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Old 07-16-2012, 10:55 AM   #16
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/wave!

I've actually been reading for the past day or so, I was just waiting to be fashionably late.

Then I realized that I'm not fashionable in any sense of the term, so I may as well come on over early.

Then I forgot to post and fell asleep. So here I am now, roughly on time in a very unfashionable manner!

And I have nothing to add at this time, other than being jealous once again at all your photographic stuff around you . We're pretty limited here, especially without a car (Mobile is not a pedestrian-friendly or mass transit having city).
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Old 07-16-2012, 12:35 PM   #17
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I'm here as well, but I still got to read the rest from your HK TR.
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Old 07-16-2012, 01:50 PM   #18
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Your photos and commentary make this thread a "must do!"

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Old 07-17-2012, 06:32 AM   #19
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Nice to see everyone here!! Thanks for jumping on the blog-wagon.




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No you're not exaggerating. It's antarcticly cold in Melbourne!

I always learn something new reading your PTR/TR/blog. I didn't know about the open range zoo!!! Perhaps it's a reason to go down to Melbourne again along with that fishbowl noodle soup.

Gorgeous capture of the animals by the way!
Antarctically cold weather and fishball noodle soup is a match made for Melbourne! If you check out the Werribee open range zoo, you might find that they will also do overnight $$lumbers in those 5-star tents. I keep meaning to book the family in for one of those. Maybe this year as a Christmas present.... actually, that's a good idea for this year's present. I might just do that.



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I am here and ready for the blog....
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How do you expect your followers to get to the first page if you post so many updates first off? Going back now to read.....
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Excellent start. I am hoping to take a trip next October, but it would be the end if we did. One day, I will meet some or all of you gamers. Your trip sounds awesome and like my next three or four trips all in one. I am glad you are checking out Cars Land. New York and Hawaii are both on my list, so you cannot go wrong whether you or DH win on that topic. I've been to New York, so I would rather go to Hawaii first.

Excellent pictures of the zoo. Granted, they are very small on my phone but they still look awesome. Sorry you missed the last safari run, but glad you made "extra magic hours."

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We've been to NY and Hawaii before; but I'm starting to think that I might not make it back to NY this trip. Either that....or I have to rethink the itinerary.

I was sorry to miss the safari run this time. But we'll probably go again before the year is up.



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Holy smokes I haven't caught up yet with all the other stuff. I am in.
Holy smokes! Get thee over to all the other stuff and catch up.



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Sounds like it will be an awesome trip

Can I put in a request for you to go to Hawaii so I can see Aulani


I love the Werribee Zoo (especially the meerkats) - would have had our wedding there in a second if it wasn't so far away!

As usual you got some awesome pics! And I finally know which big cat my little cat Oliver takes after with his markings - it's the servil!
Aulani???

The thought of visiting Aulani at Hawaii NEVER crossed my DH's mind.



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I'm here! Nice start The zoo trip looked like fun!
Glad you're here. The zoo trip was fun. Cold; but fun.



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I'm in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nancy! Nice to see you in here. I'll definitely have food porn to share over the next year or so.



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PrincessInOz, please forgive me if this has been asked of you dozens of times (I just stumbled on this thread), but what camera are you using for your photography? Your photographs are stunning!

By the way, we will be in WDW shortly after you leave. Our trip is planned for the end of October. MNSSHP, here we come! I look forward to reading your blog, I'm glad I stumbled in!
Hello!

And thank you! So glad you stumbled on in here and I hope you stick around. Nice to see someone else starting to plan for Oct 2013 and I noticed a couple more PTRs on this section of the boards as well. I'll definitely need to 'stumble' in their PTRs as well.

My camera? Until very recently, I was shooting with the Canon T2i. It is a couple of generations old now....I believe that line is up to T4i.

I'm currently shooting with the Canon 7D, which is what I used for the zoo shots. I had the opportunity to pick this camera body in Hong Kong for a crazy deal.
Thanks for asking.

I know Allan (cafeen) does include his camera gear details in his PTRs/TRs and it is a great idea. I just wasn't sure if there was anyone following my rambles interested enough. I might go update my second post with my camera and lens details next time I have a blog post.



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/wave!

I've actually been reading for the past day or so, I was just waiting to be fashionably late.

Then I realized that I'm not fashionable in any sense of the term, so I may as well come on over early.

Then I forgot to post and fell asleep. So here I am now, roughly on time in a very unfashionable manner!

And I have nothing to add at this time, other than being jealous once again at all your photographic stuff around you . We're pretty limited here, especially without a car (Mobile is not a pedestrian-friendly or mass transit having city).
That makes 2 of us! Glad you came on in early.
I'll be pretty jealous of all those pictures you'll be taking at WDW THIS year shortly; so it all balances out in the end.

If and when you decide to visit Melbourne, you can come and check out all those photo opps with me.

(I think you can see some of the pics that will pop up on the scav hunt at the end of this week!! )



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I'm here as well, but I still got to read the rest from your HK TR.
Well....you have been busy with your own updates on DL and also with planning your return!



