Wednesday, April 25, 2012


This morning, Brisbane got ready for its 97th Anniversary (since 1915)
under the direction of the Anzac Day Combined Parade Committee
and supported by the Returned & Services League of Australia (QLD)

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, originally commemorated by both countries on 25 April every year to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in the Ottoman Empire during World War I.
It now more broadly commemorates all those who served and died in military operations for their countries.


"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them,
Nor the years condemn,
At the down of the sun, and in the morning
We will remember them."

The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) was a First World War army corps of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force that was formed in Egypt in 1915 and operated during the Battle of Gallipoli.
General William Birdwood commanded the corps, which comprised troops from the First Australian Imperial Force and 1st New Zealand Expeditionary Force. The corps was disbanded in 1916 following the Allied evacuation of the Gallipoli peninsula and the formation of I Anzac Corps and II Anzac Corps.

The Anzac spirit or Anzac legend is a concept which suggests that Australian and New Zealand soldiers possess shared characteristics, specifically the qualities those soldiers are believed to have shown on the battlefield in World War I.
These qualities cluster around several ideas, including endurance, courage, ingenuity, good humour, larrikinism, and mateship. According to this concept, the soldiers are perceived to have been innocent and fit, stoical and laconic, irreverent in the face of authority, naturally egalitarian and disdainful of British class differences.

Apparently, Chocolate is not a popular choice here..

Veterans catch up and reminsce the golden days

Bumped into CLAIRE (BiSA 2012 China)

With my mates, GORM
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and of course, CHRIS

10AM - Drum rolls and the parade begins!

Great Highland Bagpipes
are commonly used in the military and is often played in formal ceremonies

Children cheered for their war heroes

Veterans waved at their supporters

Music fills the air as the bands marched pass

Police Assn of Defence & Overseas Service Personnel

Patriots Australia, QLD

Boys and Girls Brigade



Service Cadets
This is like our Singapore National Cadet Corps (NCC)


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Monday, April 23, 2012


(Photo: Promode Fernando)
Brisbane International Student Ambassadors 2012
are on our way to Gold Coast to learn surfing!
In Singapore, we do not have waves big enough for surfing
however I've tried skimming at Siloso beach
So this will be a really great experience!

Bumped into some kittens
who are also on their way to Gold Coast (for Supernova 2012)

The girls changed into their rashies to protect themselves
from wax-based chafting, UV radiation, jelly fish sting
(and to a certain extent - perverts)

While the girls are busy camwhoring, the guys have been ready like 24,282,487,598,475 years ago
Come on, ladies!

(Photo: Promode Fernando)
Now let's head on to The Spit (beach)
Adults generally use 9-10ft longboards while kids use 8-9ft ones
These polyurethane foam boards will keep us afloat

(Photo: Get Wet Surf School)
Our friendly instructors guided us on how to balance and ride the waves

Within minutes...

(Photo: Get Wet Surf School)
"It was amazing!"

Yoshi surfing like a boss!

(Photo: Get Wet Surf School)
Too easy for a pro like my pare, Xavier

(Photo: Get Wet Surf School)
"Got wet and surfed! Freaking awesome!"

Wesley very quickly picked up the techniques

(Photo: Get Wet Surf School)
Surfing is really fun once you master it
soon we'll be riding tubes and doing ollies and method airs!

"First time surfing! Fun and good memories!"
_Shao Cheng (second from left)

"My stored calories are burnt.. Now I am a hunk"

Kylie (second from left) doing the Shaka sign (originated from Hawaii),
the sign means "Hi", "Hang Loose" or it can refer to "Surfing"

"Soooo fun!!!!!"

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(Photo: Hussain Awami)
We were all hungry from surfing!

Time to grab some  food!

Yoshi and Promode BROMANCE

"We had a really great time!"

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Knocked out on the way home..
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