Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Australia Adventure Dec 2014, 11 Gold Coast

17 Dec, Wed D11

Ahoy guys! We were at Sea World, Gold Coast. This park was a children's playground designed with boys and girls in mind. It reminded me somewhat of Sentosa in Singapore. Was I homesick? I guessed we needed to venture out to realise how fortunate we were. 

Anyhow, back to Gold Coast. 

Welcome to Sea World

The friendly Dolphins welcomed us when we first stepped afoot into the park. They were so smart to be gathering near the bank as the trainers were there with their food.

We next headed to see the penguins in close encounter. As put across by Apoley Cherry-Garrard, part of the Scotts Nora Expedition in 1910s, "They are extraordinarily like children, these little people of the Antarctic world."

Up next, we marvelled at the wonders of deep sea. I also learnt the name of a polka dot fish today - clown triggerfish.

It was a very hot and sunny day with temperature crossing 30 Degree Celsius. And we sought refuge from the blazing sun in the air-conditioned polar bears viewing area as well as the Castaway Bay. While we were well-prepared packing 3 water bottles with frozen ice made the day before, we drowned another 4 large soda to beat the heat. We had also taken the thrilling Jet Rescue - it was too fast for the excitement to sink in but the discomfort to the head persisted a little while, and the milder Viking's Revenge Flume. Something which we learnt was, we could have brought our swimwear as there was a Sea World Resort & Water Park but we were not too sure of it was open to the public.

After the obstacle challenge (proper footwear needed), we made our way back to our apartment. Thereafter we changed our corner apartment to another apartment upstairs as the door to the bathroom of the ensuite bedroom was faulty. The replacement apartment was slightly smaller, however all the rooms were facing the sea. Another plus point was the better wifi reception. On the other hand, the bigger unit boast posher deco and a larger living room with magazines and books for leisure reading. 

After a tiring day, we were famished. Dinner was at Itoshin Restaurant (2484 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach QLD 4218, Australia), with numerous positive reviews. Iust say that it was the best Japanese food I had so far. The sashimi was very fresh and sliced perfectly. We ordered fresh oysters too, which did not disappoint. Everything that we ordered was polished off the plate. The Teriyaki beef medium was absolutely tantalising and sensational on the taste buds. We loved the tempura ice cream too.

It had been a wholesome day in the sun. While it was tiring, we enjoyed the good times together and great food. This is the true meaning of holiday.

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