Herald on Sunday - - TRAVEL LIGHT -


Nei­ther me nor my part­ner had ever been to Queen­stown so she planned a trip around my birth­day. As soon as we ar­rived we were non-stop, we did ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing there is to do down there. From the bungy to the he­li­copter, to the restau­rant on the moun­tain, to the jet­boats, we did EV­ERY­THING. On the bungy day we had a bus driver whose job was to keep us on edge, play­ing songs like Queen’s

An­other One Bites the Dust. My close friend Gen­eral Lee was play­ing a show down there so we met up and I took him to Fear Fac­tory, the haunted house ex­pe­ri­ence. It was so good. Best birth­day ever.


The very first time I went to China was when I played drums in a band when I was 19 years old. Day three into the tour and I started to build enough con­fi­dence to stray from the group and do some ex­plor­ing. It was prob­a­bly the dumb­est thing I’ve ever done, as I didn’t have a cell­phone with a lo­cal SIM. I got into a taxi and the driver, sur­prise, sur­prise, didn’t speak English. I knew the name of the mall so we started driv­ing. I asked him, “can you wait for me while I go to shop?” He said some­thing in Man­darin, which was prob­a­bly along the lines of “I don’t know what you just said" but I wrongly as­sumed he meant “Yes“. He dropped me off, I paid him and I said “please, you wait here“. He drove off. I was freak­ing out ask­ing peo­ple for a ho­tel I don’t even know the name of and ev­ery­one was say­ing ... “ahhh, ho­tel, yes, yes". An hour or two later, I found a ho­tel busi­ness card in my back pocket. I took a taxi back, had a lit­tle laugh to my­self and went to sleep. Kings’ new al­bum LOV3 & 3GO is out now

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