New wing of Garden City

Last night, I went to Garden City for dinner. There were a long queue of cars! I have spent more ten minutes for finding a parking spot!

Well, yesterday, the new extension of Garden city was opened to public. A lot of people , like us, want to experience those new shops during the night shopping!

Wow, I found a lot of new things in there. Firstly, there is a huge new car park at the roof of  new extension. I was so silly, I have spent more ten minutes for finding a parking spot in those old car parks.

Garden City New Car Park

Secondly, there are a tons of new stores, such as Target, Kmart, ADLI and new spaces.

New Extension of Garden City


The new store of Target is very impressive! The store has a lot of open spaces, that is very different than the rest of stores. I found the shopping experience can compare with Muji.

DAISO Garden City

In additional, there is a new DAISO store. If you want to buy $2.8 household goods, you don’t need to go to carindale anymore.

NOOSA Chocolate Factory

Thirdly, I found there are new few coffee shops too,  such as NOOSA Chocolate Factory and Shingle Inn. I think you can find a coffee shop within a minute walking distance.

Well, this new extension is still quite new. Some shops, such as Myer, will opens on next month.

Lastly, there are a new Asian features.  For example, a asian supermarket,Sunlit, opened next to Coles.  Although this market is not very big, she has every asian goods, such as chinese vegetable, chinese frozen food and Asian sacks.

Sunlit Asian  Supermarket


In additional, the ground level food court is extended and given a new look.  There is a new section for Asian restaurants, it calls 8 streets.  It will opens soon.



The new extension is really a good place for shopping.  Also, it makes Garden City is the largest shopping center in Queensland!

Garden City Westfield Shopping Center

Cnr Logan Road & Kessel Road

Upper Mount Gravatt QLD 4122

Brisbane Festival

Brisbane Festival is held until 27/9/2014. Those events of Brisbane Festival are carrying in Southbank. In past years, the Santos laser show was a signature event of Brisbane Festival. I am quite disappointed, the laser show won’t be a part of this festival. Instead, there is a Santos live music stage near Goodwill bridge.


During the festival, every Thursday and Saturday, there will be  a series of live performance.  For the detailed programs, please visit their website.

Another major event of this year is Exxopolis which is an inflatable sculpture at Culture forecourt. This sculpture is about 1000m² large. That is just big, you can walk in to this sculpture.  Inside itself, there are a lot of walking paths, similar with a maze.  Moreover, it reflects sunlight to  inside. That looks quite fantasy. However, this experience is not free of charge, an adult tickets costs $16.


Well, there is still a free option.  If you turn left from this inflatable sculpture,  that is Brisbane Airport Light Garden. This is completely free, free to walk-in, free to take photo!

Brisbane Airport Light Garden

This sculpture contains a lot of bamboo. I guess it represents a bamboo forest.

 handmade bamboo lanterns

In additional, a lot  handmade bamboo lanterns  hanged on each tree in Culture forecourt.

Lastly, there will be a firework on 27/9/2014 at 7pm in Southbank, please don’t miss it!

Yesterday is the last day of taiwan festival. This year , the festival took places in four shopping malls and about a week long, without a central location. This was a bit hard to attend their programs.
Magical Show at Taiwan festival 2014
However , i have attended some programs. Firstly, I watched the magician show on last Thursday . The magician turned himself to a ball and was jumping around the stage. That was very funny.

A lot of people were lining up in front of Chatime

Secondly, yesterday, i went to cha time in sunnybank around 1.30pm. We enjoyed the buy one get one free deal. Although we spent an hour for lining up, that was  a huge bargain! Long time waiting was still worthy. Moreover we got a ten dollars voucher from a center staff. We can use it on 7th september. We got a huge benefit on this trip.

Chatime Buy one get one free
Lastly, at night, we went to the  LuBenTan Night Market at calamvale central. There was a full of people. The car park was completely full. We had to park in sunnybank hills shopping town and walked across to there. I have not seen that many chinese in Brisbane ever before!

 LuBenTan Night Market

There were a lot of taiwanese hawker style food stall, but each stall had a long queue in front of itself. Thus, we had two dishes. Firstly, that was Oden. It contains 9 types of fish balls. It did not taste bad at all. Second one is coconut jelly.  That was quite tasty. I like it.

Coconut Jelly


Lastly, at 9pm, a firework show lighted up at the roof of  sunnybank hills shopping town.

Fireworks of Taiwan Festival 2014That was quite fun.

Well, although the Taiwan Festival 2014 ended, LuBenTan Night Market still opens 6pm to 11pm at Calamvale Central every Saturday.


Taiwan Festival Week 2014

Taiwan Festival Week 2014 is coming. This will be held during 1st September ,2014 to 6th September,2014.  This is a week long festival. Moreover, this year, this festival will take place in four shopping centers, Sunnybank Plaza, Sunnypark, Calamvale Central and Sunnybank Hills Shopping center, rather than a single venue like the past years.

According to the information provided by their promotion team,  there will be a lot of performances, such as Loin Dances and Magic Show.For the further details , please go to their website.  Moreover, Taiwan Film Festival  will be held in Hoyts Cinema, Sunnybank Plaza Shopping Centre. In addition, during the festival, some shops in those four shopping centers will offer some discount! Lastly, tomorrow, at Calamvale Central underground carpark, a hawker style night market will be held at there. I heard there will be a lot of traditional Taiwanese food!

