Southbank Brisbane
This Saturday in Southbank, there is an excellent food show, Regional Flavours. Tomorrow (21/7,) and Sunday (22/7), there will be more than 80 food stalls selling a variety of Queensland foods, from chocolate to fruit. Moreover, there are live music performances and celebrity chefs cooking demonstrations, which should be suitable for your family’s activities this week!

Fee: Free
Location: Southbank Brisbane
Time: 10am-5pm

Sunnybank $2 Food Trail Summer 2016

Tdoay (14th July,2018), Sunnybank Plaza and Sunny Park will hold Sunnybank $2 Food Trail again,this event will be held occasionally during these recent years . Today, from 2 pm to 8 pm, around 45 participated restaurants across those two shopping centers will offer $2 tasting plates. Besides, the ranges of the dish on the offers have wide range of choices, such as Chinese, Japanese, Hong Kong Style, Vietnamese, Korean and Taiwanese styles. Also, because we are in the Summer, this times, some restaurants will offer chilled desserts and they mentioned some other new mini tasting dish. According to their website, this event is only about food; there will be some live entertainments too, such as live performance from
local musicians and traditional roaming lion dancers . This year, they will have a dedicated Kids Zone. There will be face painting, board games and colouring-in. I think the kids will have fun too!
For the further details, please visit their website and download their event map.

 

Date:14/07/2017(Sat)
Time:2-8pm
Venue:Sunnybank Plaza and Sunny Park

SkatingAt Festival(Winter Festival)
Now is the winter time in Brisbane, but the lowest degree in Winter time is just only around 7-8 degree. Thus, we cannot see the snow at all.
However, you can go to SkatingAt Festiva to have a snowy winter.
From today to 22nd July 2017, a giant ice rink and ice slide have setup in King George Square. I believe you can skate in there. But you need to pay the entry fee, Adult $28, Children (8 to 13-year-old) $20, Kid (3 to 5-year-old) $10.(Buy online ~20% off).
Also, there are some food trucks next to the ice rink. They offer some hot foods, which is the best for the cozy winter.
That sounds cool, I think you should not miss this event.


Tomorrow is ANZAC Day which is a national day of remembrance in all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. The people across Australia will stop to mark this day Also, the day is to honor Australian and New Zealanders soldiers took part in the operations at Gallipoli on 25th April 1915.

Tomorrow from 10am to 1pm, a ANZAC parade will be held in Brisbane City (From Adelaide Street, Brisbane City, near City Hall ) . The Australia defence force and ex-service men and women will be a part of the parade. This parade will be very meaningful for every Australian.

Sand Safari Arts Festival


The major event happening in Surfer Paradise is Sand Safari Art Festival. I have been there a few weeks ago. That sounds quite interesting. There are a number of sand sculptures sitting on Surfers Paradise Foreshore. All of them are themed with a different sea creatures, moreover, the artists only used sand and water to create them, they is magnificent! In additional, there are inflatable arts placed in the beach!
inflatable arts
Please do not miss this weekend are last two days of this event.


I have not realized today is the new year eve of Chinese New Year. Most of the Chinese in Brisbane live in Brisbane southside. Thus, we have a few of Chinese New Year Celebrations, although they are smaller scale than those in Sydney and Melbourne, I know there will be street markets and dragon dance. Our Chinese New Year Celebrations are mainly in Sunnybank Plaza and Grand City; those are the major shopping malls in Southside.
For Sunnybank Plaza, there will be kung fu and lion dance performances in front of the cinema at 10:30 every day from today to this Sunday and ice sculptures at 2 p.m today

There are also lion dance performances at Graden city between 16 and 18 /2 and fireworks at 8:00 pm on New Year’s Day. There are also lion dance shows in some smaller shopping malls in Southside. You can watch out for any announcements in your nearby shopping malls.

