Category: Travel

‘Instagram’ Turns 3 Years!

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I really really love Instagram, who doesn’t ?

This is (one of) my favourite picture/s which I took in Wellington: mannequin arms – random art:)

What a great platform to share what we see and experience!

Nocializing: Are You Guilty?

Has anyone said to you, “Can you please put your phone down, I want to talk to you?” The answer is yes – right?

Over the last 2 years, social media has taken over my life, in many ways. For instance, I always check my phone first thing in the morning and last thing at night, are you the same?

‘Nocializing’ is defined as “The act of being out in a social public setting (i.e. Restaurant, Cocktail Bar, Coffee shop) and only spending time on your mobile device; not the people with or around you.” – Urban Dictionary.

Now I know (the name of) my guilty pleasure.

Just recently, my mother became extremely irate – due to the fact that I was uploading too many pictures onto Instagram, in her company.

I stopped nocializing, then.

Constantly I am reading content, tweeting, yelping, vining and blogging, without a blink of an eyelid.

Are you nocializing too?

Ohtel Is Heavenly

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Isn’t it great when you treat yourself to a weekend away – staying in a (top-notch) boutique hotel with gastronomic experiences’ aplenty, and the city is brimming with culture?

Expectation was naturally high – for the weekend ahead.

When arriving at ‘Ohtel’, there was a rather unfriendly receptionist who greeted us, so trying to extract information about the local (hip) restaurants, was hard work. Why?

Just as well, the experience of staying in the ‘mid-century’ influenced room paid dividends. Cool artwork, great interiors and good coffee on tap.

Just a stone throw away from the art galleries, made me squirm with excitement. Especially Andy Warhol.

Good times.

Blogging: Is Content Important?

After attending the ‘NZ Bloggers Network’ event tonight – the question still remains – about what makes a blog appealing?
Is it the content, or the title? Probably both matter. Don’t you think? In the room, there was an equal mix of both men and women from NZ, UK, Canada, France, Malaysia, Australia and the Philippines. So (ultimately) there was a lot of dogma, in the air – about what works, and what doesn’t in the blogosphere.

Everyone (present) blogged about differing subjects – from social media to personal experiences, travel, project management, technology, marketing, fashion, theatre, film, food and craft.

So what makes or breaks content?

Blogs that are too wordy, or display poor grammar, with weak titles, and no images definitely works against you. Right? And (obviously) the opposite applies for a good blog post. However how much text, is too much? Also, how do you measure success blogging? Is it purely the stats? Or is it all about (good) storytelling?

What do you think?

NZ Bloggers Network

Travel

The prospect of getting on a plane and going some place else, fills me with anticipation, without the humdrum. Dealing with people constantly bashing your seat, as they go to the amenities, small children crying due to earache and regular turbulence, only adds to the experience of air travel. Seriously, I endure it, just to taste different (gastronomic) cuisine, speak another language, or maybe ride a bicycle? Living out of your comfort zone is something important to me and maybe to you also, for growth and inspiration. Travel changes perception and outlook, so going to the ‘Eiffel Tower’, ‘Taj Mahal’ or the ‘Giza Pyramid’ is guaranteed to be mind altering, that’s a given. Once you catch the travel-bug, it never leaves you alone. That’s a good thing. Marrakech is next on my hotlist!