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Showing posts with label Things to Do Down South in Perth 2. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Things to Do Down South in Perth 2. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Ripe Pickings: My Trip’s Jolly Trolley

Firstly, I have no idea what sort of name I have just decided for this post of mine.  Its some random thing which I made up.  Since coming back from my Albany trip, I have only written one blog entry on it.  After the laziness in me subdued, I have decided to wrap up the entire trip in one post.  But in a different way from how I would normally do it.  I will exclusively use my Iphone pictures crossed with creations from Instagram to rock this post ;-)!    Hope you people will enjoy the pictures ahah.

This was one of the photos I snapped while Fishman sped through the hilly asphalt roads of the South.  Goddammit! We made a pact to take it slow. So I travelled below 150 kmph at all times.  And that smarty-pants?  He was doing 160kmph.  Con people only!! Aaaaaaa.   Nonetheless, the drive was enjoyable at all times.  When I grow up with a nice ride.  Ho!Ho!Ho!  I’ll happily drive through these places again!  Oh god, and really, with the roads being so straight, it really makes me wonder why the other cars were crawling behind @.@!


One of the nicest towns to visit down South is Augusta.  The charm of this little town down South can be easily labelled as simple awesomeness.  Foreign travellers looking for migrating whales will be surprised with their other findings if the whales have not already surprised them.  Serendipity?  Maybe.  I took this picture on the way to Augusta and decided to give it a “Katy Perry – Teenage Dream” touch as the little darling calls it.  I used Instagram, the little program with magical tools.

The trip down South was fulfilling in many ways.  A subject of my fulfilment was disappointment.  Weird aye!? Who would find disappointment a good experience? I have seen plenty of it and experienced plenty of it.  The simplicity of having expectations is clearly an explanation. Adding on, who said chameleons and jelly fish are the only ones with changing colours?

For this, a friend educated me on selfishness.  The picture on the left is the patches of cloud and the fence leading to the Cape Leeuwin lighthouse.  A certain friend was left disappointed there.  It draws a scene which fits the song Despair in the Departure Lounge by the Arctic Monkeys.  But he comprehended it pretty damn well.  Awesome possum!  Like this picture, there was no lighthouse because he did not see any :(!

Ahh, the lovely house we stayed in at Margaret River.  This house surpassed our expectations in every aspect.  It’s plans were carefully laid out for maximum comfort. The owners meticulously decorated each room with unique themes such as safari, wasabi, ski lodge, Japanese and sort.  Class act!  This house was our host for two days of stay!!

On the last day, we toured around the Margaret River area. This picture was taken at the Berry Farm.  Bought a couple of jam jars home for my parents.  Strawberry Kirsch Jam and an Apricot flavoured was my pick after testing the many flavours offered :D!
Oh, something that I must bring to your attention is the bottle  inspired “chandelier” that was used to decorate the shop. I thought it looked pretty damn cool.  It is a nature loving act I’d suppose?

After touring around Margaret River, we were in a bit of a rush because the little darling decided to do a favour for the holiday home owner’s friend who needed to deliver 4 crates of wine to a restaurant which I frequent for dim sum.  I loved the idea and found it to be very thoughtful, but others could not comprehend the idea.  O well.  If everyone sees the same good, it would be insulted to be a trait of communism, otherwise, it is just the way humans are.  Divided, racist or unique. Good or bad, you decide :P!

The last stop of the trip was the famous jetty at Busselton.  Unfortunately it has been under repair works since 3 years ago or so.  Is this the result of bureaucracy and an organised government action?  Yes.  Probably an overrated one.
But that is alright.  The jetty is still a beauty and Iphone did capture it pretty damn well!  I have been here plenty of times but it is still very picturesque.

Right after this, we sped home and got the crates of wine delivered.  All 48 bottles.  But because we did not have enough space in the boot, so I had to sit like a Buddha in the car with my legs folded.  There were 12 bottles of wine in the front sit @.@!  Epic-ness.

Ok mates, this is probably the shortest blog entry I have done on my holiday before.  Might get a few more pictures up.  If I do, it will be proper ones from my camera.  But at the moment, all the pictures are up on facebook, so no hurry aye?!


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Bites: Denmark Riverview Hotel @ Denmark.

It has been an eventful week which saw the engineers and their companions enjoy a trip to the South West region of W.A.  Not entirely sweet, but it was pretty damn good!  While I have been down South plenty of times, this was one of the best trips ever.  The lovely holiday home at Margaret river was orgasmic.  For a good culinary experience, Denmark Hotel satisfied me once again.  The menu has changed but not the quality. 
Our group of 15 people ordered pretty much everything that can be ordered from the menu.  Steaks, pork chops, lamb, seafood and chicken.  Not to mention salads and soups too!!  But since the table was super duper long, I did not take every single picture.  Driving 500km was tiring and definitely took a toll on my legs.  Hehehe.  Now for the good part, time to dive in to the food.

For starters, Xin Ling and I shared a chunky tomato soup!
The soup was super good.  YiHeng loved it.  Xin ling who does not like sweet foods was also tempted to try a spoon and kept spooning more afterwards.  Definitely a winner:)!

For my main, I choose the marinated lamb pieces with a rocket salad on a bed of pumpkin mash with fetta cheese and an onion something ahah.  Finished with sauces that tasted awesome.
The lamb was yummy!!! But the goddamn serve was so small =X!! Luckily I ordered the soup beforehand.  It helped fill me to the halfway mark.  To enjoy the flavours that were scattered around the plate, I cut small pieces of everything and mixed it in my mouth.  Totally kickass!  But the mash and Balsamic vinegar sauce is not for everyone.  For example, UWA’s top Civil Engineer Anthony did not enjoy it ahahaha.  I think he likes his lamb with poppy seeds xD!!

Next up is Yi Heng main.  The Denmark Sirloin Steak with salad and cheaps.
While the cut is as big and juicy as ever, this lovely steak no longer comes on a sizzling plate :(!  It’s now the pub style steak served with chips.  I tried a small piece of it and it was perfectly cooked.  Juicy with some fats enveloped around the meat!!  I like it that way, but I’m not sure about the preferences of health conscious people.  Oh yeah, Jim who ordered the same thing had his NOT cooked to order. It was slightly overcooked :(!  I think 15 people was too much for this small town restaurant to handle @.@!

And the little darling’s dish was the oven roasted chicken wrapped with prosciutto served with polenta and finished with grilled asparagus, and cherry tomatoes.
The best way to describe this was visual pleasure.  I feel rested with her selection even without tasting it.  While the chicken meat alone is dry, combining the polenta with the chicken meat and some cherry tomatoes make it taste a whole lot better.  The juiciness within the tomatoes were eagerly waiting to burst out in every way.  Super yummy too.  I think she enjoyed her chicken quite a fair bit.  However, the polenta was not as creamy as we would have liked it to be.  Expected a more refined texture, but it was still acceptable hehe.

Another dish that received thumbs up for the night was the pork chop.  I have to admit, it looked legendary.  Like a house built on an isle surrounded by a red sea.That was my second choice if I had not chosen the lamb.  It was totally juicy inside like chicken thigh fillet :D!

Ok peeps, that is all for now.  Will be updating more posts on the trip ahah.