Showing posts with label Cool Stuff. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cool Stuff. Show all posts

Sunday, 30 October 2016

New Zealand 2016: Last Road to Christchurch.....Quake City, International Antarctic Centre and Cultivating Christchurch

Kia Ora!

Greetings from New Zealand!

The sun is setting and my time is nearly up as the road before me is coming to an end. But I'm still alive and one last thing to say.

So, this is my last blog of Aotearoa from my final destination - New Zealand's second largest city, which has been world publicised for its taints of tragedy and infectious spirit of recovery .......Christchurch 


** I'd recorded this video before the major earthquake in Italy struck




The last road to Christchurch.....

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

New Zealand 2016: Sal - The Dairy Farmer and The Love of Eros...

Kia Ora!

And now, the end is near, and so I face, the final curtain.....but not yet...

Greetings from my rather bumper animal themed blog post from the 'Land of the Long White Cloud' - Aotearoa, my time is nearly up for my travels across the far away land of New Zealand. But I have some last experiences to share with you.....first, in this blog post....from a Calf Nursery on a NZ Dairy Farm.



Being a curious person, I wanted to experience working on a Dairy Farm and see how the industry is run.

**At the time recording this video, I was naively unaware of the fate of these calves. At first, we are led to believe they are abandoned by their mothers but in fact are taken from them a couple of days after birth to be sent to be slaughtered and grieving mothers are impregnated again to lactate milk which isn't intended for human consumption. I struggle to find the moral well being of this and after seeing the true nature of dairy industries, I have personally chosen to not contribute to the industry by consuming beef/veal or cows milk for both ethical and environmental reasons...

Sunday, 17 July 2016

New Zealand 2016: Animal Friends of Kaikoura, Whale Rider, Aquarium Volunteering, and Flying a Plane!

Kia Ora!

Greetings from mid- winter here in Aotearoa!

But here's a introductory video diary from my visit on route to the pretty peninsula whale town of Kaikoura



Sunday, 10 July 2016

New Zealand 2016: Farewell North Island, The Cook Strait Crossing, Happy Daisy's of Nelson, Tall Ship Journey on the Alvei and the Abel Tasman National Park

Kia Ora!

You know that saying 'Its the choices we make, and chances we take, determine our destiny'? Well its none other true when you experience the serendipity surprises of life on the road....

Greetings from Te Waka a Maui (The canoe of Maui) or in English - New Zealand's South Island! which Maori believe was the waka canoe that demi god Maui was sailing in when he pulled up the North Island or the Fish of Maui. Well, after 8 adventurous months (really its been 8 months!) of my explorations of the North Island and with NZ winter rolling in, I had come to the end of the road or....end of the fish head....and jumped on board the Interislander ferry Kaitaki at Port Nicholson (Wellington) to cross the Cook Strait and the passageway to the new world of the South Island....thank god I picked a beautiful morning....




Sunday, 27 March 2016

Saturday, 27 February 2016

New Zealand 2016: In The Footsteps of The Maori of Rotorua and Encountering the Kiwi.....

Kia Ora!

Greetings from steamy Rotorua! and I don't mean steamy because its a sweltering summer down here in the Bay of Plenty but steamy because this part of the North Island is on top of volcanic geo-thermal activity fields so that means smelly, steaming geo thermal pools as per my video diary.....as I disappear into the smoke...



Its been an extremely busy 10 days here in Rotorua as I've been visiting several Maori villages to discover and learn more about the fascinating culture of the native New Zealanders, so I've summed it up here with a lot of cool stuff for you with lots of photos, videos and info from my explorations.......enjoy




Monday, 22 February 2016

New Zealand 2016: Strayin' The North - Surfin' Raglan, Swingin' Waitamo Caves and Night in the Mourea Marae....

Kia Ora!

Greetings from New Zealand....mini blog coming this time as I've done some pretty cool things in a short number of days which needs to be shouted about!

Summer is nearly over here in Aotearoa, so I hit the road again leaving the Bay of Islands behind and hitchhiked south back to Auckland City to begin my travels further down to the rest of the North Island......


Wednesday, 17 February 2016

New Zealand 2016: Waka Canoeing with the Ngapuhi, The Treaty of Waitangi and Help Xchangin' for Maori Family

Kia Ora!

Greetings from Waitangi 'The Birth of A Nation' which is New Zealand, the video will give you some clue, sorry for the abrupt cutting off...ran out of memory arggh!.




Yeah so more on that later....leaves it as a bit of a cliffhanger but first my experience going on a Waka Voyage with the local Ngapuhi Maori Tribe down the Waitangi River....

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

New Zealand 2016: The Cream Trip of The Bay of Islands and Journey to the Top of New Zealand!

Kia Ora!




