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My bag arrived from Sweden!

My bag came back!

Earlier this year I was flown over to Sweden to consult on the new Need for Speed game. On the last day in Sweden we hit the pub before flying out. I got pretty tipsy before getting to the airport, and somehow I’d left my bag at the hotel! With no time to get back to the hotel to get the bag I had to ditch it in order to make my flight home!

EA Games/Ghost have been trying to send my bag back to me ever since but it’s been stopped so many times and sent back and forth due to incomplete paperwork (mainly on what’s inside the luggage which I’d sincerely forgotten!).

Turns out the luggage is full of warm clothes, thermals even! Perfect for this cold Sydney weather ;)

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Need For Speed




Embargo has been lifted! I’m now allowed to reveal that earlier this year I was flown over to Sweden to play and consult on the new NEED FOR SPEED.

I’ve played the game (in development) and it’s going to be AMAZING. I just kept say “about time!”, especially in regards to car customisation. These in-game grabs should get you pretty excited, and give you an indication of what’s to come.

More about NEED FOR SPEED on Zen Blog!

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Hike to Bundeena

You call da WONG 1!

Our first stop was the Loftus Tram shed. Breaking in was easy as the fence is completely down.

Was pretty damn dark in there, here’s a shot of Cacia using her iPhone to light up her face.

Style, she’s got it. One of a few busses inside (there’s even a double decker in there!).

More photos from this set here:

Big smiles in the big tow truck outside.

On the way back out and back on the road to the National Park.

We had lunch at Bundeena, and instead of driving through to Wollongong we thought we’d do the hike to check out Wedding Cake Rock. Great to see the locals putting up clearer signage for all!


Cacia Zoo, Animal of Indulgence.

When we got to the rock there was a huge group of crazy loud Asian kids. They soon left though, leaving us with peace and Zen.



So powerful when you just sit on the edge like this!

Sat there for a good hour talking shit with Cacia, nervousness subsided after a while, was amazing!


We started our walk at 3pm, which is pretty late. The sun was already setting by the time we got to the rock.

Then it started to get dark, fast!

We made it back to the car just as it got pitch black. Perfect timing!

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Eleebana Lake Macquarie Fishing Trip – Day 6

Zi, first up and so committed. One last cast! Seriously though, that monster flathead he pulled up a few days ago just takes the cake.

Today we’re packing up, cleaning up and heading home. It’s been an awesome Easter Break. Colin and Mei have gone next level with their food, and have fed us amazing dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner every single day. The weather was up and down, but it didn’t stop So How Crew from catching fish and squid to eat, and whilst the house wasn’t as amazing as baller house (which has ruined us, really), it still provided great fishing, and a place for us to catch up, talk shit, eat, drink and have lots of laughs. Till next year!

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Eleebana Lake Macquarie Fishing Trip – Day 5

Morning ritual. A great coffee and brekkie surprise; today we had ricotta pancakes!

Sun was up! So How Crew didn’t even bother with the boats today. All rods in and the guys pulled up a couple of legal sized brim and another flatty!


Zi’s amazing tempura using freshly caught flathead, brim and squid with Sapporo beer batter!

Then for our last dinner Colin and Mei served up Hiyashi chūka, a Japanese dish of chilled ramen noodles with various toppings, so healthy, so good!

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Eleebana Lake Macquarie Fishing Trip – Day 4

Day 4 and the sun finally came out to play! Sausage and eggs muffins for brekkie!

“big boat”! Boat No.2 at the ready!

Before heading out fishing for the day Colin stuffed ribs in the smoker for tonight’s dinner!

Willy on the water.

Zi puling up a small squid.

For lunch we had nem nuong, bit of a tradition on our Easter trips, except this time Colin and Mei actually made the nem nuong themselves!

Julia and monster squid! Fishing after lunch until dark saw Zi pull up this decent sized squidy!

We’ve caught enough for salt and pepper squid, which will be lunch for tomorrow!

And tonight, we feast on smoked pork and beef ribs!!! My goodness we’re eating well!!!

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Eleebana Lake Macquarie Fishing Trip – Day 3

So last night’s never ending jug of sangria saw a fair few of us get pretty pissed. Lots of lols were had. This morning I woke up to the sound of coffee being made, and then as expected, an amazing Colin and Mei breakfast, this time baked Spanish eggs!

