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Blue Mountains

First stop, some sustenance from Excelsior Jones in Ashfield.

Pork Hash, hearty goodness for a grey day.

Beans and peas.


Time to hit thew road. Spotted! A Turbo Beetle! I love these!

We got up late, and only hit the road at 2pm, we finally got the the mountains close to 5PM which made it too late for us to catch the scenic railway, it turns out the three sisters trail was shut for maintenance in any case so we did another walk from the three sisters to scenic world instead.

Them blue mountains.


Jess, Cacia and big views.

Big smiles too!


Just hanging out.

The Yellow Deli – Jess spotted this comfy looking cafe from the outside, and it was amazing on the inside!

Now this is what you call hearty comfort food. Something the hipster cafe’s in Sydney will never get right. Food that feels like it’s made with love and that it’s making you healthier with every spoon full, add to that a bill that surprises you to the point of leaving a generous tip.

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Melbourne Day 1

On a plane, again. Nuts… right?!

Berty from Cars For Hope, Cam from ClubITR, Alain, Rob and Sean from Motorculture and Photographer Matthew Everingham on Tiger air.

Hello again Melbourne!

Our chariot.

Now a Zen Chariot.

Staying at the Quest, at the airport. Whaaaat?! Nice room but, even better room mate.

No food around the airport so we went out hunting. Mix Master Alain put some Beastie Boys on, we had arrived.

Money wall at Lazy Moe’s, a huge food stop we saw on the side of the road.

The menu was HUGE.

MB long necks (so much better than VB!) one for each of us!

V8 Supercar Driver for TEKNO Autosports Jonathon Webb, our pro driver for tomorrow’s drive day.

Chicken Parma, as huge as the menu!

And I’m jet setting again! This trip had initially been planned for QLD, but the cyclone hit, and it not only got postponed to after I got back from Sweden, but moved to Calder Park in Melbourne.

We’ll be testing new tyres on the circuit. I’m tired and still very much recovering from my Sweden trip, but hey… I’ll recover later!

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Day 4 – Gothenburg > London > Singapore > Sydney

Spotted, the new TT at Gothenburg Airport. Darren Cassey from Car Throttle was quick to point out it’s awesome interior (the new air-con vents in particular).

I went to sleep with Twigs. The 23hr journey back home was awesome thanks to the British Airways World Traveller Class. Big comfy seats, and much better food (with metal cutlery!).

I was the first in the cab line!

Coming into Maroubra Beach, home sweet home.

The whole household was asleep and Mia was the first to greet me. Nyaw! Found this on the kitchen bench. Jess mentioned a few days ago that she freaked out and lost Mia (but only mentioned it to me after she’d found her so as not to ruin my trip!). She was most likely just hiding and sooking that I was away, she knows these things!

I got up on the last day of our trip thinking about the long trip back home. A horrible feeling… a sense of impending doom. We had one last short day of work, and then we hit the pub and downed a few beers. One by one the guests left by cabs to the airport, in the end there were only a handful of us left who were en route to London.

We caught cabs to the airport and as soon as the cab pulled over I realised I’d left my big bag behind the counter at the hotel! The guys had all gone into the airport… panic. My cab driver was such a nice guy. He called the hotel, confirmed my bag was still there, and we tried to organise a cab to bring it to me, but if it did get to me, how was the cab driver meant to know who I was? I had no phone. In the end I just thanked the cabbie for trying to help out, but told him not to worry about it and that I would deal with it later. I caught up to the guys inside, who had phones. We tried to plan to get a cab to get me the bag, but baggage drop was going to shut in 15 minutes, so the bag was never going to make it.

Luckily there was nothing too valuable in the bag. Warm clothes and dirty laundry! The guys who flew me out will fly me the bag next week. I’m sorry for how much it’s going to cost them to send me my bag back from the other side of the world… but I’m also SO glad that I got to run out of the airport in Sydney as soon as I landed (IE: Not have to wait at the carousel for my bag to come out!).

