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Author: Hong De Administrator Created: Tuesday, 20 May 2008 10:58 PM
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 Last week was Multicultural Diversity Week in Melbourne. We had so many requests from schools that we couldn't accept! Fortunately we were able to perform last Thursday night at the Melton Library for their Cultural evening. There were food, dances, singing and of course a lion dance to finish off the evening. Thank you Anne McLennan for organising the activity and it was well attended!

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Rachel and Yijun at Myer Mural HallAnother busy week last week for our lions! We had a last minute booking for a movie shoot in two scenes for a local film starring the Youtube sensation MyChonny. We were lucky to have a drummer and two lion dancers available for a daytime location shoot last week. Here is a link to a photo of our lion Sentosa with MyChonny taken on location.

On Saturday night, we had our first double wedding booking this year (yes, there is another double wedding booking next month). We were lucky to be able to schedule both bookings in on the same night. The first one was for Fleming and Stephanie held at Leonda Receptions in Hawthorn and the second one was for Rachel and Yijun at Myer Mural Hall. Congratulations to both couples and we wish the very best for the future!

By the way, we have started an Instagram account, you can find us @HongDeLionDragon (link on the sidebar)

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 UAG ApartmentsUAG Emblem ApartmentsWe were initially asked to do blessings at a new apartment block in Hawthorn on a weekday. After explaining to UAG Holdings that we do not have weekday availability, they decided to change the time to suit us. So, on a Wednesday evening, after work, 10 of our members performed at the Emblem Apartments. Our lions blessed the lobby area followed by the shops/office areas on the ground levels. Afterwards, we went up to the Penthouse and performed both inside and on the balcony with the sun setting in the city skyline as a backdrop. Thank you Nicole for inviting us to perform for UAG Holdings again, we had a blast!

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Asian Grocery Store OpeningCraigieburn FestivalChinese New Year was officially over for us last week, the first of the non-CNY bookings were on last weekend. We kicked off the weekend with a corporate function for NAFDA at Luminare on Friday night. We had a really good audience by the time we performed. On Saturday we travelled to Sanctuary Lakes Shopping Centre and performed for an opening of an Asian Grocery Store with two lions and 5 strings of crackers! Oh boy, there was a massive clean up afterwards and we forgot to pack an extra broom! After a quick lunch and a change in lion, we headed off to Canterbury for a wedding performance inside a church. This was our second wedding performance in a church! We were a surprise for all the wedding guests and we started off the drumming softly so that we would not scare the guests! On Sunday, we headed off to the other side of town to Craigieburn. This is the fourth year we have performed for the Craigieburn Festival. Our team had a quick dodgem car ride before we performed! A busy weekend, but it was good to see smiling faces at our performances!

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 Despite a very hot and windy day last Sunday, the show still went on. We experienced up to 60kph winds in Glen Waverley and had to modify our performance to suit. So unfortunately we were unable to do the jong show as promnised at 12pm. Our dragon performed in front of the VIPs. Towards the end of the day, after we had done all the shop blessings, there was a cool change and the winds had died down. We had a huge crowd gathered for the 5pm show. Both the performances can be viewed below. Photos can be found on the Glen Waverley CNY Lantern Festival fan page on Faceboook. Thank you everyone for your support!

 A summary video on GoPro
Dragon Dance - Version One, GoPro version
Lion on Jongs - Version One, GoPro version
 

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Federation SquareWestfield SouthlandWhat a busy two weeks we've had. Our crew battled with the very hot weather we've had and also high winds in Glen Waverley. We were very proud to be given the opportunity to perform our Dragon, Mushu for the very first time on the first day of Chinese New Year at Melbourne Market Authority. Our crew arrived at 5:30am and after lighting a string of firecrackers, the dragon roved around the entire market for the next hour! On the next day, Mushu made an appearance at Federation Square. Lots of beautiful photos were taken and they can be viewed on our Facebook Fan Page. Some videos of our performances have been uploaded to Youtube, links below.

