After the delight of the villa, I was a little sad about leaving it to go to a hostel next. Really I had nothing to worry about because the hostel was amazing too. We stayed at the Puri Garden Hotel, and shared twin rooms. It was pouring rain when we arrived so we sheltered while we checked in and watched the skies open. The hostel … Continue reading Bali – Ubud
I get asked a lot about which city has been my preference to live in, what the best part was, what the worst part was. In reality I have loved them all, and the friends and memories I have from each city are different but equally cherished (lol lame). But the best thing I got, came from living abroad in general because it teaches you … Continue reading What you learn when you live abroad.
You know when you come across someone and you are just in awe of how that person could exist? That’s what happened when I came across Jessica Pointing. Physics and computer science student at Harvard (prior MIT). Internships at Google (software engineering), Goldman Sachs (investment banking), Morgan Stanley (strategist). Incoming PHD candidate at Stanford in Quantum Computing. One of those things alone would be incredibly … Continue reading #WCW – Jessica Pointing
Did you know I went to Japan recently? Did you know I loved it? Well buckle down, because it was a wild ride, and I’m going to share it with you. Japan’s got some weird things going on, and surprisingly they’re not the things I thought would be weird. Lack of bins Japan is the cleanest place ever. Toyko is a city of 36 million … Continue reading 10 Weird Things About Japan
It’s taken me so long to write this blog post that I’ve now actually been to Queenstown twice. I have to say it is an incredibly beautiful place; like Scotland on steroids – which makes me feel at home. I first went in September for my 24th birthday with my friend Nat. Highlights: Nat (a true blue aussie) seeing snow for the first time, skiing, … Continue reading Queenstown
When you move to a city, where you live is decision number one. If you’re going to chuck down $1400 on a bond (deposit) then you want it to be somewhere you’re actually going to, well, enjoy. You can say to yourself, ‘oh it doesn’t really matter because I can always move’, or ‘I’m in Sydney so I’ll love anywhere because it’s hot and sunny’. … Continue reading Suburb Guide to Sydney
We all know apple has millions of dollars to spend on agencies and ads – so it’s unsurprising what they produce is best in class. Having said that, I haven’t actually been wowed by an Apple ad recently (even the much applauded holiday ad). But this one stopped me. I love an ad that takes a stance, is topical, displays what the brand believes in, … Continue reading Advert of the Week – Apple First Dance
Not just because I’m a fan of the movie (which is great, go see it), but also because this is a bold statement, utilising advertising space to drive a purpose. Un-ignorable, it does the job of using in the moment relevancy to bring back the question (as sadly with so many tragedies every day we too often, too soon, forget), “why did this happen to … Continue reading Advert of the Week – 3 Billboards
Forever the dilemma of a global brand strategist; how local is too local, how global is too global? Driving relevancy and cut through to your audience is the bare minimum you should be doing with ANY output you have from your brand. But then, creating stuff is expensive. With increased expectations and slashed budgets, we trudge through meetings about ROI and sales uplift, back-to-back with … Continue reading Advert of the Week – Nike LNDR
Have you ever bought something just because you liked the packaging? Of course you have. I’m not just talking about pretty colours and pictures, but actual design, usability, ease of opening – a feature that makes you pick it off the shelf over its next door neighbour? Let’s take the example of heinz creating squeeze bottles. This is probably one of the best innovations they … Continue reading Packing innovation is the smartest thing a company can do. Here’s why.