Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Chinese New Year 2010 & another visit to Miss Marples.

This year was yet another Chinese New Year celebrated overseas. I think ever since I came to Melbourne to study and stayed on to work, spending chinese new year back home in Malaysia is hard especially since where I'm working now, mid Jan to mid Feb are like the most fire-prone periods where the CFA gets really busy and so taking leave is almost impossible.

But lucky over the years, we've made quite a few good friends here who are also around during the this festive period and so we met up for our own reunion dinner at Ocean King restaurant in Glen Waverley on the first day of chinese new year which also happened to fall on the same day as Valentine's Day this year! 14 Feb 2010!

The view from our side... :D
Everyone digging into the yummy food... Crocodile meat, fish, prok ribs, egg plant etc...
The group of us that day and thoughful Daniel bought each of us a rose for Vday.

After that, some of us decided to head over to Crown and for the first time we actually bothered to go there, I was pretty fascinated and amazed at how CNY is much celebrated what with all the stalls of food lined up outside Crown along the Yarra River.

Check out the walkway outside Crown decorated with chinese lanterns and the crowd!
Didn't know they performed chinese opera there as well! Or cantonese opera to be more precise!
Super duper happy to find my favourite CNY treat Bak Kua there as well. Which is known as Pork / Beef jerky in english.
Animated dragon display inside Crown Promenade. Lucky to be able to catch the performance time.
Lion dance performance by the CYSM (Chinese Youth Society of Melbourne)
Dragon dance by CYSM (Chinese Youth Society of Melbourne)
Finale of the Lion and Dragon dance performance CYSM (Chinese Youth Society of Melbourne)

Darling and I also decided to take CNY day 2 off just for a break and we bundled Jasper and us trio went up to Dandenong's. Even on a week day, there was a line up outside for table. They don't take bookings and people have to line up and wait. Lucky us, we didn't have to wait too long that day.
Inside of Miss Marples, named after famous detective Miss Marples herself in the background.
The yummy scones with cream and jam - their house specialty. Can never have enough!
Cutie darling Jasper was quite happy with his walk that day!