Saturday, December 30, 2006

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Volcanic crater in hawaii, you can see some smoke coming out of a small hole in the middle. The hole area had loads of sulphur smoke coming out

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Found a deserted beach off a lava flow in Hawaii


and had some fun with Ciara:-
Ciara the Mermaid

Monday, December 25, 2006

Went Whale watching and caught this humpback whale swimming under our boat

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Lava flow into a sea. You can see the sulphuric smoke.
Takeing off from a plane. Don't usually get to film when taking off, but was given the opportunity on this sight seeing flight on the Big Island in Hawaii

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Friday, December 22, 2006

Lao Valley State Park Waterfall. Just me mucking around with my camera angle changing.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Driving in Maui, The beautiful scenery of coast and mountains
Ciara eating chocolate and Ice cream for the first time on her first birthday cake.

Happy 1st Birthday

Ciara's first Birthday today
Ciara's First Birthday
Octopus projecting ink over a scuba diver in the coral reef off Maui

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Ciara enjoying a paddle in the beach at Napili on the island of Maui, in Hawaii
View from the beach in Napili in Maui. There was also some woman doing some model shots. Thtas another island you can see in the background of the sea.
View from the plane as we fly away from Oahu on the way to Maui another one of the islands in Hawaii.


Oahu from the sky

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

And then she discovers the sea!

First time in the sea!
Ciara's first time in a swimming pool

Ciara also enjoys using my headphones now.
Ciara using headphones

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Probably the last video of her where walking is the main theme as this video shows she is walking very very well now. This is walking back to our hotel room
Eating lobster before she's 1 years old. Isn't she lucky!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Time order may be a bit screwy so i do this according to personal chronological order rather than GMT chronological order. As Technically we landed before we took off as we crossed over the international date line.

This is our hotel room in Oahu and the view from our hotel room, in Waikiki, Hawaii


View from Hotel balcony
Ciara walks around the airport in Narita before we board our flight to Hawaii

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Ciara sat in a chair with lots of toys at her daycare
Now that she can walk, she's almost stopped crawling.
Ciara gets Grumpy and throws tantrums when she is hungry.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Taking her to a restaurant is becoming a noisy affair

Friday, December 08, 2006

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Ciara is walking on her own now. I'll post a better video when i get the chance to record it.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Friday, December 01, 2006

Shibuya at Night, going down from the lift in Legato. The drunken ramblings in the background are my co-workers.
Work Christams party at Legato in Shibuya Tokyo. These are the dancers we hired.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Ciara playing speeded up. Several months after the last one. Her motor skills are more developed now.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Ciara is standing up by herself for as long as she wants without needing anything to support her

Friday, November 10, 2006

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Lovely weather in Tokyo. Weather was nice, Sky was clear you could see for miles

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Ciara prefers to feed herself now. Here is how she feeds (speeded up -> 12 mins into 1 min)

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Ciara is now refusing to be fed by other people. She's becoming more independent

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Came across a ballet act in a shopping Mall in Hong Kong of all places.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Ciara likes to walk pushing a chair around like a zimmerframe
Ciara and her Great Grandmother at Dim Sum in Hong Kong

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Ciara playing on a slide in the airport on the way to Hong Kong
Ciara meets the family in Hong Kong, including her Great Gran for the first time, and then she falls asleep
Hong Kong is a proper high rise city all through out the place. Its also very hazy in October in Hong Kong. This was the view from the airport to the New Territories passing by Hong Kong Island.

Ciara slept through the journey

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Ciara has learnt how to switch things on and off by pressing buttons. The side to side movement is her way of dancing

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Ciara making a lot of noise in a restaurant and amusing herself with a bowl

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Ciara crawling around playing chase. The room is messy because Ciara made it like that.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Taiko performance at the local International food fair situated at the local international school
Ciara's first school sparts day, well in this case its just a dance that they have to do with the mother/father.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Ciara can climb the stairs by herself, we have to watch her when she does it in case she falls

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Ciara drinking from a straw and holding the container herself

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Monday, October 02, 2006

I woke Ciara up to take her to day care, so she had a little cry

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Ciara poked me in the eye a few days ago (and another couple of times since), and its infected. Haven't been to the doctors yet, but i can see clearly through it, however it has closed up a bit, constantly weeps and is very red now.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Monday, September 25, 2006

Ciara can cruise using furniture. That means walking using furniture as support

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Ciara takes a book, removes the ones she doesn't want and opens the one she wants. Good developmental progress.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Came across this cool display sign made out of bubbles when walking through Roppongi Hills.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Ciara eating my leg and then blowing a raspberry on it

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Ciara having lots of fun with mum. Pushing blocks through the correct shaped holes.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Failed Cat Rescue.

A cat was trapped on a ladder above Meguro River, too scared to climb up. The firemen came to rescue the cat, but the cat jumped into the river before it could be saved. The river goes for miles with huge concrete walls on either side, so the cat probably swam until it got tired and drowned.

