Boxing Day Sales Tomorrow

Brisbane City Christmas

In Australia, the biggest sale event during the year is on the Boxing Day. In the tradition, most of the people are already a lot of money for buying the Christmas Presents. Thus, the shops will start sales on 26/12, the first date after Christmas, to boost the customers spending again!
I heard about the major cities of Australia, there are some people will start to line up in front of the stores tonight and wait for their opening. They wish to get the best deals tomorrow. Well, We are in the age of online shopping, a lot of major department stores’ website, such as Myer, Target, and UNIQLO already have started the sales. You can sit back and relax in front of the computer, just place the orders and wait for the delivery.
But if you decide to do your boxing date shopping in person, that won’t have easy parking, you need to prepare more time for looking for a parking spot

In Australian, people like to buy Christmas gifts for family and friends, Therefore, to facilitate everyone’s shopping, many shopping malls have extended their opening hours. The Garden City Shopping mall where is near our home also extended their opening hours this week. Both Tuesday and Friday are open until 9:00, and even open until midnight on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. Also, on the 23rd, there was a fireworks show at the town of Town Square at 10:00 on Sunday night. It also sounds very exciting, but according to our previous years’ experience, not all stores are trading until the mid-night, only major chain stores, such as Myer, Target, and BigW, are open for the whole extended trading hours.
If you want to shop, check the opening hours of the major shopping malls near you. I believe it is similar to Garden city.

4KQ Christmas lights

Runner-Up Christmas Lights @ Algester

In Brisbane, a lot of passionated households setup Christmas lightings and decorations in their own garden, turn it into a Christmas theme park! Some of them joined the competition from 4 KQ radio. The winner’s garden city looks very beautiful. I went to 1 st runner-up of this year in Algester. It seemed impressive! There is a Christmas tree made by LED lights.

LED Christmas Tree@ Algester


Moreover, there is some “man-made” snow. It gave you of White Christmas! Please note that, the “man-made” snows will fall on your head, you may need to take a shower afterward. 

Man-Made Snow

Besides of lightings, there are some inflated Christmas decorations. The family must spend a lot of efforts on this. I think that is worth to check out whether there is a winner at nearby you. That is worth to pay a trip for visiting.

Black Friday Sales@Brisbane
In the United States, Black Friday sales are on this weekend, it happens every year for a while, and many big department stores will have some good deals on this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. This year, I have received emails from many Australian online stores, such as Amazon, which has black Friday sales. This afternoon, when I had lunch in Carindale, I found that there were a lot of shops, such as cotton on and JB HiFi, which had significant price cuts, up to 70% off. That is another event to attract us to spend more!

Taiwan Festival 2018

Taiwan Festival 2018
I went to Taiwan Festival 2018 on the Saturday before last week. We arrived there at around 4 pm. There was not too quiet, but not very crowded. Maybe, on that Friday, their online payment was not working very well. As a result, there was a long queue. I guess some people were losing interest to go there.

Because of the technical difficulties of the payment system, They started to accept any cash. Thus, we have no troubles for payments. They had a walk around their street market. We found around 20 stalls to sell Taiwanese food such as and Taiwanese drinks.
Deep fried chicken fillet
For us, firstly, we had a deep fried chicken fillet, that was very crispy!
Taiwanese egg waffles.

Taiwanese egg waffles.
And then we tried Taiwanese egg waffles. They look like a real egg. That is fancy. It tastes really not bad, it tasted like waffles. I think that is ok. However, I have spent half an hour in the queue, that is a bit much. Moreover, four little waffles cost $9, that was a bit expensive for me too. Anyway, I went there for fun, spending a bit more is ok.
Taiwanese bottled drinks
Besides, there was a distributor of Taiwanese bottled drinks in there for promotion. Their promotion price was great, a bottle and pack of Taiwanese drink is only for $1. I like it.
Besides food and drinks, there are also Taiwanese cultural performances. I saw a group of people performing fan dances on the stage. It seems that they have spent a lot of time rehearsing, they were well prepared

fireworks
At around 9 pm, we went out to Sunnybank Hills to watch the fireworks display at the Taiwan Festival. It is also about ten minutes. It’s free, I certainly like it.
Fortunately, we went on Saturday, we did not encounter the problem of the payment system, and we lived nearby, so it was a bit of fun for. But some friends went there on Friday, because of the payment system issues, they had to spend the time to queue up to buy the food, they had some unpleasant experience. I hope that the organizer can learn from the experience, next times, they can handle it better and faster next time.

