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the 100th birthday: night celebration

enlightened cafe

Now is the time to highlight the night entertainment during the Canberra Day long weekend. Again, I was a bit overwhelmed by the choices. Having a young kid who refused to walk by herself after 9 PM did help us remove some of the (fun) choices. The events were basically sprawled in the same area. But the area was quite big for tiny legs to walk all the way around so we decided to come two nights, taking different point of start on each, just to try to see everything.

On these nights, the National Library, the Old Parliament House, Questacon and the National Gallery was beautifully enlightened. Some graphic and colourful light was projected to the outer walls of these buildings so they looked quite spectacular. The surrounding areas were all busy with activities. I did not use my tripod these two nights since I wanted to move around and see as much as I could.

I have to say I really enjoyed taking photos that night. Everything seemed more dramatic at night. Somehow.


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the 100th birthday: one very big day

Monday, 11th March 2013, was a big celebratory day in Canberra, thus the name, One Very Big Day. Events, live performances, food, dances, you name it were all there around the lake Burley-Griffin.

 Canberra is a city built on words: it was created as a place for the nation to meet and communicate, so WORDS is our theme. Canberra… in so many Words.

source: canberra100.com.au

On that day I was predominantly involved in Indonesian Home project, which was a collaboration between AILSA (Australia Indonesia Language School Association) and the Indonesian embassy. In accordance with the theme quoted above, we, together with other people from diverse cultural background created our own big words, and built a fun space at the Rond Terrace filled with a ‘home’ flavour.

We had entertainments and various activities throughout the day in our Home stall. We had the kids dancing, gamelan workshop, kids’ space where you can do some arts and crafts, and trying out Indonesian traditional clothes, and many more. The day was packed that I could not venture out the area on the other side of the lake where they held the longest bubbly bar, all the yummy gourmet food and live music. I walked a bit along ‘my’ side of the lake, and I was happy to see a landscape of letters and words every where I went, though not too happy to see how long the line was in front of the ice cream truck.

The day was hot and there were lots and lots of people. The sun seemed to be on top of our heads for a very long time, it made taking photos challenging. I had to use my camera flash  to minimise dark shadows and light people’s faces and made adjustments every time.

The One Very Big Day took days to recover from…

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the 100th birthday: 2013 Canberra Festival Balloon Spectacular

Canberra has turned 100 on her birthday, the 12th of March, last week. A year-long events are planned in 2013 for the  Centenary of Canberra celebration. You can check here for details. The Canberra Day long weekend was like a big party weekend here in Canberra. There were so many things happening, day and night, from Friday to Monday. I went to a few events, and I am sharing the photos of these events here, starting with the hot air balloon event. Photos of other events will be in separate posts.

The Hot Air Balloon Festival in Canberra is an annual events that is held in March for about a week. This year it was called 2013 Canberra Festival Balloon Spectacular, as a part of Canberra Centenary Celebrations. Even when you are not flying anywhere with a balloon, it is always nice to see them before they launch from the lawn of the Old Parliament House. They are all so big and colourful. Every year we see different shapes, sizes and designs. It’s always interesting to see the whole process of inflating those big flat thing with hot air, to see them become bigger than life and then afloat.

It’s always nice to be in this event. It’s early morning, the light is usually gorgeous. Colours are everywhere, and everything was reflected by the water in the pond nearby. It really is a spectacular sight when you look up and the sky is dotted with all the balloons.

However, we came so late this year that by the time we reached the lawn that morning, most of the balloons were already in the air, including the giant Darth Vader head. We only got the chance to see a big Lion King head being inflated and coincidentally saw the Darth Vader’s head about to land on our way for breakfast. Now, that’s a sentence you don’t say every day.

And here are the two sleepy heads who I had dragged out from beds and made me really late that morning.


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