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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Beer Farm - Metricup, Western Australia

Recently, my partner, Lori, and I headed down south for a birthday party. Along the way, we stumbled upon a small microbrewery called The Beer Farm. We had been looking for another brewery, planning to stop in for a pint and a bite to eat before continuing on our way. We missed that one, but stayed on Bussell Highway until we got to Gale Road and saw a sign for an un-named brewery. We took that as a hint, and headed down Gale Road in search of somewhere that served beer. After a couple of minutes, we came upon a shed in a paddock by the road, with a carpark full of cars and a chalk board out the front heralding your arrival at "The Beer Farm". That was all the invitation we needed, and after a quick u-turn, we were parking up at said Beer Farm. The staff here were very helpful, explaining the different drinks on offer and our food options (The Beer Farm has their own food truck on site, and on the day, they had another food truck visiting to help keep up with demand). I started out with one of their Nitro Stout's, while Lori opted for a gin and tonic, with local distillery West Winds providing the gin. We paired our drinks with a pulled pork burrito each, and before we left, I tried the La Maison Saison. Not only were the drinks impeccable, the food went down a treat as well. We'll definitely be back next time we're in the area.

Canon EOS-1D X - 1/10 @ f/5, 15 mm (ISO 1600)
Approximate location: The Beer Farm, Metricup, Western Australia

Set in a repurposed shed on a Metricup dairy farm, The Beer Farm fits the Metricup / Cowaramup region perfectly.

Canon EOS-1D X - 1/80 @ f/5, 15 mm (ISO 800)
Approximate location: The Beer Farm, Metricup, Western Australia

A couple of classic pinball machines and a table style arcade machine complement the pool table nicely.

Canon EOS-1D X - 1/50 @ f/5, 23 mm (ISO 800)
Approximate location: The Beer Farm, Metricup, Western Australia

Neither Lori or I could remember seeing a cooler fire pit than a repurposed digger bucket.

Canon EOS-1D X - 1/400 @ f/5, 29 mm (ISO 800)
Approximate location: The Beer Farm, Metricup, Western Australia

As it turned out, we had stumbled upon The Beer Farm's first birthday celebrations, and the joint was rocking.

Canon EOS-1D X - 1/4000 @ f/5, 29 mm (ISO 800)
Approximate location: The Beer Farm, Metricup, Western Australia

There's even a slip'n'slide here for the kids, and a fair few of the adults were wishing they were allowed to go for a slide too.

Canon EOS-1D X - 1/160 @ f/3.5, 15 mm (ISO 1600)
Approximate location: The Beer Farm, Metricup, Western Australia

The bar is stocked not only with The Beer Farm's own ales, but a wide range of locally produced wines and spirits.

Canon EOS-1D X - 1/100 @ f/3.5, 15 mm (ISO 800)
Approximate location: The Beer Farm, Metricup, Western Australia

Local and visiting artists have left their mark on The Beer Farm's walls, with the owners allowing the artwork to evolve as the venue grows.
If you want to visit The Beer Farm, their address is 177 Gale Road, Metricup. I've embedded a Google Map for you below, click on through for a bigger version.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Clearwater Surf's new store at Halls Head Central


Canon EOS-1D X - 1/50 @ f/5.6, 15 mm (ISO 640)
Approximate location: Clearwater Surf, Halls Head Central Shopping Centre

Last weekend, Lori, Mikah and I took a drive down to Halls Head to catch up with some friends of ours at their new Halls Head surf shop. Clearwater Surf have been trading out of Secret Harbour for many years, but recently the opportunity to open a store in Halls Head came up, and after a lot of hard work, they are now open for business. Check out a few more shots of the new store below, and if you're in the area, drop in and check out the store for yourself soon.

Canon EOS-1D X - 1/60 @ f/4.5, 30 mm (ISO 800)
Approximate location: Clearwater Surf, Halls Head Central Shopping Centre


Canon EOS-1D X - 1/100 @ f/4.5, 15 mm (ISO 800)
Approximate location: Clearwater Surf, Halls Head Central Shopping Centre


Canon EOS-1D X - 1/80 @ f/4.5, 15 mm (ISO 800)
Approximate location: Clearwater Surf, Halls Head Central Shopping Centre


Canon EOS-1D X - 1/60 @ f/4.5, 15 mm (ISO 800)
Approximate location: Clearwater Surf, Halls Head Central Shopping Centre


Canon EOS-1D X - 1/250 @ f/5, 23 mm (ISO 800)
Approximate location: Clearwater Surf, Halls Head Central Shopping Centre


Canon EOS-1D X - 1/80 @ f/5, 15 mm (ISO 800)
Approximate location: Clearwater Surf, Halls Head Central Shopping Centre

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Wayback Wednesday: My Supra at the Zig Zags

