brisbane’s riverfire

fireworks

fireworks were amazing

disappearing...

last week was crazy. pretty much midterms happened, and then thursday i got sick the morning of my last midterm so in the testing room i was the annoying person sneezing 5x in a row, sniffling, blowing my nose, and trying to fumble into my bag to get more tissue to control my watering eyes & waterfall nose, and repeated this during the whole time. hehe yes, it was as gross as it sounded. i felt very extremely bad for the people sitting next to me :( after that mess was over, i hibernated under my blankets for two days and then woke up to realize!! my internet didnt work! the power went out friday all the way until today (monday) morning. but i am happy bc it prevented me from using up more quota. i am running out! what am i to dooo~ my apartmentmate in the first room (there are 4 total) got sick on the same day as me too, and so we attribute it to dirty, bacteria/virus infested brains at our midterm on tues!

anyway saturday was the brisbane riverfire. it was AMAZING. i have never seen that many people in my life, except inside the stadium at usc’s football game, but that doesnt count!! the riverfire is brisbane’s annual celebration, where all transportation on the river stops for the fireworks. no ferries, but instead the river is lined with tiny boats in the middle, every 100 feet or so, ready to set off fireworks. & since the brisbane river is extremely long, and there are at least 5 bridges, your view depends entirely on where you are on the river. i was on one of the main bridges in the city, that connects southbank (where they have a manmade beach) & the city itself. here is the view:

ferris wheel at southbank

ferris wheel at southbank

it was breathtaking, bc the buildings on the left set off fireworks too. & the southbank side was packed. i have videos, but wordpress unfortunately doesn’t allow me to post it up due to space limitations. :O( i recorded three videos during the whole 30 minute show, and they’re each 5 minutes long and they’re spectacular, so ill find a way to upload it :)

so the show started with two fighter jets flying reallyyyy low & they set off the first fireworks. throughout the show, they poured fireworks down from the bridges & so it was a waterfall of fireworks..really pretty!! & they spelled out 150 (since it’s queensland’s 150th anniversary) w/fireworks & even had hearts & happy faces!! it was way better than any 4th of july celebration & they even had it all go with music! the whole show is 30 minutes, but people go to watch concerts & hang out at bars & lounges & cafes & parks after. after we finally got off the bridge, (which took 30 minutes!!), we decided to eat & hang out, but everywhere was packed..it was really ridiculous! the wait was an hour plus so we just headed home & cooked & watched a movie on tv :)

all those blobs are people!

all those blobs are people!

sunday we were all planning on going to gold coast & tan & relax in the sun but we still didnt have internet so we couldnt figure out the train schedule in the morning! so we just went to the city & found a nice little restaurant, ate, and then shopped & spent the rest of the day chilling at an outdoor cafe. the city has a bunch of little outdoor cafes serving desserts & steaks & whatnot & its so awesome to just talk & listen to the the outdoor music!

okkk i cant recall most of what happened last weekk, but i have some random pictures i took :) enjoy!

postcard from marissa <3 i got your 2nd one today.. THANKYOUU I LOVE THEM!!

postcard from marissa <3 i got your 2nd one today.. THANKYOUU I LOVE THEM!!

making polish pierogi

making polish pierogi

daintree!! this is on campus :)

daintree!! this is on campus :)

excitement! i installed snow leopard

excitement! i installed snow leopard

postcards from brisbane—im mailing these back :O)

postcards from brisbane—im mailing these back :O)

i got a package from my mom!! cant believe they opened it for inspection..

i got a package from my mom!! cant believe they opened it for inspection..

inside: food!, vitamins, printer ink, my hard drive, clothes, more chinese food. bahahhaha

inside: food!, vitamins, printer ink, my hard drive, clothes, more chinese food. bahahhaha

mango creme bar. this thing is amazing!

mango creme bar. this thing is amazing!

uq's art museum

uq's art museum

mangosteens & green mangos! tropical fruits hurrah!!!!

mangosteens & green mangos! tropical fruits hurrah!!!!

MUFFINS! AHHAHAHA reminds me of the youtube video

MUFFINS! AHHAHAHA reminds me of the youtube video

hello farmers market!

hello farmers market!

passion fruit! ive never seen it in person.. tag: amy cheng, since she loves passion fruit!!

passion fruit! ive never seen it in person.. tag: amy cheng, since she loves passion fruit!!

hahahhah getting ready for a random jumping picture.

hahahhah getting ready for a random jumping picture.

look at the treasury building in the background! gorgeous!!

look at the treasury building in the background! gorgeous!!

hello beautiful car; tag: hye r shin bc she loves audi's :O)

hello beautiful car; tag: hye r shin bc she loves audi's :O)

fireworks from the buildings..this picture doesn't do it justiceee

fireworks from the buildings..this picture doesn't do it justiceee

bye byeeee

goodnight :O) 晚安!!

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