Greetings from the Bay of Islands! After 3 weeks working at the Healing Retreat, I hitchhiked East and headed North to the bay side town of Paihia which is the gate way to The Bay of Islands and more adventures out to sea and gateway to the Northern Tip of New Zealand...

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

New Zealand 2016: Happy New Year 2016 and Farewell Auckland!, Adios Athos!, Volcano Lava Cave Exploring, a Maori Christmas and Overnight Waka Voyage with the Flu!

Kia-Ora!


Happy New Year 2016!



Well...this is what I would have seen if I could have got out of bed but unfortunately I was suffering from a bad flu I caught whilst sailing out at sea on an overnight Waka trip earlier that week...more on that later....


Sunday, 6 December 2015

New Zealand 2015: Ahoy Athos! Moonlight Waka Adventure and Resurrecting Aoteroa One

Kia-Ora!



Ahoy from Auckland, I seemed to have fallen into life as a water baby and was lucky enough to get a new day job working as an Engineers Assistant on board my now even BIGGER office in Auckland's boat yards - behold the big and beautiful ATHOS....minus the sails..

Sunday, 22 November 2015

New Zealand 2015: Meetin' Black Magic, Volcano Exploring, Lordes Devonport and Sailing with Maori's...

Kia-Ora!

Been rainy days of late here in Auckland, so I got busy sharing my latest travel news from down under from cool little New Zealand.....but first let's say Kia-Ora from the summit of Rangitoto Volcano which Maori natives used as a lookout for any unwanted trespassers onto their island just off the coast line of Auckland.

But more on that later....this blog is pretty much a sailing special so hold tight.....


Sunday, 8 November 2015

New Zealand 2015: Dolphin Research, Workin' Girl as a 'Boatie' in Auckland's Boatyards and a Piece of Volcano Heaven on top Mt Eden...

Kia-Ora!  

Greetings from New Zealand! now a month on the North Island!

Ahoy! I have recently been working on a 135ft Boat under the name 'Destination' in Auckland City's North Wharf Boat Yards, as what I call a 'Boatie'.... pretty much as a day worker doing all the odd jobs the maintenance crew need help with in one of the boat yards, but first, before life on board, let me tell you about my Dolphin research trip out in the Hauraki Gulf....



Thursday, 22 October 2015

New Zealand 2015: Kia-Ora Auckland, Introducing Maori, Saving Whales with Project Jonah and Sea Cleaning Waiheke Island...


Kia - Ora! 


That's 'Hello!' in Maoritanga (Maori Culture), the indigenous race and language of Aotearoa 'The Land of the Long White Cloud' or as the white man 'Pakeha' calls it 'New Zealand'....

I will try and keep a blog of my explorations as much as I can, however long I'm here for...so here goes with some early days of my first two weeks of travel in this land far, far away....


Auckland City!

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Cambodia 2015: 'Shipwrecked' on Koh Sanloem Island, Phnom Penh City, Buddha's Footprint, S-21 Tuol Sleng Prison and My Final Farewell at The Killing Fields...

Soo-a-sday!

The end is now here *sniff* for my close to 3 month journey through The Kingdom of Wonder which is 'Cambodia' (still think it is such a cool name for a country..) has come to the end of the road and unfortunately you are reading my last blog from this little jewel from South East Asia. So this is gonna be a BIG one.....

I wasn't able to use my camera for a whole week as the camera charger blew up in the socket! so while sourcing a new one, I had some of my own adventures in the meantime.....


Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Lee-Hai Siem Reap, Mondulkiri Elephant Valley Project, Into The Wild and Following the Ancient Mekong River...

Soo-a-s'day!

Greetings from Cambodia!

I have not been able to have access to the internet for some weeks now since leaving Siem Reap so here is a mammoth blog highlighting the best bits of my past few weeks in the Kingdom of Wonder. I travelled from Siem Reap to Sen Monorom in Mondulkiri which means 'Meeting of the Hills' about 12 hours East of Siem Reap right into the jungles of Eastern Cambodia. I spent my last few days in Siem Reap teaching at the orphanage and in very holy places, joining the Monks and Nuns for Buddhist Prayer in the Pagoda...which was quite an experience!

The biggest storm ever then hit the orphanage on my last evening


Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Cambodia 2015: Last House Build #5 Storm Family in Trach Village Rice Paddies

Soo-a-s'day!

Last House Build! in Trach Village in the Siem Reap Province....in the rice paddie fields is where I find my fifth and final house build....*sniff sniff*



Thursday, 3 September 2015

Cambodia 2015: Temple Raidin', Findin' Heaven on Earth and Akim, the Lost Child of Angkor Wat....

Soo-a-s'day!

I decided to do a seperate blog about my explorations of the Temples of Angkor as they are so magnificent I thought I'd do some 'Temple Video Diaries' to give you a chance to see a snippet of my raidin' adventures in the ancient temples of Angkor....


Enjoying the sunset at Heaven on Earth at the waters of Angkor Wat...