Posted on December 12th, 2011 at 10:56 PM by Wan
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According to my research findings, there are more than 1.86 million population in Brisbane alone.  Blessed with an abundance of sunshine and spectacular waterways, Brisbane is surging forward as modern metropolis with a new air of confidence and style. Rapid inner-city development, a swelling population and a cosmopolitan upswing have given it greater stature in recent times, yet it retains the friendliness and relaxed attitude it has always been praised for. Locally known as Brissie (or Brisvegas) it’s the nation’s 3rd largest destination and deserves all acclaim for being a dazzling river city. Sleek catamaran ferries so called “CityCat” glide up and down the Brisbane river, which snakes its way around shiny CBD buildings and sprawling subtropical parklands under the mighty Story Bridge, past colossal rock faces at Kangaroo Point and out of magical Moreton Bay.

 

Some of the places i discovered and found it to be spectacular and “must-watch”  sights for those who are planning to go to Brissie are such as:

  1. Treasury Building  (Casino) – the most grand and impressive of Brisbane’s historical architecture.
  2. South Bank Parklands – an enormously popular family area with blooming arbours, cafes and restaurants, picnic spots, tropical gardens & walkways.
  3. The Story Bridge – a bridge that connects ‘the Valley’ with Kangaroo point.
  4.  The City Hall – Opened in 1930,the four clock faces on each side of the tower are the largest in Australia and was the most expensive building in the country until Sydney Opera House was completed in 1971. It was the tallest building in the city until 1973.
  5. Footsteps Gallery – (166 Ann St. Brisbane), established to support emerging artists from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Tourists can purchase handmade Aboriginal souvenirs.
  6. Parliament House - (George St. Brisbane), is where a person can watch state politicians trade legislation and insults from the public balcony on sitting days.
  7. Botanic Gardens – An ideal chill-out spot for anyone who wanted to crave for fresh air and beautiful views of the Kangaroo Point cliffs. It’s filled with walking trails, green lawns, bamboo gardens, bunya pines, macadamia trees and Moreton Bay figs. It’s also a good opportunity to spot possums.
  8. Roma Street Parkland – (1 Parkland Blvd), The world’s largest subtropical garden in a city centre. It features 40 varieties of Australian native trees, a lake, three waterfalls, a playground and public BBQs.
  9. Queensland Cultural Centre – comprises 2 art galleries, a performing arts centre, museum and the state library. It’s stunning architecture, landscaping and riverside location are must-sees – even from the outside.
  10. South Bank Parklands – an enormously popular family area with blooming arbours, cafes and restaurants, picnic spots, tropical gardens and walkways. It has spectacular views across the river to the CBD.
  11. The Wheel of Brisbane – This London Eye-style prime riverfront views, is fully enclosed, air-conditioned capsules rise to nearly 60m but the experience is all over in 13 minutes or less! (depending on the crowd).
  12. Fortitude Valley – Brunswick Street Mall is the heart of this valley, where coffee shops thrive by day and bars buzz at night with live music and DJ beats. Running parallel to this mall is Chinatown, a compact but lively strip of affordable restaurants, Asian supermarkets and clothes boutiques.
  13. New Farm – just east of the valley along Brunswick St, is bursting with coffee shops, wine bars and restaurants to cater for its new cashed-up residents. By taking a “CityCat” ferry to New Farm, you can go to the New Farm park, a spacious parkland with playgrounds, picnic areas and scenic river frontage. On the eastern fringes stands the Brisbane Powerhouse (119 Lamington St, New Farm) that hosts a range of visual arts and music and comedy performances and has two restaurants.
  14. Newstead  House – This museum is a beautiful hilltop spot near the Brisbane River. Rooms are decorated with Victorian furnishings, antiques and period displays. The surrounding lawns offer lovely river views. Also, there is an excellent Fireworks Gallery (52a Doggett St. Newstead), dedicated to contemporary Australian and Aboriginal art.
  15. Finally, Mt. Coot-Tha Reserve – About 7km west of the city centre, an expansive bush and parkland area peppered with picnic spots. A must-see is the lookout at the top of the mountain that brings spectacular views of Brisbane. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Moreton Bay in the east and the Glass House mountains to the west.

 

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Did i miss out some interesting places in Brissie? Feel free to share it in my comments below.

 

Posted on October 27th, 2010 at 5:51 PM by Wan
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Posted on September 15th, 2010 at 6:53 AM by Wan
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Last fortnight, I chose to observe my friend’s very modern kitchen, equipped with the newest high tech devices. The types of devices that existed in the kitchen included: an intelligent oven by TMIO (see Figure 1), an LCD TV kitchen system and Action Fresh Blue Technology.

TMIO is an acronym for Tonight’s Menu Intelligent Oven. My initial reaction to the newly, remodeled kitchen was that it did not look like a kitchen at all but more like an open entertainment space. Instead of a table, it consisted of a black countertop, bar stools and an overall sleek and modern design. To clarify, the TMIO intelligent oven doubles as a refrigerator and oven and can be controlled by cell phone or the internet. Regardless of where you are, you can login or call the devices call center and control when you want to start cooking your food, at what temperature, method and many more. If you decide to stop cooking the food, the oven can convert back to refrigerator mode so there is no waste. The LCD TV kitchen system by Phillips was equipped with an iPod and television monitor, all connected to the internet via a wireless connection. Lastly, the Action Fresh Blue Technology consisted of a fruit bowl with a blue light around it to ensure freshness and keep out bacteria.

Figure 1: TMIO – An Intelligent Oven


(TMIO n.d.)

The most important aspect of this observation came in the form of comparison. I was very interested in observing how vastly different the modern kitchen was in contrast to kitchens that were as little as ten years old. When people think about technology, they automatically think computers and the internet. By choosing the kitchen, I wanted to observe how technology could impact the most basic and everyday actions. I wanted to stay away from observing someone in a context where technology was expected, that is a home office and in a context where it was more unexpected. Many people do not realize that technology impacts every aspect of our lives in the office and outside the office too.

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