Brisbane Lunar New Year Celebrations

This Saturday is the Lunar New Year! The Lunar New Year in previous years, we had quite a lot of celebrations in Brisbane, such as the fireworks and lunar celebration party in Garden City.
Unfortunately, according to the information on the website of Garden City, this year, it will not be so large, but there will be a lion dance performance at 7:30 every night from 23 to 25.
Fortunately, in our largest Chinese shopping mall, Sunnybank Plaza, there will be various New Year activities from the 22nd to 26 th, as follows:
Sunnybank Plaza
 Lion Dance Show: Wednesday to Friday, 10.30 am
 Lion Dance and Kung Fu Performance: Saturday, Sunday, 10.30 am
 Sunny Park
Wednesday to Sunday: 11:30 am outside Woolworths
Ice Craving
 Sunday at 4.00 pm
 Foodcourt, Sunnybank Plaza
Saturday, 12.30 pm
 Outside Kafe Cafe, Sunny Park

Moreover, on 1st February from 4 pm to 9 pm, there will be a Lunar New Year party on the rooftop of the Plaza car park, where there are various cultural performances such as lantern making workshops and calligraphy performances, of course, there are also lion dance performances, and there will be fireworks at night!
So if you want to have a festive atmosphere, you can go there!

The Noodle Club- Congee Breakfast

We are living in oversea, so I especially like Chinese food. I even want to eat Chinese food for the first meal of the day(breakfast). Unfortunately, not many Chinese restaurants offer breakfast because of demand. For people like us, who is the working class, we are in a hurry to work every morning. So, most of us eat breakfast at home. For those Chinese oversea students won’t get up that early to have breakfast.
Fortunately, a friend recently recommended the noodle club, where congee and fried dough sticks are sold before 10:30. There are two types of congee to choose, Congee with Pork and Century Eggs and white porridge.
I went there last week and tried it. First of all, I found that the breakfast there was not expensive, only about $7. Then I ordered the cheapest breakfast for only $ 6.50. I have packed white porridge with a mustard and a fried dough stick! The most attractive thing is that the fried dough stick is really huge! And it looks like it’s freshly fried!
Furthermore, the environment is very comfortable and not noisy, so I can have breakfast with my friends and have some chatting. I sat here for over an hour that day
Finally, I want to mention that the fried dough sticks there are very popular! So if you’re going to have this, you’d better place your order before ten o’clock.
I will go there for breakfast next time I have the chance.

Address: shop 2
254 warrigal road
QLD 4113
Phone: (07) 3189 3433

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A Segway/scooter does on footpath what cars do on the road. Thomas travelling 15+km on foot paths around Brisbane city is amazing. Don’t have to do it as slow as 3 hours of walking. Can see so many things in 2 hours wheeling it. Feeling fantastic! Trying new store location, Yummy Taro ramen now

Taro's Ramen - South Brisbane

Author: Thomas Kong(Photo&Contents are permitted to use by Thomas Kong)

Taro’s Ramen – South Brisbane
154 Melbourne Street
South Brisbane
QLD 4101
Tel: 07 3844 4414

From LiveInBNE Team: We thank you so much Thomas sharing his trip to southbank today. Thomas got a strong passion to promote traveling by Segway/E-Scooter. He mentioned that is a new way to travel. We do not need to wait bus coming or spend hours on walking for exploring. Segway/E-Scooter is much faster. He reminded us to follow the laws of using Segway/E-Scooter. Wear Hamlet and no passage. Further information read Queensland Government website


Japanese ramen is very popular in Brisbane, not only us, with strong Asian background, love it. A lot of local Aussie like that. I think that is the major reason, and our Brisbane CBD has a lot of good Japanese ramen restaurants. One of those i love is MEN YA GO. I tried that one again this week. I ordered a Shoyu Tonkotsu costs $14.80, which is a bit expensive, but it tastes great. The noodle texture is very firmly, which I like. And the soap base is with good flavor, a lot of sesame flavor. Moreover, it has free extra noodles too. But it already put in your bowl, rather than put in an individual bowel like others.
I love it, and i will have it again if I go to the city back.

