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Mount White Day 4

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Low clouds this morning. That view, never the same, always beautiful.

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A shot looking back on the house.

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Bags packed.

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Goodbye Mount White House, you were an awesome home away from home!

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Mount White Day 3

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Day 3 started out much like Day 2, in that straight after breakfast Miles wanted to dance to The Gummy Bear Song (be careful with clicking that link, the tune has been caught in my head all day long ahaha).

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Super grey day today, but hot nonetheless so we all still hung around the pool. Miles still isn’t quite brave enough to jump in yet, but he loves splashing water all over Richie!

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LOL at my Mum’s T-Shirt.

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Hey Leo!

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Jamie getting rumbled by the boys.

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Hey Miles!

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Wind picked up a bit in the afternoon so the kite came out!

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Richie x Justin Jam Sesh


Richie and I having a proper jam for the first time, excuse the looseness! We were on the red, haha!

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Mount White Day 2

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Woke up to the sound of rain, but it soon stopped so I went for a bush walk down the very nicely landscaped rock gardens out the front of the property.

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On the wall in my little studio, a 3D map of the area, the red dots are where we’re staying!

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Found this tractor off the beaten path.

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Plowing flowers.

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Miles splashing water, he’s not brave enough to swim yet, maybe we’ll get him in the pool tomorrow!

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Poolside bliss.

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Jamie and Richie on the edge.

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I have a thing for succulents, and they’re all over this joint!

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View from the inside.

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And out on the deck. Would never tire of this view!

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Baby Leo, smashing down some broccoli!

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Easel in the art studio.

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Lots of fine china on display too.

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Lady of the house is up to date on fashion. Vice magazines and books, and a whole volume of RUSSH Magazine too.

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Found this photo album on the communal bookshelf which was full of photos from the 30′s. Shots of skinning cows outdoor, planes in empty fields, awesome stuff.

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Afternoon chills. The kids just got up from their afternoon nap.

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They’re so awesome when they just wake up!

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Miles dancing.

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I’ve been doing a spot of bushwalking too, have tried to make my way down to the river from up here, getting closer every time!

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Australia!

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Richie on the BBQ, steaks for dinner!

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Hey Baby Leo!

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Leaves! I’ma gonna eat them!

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And now for some tongue out action!

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Oh, and dat sunset! Gahhhh.

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Mount White Day 1

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Mum and Miles by the pool.

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Ah, the serenity.

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One of the 2 people who own this place are artists who paint and make sculptures. This one was on the land quite far away from the main house.

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They’ve got a free standing art studio too, nice of them to leave the doors open!

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That view of the bush outside! Amazing!

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The tool shed!

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A quick storm passed, then we were treated with a glorious sunset.

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Spending the next 3 nights in Mount White with my family, on a 50 acre property high up overlooking the Hawkesbury River with absolutely no neighbours in sight! Just amazing. We’re in heaven and we can’t get over how beautiful it is out here (yes I have wifi too haha).

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Mount White Getaway

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Home for the next 3 nights! A little break away with Mum, Jamie, Richie and their 2 kids Mile and Leo, strong quality family time! I’m so looking forward to this!

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Ohayō Coco

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My photos from last week’s photoshoot with Coco are now live on Zen, view the full set on Zen Blog: http://www.zengarage.com.au/2014/09/ohayo-coco

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Hello Coco!


When I shot Coco in Tokyo last week we talked about her getting more out there, and making YouTube videos was one of the things we discussed. She’s just kicked off her channel and I get a little mention in there! So glad you guys get to listen to her English too, considering she’s never lived anywhere outside of Japan, and was born in Japan, it’s amazing, don’t you agree?!

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Tokyo – Day 12

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So glad I got to catch up with my buddy Luke from Maiham Media on my last day in Tokyo. The guy’s a busy motherfather, so I’m so happy that he took the time out to meet me close to my hotel.

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We had a great catch up over some beers and a burger at J.S. Burgers Cafe.

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Sadness, it’s home time. Sunset on the train into Narita Airport.

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Goodbye Dave! One man down as Dave’s adventures continue as he makes his way to visit his Grandma in Ireland!

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The plane back home was a completely different experience to the maximum capacity plane we caught to Tokyo (where I had to sit next to a sick man, and the flight was delayed on the runway). The plane was empty. I took a whole row and slept the entire flight. IE: I teleported from Tokyo to Queensland!

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Landing in Queensland, the boys did some duty free shopping.

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So close but so far. We knew the trip home was going too smooth. In QLD Jetstar fucked up (as expected) and there was a 40 minute delay on our flight back home to Sydney. At this stage we lost another man as Chris left us to hang out with his family for a few nights.

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Finally! Landing in Sydney. Beautiful weather!

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As soon as our bags came out we said our goodbyes and I jumped straight into a cab. I took the scenic route home. Ahhhh, the water. So so beautiful.

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Mia was so happy to see me. Lots of head douching, licking too! I had to tell her to calm down and I amused myself by telling her in Japanese: “Chotto matte!”, which can loosely translate to “Easy Tiger!”.

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I unpacked my suitcase, here’s a shot of all the goodies I got. I especially love the 2nd hand helmet with bubble visor I picked up from Up Garage, and the Mooneyes rug too!

I jumped in the shower, then as soon as I hopped out I got a call from my good friend Sarah who lives in London. She needed to hear all about Jiro! She wanted me to run her through the entire experience from start to end and doing so had me reliving the meal all over again! It’s been so bizarre writing this last post. From hanging out with Luke for brunch, through to flying back home and then having a long conversation over the phone to a friend in London. I’ve just opened up my email application. 1367 unread emails… then there’s the Zen pack and send to do as no products that have been purchased on our online store have been sent out since I’ve been gone! But hey, not complaining! Here’s cheers to an epic trip! I hope you’ve enjoyed the daily updates!

