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Author: Hong De Administrator Created: Tuesday, 20 May 2008 10:58 PM
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 We had a very busy weekend with four performances over two days. After two shop openings on Friday, we had two weddings to attend on Saturday. The first one was for Linda and Brad at Manningham Receptions in Doncaster. We performed for the guests before the bridal party entered the room. The groom entered the room with a rickshaw carrying his bride. We finished off our performance afterwards. Then, we had to go to the city for our next performance at Crown for Nadia and Rere. Unfortunately, we did not take a photo at this reception. Thank you to both couples for inviting us to be part of your wedding celebrations. Wishing you all a very happy future together!

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 The Emporium in Melbourne finally opened just before Easter after years of being closed for construction. The new shopping complex now links Melbourne Central through to Myer and David Jones on several levels. We were pleased to be invited to the opening of the fourth South Melbourne Market Dim Sims shop, run by brothers Philip and Edward Cheng. The shop is located on L3 in the food court area. A video of our performance can be seen here. Thank you Phil and Edward for inviting us again and we wish you every success in your business venture!

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 It was ANZAC day in Australia yesterday and a few shops took this opportunity to celebrate their openings. The first one we performed at was in Box Hill Centro for a hair salon, located near Big W. Congratulations and we wish them every success!

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On the weekend we were invited to perform at Virginia and Tim's wedding. The wedding took place in the library of the Fitzroy Town Hall and our lion (which was a surprise for the guests) lead the couple outside to the steps of the Town Hall. As the guests gathered around outside, the lion performed on the steps. It was certainly a spectacular backdrop and we took some great photos! Thank you Virginia and Tim for inviting us to be part of your celebration!

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Festival in Sale

Festival in SaleOn the weekend, we travelled to Sale (about 2.5 hours from Melbourne) for the very first Face of Australia Festival. It was a Food, Wine and Music Festival with entertainment and food stalls for the entire day. We were very lucky that the weather was good enough for us to perform outside delighting many of the locals who attended, some of them have never seen a lion dance before! Thank you to Denise from Handen Special Events for organising the Festival and inviting us to perform! 
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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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