On the flight to London I sat next to Darren Cassey who’s a writer at Car Throttle (check them out, they’re massive!). Even then I was up to my usual tricks. IE: Teleporting. Once I got to London I had absolutely no time at all to get to my gate for a connecting flight to Singapore. I found out my gate was C63, which ended up being on the other side of the airport to where I landed from Gothenburg. I took what felt like a billion escalators and even the airport’s internal train system to get to my gate. People were running, one guy that was running flew in the air and smashed his head on the hard marble floor, blood was pouring out immediately. Was it worth running? Not really as I saw him again the the queue to get onto the flight!

I’d been upgraded. The flight home was so much comfier than the flight to Sweden. I had no one sitting next to me on the London to Singapore leg, that was awesome. I had the same seat, albeit this time with a full flight from Singapore to Sydney, but I slept a lot of the way and after a hot shower, and another short nap after cuddles with Jess this morning I’m feeling pretty damn good!

I fly again tomorrow, to Melbourne for one night. I’m feeling like a jet setter, globe trotter. I’m smiling, this year’s off to a great start!

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Day 3 – Gothenburg Sweden

Best mug ever.

Larry Chen from Speedhunters on the left, Antonio from Motor Mavens on the right. It’s been awesome working with these guys.

I started a thing!

Later that night; Central Station, a huge square, super picturesque.

We wined and dined at the Norda Bar & Grill, an amazing restaurant in the Clarion Hotel Post which once used to be a Post Office.

Elk carpaccio! Amaze!

You know, I know this steak doesn’t exist. I know that when I put it in my mouth, the Matrix is telling my brain that it is juicy and delicious. Steak was next level. So soft. I’m not sure what cut it was, but the waitress suggested it was part of the inner leg.

The best dessert I’ve eaten in recent memory. In the tin was what looked like caviar, but it wasn’t. Urgh… SO good.

See the post office counters? They’ve done such a great job of preserving parts of the old post office. On point!

The matching wines got me pretty tipsy, so, onto the bar for more!

Hey Alexi!

Brandon, who was the man behind JTUNED, a site which inspired me so much when I was starting JDMST back in the day, such a rad dude.

Larry, he’s so sexy.

Great day of work yesterday, and even better dinner last night with the guys from the US and Japan. The topics that came up in conversation on our table were just so wrong, and had us laughing so hard we had tears in our eyes! It’s just so awesome to meet like minded people that you can click with almost instantly, and just be completely yourself around.

The US guys were in for just one night, so sad to not have more time with these cats. I’ll have to visit them in LA some time soon. I leave later this afternoon and I’m already beginning to freak out about the long 23hr trip back home.

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Feng shui


I was in the hotel lift earlier today and noticed this framed certificate on the wall that proudly states that the Avalon Hotel here in Gothenburg, Sweden is Feng Shui Certified.

Despite the hotel being under covers on the outside (construction, or cleaning? I can’t be sure), I’ve been comfy ever since entering the front doors, and quite surprised that everything just seems to be in the right place.

The more I look, the more I see and understand what they’ve done. Rounding off sharp corners, the calming green curtains, the generous pile of pillows of different hardnesses. The in-house CD’s, one titled groovy, the other titled cozy.

I’ve always thought of Feng shui to be plain logic, it’s like any good design, when it’s really good you don’t even see it or question it as it just works so well. IE: When I entered my hotel room I was just comfy, straight off the bat. Now that I’ve seen the Feng Shui Certified poster on the wall I’ve gone through my hotel room in a little more detail and I swear, it’s the little things that make the biggest difference.

Hooks: There are places to hang things everywhere. My layers of clothes have a place to hang, as opposed to putting them on a chair or the bed (mess). There are even more places to hang things in the bathroom, towels (which are massive!) wherever you like (one hook close to the shower makes sense) and hooks to keep your clothes off the floor where they could get wet.