Monday, September 04, 2006

No updates for a while recently because Ciara has been ill. Just a cold, chesty cough and snotty nose. So not been doing much. Although she has grown some teeth.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Ciara Laughinh and Screeching. Propping herself up in the standing position. It was 5:30am. She always gets up around this time.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Short video of the sky flower and going up and down in the skyflower ride, and the sound of my friend getting scared!
Roller Coaster and Tokyo Dome - View from up above in the Ferris Wheel

Monday, August 21, 2006

Ciara Loves standing up. Practising all the time using as many things as possible to support her. This video shows her using the sofa to support her weight.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Dancing girls on stage at the Azabu Juban Matsuri. The stage hosts lots of shows for 3 days. These women were dancing and then did a mini-musical.
This time its a teenage pop group. Youngest member is 15, the girl refused to reveal her age.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Azabu Juban Matsuri (part 1)
This is how busy it gets, i have to walk through this to get to my home because its in between me and the train station, normally it takes 5 minutes. When the matsuri is on, it takes 30 mins.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Visited Lake Chuzenji-ko and Ciara had a little paddle

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Ninja show at Edo Wonderland
Edo Wonderland, Carrying the thingymebob. They carry thios thing from one end to the other. Dressed in traditional Edo Period clothing.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Nikko - Japan, in the mountains there are lots of waterfalls. Here is a montage of 2 of them, Kegon and Yudaki waterfalls are displayed here.
Visited Nikko Japan, here is a short montage of the temples you can see, including the infamous, see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil temple thingymebob

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Travelling to Nikko, Cath claims she didn't pee herself

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Ciara can stand up on her own, well with the help of a table.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Was walking around Yoyogi park and came across a bunch of guys all dressed up like 60's style rockers in their leathers dancing to rock n roll in the streets.

Harajuku fashion. Some tokyo girls gather around the station dressed gothic or 'ultra-cute'. Even managed to capture an old guy dressed up in little-bo-peep/alice in wonderland fashion

Visited Yoyogi park today. Lots of bands playing by the side of the park#

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Ciara is now crawling properly. She used to scoot on her belly, but is now on hands and knees

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Ciara is now feeding herself finger foods. Eating rice cakes here

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Sumida Taikai - The biggest fireworks festival in Tokyo. Upto 1 million people come and see this. The fireworks actually go on for 1.5 hours from 2 spots. Here is a video of the atmosphere and the display. Last 2 minutes of the video is the actual last 2 minutes of the display.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Went to the immigration office today to get my Visa renewed. Took the Tokyo Monorail, here is the view you get when travelling on the monorail.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Not been updates for a while because I;ve been ill. Temperature was running at 38.6°C
We've decided to teach Ciara how to play the piano. Well, she had a bash at it. Quite literally.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Fast motion video (speeded up) of Ciara's mobility. She can spin round in circles move backwards, climb onto all 4's etc. Quite funny seeing how babies move.
Ciara has learned to wave ahead of *schedule* 13 months according to text books. But she's doing it at 7 months. Say Hello to Mum.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Thunderstorm over Tokyo, failed to catch any lightning but you can hear how severe it was from the sound. Also you can see some smoke from Roppongi Hills, as that got hit by lightning earlier. Plus you hear the start of the heavy rainfall.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Ciara has learned to prop herself up onto all 4's ready for crawling. Currently she can only move backwards and in circles.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Celebrating driving to and from Yorkshire along the motorway without incident.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

The in-law's trying to get Ciara to smile for a photo.
Found a great view of the Yorkshire countryside so stopped by the road to take a quick video for those who have never seen the countryside in the UK.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

A quiet town centre in Yorkshire. Very quaint typically stereotypical English town centre.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

After driving to Yorkshire we visited some relatives where Ciara met her cousins for the first time and stroked some Guinea pigs.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Ciara playing in my parents Garden back in the UK. Don't get gardens like this in Tokyo.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Driving through Birkenhead past Tranmere Rovers Football Club. YEAH!
At my parents place in the UK. Playing with Ciara in the Living room floor.
Spain vs France
A few days old, but i was in a pub i nHyde Park to watch the match and it was invaded by French fans. Here is their reaction after France's 3rd goal
Dim Sum in Liverpool with the family.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Ciara travels on the train to Liverpool from London. Outside scenery of the countryside and approaching Liverpool on the train.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Visited my house in London, Here's what it looks like, Tenants are in there, new boiler installed and Fence has fallen apart.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Ciara's first flight. Look at all the scared businessman sandwiched in between 2 babies necking their drink to be able to sleep.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Japanese Nationalists?
These guy were in my neighbourhood walking around shouting stuff through the megaphone. Haven't had a chance to get what they were saying translated properly.
Usually the MNationalists drive round in black vans with loudspeakers telling foreigners to go home and how much trouble foreigners cause.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

