Starbucks Happy Hour

From now until February 17th, Starbucks will have a 50% discount on all Frappuccino every day from 4pm to 5pm. If you are a member, you can start enjoying this offer at 3pm. Today, I also use this offer, $3.20 to drink a cup of Espresso Frappuccino, a cup of frozen coffee, so I can stay cool.

Espresso Frappuccino

This Tuesday is the Lunar New Year. Although the number of Chinese in Brisbane is less than those in Sydney and Melbourne, it has a few celebrations for Chinese New Year. In some Chinese shops, they put some Chinese New Year Decoration in their storefront. Also, some shopping malls and Brisbane Council have some Chinese New Year’s celebrations event. Of course, the most important Chinese mall, Sunnybank Plaza. There will be lion dances every day from 10.30 am for the next seven days, starting from Monday. Besides, the garden city will have more fireworks at 8 pm on 7th February. Also, the Brisbane City Council will hold a Chinese New Year event at the China Town at 4 pm on 9th February, including the dragon dance performance. We have full-on Chinese New Year!

Australian Day Firework

Firework 2013@Southbank
This Saturday is the Australian Day, the Australian National Day. We have the opportunity to see fireworks , which will be on the Brisbane river at 7:30 in the evening. Of course, the best place to watch is the Culture Forecourt in Southbank, and the experience based on previous years is not too many people to watch, so I think this firework is worth seeing. Of course, even this is not too many people to watch, but it is more convenient to use public transportation.

Firework 2019

Christmas Fireworks

If you mention New Year’s fireworks in Australia, of course, everyone will think of New Year’s fireworks in Sydney, because this is the largest in Australia, and fireworks on the famous landmark, harbour bridge, they are spectacular, so everyone are especially familiar.
However, there are also New Year’s fireworks in major cities across Australia! Also, we have New Year’s Eve fireworks in Brisbane, and we will have two sessions of fireworks on the Brisbane river! The first session will start at 8:30 pm on December 31. This game is called Family Fun Fireworks. It is mainly for families with small children. You can go home early to make it easier for children to sleep. The other, of course, is the one that started at 0:00 on New Year’s Day. It is relatively more significant, and more people watch it, so the atmosphere is better. If you can, I would recommend you to see this. Besides, the best vintage point to watch will be South Bank, followed by the North Quarry or riverside in the city.
Finally, I want to remind everyone. According to the experience of previous years, there are many people watching fireworks. So I suggest everyone use public transport! Moreover, all bus, train and citycat ferry services will be free from 8 pm on the 31st to 5:30 am on New Year’s Day! Detailed information can be involved in Translink.

KFC@Calamvale

On our Calamvale suburb, it seems that there are fewer fast food restaurants. However, when I went to the Calamvale Marketplace a few days ago, I found out that there was a new KFC, with the Drive-Thru service too, it was effortless for us to buy fast food! You don’t have to go out of Sunnybank or go to Brown Plains. For us, even that is more convenient, we can walk to buy KFC!

Calamvale Marketplace

2605 Beaudesert Road,
Calamvale,
QLD, 4116

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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.