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I'm Shannon and I am applying for THE BEST JOB IN THE WORLD. I am an outgoing, self-motivated, funny girl who loves to travel. After graduating from the University of Toronto with a degree in Theatre and English, I lived in Australia for one year. During that time I spent 6 months living in the Northern Territory; three months in the mining town of Nhulunbuy on the Gulf of Carpenteria, one month in Darwin and two months in Alice Springs. I did spend some time in Queensland, I LOVED Townsville and Rockhampton and Great Kepple Island. I had the opportunity to dive the Great Barrier Reef and I learned to surf. I sailed the Whitsunday Islands and am KEENLY aware of what I will be missing out on if I don't get to experience Hamilton Island for myself. On this blog I will be writing about me, my past travel experiences and hopefully showing everyone why I am the best candidate for THE BEST JOB IN THE WORLD! If you would like to email me you can reach me at shannontheislandgirl@rogers.com If it takes me some time to respond to your email, it's just because I'm busy packing my bags! See you on the island!

The Island Girl's Videos

Friday, January 30, 2009

My First Comment!

So today I logged in to the blog and saw that I had my very first comment! I can't lie, I was pretty excited and then the comment was actually from the Best Job in the World! I have been linked to a site where they are posting links to all of the blogs that people are doing about their applications. There are surprisingly few linked there right now. More than just me...but that's ok. I can't wait to read what other people are saying about this process.

Check it out here:



Still learning....who knew you could do so much with pictures!

So, I'm sure that everyone is sick of my new found love of Picasa. I really can't get enough of it. I think it may be love. Seriously.

Anyway. This is a collage of the trip to London and Paris that Laura, Joanne and I took in September. I promise to try to curb my enthusiasm for collages. But it's hard. It's really really hard. But, I'll try.


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Still Playing With Picasa.

My friend Rob and I went to New York in December to see the original cast of The Who's Tommy live in a 15th anniversary reunion concert of the show. It was great. The show was great the trip was great, but it was too short. I had been to New York at pretty much every time of year but never at Christmas. The decorations were amazing! The windows at Macy's and Saks were ingenious. We took the bus to get there from Toronto and we couldn't have asked for a better trip. (Check out the MegaBus, I highly recommend it!)

Anyway, while playing with Picasa I learned that you can make photo collages, so here is the photo collage of our time in New York!

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Learning about Picasa

I have just installed Google's Picasa photo software on my computer. For numerous reasons, but also because it makes it easier to upload photos to this Google hosted blog. I am quite impressed with the software. It's easy to use and you can click on a photo and they choose "blog this". I love it. Since I am playing around with the software, here is a photo of my favourite part of Vegas:

I just loved the fountains at The Bellagio. The creativity and attention to detail that goes in to making the fountains actually dance to all of those different songs, (from classical to rock), was just amazing. I seriously couldn't get enough. I have to admit, I did sneak out of dinner at Olives to catch the last "dance" of the night. Rude? Perhaps...But totally worth it!


Sunday, January 25, 2009


This past May, over the Victoria Day Long Weekend, I went to Las Vegas for the first time with three women I work with.

(For those of you who aren't Canadian, the Victoria Day Long Weekend is the first long weekend of the summer. It is always the weekend closest to the 24th of May. It's supposed to celebrate the Queen's birthday...even though her birthday is in November. At least I think it's November. I know it is not in May...This long weekend is often seen as the unofficial start of summer. Because of that, many people will go camping. I think that is crazy talk. Let's remember that I live in Canada. It has been known to snow in May. Who wants to camp in that? The warm beautiful days of Vegas were a much better way to spend that weekend).

Vegas was quite the adventure. It really was crazy. Almost as crazy as camping in Canada in May. Although I had a great time, I'm in no hurry to get back. I just couldn't believe the extravagance of it. Lynne and I took a helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon, which was absolutely the highlight of the trip for me. We flew from Boulder City,a town in Nevada where they have never allowed gambling, over the Hoover Dam and Lake Meade right down in to the floor of the Grand Canyon. We had lunch INSIDE the Grand Canyon, complete with champagne, and then flew back to Boulder City.

The point of talking about the Grand Canyon is that as you are flying over Lake Meade you can see these white lines all along the shore. Las Vegas, along with other cities in Nevada and the surrounding states, pulls it's water from the lake and those white lines are where the water levels used to be. The waters were as high as these lines not all that long ago. The water levels are falling at an alarming rate.