- Dragon at Melbourne Market
- Dragon at Federation Square
- Lion Music at Westlake
- Lions at Southland

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Kaitrin and Nixon's wedding at The International BrightonMichelle and Michael at L'Amour St AlbansWe had two wedding bookings in December. The first was for Kaitrin and Nixon's wedding at the Georgian Room at The International in Brighton. This performance was timed to perfection as we had another booking in the city straight afterwards. The next wedding was two days later at L'Amour Receptions in St Albans for Michelle and Michael. This one was earlier than we expected, just as well we got there early! The dance floor was HUGE - big enough for a dragon performance.... We would like to thank both couples for booking us and we wish them all the best for the future!

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World Diabetes Congress - Singapore Function

Stockland Christmas FunctionPappaRich Northland Opening

 A quick look at some of our last bookings in December 2013. We were invited by the DiabetesSociety of Singapore to perform for the World Diabetes Congress held in the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre. Later that week, we also performed at the Stockland Christmas party held at Red Spice Road. We used our red lions as we had a wedding function right before this performance. Our very last booking of the year was for the much anticipated PappaRich opening in Northland. The photo was taken by JustGraced.com.au (click on the link to see more photos that Grace took that day)

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 On the weekend, we were invited to perform at the Grand opening of Fa-Fah restaurant in Chadstone. The cuisine for the restaurant is Hong Kong based. A familiar face at the opening is the owner of the Papparich stores. We wish Phillip and Saw all the best in this venture and thank you for having us for the Opening!

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On a rainy Thursday night after work, a few members from our team ventured out to Riva in St Kilda for a staff Christmas function for the Uniq Property Group. A big thanks to Courtney from MTA for booking us!

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Serina and Charlie at SheldonWe performed at Sheldon Receptions last weekend for another wedding in the Bliss Room, actually, we have not performed ever, in the other reception room at Sheldon! Our two wedding lions performed in front of the newly weds - Serina and Charlie in a fully packed out reception at Sheldon. We wish them all the best and thank you for booking us!

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We were asked again this year by the City of Hume to perform at the Broadmeadows Fiesta on Sunday 10th. This is the fourth year we have participated in this festival along with the Craigieburn Festival. We were pleasantly surprised when some of the children came up to us afterwards and told us that they saw us perform earlier in the year in Craigieburn! It was so nice to see them come out to watch our lion again. Thank you to a great audience at Broadmeadows!

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Setia at Parque St KildaSetia at Parque St KildaOn Cup Eve, our lion performed at the ground breaking launch of Parque Apartments on St Kilda Road. We were booked by Setia, a Malaysian developer for the site. The CEO of Setia was present at the launch amongst many distinguished guests. For our performers who were there that day, 4 out of 6 were born in Malaysia! We wish Setia every success in Australia. Thank you to Katrina for booking us.

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 Pho House OpeningWe performed at the opening of Pho House in Flemington Road, Flemington on the weekend. The restaurant was packed with customers and service was stopped during the lion dance performance. We lit two strings of firecrackers at the start of the performance and ended with another two strings at the end of the performance - a lot of fire power for the new restaurant. We would like to wish Kevin and his staff all the best and thank you for booking us!

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 We were invited to perform at Sunshine Hospital's Open Day for the Grand Opening of the new Community Based Rehabilitation Building. Our lion performed in the foyer of the main hospital for visitors to the hospital. Thank you Julie and Nancy for booking us and helping with getting the performance ready today.

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Chinabar Signature Buffet, Epping PlazaWe performed at the Grand Opening at Epping Plaza for China Bar Signature Buffet. This is our second opening for China Bar, the last one was in the City last year. Our first performance was a roving performance around the food court area and at the China Bar take away shop inside. The second was actually inside China Bar Signature Buffet, two hours later. In between performances, we were invited for a buffet meal in the restaurant. A big thanks to China Bar management and Isabelle for booking us again. We certainly enjoyed the great meal!

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