The Emirates first class experience

In November 2014, from Cape Town to San Francisco, I was miraculously upgraded to fly first class. For free. On not one, but two long haul flights via Dubai. A total of over 20 hours in a flying palace. It was an incredibly surreal and scarily opulent experience.

It was my first (and only) time flying Emirates business class, that I only just managed to justify pocketing – celebrating a crazy few months at WooThemes. Presumably Emirates were keen to impress and win some business travellers over, with a surplus of first class seats available. Only at check-in did I realise I had been upgraded.

I wish I’d documented the flight better, but only managed a handful of pictures.

A year and a half later my favorite vlogger, Casey Neistat, got the same VIP Emirates treatment and did a fantastic job of documenting the experience. The video has gone completely viral with over 20 million views in 7 days. I think Emirates can justify Casey’s upgrade a lot better than mine….

I still can’t believe I took that flight and can only imagine how much that ticket would cost today. (An absurdly, unjustifiable amount…)

Grand Meetup 2016

The craziness of the Automattic Grand Meetup is now behind us. An action packed week of workshops, classes, town halls, flash talks, team building activities and tasty meals over good conversation with new work colleagues.

It really is a surreal week. Throughout it you are completely overwhelmed by the scale of it all – borderline burned out by the constantly busy schedule. Burnout likely influenced by the 30 hour commute to Canada and a 9 hour time difference… Looking back at it you realise how special and unique this diverse team, distributed company and unforgettable experience is.

I lugged about 10kgs of camera equipment from Cape Town to Whistler, Canada for the trip. Very excited about being in such a photogenic part of the world. I ended up taking a measly about of photos ūüôĀ Below are a few of them.

Thanks to Donncha for the company photo. Some more of my snaps on Instagram.

Taking a gondola to work

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This week I’m at the Automattic Grand Meetup in Whistler, Canada. We are nearly¬†500 co-workers from all corners of the world congregating for one week of the year in one place.

Today I’m at the top of Whistler mountain working on a¬†WooCommerce town hall presentation and discussing a 3 year plan for our division. Just a regular¬†day at our¬†remote office…

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(Free internet at the top of the mountain, 10 times faster than my home internet…)

Hermanus by night

We spent last weekend in Hermanus – a seaside town our family love to escape to as often as possible. It’s also the place we got married, and a town known for it’s incredible whale sightings.

I rented a Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens and enjoyed spending a few hours one evening trying to capture the coastline and starry skies. Hermanus is often misty and there was a lot of cloud cover for the most part of the weekend. Night skies are¬†a challenging subject matter and I still have a lot to learn, but I’m enjoying the process and eerie outings. Continue reading Hermanus by night

Twinkle twinkle little rockstar

This week I discovered the artist “Twinkle twinkle little rockstar“. Thanks to an episode of¬†Mr. Robot¬†of all places.

If, like me, you are a sleep-deprived parent used to the constant soft noise of baby carousels and nursery rhymes on YouTube baby channels, then this artist is a welcomed life line.

There are some great covers to musically educate your little ones – from the earliest of ages.