Hello! Thanks for dropping by today. I'd like to tell you a few things about myself so that you can get to know me a little better. I look forward to having a chance to get to know you, too.
Allow me to share some personal details. My friends call me Duncan. Currently I live in beautiful Vancouver British Columbia with my lovely wife Duong. She is an inspiration to me and works harder than most people that I know, so Duong really keeps me on my toes. We met in Vancouver where she completed her Phd and taught at UBC University. We are currently building a website for Duong here. Also we are building an online diary. It was inspired after we married in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Our latest submissions can be viewed here.
It is amazing where life takes you, as I have been here now for 11 years, and I originally came here for a few months skiing! My family continues to reside in New Zealand where I visit as often as possible. We are of course BIG into sailing down there, and it's always a joy to get out on the water with my family in 'The City of Sails'.
There are a few things in this life that we can truly be proud of, but I can think of one thing in particular I would like to share with you. I trained diligently in the art business, where I achieved the status of Master Framer/Restoration, and progressed into partnering with my tutor into one-of-a-kind art galleries around Auckland. We created quite a stir in the industry where we continued to break the rules as far as traditional marketing and promotion of the artists we 'stabled'.
An exciting and creative business; however, it took a lot of hard work.
The silliest or craziest thing that I've ever done? Sailing has been a passion in our family, as my father was a merchant seaman. You could say his offspring have salt water flowing in their veins. One of my earliest experiences of getting out on the water was on a tall ship, the square rigged Spirit of Adventure. Raining, pitch-black sky and 30 knot winds. I volunteered to unfurl the sails 50 feet above the decks! And being young and very afraid of heights I set off to conquer my challenge. I made it without incident, but the inside of my knees were black and blue from knocking together from sheer fright. With that out of the way, I continued to spend the next three days up in the crow's-nest, and encouraged others to join me. I try to take all challenges by the "horns," and dive into the deep end as often as possible.