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Author: Hong De Administrator Created: Tuesday, 20 May 2008 10:58 PM
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Federation Square performanceHong De lions helped celebrate Chinese New Year at Federation Square on Sunday 29th January. This is our second year at Fed Square and it was good to see so many tenants participating in traditional CNY celebrations. Our lions performed on the main stage with the lighting of two strings of firecrackers at the end of the performance. This was followed by shop blessings at most of the shops in Fed Square. It was a hot weekend, but it was great that we performed inside as well as under shade. Thank you to Roland for helping with all the logistics and paperwork involved - the results were well worth it at the end.

 

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Main Stage opening performanceCentre Stage Bench performanceHong De Lions performed at our fourth year of the Glen Waverley Chinese New Year and Lantern Festival. The weather forecast for the day was not very good as there was rain predicted in the afternoon. We managed to get most of our performances done before the rain came down on us late in the afternoon. Our day started with a stage performance for the opening of the festival for the VIP's with our two lions. Later, the CYSM dragon team performed on the Centre Stage while we watched on. Our team performed on the Centre Stage with several routines. Despite the really windy day, our lion did a remarkable bench routine. Our Buddha made an appearance entertaining the crowd before our four lions made an appearance for the finale. Afterwards, we performed shop blessings at several shops along Kingsway followed by two performances in City Century Walk. It started raining towards the endo of the shop blessings and lucky for us, the last performance was indoors where a lot of people were sheltering from the rain. Thank you to the team for a very busy day! Youtube link to our performances - Enjoy!
Main Stage performance
Centre Stage - Bench routine, Four lions 
Shop Blessings and CCW


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ACEC Chinese New Year Charity Ball at Crown PalladiumHong De Lions peformed at our third Chinese New Year Charity Ball this year, organised by the Australian Chinese Events Committee. The event was held again at the Crown Palladium. Our four lions were the opening act for the evening, collecting red packet donations from over 400 guests in the Ballroom. The 4 corporate sponsors (Central Equity, ANZ Bank, The Hour Glass and Masterlink) of the event offered lettuces for the lions. We donated the red packets ($700) and also a lion dance performance voucher for auction later in the night. A total of $1400 was raised by Hong De towards an neonatal incubator for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Well done team!!

Youtube link to the performance.

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Westpac function at Shanghai DynastyFamous Pacific Shipping function at Shark Fin HouseDuring Chinese New Year it is not unsual for our lions to be booked by different Corporate functions. This year we had bookings at workplaces, restaurants and reception venues. We would like to thank in particular our regular clients - Orient Express Travel, FMSA Architects, Westwaters Hotel and Famous Pacific Shipping. We would also like to welcome our new clients (some of them were booked through booking agencies) and hope to see them again next year - AMP, Citibank, NAB, Westpac, Zheng He Global and Makmur. Nearly all of these functions were double lion performances and some with double firecracker lightings.

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High Street Preston Shop BlessingsPreston Market performanceWe were very happy to be involved with the Preston CNY Festivities on Saturday 28th January. We were booked very early last year for this very well planned event. We performed shop blessings at over 20 shops and restaurants along High Street Preston. It was good to see so many non-Asian shops participate in the blessings. It was a very hot weekend and we needed a well deserved drink break in the middle of all the performances. At the same time another lion dance troupe, the Central Victorian Lion Dance Troupe performed inside Preston Market. When we were finished we performed in the middle of the Market before heading off to our next destination that afternoon. A total of over $2400 was raised by both lion teams and this was donated to a charity.
Youtube link to our Preston performances.

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Coco Chine Caroline SpringsGinger House BrightonDuring the two weeks of Chinese New Year, our lions went to a number of suburbs. Photos were taken at most of these restaurants. We would like to thank our clients for their continual support every year. We were at the following locations:
- Prahran Market (24/1)
- House blessing in Mt Waverley (24/1)
- Humble House Brighton (24/1 and 25/1)
- Fongs East Bentleigh (24/1)
- Cyclo de Saigon and Coco Chine Point Cook (27/1) - Youtube VDO Link
- Lion Dance Restaurant Williamstown (27/1)
- ChinaT Cairnlea (28/1)
- Westwaters Hotel Caroline Springs (28/1)
- ChinaT Point Cook (29/1, 4/2)
- Coco Chine Caroline Springs (3/2)
- House blessing in Brighton (4/2)

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Melbourne Market when we were finished at 6am!Our third Citibank performanceOur busiest day of the year! We had to split up into two teams both day and night to cover all the bookings on CNY day. Our day started at 5am at the Melbourne Wholesale Fruit Market with two teams covering the whole market. This is our second year at MMA and not our last! Afterwards, one team headed off to Melbourne Airport for a 3 hour booking and the other team rested before heading off to Box Hill Centro with performances in both shopping centres. We then covered several bookings in the city for Orient Express Travel, Paramount Health and Spa, Brazillian Crystal, Jalan Alor, MV Anderson, FMSA, Citibank (3 performances), Charming Spice, NAB at QV, NAB at 555 Collins Street. It was after 3:30pm before we re-grouped and had lunch together. After a short rest, we were out again, one team in the city covering Kum Den, New Kum Den, Shanghai Dynasty and Passionflower. The other team covered Seven Stars in East Bentleigh and Ginger House in Brighton.

