My earliest memory of CNY was being absolutely terrified of the loud firecrackers when my parents took us to see the parade in Melbourne's Chinatown. The Chinese lions were bloody scary, too. I still have no idea of the significance. I mean, I'm sure it's very important for the lion dancers to climb street lights to get cabbages, but can they do it without the mini-explosions! Mum and Dad were originally from Hong Kong, but I was born and raised in Box Hill (Melbourne).
Back in the day, in February, my parents would make a whole bunch of mooncakes, rice cakes – a whole week prepping it with my grandma. After that we would give offerings to my ancestors – a lot of praying at the altar, joss sticks – that was very important. The most fun thing for me is family gatherings. I have about 10 uncles and four aunties on my dad's side alone. I have a whole bunch of cousins. Chinese New Year is the most profitable time for me because of the red packet.
For a professional couple in Malvern East, the desire to create a beautiful garden, with special areas in which to swim and entertain, beat the competition to host would-be Serenas and Rafaels on weekends. Their south-facing backyard was entirely taken over by a tennis court, which prevented them from enjoying it the way they wished. The couple wanted to transform the 800 sq m space into an outdoor all-sorts, incorporating different zones of use and planting styles.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
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Exact case matching or punctuation
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