Canon EOS 30D - 18 minutes, 35 seconds @ f/9, 18 mm (ISO 160)
Approximate location: Zig Zag Scenic Drive, Kalamunda, Western Australia


Back in 2008, I took my camera out to the side of the Zig Zag Scenic Drive in Kalamunda, set it up on a tripod with a very long exposure, and set off in my JZA70 Supra. I left the shutter open for over 18 minutes while I drove around the block and back through the shot to get the light trails all the way through.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Phil and Lori Go to Bali - 2016 - Day 10

May 6th, 2016.
Our last day here in Bali. I think I sweated up the last of whatever has been giving me grief overnight, waking up dripping wet with sweat a couple of times during the night. I ended up using the room towels as sheets to get back to sleep, but in the morning I woke up feeling 100% better. I was even able to have bacon and eggs on toast for breakfast today.

Canon PowerShot G1 X - 1/400 @ f/9, 15.1 mm (ISO 320)
Approximate location: Jalan Danau Tamblingan 118, near Gang Penjor Agung, Sanur, Kota Denpasar, Bali

After breakfast, we took a last walk down Jl. Danau Tamblingan, where I snapped the above photo of a little excitement for the workers building the new Popular Express outlet, part of the Pepito group. (The new store opened around 3 weeks after we got home from Bali)

Canon PowerShot G1 X - 1/60 @ f/9, 15.1 mm (ISO 320)
Approximate location: Jalan Danau Tamblingan, near Gang Penjor Agung, Sanur, Kota Denpasar, Bali

We kept walking south to the roundabout at the intersection with Jl. Danau Poso in South Sanur. The walk takes you through the main restaurant and shopping strip in Sanur, past Hardy's, past the local village lands and the old Hyatt Resort, one of the original hotels in Sanur, but now undergoing major renovations, something has has been going on for a couple of years, and looks to have a few more to go. Further south you come upon another shopping and restaurant strip, which includes one of the more well known restaurants in Sanur, Massimo's, said to be one of the best Italian restaurants on the island. We stopped in here to grab some gelato for the walk back. I was blown away by the lemon sorbet, and also rather impressed by the strawberry sorbet and mango frozen yoghurt.

Canon PowerShot G1 X - 1/60 @ f/7.1, 15.1 mm (ISO 400)
Approximate location: Jalan Danau Tamblingan 97, Kota Denpasar, Bali

We ate our treats from Massimo's on the walk north, and stopped in at Grocer & Grind, the new Sanur location we'd read about while at their Seminyak location. This time we both ordered the chicken Caesar salad and a smoothie to wash it down.

Canon PowerShot G1 X - 1/8 @ f/4, 15.1 mm (ISO 800)
Approximate location: Jalan Danau Tamblingan 152, Kota Denpasar, Bali

By now we were running a little short on time, so hightailed it back to the hotel to pack our bags. Lori had mostly finished packing hers, but I had yet to start. We gave the remaining 1/3 of a bottle of the Gilbey's Gin I'd picked up at Hardy's shortly after we arrived in Sanur, and the remaining cans of tonic water to the first hotel guest to walk past while we were packing. I never did find a shop in Bali that sold anything bigger than a 300mL can of tonic water.

Canon PowerShot G1 X - 1/2000 @ f/4, 15.1 mm (ISO 800)
Approximate location: Jalan Danau Tamblingan 152, Kota Denpasar, Bali

Lori had arranged a pre-arranged a driver to pick us up at the hotel and take us to the airport for 150k rp, leaving at 4pm, and it was now about quarter to 4, so we locked up our bags and headed out to reception, where we paid our bar tab, said goodbye to the wonderful staff here, and checked out. We hopped in the car and got on our way, but before long we were making a stop of the service station I'd had to make an emergency visit to the other day. Back out on the bypass and it wasn't long before we hit some heavy traffic, but thankfully, we made it to the new toll road without too much trouble. The toll road takes you from the bypass, almost directly to the airport, and for 11k rp, it shaves about half an hour off the trip on an average day, probably at least an hour on todays journey.

Canon PowerShot G1 X - 1/5 @ f/6.3, 15.888 mm (ISO 800)
Approximate location: Terminal Internasional, Ngurah Rai Airport, Kabupaten Badung, Bali

At the airport we made our way through the first security check, check in, another security check in case you've acquired anything you shouldn't have since the last security check (make you wonder how secure the place actually is) and on to the passport and departure tax check (although departure tax is included in your ticket price now) and made our way to "Last Wave" for a bite to eat. Like most airport food, it's a little overpriced, but still cheaper than home, and they do brag about having beer as cold as your ex-girfriends heart. I wouldn't know if that's true, as I had a luke warm Coke Zero instead.

The flight home was a little bumpy, but otherwise pretty uneventful. Even the trip through Perth airport was pretty quick this time, with the Quarantine counters fully staffed tonight, and due to the poor weather, and not many people wanting to be in the CBD tonight, most of the Uber drivers in Perth were hanging out at the airport when we walked outside, so our ride home arrived as soon as I booked it.

