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We visited Singapore after Cebu, Philippines. What a difference with the opulence. Here is the casino which has three sky scrapers and a boat on top!

The Skypark Casino

Universal Studios in Singapore. The Transformers ride and the rollercoaster with a corkscrew and a cobra roll were simply amazing.

States Trip

Some photos from our trip in the States earlier in the month.


The Washington Cathedral was closed when I was there last year due to their earthquake. In the centre of the purple circle is some rock from the moon.

Not a bad view from the top!

Total Class: The Empire State Building Lobby.


Behaviour Management 101: Alcatraz.

The Golden Gate Bridge.

Preorder iPhone from Vodafone

I was supposed to get my iPhone on Friday and at 3.10 p.m. get an email from Vodafone saying that they have exciting news that my phone will now be delivered Saturday at the earliest – not really exciting given I was told it was Friday.

So Saturday morning the courier goes to the wrong house, so I email Vodafone about how I might get my phone. Their response was interesting whereas their wonderful solution was to make it my problem by giving me the tracking number so I can locate my Iphone and then organise to get it. Here is my response … wonder what they’ll reply with.


Hi Abby

Thanks for your email.
I am not sure why you have not addressed anything in my previous email and only restated about the tracking information, which I have had since Friday, and which has not helped me since, hence me emailing you. I am also not sure why you are telling there were 1400 deliveries on Friday. What does that have to do with me given I was not one of them?
Specifically, can you please tell me:
1. Why I was told I would have my iphone on Friday when this was never the case?
2. If I am actually going to get an iphone?
3. If I am to get an iphone, when I am going to get it (given I have now been told the wrong time twice)?
4. If I am getting one, and a time for delivery is planned, how I am going to avoid a “We Missed You” card while I am actually home?
I look forward to your responses.

New Orleans Dec 2012

Bourbon Street

The Cemetery

The Alligator Swamp Tour



New Year’s Day 2013: Pensacola

Not a bad way to start the year really. This was the sunrise on New Year’s Day at the Gulf of Mexico.

Ferrari 458

I got to drive this Ferrari around the track, though they limit you to about 200 km/h. This Ferrari takes 3.2 sec to reach a 100 km/h – makes the Aston at 4.7 sec seem a little “sluggish.”

Linkin Park

I often get teased about my extensive pop music collection. Just to show I have eclectic taste, here is proof of something slightly heavier (though I wasn’t one of the black t-shirt highly-tattooed brigade).



Kyle the Mechanic


No experience but I’ll take a look …


Starting to look like a real race car.



Thankfully my mate Brad didn’t really let me touch anything.

Vancouver/Seattle May 2013

We just got back from Vancouver and Seattle for a conference. Here are some photos.


The Capilano Suspension Bridge … reminded me of what the ground feels like during a quake.


Transport to the top of Grouse Mountain.


Transport to Victoria.




The very first Starbucks.

Border Control

I got my new passport in April this year. In the last month, I have travelled into Canada and Australia, and into the States twice. Only on my return to New Zealand was it picked up that my passport was not signed. Lucky it is not an important document that anyone looks at closely!

McWilliams Consulting