Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Taking a short break, do not adjust your sets...

As of next Monday the 6th of July, I'm going to be away for a few weeks. I got married earlier this year (way back in January in fact!) but since I'm a tourguide I couldn't get away in the high season, so the honeymoon has been put off till now.

Of course, in the next two weeks, the following things are bound to happen:

  1. Peter Jackson will get to ComicCon in San Diego, and will announce/confirm every major actor for The Hobbit,
  2. Guillermo del Toro will appear here in Wellington at next week's Unity Books autograph session, and will reveal all sorts of cool Hobbit plans,
  3. The Weta Cave will make a major announcement regarding the new plans for a Middle-earth museum "proper" in Miramar,
  4. Lots of cool people will come into town looking for me,

...and I won't be here.

Oh well, the honeymoon wins out, I'm afraid. My lovely bride, Aiko, and myself will disappear to a totally secret and undisclosed location (around Brisbane, Australia, actually) for a few weeks, and will be pretty much unreachable.

I may (or may not!) read my email a few times but I probably won't respond. :)

- Jack M.

PS - for those who are wondering - yes, the wedding rings were made by a VERY reputable company... although some of their products have been known to have been discarded in the nearest volcano... :)


  1. Don't know if you will be stopping at Brisbane or the Gold Coast but if you do thought I would pass a bit of local knowledge for your added enjoyment should you need it.
    Restaurants: e'cco, The Customs House, Cloudland - all amazing and romantic and in Brisbane. (don't go to Cloudland on a Friday or Saturday though).
    Chill on Tedder in Main Beach Gold Coast is another amazing restaurant, and Blue Grotto is a lovely little bar to sit in, has amazing calimari, also Main Beach.
    In brisbane I think the best pub is probably Brussels, its a belgian bar in the city, doesnt have australian beer but I would avoid that if you are a kiwi anyway.. oh and dont ever eat australian fish n chips it's awful.

  2. @Karen

    Thanks for the info - I'm afraid I didn't get to use it but I do appreciate it! The hotel we used had Wi-Fi (for my iPod Touch) but they assured me I had to plug the provided cable into it first. I tried to explain that having a cable to access the Wireless seemed kinda pointless but they wouldn't budge, so I had no internet access for the first week at all. Didn't really miss it, to be honest!

    In the end we spent about a week at the Sunshine Coast, one day driving through Brisbane, and the rest of the 12 days in Gold Coast, at Surfers Paradise. Our days were pretty busy with a whole bunch of stuff, including forest walks, beach walks, a day at the zoo, a day at the markets, and of course a day at Dream World...

    Surely nothing can be more romatic than screaming down a rollercoaster together, right? ;)

    - Jack M.

  3. Congrats! Happy marriage to you and your wife.

    I visited New Zealand for 2 weeks in April and completely fell in love with it. I can't wait to come back, but next time for a month.

    I'd rather honeymoon in New Zealand than Australia, but hope you had fun!

  4. @Amy Proctor :

    Thanks :) Sometimes it's good to completely get away from everything for a bit, so we went to Australia instead of somewhere local.

    The last 7 holidays have been to Rotorua, Christchurch, Picton, Nelson, Napier, and Carterton, and a tour of the South Island with my son, so I do like to tour my own country before leaving it!

    - Jack