This unique opportunity spurred me to actually learn everything to create an actual video from my MAC, just to apply.  It was accepted, “Yeah” and now I need votes.

http://www.islandreefjob.com/#/applicants/watch/WBT8ZHuqF3I

Please view it and vote/rate me  (up to five stars), if you agree I am their person.

Thanks to all!

"Across the Ditch"
“Across the Ditch”

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We have been blessed to enjoy our expat experience in New Zealand.

Being out of the USA has broadened our visibility and thus our global outlook.  Mainstream global news from all viewpoints are aired here in a non-judgmental format…the news…as it IS, without opinions or emotional sensationalism.  This allows one to form an informed opinion of what IS.  There IS so much more to consider and know other than what is aired in the USA.

For those of you who take for gospel only what you see on CNN or FOX or local networks…I encourage you to open up your mind outside of this censored box .  It is truly amazing, not always pleasant, but much more holistic….  Do not choose to just follow like innocent sheep—-maybe to the slaughter.

Where we sleep at night or call home can change but regardless, we are all global citizens first and foremost continually.  Best to strive to “View”  the total picture for the opportunity to  act accordingly.

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  • how would one go about not listening to cnn and whatnot if we are, indeed in the US? when that is all thats available to us? (mainstream at least, on the tv, radio, and talk amongst family and friends) you said yourself you and Doug couldnt see past it until you left it entirely.

    i completely agree that we should widen our views and not only take for fact what we see on the news, but do keep in mind that when youre living in the US sometimes you just dont have an other option. or the only other option is to go on huge internet surfing extravaganzas that ends up costing more time than its worth (in my opinion).

  • The internet is an amazing tool and is far more useful than the television. I highly suggest the following:

    http://www.worldpress.org

    http://www.bbcnews.co.uk

    NYtimes is always good as well. I’ll keep my eyes open for watchable stuff, I know that there are some good video news networks on the web but I don’t have any specific addresses. More to come.

  • Mary from way back in Indiana

    Try viewing the LINK channel and if you don’t subscribe or your local US cable company or Satelite company doesn’t have it call them and request…it may take awhile but sooner or later the more people request it the sooner it will happen.
    At least it’s not totally ‘edited’ the way the rest of our news is – which is nothing more than entertainment!
    When you have been brought up oversee’s, lived there since, you learn that what we are exposed to here is watered down so much.
    At least the LINK TV channel provides a little bit more of a prospective.


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courtesy of Denise

HAVING SPENT THE LAST 8 YEARS IN HAWAII AS A MINORITY OF CAUCASIAN EUROPEAN DECENT, I HAD BECOME QUITE COMFORTABLE AND INTEGRATED WITH THE POLYNESIAN AND VARIOUS ASIAN CULTURES. I WAS AFRAID I WOULD MISS THIS DIVERSE MELTING POT OF ETHNIC CULTURES WHEN WE RELOCATED HERE IN NEW ZEALAND.

I WAS PLEASANTLY SURPRISED TO FIND A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT BUT EQUALLY DIVERSE MIX OF CULTURES HERE IN NEW ZEALAND. INDIGENOUS MAORI, BRITS, SCOTTISH, AUSSIE, IRISH, MOST RECENTLY MANY ASIANS GROUPS LIKE JAPANESE, CHINESE, AND INDOCHINA, AS WELL AS THE INDIAN AND MIDDLE EASTERN CROWD THAT BRINGS IN SOME OF MY FAVORITE FLAVORFUL DISHES.

IN THE BEGINNING I DID FEEL SOMEWHAT FOREIGN EVEN THOUGH I WAS AMONG A MAJORITY PEOPLE WHO LOOKED LIKE ME, THEY SPOKE A DIALECT OF ENGLISH WORDS I RECOGNIZED BUT WITH A FLAVOR I HAD A HARD TIME UNDERSTANDING. THEY EQUALLY HAD A TIME UNDERSTANDING ME, ASKING ME TO REPEAT THINGS AND FREQUENTLY COMMENTING ON “MY ACCENT”? THERE IS A WIT THAT TRANSLATES IN THIS LANGUAGE THAT IS SUBTLE BUT AMUSING IN THE TERMS USED AND EVEN ON TELEVISION COMMERCIALS, THAT IS BOTH TO THE POINT BUT ENTERTAINING.

ALL IN ALL FRIENDLY, HELPFUL, AND UNASSUMING WOULD BE HOW I WOULD BEST DESCRIBE MY TAKE ON KIWIS IN GENERAL, REGARDLESS OF THEIR NATIONALITIES.

THINGS REALLY WORK HERE WITH THE LEAST AMOUNT OF PROBLEMS, A REFRESHING CONCEPT. IT SEEMS THAT THEY HAVE TAKEN OTHER COUNTRIES IDEAS AND IMPROVED UPON THEM WITH KIWI INGENUITY TO MAKE FOR BETTER EFFICIENT WORKING COMMUNITY.

IN ESSENCE, TAKE ALL THAT IS GOOD AND MAKE IT BETTER! NO PLACE IS WITHOUT IT’S PROBLEMS BUT THEY ARE DEALT WITH EFFECTIVELY ANS RESOLVE IS A COLLECTIVE EXPECTED EFFORT.

BETWEEN THIS AND HOW GOOD THE FOOD TASTES WITHOUT ANY ADDITIVES, I AM GROWING SPOILT.

