Photo #171: First Ekka Strawberry Sundae

August 18, 2012

Took my family to visit the Ekka, Queensland’s largest annual agricultural show.

Of course, had to make everyone try the iconic Ekka Strawberry Sundae:

Approximately 13 tonnes of strawberries are used to make the Ekka Strawberry Sundaes each year. The Ekka Strawberry Sundae is mouth-watering top to bottom, from the crunchy wafer cone to the smooth vanilla ice-cream, sweet chopped strawberries, delicious gourmet ice-cream, swirls of fresh cream and topped off with a tasty fresh Queensland strawberry.

 

FADU: Happy 50th Birthday Mommy!

August 20, 2012

Very lucky to not only be able to celebrate my 25th birthday this year with my family in Australia, but also my mom’s 50th!

Mike and I took my family down to visit the Gold Coast and have lunch at the Four Winds Revolving Restaurant. Although the food was quite lacking (I rate this restaurant 3.5/5), the view was amazing and definitely worth the visit.

Waiting for the train to Gold Coast!

Taking pictures at Surfers Paradise 🙂

Fourwinds Revolving Restaurant at the top of Crowne Plaza Hotel

In the lobby of Crowne Plaza

The restaurant, lovely views!

Elevator shots! 😛

Cake, cards and presents at home!

Chocolate lime cupcakes – I’m sorry your cake isn’t as extravagant as it deserves to be mommy!

So sad… our last activity together! 😦 My mom and siblings are now somewhere across the Pacific Ocean back to Canada… miss them already!

FADU: Short Stay in Sydney

The five of us went down to Sydney on Friday, August 03 for a short visit… $45/person each way – woo hoo!

Mike and I had to head back on the 6th because of class but my family stayed until the 9th before heading to Perth.

Here’s a sorta-long summary of what we did!

Day 1 – Aug 3

Landed around 3:30pm and was picked up by Chet Muoi and his wife!

Went right away to check into our residence at Oaks Hyde Park Plaza. A great price for the location but the apartment we had was definitely too small for 5 people. Sleeping 3 nights on a dinky sofabed did terrible wonders on my back!

Immediately headed out. We walked down to Darling Harbour and up to visit the Sydney Aquarium. Very lively with beautiful views by the harbour.

The aquarium was well worth the visit! Lots of fun 🙂

About to head in…

All manta rays have such cute faces!

The fish, they cry crystal tears!

Fluorescent jelly fish and enormous crab

Shark attack!

Nemo! Dory! I’ve found you!

We finished the map and got our gold coins! Chocolate, who could resist?

We headed back down to Chinatown for a visit and ended the night with a late Korean dinner – yum yum!

Day 2 – Aug 4

Woke up early to check out the rooftop facilities – heated pool, jacuzzi and a great view – what more do you need?

By 10:30am, we were on the train and headed to Cabramatta to meet my dad’s family.

A great dim sum lunch where we got to meet some family members for the first time and catch up with many others.

Lunch was followed by a walk around Viettown and then ‘the rounds’ What does that mean? Going from one person’s house to another for a few reasons: to check out their home, to talk some more, and to eat of course 😉

We visited a total of 5 homes and soon it was time for dinner! Amazing food at a Chinese/Vietnamese restaurant that left us completely stuffed.

We ended the night at The Star Casino. I cannot understand the appeal of losing money but lots of people looked like they were having fun 😛

Day 3 – Aug 5

A day to ourselves, yay! My mom came down with a migraine so didn’t join us for the first part. The four of us headed out to see more of the city. We decided the first stop would be Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park.

Onwards to the Sydney Fish Market, but on the way there, we got distracted by a lovely cafe and tasty treats.

When we finally got there, I wanted to leave immediately, haha. I really don’t like crowds… and it was SO crowded. Asians everywhere, haha. We did pick up a bottle of wine and some sashimi to share, very tasty!

Headed back going through Darling Harbour again to check it out during the day. Then we walked over to see… (you guessed it!) the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge!

Then hopped on the free bus (love the free bus) back to our residence to pick up my mom for the evening activities – luckily she was feeling better!

First up, Mme Tussaud’s! Had a great time ‘meeting’ all the famous people!

Then over to the Sydney Tower Eye to check out Sydney at night – so pretty!

Then back to Opera House to see it again but against a black sky!

Finally ended the night with a super late but amazing Japanese dinner!

Day 4 – Aug 6

Wake up, pack up, go home! 😦 No time to do anything but haul ourselves to the airport, eat breakfast and head back to Brisbane! Luckily… our flights weren’t delayed! 🙂

FULL SYDNEY ALBUM HERE!

Photo #167: Med Revue 2012

August 14, 2012

Mike, Fi, Matt and I went to the last show of Med Revue on Tuesday – great job everyone! Lovely to see so many talented people get together!

From the UQMS website:

Med Revue brings together students from all four years of medicine in a production that takes place over three nights in August.  People from all backgrounds become involved in this stage & screen spectacular, be it through acting, singing, dancing, playing instruments, constructing sets, making costumes, editing videos, controlling lighting, or making oversized condoms out of a hula-hoops and cling wrap for a ballet called sperm lake… Suffice it to say, the Revue is a lot of fun.

Whether you are a performer drawn to the limelight or a backstage crew member content with the dark, the Med Revue is for you.  An original play penned by the mad medical minds from the year gives each revue a unique theme, with past titles including “The Sound of Mucous”, “Count Docula”, and “DoctorPussy”. The play involves live music from the exceptional Med Revue band, dancers and actors from all four years, and a backstage crew who work tirelessly behind the scenes.For three nights of each year pilgrims from all around the world migrate to Brisbane to watch the unveiling of brilliance at the Schonell Theatre. The overextended high kicks of the dancers are a sight to be seen, the low notes of the tenors can’t be heard by the human ear and the acting makes Joaquin Phoenix look sane. Some like to call it the best production ever made, the more humble of us simply call it ‘Med Revue’.

Original skits performed on stage and screen supplement the play and guarantee a great night out for all.  Over the last few years the Med Revue has played to sell-out crowds of more than 1200 people in the Schonell Theatre, with all proceeds of the event going to charity.  It is an amazing production to be part of and a great way to meet fellow students in other years, so go on – get involved.