Saturday, December 27, 2014

Christmas on the Coast

Merry Christmas everyone! It is the holiday season and Australia is all nice and warm and decorated with festive ornaments. If you look closely around here, you get to see some cars on the roads decked in reindeer antlers and reindeer noses every year. I think it looks cute but kind of distracting sometimes for other drivers and road users (me included) haha!

I’ve just come back from a short holiday in the Gold Coast! It was really relaxing and nice to just get away from my thesis writing and forget about university and other pressures We got to explore Surfer’s Paradise a bit on the first day we arrived and I thought it looked like a fancy Tinseltown sort of neighbourhood lined with palm trees, all tropical and pleasant-looking. It wasn’t too difficult trying to get around and there was even a convenient Asian grocery store where I could get quail eggs to go with Korean noodles! Yummy!

Tiny quail eggs boiled to perfection!

Ready to explore right after we land!

Surfer’s Paradise is such an apt name for the place. It has such stunning beaches! The water is clear and bright blue, and the sand white and soft! I was worried about taking off my slippers though because who knows what is hidden beneath the sand B was stomping all over the soft sand and made us take off our slippers by kicking sand onto our feet (on purpose!) so in the end I went barefoot, and then promptly freaked out again when I noticed paramedics tending to this young boy playing near us who had stepped on some metal bits in the sand. People please don’t litter please please!

Fading pink sunset hues in the sky~

View from the apartment we were staying in~ They have really nice facilities, with a gym, games room and swimming pool included. Pity we didn’t have much time to use them though!

Disrupting B’s Outfit-of-the-Day (OOTD) photos! He’s living the vain Libra life Haha but really, B has been amazingly diligent in taking photos throughout the whole trip - not just of his outfits. And that is how I have so many photos to share (thanks B)!

Did you know that there is free WiFi on the Queensland Rail? We thought it was really cool! Also, there seemed to be quite a fair distance from one station to the next, so passengers on long journeys would put it to good use I’m sure!

Here we are being embarrassingly touristy and excited for our next stop!

Yay for White Christmas at Movieworld! Check out the gigantic Christmas tree!

All ready to begin our adventure! And thanks X for your cap – kept my head nice and cool and protected from the sun! As much as Australia as a whole is infamous for its desert weather and sun, I think the weather in Gold Coast seems somewhat hotter and harsher When we were there the sun was coming through a lot, and I noticed on most days the sky was cloudless and clear blue. Which is pretty to look at, but also means heaps of sun rays and heat are coming through and torching our skin

B and X’s first ride of the day! Apparently it was really scary because it was dark and you couldn’t see where you were going so it made the ride more intense!

Also made our way to Dreamworld for the night event~

Naww they’re not looking! Looks like I’m doing a Kylie Jenner

“I found my happy place!” Cute little Instagram booth~

X particularly wanted to go for horseback riding so we spent an afternoon out in the countryside at a farm. We also got to learn how to crack whips (scary stuff!) and throw a boomerang.

My not-so-successful attempt! It looks easy when the farmhand does it, but it’s hard trying to do it yourself. B and X were laughing at me the whole time (from afar for their safety) and I even slapped myself by accident with the whip

Beautiful countryside scenery!

More animal and bird-watching at the wildlife sanctuary~

On our way to try and find koalas hidden in the trees!

Crocodile feeding time!

Admiring the Christmas fireworks by the beach. We were attending the Christmas carols concert and were surprised to see that hundreds of people turned up! Even the media journalists and crew were there complete with their van, filming the event. We didn't quite realise it was a huge thing And because we were already slightly late, there was nowhere to sit and so we had to watch it standing all the way from the other end of the beach.

Midnight ocean breeze!

It certainly was a fun-filled trip there, pity it was a bit short! My skin did get darker (the horror!) and I think it looks kind of silly having my arms and my legs in different colours now... Hope everyone's been having a lovely Christmas too!