Jamie McLellan

Scenic Maui Ultralight Flight

Jamie McLellan | September 30th, 2011

Flying With Dave, Me Trying To Not Look Terrified. from Jamie McLellan on Vimeo.
Despite being a terribly nervous flier, this morning I found myself riding passenger in a little ultralight aircraft having unwittingly signed up for it the night before with a few glasses of wine in me. Turned out to be a breath taking [...]

Americas, Hawaii, Miscellaneous, United States

Secret Shops We Love - KIOSK

Jamie McLellan | January 12th, 2011

KIOSK put together collections of useful (and sometimes tasty) items based on their travels abroad, with each collection focusing on a single destination.
I recently stumbled upon their cool little showroom in Soho, upstairs in a grungy walk-up. The entrance feels more like an ‘underground’ club than a ‘design’ store, but once past the narrow [...]

Americas, New York, Secret Shops We Love, Slideshows, Stuff we Love, United States

Lanaʻi Island

Jamie McLellan | December 9th, 2010

Last Halloween, whilst in Maui for work, my partner and I spent the weekend camping on Lanaʻi Island. This was the easiest camping I have ever endured.
We packed a chilly bin on wheels with beers, fresh fruit, meats and snacks, stacked the tent on top and wheeled ourselves onto the ferry that leaves from Lahaina [...]

Americas, Hawaii, Miscellaneous, Slideshows, United States

Swimming in Slovenia

Jamie McLellan | July 25th, 2010

I’ve just arrived home from Slovenia where the swimming was amazing. It seems the Slovenians share with me a similar enthusiasm for hurling oneself into the water. The lakes and rivers are exquisite - I’m tempted to say they’re even more beautiful than what we have back home in New Zealand. What I most appreciated [...]

Europe, Slovenia

Go-Go-Gadget Chinese Bomb Disposal

Jamie McLellan | April 23rd, 2010

I was crossing the border into China the week before last week and spotted this rather interesting bomb disposal equipment, parked metres away from the queue in which I was standing. It seems somebody has to wheel up to the suspicious package or bag and using the go-go-gadget-like claw, pick up said object and place [...]

Asia, China

God I Love Japanese Candy

Jamie McLellan | March 18th, 2010

It’s been a while since I visited Japan and enjoyed the amazing assortment of packaged sweets on offer. Even Muji sells amazing pinwheel cakes and delicately packaged candy.
Fortunately my friend’s Tristan and Yuka have just returned from Tokyo with a truckload of Japanese lollies to satisfy my sweet tooth.
I especially like the long thin white [...]

Asia, Japan, Stuff we Love

Rabbit On The Roof

Jamie McLellan | February 12th, 2010

Last year I had the pleasure of meeting Bruce Kleyer, a New Zealander who lives in the once industrial but now hip suburb of Montreuil, a short Metro ride just outside of Paris. Bruce runs a woodworking and steam bending workshop together with Peter Steitzner.

Having acquired machinery originally used for building the arms of horse [...]

Europe, France, Slideshows

Pastel Hues of Industrial China

Jamie McLellan | May 16th, 2009

Being a product designer sees me spending significant amounts of time in Guangdong province, southern China, where a huge percentage of the worlds stuff is made. It’s a busy place, ever changing, ever growing and spending time here certainly shapes my opinions as a designer and as a consumer. A plus side to the factory [...]

Asia, China, Miscellaneous, Slideshows

Clutha River Bridge Jump

Jamie McLellan | March 25th, 2009

Heading north out of Wanaka, in the South Island of New Zealand, State Highway 6 bridges a young Clutha River. The river is glacier fed and even at the height of summer the water temperature is still what might be called “refreshing”. Standing on the bridge it’s easy to spot trout flirting with local fisherman. [...]

New Zealand, Oceania

Nouvelle Calédonie

Jamie McLellan | March 9th, 2009

Impulsive Air New Zealand grab-a-seat flights to Nouvelle Calédonie led to a quick holiday that turned out to be very different from what we had been planning and expecting.
The first surprise was a pleasant one. I had never realised that such a tasty slice of France existed only 2 and a half hours from my [...]

New Caledonia, Oceania, Slideshows

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