where would you go in 80 days?

28 02 2011

Cathay Pacific is hosting the ultimate contest, an around the world 80 day adventure.

My buddy Brandon told me about this contest and it is incredible.
If you are even remotely interested in travel, this is worth checking out.

Cathay Pacific is offering one lucky individual an opportunity to travel the world for 80 days.

For 80 days they will cover ALL of your:
airfare
hotel bills
$360 for daily spending.

You can go ANYWHERE.

All you need to do to enter is submit one of the following:
picture.
essay (less than 250 words)
video (between 30 and 60 seconds)

talking about what you would do if you won.

Oh man.

Go check it out here at the Cathay Pacific Facebook page.

My entry?
Well, I’ve always wanted to teach dance to kids in other countries.
I have always wanted to write a book about bboying across the world. I’d love to set up free workshops around the world and write/video/photograph all of the stuff I learned along the way…

I’m definitely no videographer/editor – so the video is the best I could do with the limited time I have. (I should be working on the company news letter right now)

I wonder if some of the Nephites/Lamanites ever wanted to travel. (and I mean travel for fun – not because they were worried about being killed by their enemies).
“And it came to pass that the Lord did warn me, that I, Nephi, should depart from them and flee into the wilderness.” (2 Nephi 5:5)

? What would you do with an 80 day trip?

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free trip anywhere….well, almost anywhere.

20 01 2011

I religiously follow the blog, The Art of Non-Conformity.
Hmm, maybe ‘religiously’ is the wrong phrase – since I might actually follow it more closely than I sometimes pay attention in Sunday School.

Anyways, the author, Chris Guillebeau, posted a contest today that is SO worth entering.

He is offering up 25,000 frequent flyer miles.

The 25,000 miles will be redeemed for a round-trip Economy ticket in the winner’s name, valid anywhere within North America, anywhere within Europe, anywhere within Asia, or anywhere within Australia/New Zealand. I’ll select the airline depending on the winner’s preferred itinerary, and it will be a major worldwide carrier (no budget airlines or Southwest tickets here).”

How do you enter?
Just write a comment telling him where you want to go if you get the miles!
Just click here and plan your ultimate vacation.

Where do I want to go?

Well – for several years now I have dreamed of taking an extended “leave of absence“, selling all of my possessions and traveling from country to country teaching breakdance workshops to kids.

The dream?
Travelling, teaching, writing, blogging, photographing.
“Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.” (2 Nephi 2:25)

I would love to write a book about the impact dance has on kids in different cultures.

Cambodia!
I want to go to Cambodia to teach dance.

Where would you travel to?

Thanks Chris, your contest was just what I needed this morning…

? What connections did you find between the scriptures and your life today?





livin’ the dream.

26 07 2010

We moved to Singapore my Senior year of high school.
It was one of the best experiences of my life. (I spent my senior year on a tropical island, how could it not be amazing?)

There was a family that moved away a few years before we got there, but we heard all about them – the Jacksons.
I’ve only met a few of them, but they seem like a wonderful family and I’ve only heard good things about them.

They have a son named Joey.

I’m always joking around with people about “livin the dream“.
Well, Joey is officially livin’ the dream.

He is practically a professional traveler.

I’m a little fuzzy on the exact purpose of his various adventures – but I know he takes the MOST incredible pictures everywhere he goes. They capture more than just an image – I feel like I could write stories about each picture I see.

You have to check out his website – Anthon Jackson

Here’s a couple I am reposting from his site just in case you aren’t sure you’re ready to commit to clicking a link : )

Incredible, right?
Yeah, I know!

“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.” (Exodus 20:17)

Ok – so I don’t covet any of those things.
But I do covet the freedom he has to just go and do these things.

Wow.
I’ve laid in bed just thinking about traveling, writing, dancing, taking pictures – yes, all of them at the same time!
Oh man.

Too bad they’re just dreams… for now.

? If you could do ANYTHING right now with no worries about finances, family-ties, jobs – what would you do or be?





the black card.

19 05 2010

The Centurion Card (aka: the black card) is offered by American Express.

It is a card with unlimited spending capacity.

According to Wikipedia (a very reliable source -haha) the “black card” is issued by invitation only.

Once invited, an individual must pay a $5,000 initiation fee as well as $2,500 annually.

Wow.

$5,000, just to use a card?
Doesn’t seem worth it, does it?

