About me

I live in Jakarta, Indonesia, having moved around the world for most of my life. I enjoy listening to Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Sundays, etc. I play the guitar, ukulele and bagpipes. I love reading, and I have a bit of a thing for Canadian Football. I am a big fan of food (but who isn’t?) and I love to bake and cook. I also really love running, especially long-distance running. And I love cycling.

People have asked me what my connection to cycling is, so here goes: when I was 12 and living in Scotland, my father and I went on a 2-week cycle tour around the Outer Hebrides, which was super magical, and the reason why I started this blog (and failed to write anything) I have cycled around the world; learning to ride in England, cycling to school in Fiji, mountain biking in New Zealand, cycle touring in Scotland, trying to stay alive on the “roads” of Dhaka, and now thriving again on the Jakartan tarmac. My bike is a yellow and purple Raleigh Scorpio, and it has come halfway across the world with me. Cycling is for life!

On my blog, I will mainly be writing about my life in Dhaka (and now Jakarta), and what it means to be me. Many people don’t know much about these two fascinating places, where they are or that they exist. When I told my friends at my old school where I was moving to, I had to point it out on a map or employ some other method of proving that Bangladesh was real. It was the same when moving to Indonesia, except instead of 50 befuddled teenagers, there were 50 befuddled adults (shame, shame). People just don’t know much about this part of the world. So instead of thinking up methods to curb flooding in the monsoon or stopping illegal deforestation, I will be enlightening all the people in the world who know little or nothing about the fascinating countries that I call home. Enjoy.

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12 thoughts on “About me

  1. Hi Oliver, this is Rosie writing on grandma and grandpa’s computer! What you write has such depth to it. You are my brother and it is very interesting to read your blogs, to see inside your mind more than at home! I am so glad that I can share these privileges and this fabulous life in Dhaka with you!!

    Rx

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  2. Your photo of Ravishing Rosie standing beside the stall was bittersweet…… ‘Bitter’ in that she and your family are so far away; ‘Sweet’ in that she still exudes a silent strength.

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  3. Hi you,
    I am not sure if I should put your name here as I am unsure of the blog etiquette around your privacy. My name is Andie and I am a good friend of your grandpa and grandma. We (myself and my three kids, Steve, Christopher, and Jenny) lived a few doors away from their house in Dundas. I would like to tell you that our life has been greatly enriched by your mom and her family. I too am a grandma but I only have 4 grandchildren….
    Your writing is wonderful and I can’t wait to read more.
    Bring it on!
    Regards to you and to your parents,
    Andie from Dundas, Canada

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  4. You are a fine young man and lead a very interesting life. It was so nice to see you and your family over the Christmas holidays. Hopefully the adventure that you and your beautiful family are on will one day make it’s way to the Dundas-Hamilton-Toronto area on a more permanent basis. Always remember that there are many open doors and open arms to you in this area. We could crank some Zeppelin, Queen and AC/DC on a regular basis! Until then I’ll keep reading. Thanks. Uncle Tim

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