Hello, Macau!

Welcome to the city that never sleeps! This trip’s gotta take too long so let’s get started.

11:00 am

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Tickets bound to depart at 11:15 am for Macau via Turbo Jet. The whole travel took an hour.

12:30 pm

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I actually took two of this. One for our trip and one as my souvenir; wouldn’t want to miss a thing from here.

The feels were totally different here compared to Hong Kong. Macau felt a little more of like Philippines for me (except for their grand casino buildings and infrastructures) since a lot of Filipinos were working here. In fact, a fellow Filipino welcomed us upon our arrival at the terminal. Aside from that, motorcycles were also eminent and the weather was somehow hot.

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Macau Tower

From Macau Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal, we rode on a bus going to the Ruins of Saint Paul. Casino Shuttle Buses are free of charge but were only made available to people 21 years of age and above. And since my brother is still on his teenage years, we weren’t able to ride on free. We took the public bus instead.

2:00 pm

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A store around the Ruins of St Paul offering mouth-watering snacks. FYI: Stores here in Macau do accept Hong Kong dollars so you need not to worry if you haven’t had it exchanged in  Macanese Pataca, the official currency of Macau.

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Souvenir Shop

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Portuguese Mango Nougat for 65 dollars

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Fresh Egg Rolls, Almond Cookies, and a pack of Marinated Goose Feet.

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Feel free to pick! Just to share, I was scolded by a saleslady for picking up a handful of cookies. So the next time you come over here, just pick one per sampled product then proceed to another store. Do the cycle until you’re full. What a tip! lol

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More cookies on display.

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The crowd walking towards the famous tourist attraction.

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The statue made me so intrigue that it made me took a photograph of it. Got any ideas about what it is? Well, at first I thought it’s just a romantic couple being normally sweet with a flower on hand; but it’s not. Based on my research, the statue symbolizes the good relationship between China and Portugal. And from there, it was informally named as “The Friendship Statue”.

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Me and my mom photographed by my brother for the first time. P.S He hates being asked to take pictures but I’m glad he did this for us. Thanks, Bro!

 

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Posing for an out of focus mid shot. Look at those sleepy little eyes.

3:50 pm

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From the Ruins of Saint Paul, we walked through Senado Square, another historic place to where they conduct most of their events.

4:30 pm

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Located in the heart of Macau, Casino Lisboa had its building in the shape of a golden lotus leaf. The said flower is the official emblem of Macau. Perched on top is a large egg with the feather crown symbolizing wealth and prestige.

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The other side of that gold-tinted structure.

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From Casino Lisboa, we took a bus leading to Taipa, Macau’s home for their biggest Casino Resorts.

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At the waiting station.

5:00 pm

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And here we are! No, not on that raging car…

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But on the viewing deck.

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Feeling high on top with the city view! Raise your hand if you want to be here too!

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Stole a shot from their behind. On the right side is the luxurious Venetian Macao, the largest casino in the world, and the largest single structured hotel building in Asia.

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Right in front of it is City of Dreams, another famous casino resort.

5:30 pm

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An astonishing Interior design of The Venetian Macau. Whoa!

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The design of the hotel and casino resort was inspired by the glorious architectural wonders of Venice.

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At the Great Hall with its Grand Christmas tree still on display.

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This has been the grandest room I have ever seen in my entire life! Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you, their female comfort room!

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Individual mirrors, lamps and faucets.

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Took a mirror selfie of course! For once in my life I felt like a royal. Ugh! Can I just stay here forever? Yes, please!

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The Grand Canal Shoppes with over 350 brand name retail stores.

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7:50 pm

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Venetian Macau’s back exterior at night with Christmas vibe light effects.

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An early New Year countdown greeting from them. Happy New Year, Venetians!

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Took a long walk again for more casino resorts.

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At Shoppes at Four Season, another shop for luxurious brands.

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Just a few walks from The Venetian is the The Parisian Macau.

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The Parisian Macau’s main entrance. We wandered so much the whole day that we decided to just rest for a while outside. The feels were still fun for the Eiffel Tower right in front of this played with light and sound effects from time to time.

9:30 pm

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Went back around Lisboa area looking for something to eat. So, this was one of the busy streets that we have walked past in the morning.

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Haven’t we met before? This is the Casino Lisboa at night.

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The Receptionist with the crystal chandelier just right above him.

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A closer look to their ceiling.

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A wonderfully made village with protective walls fully made of gold.

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My mom insisted me to be photographed right beside this cabbage made out of jade. This sculpture, according to Chinese belief, symbolizes purity and fertility.

10:10 pm

Our departure from Macau to Hong Kong was scheduled at 11:10 pm, so before going home, we decided to have our late dinner at Noodle and Dim Sum Kitchen.

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Noodle and Dim Sum Kitchen’s Menu. The one thing that I noticed about Chinese cuisine is that they do include veggies in every food item. They really are health conscious.

10:50 pm

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Tickets back to Hong Kong

So basically, we ended up waiting 20 minutes earlier than our departure. The whole day trip was strenuous yet I was so satisfied and fascinated seeing all of those man-made wonders that I used to see on TV or magazines before. Glad to know that these things do really exist and I happen to experience them. Hoping for my next trip back here. Hello, Mom? hahaha

 

 

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