Tuesday, December 27, 2011


A pleasant surprise..
Christmas Card from Lord Mayor Brisbane, Cr. Graham Quirk

Myself, Christine, Matthew, Doris and Michael at AMBCQ Christmas Event
(Photography: Anthony Byron)

On Christmas Day, we gathered at Upper Mt. Gravatt
for a nice Holiday BBQ!

Eight massive tubs of marinated meats to go around
Ingredients includes soy sauce, garlic, sugar, sliced onions, sesame oil, salt and pepper

Hosted by my bro, Thant Zin Aung

Fondly remembered for our newspaper article early this year

Korean-styled BBQ 고기구이
We wrap the meat with lettuce and add 쌈장 Ssamjang

Fun, games and catching up with old pals

Tim-哥 busy BBQ-ing for us!

Zin and Bonnie playing merry-go-round on the clothes line

Guys playing FIFA on the PlayStation 3

Girls playing 斗地主 (Struggling against the Landlord)
One of the most popular card game played in China
This game originated from the Huangshan District
inspired by the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976)

Time flies and its dinner time, we had Hot Pot (Steamboat)
Soup stock was prepared for 5 hours and radish was simply orgasmic!

Playing through the night...


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Saturday, December 24, 2011


Brisbane International Student Ambassadors are here today at
17 Runnymede Road
QLD 4157
Admission FREE

We were welcomed at the door by a friendly water dragon!

The Redlands IndigiScapes Centre is Redland City Council’s environmental education centre. It was opened in February 2000 and has botanic gardens featuring only plants locally native to the Redlands area.
The gardens have many different themes and provide living examples of how you can use native plants in landscaping in your own back yard. Many of the plants are available for sale through our main monthly plant sale, and in smaller number whenever we are open.

First, let us try some Australian native food produces
Open Tuesday - Sunday 10AM-4PM

Assorted Home-baked Biscuits

Lillipilly jams & spreads!

Barramundi Spring Rolls and Sliced Kangaroo Meat
Remember to try their very famous IndigiCake (apples, dates and coconut) $4.50

Now that we had a fulfilling Bush Tucker Afternoon Tea
Let's go for a Guided Tour

Australian Native Bee (Tregona Carbonaria)
They are stingless and will travel 500m from its home in search of native flowers
These bees are happy to hitch a ride on passersby to get to their destination

Discovering native plants and insects during the walking trail


These snakes and lizards are ornamental
and can be spotted by keen eyes along trails!

Signages makes the trail walk educational for nature lovers!

Private Joke.. LOL!

Scribbly Gum (Eucalyptus Haemastoma) is one of the 700 species of Eucalyptus, native to Australia, named after the "scribbles" on its bark. These zigzag tracks are tunnels made by the larvae of the Scribbly Gum Moth (Ogmograptis Scribula).

Eden and Xavier studied the tree for Cassie's (Koala) claw marks.

Mariana tries out the Soap Tree (Alphitonia Excelsa)
Aborigines used crushed leaves and berries as a fish poison.
Medicinally, leaves were crushed, mixed with water and applied as a head bath to reduce headache and sore eyes. Infusions of the bark and root were rubbed on bodies to reduce muscular ache or gargled to cure toothache.

You can even bring home a native plant from the Nursery at $2.10/each
from the smallest ground cover to the tallest blue gum!
Most of the stock from the nursery is collected from seed in local Redlands conservation reserves and grown on site by volunteers.

One of my favourite - Rough Maidenhair (Adiantum Hispidulum)

The Centre is open 10am - 4pm, Closed Monday
Tea Garden Cafe is open 10am - 4pm, Closed Monday
Nursery is open 9am - 12pm, every first Saturday of the month

01-31 Jan Who’s Hiding in my Garden? - art exhibition
29 Jan Australia Day plant giveaway
04 Feb IndigiScapes’ nursery monthly plant sale
03 Mar IndigiScapes’ nursery monthly plant sale

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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Ambassadors Picnic at Kangaroo Point

Brisbane International Student Ambassadors
went to have our picnic at Kangaroo Point Cliffs!

Absolutely beautiful Summer Afternoon
facing the Brisbane River

Julie brought Russian Salad
Danielle brought Beef Pies

Kyoko brought Inari
Inarizushi (稲荷寿司) is a pouch of fried tofu filled with usually just sushi rice. It is named after the Shinto god Inari, who is believed to have a fondness for fried tofu. The pouch is normally fashioned as deep-fried tofu (油揚げ, abura age).

Peter making Greek Skewers in his Vietnamese Hat (Nón Lá aka Leaf Hat)

Elsa brought Goreng Pisang (Fried Banana Fritters)
Pisang goreng (fried banana in Malay/Indonesian) is a snack food mostly found throughout Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. In Singapore and some parts of Malaysia it is known as "goreng pisang" (banana fritter). It is consumed as a snack in the morning and afternoon. In Indonesia, pisang goreng is often sold by street vendors.

Deiter brought Balut
A balut is a fertilized duck embryo that is boiled alive and eaten in the shell. Popularly believed to be an aphrodisiac and considered a high-protein, hearty snack, balut are mostly sold by street vendors in the regions where they are available. It is commonly sold as streetfood in the Philippines. They are common, everyday food in countries in Southeast Asia, such as Laos (where it is called kai luk – ໄຂ່ລູກ), Thailand (khai khao – ไข่ข้าว), Cambodia (pong tea khon ពងទាកូន) and Vietnam (trứng vịt lộn or hột vịt lộn). They are often served with beer.


Poor duckling =(

Asian Wannabes

Danielle also made a cake!

Watch video here

Enjoying small chats over International Cuisine


Matt expressing himself again!

Making video clips of memories!

Director, Xavier Pare at work!

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