My name is Mike. I was dubbed as Cbay (pronounced ‘see-bay’) by my friend Victor back in ’98. Popular belief dictates that it was a rip-off of eBay, but I like to believe it’s simply a shorthand version of my surname. Along the way I tried other monikers, but Cbay stuck.

I’m a generation Y husband, and proud dad of two. Just before the birth of my second son, I decided to start sharing my parenting journey. Shortly after, I changed the focus of my then music blog; I renamed it YDad – writing through the lens of a Gen Y dad who himself is “growing up”.

I contributed a variety of articles to Nickelodeon’s Nick Jr Parents website, on topics around the intersection of culture, technology, music and toys from a dad’s point of view.

My wife and I have a passion for creativity, most of which is expressed through photography. We share this over at The Cbays.

I’m my own kind of geek – I’m a self-confessed scratch nerd, I’m obsessed with family wagons, and I can’t stop consuming coffee and chocolate.

Here’s a picture of me from a long time ago. Mouse-drawn by my brilliant wife, who, at the time, was not my wife yet.

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I’ve been told I haven’t changed a bit.

During the day I create media for one of the universities in Sydney, Australia.

You can follow me on Instagram or Twitter @mikecbay, and can visit the YDad Facebook page at