Bathroom: The buttons to flush the toilet are behind the lid. IE: You have to close the toilet lid to flush the toilet. It’s a smart move as keeping the toilet lid shut is good Feng shui. Why? Well you’ve heard the complaints many women make about guys leaving the lid up, or people dropping things into the loo by accident, and then there’s Mia, my cat who tends to like drinking out of the bowl. There’s a little bin next to the toilet, it’s raised off the floor, so too the toilet brush holder. This makes cleaning the floor around the toilet easy. Again, its the little things.

Whilst I can see the logic behind most of the common Feng shui tips I’ve heard of, the one that alludes me is stepping in shit, or being shat on, which the Chinese say is good luck. Come to think of it, now I’m certain that stepping in shit or being shat on has anything at all to do with Feng shui!


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Day 2 – Gothenburg Sweden

Brekkie #1. The usual stuff, but with meatballs!

Brekkie #2. Loved the pate, smoked hams were amazing too.

By the time I was leaving the restaurant was much more alive with hotel guests.

Most of the other international guests expected to join me in Sweden aren’t arriving until later today, so I thought I’d rug up and go for a longer walk. I started by following the water. Many of the trees by the river have these cute bird houses on them.

I stumbled into a district called Haga. Cobblestone roads and lots of wooden buildings. Gothenburg’s a pretty place.

Loved this bicycle store. Air pump outside works even when the shop is shut, that’s really sweet.

I then spotted these huge stairs and gravitated towards them.

Almost at the top. It’s so quiet here in Gothenburg. There’s hardly anyone around. I only ran into a couple of joggers up here. It felt a little strange but wonderful to be up there on my own.

The view from the top. I spotted some huge canons up here. It turns out it’s an old fort called Skansen Kronan which was built in the later half of the 17th century.

Going back down.

So cute, right?!

A fountain, that wasn’t working. At the end of Haga was a public square which was busier than most of the city I’ve seen so far.

Zoomer! Coolest thing I’ve spotted on the roads so far!

The Japanese have landed. Charles Kha took us to Vapiano, a Pasta Pizza Bar.

Alexi, Charles and Luke.

Vapiano’s cool. Really nice and spacious, comfy and clean. You order at the kitchen and they make it right in front of you. Our chef Isabella had visited Australia before (surprise surprise!) and she has an Aussie boyfriend!

The smells, sounds and chit chat with the chef.

I went for the Scampi, it was delish.

Beers with the homies! Such a great catch up with these guys. Amazingly Luke had never met Charles before!

Luke and Antonio. After dinner we caught up with the Americans.

We hit a small Irish Pub for a couple of jugs of beer and some crazy talk, the American guys brought a new dynamic to the night, it’s party time! I’m psyched to meet these guys.

When travelling overseas, I have a thing (it’s a very real thing) for buffet hotel breakfasts. I’ll often down a few cups of coffee as well as fresh juice and I’ll eat absolutely everything on offer in the one seating. I find is extremely enjoyable, therapeutic and just an awesome way to start the day.

I tried my best to stay up last night in order to get my body clock aligned with Sweden time, but after my short trip around the block I felt wasted and crashed at around 4-5PM. I woke up at midnight. Epic Fail. I watched TV, chatted to friends online into wee hours of the morning and finally got back to sleep for maybe another 2 hours before getting up at 5am.

I rolled out of bed and hit the buffet breakfast downstairs at around 6.30AM, it was still quite dark outside and there were only 2 people in the hotel’s restaurant. Excitement! A bread station with all sort of interesting breads, a hard boiled egg station, a hot food section with meatballs (whoo hoo!), a coffee and tea section, a cold foods area with all sorts of local cheeses, pickled and smoked meats and a bar for cold drinks.

Soon after breakfast I went for a long stroll. I’m here one whole day earlier than all the other international guests who are flying over for work. They all land this afternoon so I had time to kill. Gothenburg is a lovely little town. It’s picturesque and quiet. The people are friendly and say “Hey” when I say “Hi” and they all seem to speak English well. No one wears sunglasses here, strange but true, and it’s nowhere near as cold as I thought it would be. Also, I’ve not seen one single modified car here. Everything is stock and quiet. The loudest thing I’ve heard are the church bells!

