Top 50 Vancouver Photos 2010 – 5 Years On From Living In Canada

From the Vancouver Rowing Club with CBD skyscrapers the backdrop. Exactly five years ago I boarded a 14-hour Auckland-Vancouver flight as part of my year and a half long OE (Kiwi-speak for “overseas experience”). There’s been plenty of travel before and since the 2010-2011 OE, but that period was the only time I’ve had completely…

My Top 50 Vancouver Photos, 2010

From the Vancouver Rowing Club with CBD skyscrapers the backdrop. Four years ago today I boarded a 14-hour Auckland-Vancouver flight as part of my year and a half long OE (Kiwi-speak for “overseas experience”). There’s been plenty of travel before and since the 2010-2011 OE, but that period was the only time I’ve had completely…

When Songs Come On Your iPod Just When You Need Them

Burrard Street Bridge, Vancouver. Life is full of ups and downs and I had cause to remember in the last couple of days a time when I’d been hit with several downs in a row too many. I was living in Vancouver at the time and took a walk to clear my mind and unusually…

The Hall & Oates Song That Paid My Rent When I Was Broke

Today’s Hall & Oates song is special to me because once upon a time I ended up making a bit of money from it. A friend of mine always told me that to really make it as a broadcaster (and probably as a man as well) I would have to risk everything I had, go…

One Year Of Adventures In One (Longish) Paragraph

  Exactly one year ago today I flew from Auckland to Bangkok having closed a chapter on 11 years of working for The Radio Network, 10 years of living in my downtown apartment and 20 years of life in New Zealand. With a childhood spent in Malaysia I’ve often felt the pull back to South…

The Bests Of 2010: Best Day, Best Scare, Best Celeb Encounter, Best Beach….

With the year nearly over and almost a year of traveling behind me, here are my “bests” of the year that was. Best Day: Venturing through the Green Canyon in Pangandaran on the southern coast of West Java with a great bunch of mates including Chris “Card” Andrade, Djoeke “The Duke” Van Dijk, Teatske “T-Dog” Van Dijk, Rosey…

The Arcade Fire & My Favourite New Song Of 2010

I’m not going to lie, it’s not a short flight from Vancouver to Auckland, particularly when you’re enroute to Brisbane enroute to Hamilton Island enroute to Lindeman Island. Needless to say, I had a bit of time on my hands and discovered this song by Canadian band (and fellow Springsteen fans) The Arcade Fire called…

Building Enormous Toilet Paper Pyramids – Spare Time In Canada 2010

Sad but true, Toilet Paper Pyramids seem to be met with as much disdain as appreciation. As an art-form, it is still in its infancy, but I take comfort from the fact it is rapidly growing in popularity. I am hopeful that it slowly but surely gets more respect because it requires a wonderful combination of…

Halloween In Vancouver 2010 – The Geeky Sound Guy

They sure do get excited about Halloween in this part of the world. And it must be said, I have been notoriously underwhelming with some of my costumes over the years back in New Zealand (Kermit the Frog, but only the head, Gandalf, but only in the form of a Burger King plastic town hung…