Foreign expressions (January 21, 2017)

Over the years, I’ve picked up a few interesting expressions from places I’ve lived that I’ve incorporated into my everyday conversation :) People are often confused, so here are the explanations. Texas / Atlanta / The South“Y (more...)

Two years in paradise (August 25, 2015)

Looking down the peninsula from Timothy Hill upon our arrival Living on the small Caribbean island of Saint Kitts The good stuff “Buddies”One of the things I truly enjoy here is being in the water. I usually snorkel at least once a week and have take (more...)

E-commerce 101: Allow your customers to pay you (January 15, 2014)

Here’s a quick e-commerce lesson for you: Don’t validate credit card transactions based on IP address location. I left the internet fax provider I’ve had since 2003 because they wouldn’t let me pay them. I wasted an embarrassi (more...)

Driving for 20 years (November 3, 2013)

Ferrari GTO – my 16-year old self’s dream car As of this November, I’ve been driving for 20 years! I got my driver’s license back in the good old days when there was no such thing as “graduated licensing”. On my 16 (more...)

How big is St. Kitts? (October 17, 2013)

Answer: Not very big. Above is a scale map of St. Kitts beside a small area of Toronto. That’s right – driving from one side of the island to another is roughly the same distance as heading up the DVP. Mind you, it could be a bit slower with the win (more...)

Daryl and Cheryl Ashby: Victoria Real Estate Review (September 13, 2013)

“My job is not to make you happy.” “I’d appreciate if you talked less with your hands. I find that very irritating.” “Maybe if you talked less we’d get along better.” These are some wonderful quotes from Daryl Ashby, a local Pemberton Holmes real est (more...)

St. Kitts: First Impressions (September 2, 2013)

My fiancee Melissa and I recently moved from Victoria, BC, Canada to the island of St. Kitts and Nevis. This small island of about 30,000 people is in the Caribbean aka. the West Indies in the Lesser Antilles, and more specifically, the Leeward Islan (more...)

Selling everything you own: Part 3 (August 7, 2013)

The first time I sold everything I owned was 2009, when I moved to south Texas for four months as an experiment to see if I could run my consulting business remotely. The second time, Melissa and I knew that we were only staying in Toronto for a year (more...)

Saint Kitts and Nevis has a lot of public debt (August 5, 2013)

Before moving somewhere, I always do a lot of research into the geography, climate, politics, etc. Today I found an interesting fact – according to the CIA world factbook, Saint Kitts and Nevis has one of the highest public debt to GDP ratios in the (more...)

Live in the South of France for cheap (December 11, 2011)

I like seeing people’s reactions when I tell them we are going to live in the South of France. People get the impression that we’re super-rich. I’ve got news for you. We aren’t. Not in the slightest. So how are we doing it? We (more...)