Thursday, July 7, 2011

North Burleigh, Gold Coast: The Search For Summer

The warmth of the midday sun’s rays pierced through my skin. I was way pleased to finally shed off my extra layer of garb. Australia's halfway through winter, and there we were striding towards the beach in North Burleigh, searching for summer... Or its vibe at least.

I surveyed the vast expanse of the shore, and could count the people with my fingers and toes. It was lean season no doubt. And I wondered how many of them are like us, vagabonding and taking advantage of the low season's cheap holiday deals.

The search is over.

Due to the absence of sunscreen, we bleakly stepped out of the sand after quarter of an hour and onto the paved path of the adjacent park to retrieve my flip flops and the hubby's shoes.

Luna's fourth beach!

We sat on the grass under a tree nearby. I watched our daughter Luna crawl, roll over, and almost eat grass. And every so often, she would wriggle her toes because she could still feel the particles of sand in between them. I was flushed with delight. Less than a week into our big (possibly RTW) trip and she's already discovering things on her own.

When we were about to leave, I swept my eyes from the sapphire blue sea to the cream colored shore to The Esplanade. The presence of asphalt roads and tall buildings does not give North Burleigh's beach a tropical hideaway aura, yet I am attracted to it.

It's just our first destination, and already I have a candidate for our future home address... If and when we decide to end our "settling around".

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tina said...
July 7, 2011 at 9:54 PM

Luna's so cute! :D and the beach almost yours alone is a perfect setting to play with your lil'one :D

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
July 7, 2011 at 10:02 PM

True Tina. No rowdy youngsters running around to disturb us :)

Supertikoy said...
July 7, 2011 at 10:13 PM

ang haba ng shore line!!! hahaha ang saya

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
July 7, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Yeah Jerome! Maikli pa yung shore na yan compared to other Australian beaches.

Pinoy Adventurista said...
July 7, 2011 at 10:38 PM

can she run na ba? let her run para mas ma enjoy nya ang shoreline... :)

IamDP said...
July 7, 2011 at 10:59 PM

hay cute talga ni luna.... looks like she loves the sand too =)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
July 7, 2011 at 11:05 PM

Mervz, she's not walking yet actually.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
July 7, 2011 at 11:14 PM

Ian, she does love the sand! I think she wants to eat it!

Micamyx|Senyorita said...
July 7, 2011 at 11:33 PM

You own the beach! :D Ipa-roll mo si Luna habang di pa naglalakad wehehe joke lang :P

Alam ko na ireregalo ko kay Baby Luna sa birthday niya or sa Christmas or basta kapag magregalo ako hehehe :P

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
July 8, 2011 at 6:17 AM

Haha! "Ipa-roll" - Parang espasol lang kakalabasan ni Luna nyan!

lakwatsera de primera said...
July 8, 2011 at 7:01 AM

Sayang masyado malamig di nya masusuot yung cute two-piece nya

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
July 8, 2011 at 7:16 AM

Hahaha! Claire, actually it was quite hot. We just didn't come prepared. Next time she'll be in her two piece na and heaps of sunscreen!

Aleah said...
July 8, 2011 at 10:08 AM

I doubt that you're going to settle around soon :D I like the picture of Luna playing and rolling around, eating grass and whatever she could find. Seems she's enjoying herself to the hilt there!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
July 8, 2011 at 12:38 PM

True Aleah. We have not really thought about it yet. But we still might, it's nice to have a homebase.

Ramona Andresa said...
July 8, 2011 at 10:05 PM

ang ganda ng beach!Ang cute sana kung nakatwopiece si Luna. We'll be awaiting for RTW trip updates. Excited na kami sa postcards! haha. :)

Peach Crush said...
July 8, 2011 at 10:44 PM

the place is beautiful and the kid is so cute! :) great blog im your new follower hope you'll follow back :)
xoxox

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
July 9, 2011 at 6:46 AM

Yeah Ramona/Andresa, hopefully it gets warmer soon so she could wear her swimsuits!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
July 9, 2011 at 6:46 AM

Thanks for the follow Peach Crush!

bertN said...
July 9, 2011 at 2:07 PM

OK to roam the world but it is always good and very comforting to know you have a place to go home to when travel starts to wear you down.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
July 9, 2011 at 3:50 PM

We will figure that out someday kuya bertN :) Meanwhile, we got heaps of time to find our future home.

seair said...
July 9, 2011 at 10:33 PM

love your pictures, as usual. your daughter is one lucky girl to be traveling to so many places at such a young age! i wish the same for my 7 year old! keep up the great blogs!

RON and MONETTE said...
July 10, 2011 at 9:57 AM

luna should start her own blog!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
July 10, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Haha! Hopefully she starts typing soon!

pusang kalye said...
July 10, 2011 at 2:42 PM

one future candidate for a place you will call""home"".gusto ko yan.pero me if.....hahaha.of coarse you will eventually settle.at sana sa Pilipinas yun>:D

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
July 10, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Pilipinas will always be my first love of course, Anton :) I'm actually still dreaming of having a beach house there!

Grace said...
July 11, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Can't wait to find out about your RTW trip. Luna is one luck kid!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
July 11, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Hi Grace! Thanks for the nomination for 'My 7 Links' :)

docgelo said...
July 12, 2011 at 10:29 AM

your 2nd photo with luna's heartwarming. i can relate as a parent.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
July 12, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Haha! Me naman Doc Gelo I can see my future pag nakikita ko photos mo with your lil one :)

Rizalenio said...
July 12, 2011 at 2:00 PM

I can feel the sun there. I love the photos. Hi to Luna again. Yey! 4th beach!!! :)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
July 12, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Thanks Lito! 5th and 6th to be posted soon... hopefully :)

dong ho said...
July 12, 2011 at 10:35 PM

it's nice seeing Luna making early steps on the sand. sure is a little nomad.

RM Bulseco said...
July 14, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Beautiful! :) And ang cute ni Luna :D

Ian said...
July 19, 2011 at 5:38 PM

No wonder that someday, Luna will become the next "Pinay Travel Junkie" =)

Nice beach of North Burleigh. I love the wide shore shot.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
July 19, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Yep, for now she's the baby travel junkie :)

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