CHEERS (AS THE LOCALS SAY).

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OUR TEMPORARY APARTMENT HAS WINDOWS FROM FLOOR TO CEILING FACING THE OCEAN AND THE LOADING DOCKS. VINNIE’S MIX OF BREEDS ARE WORKING DOGS AND HE NEEDS A JOB TO BE HAPPY, A PURPOSE. HE DISCOVERED THE 24/7 ACTIVITIES ON THE DOCK AND HAS TAKEN IT TO BE HIS RESPONSIBILITY TO OVERSEE. EVERY SPARE MOMENT IS SPENT WATCHING LIKE AN ARDENT FOREMAN OF SORTS TO MAKE SURE “ALL GOES AS IT SHOULD”. IT IS A GOOD DOG SITTER, AS HE HARDLY NOTICES WHEN WE HAVE GONE OUT. WE NEED TO MOVE SO THAT WE CAN HAVE ROOM FOR OUR FURNISHINGS AND ALSO NOW SO VINNIE DOES NOT SUCOMB TO THIS SORT OF ADDICTION AS I DO NOT THINK THERE IS A 12 STEP PROGRAM OR A GOOD REHAB FOR DOGS ANYWHERE ON THIS PLANET YET.

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I KNOW!
IT HAS GONE TO AIR NEW ZEALAND, OR SHALL I SAY, IT IS ONE OF THE LAST REMAINING BUSINESSES THAT EXERCISE EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE AS USUAL PROCEDURE. QUITE SURPRISING AND VERY RARE THESE DAYS.
MY FLIGHT HERE WAS DELAYED BUT IT WAS IMMEDIATELY POSTED ON THE WEBSITE AND ON THE PHONE RECORDING. I WENT EARLY EVEN THOUGH I WAS WELL IMFORMED AS JEANNE’S FLIGHT TO INDIANA WAS ON TIME AND WE WERE SHARING OUR LAST REMAINING MINUTES TOGETHER IN A SHUTTLE.
WHILE IN LINE, A NOTICE WAS CONTINUALLY CIRCULATED TO THE CROWD TO KEEP THEM INFORMED AS THERE WAS NO OTHER PLACE TO POST INFO ABOUT THIS FLIGHT AT THE BORROWED TERMINAL. AMAZING!
WHEN I GOT UP TO THE CHECK IN, THEY WEIGHED THE FIRST OF MY 2 BUSTING-AT-THE-SEEMS LUGGAGE. BOTH WERE, AS NO SURPRISE TO ME, OVERWEIGHT. QUITE PLEASANTLY THEY INFORMED ME AND I EXPECTED A WHOOPING CHARGE BUT INSTEAD THEY INFORMED ME THAT I WOULD HAVE TO REMOVE WEIGHT FROM EACH BAG! WHERE WAS I GOING TO PUT IT? I COULD NOT TAKE IT BACK HOME, THAT NO LONGER EXISTED. I HAD NO OTHER LUGGAGE TO BUT IT INTO AND 2 WAS THE LIMIT ANYWAY. BLOOD DRAINED FROM MY FACE, PANIC WAS WRITTEN ALL OVER ME, NO HIDING OF MY EMOTIONS. THEY HAD A FAVORABLE SOLUTION WITHIN MINUTES. THEY HELPED ME (YES, ACTUALLY HELPED ME!) TAKE THINGS OUT OF EACH BAG AND TRANSFER THEM INTO A DOUBLE HEAVY LARGE PLASTIC BAG THAT WOULD ALSO BE CHECKED AND THE 2-BAG LUGGAGE LIMIT WOULD BE WAIVED AT NO CHARGE! I THANKED THEM OVER AND OVER AND THEY JUST SAID “NO, WORRIES” AND ASSURED ME IT WOULD BE AT THE OTHER END FOR ME AND IN TACT.
FLIGHT ATTENDANTS WERE ALL EXTREMELY FRIENDLY AND POLITE BUT STILL WERE ABLE TO GET THEIR JOBS DONE IN RECORD TIME AND MAKE ALL OF US PASSENGERS COMFORTABLE. 2 (NOT 1) GOURMET HEALTHY BALANCED MEALS WERE SERVED DURING THE 8 HOUR AND 40 MINUTE FLIGHT. ALL BEVERAGES WERE INCLUDED IN THAT AND SO WERE ALL THE MOVIE HEADSETS. THOSE OF YOU WHO TRAVEL KNOW THAT ALL OF THIS IS TOO HARD TO BELIEVE TO BE TRUE BUT I SWEAR TO IT! BAGGAGE CLAIM HAD NUMEROUS FREE CARTS WAITING FOR US ALL TO COLLECT OUR LUGGAGE AND ALL OF MY 3 CHECKED ITEMS ARRIVED WITHOUT A MARK ( EXCEPT FOR ALL THE OTHER ONES FROM PREVIOUS FLIGHTS) AND NOTHING INSIDE WAS BROKEN OR EVEN SHAKEN UP. DOUG GREETED ME WITH OPEN ARMS RIGHT OUTSIDE AND THEY WERE QUICKLY FILLED WITH ME FIRST THEN ALL OF MY BAGGAGE. IT ALL WENT LIKE CLOCKWORK SO THIS TYPE OF CUSTOMER SERVICE AND RESPECT FOR FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS CAN BE COMBINED WITH BEING “ON-TIME! AMAZING…..

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