Kiwiana in France

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Q. How long does a bag of Pineapple Lumps (all the way from NZ) last in the hands of two homesick Kiwis?
A. A few brief moments. If it weren't for my moderation of Simon's inhalation, it would have been a matter of seconds!

Kiwiana goes to France

Thanks for the goodies Mum, Pineapple Lumps have never tasted so good.

The Best Job in the World

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

You might have heard about the Best Job in the World. if you haven't, its a marketing initiative from Tourism Queensland to generate tourist interest and revenue for the Island of the Great Barrier Reef. They've created a position called "Caretaker of the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef", which involves living on the Islands and participating in activities around the islands like snorkeling, bush-walking, sailing and kayaking. Its a six-month contract which pays $150,000AUD. The successful applicant must make weekly reports on a blog and take photos and video from their experiences.

Not-too-shabby eh? You can learn more about it on

If you had planned on applying, its too late. Applications have now closed, and they received more that 34,000 of them. I put together an application, (with Dani on the camera and voice coaching assistance!) and this is what we came up with. While I'm sure its a long shot, it was good to put together the application, and I learned a few more tricks in the process.

50 Short listed candidates are announced on the 2nd of March. There is a popularity voting system that doesn't effect the short listing selection, but you're welcome to visit my video on their website and give me a few stars! Also, on the odd chance you've seen my video and on and visited my blog as a result, leave a comment and let me know.

Heres the video on Vimeo.

Application for the Best Job in the World from Simon & Dani on Vimeo.

Half-term Havoc

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Last saturday around one million Brits invaded France. Crying children littered the slopes and injured bodies were carted away in blood-wagons. You could be forgiven for thinking so, but there's no war here - just Mid-term holidays.

Its absolute chaos, which makes us glad we're at one of the quieter resorts. Some of the fashion atrocities provide endless entertainment. They vary from the euro-modern-shiny-and-tight, to retina-hurting-one-peice's. Meanwhile ESF instructors efficiently organise their children into giant piste-destroying-snakes.

Unfortunately France has fairly relaxed laws about selling fireworks, so walking home from work usually involves some little bugger throwing a lit firecracker at you.

The huge influx of holiday-makers into the resort, resulted in every chalet booked, and my role changing yet again. This week been, I officially became Dani's kitchen slave (The title is actually Chalet Host). Dani was again cheffing, and we were looking after a group of 7 who were staying in Chalet Les Aunes. We were lucky that our guests were lovely people and easy to look after. Dani produced some incredible looking food. Every night I was amazed by the food that she put together.

Here are some photos of the Chalet we were working in. Things are quietening down again, so I think we're back into normal roles again. We're working on some video to put on the blog, and we must apologise to the lack of updates! We'll make a bigger effort.

Chalet Les Aunes

Chalet Les Aunes