Video: Hanging out in Singapore
Apr14

Video: Hanging out in Singapore

I know, I know, you don’t have to shout!  I’ve been pretty terrible at publishing my videos haven’t I?  It’s been an intense couple months though, hasn’t it.  I’ve jumped from Indonesia to Jordan, then back to Southeast Asia with a week in Singapore (which is documented in the video).  Then, after popping up to Vietnam for a bit we headed for a 10-day photography assignment in Oman.  Finally, we’re back in Thailand enjoying a bit of Songkran.  And by enjoying Songkran I mean that we’re stuffed up in a hotel room eating day-old sushi and listening to fireworks and party noises through the open window. Oh, but the love of travel, that’s why we do this.  It’s amazing isn’t it?  It’s phenomenal how we can jump from one culture to another, from one climate back again, all in just a matter of weeks.  Travel messes with you so much, and it can either make you mad, or push you to explore more.  I feel like I’m at the stage again where all I want to do is explore, I want to climb mountains, watch sunrises, and I want to find myself completely and pathetically lost. It took a couple months of tame, predictable travel to get me here though, and Singapore was the start of it.  In Singapore, I reveled in the simplicity, organization, and ease of life.  I spent my time testing new foods at the hawker street stalls without the worry of ending up at my toilet-side sick.  It was glorious for a week.  But at the end of it all, I remembered that as fun as a place can be, in the industry of travel writing, you need misadventure to build readerships.  Singapore is not the land of misadventures. Still, Singapore was an experience I quite enjoyed, and truthfully I wouldn’t mind spending a couple more weeks bathing in the ease of life in one of the world’s cleanest...

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Safety gone Sexy: The Latest Air New Zealand Safety Video
Feb13

Safety gone Sexy: The Latest Air New Zealand Safety Video

I posted just the other day about the making of the newest Air New Zealand safety video, and they now just released the video, so I thought you guys would like to see the completed video. This video, entitled Safety in Paradise, was done in conjunction with the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition which is celebrating their 50th anniversary.  Obviously, it’s a sexier twist on the dull safety videos that you might be used to.  Some of the fantastic models from Sports Illustrated join up with some great locals in the stunning Cook Islands to make the video. What makes the video entertaining, though, goes beyond the simple fact that it’s laced with beautiful people.  Well most just ignore the safety speeches on airlines, it’s impossible not to watch this version.  In general, Air New Zealand has been setting a precedent for great safety videos.  Personally, I hope that this trend continues.  Not only does it make for interesting views, but it makes watching the pre-flight safety talk so much more bearable, and perhaps even something to look forward to.  I for one, hope that other airlines use this as a challenge and start stepping up to the plate with safety videos like this! Anyways, if you’re interested, Air New Zealand is also giving online viewers of the new video a chance to win one of 5 trips for 2 to the Cook Islands.  For more info, click...

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Video: Prague, and the Kutna Hora Bone Church
Jan22

Video: Prague, and the Kutna Hora Bone Church

Of course, I’m still quite delayed getting these travel videos out, but they are coming.  this is the third installment from my YouTube travel channel, from Europe.  Be sure to check out the channel for the other videos. Prague This episode comes from the Czech Republic.  It’s focused on Prague which is a city I had wanted to visit since I first dreamed of travelling the world.  The city is pretty spectacular.  Of course, it’s much busier and full of tourists than I expected, but it really didn’t bother me at all that it was.  Prague is certainly worthy of the crowds it gets.  Sights in the city like Prague Castle, Karlov Most Bridge, and the Old Town Square are very cool. Kutna Hora On a day trip, we headed out to the town of Kuta Hora where there is a church which is completely decorated with bones.  Known as Sedlec Ossuary, the Bone Church in Kutna Hora is something really special to see.  The most impressive thing is that no matter how busy Prague was, we pretty much had the Bone Church to ourselves.  Not only is Sedlec Ossuary an interesting place to visit, it was a really fun subject to photograph as well.  If you have the chance, hit it up. Anyways, that’s it from this short visit to the Czech Republic.  I’d love to get back there again someday and see more of the country than just Prague and the...

