Welcome to my personal portfolio site. I find it difficult to collate all the different aspects of my life and put them into a cohesive site. But here’s my attempt in my website.
I am a Primary School Teacher by day, and artist, creative, designer, maker, and luthier by night.
Ever since I was young, I’ve been drawing, making, building, and designing. Now, I use those experiences to create.
Websites, Logos, and Graphics
CLASSIC MINI LE 1980
I own a 1980 Mini LE, built in New Zealand. Over the time I’ve had it, I’ve nearly replaced every working part.
In 2018, I began the long and challenging journey of removing the A-series engine and replacing it with something more reliable. And why not go all the way and put in the best of engine conversions for the Mini – a Honda B16a VTec.
To commemorate this, I decided to name my Mini “MAHVIN”, which is also an acronym for “Mini And Honda VTEC Integrated by Novices”.
VTec Build Progress
In November I saw a small ad on Facebook for a purple shirt saying “I’m Sweating for Mental Health”. Given that I (quite literally sometimes) have been doing that since 2012, I wanted one. Raise $200 and enter into the Wellington ‘Round the Bays and it was mine. I was of course blown away when […]
Wellington Round the Bays – 2020 – My 10km Mental Health Foundation Run
A short 10 minute jaunt after paying a visit to Mitre 10 later, and I’ve completed my training plan for the 10km run that sets off tomorrow morning. Since November 17, I’ve run a total of 122.98km. That’s almost 3 marathons across 4 months. Part of me can’t quite believe it. The rest of me […]
It’s 8:40 on Sunday morning. This Sunday, I face my biggest challenge yet. The training run today is set for 60 minutes. One hour. This is a big deal for me, because this time last year, there was no conceivable way that I would ever get to this point. I’d heard others just popping out […]
Biggest Training Run Yet
Hi all, A quick update on the training for you. Unfortunately it’s not good news. On Thursday, in unrelated physical activity (Indoor Cricket) my back gave out and I was rendered cripple for the weekend. This comes at a bad time, with this week’s big run being scheduled for Saturday, at the length of 45minutes. […]
So today marked a pretty big milestone in my training. Centred around big runs on Sunday, I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while. It was a 35 minute run – something which has been more than a little daunting for me in the past. Setting out was tough work, with my legs […]
Woah! We’re Half-way there.
Mental health media constantly tells those with illness to talk with someone. Firstly, that is easier said than done. But secondly, if you are going to support someone with depression, and be there to listen, be prepared for the following. 1. Self Centred Tendencies Most of what gets us into dark holes are centred around […]