Archive | March, 2012

Living the high life

31 Mar

Ooh swanky post! Haha.
Okay I should probably admit no, I don’t live the high life lol. But it feels nice to be able to say that!
I am totally shocking with money. I’ve got two credit cards which are maxed and an overdraft big enough to afford a reasonable second hand car. But this is only because I spent $2000 in Australia (which I think is fair enough considering it was my first overseas holiday EVER and the exchange rate was shit) and Glyn and I have been making a few home improvements and buying study resources:
1) A new study desk (old one was braking fast)
2) TiVo (analog is going soon and it was $100 off)
3) A new iMac because the last one died, along with my laptop
4) A iPad 2 (for study and because it was like $300 off)
5) Lots of textbooks for journalism (Around $500)
6) A professional digital camera for journalism (Around $300)
7) A voice recorder for journalism ($150)
8) Extended warranties ($100)
9) Apple accessories + camera SD card ($160)
10) Lamp ($40)

Probably didn’t need the last two, but that’s okay. Lol. Anyway now the TiVo areal isn’t working and the new lamp is getting in the way of life and petrol is quite expensive. Grr. But we’re not flagging at the moment, we are boarding so that’s made life easier for us both.

Ooh and another thing I love- Moccas are only 50c at the Taranaki Daily News!! I have one every day I am there lol, so good!

I’ve published two stories so far and I am really happy about it. Wrote a third on Friday for Saturdays paper but they didn’t publish it because I think it was more of a Midweek story, which means it’ll be published next Wednesday in the free community paper. That is still good! I hope I publish it before James hehe, just because then I’ll be ahead of the class in terms of publishing stories heh heh heh 😉

Anyway that’s all I needed to rave and rant about for tonight. I am going to sleep now, wish me luck. :p


Top Chef is Reaching for the Stars

30 Mar





















View on the North Taranaki Midweek website »

The Blogging Requirement

28 Mar

Hello world,

This afternoon when class starts up again, we’ll be setting up and talking about blogs.
And I’m going to feel mega guilty because I haven’t been keeping my up to date! Haha, Robin our tutor refers to me as the tech guru so I should really set an example 😛

This week has been exciting because yesterday I was published in the North Taranaki Midweek, and today I was published again in the Taranaki Daily News! You can view my stories at

It’s been a real learning experience having articles published, because you learn to fact check what the interviewee is saying so you don’t look like a dick in the article lol.

But I’ve been stoked that two of my stories were published within two days, and I’ve already moved on to my next story! Exciting stuff.

There’s some students in our class who don’t have a Facebook (!!!) and are reluctant to set that up, as well as a blog. But I hope in time they’ll learn what important and useful resources they are when it comes to the modern world of journalism.

Quick Review of Life!

27 Mar

It’s getting to that scary stage again where I forget to blog and it falls behind and floats around in the nothingness of the world wide web.
My last post was about the scholarship, before I went to Australia for the first time, such a long time ago.

Next week is the final week of term one of my Journalism course, so it’s been awhile!
I am enjoying it as well as finding it challenging. Our tutor Robin Martin, today reminded us that we’ll be setting up blogs soon which in turn reminded me that I do have one it’s just neglected! Oops :O

Anyway, I’m really excited as tomorrow is Wednesday, which is the day the North Taranaki Midweek is distributed around the place. It’s our free regional newspaper, and my first story of 2012 is going to be in there! I will have to remember to post a link here =D

Have been trying to master the difficult art of Shorthand. We are learning Teeline, which is the easier type, but so far it’s been a bit of a struggle! Need to keep up with constant revision yes yes.

So at the moment we are in class, at the TDN building, from 8.30am to 3pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Wednesday is our day to get out and gather news, and Friday is our short day, being 9am – 12pm. Then I can have my nana nap haha! On Saturday I am still supervising at Countdown Central, leaving Sunday as my lazy day off 🙂