Monday, April 25, 2011

Gold Coast, Australia

The Search for Surfer Dudes... Failed!

Date: 14 March 2011

Gold Coast, Australia... Home of surfers, strutting their skills with the wave! We arrived at Coolangata Airport, GC at 9am local time and was sent straight to our lodging at Marine Parade by our pre-booked van driver.

"Safi Sali" has just arrived at Gold Coast Airport!

Lodging: Blue Waters Apartment

It is located away from the main attraction, Surfers Paradise but there's taxis for that.. So that's not a problem. Very close to Sea World but quite far from other theme parks.The apartment - spacious, nicely decorated and complete with all essential items. Cleanliness - excellent. The only drawback for me was that the bed was a bit slumpy... Maybe it's time for a mattress change.

Washing machine for dirty laundry... 
The slumpy bad =( 
Dining table which we didn't get to use... 
Beautiful kitchen...

After a light nap and Zohor prayers, off we went to Sea World, the only theme park we were able to visit on our short stay in Gold Coast.

By 5pm, we were on the 705 public bus to Surfers Paradise. We stopped at Centro Surfers Paradise and did some shopping at Hard Rock Cafe, Woolworths and some souvenir shops.

Centro Shopping Area 
Choosing my Surfers Paradise pin! 
Grocery shopping for snacks and a quick dinner!

At 7pm, we went to Springbrook National Park, a World Heritage Site to visit the glow worms. Too bad cameras were forbidden - we had no pictures of the remarkable journey. The tour included star gazing... That is when we got to observe the Southern Cross, as marked on the Austalian flag. The night sky was gorgeous!

Waiting for the tour guide to pick us up in front of Holiday Inn - Everybody was too tired to even talk.
Only pic successfully taken by Juli Zac with lightings from our mobile phones. 
A little souvenir for us - contains gelatine which I did not notice until in Terengganu! For Muslims and vegetarians - give it away to other tour members...
We didn't get to see this view since it was too dark... =(

Date: 15 March 2011

Today we spent our whole day in Brisbane city.

Brisbane City Tour **Click Here**
At night, we stopped by the beach to see the tunnel waves... without any surfer dudes... Too bad~

Beetles were everywhere!!
The night market... sells art and crafts.

After looking around the night market, and had some lovely Baskins Robbins ice creams, we took a cab back to the hotel to prepare for our journey back home...

Date: 16 March 2011

Pack our bags and fly! 
Gold Coast - toodle doo!~

Friday, April 22, 2011

Movie: Red Riding Hood

Date: 21 April 2011

Hasben and I had a training week in Bangi. We made the most of it by spending all our free time in Alamanda, Putrajaya... Shopped at Esprit Outlet - which is sooo cool, up to 70% discounts! - Ate yummy2 food - Chicken Rice Shop and Kenny Rogers - And watched Red Riding Hood.

I am not a fan of Twilight thus I did not expect much from this movie. However, I was really surprised that I enjoyed it so much! The movie is based on the children's fairy tale but altered in a way to suit adults viewers. Hasben and I were guessing "who is the big bad wolf?!!" through out the movie. "It's the boyfriend... No no... The fiance" and 5 minutes later... "The grandma.. I think she's evil!!"

Go and watch: If you like mystery movies.
Don't watch: If you hate teenage lovey dovey scenes.

Rating: 8.5/10 - very much influenced by the handsome actors and beautiful snowy scenery.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane City Tour

Date: 15 March 2011

What a nice morning in Gold Coast!

The pick-up van came for us early in the morning for an hour ride to Brisbane... which we spent most of the time sleeping... hihi... I was surprised to find a signboard on the highway stating a place called Tanah Merah... wow... a Malay name! When we reached Brisbane Bus Terminal, our guide, Steve was ready for us.

We drove around Brisbane City and viewed its historical buildings. Before this, we keep pronouncing this city as Bris-bane (as in sugarcane), but now that we have met with the locals, we learned to say it the right way, Bris-burn.

An old gothic church.

The way back to Gold Coast!

At Kangaroo Point - a view of the city with really brownish river.

