Since Chinese New Year is just round the corner, we decided to check out the Chinese New Year Festival & Market Day at the ASB Showgrounds, Auckland on Saturday. We also look forward to catch up with old friends!
We were travelling light for a change, why... even my cameras are the "light" varieties ;) I took with me the "Neglected Gem", the Nikon Coolpix 8400 and the reliable Canon G9.
I also have on my belt, a pouch to put these two cameras in; phew! It was then I realised their combine weight is nearly the same as my Nikon D300! Ha ha ha...
We arrived in Auckland on Thursday afternoon, a hot and humid day; remind us of the sticky weather in Malaysia! The room was steaming hot! So we upgrade to an air conditioned room, a $20 extra for creature comfort!
Ellen and Jeff pick us up nice and early on Saturday morning for the ASB Showgrounds, even at 9.15 am; the car parks are filling up fast!
We supposed to wait till 9.30 am before we were let into the main building after the VIPs, but the VIPs were late!
All were forgiven with the arrival of our charismatic Prime Minister, John Key. I was amazed so many Chinese families wanted to pose a picture with him!
Pansy Wong chatting with Le General.
Apart from the V.I.P.s, the traditional Chinese dragon dance was a real crowd puller!
I have not seen such a long dragon before! It was really impressive, take a look at the video I shot at the end of this page.
I try to find out how long this flowing creature is, one of the "dragon girl" told me it is "42 poles" long! Huh? Ha ha ha...
The traditional "Chai Shen" (God of Prosperity) was there giving away red packets, yes; there really is money inside these packets!
Wow! You can even get Malaysian murtabak here!
All in all, we had a really good time! Thank you Ellen and Jeff! On our way to the city we saw thousands of cars inching along the express way heading towards where the festival is! Glad we came early!
Famous Last Words:
All the shots of the VIPs and dragon dance plus the video below were taken with my compact Canon G9, I was standing at the same spot all the time; using the buit in zoom lens and framing on the large 3" preview screen. To get faster frame rates, I was using jpeg only.
The whole process work out very smoothly, who need a bulky SLR ;)
Wishing all my friends a happy and roaring successful New Year of the Tiger!
Foot Note :
I did not realise I was being snapped while I was snapping John Key! Ha ha ha... thanks for the candid Stephanie! :)
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