Berowra Waters

This Easter the hardcore fishing crew hired out the Berowra Waters Penthouse, a lovely spot just an hour out of the city.

I had a lazy start on Friday, then made my way at around 11am and amazingly I didn’t come up against any traffic whatsoever. I did get a little lost once I got to Berowra Waters, and before I knew it I’d driven onto a ferry!


On the ferry!


I had to do a u-turn, then get back on the ferry (it’s a free ride). I then found a park (that took a while as Berowra Waters was so damn busy!) and without phone reception I started to get a little worried, but then I spotted Stevey and the guys just about to set off on the boat.


Stevey, it’s been a while! I pretty much dumped my bags and jumped right on the boat.


Colin & Julia.


The apartment we rented is the whole top floor of the Marina.


View of the marina from the lounge room.


Straight into the red!


Nem Nuong!


Scaredy Cat!


On the big boat, which is so much faster than the small boat!


Pulled Pork! Colin’s amazing, even without Mei (who sadly couldn’t make it this weekend).


Rosetta Rolls from Haberfield, slaw, home made aioli and pulled pork. Delish!


The morning after.

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COFFEE!!!


Morning view.


Zi’s scrambled eggs.


Morning tunes.


Zi, getting serious.


If you look closely you’ll see mullet everywhere.


The Marina. The smell of fish and chips is getting pretty hard to bare (but we must catch our own!).


Heading out.


Massive jelly fish everywhere.


Earlier at breakfast I brought up fishing licenses. I used to have one, and thought I’d not bother renewing it, but something made me whip out my laptop and buy a license. I took a shot of the receipt with my mobile, and an hour later on the water we had the fisheries inspectors check our licenses. Phew! :)


Julia caught this eel thing.


We went all the way out to Mooney Mooney Bridge with the small boat.


Trucks going past over the top of us on the F3.


David Chang eat your heart out! Colin’s amazing Pork-Belly Pork Bun!


Willy and Alice. Back out on the big boat but still not much luck. Willy brought up a legal sized flatty earlier in the day, but the rest of us have yet to catch anything legal and I’ve not caught a thing at all yet!


Willy Alice and Zi, calling it quits (for now).


Wagyu for dinner, so spoilt!


Supreme Coffee. PS: Happy 420!


Following this seaplane out, was pretty awesome watching them land and take off.

Soon after the above shot of the seaplane we got lucky with a bit of fishing. I finally pulled in a fish, my first was the smallest bream I’ve ever seen, then a tiny tailor, then another small brim, and my biggest fish of the day was a tailor but it wasn’t quite legal size so I had to let him back in. Julia managed to reel in 2 legal sized yellowtails though, that and she pulled in the most fish of the day!


The guys went out one last time and Gloria caught this big flatty!


So cute!


Cherry feeds standing up!


Colin had his pastrami on for hours.


Zi’s tempura yellowtail (caught by Julia) and flathead caught by Willy and Gloria. SO fresh, so good.


Accompanied by the best salad I’ve eaten all year. Couldn’t get enough of it!


Colin’s awesome pastrami!


Everyone felt like dessert, the boys had a brain storm and whipped up this awesome brad and butter pudding!

All in all it was perhaps the most challenging fishing trip we’ve been on as a group. Where were the fish?! We’re pretty sure they were there, but we just failed to find them. We ate amazingly well though thanks to Colin, and despite the fishing not being amazing the weather was. Ultimately I feel very much relaxed, and happy with the mini break.

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Japan Trip


Aw yeah. Booked tickets to Japan! This September. I’m excited!

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Monday Fundays

On Mondays the Zen shop in Leichhardt is shut, on our day off we like to go on adventures. All plans when out the window when Robbie (Zen’s shop manager) rocked up at my place, from there we got a call from a mate who needed help with registering his car. Off we were to Chatswood. Adventure Time!

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Miserable weather, but hey, Robbie’s E30 is a lovely place to be.

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Spotted a Porters across the road from the RTA. Ducked in looking for a vintage bottle of my fave red. Scored big time!

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We spotted these re-release Ninja Turltes at Toys R Us.

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Robbie made a bee line right for the Hotwheels section and boom, what a deal!

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Nice choices huh? Dave chose a good time to start his first collection.

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A small donation got me a balloon (which I forced Dave to carry around for the rest of the day haha).

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Gundam poster outside this shop (Hobby Z) said it all.

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Rad!

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Very cool.

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We were super tempted to buy a rocket (and everything else in the store pretty much!).

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Spotted up high on top of some shelves.

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Z-Tune!

