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Old January 18th, 2009, 11:43 AM   #401
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Old January 18th, 2009, 06:15 PM   #402
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Hmmmm... we need more pics from both gappa and Alibaba. It is summer, so why don't the two of you go out somewhere and take your cameras?!
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Old January 19th, 2009, 04:02 AM   #403
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Hmmmm... we need more pics from both gappa and Alibaba. It is summer, so why don't the two of you go out somewhere and take your cameras?!
Judging by your Toronto shots, looks like you guys are having a tough winter. Talked to one of my mates back in Chicago, he said it was quite cold for quite some time.
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Old January 19th, 2009, 05:48 AM   #404
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Yeah.... looks like a carbon copy of last winter. Loads of snow. Can't really complain, however... it is a kind of return to old fashioned winters, which is probably a good thing for the ecosystem. Certainly less colds and flu's when a cold snap comes, and kills some pestilence, too. The snow is so darned pretty that it is hard to hate it yet.. but when it gets slushy and black it is easy to hate!
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Old January 19th, 2009, 12:11 PM   #405
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Hmmmm... we need more pics from both gappa and Alibaba. It is summer, so why don't the two of you go out somewhere and take your cameras?!
With the weather right now, going outside to take photos may not be the most desirable thing to do.

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Old January 19th, 2009, 07:03 PM   #406
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OUCH!!! Well, maybe they could walk from pub to pub and take the odd picture in between!
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Old January 20th, 2009, 12:33 PM   #407
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Celebrating Lunar New Year!

Celebrating Lunar New Year!

Last Sunday was just about the most perfect day to celebrate the lunar new year. The sun was shining, somewhere a bird was singing, Klatu the giant alien bee (see above) was buzzing and Melbourne's Vietnamese community was out in force on Victoria St.

I thought that since last year I went to the Chinese New Year celebrations (this coming weekend) this year I would head up Church St to Richmond and let my hair down Vietnam style!

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Victoria St was blocked to traffic between Church and Hoddle Streets. The entire length was crowded with stalls selling a healthy range of goods - especially yummy food.

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There were also many carnival games and rides to try your luck on.

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These hats were very popular. As well as parasols to keep the sun off.

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There were loads of people about enjoying the sights, sounds, smells and tastes. Melburnians really get out and about when the sun is shining.

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I'm not sure what this game is, but all the players seemed to be having a great time.

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Mmmm coconut. Drool.....

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I don't think it's on the menu?

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Not only pennywort, it's fresh!

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The kids were having a great time.

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Vietnamese pop music is really really bad - but they make up for it with enthusiasim!

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Lest we forget.

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This guy seemed to have locked himself out. I wonder if he cared that a thousand people saw his undies?

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Quarantine matters boys! Keep up the good work.

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I have a feeling that these guys were selling bootlegs. They were not happy with me taking photos of their store.

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Grrrrr!

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And then it was back on the tram for the trundle home. Hope you had as good a time as I did.

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Old January 20th, 2009, 04:27 PM   #408
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What an excellent thread. It took a fair while to get through but really captures Melbourne so well. What a great city.
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Old January 20th, 2009, 05:31 PM   #409
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Well done, gappa. Good assignment and you covered the festival beautifully! Was it an annual
street festival for the Vietnamese community?
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Old January 20th, 2009, 06:47 PM   #410
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It's Chinese New Year so all the cultures that celebrate it will usually have put on a street festival. There's the one at Richmond depicted above, then more at Chinatown, Footscray, Box Hill and two festivals at Springvale.

Next weekend will be the street festival at Springvale, which happens to be the suburb I live in. It's my birthday party the night before but I'll do my best to show up and get a few photos of it.

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Old January 20th, 2009, 06:51 PM   #411
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I'm not sure what this game is, but all the players seemed to be having a great time.

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How can you not know this game? :P

It's a classic fairground/street festival attraction, possibly because it is a form of unregulated gambling. There's a grid on the table marked out with various amounts of money between 40c and $10 and you throw a 20c coin at the table. If it lands cleanly inside a square, you win the amount written on it.
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Old January 20th, 2009, 07:15 PM   #412
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It's Chinese New Year so all the cultures that celebrate it will usually have put on a street festival. There's the one at Richmond depicted above, then more at Chinatown, Footscray, Box Hill and two festivals at Springvale.

Next weekend will be the street festival at Springvale, which happens to be the suburb I live in. It's my birthday party the night before but I'll do my best to show up and get a few photos of it.
I didn't realize Vietnamese people celebrated Chinese New Year! Looks like it was a very fun festival.
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Old January 21st, 2009, 06:12 AM   #413
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Vietnamese New Year is on a differant day as of Chinese New Year, but they do, do the same things on New Years with the usual lucky red pockets well Vietnam use to be apart of the Chinese Kingdom! and have strong cultral ties between the 2 countries. Vietnamese is atcually abit of french & chinese!
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Hey, who deleted my post?

From all accounts, Vietnamese New Year is celebrated on the same day as Chinese New Year.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnamese_New_Year

If I am wrong please let me know and quote your source but what's with the deleting of the posts? There wasn't even anything offensive in there!
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Old January 21st, 2009, 08:36 AM   #415
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Not me. When did you post it? I don't see any notice of a deleted post.....are you sure you didn't accidental post it in the wrong thread? Unlikely it would get deleted if it was not offensive.
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Old January 21st, 2009, 08:39 AM   #416
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Very nice gappa, and I do envy your apartment views.
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Old January 21st, 2009, 08:41 AM   #417
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Hmm very strange. Oh well.

I was just saying that when I was in Melbourne I visited the Chinese History Museum and they have a dragon in there going all the way up the stairs and through some of the basement that I think is one of the biggest in the world.

Hopefully Gappa or someone gets some photos of it when it comes out for Chinese New Year as it will look really great out on the street with all the festivities going etc.
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Hmm very strange. Oh well.

I was just saying that when I was in Melbourne I visited the Chinese History Museum and they have a dragon in there going all the way up the stairs and through some of the basement that I think is one of the biggest in the world.

Hopefully Gappa or someone gets some photos of it when it comes out for Chinese New Year as it will look really great out on the street with all the festivities going etc.
OMG that is totally delete-worthy!!!

Just kidding.
Probably you hit "enter" after making the comment, and they system was down, so it never registered. I've done that before and wondered where my comment went. I can't find any deleted entries in this thread from recent times.
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Old January 21st, 2009, 09:00 AM   #419
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OMG that is totally delete-worthy!!!

Just kidding.
Probably you hit "enter" after making the comment, and they system was down, so it never registered. I've done that before and wondered where my comment went. I can't find any deleted entries in this thread from recent times.
Ok, I'll let it slip this time
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Old January 21st, 2009, 11:47 PM   #420
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Hey, who deleted my post?

From all accounts, Vietnamese New Year is celebrated on the same day as Chinese New Year.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnamese_New_Year

If I am wrong please let me know and quote your source but what's with the deleting of the posts? There wasn't even anything offensive in there!
I think i read THAT POST in Ozscraper, not in Urban showcase,
If you look in there you should find it.
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