Monday, 15 January 2018

Pink rain in Osaka

The second of three stories I have in the current (Jan) issue of Air NZ's inflight magazine, Kia Ora, is about the delights of Osaka (click here to read).

Friday, 12 January 2018

Being a chef in Vietnam

Almost every aspect of Vietnamese life revolves around food. That's why cooking classes are so  popular there. I scoffed my way through one and wrote about it in Stuff (click here to read).

Thursday, 11 January 2018

The bright lights of Taiwan

One of my story from last year's media trip about Taiwan's annual lantern festival was published in last weekend's Sunday Star Times (click here to read).

Monday, 8 January 2018

Mind over Mojitos

If, like most of us, you've had a wee too much to drink over the festive break, the concept of mindful drinking may be of some interest. Don't roll your eyes, there is some scientific basis to it.

I chatted to the British author of a new book about mindful drinking and wrote about it in the NZ Herald's Canvas Magazine on Saturday (click here to read).


Friday, 5 January 2018

Find your bliss

Back in September, I flew to Bali to visit five luxury resorts. In six days. It was a whirlwind of five-star resorts, in the shadow of Mt Agung which threatened to blow at any minute (thankfully it didn't while I was there).

I would have loved to have stayed longer at all these resorts but even one or two nights was enough for a taste of how the other half live. Here's my story in the January issue of Kia Ora Magazine, Air NZ's inflight magazine (click here to read).

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Woo hoo!

A great start to the year - I've written for North & South Magazine for years and years but have never nailed a cover story. Until now!

My feature on social anxiety is on the cover of the January issue (which actually came out a few weeks ago). Click here to read it.


Sunday, 31 December 2017

Farewell 2017

This year has just about dragged its butt across the finish line so it's time to do the usual re-cap. Yes I've been a bad blogger this year, with Instagram swallowing most of my social media oxygen. But I promise to try harder next year.  

Here are a few highlights from the past 364-1/2 days.

Things I loved: Travel (see below), new friends, new experiences, the chance to write the shizzle out of lots of interesting things, my two boys.

Things I didn't love: The usual suspects - morons who insist on abusing animals, more people than the poor, fragile planet can handle and the general craziness that the world was plunged into this year. Not to mention NZ's nutso election and the general fallout from that - MMP, you have a lot to answer for.   

Stamps I added to my passport: It was a  bonza year on the travel front, with media trips to Taiwan, the UK, Australia (x2), Philippines, New Caledonia, Bali and Laos. As well as domestic travel to Napier, Gisborne and Dunedin. Here's to more adventures in 2018.

What my money went on: The government (you're welcome, Mr Tax Man), saving for an investment property.

The soundtrack to my year: Rhianna, The City and Colour, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars.

Unmissable tee-vee: Silicon Valley, Black Mirror, Homeland, The Crown, Better Call Saul, The Handmaid's Tale, This is Us, The Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce, Scandal, Orange is the New Black, Transparent, Alias Grace, Ten Days in the Valley, Top of the Lake: China Girl. The Good Doctor and Alias Grace.

Movies I loved: TV really is the new movie in our house - although a standout film was Okja, with Victoria and Abdul coming a close second.  

Books I rested my eyes upon:  Too many to mention - the N&S Magazine reviewing gig continues to rock.

What 2018 has in store: Hopefully lots more lovely travel for work, another investment property and more interesting, engaging work that not only pays the bills but also doesn't make me want to stab myself.

Wherever you are, and whatever you're doing, have a great New Year's Eve - and an even better 2018.


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