Aussie In Seoul

Well here is the deal. I am Australian and just moved to Seoul with my wife to work in a 5 star hotel. I hope to share some of my thoughts and comments over the Years I am here!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

I forgot about Il DIVO

You know I was supposed to drop a quick blog about the IL DIVO concert we went to a few weeks ago. They were staying in the hotel, and last minute we got hooked up with two tickets. So we went with a colleague and his wife and ended up 6 rows from the stage!

I was really impressed. These guys could sing. I could also see why the ladies were all drooling. They played to the crowd very well, because in Korea it is not that easy, and by the end of the show all the ladies in the concert hall were stampeding the stage like dogs on heat!

I would see them again for sure and even downloaded a few of their songs from I-Tunes to the faithful I-POD.

Get me out of Seoul

To say the least, the last few weeks have been crazy. Hotel full, too many conferences, lots of the corporate bosses in, projects to finish, and the weather sucks!

But heck, today is Valentine's Day, and my wonerderful wife's B'day, so we had a lovely dinner in the Table 34 restaurant in the hotel.

Friday evening off to Philippines for a week or so to feel what warm weather is like, visit family, relax, and a few other things.

Sorry, for a lack of blogs! Aloha

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Eric Clapton Concert

We had Eric Clapton in the hotel this week and I was lucky enough to get a few tickets and go to his concert. Unfortunantly Clariza was feeling sick, so she did not go, but was happy for me to go anyway with my brother -in-law, who I think was pretty happy Clariza pulled out. But in any case, I had tickets to another concert in Seoul as there was another famous band in the hotel, and I knew even if Clariza was sick she would go to this one!!! Your wondering who it is right.... stay tuned..
Anyway, we were 10 minutes late to the concert thanks to the wonderful traffic of Seoul, and a no brain taxi driver. Oh what to do!

Borrowd the photo above from a fan website. I hope they dont mind. Not trying to make money!

The concert was good, but not amazing. They played a of of "their" songs, and not so much crowd pleaser songs. Was a shame. He never even did Tears in Heaven. But what I can say was the musicians, including himself on guitar was excellent, and the talent on the stage was immense.

Anyway, very happy to add Eric Clapton to the list of people I have seen live. Would I go and see him again??? No, I dont think so.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007


You may not realize it, but this is 100% true.

1. There are at least two people in this world that you would die for.
2. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.
3. The only reason anyone would ever hate you is because they want to be just like you.
4. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don't like you.
5. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.
6. You mean the world to someone.
7. You are special and unique.
8. Someone that you don't even know exists loves you.
9. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good comes from it.
10. When you think the world has turned its back on you take another look.
11. Always remember the compliments you received. Forget about the rude remarks.And always remember....when life hands you Lemons,

Ask for tequila and salt and call me over!


Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year

Its a New Year Ladies & Gentlman and I wish everyone a great year this now 2007!

It is the Year of the Golden Pig!

For Clariza and I 2007 is going to be a huge year. Why?? ............ stay tuned


Friday, December 29, 2006

I am on the Korean News!

Hi there. Well I was on the news today for work, talking about our hotels tree of hope, our charitable contribution to the community. So as I am clueless on how to download the video exactly I have created the link through the title in blue above. Once you get to the link page, you will see information exactly as written below. Make sure you choose the right date (Dec 29) and the time 12:00 or 22:00

Dec 29 2006 12:00 Arirang News low high

Click on the high for the Dec 29 12oo news and will take you to the broadcast. My news section is exactly 4 minutes in and ends after the 6th minute. My conversation is about 20 seconds in length if that and is around the 5min mark approx! Enjoy, and no jokes please!!!

Happy New Year!

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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Great Paris

After spending nearly two weeks traveling in Europe it was actually wonderful to get to Paris where we stayed with our great friend Xavier who took such wonderful care of us and showed us around so much. We visited so many places, and discovered areas and small side streets only locals know! I got a little sick unfortunantly in pris which slowed us down somewhat, but it really was such a great place to see.

Again let the pictures to the talking!

Left outside the famous Moulin Rouge! Others are above Paris in a small village that was very artistic with lots of painters and cafe's. I like this sculpute with a man running from the wall!

Church on the hillside in Paris, and a shot in the famous streets of Paris.
The famous Notre Dame! Really was amazing!
The Louvre, looking from outside and in. A place and experience you will never forget. We also got the digital audio to help us understand some of the pieces and it really helps bring together the power of this Museum.
Just three pieces of art that I loved. For those history buffs you may be able to identify the pieces. No painting shots as not allowed to take photos ... and heavy security.
The Eiffel Tower. Great views and lots of fun getting up in the elevator!
Here we are in differant parts of Paris with Xavier.

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Viva Le Lyon!

So the second last leg of our incredible Europe trip brought us to Lyon. Although we only stayed for one day, it really was a great city that was so interesting, and sadly time did not allow us to see everything. But what we did see was great, and maybe oneday we shall return to enjoy even more.

Various shots above around the city and popular historical areas. Love the ruined amphitheatre which was centuries old.

Church on top of the highest point in the city. Looking out over Lyon from the church, and a really nice group of buildings with such vivid colours and fantastic architecture.

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Day in Monaco

What a really beautiful place. Drove around the the Grand Prix circuit, and lost a few dollars in the famous Monte Carlo Casino. Let the photos speak for themselves.

Just in case you didn't believe me! LOL

The small streets in original Monaco town.

Inside one of the historical buildings in Monaco. The locals in this traditional area of Monaco were so friendly.

A few boats docked together. Check out the cars behind them to actually understand the size of these boats! WOW

Ok on top left is the starting line for the GP, middle is the down hill past the Le Meridian hotel and right is going into the big tunnel under the hotel! Familiar??

Left shot above is the straight after the tunnel with all the boats on the left. Middle is the 2nd last big right where last year Shumacker pretended to stall on got penalized. Right photo is last small turn onto the start / finish line!

So there you have the Formula 1 track of Monaco / Monte Carlo!

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Friday, December 08, 2006

French Riviera Part 1

A shot from our speeding train through the Italian countryside on our way to the south of France.

Beautiful train station on the French / Italian Riviera border. It was such a brilliant train ride along this coastal section on the way through Monaco to Cannes.

This picture is taken from the window in our lovely suite in the Cannes Carlton InterContinental Hotel. This hotel is an icon in Cannes, and serves the most rich and famous. We were given a suite upgrade from the boss and had this unforgettable view.

This is a shot looking at our hotel. It is one of the oldest hotels in Cannes and is used every year by all the movie stars for the Cannes Film Festival. I wonder who slept in our room before???

The famous red carpet to the auditorium for the annual Cannes International Film Festival.

The marina in Cannes is full of this multi-million $$$$$ boats! I put in an offer on this one, but was short a few million! Oh well!

Lovely courtyard in a small french riviera hillside town. Views were breathtaking

Left and right are some night shots of the hotel. I know I seem to be fixated on the hotel but the "Carlton" is an icon in Cannes and photgraphed by everyone. And hey, I work for this company!

Here we are relaxing after a great evening in Cannes. Cannes was great, but what for the shots of Monaco! We loved it there.

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