 

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New Kum DenOn the weekend before Chinese New Year, our lions were very busy with performances all over town. On Saturday 21/1 we were at Melbourne Airport for 3 hours, then off to the opening of Transform Spinal in Braybrook, Lalor library for Chinese from the North. A second team took over in the afternoon and went to Atherton Gardens and Shoya Japanese restaurant that night. On Chinese New Year's Eve, our lions were at WTC Wharf for the CNY Dragon Boat Regatta followed by a very nice lunch for the team at Westlake restaurant. Later that night, we were back in Chinatown for performances at New Kum Den, Kum Den, Quanjude Duck, Shanghai Dynasty and Westlake restaurants with lots of firecrackers going off that night!

Youtube link to our CNYE performances in Chinatown

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Dragon Boat CNY RegattaDragon Boat CNY RegattaIt was our pleasure to perform for Dragon Boat Victoria at WTC Wharf on Chinese New Year's Eve. Our Junior team performed under the lions under the watchful eye of our Seniors who were helping with music and firecrackers. After a quick rove down WTC Wharf, in front of many amused dragon boat rowers, we performed under the shade of the entrance to WTC. The VIP guests included Mr Trevor Hubbard, Jonathan and Jenny Mayne, David Wong, Mr and Mrs Clement Wong. We ended our performance with our last string of the big firecrackers which must have been heard from Crown Casino!!

Youtube link to our performance

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Point Cook CNY Street Fair Our Buddha with a jar of wineOn Friday 20/1, Hong De Lion performed at the first ever Chinese New Year Street Fair in Point Cook. There were street stalls set up in Murnong Street with lots of people at the Fair. A huge crowd gathered for dancing and singing performances earlier in the night. Our lion concluded entertainment for the night by parading down the street and performing on the stage outside Point Cook Town Centre. Our Buddha started off the performance and then awakened our lion. The lion entertained the crowd by throwing oranges to the audience and the Buddha was throwing Chinese 'Red Packet' lollies to the kids. Thank you to Shannon and Kate for booking us for the event. We look forward to next year's CNY Street Fair! Youtube VDO link.

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 Airside at Melbourne International AirportMelbourne International AirportThis year marks our third year of Chinese New Year performances at Melbourne International Airport. For the first time this year, we were performing on the other side! Yes, we all had to bring our passports or drivers licence so that we can go through security and go 'Airside'. We had to hydrate up beforehand as we were not allowed to bring any liquids through security. Our lion had to be scanned through the security scanner, it just fit but the drum did not! It was fun roaming through the new terminals at the airport. Airport staff were handing our HappyLab chocolates to passengers and our lion was giving our 'Red Packet' lollies. There were lots of happy faces at the airport when they saw our lion. Our lion loved eating Happy Lab chocolate balls!!

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Makmur at CostcoMakmur in RichmondOur first Chinese performance for 2012 was on Saturday 14th January for Makmur Enterprises (Emperor, Ho Mai and Golden Wok) at two locations. We performed for the very first time at Costco in Harbourtown at 12 pm. As it was our first performance for Chinese New Year, we gave the GM Mr Rudi Tjangdjaja the priviledge of dotting our new lions outside Costco. After awakening the lions, we went inside Costco and performed in front of the Makmur Roadshow display. We managed to avoid the extra huge Costco trolleys during our rove inside Costco! After our performance at Costco, we went to the Makmur head office in Richmond and performed at the factory with the lighting of two strings of firecrackers at the start and the end of the lion dance performance. It was our first time performing inside a factory and due to hygiene, all our performers donned on hair nets including our Buddha!! Thank you to Crystal and Rudi for booking us, it was certainly an interesting experience!
VDO links to our performance:
Costco and A short montage

 

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Kelly and Andrew at Ascot House Receptions (07/01/2012)Our first performance for 2012.

Message from the bride:
"You guys were amazing! So many guests commented on what an amazing performance you did. Thank you so much. We had a wonderful day. You must be busy now coming up to Chinese New Year. Good luck with it all."
Kelly and Andrew.

VDO link

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Hong De Wedding lions at LuminareSunset over South Melbourne from LuminareHong De Wedding lions were out for our last performance for 2011 at Lea and Stephen's wedding in South Melbourne. We arrrived just in time to see a picturesque sunset over South Melbourne. Our lions performed for the guests and bride and groom at a very beautiful venue on the 7th floor at Luminare. Congratulations to the bridal couple.

VDO link

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Federation SquareLeading up to Chinese New Year celebrations in Federation Square, Hong De Lion will be conducting lion dance classes at the Amphitheatre in Federation Square. We had our first class on the weekend and created a bit of interest with passers by. Some sat and watched most of our session. We will be there again next Saturday 17/12 and also on Sunday 8/1/2012. Please drop by and say hello. If anyone is interested in trying out a class, come and talk to us.

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Where is the lion?Jetstar Lion!Hong De lion was at the Victoria State Library forecourt yesterday to help promote Jetstar's special discount fares to Beijing. Our lion and Buddha entertained lunch time crowds enjoying the beautiful Melbourne weather outside the Library. Jetstar staff were handing out pamphlets and Jetstar fortune cookies to passers by.

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