And grilled halloumi!

Julia showing her awesome instincts putting baby Alyssa to sleep.

Straight after brekkie Colin was prepping this coffee rubbed pork butt!

And yeah, outdoing himself once again, this time he brought his own smoker!!!

It’s raining harder than yesterday today, so, laptops out!

Steve’s still rockin’ his Nanami Cowdroy Nuvango skin.

For lunch Colin and Mei made takoyaki with the squid Stevey and Zi caught.

And pancakes too!

Then Zi, who was the only guy who was super committed to fishing for hours in the rain caught, caught this 80cm monster flatty off the jetty! Posing with Mei.

Family photo lol! Done! He’s now got a great fishing story to tell, forever!

Despite the neighbours on both sides urging us to keep the monster female Zi decided to let her go. A billion kharma points his way!

So no flathead for dinner, but Colin’s smoked pork butt came out of the smoker after a huge 9hr stint, and amazing pork butt, slaw, crackling and BBQ sauce burgers were smashed, followed by the late arrival of Willie, who’s been unable to make it the past few nights due to food poisoning! He brought along boat number 2 and bottles of cognac!

Weather is looking up for day 4! Now that Willie and his huge tackle box has arrived… it’s game on!!!

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Eleebana Lake Macquarie Fishing Trip – Day 2

Colin brought his entire coffee set-up from home, our private barista!

Colin and Mei at it again. Corn Fritters for breakfast! Next level!

Stevey taking photos of Alyssa.

Stevey having a go at Alyssa in front of Mum Gloria and Julia.

Boys setting up the boat.

Then the skies opened up, but it didn’t stop us. In the water she goes.

I stayed in the boot of Steve’s Tarago to take these shots!


First catch! Zi with a little squidy!

Colin’s pastrami has evolved since last time. It’s now fucking epic!!!

Reuben Sandwiches for lunch!

Best Reuben I’ve ever had in my life! I’m directing all my positive manifestation powers towards these guys to open their own cafe!

For dinner, Beef Rendang!

Traditional Indonesian yellow rice which always takes me back to my childhood.

Pickled veggies.

And Sangria!

The sun never came up on day 2. It’s been grey all day, and after an amazing breakfast (Mei and Colin made corn fritters!) it started raining. That didn’t stop the boys from fishing though. The aim was to catch squid for Jewfish bait. We all used squid jigs. An hour in we hadn’t caught a thing but then Zi pulled one up and it was game on. Zi ended up catching 3, Steve one, all on the one pink jig.

Back at the house Colin and Mei served up the best Reuben Sandwich I’ve ever! Damn these guys are so ready to open their own cafe. After lunch it really pissed down, which was cool as we all had food coma. Netflix, grandpa naps and more food in the form of dinner; an Indonesian feast of Beef Rendang, yellow rice and pickles accompanied by an evil jar of white win sangria!

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Eleebana Lake Macquarie Fishing Trip – Day 1

View from the house. Private jetty, Lake Macquarie, it’s going to be an awesome week!

Under the house, a boat garage!

The other guys were going to get in really late but Colin and Mei cooked up an Indo feast! These guys are amazing cooks!

Colin with baby Alyssa! Zi, Gloria, Steve and Julia rocked up at around midnight.

Squidding! Of-course Zi wanted to check the waters right away!

It was dark out, but the Sony a7S just makes daylight of everything.

The house from the jetty.

Always hanging for the annual fishing trip with the ‘So How’ Crew. This time the guys have hired a family friendly house in Eleebana, a suburb of the City of Lake Macquarie (’cause Zi and Gloria have 4 month yr old Alyssa!).

I woke up with a hang over from the beers and ciggies consumed with Indy my mechanic the night before. Not sure what’s wrong with me lately, but I’ve been copping day long headaches the morning after drinking. Usually it’s not this bad. Must drink more water.

Despite the headache I had to beat the Easter Traffic (I was considering going the day after), so I bought a cheap rod and reel combo from the local fishing store (it’s tradition for me haha!) and hit the road. Traffic was pretty bad in spots, made worse with my headache, but I ended up getting to the house before anyone else.

It’s going to be an awesome break! I’ve just had a shower and the water pressure kicks ass! Showers are something that I’ve not been able to enjoy since renovating my house with water saving devices (no pressure, drip drip drip).

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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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