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Thursday
May232013

Spring Fling

 


And a bird overhead
sang Follow.
And a bird to the right
sang Here.
And the arch of the leaves
was hollow.
And the meaning of
May was clear.
- A.C. Swinburne


Hyacinths and daffodils bloom in the spring at Herald Square in New York City, May 2013.

 

After living in the Big Apple for one whole year, I have now experienced four complete seasons - and trust me they are very different from the sub-tropical (Brisbane/Rockhampton) and temperate (Sydney) climates I am used to in Australia.

I fitted right in during summer; I was fascinated by the leaves fall during autumn; and the novelty of snow got me through my first northern hemisphere winter (it was tougher than I expected!).

But if you ask me what my favourite season is in New York, it would have to be spring.

The poem and photo above help me describe the joy. Brilliant, clear sunshine; crisp, fragrant air, avenues bustling and alive with blooms; with the friendly song and chatter of birds playing amongst the leaves.

Sure, there have been some chilly days and some rainy days, but overall, May has been a very necessary, not to mention absolutely delightful wake from my dark winter slumber.

And the the best thing about spring? It means a glorious summer is right around the corner!

Spring flowers in bloom outside the Ace Hotel in NoMad.

Tulips in bloom at the New York Public Library. 

Wherever you are, what's your favourite season?

Monday
Feb182013

Going Global: Producing the International Business Opportunities Conference

One of my favourite projects while Marketing Manager at NYER was producing the International Business Opportunities Conference on December 12, 2012. In it's third year, the conference was developing a reputation as the event for business owners in the New York tri-state area to attend if they were currently or considering doing business overseas.

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I really wanted to take what had been a growing and successful event and make it even better. With over 300 registrations, and 230 attendees, it definitely was the biggest International Business Opportunities Conference yet!

My role touched almost every part of the conference, I assisted in recruiting speakers, marketed the event, managed registrations and event staff, co-ordinated partner organisations in the Resource Pavillion and worked closely with vendors.

What a blast!

Wednesday
Jan302013

My First: Marketing Award Win

 

Tarley Jordan (centre) receives the Mercedes-Benz Asia/Pacific 2010 Star Award for Marketing Excellence from Managing Director Horst von Sanden (left) and General Manager of Marketing, Gavin Allen (right).

Want to know the best thing about my first marketing award win?

It’s not the trophy, although I do admire the design with the Mercedes-Benz star elegantly sitting in the mould, front and centre.  It’s not the trip I won to Hawaii, although drinking Mai Tai’s on the beach at sunset with my best friend was a pretty awesome way to celebrate. It’s not even getting up on stage at the awards ceremony, although that was surreal.

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Monday
Dec312012

Toasting to the New Year with snow & Icewine

It’s New Years Eve in Canada, there is snow on the ground and the fireplace is burning. It's a very different experience to what I am used to in Australia - with the sun, sand, and fireworks over Sydney Harbour - but I've already started toasting to the New Year in my winter wonderland. To go with the seasonal theme, my drink of choice tonight is a local product from the Niagara region where I’m staying –Icewine.

The Icewine that I am sampling is the Wayne Gretzky Estates 2005 No. 99 Icewine Vidal, which won the 2009 Ontario Wine Award Gold Medal.

I’m no wine critic so here’s what Arta Ghanbari had to say:

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Monday
Dec312012

Getting acquainted with Tim Horton - a Canadian hero

I had heard that Canadian's love their Timmies (Tim Hortons) and that it was somewhat of a cultural icon but I didn't understand what all the fuss was about. So while I was north of the border, I thought I should find out.

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Sunday
Dec232012

Enjoying the Holiday Season in New York

My first "real" northern hemisphere "Fraser Fir" Christmas tree.

It's true, New York does Christmas really well. I have always loved Christmas, but experiencing the holidays in the northern hemisphere has really brought it to life.

All the words in the carols finally make sense - I do feel like I am "walking in a winter wonderland" and I really was "dreaming of a white Christmas" with every Christmas card I wrote.

Even better, hardly anyone settles for an articifical tree, when the real pine trees look and smell amazing and there are street vendors selling them on the sidewalk.

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