Later that night I was just about ready for bed but got a call from Alexi Smith of Noriyaro to say that he and Luke Huxham of Maiham Media had landed from Japan. Charles Kha was coming to the hotel and he was going to take us out for a late dinner (which was awesome!). A little later on the Americans arrived; Larry Chen from Speedhunters, Antonio Alvendia from Motor Mavens and Brandon Leung from BOWLS LA. We hit an old Irish pub, and the party almost started (but had to end as everyone was buggered and we had an early start the next morning). Good times ahead!

PS: I’m staying at the Avalon Hotel. It’s a gorgeous little 4-star hotel right in the thick of it. It’s super comfy. I’m loving it (bed is great, fine Egyptian cotton sheets are even better!). Highly recommend it if you ever stay in Gothenburg!

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Day 1 – Sydney > Singapore > London > Sweden

Saying one last goodbye to my rock pool.

Cacia and Jess getting nekkid for my lens.

First stop, Singapore. 1 hour to refuel and and I was in this queue to board again for London.

The sun rising in London. Not as grey as I expected!

Gothenburg! Ice Ice Baby.

My lovely boutique design hotel room complete with Fritz Hansen side table and a pair of Marc Newson embryo chairs out in the hallway.

Said Marc Newson chairs! Not surprisingly, they’re just as un-comfy as they look.

Everything is in the right place. My inner industrial design geek is lovin’ it!

The bathroom, where I had the best shower I’ve had this year. Fuck I felt so much better!

I smashed a small bottle of red and went for a walk soon after settling into my hotel room.

A church a few blocks down from the hotel.

Water! And yeah, it’s cold, not unbearable, but cold enough to wear gloves.

I’ve got a big mouth, and keeping secrets isn’t a strongpoint of mine, so keeping this huge trip to Sweden away from social media has been a challenge and a half to say the least. The trip is huge for a couple of reasons: 1) it was only mentioned a couple of weeks ago so I’ve had very little time to plan or get my head around it, 2) I’ve never travelled alone, let alone this kind of distance before.

Having just recently returned from a great trip to Melbourne. I was meant to be jetting off to Queensland to test tyres on the race track, shoot Amber (Max Stats) who I’ve been meaning to shoot for a couple of years now, as well as visiting my great friend Liz to celebrate her 40th.

Just a few days ago this Sweden trip ended up being pushed forward a couple of days as the flights on the intended travel dates were booked out, this meant that I would have landed back in Sydney on a Sunday night and then I’d be on my way to Sweden the very next day.

This stressed me out pretty hard as it meant I had only a couple of days to get ready for Sweden weather (it’s -5 there so I had to buy winter wear!), pack my bags for Sweden before leavening for Queensland and basically land and go.

Luckily, or unluckily, whichever way you choose to look at it, my Queensland trip ended up being cancelled due to a cyclone (testing tyres on the track has now been re-schedule for Calder Park in Victoria when I land back in Sydney and I later found out that Liz also postponed her Birthday Party due to bad weather). This news acted like a release valve for my high stress and anxiety levels. It meant that I could have made it to Halfway Hangs, an epic car meet between NSW and QLD, but I decided against going, and instead played host to NYC based Model and Artist Cacia Zoo instead.

As I type this I’m on a plane to Gothenburg in Sweden. It’s a short 1.5hr flight. I’ve had the first coffee since the last one I had in my own kitchen in back in Sydney. My back is a little sore, my ass is numb. I feel greasy, empty and beyond tired.

Rewind back to Sydney; the house got up early. Cacia, Jess and I walked over to the beach house to shoot. Cacia stripped down (she’s been so comfortable with being nude she’ll happily take her pants of without going to a change room), Jess followed suit. Cacia; damn, this girl moves, fast (which really suits me as I shoot fast). She dances, she goes through a spectrum of emotions, my lens loves her.

