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Maui, The Valley Isle

Winter 2022. This marks our second trip to Hawaii as a family. First was to Oahu, Kawai in 2019 (Recap pending). Gear for the Trip 80% of the photos are taken with the Sony A7III. It is the workhorse. When traveling, the Sony 24-70 f2.8

Ukiah & Sequoia

We like to travel. Well, my wife likes to travel, and I like to take pictures of the travel. But ever since the pandemic, travel’s been hard. But not impossible. We’ve been finding places to explore domestically. Then, our friends Alex & Ben recommended a

Bear Valley Ski Trip

Zoltan’s never skied. We decided to change that. Pre-Trip Sports BasementBerkeley, CA to rent our ski gear. ★★★★★ Michelle had a set of, rather jazzy, hand-me-down skis from a family friend but could no longer use them due to liability reasons (they were from the

Imaginary Zebra’s Guide to Tie-Dye t-shirts in 4 steps

This was my second-time tie-dye, which made me an expert to compose this guide. Read on with confidence.  Prior to being the design studio that we are today, Imaginary Zebra was a clothing brand. Naturally, I kept the shirts in the vault.  While organizing the vault,

Refurbishing vintage steel Kennedy into a Supreme Toolbox

Featured On Albeit a quick one, this project wouldn’t have been completed without the shelter-in-place order since March. I’ve stayed home long enough to begin cleaning out the garage, a to-do item that I’ve put off since 2018. Sh*t was getting serious. Supreme toolbox time. While

52 weeks and 52 posters of my kid later

You know how parents like to take pictures of their new born to document each milestone? We might’ve taken it too far. This one is to Zoltan, without whom this post would have been completed two years sooner. It all started with the Buzz Lightyear

1 of 1 Zaku Char Custom Gunpla—Lost Decade Statue

This is a story about procrastination. I purchased this kit close to 6 years ago when I visited Odaiba, you know, the Japanese city where it had the 1:1 Gundam Statue. Besides the RX-78-2 statue, there was a hall in pristine white interior, like a

NewType BuildCon 2019 San Francisco Recap

NewType launched their very first Gunpla oriented event called “BuildCon”. I discovered this about a couple months ago when I finished my latest build. I was happy with the build. Matter of fact, happy enough to scour the Internet for possible competitions. And BuildCon was

My Gear List

工欲善其事 必先利其器 One must have the proper tools to do a proper job. Imagine cutting a steak with a dull butter knife. Hey, while you’re at it, grab a mirror too. So you can watch yourself die inside. The joy of creating the work, to

Custom Built Entryway Hall Tree for $50

I was going to title this post an entryway-shoe-rack-coat-hanger-hybrid until I learned the actual name for this type of furniture—it’s a “hall tree”. Word, ok. Turns out, my final design is surprisingly fitting. The Problem Here’s the original shoe rack. It’s one of the first

Road tripping at Banff and Jasper National Parks

“I heard the Canadian Rockies is one of the most beautiful places on the planet.” said my dad the other day. He wasn’t the travel type and he rarely tells me much about anything else besides building strong character and saving money, let alone travel.