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Video: Amsterdam’s Red Light District
Jan13

Video: Amsterdam’s Red Light District

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit disappointed with Amsterdam.  Looking back though, it had absolutely nothing to do with the city itself, and everything to do with the weather.  But really, who can I blame but myself for booking a trip to Amsterdam in the heart of Autumn.  I had planned a week in the city and was incredibly excited, not only because I had never been to Holland, but also because I finally got to meet back up with Tiffany after a couple months apart. This episode of It’s my Life 365 explores a bit of the city, and introduces you to Tiffany a bit who I’m sure will be making quite a few appearances on the show.  It starts off pretty tame with a visit to a farmers market for some crepes and cheese.  We then decided to dive into a bit of the alternative culture that Amsterdam is so famous for.  In the Red Light District we visited some of the sex shops, coffee shops, and down the canals lined with brothels.  We also went in to see a couple of the museums including the weed museum and the torture museum. Amsterdam really is an interesting city.  People there constantly talk about how it’s changing and losing some of its freedoms.  I really hope it doesn’t.  This place is one of the last places on the planet you can really feel free to be whoever you may be, or experiment with alternative lifestyles.  I hope I can get back to the city some day; some day when it’s not...

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Video: Diving, Hiking, and Playing in Jasper National Park
Jan03

Video: Diving, Hiking, and Playing in Jasper National Park

  It was so much fun to head back to the land of Canada and explore some of the places that I used to spend so much time in.  For those of you who don’t know my story, when I was in university I actually worked as a driver/guide in Alberta, Canada.  I was in places like Jasper National Park on a regular basis dragging tourists around.  Now, the beauty of coming back as a journalist is that I have the chance to explore a little bit more on my own, and dive into to some adventures that I would have never gotten the chance to otherwise. On this journey to Jasper National Park, I went a bit crazy with the adventure.  I started things out by hooking on with a scuba diving company at Patricia Lake Bungalows and I learned how to scuba dive in Jasper.  Though things like altitude and cold were meant to be major challenges with scuba diving in the mountains, I really didn’t have much issue with that at all.  I had so much energy flowing through my bones on those dives.  I absolutely loved it. Following the scuba diving, I headed up into the mountains to do a three day hike called the skyline trail.  It’s pretty amazing looking back, but here was once a time I was able to run that entire trail in just 8 hours.  This time, I did the trail in a much more luxurious fashion being guided around by Canadian Skyline Adventures.  It really was nice to get away for cell coverage and the internet for a couple days. Finally, I managed to visit some of Jasper National Park’s other major attractions such as Tangle Falls, Athabasca Falls, and Pyramid Lake.  All-in-all, it really was the perfect trip. After Jasper, I hoped across the Atlantic towards Ireland, so look for my next video from the Emerald Isle, coming...

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Video: Banff National Park
Dec28

Video: Banff National Park

Look at me, look at me! I’ve nearly caught up on my videos! Well, sort of. This video from Banff National Park, Canada was taken in September which means I’m still a fair bit behind. I have to say, though, there was a time I seriously though about trashing all my travel footage and starting fresh. I’m glad I didn’t. These videos have always been about storing a bit of my life so that I can look back on it someday and laugh. In this episode, I returned home to the province I was born and raised: Alberta. I filmed this episode entirely in Banff National Park and hit up some of the most famous places in the park. The video explores Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Johnston Canyon, and many of the other highlights of the Banff, Alberta area. I even managed to spot a bear on the chairlift at Lake Louse. Moreover, I shot this video of Banff in a slightly different format. Rather than using almost all GoPro footage like I have in the past, this video is shot about 95% on my Canon 60D using my Sigma 10-20mm lens. I’m hoping that in this second year of the YouTube channel I’ll be able to show off more of the places I’ve been and the things I’ve done rather than me talking in the camera, something I did far too much of last season. Anyways, I hope you enjoyed the video from Banff, next up is Jasper National Park, another one of the Canadian...

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