Saturday, February 5, 2011

"VALLEY" CHINESE NEW YEAR 2011 [BRISBANE]


Woots! Received my IKEA Family Card!
Now I can have free flow coffee =D


Lunch was from Pasta Al Dente
165 Melbourne Street
South Brisbane
Meat Lasagna with Ham & Mushroom Fettucine
$11.50
Do try their Tiramisu - out of the world!


Bought my monthly supply of Moccona coffee


Lunch was at Kwan-Yin Tea House
198 Wickham Street
Fortitude Valley
Easily the most well-known vegetarian restaurant in Brisbane


Pearl Milk Tea
$3.50


Japanese Triple Gem Rice 日式三宝饭
$10.90
Comes with mock fish, chicken and pork


Very limited Chinese New Year goodies in Valley


Prosperity Cookies 发财饼


Spotted some Lion Dance members
The three words reads Huang Fei-hung 黄飞鸿
Master Huang (1847) was a Chinese martial artist and medicine physician
Also from 佛山 (like Ip Man), his martial arts style Hung Ga 洪拳
as seen in the movies are rivarly to Ip Man's Wing Chun 永春

As to why the three words appeared on their shirts
I have no idea at all!


Today is the second day 初二 of Lunar New Year


We have some exciting performances in Fortitude Valley (China Town)
put together by our Brisbane City Council
















Lion Dance Performance 舞狮
Traditionally, the lion dance is performed to scare away demons
and bad luck as the lion is the king of all animals
and is paired with drums and cymbals


Plucking Greens 採青 is a common practice
as vegetables is same sounding as prosperity
Cabbages are usually hung 15-20 feet above ground
and a well-trained martial artist will fetch it in the lion


Watch video here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_ISAAl4LQc


Martial Arts Performances






Watch video here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3nnflYyAyQ
















Firecracker Performance
Traditionally, this was done to scare away a mythical creature
(story in later part of this post)
Many may not know that firecrackers are banned in Australia
except in ACT (Canberra), Singapore banned these in 1970
after a fire killed 6 and injured 68
This is the first time in my entire life watching a real firecracker


Some PRC kids watching beside me were mocking
the pyrotechnic team who were in jumpsuits and protective glasses
I remember Ivy told me how firecrackers have maimed
her childhood friends back in China but no one seems to care much
Well.. In Australia and Singapore, human lives are valuable!


Watch video here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kxzaJx-mZ0


Cardboard, plastic and black powder (propellant) flies everywhere
I got hit from 3 metres (front row)
It was relatively painful!




Traditional Chinese Dance Performance


Watch video here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icPwEQWT0AA


Traditional Chinese Drums Performance


Watch video here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTyDNkTcAeE


Traditional Chinese Dance Performance


Watch video here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMUE0BcX1oY


Lion Dance Performance
This one has a Big Head Buddha 大头娃娃






Watch video here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bKxu3cm7MU


Traditional Chinese Dance Performance


Watch video here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7xu1CuBXcU


My French homie, Lud Arld
gave me pastries from his workplace!


Today I'm at my Singaporean friends' place for BBQ




Everyone's favourite dog, Ah Pui
wishes all a Happy Chinese New Year


So does Karen
As you can see most of us (well.. not the modern teenagers)
wears red colour during Chinese New Year
Traditionally this was done to scare away a mythical beast called Nian
which would devour lifestocks, crops and villagers during the first day of CNY
This is also why we decorate our houses with red lanterns and spring scrolls
Also we do not sweep the floors till the 28th day of CNY
as this will sweep away good luck!


Eileen and Sandy preparing for the BBQ


Henry the fire-starter










Geraldine preparing these meat balls
which are actually fillings for Taiwanese Sausages
Its sweet tasting fatty pork






Hungry Ah Pui staring at our food!




Chinese New Year Cookies


Yu Sheng 鱼生
Raw fish salad with daikon, carrots, red capsicum, turnips, red pickled ginger, sun-dried oranges, parsley, chilli, jellyfish, peanuts, sesame seeds, shrimp crackers, five spice powder, plum sauce, rice vinegar, kumquat paste, sesame oil (total of 27 ingredients)
Each ingredient has its significance and symbolism for good luck


Sandy added the plum sauce..




Watch video here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7b5wKzQL08
Apologies for the WB of the video..

As seen in the video, we will say auspicious wishes 吉祥话
as each ingredient is added and when tossing the salad
It is believed that the higher you toss, the louder you say your wishes
the more auspicious it is






More photos here
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=611604&id=514885045&l=a07d65d2fc

FIN!


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