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Saturday, 31-Mar-2012 11:13
Sunny Gold Coast....
After 2 nights in Sydney, we took Tiger Airways to Gold Coast, the land of sunshine and big waves. Wani had booked through Airbnb for us to stay with an Australian family, Cassey and Nigel. We took a cab from the airport to their place in Benowa about 20 minutes away from the airport. Cassey is such a nice, lovely lady. The downstairs of her home is renovated in such a way that it was cosy for guests and we had separate entrance and complete privacy. As vegetarians, she did not allow any meat to be cooked in her house. Anyway, we did not have time to cook as we went out in the morning and came back at night daily. We just had bread and jam for breakfast and had kebab/rice for lunch/dinner. Halal food was easily available in Australia these days. Some places even have prayer rooms. We walked a short distance to catch the bus to Surfer's Paradise every morning. The public transport is so efficient that going every where is easy. Drivers were helpful and the buses were never overcrowded. We were surprised to see Malay Kampung Restaurant near where we stayed. Unfortunately, it was not halal. It's runned by Mat Salleh and serves pork. May be he was just attracted to the exotic sounding name from one of his visits to our homeland. I wish our country has something like Surfer's Paradise concept. Shopping malls and accommodation blocks just across the sea. So, for those who want to swim can go into the sea. Others can go shopping or just sit around on the benches to watch the world go by. I enjoyed watching the changing clouds and the raging sea. It was so amazingly beautiful. Plus the seagulls flying around. The sheer beauty that God gives us free of charge. The clean environment.....something that we have a lot to learn from.

Yang-Whatever the differences, it's still beautiful. Have a safe journey home and I hope Suhaila will be better after the treatment there.
PI-Itulah tujuan sebenar melawat tempat orang. Utk melihat kelainan dan keindahan alam ciptaan Allah yg dapat memantapkan lagi keimanan kita padaNya. I met Kampung Boy (Fadzil Hisham) and Brian Carter recently. Brian came down from UK for a visit. It was nice to finally meet and chat over lunch.

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