After the shoot we had brunch, then I was on my way to the airport. My thinking was that I could edit the shots during my long trip from Sydney to Gothenburg, but there really wasn’t any one time where I could work with my back to the wall. I wasn’t sure how the people sitting next to me would have felt if I was editing nudes, so I didn’t go there.

I’m renowned for teleporting in any case, and teleport I did. From Sydney to Singapore I watched the latest X-Men flick (loved the Sentinels! Took me back to the X-Men comics I used to read in high school), then I slept and pretty much woke up in Singapore. Teleporting on the flight from Singapore to London was a little harder, but I still managed to sleep most of the way. I tried to watch Godzilla, but fell asleep. I watched ‘LUCY’, which was great (I’m a Scarlett fan), and ‘Nightcrawler’, which wasn’t as dark or stylish as I was hoping it to be. The best movie I watched was ‘Whiplash’, which I truly got into (I felt it reunited my love for Jazz and I urge anyone who loves music to watch it).

I’ve flown British Airways the entire trip. I usually really look forward to airplane food, not sure why, always have. Maybe it’s because it makes me feel like I’m an astronaut eating space food, something like that, but I tell you what, this had to be the worst airplane food I’ve ever had.

Anyways, the plane is descending into Gothenburg. The sun is up. It’s been a dark trip. I didn’t even get to see the sky in Singapore and landing in London at 5am was pitch black and cold out on the runway as the sun was rising. I’m looking forward to being outside! More news as it comes!

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Melbourne Day 4

First stop, breakfast at Degraves.

Then a rummage through Lygon St, with refreshments on route!

We then had a Vietnamese Coffee from The Soap Bar Launderette, which is about as Melbourne as it gets. Such a welcoming space where not only can you do your washing, but you can have a drink, hop on their free wi-fi and just take a great little time out.

Next stop, The Kustom Kommune, which is a community/DIY motorcycle workshop in Collingwood.

We got to meet Jimmy Goode the owner, who ended up saying he follows Zen, and studied and took some inspiration from Zen before opening The Kustom Kommune! Well the tabletops have turned, what an amazing thing they’ve got going!

Not a single spanner has gone missing apparently! SO awesome to hear that.

Turns out Backwoods Gallery are at the same location too! I’m a huge fan of some of the artists Backwoods have shown over the past few years and have always supported their shows through Aus Infront so it was nice to finally drop in (they were shut but were happy to let us in for a geez!).

I hadn’t finished taking photos at The Kustom Kommune, and got chatting to Jimmy then these 2 people approached us, not wanting to keep Jimmy from attending to them (I figured they were potential customers) I thought I’d continue shooting but it turns out the 2 people were from Crumpler (who have been making bags in Melbourne for 20 years!). They had some new bags coming out and were doing a photoshoot and wanted to know if I’d be interested in modelling some of their new bags for them!

Hilarious right?! I’m there with Jess, my muse and model, and nek minnit I’m the model posing on a rooftop which somehow had 2 train carriages on it… random but hilarious fun!!! Was interesting to be the model (good for me to know what it’s like on the other side of the lens), and not having any idea on what to do when no direction was given. Got me thinking a little more about my process when shooting my girls.

On a high from what just happened (what just happened?!) we thought we’d stuff ourselves with more food. We dropped in to Huxtaburger, but having just had the best burger of my life last week these guys fell short with a dry patty. Chips were great though! Salty, colourful and crunchy as!

We then caught up with Tam Tran for drinks at Section 8. Tam runs Natural Aspirations and makes our amazing Bamboo Zen Garage Phone Cases. He’s a bright kid at 22, and onto massive things no doubt! Tam also gave us a lift to the airport (legend!), so that concludes our most awesome spontaneous Melbourne getaway!

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Melbourne Day 3

We actually got up early-ish this morning. First stop: Manchester Press for some cold drip and bagels!