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I'm here & expect to be one of your new 3d friends!

Your photos and commentary make this thread a "must do!"

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I'm looking forward to turning our friends-in-a-box friendship to 3D friendship!!!

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Old 07-19-2012, 01:14 AM   #20
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A Rather Special Birthday Dinner



My father had a rather special birthday right at the end of June. He turned 80. To the Chinese, the 80th Birthday is considered “Tai Sou” or a “Grand Birthday”. This is because the number '8' or 'phat' is considered lucky and auspicious....in the right intonation, 'phat' can be taken to mean prosperity.

It was so auspicious a birthday that we had relatives fly in from Canada, the US and even Canberra!
(For those of you that don't live in Australia, Canberra is the capital city of Australia and it is even colder than Melbourne!)


We had a rather special dinner celebration to mark the occassion.

The menu....it was rather dark in the restaurant and this was the best I could do!






Our starters included:

1. Spring Rolls





2. Chicken Satay (CAUTION: Anyone with a peanut allergy....do NOT lick the screen. This dish contains a delightful spicy peanut sauce on the side)






3. Crab and Pork Lo Bak (the mince in wrapped in a tofu skin and deep fried)






4. Sang Choi Pow (lettuce cups with a pork and vegetable filling)






Our mains was served with steamed rice and consisted of:

5. Seafood Tom Yum noodles





6. Lemongrass grilled chicken






7. Duck Red Curry, unusually served with lychee. I might have to steal that idea!





8. Turmeric Prawns (CAUTION: Some of you may not like coconut. The crumbing on the prawns contains traces of coconut! See above warning regarding licking the screen)





9. Javanese style Beef





10. Fish Curry, with Okra






We had two cakes for dessert.

11. The Mango Mousse Cake.






12. Ice Cream cake












The delicious meal put a smile on all the guest's faces!







And I'm pretty sure that no one floated away....we all rolled down the stairs and out into the street more than a couple of kilos heavier than the start of the evening.

Me? I need to get back to my diet!




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Old 07-19-2012, 01:40 AM   #21
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Oooh! Delish!

Good thing I have no peanut allergy and like coconut, so I can lick the screen to my heart's content

Happy birthday to your dad!
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Oh PIO! There is definitely something wrong with me! You post food porn filled with all kinds of fried dishes and I am drooling over the lettuce cups

I did want to say that celebrating such a significant birthday with your Dad is truly a Blessing and I am thrilled for you! Also, I remember the special relationship that Kady had with my own Mom and thought of your son

Now did I see that you are thinking of tossing in a little side trip to New York???? CT is not that far away and I am always in for a little road trip......just sayin'
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Oooh! Delish!

Good thing I have no peanut allergy and like coconut, so I can lick the screen to my heart's content

Happy birthday to your dad!
Lick right ahead. I've got the cleaning services happening!





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Oh PIO! There is definitely something wrong with me! You post food porn filled with all kinds of fried dishes and I am drooling over the lettuce cups

I did want to say that celebrating such a significant birthday with your Dad is truly a Blessing and I am thrilled for you! Also, I remember the special relationship that Kady had with my own Mom and thought of your son

Now did I see that you are thinking of tossing in a little side trip to New York???? CT is not that far away and I am always in for a little road trip......just sayin'
Nancy - I'm always up for a road trip myself...and a DisMeet. We should definitely try and lock something in when/if we settle on the trip to NY. I was hoping to catch some of the fall leaves but it doesn't look like I'll be able to on this trip simply because of the timings with the other DisGamers.

I'm hoping that Kimmar and some of the other "CB Ignoramies" might be in for a DisMeet too. Wonder if any of the Diners might be interested??
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Joining!

Those food pictures are making me hungry!
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Those food pictures are making me hungry!
Nice to see you over here! Thanks for coming on in.

I take lots of food porn...so you might need to eat before coming on in next time.
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In also.

Another DISser who'll be at WDW in October 2013; however much later than you (last week).

Love your food porn.

One question. I thought Camberra was further north than Melbourne. Wouldn't Melbourne be colder than Camberra this time of year?
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In also.

Another DISser who'll be at WDW in October 2013; however much later than you (last week).

Love your food porn.

One question. I thought Camberra was further north than Melbourne. Wouldn't Melbourne be colder than Camberra this time of year?
Oooh! Another October 13 planner!


Thanks for joining in. I really appreciate it.


Your geography of Australia is great! Yes, Canberra is further north than Melbourne but it is inland and at the base of the Great Dividing Range; and 3 hours away from some major snow fields. Because it is inland and at the base, it is pretty cold there too.

Our Canberran relatives thought it was warmer in Melbourne when they were down; and its been a pretty cold winter here so far.
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Wow that food looks good. I do not have a peanut allergy, so I contemplated licking the screen. It looks like everyone had an awesome time. Love the Mickey balloon.
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Hmmm.....

That food porn looks surprisingly familiar!

Do the Yee's have it again?
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That food porn looks surprisingly familiar!

Do the Yee's have it again?
I was drinking when I read that. Now I have water in my nose!
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