My kid unexpectedly requested me to go grocery shopping at Woolworths a few days ago. I was wondering why. Due to the fresher items at Woolworths? In reality, it turned out to be about another of their incentive schemes. They’ve had a variety of collectibles to trade over the years, including plastic building blocks and mini supermarket products. But this time, no plastic is used anymore. Disney character cards are being made available for the celebration of the studio’s 100th anniversary. You can get a pack for every $30 spent.
Brisbane Open House is taking place this coming Saturday and Sunday. There will be public access to many old Brisbane structures, as well as some guided tours. I regrettably arrived in the city at half past three since I had to take care of the kids and run other errands. The former National Australia Bank Queensland Headquarters, a heritage-listed structure, was where I went to find UQ Brisbane City, but it had just closed. The Brisbane Open House website states that the City Hall is open until 5 o’clock, so I eventually went there. Unfortunately, the Council Chambers had already been locked. Thankfully, I went to the BALMORAL ROOM, which was open at last. It is a highly regal dinner hall in the European style. I at least got some outcomes on this trip.
A few days ago, I saw the trial run of Brisbane’s Metro! When I first heard the name “Brisbane Metro,” I thought it was a new subway system. But it is a bus rapid transit system designed to offer high frequency bus services. This system will employ two primary routes to connect Brisbane’s suburbs and the Central Business District by our existing busway with a few extensions.
The Metro will consist of 60 electric articulated buses, each of which can carry 150–170 passengers, making it so spectacular. I just observed one of these brand-new buses being tested on the southern busway. A more practical and eco-friendly travel choice appears to be coming to our city with this new public transportation system! I’m eager to try it when it launches officially!
Good Friday is an important Christian holiday that commemorates the crucifixion and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The weather, however, could have been better on that day. There were a few showers during the day, and things took a turn for the worse in the evening. Finally, around 7 PM, there was a storm and even a hailstorm.
The following day, however, was a different story altogether. The weather was clear, with no clouds in sight. It was fantastic, sunny, and a bit windy, with a distinctly autumnal feel. This change in weather was surprising and remarkable.
Good Friday is a somber and solemn occasion, and the poor weather on the day itself may have added to the sense of sadness and grief. But the bright and clear weather on the following day was a reminder that even in difficult times, a better future is always possible.
No matter what challenges we may face, if we stay optimistic and maintain a positive attitude, we can overcome them and enjoy the beauty of life. The changing weather serves as a metaphor for the ups and downs of life, and we can take heart in the fact that after every storm, there is the possibility of sunshine and calm.
With the beautiful weather we’ve been having, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. Plus, I had heard that longan fruit was in season, and I couldn’t wait to taste some of the freshest fruit possible. So, I decided to go to Longan Farm to pick up some Longan.
The Longan Farm is located near North Lakes, just around an hour’s drive from Brisbane. When we arrived at the farm at noon, the entry fee was only $2, and kids under 15 could enter for free. The Longan you picked is $10 per kg. They only accept cash. I saw a group of people who picked around 16Kg and needed more cash.
Before we entered the farm, we had to sign a statement to waive the farm’s responsibility for any accidents that may occur. However, once we were inside, we had a great time exploring the farm and picking some delicious longan fruit. It was a fantastic way to spend a sunny afternoon, and I recommend the Longan Farm to anyone looking for a fun outdoor activity. Moreover, maybe the Longan is picked by myself. I found they are more delicious than those in the market.
One important thing to note is that the Longan Farm is only open during certain seasons and only when the longan fruit is ripe and ready for picking. So, if you want to experience this activity, check the farm’s Facebook page for the latest updates on opening times and picking conditions.
Address359 Raynbird Road
Before, I mentioned that now you can go out for lunch for almost $20 a meal. Yuanbao Taiwanese Restaurant is really the most affordable. It is still about $16 a lunch bento box, with a whole chicken leg, vegetables, tofu, and winter melon tea.
663 Beenleigh Road,
Tue to Sun: 11am- 2pm, 5pm – 8pm
I went to Sweet shine Taiwanese restaurant for lunch a few days ago. In my memory, more than a year ago, a meal cost $12-13. If it’s $17.50 to $19.50 now, it’s a lot more expensive. Fortunately, I ordered chicken drumstick rice. The taste is acceptable for a few big bowls of a whole chicken drumstick. The price is fair.
Calamvale Central Shopping Centre
662 Compton Road
07- 3272 3121
Mon-Tue,Thu-Sat : 11am to 7:45pm
Sun:11am to 2:30pm
The last time I went to Fraser Island, the first stop was to visit the tropical rainforest, the only tropical rainforest in the world that grows on a sand island. However, some trees, such as the white gum trees, seem out of place and grow in rows. It turned out that those were not native, and people tried to plant them on the mainland of Australia. Before, there was a logging industry on the island, so the government introduced different kinds of trees to rebuild the forest and see if it could prevent wildfires. However, the tour guide said that it was not very successful. This is a historic rainforest where new species are introduced at will, and if they are lucky, the new species and old species may be done well. Thus, you can increase biodiversity. However, it can cause ecological imbalance under bad conditions, and even the original species will be wiped out.
If you want to eat dim sum in Brisbane, you will think of Yum Cha. But, in fact, there is another choice now, which is the dim sum specialty store.
In Calamvale Central, Calamvale Lane, which was rebuilt from the original BIG W, opened a Ruyi dim sum specialty store. A shopping mall, there are Freshco Asian Supermarket and Woolworths, where you can stop by to buy food while you have lunch in Ruyi.
As for the food, the first thing is regarding the choices on the menu, there are also shrimp dumplings, buns and other food, which is not less than ordinary restaurants at all, and I think it is even better than
some yum cha restaurants in Brisbane and they have more choices. In terms of taste, it is even better. It is all hot and has the level of a restaurant. It is not like simply steaming dim sum from the central factory for customers.
I have been there twice, and both times I was satisfied. I have a good impression of that restaurant. First of all, I would like to talk about the custard buns. They are not bad. The custard is fresh and not too dry. Some work has been done, and the appearance is also very delicate.
In addition, I also tried the char siew crisps, which were all crispy.
There is also Golden Lava (Liu Sha) Bao, and a lot of yellow custard, but not too sweet or too much.
In addition, rice rolls are also a highlight, the skin is a little slippery, and it is also similar to the kind I had in Hong Kong as a child. Finally, there are shrimp dumplings. Although they are not the best in the world, they are still acceptable, and the thickness of the dumpling skin is acceptable.
Address:Shop 59 Calamvale central,
662 Compton Rd,
Fraser Island is a sand island and is a World Heritage-listed island. So the island is full of sandy roads, and we, like our tour group, have to take this kind of four-wheel drive bus to go to different scenic spots. And it’s very wobbly, so be sure to fasten your seat belt the entire time. If you have children, you must bring your own car seat.