Relaxing on Raro

I’m taking a few days off. Not so much absolute exhaustion as insomniac weary. I’ll be settling on the beach with a novel or two and checking out the island nightlife in Rarotonga.

A recharge is in order and an opportunity to try out my new HD Hard Disk Camcorder.

This is the before shot – you can tell I need a holiday. I hope to return a little lighter, clean shaven and without too many coral wounds.

I’m not usually one to offer advertorial or shopping advice, but if you’re looking for a new camera and you live in New Zealand Parallel Imports has just about the best prices. I checked out duty free and this style of camera cannot be had there, similar models are more expensive.

My JVC was $1100 below the price advertised as the JVC Online “special”.

It seems like a good semi-professional model and should help me record some vlogs over the next few weeks.

I’ll be using it on my trip to the US, UK and Europe to record some research interviews. I’ve scored a guided tour of the new Newseum in Washington DC and will be shooting some footage inside. The Newseum is a monument to American journalism and it looks quite interesting.

Meanwhile, the sand, sun and sea of the Cook Islands are beckoning. I hear the cocktail umbrellas are “to die for”. We’ll see.

Kite katoa hoa taihoa



4 Responses to Relaxing on Raro

  1. Rod J says:

    Hi. If you have run out of beautiful places to see try Palawan, Philippines, the country’s last frontier. Go in the style of the back-packers. Go North – Taytay and El Nido – that’s a little farther from the terrorists in the South.

    How’s quitting smoking? I guess it’s like kicking Calci-block that one has been taking for quite a time like I did. Translated: habits can be kicked away.

  2. Medusa says:

    You sure look like you need a rest, lol

    Enjoy the sun, surf & change of scenery; ocean sounds have such a relaxing effect on one’s state of mind.

    Hope you find a good martini & an olive along the way too.

  3. Raro is good, the weather’s warm; the yamaha scooter is performing well and the bruises are healing nicely.
    No smoking on the island.

  4. jason brown says:

    that’s it!

    the challenge has been laid down – to look as wasted as possible and put the results online.

    that way, no one will know if it’s a spoof or the real thing …

    well done!

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