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Tokyo – Day 11

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Saving the best for last. I had a date with Mimi at Sukiyabashi Jiro Roppongi Hills!

A few months back I decided on going to Jiro’s son Takashi Ono’s Roppongi Hills restaurant instead of Jiro’s in Ginza. Why? Well the news is that Jiro’s in Ginza is all business. You have to learn the right etiquette for eating the sushi otherwise you’ll be frowned upon, and there’s no talking, no photography and you have to be in and out quite quickly too.

Mimi tried so hard to get a booking a month or so ago, and it was looking pretty grim, but on her last attempt to call she got through! Again, just amazing how much luck I’ve got!

I read that Jiro’s son’s restaurant was way more relaxed, and dead set, it was such an amazing experience and the best sashimi and sushi I have ever had in my life. Takashi-san ran us through every dish (was great having Mimi as a translator!). Also noteworthy, they picked up that I was left handed and all my dishes were served left handed (mirror opposite to Mimi’s). We were “mmmming” so much! Heaven, sushi heaven!

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The green tea (which was amazing) was topped up constantly throughout the meal.

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We opted to go half sashimi, and half sushi for our set menu. First up, delicious flounder fin and clam.

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This mackerel was amazing, so next level. Perfect texture. I can’t get over it.

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Smoked bonito was a taste explosion. It was had 2 ways, first straight with dipping sauce below.

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Dipping sauce for bonito.

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Second 2 pieces you used ginger and wrapped it up in a leaf. Amazeballs!

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Sole fish.

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Squid, so creamy!

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Giant clam. It was, for a better word, amazing!

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Tuna, this was epic.

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And just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, fatty tuna, which was just too good and had us both vocally expressing ourselves, and shaking our heads in disbelief.

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Sardine, but not at all salty or fishy.

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The dishes came up fast, and we were encouraged to eat them (with our hands) as soon as they landed on our plates.

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Horse mackerel was one of our fave dishes.

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Takashi Ono, second son of the world-famous sushi master, Jiro Ono. Takashi-san spoke to us quite a lot, if Mimi wasn’t with me he probably would not have (he did not speak to the other foreigners much at all but spoke and joked with one of the locals a fair bit).

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Never had roe so god. Such amazing popping and bursting with liquid textures.

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Prawn for me.

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Prawn for Mimi. Chopped off tail, for ladies only!

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Urchin, which I don’t usually love, but I loved this. It literally melted in your mouth.

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Sea eel, best eel I’ve ever had no doubt!

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If you’ve seen Jiro Dreams of Sushi, the movie, you’d know what goes into this amazing egg dish which finished off our meal.

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Chopped in 2 for ladies only!

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Takashi-san said ‘thank you’ to me in both Chinese and Indonesian, he see’s a lot of tourists and knows how to say thanks in over 40 languages. He was more than happy to have a small chat afterwards, and also asked if we wanted a photo with him.

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With happy bellies, hearts and minds, Mimi and I checked out the Mori Art Museum. This piece was beautiful, black sand pouring out like an hour glass, set to a moody soundtrack.

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Taiwan-born artist Lee Mingwei’s show was on and it was the best interactive art show I’ve seen in ages. This piece ‘The Moving Garden’ encouraged visitors to take a flower and then give it to a stranger you pass by on the way home.

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I gave my flower to Mimi though, apologies Lee!

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Shoes off, we stepped up to a platform littered with tied up wooden boxes.

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We were encouraged to open them up and find items of clothing from Lee’s childhood.

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Under each lid, stories associated with each piece. Very sweet.

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This huge piece on the floor was made by different coloured sand. The audience is dared to walk over the sand painting and deform the image, destroying the crazy man hours involved in making the sand painting in the first place.

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Loved this. The audience is encouraged to take their shoes off, enter and write letters that they had always meant to but had never taken time for. You can also read letters people have left, and if you put an address on the envelope the artist will send the letter for you when the exhibition closes.

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We then checked out the view from the top, that’s Tokyo Tower in the picture.

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Was a beautiful day!

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Back down to earth we tried some ice-cream treats from Crème de la Crème.

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And bought a drink from the cute ELLE Café next door.

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This almond milk drink was such a perfect choice.

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We found a place to sit and just and chill, was so great to catch up with Mimi. I’ve missed her terribly (and I’m going to miss her even more when I return home).

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Spotted out the front of a carpark in Roppongi Hills.

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Later that night. A festival in and around Shinjuku station.

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From the highs of Jiro to the absolute low. The Burger King Black Burger just came out in Japan, we had to try it, right?! Visually trippy, but taste wise it was just AOK.

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We then hit up HUB British Pub in Shinjuku.

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Krysti and I managed to convince a couple of Japanese girls to join our table so that they could practise their English and we could practise our (horrible) Japanese!

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It’s a sign! We got pretty tanked in there, and we were the last group left when they kicked us out to close.

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New Acquired Taste recruits!

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Kiss kiss! Krysti and I, wasted!

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We hit the Golden Gai, where anything goes. The Japanese girls were infatuated with Krysti’s boobs! When Krysti gave them the go ahead, they couldn’t keep their hands off!!!

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So much grabbing action.

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Such epic lols!

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Then it was Krysti’s turn to feel their boobs!

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Such a rad night out.

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Kaori’s tattoo.

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Kaori, Miwa and me.

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We stumbled back to the hotel, kebabs even!!!

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And we went a bit silly on the vending machines to prepare for tomorrow’s nasty hang over! What a night!

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