A few of my friends from back home. Infoscotland provide a service which can make you look 30 years older, so i sent some pictures and here is the resulting video i generated.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Meguro Gajoen. Lots of Japanese style architecture, Art and stuff like that, its also a hotel and does weddings. But its a good look at Japanese design

Sunday, June 11, 2006

I was giving Ciara a fright several times, It's funny how she reacts with shock and lughter. She's also started the early stages of crawling, rotating rounf 90 degrees here as well.
WORLD CUP STARTS HERE!!! No highlights, but went to a roppongi bar to watch the macth,. Here's what the atmosphere was lick pre and post match. Onr thing I;ve never liked about Roppongis is the imblanace. Lots of Japanese women, lots of Western men, where are all the Japanese guys? This is what makes Roppongi so seedy.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

GhostBusters!!!!
Not really, it's the cleaners at my nearest Tokyo metro station, they wear ghostbuster style backpack vacuum cleaners

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Ciara can support her own weight on her legs with a bit of help, and she's already leaning to tabledance and lapdance!!!! Ha ha ha. Only joking.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Had a throat infection on Wednesday. Here is the evidence. Yes my back teeth are yellow. But my throat is all red and raw :(

Monday, May 29, 2006

I won a video competition at work over a month ago. The prize was a bit of cash in vouchers. I've yet to spend it. The video was shot in Tokyo and Madrid and is about a ball going on a holiday. If you want to see the full quality video its in a link to the right (in the sidebar)
Music is by me (co-produced with Darren Pickles), The tune, Ramma, was originally released by Backroom Records. You can still buy it if you can track it down.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Ciara is still kicking and bouncing alot. 5 Months old now, and look at the power in those legs. I wonder what she will be like when she's older with that kicking power.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Lunch with my work colleagues in a chinese restaurant in Tokyo.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Lot's of dog pampering shops in my area. Clothes for dogs. Matching outfits for dogs and owners. Dog Massage parlours etc. There's one dog in my area whose ears have been dyed green (not in video)

Saturday, May 20, 2006

New French Restaurant opened in our new area a couple of weeks ago, so we though we would give it a try. Quite nice, bit on the pricey side but so is everything else in this area, portions could be bigger but was enough to fill me up (just about).

Friday, May 19, 2006

'Arty' Video of Clouds going over Roppongi Hills. Filmed using Nokia N93 and edite with Adobe Premiere Elements 2.0. I've made it go faster so that you can see a sunny day turn into a gloomy cloudy one beforeit turns psychedelic.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Monday is Badminton day. Here are a few of the people i usually play with. I'm the stiff looking one in Red.

Ciara has finally started eating solid food, well this is rice and milk all blended up. This is the scond time she's tried the food. Its also a brand new high chair she's sitting in.

Friday, May 12, 2006

I had an exam in Shibuya today, so i thought i;d make a video of Hachiko. Supposedly the worlds busiest Pedestrian crossing. You've probably seen it on films and documentaries. Took me about 2 hours to edit this



Oh yeah i passed the exam, got 85% (ISEB Testing Foundation Level)

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

For those of you who are going to Monsoons restaurant with me next week. Here is a short video on how to get there from Azabu Juban Station

This joke sign that everyone's seen on the net
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

Here's proof that its fake. In case any of you were unsure

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Tuesday is Football day, i'm behind the camera so you can't see my silky skills :)

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Ciara managing another funny act. This time on me! I just washed my hair hence why its big.

Ciara has learned how to sit up by herself. First time today!!!

Friday, May 05, 2006

Stole my chicken!!! I was eating my chicken and this git nicked it from out of my hand!!! Didn't even see it coming.

Kamakura beach, was a little windy.

Train journey to kamakura

Thursday, May 04, 2006

You don't usually get buskers like this in London. But then this is Tokyo and the buskers don't ask for money
lots of bands of different types playing in the park

Park is busy and lots of people about

Bike tricks :- Yoyogi park was busy lots of things happening

On the train to the park - people are always sleeping

Tokyo Metro - Its clean and efficient

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Sunday, April 23, 2006

A new sound, but what does it mean, seems to be the sound she makes when she sees a picture of a cat.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Smiling and laughing a lot more. Oh and here is Cath for the first time

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Ciara has learnt to support her own head when lying tummy down whilst i was away

Ciara has learnt to support her own head when lying tummy down whilst i was away

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

The RoyalPalace in Madrid with a statue. A colleague is rollng a ball for the video competition

More driving in Madrid, this time from the side window

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Planes at Narita Airport (Tokyo) well technically its in Chiba which is next to Tokyo.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

The temple outside my apartment.
This was also used in the video competition

Tokyo Tower
Another clip for the competition

This is a lego style totem pole
This is a clip of a ball going up an escaltor in Roppongi Hills.
I recorded it as part of a video i was making for a competition.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

She's still kicking, this time she's crying as well. How many calories is that burning?

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Kicky Pants, apparently Ciara was doing this before she was born

Cycling around my local area - camera in hand.