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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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Lake Macquarie Fishing Trip


Bags packed, have been looking forward to this much deserved break for a while now. Matt picked me up from Zen and on route we were discussing where we were going to stay. A jetty, a cinema room… it all sounded way too familiar, turns out it was the house next door to the amazing place I stayed at last year.


The house on the left is the one I stayed at last year, we were staying in the one on the right, also such a great house.


Was so awesome to be back here. Such an amazing place.


We were all together to celebrate Jing’s B’day, which we did last year at The Entrance, this year we were treated to an amazing strawberry and watermelon B’day cake by Black Star Pastry!


The B’day boy. Couldn’t get over Jing’s new hairstyle for at least the first 20 minutes, haha.


We hit the grog pretty late last night, coffee and breakfast set us right in no time.


Jing’s Audi Allroad (I love it!).


Such a nice place to be inside. A short drive to Pelican to hire some boats for the day.


Pelicans at Pelican!


Unfortunately we failed to get a house boat, so we had to settle for 2 dinghy’s instead.


We collectively caught a lot of Brim (I only managed to catch one), but none of them were of legal size, still great fun though!


Winnie made a killer spag bol for dinner. So so good.


And she also made pizza! Home made bases and all!


Late afternoon chills on the jetty.


Cards by night.


We had a late checkout and ended up making the most of it, the boys ended up taking the house supplied dinghy and canoes for a fish on the river.


So cute. Ethan upset that his Dad was rowing back to Vietnam!

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Drive to Berry


Yesterday Jess woke me up with an SMS; she was keen to get out of the city and felt like taking her mint 50,000km DC2R out for a blat as (sadly) she’s about to sell it soon.


We hit the Royal National Park and the plan was to visit Berry, a lovely small town in the Shoalhaven region located about 90 minutes outside of Sydney.

There’s always a slow Camry driver out at the RNP!

Just the sign we were looking for.

Jess’ DC2R. So clean, perhaps the cleanest and lowest km’s in the country.

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Hey Dennis! Great day, great company!

Cuckoo Corner. Visiting small towns always feels like going back in time.

Driver looked like a dog.

New Yorker sandwich from The Emporium Food Co. Pastrami, artichoke, capsicum mayo and lettuce, delish!

Britannia sandwich; rare roast beef, horseradish. cucumber and tomato.

Affogato!

Nyaw puppy!

Spotted on route to The Treat Factory.

We spent up in here. Jams, pasta sauces, chocolates and sweets!

Hot fresh finger burning made to order donuts on the main strip.

Spotted this life sized wicker Harley in a shop window.

She’ll be mine one day. With an RB26 powerplant of-course!

On route home, gliders and god rays at Stanwell Park. It’s always freaky watching them take off.

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Catalina Raceway Katoomba

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Adventure Time! Earlier this week we hit the road to discover Catalina Park, a disused motor racing venue located at Katoomba, in the Blue Mountains.

So special, so emotional. Check out the entire feature here: http://zengarage.com.au/2014/01/catalinaraceway

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Melbourne Road Trip Part 2


Good morning Zen.


Morning Hugs – Lauren and Matty.


A German, a Japanese and an Aussie walk in to a bar…


First Stop: Car Wash.


Then a quick bite to eat.


Wide Load – Checking out Matty’s place to be by the beach.

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Zen Cycling Squad. Couldn’t resist a blat on these hire bikes. Great fun for $2.60!


At Cookie’s rooftop bar for a refreshing bevy.


Then I forced the boys to choose a macaron each from  La Belle Miette on Hardware Lane. Minds were blown. Cute ladies serving asked about Zen, and thought we were a dance crew (lol).


The plan today was to get cuts at the Barbers on Hardware Lane, unfortunately we got there too late and they were shut. In desperation we came across a random hairdressers, not quite the same experience, but they did the job!


Happy Matty.


Happy Mark.

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Caryn & Greg’s Wedding Byron Bay


Obligatory plane shot. I slept all the way as usual (teleporting is my specialty!).


Top Shop has changed! SO trendy now, amazing food and coffee!


Healthy hearty Byron Bay goodness. Made with so much love.


Caryn let Liz, Pete, Nancy and I rent her parent’s Solaris apartment. I’ve stayed in this very apartment when it was first built many years ago and fell in love with this silk painting of a lion fish. Loved seeing it again, and staying there again, such a sweet spot right on the main beach.


The plunge pool outside. Solaris has aged so well.


Dinner at Tree House the night before the wedding gave us all a chance to catch up with faces we hadn’t seen in over 10 years. Was a great night, live music, great food and amazing company (they make a really nice beer in-house too!).


Glorious Byron Bay food. I felt healthier with each bite!


We made it!


David walking Caryn down the aisle with Honey (who stole the show!).


Caryn and Greg. So so sweet.


Poached eggs with sourdough toast + pulled pork and chipotle relish at Bayleaf Cafe.


This poor puppy had to endure the ‘leave the bacon on the nose until told’ trick over and over again.


Pete’s T-shirt. Love it. Can you name them all? I could pretty easily!


Spotted at the airport on the way home.

Had a great weekend up in Byron for Caryn and Greg’s wedding. I went out with Caryn for 7 years. She was my hippy surfer girl. We first met when I was still doing my design internship during my last year of uni and we ended up running a really successful design business for many years (we even kept running it after we separated).

We’ve remained good friends since (I love that), and I couldn’t be happier that she’s met her man, Greg who I thought was a champ from the very first time I met him many years ago.

The wedding was so so sweet. Especially the heartfelt speeches. I’m honoured to be surrounded by such great friends. I’m also so glad I’ve been making the time to get out and do things lately. I impress myself! Once upon a time I was so lazy that I just found it easier to say no than yes, but this year has been a great year so far. I’ve done so much and feel like there’s a whole lot more to come.

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Pressies


Jamie’s hand made pressie to me, succulents! I’ve always wanted a succulent garden!


It even came with a spray bottle and this lovely card. She’s a talented cookie isn’t she?!


Richie the home brewer gave me this bottle and it’s delicious as expected (almost smashed it all last night!).


Mum gave me this little dude, and card. I was mad on robots as a kid. still remember the robot B’day cake mum made me, which looked a lot like this little fella!


My pressie to myself. Burton luggage complete with skate wheels. I did want Herschel luggage to go with the rest of my gear, but failed to find a plain black one in time for this weekend’s Byron trip so I settled for this instead.

Been so busy lately, and updating this blog less as less as I’ve been too lazy to take the GF1 out (and instead I’m relying on my iPhone + facebook + instagram). I’m off to Byron today for Caryn’s wedding. Pretty excited! I’ve packed the GF1, will be sure to take a few snaps! :)

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NSW to QLD road trip video


Hilarious!

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All Stars Gold Coast Video

All Stars ‘East Coast Tour QLD’ from JRH Media on Vimeo.

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