We started the day early and decided that it was BEACH TIME!
I still feel guilty that I didn’t take the boy to the beach very often. He likes beach so much and always enjoys every visit to the beach. Surfers Paradise beach near our hotel was very quiet that morning, clean, peaceful, calm, and we really loved to see the big waves coming under our feet.
This beach was within walking distance to our hotel (about 5 minutes walk) and we only had one chance to visit this beach.
Then we went back to Artique Hotel to pack our things because we had to move to another hotel.
We were going to move to Palm Beach Area, which was nearer to the airport. We were going to take public bus to the airport and the flight would be early in the morning, so choosing Palm Beach Area for our stay was the right decision. We only needed to board bus number 777 from the bus stop near our hotel, and the journey was only 15 to 20 minutes.
My plan was to go to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary which was only 10 minutes bus ride from our hotel in Palm Beach, Laguna Park (3 minutes walk from the hotel), and visited the library (3 bus stop from the hotel), and we were supposed to have 1 free day to do anything (unplanned) on the day before we went home, but since the plan had already changed, the one free day turned to be a visit to Sea World.
To go to Palm Beach, first we boarded the tram to Broadbeach Station, then continued the journey for about an hour by bus number 700 to Palm Beach. The bus stop was very close to the hotel (2 minutes walking distance).
Since the hotel room was not ready, we just put our bags in the hotel and decided to have lunch first in the Pines Shopping Center (3 bus stops from the hotel). We took bus number 765.
The mall wasn’t too big, but had K-Mart, Woolworths, and Coles. We couldn’t find many options for our lunch inside the mall, so the boy said he wanted pizza. What??? Pizza in Australia??? Can we please try something else besides pizza??? Well, he was lucky because other food was only MC Donald, KFC, Subway, a bakery, and a kebab stall. So we headed to…………..Pizza Hut.
Unlike Pizza hut in Singapore or Jakarta, the stall didn’t provide big seating area, only 1 small table inside and 2 tables outside. We chose to sit outside where the wind blew so hard…….
To our surprise, one extra large pizza was only AUD 4.95. Seriously!!! One super big size pizza for only AUD 4.95. We chose 1 pepperoni and 1 ham and and cheese with thin crust. The taste??? I get to tell you that it was delicious…………….surprisingly very yummy and crispy……………and once again, cheap. Definitely one of our favorite fast food.
After lunch, the boy saw this:
He insisted he wanted to play there, and I was like “What, play in the Mc Donald Playground??? We have better playgrounds in Singapore.” It was like wasting the time for me, but you know what his answer was??? He said “Hei, I will grow up and might not like that kind of playground anymore. So it’s ok now to play.” Ok then, you win this, go and play just because you will grow up and hate to see that you’re not going to like playground anymore. So please enjoy this and I will enjoy the moment I can still see you playing happily in the playground and not going out with your friends and girl friend.
Then we visited the library, and daddy said: “We came so far away from Singapore to Australia just to see the library?” Hey, for me the experience was still different. We love libraries and if we still have enough time, I will include the visit to the library in every country in my itinerary. Besides, it was good experience for us to see libraries in other countries.
Daddy was surprised to see the new books collections in the library, especially new comics. The boy and I stared in amazement to Enid Blyton’s books collections that we never saw before. The books were in good shapes and smelt like new. The arrangement for the children section was also very nice. We loved the bright colors of the sofas too.
So, everyone was happy spending time in the library.
We then headed to the hotel and played in Laguna Park, but I’ll save those two for tomorrow since it is already midnight. I have to finish this ASAP because the boy said he is going to read and judge my writing…………….ouch!