Shop 4 123 Albert St,
Brisbane City QLD 4000
07 3211 3129
Trading Hours:
Mon – Thu:11:30 am – 8:00 pm
Friday:11:30 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday :12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Central Plaza 1,
Shop 2/345 Queen St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
07 3220 3924
Trading Hours:
Mon – Fri:10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sat – Sun:Closed

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Donto Sapporo

Donto Sapporo is my most favorite Japanese restaurant. I love their lunch special bento box. The bento box is under $20; it included Tempura, fried chicken pieces, stream egg, miso soup, and sashimi. What’s a good deal, the quality is excellent. The serving size is not small too. I felt full after I had a bento box.
Moreover, the staff is friendly. They are excellent in every aspect. They are very popular, so please book a table in advance.
Unfortunately, they were in the Broadbeach area for more than 20 years, which was a good location. In October 2019, they forced to relocate to Bundall. I hope their quality and price will remain the same.

Shop 15-16
Sorrento Shopping Village,
20 Bundall Rd,
Bundall QLD 4217

Tel: 07 5539 9933

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Firework 2020

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 is especially familiar. Although this year, there are several petitions for not having fireworks in Sydney, because of NSW bush fires, rather than spending on Fireworks, that is better to help those people affected. However, at this minute, the fireworks will still go ahead.

There are also New Year’s fireworks in major cities across Australia(please check whether your city will have fireworks, some cities canceled their fireworks, because of fire ban)! 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 vantage 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 7:45 pm on the 31st to 5:30 am on New Year’s Day! Detailed information can be involved in TransLink.

Boxing Day Shopping

Garden City - Boxing Day Sales - A lot of people

Yesterday is Boxing Day. According to my experiences during the past years, a lot of people will go to the shopping mall, because the most of shops have massive sales on Boxing Day. Thus, we went out a bit late, around 2pm. However, there were still a lot of people. When I arrived at Kessels Road, about 1KM away from Garden City. There was a queue to enter Garden City. I spent 15 minutes in the queue; then I could enter the car park in Garden City. And then, I spent another 30 minutes to find a parking spot. I used 45 minutes to line up and seeking the parking spot. That was crazy.
When I entered the mall, there were a ton of people. That is rare to see in Brisbane. I felt I was in Hong Kong. Also, I saw a lot of people walking with a full trolley of new stuff they just bought. I think this year; there should be a good record of sales during the boxing day.
For myself, I do not have may things I need to buy. My home blender is quite old and dirty. So, I wish to buy a new one. Then I found one is in Target for $79, which is only $20 off, not a huge discount, so a lot of stocks on the floor. That is the reason I can come late!

NUTRIBULLET at Target $79

Boxing Day Sale Tomorrow!

Brisbane City Christmas

In Australia, the biggest sale event during the year is on Boxing Day, that is tomorrow! In tradition, most people are already a lot of money to buy 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, and 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, place the orders and wait for the delivery.
But if you decide to do your boxing date shopping in person, that won’t be easy to get a parking spot, and you need to prepare more time for looking for a parking spot

Early Boxing Day Sale

Tomorrow is Christmas. As Christians, of course, I encourage everyone to take this opportunity to go to the church and find out the real meaning of Christmas. In addition, some of my blog readers asked me about the boxing day sale. In Boxing day, most of the stores will have a big sale, and it is the largest in a year. However, it is now the age of online shopping. Even if it is a public holiday tomorrow, basically all stores will be closed, but their online stores are still open, and so the store will start Boxing day sales tomorrow, even some of them have already started online. Everyone can pay attention to it online.

Christmas Fireworks 2019

Christmas Fireworks

Christmas is only a few nights of sleep away, again, that is an excellent time to find the true meaning about Christmas. By the way, now is the period of “Fireworks Season.”, From Tonight to 23rd December, every night at 8 pm, the Brisbane river will have 15 minutes fireworks display. Please do not miss that; you can see the Christmas Parade at 7 pm earlier time, then you can see the firework displays. Lastly, most signature fireworks will be on New Year Eve.