That sounds interesting! I may spend some effort to experience this festival!
Calamvale central
662 Compton Rd, Calamvale QLD 4116

Sannybank Plaza

358 Mains Rd, Sunnybank QLD 4109



Sunnybank QLD 4109

Sunnybank Hills Shopping Town

661 Compton Road, Sunnybank Hills QLD 4109

$5.99 Bento Lunch Box @ Half Time Tea Bar

Last Monday, I have tried a special lunch box at  Half Time Tea Bar in Market Square. That is very value for money! It only costs $5.99. Although its size is not very big, it is big enough as a lunch box.  It has  braised pork, half of  a sausage, a few slices of tofu, half of  an egg, vegetables, beans and rice. Well we can have meat, vegetables, and a variety of side dishes. That is not bad for $5.99.

The most important things is its taste. It is not bad at all. I only paid $5.99.  I think its quality can be considerable as a “good” for $5.99.

If you are lazy to make your own lunch and do not want to spend too much on that, I think this bento box is a good option for you!



Shop 17, Market Square Shopping Centre,
Corner of McCullough St and Mains Road
QLD 4109

Tel:07- 3219 660

Night Noodle Markets@Good Food Month


From tonight to 27 July, every night, a night market holds in Culture Forecourt, it calls “Night Noodle Markets“.Actually, that is a major event during Good Food Month, Brisbane.

Last night, we went to that events. That was full of people and most of stalls had a few people lining in front of them. Moreover, there were a lot of various types Asian food,  such as Japanese Ramen, Dim Sum and Malaysia Roti. It looks like a Asian hawker market.

I and my wife tried a stall calls Okonomi, we ordered a Japanese Style Pizza. There were a long queue in there. We spent half hour for waiting.

No worries, the chief  used “stir fry” style for making Japanese Style Pizza is a kind of performance.

 "stir fry" style for making Japanese Style Pizza

After 30 minutes, we got our Japanese Style Pizza. That looks a pan cake. A lot of creamy chesse and bacon are inside with soy sauces on top ! Delicious!  Moreover, It was very warm. Last night, the weather is so cold, after we ate that, we felt warm again.

Japanese Style Pizza

Besides of the food, that is a festival too. A lot of Asian Style Lanterns  are hanging around the culture forecourt.


I felt like going back to Hong Kong during Mid-Autumn Festival.

Night Noodle Markets@Southbank

Well, you can see the whole southbank was lighted up!

Good Food and Fun,So I think you should not miss this event!

Opening hours:

Monday and Tuesday: 5pm – 9pm
Wednesday: 5pm – 10pm
Thursday and Friday: 5pm – 11pm
Saturday: 4pm – 10pm
Sunday: 4pm – 9pm


Kaisen Don@KU-O

This Saturday, I and wife went to KU-O for lunch. I found there are some special lunch sets, they are around $12 included a tea and salad.
We love Sashimi a lot! Thus, we ordered Kaisen Don which is a kind of sushi rice with Sashimi on top, but we spent a bit more, Kaisen Don Lunch Special is $15.90, well, that is still more value for money than just ordering Kaisen Don($14.90).
Kaisen Don@KU-O
Although that was a lunch special, that was a full-size Kaisen. It had a few types of Sashimi, such as Tuna, Salmon and Prawn. That was tasty, both of us loved it a lot!!!
Lunch Special@KU-O
Of course, that was a lunch special. The set included a cup of Lemon Tea and Salad. That is quite value for money! Definitely, we will come again!

Shop 39B, Market Square, Cnr Mains Road & McCullough Street
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 4109

Tel:07- 3172 1319

If you are looking for a good japanese curry restaurant in Brisbane City, I got two good suggestions for you.

The first suggestion is  Hanaichi.  About ten years, when I was still in university, I have been already “addicted” with their curry, I had my lunch in there about three times per week. Their curry is tasty and value for money. $8.90 is for a big bowl of curry rice. That is huge!




Unit 1006
Macarthur Central Shopping center
229-259 Queen Street
QLD 400

Shop FC103
Wintergarden Brisbane
171 Queen Street
QLD 4000

The Second suggestion is Kadoya in Elizabeth Arcade. I love their Curry. I believe that is an authentic tasty of Japanese Curry. Moreover, you can choose the “hot” level of Curry! You can choose the level you like. That is great!



 Shop 29-30,
Elizabeth Arcade,
99 Elizabeth Street,
QLD 4000

During these recent years, many Korean restaurants opened in sunnybank area. I tried many of them.

Maru is one of my list. This restaurant is located in the heart of sunnybank, just next market square. I tried their Bibimbap (Hot Stone Rice). That is not bad, I felt full, after I had this.


Besides that, I love their dumplings a lot!

Course of, they have Korean side dishes too!
Korean side dishes

Address: Shop 3,
9 Lewina Street
QLD 4109
(Just behind the medical center)
Tel: 07 3344 3868

This afternoon, I and my wife went to a new Japanese Restaurant in Runcorn Plaza.   The atmosphere is quite comfortable and the staff are friendly.  I like this restaurant.

After we scanned through the menu, we finally ordered a Bento special for $21.  That was a big lunch!

Firstly, we had a streamed egg. Yummy, inside the egg, it had a mushroom and prawn!

Stream Egg @REN

Secondly, the main bento box arrived with miso soup.


That was huge, a few piece of chicken, a piece of fried chicken fillet and two prawn,a bowl of rice , salad and sashimi. This portion made me feeling full until 7pm! This was not just big, it tasted good too! I love those two prawn. They were lovely with salad sauce!


The sashimi were very fresh and good! They worth five stars!

They was an enjoyable lunch! They are my top ten japanese restaurants in South side. Today, we were quite rush, I wish we can have more time to enjoy the food next times.


REN Japanese Restaurant

Shop 20, Runcorn Plaza
258 Warrigal Road,
Runcorn QLD 4113

Tel: 07038418889