is the most popular among the ‘brand snobs’ out there. Personally I am an Android person myself, but I can see why the iProducts are so popular, especially since that Apple are doing a special deal¬†on at the moment where students returning to university can receive a voucher to spend on apps, music , audio books, or movies if you purchase an Apple product.¬†Definitely¬†worth checking out ;).




Another ‘Must-Have’ is a trusty back pack. If you’re on the tablet computer pathway, then you only need a small one, as there’s no point lugging around a huge back when you don’t have a ton of books to lug around ;).










There are a variety of other stationery that you could use whilst at¬†university, and there are certainly some cute stuff around to use. My favourite stores are certainly Smiggle and Kikki K. Smiggle is probably got stuff for a younger audience (probably more for high school students), while Kikki K is more for a more mature audience. The most important stuff is the diary, for recording the dates for important tests and assignment deadlines, and pens, because there’s no way you’re going to be able to write all of this down without a funky cool pen ;).

Stay tuned for my next post, as I’ll be doing a run down on some of my¬†favorite¬†apps to use on your Smart Device ūüėČ

See you soon!

~ Krash

P.S. Don’t forget to check me out on Facebook!


New Year, New Idea.

Hi everyone,

Given that the New Year is just a matter of days away, I wanted to share with you a brilliant idea that I stumbled upon whilst on Facebook. A photo appeared on my timeline, saying that you should start the New Year with an empty jar, and every time a wonderful moment occurs during the course of 2013, write it down on a piece of paper and place it in the jar. Come New Years Eve 2013/2014, you open up the jar and read through all the wonderful things that have happened to you over the course of the year. I find this to be a wonderful idea, as a) it gives you something a little extra to look forward to on New Years Eve, and b) it gives you a good opportunity to reflect on the beauty of life, and that things aren’t always that bad. I will find this to be an even greater thing if the New Year Jar is shared amongst friends, and everyone in the group of friends places their good moments in the jar, and then open them together whilst together on New Years Eve.

I hope that I have given you some inspiration for the New Year, and that 2013 is filled with blessings for each and every one of you ‚̧

-Krash xx


Hi guys,

I have recently discovered Instagram, and I though I would share with you my recent pictures that I have shared ūüôā




This picture is taken from my house. I love this picture because it never fails to show me how much I love New Zealand nature and how truly beautiful it is here in the Land of the Long White Cloud :).








This picture is of me and my best friend Emma at our Graduation Ball ūüôā









I love this picture, because it reminds me of a favourite New Zealand past time, of having a glass of wine during the New Zealand Summer. I thought that the blurring and the filter that I used really shows off the sunlight coming through the windows to show what a lovely day that it was ūüôā








This is my dog, Joey. He’s really got into the Christmas Spirit with his reindeer antlers lol ūüôā








IMG_20121212_191943This is my cat, Florence (My mother decided to name her after Florence Welch from Florence and the Machine). She loves to perch herself up on the window sill and gaze out at the world, but she was not all that impressed that I was disrupting her ‘alone time’ lol.








IMG_20121212_172924This is a decoration on our Christmas tree. She’s supposed to be playing the vilin, but when I took the photo and had a look at it, I noticed that the fairy lights on the tree made the bow of her violin look like a glowing fairy wand lol.









IMG_20121212_192638This is an awesome Kingfisher pillow that I have on my bed at home. I didn’t take it for any reason other than boredom and my addiction to my new Smartphone











~ Krash xx


Christmas update ;)

Hello everyone!

Yup, I know it’s been a few¬†days since my last update, but I’ve had a wee bit of trouble getting to a computer (ie. my elder brother has been a computer hog) haha. But I’ve gotten started on my Christmas shopping, and I just had to share with you what I got :).


Whiskey Stones

My older brother, C, is known to enjoy an¬†alcoholic¬†beverage¬†from time to time, so I found some Whisky Stones for him at¬†Stevens. I thought ¬†that these would be great for him, as they don’t melt like ice cubes do, therefore your drink will not taste diluted and watered down but they still keep your drink nice and cold. they are marketed as being ‘Whisky’ Stones, but you can use them for pretty much any drink you drink cold, i.e. fruit juice etc.