Reuben was good, more meat would have been great!

Sweet naughtiness on a plate. Bacon, maple syrup, bananas and mascarpone!

We then caught a tram to Collingwood and dropped in to see my old friend Dom Bartolo who runs a killer motion graphics company called 21-19.

Dom was pretty excited to see if I could guess what this letter “O” came from.

Yup. PORSCHE. I was pretty upset I couldn’t spot it! The guys could see Porsche Melbourne closing shop and removing their huge neon letters. Amazingly they scored a few! One of the guys has the letter “P” working now in his house. Amazing, right?!

Hey, how you doin’?

Jess then suggested we eat fried chicken at Belles Hot Chicken, damn it was farking amazing! I’m 100% going to make it a pitt stop every time I visit Melbourne now!

Chapel Street Bazaar.

An unlikely find at the Bazaar! Fave car in that movie. Had to have it!


Drug dealers, many drug dealers.

akid one from Malaysia.

So rad!

We then finally made it to Hakata Gensuke. Yes there was a queue outside but we got in pretty fast. Hearing big claims of this place being the best ramen in Australia had me psyched for the past week.

You choose your broth, noodle hardness and toppings. My (rather small) bowl came to $21 from memory which was a little pricey I thought, and man, hype is a very dangerous thing. I really hated the thin straight noodles (wavy noodles FTW!) and the broth was nice, but so plain. I didn’t think it was anything special. Manpuku kills this joint, no doubt, their broth is just SO much more complex, and the aftertaste of Manpuku hangs around with you all day (so too the smile).

Jess went for the hot ramen (low heat) and also thought it wasn’t mind blowing, suggesting that the tantan-men at Ichiban Boshi was better (I can’t eat anything with a hint of chilli in it but have an Ichiban Boshi tantan-men once a year and just deal with the pain haha).

After Ramen Jess and I took some pretty rad shots around the city. I want to edit the raw images though, and since I can’t edit raws on this laptop I’ll have to wait until I’m back in Sydney.

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Melbourne Day 2

Inception. Me taking photos of Jess taking photos of herself. We woke up in a haze, my head, amazingly, was feeling alright after yesterday’s all day into night drinking fest!

We rolled out of the hotel. I said “good morning” to the hotel reception guy, who looked at me strangely. I then asked: “Ummm, is it not morning anymore?”. He replied: “It’s 2PM”. Haha! Destroyed. Too late for breakfast at Cumulus Inc., so we ordered lunch instead.

Pigs head croquettes with tartare sauce. Gamey goodness!

Flounder with greens and eggplant, super clean cooking. Love this kind of food.

We then walked off our brunch and headed to Brunswick St. This guy was a legend!

Rose St. Markets.

I picked up this amazing ‘Seven Seas’ ring. The middle band spins! I love it so much, it’s my new favourite thing!!!

Love Brunswick St. Used to always stay out here when visiting Melbourne. It always feels like my old stomping ground.

I approve.

Those lines. The only Volvo I desire.

I then snuck in a shoot with the absolutely gorgeous Amanda Sierras. She’s such a rad chika. Was a really fun shoot in her apartment high up looking over Melbourne CBD. Looking forward to getting back to Sydney to edit these shots!

We then hooked up with the JTYPE ninjas, who had just finished a ramen dinner, so naturally they went for coffee after.

The guys wanted to take us somewhere for dessert, and these are the 2 awesome beasts that greeted us at the carpark.

Twinsies! Mike and I both rocking Midnight Fog Nike Roshes.

Obtuse, intense, obviously designed on a computer. Over the top? Definitely.

Looks even wilder with the lights on!

Mike led us to Yo-Chi in Carlton for yogurt. Loved the interior design and concept.

You help yourself to whatever flavours you want.

Then you add toppings.

And you pay by weight!

Day 2 is down, and it was a pretty short day as it took us forever to get out of the hotel! We’re failing at the whole concept of eating and drinking our asses off. Must… try… harder!

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