Lanikai Beach Hawaii - Pic of the Day

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.

This Kid Nails What Korea is Like for its Students

I have been teaching in Korea and all I can say is that it is crazy. I don't mean Korea in general (well parts of it yes), but I mean the education system. The kids are pushed and pushed until, well they break. I teach kids from 3year olds to adults and although they all vary, they all seem stressed. Even my 9year olds look (stressed wise) and talk like they are in high school. It is just crazy what the system does to these kids. I could go on for hours but instead I will say this. There is only one thing that can change this. And that is the government.

To Travel

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.

London in a day - INSTAGRAM

London in a day - INSTAGRAM from Lorenzo Antico on Vimeo.

Here we have a cool stop motion film by Lorenzo Antico. He shows through the use of 1017 different Instagram pictures to create a day in London. I love creative stuff like this, and who does't love a stop motion. 

A Letter to My Father

Dear Dad

Thank you for always being there for me. For being there while I grew up, for seeing all the important parts even though you were working so hard to make the life I have had possible. Thank you for being at every sport game I played. And if you couldn't make it, for being so disappointed that you weren't there. Thank you for making me play sport and giving me one of life's greatest joys. Thank you for making me know it wasn't important that I succeeded but that I tried my very best. Thank you for laughing at me when I was bowled out for a duck and making me see that it's just a game. 

Thank you for making me love my brother and realise that he is my closest friend and ally. Thank you for pushing us to put aside our differences and realise that it is our differences that makes us such a good team. Thank you for not sparing the rod. It really is true what they say "spare the rod spoil the child" and I am thankful that we turned out the way we did and not like so many other people I see.

Thank you for waking up at those early hours to make sure I made it to my lift to school even though I hated going to that woman's house. Thank you for making me switch schools in grade 10 even though I was so angry at you, it was one of the best things to happen to me. Thank you for working so hard and sacrificing so much of your happiness so that I could go to the best university possible and get the education that would lead me to where I am today. Thank you for telling mom that I didn't need to get a job during university. And telling me that they would be the greatest years of my life, you were not wrong. 

Thank you for being their for me when I had my heart broken, even if its not your strong point. Thank you for the frank advice and not sugar coating anything. Life is hard, you have to deal with it. Thank you for encouraging me to take this adventure and giving me the support I needed. 

Thank you for getting me into sport, I cannot imagine a life without cheering on your team. But more importantly thank you for supporting Arsenal. Being an Arsenal fan is true blessing and I thank you for that everyday, especially when I see Chelsea and Man City Fans.

Thank you for being so passionate about so many things, Sport, Arsenal Music, but most of all your family. Your love for your family is something I really look up to and want with my future family. 

Thank you for loving my mother. So many people I know come from unhappy homes. But you two do show me that true love does work. Loving my mother is the greatest gift you have given me and my brother.

Thank you for being yourself. For keeping your own type of style no matter how out of style it was. By doing so you taught me to be myself and not care what other people think of me. Now that I have reached that part of my life where I now realise how cool my parents are. I see you are the original hipster. The orginal beach bum. 

But most of all I thank you for making me the man I am today. I love you and am so thankful that I get to call you my dad my hero.

A Letter to My Mother

Dear Mom

Thank you for being there throughout my life. For being like a stay at home mom even though you worked everyday. Thank you for being a teacher so I could always have the get out of jail card if I was naughty. And thank you for being my grade 2 teacher and teaching me there is no such thing. Thank you for always being smarter than me. You were always there to help me with my homework no matter what it was. Thank you for moving schools and forcing me to change schools with you. Even though I fought you and dad all the way it was one of the best things to happen to me.

Thank you for being an amazing cook. To this day friends try and weasel their way into dinner invites. Your lamb shank is worthy of an award.

Thank you for helping me with my course reading in university and even making summaries for me. You are the reason I passed politics in 3rd year. Thank you for always believing in me and showing me that I am capable of doing anything. When I doubt myself you are there to get me back on track.

Thank you for raising me right. For teaching me to be a gentleman and teaching me that chivalry is never dead. Thank you for always listening to me even though you never got any therapist fees. I must have driven you mad at some point with my constant moaning, but you always and still do give me the best advice. Through all the heartbreak in my life you were the rational voice that guided me.

Thank you for pushing me to take this adventure and encouraging me to experience life to the fullest. I am a better man for all of this and I can't wait to come back home to you. Thank you for always worrying about me when I am sick and messaging me all the time just to check in.

Thank you for taking me to church. I may have seemed like I would have preferred to be playing at home. But it instilled values in me that I think about everyday. I am so glad I have a spiritual belief in my life.

Thank you for being the perfect mother. There are so many people who say that they have the best mother. But I believe from the bottom of my heart that God blessed me with the best mother to ever exist. There are friends of mine who refer to you as a saint and they are not wrong.
Thank you for teaching me how important family is and being so passionate about ours.

Thank you for loving my father. You really are the perfect wife to that father of mine and I do always smile when I see you two together. You have really set the bar high for me and I hope I can find what you have.

Most of all I thank you for always being there for me. For being my friend and making me the man I am today. I love you mom there is no one else like you in the world. I am so lucky to have you as a mother.

You can read Dear Dad here.

The Things Left Unsaid

I recently watched a movie about a man who regretted everything he hadn't done in his life. One of the things that really stuck with me was, the things left unsaid. More specifically things that you should of or could of said to your parents while you had the chance.

In the world we live in today, there are so many uncertainties. There is war, disease and everyday tragedies. The sad fact is, we don't know when our time is coming or for those of our loved ones.  Somethings are better left unsaid, but somethings are. As I sit overseas 1000's of miles from family and my home, this dawns on me. I have never been so great at telling my parents how I feel, so I am going to write it down. I don't want to be like the man who wished he had told his parents how he truly felt. So if you have parents that you are thankful for take a read below. Tell them or write it down like I am. You never know when it may be your last chance.

You can read a Letter to my Dad here and
You can read a Letter to my Mom here

The GoPro Hero 4 is Here and it's Ad is Insane.

Not only did the 3plus come out recently (Thank goodness I didn't buy it) because now the 4 has been released. It is no wonder why the stock price continues to rise. Now at $87 more than double its opening value. But what is great is the ad. I mean it is so awesome, it will make you want to get up off your office chair and go have an adventure. Don't believe me well give it a watch. I am off to jump out of a helicopter.
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