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Hotel for SEMA booked!

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VEGAS, BABY!

Hotel booked (lol, look at it!), and even better, MEDIA pass approved!

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Forza Horizon 3 experience – Day 2

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WHAT A DAY!!!!! Check out the full feature on Zen Blog. Visit: http://www.zengarage.com.au/2016/09/forza-horizon-3-experience/

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Forza Horizon 3 experience – Day 1

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Sydney journos arriving at Peppers The Sands Resort in Torquay.

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Our Sydney to Melbourne Jetstar flight was delayed by half an hour so we unfortunately missed out on dinner (we got to the hotel at around 9.30PM). The team scrambled quickly and ordered us some Pizza and Beer, perfecto!

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My room. Lovely.

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6am. Old man is up! Turns out my room looks out onto the golf course!

I’m in Melbourne again this weekend for the Forza Horizon 3 experience, where 10 journalists have been flown in to Peppers The Sands Resort in Torquay to drive 10 exotic cars featured in the game on The Great Ocean Road all day today. The Forza/Microsoft/XBOX team here are being super tight lipped about which 10 cars we’ll be driving today. Either way I’m excited!

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Forza Horizon 3

Forza Invite

I just got in the door and my mobile went off. A number I don’t know… usually I’d just let it ring out, but this time I picked it up and it was Ogilvy, who let me know that one of my Zen contributors Lewis couldn’t make the Forza gig. I’m now taking his place! So Melbourne, see you again next week!

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Melbourne!

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They have iPads on planes now?! Whack.

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We’re staying at The Hotel Windsor as Rosamina’s Photographer was going for a 20’s Oriental themed shoot.

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Looks like we scored a special suite! Excitement!

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Lounge room.

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An old liquor cabinet.

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Lovely.

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Rosamina’s make-up artist Leah was in town and Rosamina ended up organising a shoot with Melbourne based Photographer James Juranke. I didn’t want to crowd his style so I headed out for drinks!

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All the downforce!

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Tattersalls Lane.

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This is Brett! He’s one of the newer contributors to Zen Garage. Was awesome to finally meet the guy face to face!

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Brett’s photos of me, way better than mine of him!

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Mojito at Section 8.

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We hooked up with some of Rosamina’s friends and ended up at The Meatball & Wine Bar on Flinders Lane. Great conversations, great food! SO GOOD!

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I’d read that Whisky and Alement were doing a Japanese Pop Up. I’m not a whiskey fan, but I am a fan of mostly anything Japanese so I was totally up for it. I got educated some, mainly, do not skull Whiskey like Vodka!!!

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The good stuff.

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Rosamina x Pokemon.

Rosamina and I are in Melbourne for the weekend! Super spontaneous trip for me as I only just realised she had a shoot booked. I joked about coming along, nek minnit I’m here! Craziest thing is that the shoot she booked fell through, so now we have one amazing hotel to shoot and hang in, expenses paid! Just my luck, right?!

PS: Had some really lovely conversations with randoms all day and night. Hard not to make comparisons to Sydney. Also, the concierge guessed I was Indonesian/Chinese! I mean, seriously?! The first man ever to guess. Turns out the hotel is owned by Indonesians!

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Easter Break – Day #4

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But first, coffee.

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Mei making eggs for all.

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Om Nom!

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JDMyard x Zen Garage RPRSNT. #MYZEN

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Packed to the max!

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Zi’s FJ away.

Our trips are getting shorter! It’s home time, but you know, we were so close from home. I was back in Maroubra in 50! It’s been a great trip. I already miss the crew and can’t wait for next year!

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Easter Break – Day #3

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Good morning Gloria and Alyssa! Ahhhh! The sound of coffee being made and the smell of bacon and eggs.

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Breakfast in. Out we go! Danny (who arrived yesterday), and Col.

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Boat people. Col and Mei.

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Mei with her first catch of the weekend. A little snapper! Soon after this photo she caught another one slightly bigger, but of-course both were released. I’ve yet to catch anything apart from bait fish!

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We then ran out of fuel and needed a tow as one oar just wasn’t cutting it!

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When we got back we saw that Willy had a new piercing! Seriously, could have been SO much worse if it hooked his eyeball?! He’d caught a stingray, and had a lot of tension on the line, when the hook gave way it went flying into his face. We thought about pulling it out, but the barb was a bit of a concern so half of the party took him to the hospital.

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Little Elizabeth!

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Alyssa’s playtime.

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As soon as I started shooting Alyssa got a bit shy!

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She definitely knows the lens though!