I wish you all a Happy Chinese New Year
Sunnybank Plaza

15/2
10:30am kung fu and lion dance performances
2pm ice sculptures
16/2
10:30am kung fu and lion dance performances
17/2
10:30am kung fu and lion dance performances
18/2
10:30am kung fu and lion dance performances
Graden City

16/2
11am lion dance performances(Level 2)
2pm lion dance performances(Level 1)
6pm至9pm Live Entertainment (Town Square Restaurant Precinct)
8pm Fireworks Display(Town Square Restaurant Precinct)
17/2
11:30am至1pm Chinese Carol
12pm kung fu and lion dance performances(8 Street)
1pm Live Entertainment (Level 2)
4pm Live Entertainment (Level 1)
18/2
12pm kung fu and lion dance performances(8 Street)

Super Blue Moon Tonight


Last night, we watched the news. BOM said tonight; we can see the Super Blue Moon. They said that would be the largest in the century. However, I remember about a year ago, there was a Super Moon. We went to Mt Gravatt Lookout for watching the Super Moon. All car parks were full. In the end, we did not stop at all. Thus, tonight, we will watch the Super Blue Moon in our
backyard. If you do not mind to seek a car park very hard, you can go to Mt Coot-tha Lookout or Mt Gravatt Lookout for watching the Super Blue Moon.

Brisbane 2017 countdown

The time is passing so fast. Tomorrow is the new year eve. The major new year celebration in Brisbane is the new year fireworks display, and there are two sessions.

The first is at 8:30 pm, this is more suitable for the families with young children. It will be end at 8.45pm. For children, it is not too late.

The main session will be at 0:00 pm on New Year’s Day, 2018 and I believe it will be more exciting than the one at  8:30. As for Southbank and Eagle Street, both are the vantage points for watching the fireworks. In fact, Mount Cootha can see the firework. It is even more awesome to see the fireworks across the Brisbane River from the higher ground. It has a different experience than the riverside.

According to the Translink website, all public transport in Brisbane City is free from New Year’s Eve, 8:45 pm to January 1,5:30 am. This is good  for everyone to see the fireworks. There are also food trucks at the SouthBank, you can enjoy some street food with the fireworks too!

Every year, a lot of people will line up in front of the major department stores on 26/12 very early. They wish to get the best deal on the boxing day sales. However, during the recent years, you do not need to wait until 26/12. You can place orders on the Christmas day. Yesterday, I received the newsletters from UNIQLO and Target regarding their online stores are ready for Boxing Day Sales. Moreover, according to my experiences in previous years, almost all major shopping centers will be full of people on the Boxing day, even that will be very hard to get a parking spot. In contrast, shopping online is easier. You need to click a few buttons and make payment. Then you just need to wait for the delivery at home. That is more comfortable. Thus, that is worth to check out the websites of the major stores, whether they have already started the boxing day sales.

Brisbane City Christmas

Last night, I also went out to Brisbane. There was a lot of people as if back to Hong Kong, Myer Center parking car was almost full.

Brisbane Christmas Parade 2017 Brisbane Christmas Parade- Angel Brisbane Christmas Parade - Three wisemen

In fact, that is not surprising, the city has a lot of Christmas celebration. Such as the 7 o’clock Christmas parade, there are many people watching; there were three or four layers of people in front of myself. And this year’s parade sounds more exciting than in previous years, with some of this year’s unique characters appearing on parade, such as the big angel. Of course, there are three wise men riding camels who are present in the parade every year. I think you should not miss that. Last two sessions of the parade will be on tonight and tomorrow

Christmas Fireworks

Also, of course, I went to watch the fireworks display at 7.45. But we did not go to Southbank, we just saw it at the entrance of the casino. Although Southbank did not see it so clearly, we could see it, and there were not many people. Unfortunately, the last session Christmas fireworks display will be at 7.45pm tonight

Also, the Brisbane City Christmas Decoration looks pretty!

Finally, we went shopping in the city’s department store, but it was a bit tired.