Not really.
I love the idea of being financially successful enough to merit an invitation to the club – but I don’t know if I would actually want one.

Although – today a customer came in a made a large purchase with one (by the way, they are now titanium based, a little thicker and heavier). I enjoyed holding it and my mind instantly thought of the power behind it. Oh man!

I know we aren’t supposed to seek after riches –

“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” (1 Timothy 6:10)

But – I’m definitely seeking after the means to have NO debt and be self-sufficient – oh and I’d love to be able to do a little traveling!

When those are satisfied – I’ll rest a little easier.

? What are you seeking after money for?





jet-lagged.

27 04 2010

My trip was great because I rode via buddy pass on Delta. I switched back and forth between a time zone difference of 3 hours.

I shouldn’t be too tired. But I’m exhausted.

I have done a lot of sleeping since I got home.

I wonder what it was like for the pioneers or for the children of Israel — all that walking.

Did they have to deal with time zone changes?

They were walking so I guess it was a gradual change and they eased into it.

I think I choose jet-lag over wandering in the wilderness forever…

“…and we have wandered in the wilderness for these many years; and our women have toiled, being big with child; and they have borne children in the wilderness and suffered all things, save it were death; and it would have been better that they had died before they came out of Jerusalem than to have suffered these afflictions.” (1 Nephi 17:20)

? What’s the biggest time zone gap you’ve covered in a trip?





craziness of a young family

24 04 2010

What do you get when you have a 6 kid family that ranges in age from 2 to 20?

CRAZY times!

I got all packed up this morning to leave and was ready to go about an hour before we had to leave. Leah’s mom came out and made a joke about how I was ready to get away from all of the craziness from this past week!

It’s funny because several times I have had someone comment on how I’m “such a trooper” for “surviving” this week.

Parents always seem to think they have the craziest family.

There was always something going on and people awake and sometimes the two-year old was throwing a tantrum — BUT that’s about the extent of the craziness.

Let’s not forget that I’m the oldest of 6 as well. I can definitely remember the craziness of our home growing up. I still feel like our house is crazy. Haha

Ryan (her 2 year old baby brother) threw a crazy screaming fit in the car. I wasn’t bothered by it at all — and my first thought was, at least he’s not swearing at me and trying to punch me in the face (cue: my sister, who is 17)

Crazy family? Nope. They were wonderful.

Every family has crazy moments.

Technology has made things easy. When kids scream you can hand them a toy, or give them something to suck on. But what did they do for screaming kids back in the day?

I can’t imagine wandering threw the wilderness with a bunch of toddlers. Imagine taking the Sunbeams class across the desert?

Ok – I looked. I can’t find anything about young children throwing tantrums. This seems to be the typical description of a child here in the scriptures:

“And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.” (Luke 1:80)

?  Can you find an example of a scripture talking about a young child’s disobedience or craziness?

You won’t be able to. Haha So here’s another question:

?  Tell me your craziest story about a young child/children?





travel.

30 03 2010

With an unlimited supply of money I would travel. Everywhere!

I went to the bookstore with Leah tonight and we were talking about all the places we want to travel. There’s too many to count.

Some couples decide to wait to travel till they are more established and financially secure. Others are a little more adventurous.

I’d say we fit into the middle. We would like to take a couple trips before having kids… (oh man, did I just mention kids?)

As I perused the travel books in Borders I thought about the people in the scriptures…

Did any of them think about traveling?
Did they want to get away to experience new cultures?

It seems that when people traveled back then there was specific reasons (that did not involve sightseeing)

Here’s the top 2 reasons for travel in the scriptures:
Survival.
Missionary work.

Survival

“And it came to pass that we did travel for the space of many days…” (1 Nephi — actually there’s like 7 different verses that say this)

Nephi left Jerusalem. Went back to Jerusalem. Left Jerusalem. Went back to Jerusalem. Built boats and came to Promised land. Left his brethren and went into the wilderness.

Missionary Work
“…notwithstanding my many travels round about the land to declare the word of God unto my people.” (Alma 30:32)

Alma and the sons of Mosiah pretty much traveled for years… But they were always preaching the Gospel.

Leah and I want to serve missions together someday — but we’d also like to be able to just do some recreational traveling. We narrowed things down to our top 3 trips (she chose 2, I chose 1):

Italy
Thailand
Australia








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