Phil and Lori Go to Bali - 2016 - Day 9

May 5th, 2016.
Today was a much better day. Lori brought me some toast and juice from the restaurant for breakfast and I popped an immodium just in case. I stayed at the room for a few hours while Lori went down to Hardy's looking at DVD's, and by the time that she was back, I was feeling well enough to go for a walk.

Canon PowerShot G1 X - 1/500 @ f/4.5, 15.1 mm (ISO 640)
Approximate location: Sanur Beach Grove, Beachwalk, Sanur, Kota Denpasar, Bali

We decided to try to find the "Sanur Beach Grove", a relatively new group of food stalls on an otherwise vacant parcel of land between Jl. Danau Tamblingan and the beach. While there is a fairly large sign on Jl. Danau Tamblingan, apparently you can walk past it pretty much every day for 4 or 5 days and still miss it. According to Google Maps, we would need to walk south and turn down Jl. Pantai Karang, which takes you past the German Consulate and down to the beach before heading north again to the Sanur Beach Grove, which is how we got there. The way back was a lot shorter, as there is a path all the way through from the beach to the road. The beach grove didn't exist when we were here last around 12 months ago, and is still growing as more tourists and locals find out about it.

Canon PowerShot G1 X - 1/1250 @ f/8, 15.1 mm (ISO 640)
Approximate location: Sanur Beach Grove, Beachwalk, Sanur, Kota Denpasar, Bali

At the Sanur Beach Grove, we ordered a beef rendang and a butter chicken masala from the Indian Cuisine hut for 115k rp, and I even managed to finish a Bintang for the first time in a few days. Over lunch we had a chat with a Californian woman who now resides about as permanantly as you can, in Sanur. We discussed the current state of the US, politics, the cost of living in Bali versus our own countries, the ins and outs of residency and visa's in Bali and the dog situtation in Bali. Our conversation actually started over her rescued Bali stray dog, a very well cared for and well behaved young pup.

Canon PowerShot G1 X - 1/640 @ f/11, 24.984 mm (ISO 640)
Approximate location: near Sanur Beach Grove, Jalan Danau Tamblingan, Sanur, Kota Denpasar, Bali

After lunch we took the much shorter route back to Jl. Danau Tamblingan and the hotel through the remainder of the vacant lot where the Sanur Beach Grove stands, which functions as their carpark and access to the main road. It was then that we realised we'd been walking past the sign on the street all the time we'd been in Sanur.

Back at the Swiss-Belresort Watu-Jimbar, we took a quick dip in the plunge pool before heading to the pool bar for the last couple of Crazy Loris and Uncle Phils for the trip. While there, we chatted to a young couple from Croatia and a whole bunch of Aussies, including a few from the Bunbury and Margaret River areas of South Western Australia.
Left - Canon PowerShot G1 X - 1/250 @ f/11, 15.1 mm (ISO 640)
Right - Canon PowerShot G1 X - 1/320 @ f/11, 15.1 mm (ISO 640)
Approximate location: Swiss-Belresort Watu-Jimbar, Jalan Danau Tamblingan, Sanur, Kota Denpasar, Bali

We had been quite interested in the roof top temple here at the Swiss-Belresort Watu-Jimbar for some time, and Lori asked one of the pool bar staff if she could go up there with him when he went up there to pray. This is one of those things that, even as a very non-religous person myself, I really love about Bali. Not only are the temples absolutely beautiful, regardless of whether they're large or small, the daily routines are quite interesting, from the regular offerings to the gods outside houses and businesses to the daily prayer sessions.

Canon PowerShot G1 X - 1/250 @ f/11, 15.1 mm (ISO 640)
Approximate location: Swiss-Belresort Watu-Jimbar, Jalan Danau Tamblingan, Sanur, Kota Denpasar, Bali

Before long it was time to head back to the room and get ready for dinner. Tonight we headed to one of our old haunts, 3 Monkeys. Tonight we had an avocado salad entree, followed by a lamb rack and a pork belly for the mains and, of course, pannacotta for dessert. Once again the food here was amazing and we had an amazing night. Tonights food and (non-alcoholic) drink bill came to 660k rp.

Canon PowerShot G1 X - 1/8 @ f/3.5, 15.1 mm (ISO 1600)
Approximate location: 3 Monkeys, Jalan Danau Tamblingan 114-116, Sanur, Kota Denpasar, Bali

We had planned to head to Casablancas, the restaurant / nightclub between 3 Monkeys and the Swiss-Belresort Watu-Jimbar, but we were both well and truly ready for bed, so instead we headed back to the hotel where we crashed pretty early on our last night in Bali. We have most of the day here tomorrow, but need to be at the airport around 5pm.

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