IKEA Clearance sale

IKEA Clearance sale
Today, IKEA started their Clearance sale until this Sunday(21/10). There are 400 products on sale and at least 40%off.
Thus, tonight, we went there. That was not very fun. I spent half an hour on the queue for ordering our dinner. Fortunately, after this hard work for queuing. We found a set of baby bed sheets for $10. It looks “high end” and just for $10.
Bed Sheet Set - $10
If they are considering to move to a new home, I think we can get more bargain deals than us.
I saw $399 for a three-seat soda, $99 bookshelf and $119 for a desk. They sound a good deal too. I have not much time to shop tonight, so I think I should miss a lot, there should be more good deals rather than just I mentioned above.
$99- Bookshelf

$399- Three Seat Sofa

$119-Desk
I think that is worth to go to their store and check out any good stuff for you if you consider moving to a new home and renovation. Well, If you are just looking for buying some new dining tableware or some towels, just some homeware, there may be not many choices for you.
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Taiwan Festival 2018
A few days ago, I was in Sunnybank Hills Shopping Center. I saw there was a poster about Taiwan Festival. I have been to this Festival for a few times, I am keen to attend this year too! This year, this festival will take place at the rooftop car park at Sunnybank Hills Shopping Center where is a good location. There are a lot of car parks and closed to us too! I love to be there his year. According to the poster, there will be a street market where they can have some Taiwanese food. Moreover, there will be some Taiwanese culture performance too. At both nights of the festival, there will be fireworks too! The most important part is a free entry!

Venue:
Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown
661 Compton Rd,
Sunnybank Hills
QLD 4109
Date:
12/10/18 4:30pm to 9:30pm
13/10/18 11:00am to 9:30pm
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Watching RiverFire 2018

RiverFire 2018
Yesterday, we went to Brisbane City for watching RiverFire 2018 around 5:30pm. Firstly, I booked a parking spot at City. Unfortunately, even I booked the parking spot, after I entered the car park, there were all full. Finally, I found a parking spot at QUT, and it is not too costly. For the weekend parking is $10 per day. Next year, I have to plan better, and I need to make sure we really really can get a parking spot. Then We walked to bicentennial bikeway just next to the river. That is not closed to the river, and I saw there was already a crowd to wait for watching the RiverFire 2018.
At 7:04pm, EA-18 has a flyover the river, then the fireworks started. There was magnificent. There were a lot of fireworks, that is 15 minutes long non-stop fireworks. Moreover, some fireworks got the sound effect, has “weeee” “weee” sound! That was interesting. Also, this year, it has a new feature. I saw there were two jet ski driving across the river and it fired some fireworks too! The fireworks are not just on the sky, over the water too!
RiverFire 2018- Fireworks from Jet Ski
Lastly, the bicentennial bikeway is a vantage point to watch the fireworks. However, there is too close to the platform at the middle river where is all fireworks fired from. Thus, that is very very noisy. I highly recommend not staying in there if you have kids or even with a baby. That is too noisy for them.
In conclusion, the Fireworks is excellent, that is my fault. I did not arrange the parking well and end up we went to the place not suitable for us who was with a toddler. As a result, this times is not an enjoyable experience for us this year.
RiverFire 2018

CELEBRATEBRISBANE RIVER OF LIGHT
Last night, I went to city for watching CelebrateBrisbane River of Light, which is a light show in Southbank. At 9.30pm, the show started. The water fountain spray water like dancing, then there are a number of the spotlights flashing at the same time too. According to their official website, there is some rainbow light too. Maybe, I watched that in the city, that is too far away, I did not any laser at all.
Please be aware there are two nights of the show left! Please do not miss that!

RIVERFIRE 2018


This Saturday, Brisbane Festival 2018 will be officially ended. That is the time for the most significant event of this festival, Brisbane Riverfire, as the course event. It will start this Saturday at 7:05 pm. At the time, there will be a ton of colorful fireworks at the River to light up Brisbane.
This event is not about Fire Works; There will be aerial displays from defense force at Southbank, not many other opportunities you can see the fighter jets from RAAF

According to the official website of Brisbane Festival, the timetable listed as the below:

2:45 pm – C 17A Globemaster flypast

4:10 pm – Roulettes Aerobatic Display

5:30 pm – EA-18G Growler flypast

7:04 pm – EA-18G Growler flypast

7:05 pm – Fireworks display commences

EA-18G is the latest RAAF fighter jet. Moreover, besides of US, Australia is the only one country equipped this kind of jet. So, watching those jets is a must-do activity for Brisbane Festival! Also, tomorrow will be pre-event practices of those jets too, please be aware that, if you are a fan of flighter jet.

I believe this event is worth to go! Thus Many people will go to Southbank for this. Then, the best way to there is using public transport. Translink will have extra services for this event! There will be special shuffle bus for this event. They will run every 8 minutes between 4 pm to 7 pm from:
shuttle 999S runs all busway stations from Eight Mile Plains to South Bank
Shuttle 4 runs between all stops via Old Cleveland Rd and busway, then express from Gabba to Ann Street
Shuttle 6 runs between all stops and busway stations from Chermside to Woolloongabba