Take Me Back To Paradise

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru

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Gold Coast was perfect. It was one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. In fact, I have never realized why Surfers Paradise is called such until I saw it in person. Sunny weather, perfect beach waves, cold waters it was just a beautiful place for a holiday. 
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Gold Coast was a breath of fresh air. Having been in Sydney for a while, it was refreshing to a city that is so chill and relaxed at the same time. In Sydney, you'd see busy, small streets and filled with people always rushing to go somewhere. In Queensland, it was the opposite. The city was literally by the beach - where you can enjoy the heat while feeling the cold sea breeze. It was so perfect that when you need to relax on a stressful day, you can just go to the beach, grab some fish and chips or sip a cup of coffee. In fact, when we were there, we were able to enjoy a nice Aussie breakfast whilst taking in the beauty of the place. 
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If there was one great decision that we made during our trip to Queensland, that is to book us with a great hotel. Using the Agoda app, we were able to book this huge room in Chateau Beachside Resort for a very good rate. For the first time in our lives as parents, Leon slept in his own bed - the extra bed provided by the hotel. We have been co-sleeping since he was born and having to enjoy the bed ourselves with Leon within arm's reach. Since then, Leon has been asking us to buy him his own bed. You don't know how accomplished we felt.
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Breakfast at Sandbar
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Our room was literally in front of the beach. It was huge enough for a family of three with a stunning view.
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We were able to enjoy the beach for a few hours in the morning before we went to Sea World. I wish we had more time on our hands as I really wanted to stay in Surfers Paradise a little longer. The weather was just perfect - it was hot, but not too hot to burn your skin. The water temperature was great - it was cold but not too make you shiver, but cold enough to feel you refreshed from the heat. You can rent bikes and scooters for a cheap price where it will let you drive around the city. Aaarh, how I wish we have more long weekends here and numerous annual leaves for me to be able to go on a vacation. But I've finished up my20-day annual leave which I filed in advance for our holiday in the Philippines in July
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Top and Skirt: Factorie | Sunnies: GLOSS 
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Leon with Borobi, Australia's mascot for the recently concluded Commonwealth Games. Did you know that Borobi is the Yugambeh (Aboriginal) term for Koala?
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Surfers Paradise was our first stop upon entering Queensland and it was also our last stop before we drove back to Sydney (for 12 hours straight) last Easter Monday. We had a quick walk around the area and noticed most of the roads were already closed in preparation for the Commonwealth Games. We never heard of Commonwealth Games until we moved here, which was an international sport event that involves all the current and past commonwealth countries. It was actually held in Gold Coast this year.
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Lunch at Boon Thai- Pad Thai, Chicken Satay Skewers, Spring Rolls, Thai Milk Tea and Bundaberg Ginger Beer
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Driving for more than 12 hours was tiring but it was worth it. We were able to see this sunny, golden state and was able to enjoy its relatively relaxed and happy vibe. I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I did.I still have a lot to post about our Easter Weekend at Queensland and I hope I'l be able to find time to share them with you. 


Much Love,
The Mommy Roves

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