Exam was over and it's end of the year. Me and my friends agreed to attend this year's Deakin Year End Ball, which fell on the last day of exam - 9th November. The theme was Bond 007 but no one took the initiative to dress up to match the theme. It's expensive to buy all the necessary outfit and accessories to look like one of the Bond 007 characters. A few days before the ball, everyone did some last minute shopping. It was kind of rush but everybody managed to get what they were looking for.
The guys in their best suits and looking good. From left: Hui Jen, Aaron and Sim.
The ladies were looking stunning too *Ahem~* From left: Me, Amelia and Lynn.
We took a train to go to city.
And here we are! Melbourne city. Probably it's holiday. The city was full of people of all races.
Foo: I think the nearest way to go to Melbourne Convention Centre is this way.
Sim: No no...We should go that way.
Haha! We were confused of the routes to Melbourne Convention Centre, where the ball was held.
However, we reached the destination in time.
Got the ticket? In we go!
We were greeted by the catchy jazz music played by a Live band on stage. The room was huge and dimly lit. Although it's already 5 minutes pass the start time, the hall wasn't even half filled. The wait staff had started to serve the early birds, while the Deakin students sipped over their wines and enjoyed the background music.
We were seated at Table 78. Once we were comfortably seated, a friendly waiter came to serve us drinks. We got to choose from Deakin Estate Sparkling, Deakin Estate Sauvignon Blanc-Vasey's Block Pinot Noir, Carlton Draught's Carlton Sterling Light, soft drinks and fruit juice.
Dinner rolls were placed in a basket, with soft butter ready at the side.
Half an hour passed and everyone was hungry. It's about time when the entree was served. It was Wild Mushroom Risotto served with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Grana Padano Cheese. Hui Jen said it tasted like loh mai kai, a popular dish when you have dim sum meal. The risotto was cooked to the right texture, and the mushroom and the olive oil brought out the natural flavours of the overall dish. However, the cheese was too overpowering. Otherwise, it would be a perfect entree.
Next came the main course. It was Grilled Rib Eye Steak on Spring Onion Potatoes served with Pink Peppercorn Sauce and Green Asparagus. The Romano tomatoes were juicy and slightly sweeter than the bigger ones. The asparagus were thoroughly cooked but the crunchiness still retained. I found the mashed potatoes a bit dry and not creamy enough. I like my mashed potatoes smooth and creamy, but this one had potatoes chunks in it, which I found not too bad. As for the rib eye steak, it's medium-rare done. It's so chewy that I had to chew a piece of the meat for 5 minutes before I swallowed it XD Haha! Although people said that beef is best eaten when it's medium done, some people (like me :P ) may not like it. Oh! And the sauce? It was excellent! Sweet, saltish and a tinge of peppery touch in it.
It's dessert time! My eyes were wide open when the waiter placed the plates on the table. I was transfixed by the merry colours, miniature size and fantastic presentation. We were served with Strawberry Tarts, Chocolate Brownies, Blueberry and Marshmallow Tarts...Wait! There's more!
Fresh and HUGE Strawberries, Lemon Meringue Tarts, and Toffee and Hazelnut Tarts. My favourites were the Strawberry Tarts and the Chocolate Brownies. The rest I found them too sweet XP
After meal, we made our way to the dance floor. There was a live band and they were so good that they brought the house down with their groovy music. We danced till we dropped!
Here are some of the crazy photos we took that night:
We had a hell of a time!
The night progressed and it's time to go home. Although we were tired, we would never forget the wonderful time we had that night. Boy~I'm missing everyone and everything in Melbourne. But, I'll be back! Goodbye my friends, we'll meet again ;)