Adventure Time: Running up Mount Manaia, Whangarei

After a huge weekend at a Pedey’s wedding, Matt and I went for a run up Mount Manaia, Whangarei Heads, New Zealand. We were staying at a hired house which sat in a quiet bay just out of the shadow of Mount Manaia. This turns out to be pretty lucky, as local Maori believe living in the shadow of the mountain is totally bad buzz. The views from the top were out of control!

Check out the run data on the Nike Page.

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What to get me for Christmas

I’m a pretty particular kind of guy and I’ve been told shopping for me is a bit of a pain. To make Christmas time easy for everyone in my life, here is a list of “Ben Approved” gifts. You might also find this list useful if you are trying to buy presents for someone else who shares similar tastes. All the links go to an online shop, easy as!

The Elevation iPhone Dock, in matteblack – $89USD

The JawBone handsfree mobile wireless speaker – $199 USD

Bodum Pavina Latte Glasses – $24.95 NZD

Belroy Hide and Seek Wallet, in black – $89 AUD

The KeyBird house key blank, KW1 Style,  $8.99 USD

Nike Fuel Band, in Black – $149 USD

Cafe Cocoa Shaker, in black or red – $19.95 NZD

The Plank – a iPhone and key holder – $24.99 USD

Rocket Espresso Cups, in black – $79 NZD (Set of Two)

FreeKey Keyring System –  $6.95 USD

Mortar & Pestle – $24.95

Hard Graft iPhone Wallet Plus, smoke in colour – $75 GBP

Stainless Steel Sharpie – $5.98 USD

16kg Kettle Bell – $109NZD

Benriner Turner Slicer – $73.95 USD

Power Moves – Apps, Business and Photography among other things

Dunx and I used to flat together out in Petone, our tastes are crazy similar. Every so often we catch up over dinner and talk about things going on in our lives and the world around us. We reckon we chat about some pretty interesting things so this time we noted it all down to share.

  1. We spoke about turning off all phone notifications.  As most of the notifications aren’t urgent and are often distracting.
  2. Tim Ferris wrote a pretty interesting book on creating a 4 hour work week.  That’s right 4 hours of work a week!
  3. G’s going to write up a bunch of beauty tips given to her by her mum. Look out for them on her blog
  4. Duncan spied my Nugget’s dyno sheet. 206kW at the wheels! STM Yeah boy!
  5. Maggi Ten Minute Marinades are so delicious and easy.  Just marinade chicken for ten minutes and then bang it on the BBQ.
  6. We discussed how much time we were “investing” in Instagram, check us out at @senbilcock, @genevievenz and @duncanrouke
  7.  I bought myself a G Shock while I was in Canada a couple of months ago, Dunx mentioned that The Hundreds have just put out their own G Shock.
  8. Dunx is a pretty kick arse wedding photographer and on that subject he showed me Logan McMillian a kiwi film maker that makes sick same day wedding video edits that the bride and groom can watch at their reception.  He was also the guy who made the Hell Pizza YouTube pick-a-path video marketing campaign.
  9. Speaking of marketing, I’m going back to school.  Extramurally of course.  My first paper is business statistics.  Fun fun.
  10. Did you know the newest Adobe Photoshop has this awesome content aware scaling feature? I didn’t, Dunx did. Watch this video to see the full explanation.
  11.  G always complains about our super high power bill, so Duncan recommend the Powerswitch website and the Powershop website to change to a cheaper supplier.
  12. Duncan told us about Sushi B, a sushi place in town that has an awesome selection of delicious sushi. After 3pm all pieces are only 1 buck each! Bonus.
  13. Dunx is looking to edit videos like I’ve been doing for STM(like this and this).  I recommend Final Cut Pro X as its SOOOOO easy to us. It’s pretty much iMovie on steroids.
  14. Wunderlist is a new to-do app that I have been using.  It syncs to your iPad, iPhone and Mac.  The same company has an exciting collaboration project in the works called Wunderkit, I’ve seen the public beta and it looks choice.
  15. I open programs on my Mac using an app called Alfred it’s crazy fast. Hat tip to Hayden from Leftfield Interactive who told me about it.
  16. Duncan is going to setup the Multi Desktop feature on his mac, so I suggested the Incase wall paper page as it has some beautiful wallpapers
  17. Genevieve is going to start uploading folders of photos on here Genevieve Warburton Facebook page.  To increase interaction from her fans.
  18. Duncan and I spoke about the Social Fresh Academy, which is an online social media training centre.
  19. Dunx showed me his new Wedding photography website.  I gave him some feedback regarding search engine optimization.  The basics like page titles and image alt tags are important.  Also a page with all photos isn’t going to rank as high as a page with some text.
  20. Duncan is going to have a stand at the Wedding expo, we spoke about running a really compelling offer to drum up some business for next year.
  21. Both Duncan and I drive a long way on a daily basis, to utilize this time I listen to pod casts during the trip.  I’ll publish a list of my favorites soon.
  22. We spoke about sending online advertising traffic to a specific conversion page (Like Unbounce).  This give you the ability to test and improve the conversion.
  23. My mate Pedey put me onto “Ski-On Neon” an incredibly addictive iPhone game.
  24. There are heaps of social media tools out there, when I went on holiday to the states a couple of months ago, I used Sendible to schedule all the STM Facebook photos and posts.  It doesn’t look as slick as some of the others but I found it had more complete features.  G uses Hootsuite.
  25. This year as per my New Years resolutions I will be up the Mountain to snowboard a few times, turns out this is one of Duncan’s goals too.  Snow team assemble!
  26. The last thing we spoke about was making money from blogging and being online, Duncan brought up this chick Gala Darling, a girl from the Hutt who is making it big overseas.

That’s all folks. Until next time.