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.
During the Christmas period, I went to Fraser Island. But we chose to live in Hervey bay and just joined the one-day tour of Fraser Island. Because the island is full of mountain roads and dirt roads, not paved roads, you must drive a four-wheel drive, and I think it is safer to go with a tour group. Secondly, the choice of accommodation and restaurants on the island is very limited, and three meals a day should be done in the hotel where you live. In Hervey bay, you can choose high-end and mid-level hotels, or backpacker hostels. Food is also available, if you want to be more economical, you can choose McDonald’s and KFC
Australia likes to build some giant fruit landmarks, such as big mangoes, big bananas, and big pineapples. I recently traveled through the Sunshine coast, where there is also a big pineapple. It has decades of history, and many travel books have introduced it. More than ten years ago, if any friends came to visit us, we would take them to this big Pineapple. There is also a pineapple farm and a small train, as I remember.
But this time I went there and found that it was closed, and the pineapple farm and the small train were gone. Some signages said there will be some redevelopment plans. Fortunately, that giant Pineapple is still there. In fact, it is not too sad to see everything closed. I also entered the interior of Big Pineapple more than ten years ago, but there are some exhibition boards that introduce the history of the juice brand. It’s just a two or three stories high man-made fiberglass big pineapple. Taking a few photos outside is enough. If you pass by here, you can take a few pictures and spend more than 10 minutes.
Of course, there are also other scenic spots, such as a tree top Adventure Park, and a small zoo. Of course, we have to pay for it, but we didn’t enter it either.
We ended up spending ten minutes there taking a few photos and leaving.
76 Nambour Connection Rd, Woombye
The last time I drove to Hervey Bay, it was almost four hours of driving. For such a long-distance vehicle, it is very important to take a break halfway, and lack of concentration will affect driving safety. So, I took a break every hour and a half. There are rest spots like this on the side of the main highway. There are gas stations, fast food restaurants, and even slides for children to play. You can take a break there, eat something like a pie or a sandwich, and drink coffee.