As some of you may or may not already know, I’ve been essentially location independent for the last 3.5 years, working on my business Umami Marketing while traveling around the world. That’s how I’ve managed to be able to support all of my adventures, and show you a variety of interesting food and restaurants from around the world, as well as come up with some of my more recent Travel Maps that I’ve put together since last September.
During the last month, I’ve spent time on a last minute trip to Sydney, Australia. I have really good friends who live there, and was last in the area about 2 years ago. While looking for an apartment to live in for a month in Thailand, I was having problems finding something so last minute (I’m pretty picky, and there weren’t any waterfront locations that gave me a stunning view and also left me close to the city centres I preferred). I suddenly got an email alert from Skyscanner.net that showed me that there happened to be one available seat and return date for a flight to Sydney Australia for 3 days away that was too ridiculously inexpensive to pass up. Without being able to talk to my girlfriend about it as she was already in bed for the night, I decided it was a sign, and booked right away! I had already planned to make it to Australia just over the holidays but spent too long in the South of France followed by Thailand and Cambodia, so it just didn’t end up happening before I had family coming to visit me in Bangkok from Vancouver.
So there I was, excited about flying into Sydney for February to March in yet another one of my last minute decisions that I’m getting more and more known for.
About two weeks prior to booking the flights, I’d heard about an iPhone Video Playdate course, and thought it could be interesting the next time I made it to Manly, Sydney. It’s only a 15 minute walk from where I was staying, so basically, it seemed like it was just in the cards as something I would do for fun and that would help to complement my postings on this blog and potentially other places in future. So once I found out I was going to be nearby after all, of course I had to just do it!
So last Thursday, a couple of days before leaving Sydney, I went over to Andrea Glazier’s place and took her afternoon course 1 on 1. Here is what I came up with – my first attempt at scripting, shooting, editing, and publishing video, all from my iPhone, and all in one afternoon session with an experienced pro. We had a ton of fun, and I learned so much, while also getting a little crazy with costumes (no, the pink golf visor isn’t part of my regular wardrobe).
I’ll work on trying not to wave my hands around so much to be distracting and lifting my head up so often in future – way too fidgety! But alas, it was my first time and I’m sure I’ll get better at it as I go.
I’m hoping to use these once in awhile to take you through food markets in Asia, or on my spontaneous adventures and food tours in various corners of the world! Keep an eye out on more video to come!