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Mini-z track which you can hire.

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Tabi! Traditional Japanese socks! Next door was Daiso Japan, a store where everything on sale is $2.80.

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Strange and wonderful.

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Ear muffs?

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Robbie cleaning up.

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Dat Purple Drank!

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Feeding the birds at Nick’s place.

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Nike.

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Those God rays.

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Cruising.

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Back at the Bra.

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Dave stole my lighter at some point, he swore it was his, turns out we both had brown bic lighters haha.

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They tell you never to open them, but we pretty much pushed Dave to crack open his Bozo car.

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And ooooh daym! These little cars just come to life when you take them out of the box!

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SO AWESOME!

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YEW!

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We took the EF out too, such a fat little thing!

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Joyetech eVic

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Joyetech eVic.

New toy. In an attempt to completely quit smoking ciggies (I’m not a heavy smoker, but still…) I’ve bought this Joyetech eVic electronic cigarette starter kit. It came in Apple iPhone like packaging, charges via USB and there’s even an app you can download which outputs all sorts of stats.

The tobacco flavour I bought with the kit was awful, tasted like a cigar, but I’m sure I’ll find a flavour I do like.

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Storm Trooper Helmet


Officially licensed replica, 1:1 scale, and yes you can wear it!

Couldn’t help myself. Saw this on one of Nanami’s Facebook posts (she was umming and erring about whether or not to buy it) and boom! I hit that buy now button, hard.

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20th Anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s Death

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R.I.P. Today marks the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death (February 20, 1967 – c. April 5, 1994). 20 years, that’s amazing right? I was the biggest Nirvana fan I know. I layered my clothes, I played left handed, I was in a 3 piece rock band… I screamed a lot, and even smashed my guitar up. I still play Bleach in the car. I miss you Kurt, always will.

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The Death of Facebook

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11 Million reach/week.

Facebook have killed the reach on commercial pages, and are now forcing page owners to pay to get their posts out in front of their fans.

About a month ago the Zen Garage Facebook Page saw massive spikes in reach. We were reaching 10 million people a week (!), and our likes were going up 1000 a day. A lot of others were experiencing something similar. I even witnessed people who had no interest in Facebook at all, all of a sudden become Facebook addicts (who else doesn’t find getting a billion likes and shares on a post you make a lot of fun?).

Then, even quicker than the reach came, it died and we literally went from millions of reach a week back to 100,000 reach a week. This happened over a week. Our likes though, for reason started to ramp up and went from 1k a day to 2k a day then just a few days ago that too died in dramatic fashion. Someone at Facebook turned something off as we went from 2k likes in one day to no likes at all on one day, then 3 likes the next day and only around 80 likes a day right now.

To put things into perspective: Zen’s Facebook Page was getting 2k likes a day organically, and now it’s getting none, and if I pay Facebook for more likes it costs $50 a day for an estimated 200 likes a day. Get fucked.

I’ve been somewhat proud of the social media marketing skills I’ve developed over the past few years. Building communities is what I’m best at and Facebook has been one of the largest “new” tools I’ve invested a lot of time and work into, but I just can’t help but feel absolutely ripped off. This is phishing at it’s worst. I understand that Facebook has to make money, but it’s how they’ve gone about it that’s wrong.

Honest truth is I’ve been dreading the thought of looking back over the past few years of my life and realising that I spent all of it on Facebook. That’s been a very real fear of mine for the past couple of years, perhaps I should feel lucky I’ve only really lost 2 years to Facebook, and not a whole lot more.

I know what I have to do moving forward. It involves a whole lot of work fucking harder, just like I did in the old days. Am I bitter? A bit, but I’ve got no one to blame but myself really.

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Shoot with Christine Joy Somera

Spent my Monday funday with gamer and Star Wars fanatic Christine Joy yesterday. Had initially planned to maybe shoot her out at Cockatoo Island, but decided to stay in my comfort zone, literally, by having a lazy day shooting her at home.

Really happy with the results. Just the right amount of light (it was on and off all day) and little Christine (she’s tiny!) was such a pleasure to hang with.

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19th Biennale of Sydney

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Braved the rain and checked out the 19th Biennale of Sydney at Cockatoo Island today with Mimi. Full feature on Zen Garage: http://zengarage.com.au/2014/03/19th-biennale-of-sydney

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Geedup x Zen Garage

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It’s here! The result of our collab with Geepdup. A long sleeve T that’s just as home at a track day as it is on the street.

Model: Bettina Banks
Stylist: Melanie Fernandez
Photographer: Selectnine

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