Chinese New Year 2009, Part 3 – S04E13

Group Shot at Palais du Imperial.On the fifth day of Chinese New Year, I had another liondance performance. This time it was at a Chinese restauarant in downtown Ottawa, the name of the restaurant is Palais Imperial Chinese Restaurant. It was for the Taiwan Students Association for University of Ottawa. Here’s the group photo after the performance.
Before the performance, I had a three hour hang out at Rideau Centre because it has been awhile I had shopped around due to the bus strike. It’s great that the bus strike has ended but the worse part is waiting until February 9 for buses to resume into service. Aside from the bus strike, what struck me by surprise at Rideau Centre were several empty stores. It was almost depressing to see it because of the downtown in the economy. What did I check at Rideau Centre? I was looking for Blu-ray movies but they did not have the one I was looking for. I only ended up getting an Orangesicle from Booster Juice.
After the performance, our group went to Ben-Ben Restaurant on Somerset St. (aka Ottawa Chinatown) for some Chinese food. I also forgot that Raw Sugar Cafe (across from Yangtze Restaurant) had an event. It was event for the launch of Dharma Arts. I didn’t expect to see a friend of my brother’s (he’s a professional photographer) be there. It was totally last minute for me because I wasn’t expecting to go down to Somerset St./Chinatown. It was nice to drop by and a surprise to see Rolf Klausener of The Acorn to be working at Raw Sugar Cafe. I did not get to see another photographer if he was suppose to appear, as I only hung around for not too long. I was totally full from the food at Ben-Ben Restaurant.
Well, I can’t wait to take part of the performance at Pembroke on Saturday.

Chinese New Year 2009, Part 2 – S04E12

Group Shot at Algonquin College
It was a spectacular and hectic day to start off Chinese New Year because I had 5 performances. It started off in the morning at a public school near University of Ottawa, then went to Kanata to a private school and then at noon, it was at Algonquin College. What I loved at Algonquin College was getting free food there. They have the excellent food hospitality. I went for the 1/2 chicken (with veggies and potato wedges), a salad mix, Lemon meringue pie, lemon pudding and 2 bottles of Stewart’s Beverages. I chose Black Cherry and Key Lime (unopened). It has become a tradition on Chinese New Year because I totally love that soda. We finished off with two performances were at retirement homes at different areas at different times. It felt like a marathon of sorts because our troupe kept traveling back and fourth around the area. After the performances, we had a light eat at a Chinese restaurant.
The photo on top is a group shot at Algonquin College. It was taken after the performance.
So far, I am totally exhausted and sore from the performances.
There are several photos taken from the public school at the same link, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/sets/72157612939388589/
That’s all of the lion dance performances until Saturday when it will be at Pembroke.

Chinese New Year, Year of the Ox – S04E11

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Kung Hei Fat Choy
everyone and 2009 is the Year of the Ox.
I certainly had a blast on Sunday because it has been awhile that we had a liondance parade down Somerset St., which is Chinatown in Ottawa. As you see from the photo on top, we were parading in the cold through Chinatown. The good thing that I prepared myself by wearing 2 pairs of sock to keep my feet from freezing. Somehow, it took a lot of work to carry the lion and drum through the street. The major downer was that there was suppose to be truck to put the drum on the back and it never came. Luckily there were cops riding in ATVs to assist us on the street. It took about 2 hours to walking around Chinatown. At least it kept the public from being happy to see the lions roam through Chinatown shops and restaurants. Afterwards, we went to a Korean restaurant and chowed down on the BBQ beefs. It was excellent and yummy. What I didn’t realize that I ate so much that I couldn’t eat a lot at a Chinese restaurant later with family and friends. All in all, I could say that it was a packed day to semi-start off Chinese New Year but it was Chinese New Year Eve. It was great to see the gang as well. I couldn’t be any happier.
More photos are on this link, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/sets/72157612939388589/. You will see some silly photos and even food.
Monday, the actual start to Chinese New Year, I will have 5 performances and one will be at Algonquin College. It will be definitely fun to go to Algonquin College. I hope to rest up.

Giving a shoutout to Alyson Hau. I know I have not had a chance to contact you for awhile but I got to listen to your Sunday morning or CNY Eve show. It was great to hear you after a 2 week absence, aside from the Lady GaGa spotlight, which I almost wanted to throw up. I also want to wish you a Chinese New Year.
Seeya

Happy Chinese New Year – The Year of the Rat: S3E10


It’s been awhile I have not written an entry since the beginning of 2008. All I can say it’s Chinese New Year, Kung Hey Fat Choy! It’s the year of the Rat.
Phew, I had 6 performances on Thursday. I will be sore for Friday.
First performance was at Royal Bank on Wellington Street and it went out pretty well.
Second performance was at Algonquin College at their food court to celebrate Chinese New Year for the international students.
Third performance was at retirement home. It was the first time to try out the smaller lion and using the costumed pants.
Fourth performance was at an elementary school near Carleton University. The children participated in becoming a lion. It was great to see smiles out of the children.
Fifth performance was at the Chinese Community building and the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration was on hand for Chinese New Year.
The sixth and final performance (pictured on top) was at Chu Shing Restaurant. It was for the Hong Kong Business Assocation Chinese New Year Banquet.
What a day to have lots of performances.
To finish off the entry, here is the clip from the Chu Shing Restaurant performance.