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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane

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I just wanted to stop by to share this little current events tidbit. Queen Street Mall will be kicking off The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane tomorrow evening with Fashion Snaps, a free public event. They will turn the main street into a runway, showcasing a variety of spring/summer fashions from retailers in the mall and surrounding CBD shops along with a resident DJ to pump it up.


As for the festival, it will take place from August 7 to 13, 2010 with various fashion shows taking place at South Bank Cultural Forecourt.

The 2010 festival will feature nine group shows, a swimwear/resort parade, a series of fashionable high teas, an Australian Fashion Graduate of the Year competition, a fashion highlights parade, and a ‘fashion after hours’ program. There are a broad selection of accessible fashion events to choose from and attend, including free events in Queen Street Mall and tickets ranging in price from $33 to $130.

I’ll be checking out the Fashion Snaps on Friday, August 6, 2010 at 6pm. Will I see you there?

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Garra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championship Circuit 2010

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A friend of ours was participating in the Queensland Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu League Championship Curcuit 2010, on June 19, 2010 at Nerang PCYC, Gold Coast, and we came along to show our support. Our friend participated as part of the Garra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy. “It is the only full time Traditional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy in Brisbane to have a world class Brazilian Black Belt as an instructor.”


We had to get up pretty early to get all the way down to Nerang for the competition but we were up to it; Jason’s a big fan of the UFC and other manly things. And I’m always up for new adventures and a spot of contained violence.

Once we arrived at the Nerang PCYC, there were crowds of athletes just warming up for their next match. The tension and anticipation were palpable. Many of the matches did not disappoint as the athletes showed finesse and impressive technique. Some matches were equally balanced as the two opponents battled for points and control. In some matches,  opponents were quickly dispatched with lightning fast submissions. As the day went on, the crowd of fighters thinned but the quality of the matches became more intense.

We sat down at the front to watch our friend in his first fight and after a struggle for control, he was able to lock a triangle choke (please insert proper name) to win the match. Jason had the camera set up floor-level to catch all of Nic’s matches.

As fighters continued to win their matches, the frequency of bouts became more steady. It was insane to see one guy pretty much fight non-stop and still win with submissions, his stamina was incredible.

There were also a couple of lady matches. I would have liked to have seen more lady matches but this just might be one of those sports that don’t really draw in the ladies.

Our friend Nic came by to watch a match with us between bouts.

Altogether, it was a great day to support a friend and watch a few guys wrestle.  It certainly wasn’t anything like UFC but I think I might have grown a chest hair or two from being surrounded by testosterone.

Until the next submission, sprinkle hearts!

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Queensland Week RACQ Big BBQ

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On May 29 to June 6, 2010, Queensland celebrates Queensland Week, the anniversary of their official separation from New South Wales as a colony. And on Sunday, June 6, 2010, they celebrate Queensland Day with the Queensland Week RACQ Big BBQ, a family day out at Roma Street Parkland, Brisbane, from 10:30am to 3:30pm.


It was a beautiful Sunday to spend at the park and though most of the activities were aimed at families with kids, Jason and I still enjoyed chilling out at the park, checking out the gardens, fountains and sunning ourselves on the grass. There was supposed to be a free BBQ but we never found it but that was alright since they had more food stalls to entice my ever hungry stomach. I most definitely enjoyed the churros dipped in dulce leche. Yum! I wish I remembered to take a photo of that yummy little number.

Her bubbles call out to me.

The bubbles beckon me to come closer.

Oh sweet day, surround me with bubbles!

They had all kinds of activities for everyone, even circus workshops and drumming.

Fern Gully was a good movie. They made it into 3D and called it Avatar, that was good too.

We decided to have a walk and explore the rest of the park.

Jason took a moment to take in the park’s natural beauty. That or he blinked when I took the photo.

I thought it was very courteous of the park to provide poop bags for the good citizens of Brisbane.

Oh hello, I spotted my first whale!

And got up close and personal.

It was a pretty exhausting day spent under the glorious sun.

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