And yet they continue to build massive hotels and condos in the middle of the desert. Where are they going to get the necessary water to hydrate the people who are staying in the hotels and living in the condos? Where are they going to get the water to run all those showers? Has anyone thought of that? Lake Meade and the Colorado River are not going to last all that much longer. Despite that, next to the Monte Carlo they are building another 8000 rooms, in the form of hotels and condos and who knows what else, in a complex called CityCentre. And that is only one building project that is happening in Las Vegas. They are building everywhere. Combine that with all of the natural resources it takes to run the lights of the strip 24 hours a day and the fact that there didn't seem to be any kind of recycling...It was all a bit much to think about.

That said, we did have a wonderful time. You can travel the world in Vegas. Paris, Venice, Egypt, New York...they are all right there at your finger tips. We saw "O", the most beautifully amazing piece of theatre ever. But, one has to ask, how are they going to keep the pool in that show full of water if Lake Meade dries up?

Want to go to Vegas? Go soon. It really is a fun time and you should see it once in your life. But, I'm not sure how much longer it is sustainable.

Or, you could watch this slide show I made of our trip. I'm sure that it will be just as much fun as actually going yourself :)


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

My Video - Final Edit

That's it! My video has been submitted and now all I can do is blog about myself and my time living in Australia and all my other travels, and wait to get short listed!

I played around with the video last night. I used Pinnacle Studio 12 to edit it and it was so incredibly easy. Having never used video editing software before I was nervous, and ready to get really annoyed trying to make it work. But this software was so easy to use, literally just point, click and drag. I feel like I did so much but I know I have hardly scratched the surface at what it can do. I'm very excited about the templates it has that can mix both video and photos in to little memory shows. And seeing how easy it was to use I'm sure that I will be making many more slide shows.

Here is my final video that I submitted today. When I get the link to view it on the website I will post it here.


It's all Coming Together!

My video is now ready. Tomorrow I am going to submit it, and then it's time to get to work and write all about what it is about me that makes me the best candidate for THE BEST JOB IN THE WORLD!

Please be sure to come back and read about how I lived in Arnhem Land, was attacked by a camel, learned to SCUBA Dive and then went diving on The Great Barrier Reef, and lived in Alice Springs for 2 months and soooo much more.

I can't wait to let everyone know why I should be the one to take over THE BEST JOB IN THE WORLD!


Monday, January 19, 2009

My Submission Video!

Here it is, the first edit of my submission video. I learned to capture, edit and add text to video, all this afternoon! It turned out to be quite easy.

Let me know what you think:


Sunday, January 18, 2009

Filming Complete!

Thanks to my friend Jim, I have all the footage I should need to put together my video submission for THE BEST JOB IN THE WORLD!

Jim was a trooper. He braved two days of the cold Toronto winter to be my camera man. Now all I have to do is figure out how to edit it all together. I have had offers of help, but I think that it could be fun to learn to do it myself.

There are a few problems I have had to deal with first:

1. My lap top does not have a fire wire port and the camera I used can only connect via fire wire. Luckily for me, Sarwar at Best Buy here in Toronto has shown me a few things I can do to make this work. I'm trusting him...and am about to install option number one...some converter thing that should give me fire wire capacity. Seeing as I know little to nothing about cameras or computers, Sarwar was very patient and understanding with me. If this works I am going to have to bake him some cookies.

2. I have never edited a movie. Ever. I have made picture slide shows with Window Move Maker but my experience ends there. But, once again Sarwar came to my rescue. He suggested a video edidting software that was not terribly expensive and, if it really is as easy as it seems, I should be editing today! This is all very exciting for me.

Once my movie is all edited and put together I can move on to writting about my travels and time in Australia....just a few more things that make me perfect for THE BEST JOB IN THE WORLD!


Saturday, January 17, 2009

Sweet Home Springfield

One of the "jobs" of the Hamilton Island Caretaker is not only to write blogs about the island but also to create video and photo blogs. (I use the word job in quotations up there because this opportunity on Hamilton Island seems more like a fun time and a great reason to learn to do new things. For example, today I learned how to upload videos to my blog!)

I happen to love making photo movies. Here is one I made after I went to visit my best friend in her home town. She is from Springfield Ontario. "Small" is a generous term to use when describing Springfield. (Just so you get an idea about how small it really is...we had to go to Aylmer to find a traffic light).

I hope you enjoy the movie...and come back soon to see the one I made about my trip to Las Vegas, I'll be adding it soon, (now that I know how to put my videos on Blogger!)



Filming Begins Today!

And baby it's cold outside. What better way to illustrate how much better life would be on an island than to show how FREEZING it is here in Toronto.

Don't get me wrong, life is good in Toronto, but it would be better if it had more of an island climate.

If you are here in Toronto, I know you would agree.

Filming begins today on my Island Girl video.

Islands are better. They require less layers!


Are You Ready Queensland?

Here I come!

Shannon - The Island Girl, is ready!


Read On. Learn More. I'm the only one for the job.