The historical Breakfast Creek Hotel - seems to be facing with many flooding problems.

At Bartley's Hill View Point - Another view of the city.

A wealthy person's house at Bartley Hill - looks so much like a Malay village house!

Next on the itinerary was a river cruise. We were a bit confused on whether our trip was a full-day tour or a half-day tour. We asked Steve regarding this and he became a bit panicky... he probably thought we were complaining and making a big fuss... but really... we were quite cluesless since our agent in Malaysia did not really detail out our trip... so that's a lesson learnt, ladies and gentlemen.

Hasben at the jetty waiting for the boat.

Zera and Steve discussing on what we are suppose to do next... In the background, the boat is coming!!

Breakfast on the cruise... yum yum!

Story Bridge - 1 of 2 bridges in Australia you can climb, the other is in Sydney.

The breezy ride ended near Wheel of Brisbane... we had a go on the wheel before Steve left us for free and easy. Apparently we booked for the half-day tour, not the full-day one... now we know~!

Wheel of Brsibane!

Since it is Zohor prayer time, we decided to go and find a mosque. We asked a bartender in a Turkish restaurant the way to any mosque nearby and he confidentally showed us the way. We walked for God knows how long... until our legs were shaking like mad... but we couldn't find one. The bartender was after all pouring beer when we asked him, he may have misunderstood us... (??) Finally, we went to Southbank Institute of Technology and asked a student there for a prayer room... and thank God... they had one. We could have saved all the trouble... but things may happen for a reason...

During our tiring search - is this Kuala Kangsar, Perak??

Southbank Institute of Technology

Mission accomplished!

After all the drama, we decided to finally have lunch at the park and relax our tired muscles. We had to be back at the bus terminal at 4.30PM.

A nice rest before we start walking again!

Wah... Gen 2 in Brisbane!

Across theVictoria Bridge.

We made it on time to meet Steve at the bus terminale for our ride back to Gold Coast. Again we slept through out the journey and my intention to snap a picture of Tanah Rata signboard was unsuccessful. The driver dropped us off at Surfers Paradise to visit the night market.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sea World, Gold Coast, Australia

Date: 14 March 2011

Yeahhh!! A theme park PLUS education on animals! Have fun and learn at the same time...!! >> This is what I would write if I care much about learning while on holidays. What I really feel... WOW... rides!! and cute animals!!! That's about it...

Since I am currently listed on the "special people" list, I was not allowed to join my friends on most of the rides. A bit crap but.. at least I get to see the cute animals... =p

Hasben at the entrance!

We were welcomed by a pirate stunt show near the food court.

Since our arrival, we did not have much to eat. We were super starving and could not concentrate on the park.

First thing's first: LUNCH!! - Seafood and Fish & Chips!! No plastic bags at all... a very environmental friendly park!

With energized spirits, we planned our day... Zera leading the trip!

First was a visit to Penguin Encounters - they are just adorable!

Our next destination was far across the park. We chose to ride the cable car for a sceanic view of Sea World.

On the cable car - Sky High Skyway - The orange tracks on the background is Sea Viper Rollercoaster, the scariest ride in the park!

Everyone but me on the Viking's Revenge Flume Ride - I can hear them scream from a far!

The educational animal visits! - Polar Bear Shores, The Dolphin Show, Penguins, Ray Reef, Starfish, and Shark Bay!

The only animal show we were able to watch was the dolphin show... They are very smart creatures! And lovable too!


Jet Rescue ride - very fast and furious... so they say...

The girls were sick from Jet Rescue so we let the boys try the Sea Viper Rollercoaster... It's far too creapy!

Hasben and Nabil hanging on tight!!

Me shooting water at people on the ship at Castaway Bay! This was a fun game but we were soaking wet!

Posing in front of Sesame Street before calling it a day.

Our last ride... it is suppose to be for kids... but I don't think kids can have the strength to pull so high!

With the park closing at 5pm, we made our way back to the exit with a few more picture taking. We had to take the 705 bus to Surfers Paradise.

I love how they care for the environment! Last advice before leaving the park for good.
Bye2 Sea World!!
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