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Willy at the wheel, right back into it after his trip to the GP to remove the hook from his eyelid! Later in the afternoon I went out on the big boat with Willy, Col and Zi to try to catch something (as I’d not caught anything this trip!).

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How’s the serenity? That orange glow is coming from the anchor down light. We found a great looking spot, others came and anchored down next to us, which made us think we had the right spot, but nope, we still didn’t pull anything up.

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Nightfall. It’s time to head back, albeit empty handed, for dinner.

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Bigger boat, bigger wake!

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Couldn’t resist taking a picture in complete darkness.

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Col and Mei have outdone themselves with this pastrami cheese burger. Mei made her own buns, the pastrami qas off the hook and the special sauce reminded me of the same sauce found in McDonalds Big Macs, only even better! We all agreed that we’d happily pay $25 for the burger (with fries!).

Woke up feeling right this morning! I crashed out pretty early last night, maybe around 9PM. I don’t think I’ve ever spent so much time in bed ever. We checked out the bottle and yup, half of it’s gone! Col calculated that I had about 3 bottles of wine (and apparently I had red wine as well!). I can’t say I’ve ever forgotten what went on the night before quite like this, nor have I drunk so much in one sitting.

Our pre-lunch fishing outing saw Danny (who had never caught a fish in his life), Col, Mei and I in the house dingy and Steve, Willy and Zi in the bog boat. We had a few nibbles in the dingy, but not much action apart from Mei catching 2 small snapper.

Bit windy today and it rained on us whilst we were out there too, so we made the call to head back in but we ran out of fuel half way! We had one oar and started rowing home; I’d do 5 strokes on the left, and pass the oar to Danny who would do 5 strokes on the right. Luckily Steve spotted us and saved the day with a tow!

When we got back to the Jetty Willy helped out. Mei noticed his face was red and asked if he had been drinking, THEN we saw that there was a hook in his eyelid!!!!!!!!

Pretty freaky accident that could have been so much worse. There was a huge wait at the hospital so they ended up finding a GP who just yanked it out! A few lessons learned for sure!

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Easter Break – Day #2

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Just minutes before spotting this little guy Mei spotted a blue swimmer crab and we came so close to netting him up! It ain’t a fishing trip unless you’ve got a story on the one that got away!

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So many shades of green! Our house is the one on the left.

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Cols Bream!

I downed half a bottle of Vodka last night, and I’ve got no recollection of the night at all. I’ve had people tell me I’m a dickhead when I get drunk but usually I remember everything I said, this time around I’m blank! I’ve had a shitty hangover all day, and have been sleeping for most of it. It’s 10PM now and I’m off to bed… can’t remember any other time where I’ve slept so much in one day!

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Easter Break – Waterfront Paradise Found

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Coming up! The number is on the road, and next to the number is a little stop and go switch which calls the lift!

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Scary as! Haha! My lift to paradise!

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Looking back up at the road from the bottom.

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Lovely.

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Comfortable! It’s a super interesting house layout wise due to how steep the land is.

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One of 2 decks, so naice!

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The crew at the jetty.

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Safety comes first! Little Alyssa.

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The mummies and the babies!

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Off fishing. Bye Col!

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The house from the water.

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Stevey.

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Mei.

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We spotted a massive group of bait fish on the surface. That’s usually a sign that a bigger group of fish are preying on them and too right, Stevey threw his line into the middle and pulled out…

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Watsons Leaping Bonito!

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Bonito at the ready!

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Alyssa running away from the mud crabs (which we bought, not caught!).

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I got crabs!

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OMFG Chilli Crab!

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Asahi to wash it all down.

The annual fishing trip never disappoints! Even after Koh Samui I found myself looking forward to this yearly trip with a great crew of human beings. This year the guys got an amazing waterfront house in Cottage Point, just an hour out of the city (yes the temptation to move out here is STRONG!).

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Koh Samui – Day #8

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Fucking scary as fuck to watch this guy climb up and fuck around with those live wires!

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Spotted! My mate Scien’s designs in Koh Samui! Visit: www.123klan.com

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Sucker for derelict spaces, always.

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Star couldn’t help herself! Think we can bring these back with us?

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Fighting fish at reception. $800AUD minibar bill?! Solid effort!!!

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One last sunset.

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Last day in paradise. We headed in to Changweng Beach again today just to do some last minute shopping. We actually got the main beach this time to check it out too. It’s a massive beach lined with resorts, tons and tons of older white people, a lot of bars and a billion things floating in the water, anything from big floaty things to jet ski’s.

To be honest it grossed us out! Just not the peace and quiet we have on the other side of the island at Mai Samui, so I really have to thank Nanami for recommending this gorgeous resort to us!

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