The one thing that we adults are still talking even right now about our highlight trip to Gold Coast was how friendly and helpful all the people were. Almost everyone that we met from the bus drivers, the supermarket and hotel and airport staff, the staff and helpers at theme parks, and even people everywhere were very friendly and smiled a lot. So no wonder we really felt like home and we really miss how everyone treated us like honorary guess in their land. Most people would try to help if we asked questions or if we looked confused they will offered for help, and when we saw each other eye to eye, they would smile to us. Even the airport staff were very friendly and comforting. So at the end, Gold Coast really left a good impression for us, especially the people.
For the boy, he never stops talking about all the rides and roller coasters and all the animals and the shows that he experienced, and he wonders of when he can get back to Gold Coast again someday. He is very brown now because the weather was oh so hot and the sun almost never stopped shining all day long. Although it was hot, but the wind blew quite hard so we didn’t sweat a lot. It was actually a nice weather to spend the day at the parks or tourist attractions. We even found the night quite cool for us because of the strong wind, so sometimes we had to use light jackets.
We also amazed by how clean this city was, the beaches, the parks, and even the public toilets. Drinking water tap was also available almost everywhere, from the tram station, beaches, parks, and theme parks. So we just needed to bring empty water bottles and filled them up.
Since renting a car could cost lots of money for us, we decided to just use Gold Coast public transport system which was very good. The buses and trams were clean and would bring us to any places that we wanted to be. We checked the schedule and routes through Google Maps or Translink Journey Planner. If you confuse, just ask the bus drivers to help you.
Gold Coast is know as the land of Sea, Sand, and Surf………….but for the boy it is also the land of Fish and Chips……………..and he said he would eat fish and chips everyday, which was quite true because it was difficult to find healthy food at the theme parks or tourist attractions. But after all, it was a holiday and if there was no other choice, we let him ate nugget or fish and chips. Thank God we were all in good health although we were very tired and didn’t bring any vitamins and ate very little vegetables and fruits.
We didn’t waste any time at all, after the school ended on Friday afternoon, we continued packing our stuff and were ready to fly with Scoot Airlines at 10.25 pm that night. It would save us time since we would be starting the holiday on Saturday morning, freshen up after a good 8 hours sleep on the plane. Well, it didn’t went that well actually, the boy found that the plane seat wasn’t as comfortable as his bed (yeah, of course……) so he couldn’t sleep well. Even after a not so good rest that night, he managed to stay active the whole day after but was knocked out at around 8 am on Saturday which was a super fast sleeping time for him.
The plane left on time and we booked seats just in front of the toilets. There was small space between our seats and the toilets and we liked it because it was easy to go to toilets especially in the morning. There was free drinking water just near the toilets and all we had to do was to bring our empty water bottles.
We also brought with us jackets (because it was very cold on the plane), pillows, and blankets. I also put the boy’s pajamas once we were on the plane so it would be more comfortable for him to sleep.
One thing that surprised us during our trip was how much we, and especially the boy ate. The boy really ate a lot and the portion was sometimes even bigger than us. He had his three times meals, morning snacks, afternoon and evening snacks, milk, and finally night snack before going to bed. We also ate a lot but we also walked a lot so we didn’t actually gain extra weight………..yippie……!
Singapore time is 2 hours behind Australia, so the boy still had jet lag when we first arrived back in Singapore. It was not just he woke up very early in the morning, but he also asked for food at 4.30 am which usually was 6.30 am in Australia. Well, fortunately it only happened for two days.
And now, it’s time to start our holiday in my next post……………..