These Whisky Stones will be awesome for anyone, regardless of whether they are old enough to be drinking alcohol, because although their name suggests that they are for cooling alcohol, that is not their sole purpose, so feel free to give them as a gift for those who are high and dry, or for those this saying applies to:

“They Speak Of My Drinking, But Never Of My Thirst”

Either way, it’s a great present ūüėČ


Chip and Dip






My father is a big fan of sport (of the Rugby variety usually) and like a lot of sport enthusiasts, he enjoys his snacks during the game. This Chip and Dip bowl suits him just fine, as he can have his chips and dip during the game, or some chips and peanuts, or whatever snacks take his fancy on a Saturday night.




I’m still stumped as to what to get my mother for Christmas, but I’m sure the inspiration will strike me at any moment ūüėČ

Happy holidays everyone!

Krash xx


the Great Book Reading Mission of Krash Bandikoot

One thing I have failed to mention since I have taken up blogging again, is that I have taken on a mission of reading all 100 books on the Whitcoulls Top 100 books. The idea had come to me when I was visiting the Whitcoulls in the Westfield mall in Chartwell, Hamilton. I happened to pick up a copy of the 2012/2013 copy of the Top 100. Flicking through it, I realised how many of the books I’ve actually already read, including (number in brackets shows the number on the Top 100):

  • (1) the¬†Millennium Trilogy – Steig Larsson
  • (2) the Hunger Games Trilogy – Suzanne Collins
  • (3) the Lord of the Rings Trilogy – J.R.R Tolkien
  • (5) the Fifty Shades Trilogy – E.L James
  • (6) Harry Potter – J.K Rolling
  • (10) The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkein
  • (11) My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult
  • (14) To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  • (15) The Help – Kathryn Stockett
  • (17) the Power of One – Bryce Courtenay
  • (19) the Twilight SeriesStephanie Meyer
  • (23) the Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
  • (28) the Other Boleyn Girl – Phillippa Gregory
  • (30) Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  • (42) Edmonds Cookery Book – Edmonds (a good Kiwi classic cook book)
  • (59) Open – Andre Agassi (Highly reccomend thsi book. Lent it to my partner’s brother and had it all of about 2 minutes before getting stuck into it)
  • (62) Mao’s Last Dancer – Li Cunxin
  • (70) The Bible – Can’t really tell you who wrote this, as it is more of a¬†collaborative¬†effort (Sidenote: After 13 years of Catholic education, I’m sure I’ve probably read the whole thing at some point, or at least got the jist of it)
  • (74) The Pact – Jodi Picoult


This makes me sound like the epic book nerd to end all epic book nerds, but I’m a little of a Lone Ranger in life so that gives me a lot of time to read haha. But there’s some books on the list that I am super excited to read, some not so much, and one book in particular simply has not lived up to the hype. I have recently started reading the Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly, and I can honestly say that I will be glad when it’s all over. ¬†This book simply does not seem to live up to all the rave reviews, and doesn’t seem to be doing much for me.

Some of the books that I am most looking forward to reading is House Rules by Jodi Picoult. This book is about Jacob Hunt, a young boy with Asperger’s Syndrome who is accused of murdering his Social Skills counselor. Like a lot of Picoult’s books, I expect this one to make you think a lot :). Another of her books that I am looking forward to is Nineteen Minutes, which is based on a a school shooting, and how those affected by it are dealing with it. Another book I am looking forward to is the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. Precious Ramotswe inherited her father’s herd of cows upon his death, which she sells and starts the first private detective agency owned by a woman in Botswana.

I am facing this challenge with a enthusiasm, with a twinge of un-enthusiasm with how many books I am not looking forward to reading, but I hope that all will turn out all right and that I will be a little bit more well read and knowledgeable once I am done. If you are looking forward for some inspiration for your Christmas Holiday reading, be sure to check out the Whitcoulls Top 100 Books.

Have Fun ūüôā

~Krash xx