Get lost in Macau

Writing an introduction after a long hiatus is difficult. You wouldn’t guess how many times I have removed my first few sentences because people who try to blog kinda needs to define the “long break” they had. In my case, there’s nothing much interesting to say. I know that I have a follow-up post on my recent trip to Hong Kong and Macau but I just can’t find the time (at work). Lol, But now, I think I want to take a break from writing emails and other technical stuff cos it’s hella tiring and I don’t want to be burned-out with all the work I’m getting. Not complaining, though. I actually prefer to be busy at work. The sad part to that is, I do not get to update my blog. Huhu. Oh well, will try again now…

I enjoyed our first night in Hong Kong. Good food and weather so far, but we decided to leave for a while to head to Macau. Others normally go to Macau on their last day in Hong Kong but since it’ll fall on a weekend and there’ll probably a lot of tourists by then, we decided to do it on a weekday.

Agenda:
• Have a normal brunch. Not into pricey restos and stuff.
• Head to the ferry terminal going to Macau
• Get lost

Breakfast at Mcdonald’s

It’s good to try fast food chains in other countries. You’d think that you’ll just get the same thing as what we have back home, but no. They have a different menu in Mcdonald’s and McCafe. They don’t have rice meals and gravy. Yep. Quite shocking cos that’s in demand in the Philippines. They also have a different way of paying too – by Octopus card, credit card or cash.

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Iced coffee vanilla is my go-to drink in McDonald’s. Unfortunately, they don’t serve Iced Coffee with Vanilla. The blend was too strong for my taste.

But this guy liked it though.

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Their Iced Tea has a slice of lemon in it and I liked it!

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Sausage and Egg Twisty Pasta

The coolest thing in McDonald’s in Hong Kong is the Aircharge! I wish we have this here in the Philippines. So freakin convenient!

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Mongkok to Sheung Wan Ferry Terminal

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MTR has 9 different station lines and their fare chart is color coordinated depending on your origin point and destination point. Props to my boyfriend who has a sense of direction more than me. Well, dito lang siya lumamang sakin. Jk! But he got familiarized easily on where and what line to take even without looking at the chart! (Plus 5 pogi points! Lol) If you want to have an idea on how much the transportation costs using the MTR, you can refer to their fare chart online. 🙂

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Loading up our Octopus Cards before getting into the train. Kinain na… HAHAHA!

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Anything in Manila that uses tap cards, in the form of transportation or a lobby pass in hotels aren’t as responsive as here in HK. Bakit? Bakit ang ayos sa HK? :/

Anyways, inside the train, very spoon fed and laid out yung direction nung train. May system map, and LED type of the map that shows you your current station, the next station and to which station has a connection from one line to another. Color coordinated pa rin like their fare chart. May voice over pa! Everything also has its English translation. Hindi ko ma explain clearly, haha! But once you’re in the MTR, hindi kayo maliligaw. Promise!

*Side topic* Alam nyo ba… before we left Manila, since my mom has more time to prepare for the itinerary, she printed out a lotta stuff… maps, bus routes and fares, where-to’s, how-to’s and other stuff for this trip. Mga 20 pages yun! Take note, she even put it in a transparent sliding folder! Nakakaloka. HAHAHA! Sabi ko, there is no waaaaay that I’m gonna bring that folder and pull it out from my bag while roaming around HK. Grabeeee noh? Haha! She was afraid for us to get lost kasi. Ayun. She really do think too much, which I understand kasi praning din ako. But I told her that we’re gonna get WiFi which is more efficient and convenient to use. The internet speed in HK is I think 10Mbps. ‘Twas super fast. We only relied on Google Maps the whole time and it didn’t fail us 🙂

As we arrived in the ferry terminal in Sheung Wan, we purchased our tickets in Cotai Water Jet and waited for about half an hour before boarding.

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It took us I think an hour or so to Macau. I kinda felt dizzy at first. RORO palang kasi na try ko. Haha! Brianna was pretty chill while sitting by the window. All of us nailed a quick nap. So it was nice.

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Macau

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There were a lot of Filipino tour guides after we passed through the immigration. Pakyawan sila ng mga turistang dumadating.

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We were almost close to get one but I snapped because of this lady who was super talkative in high volume pa. I do get the sales talk and all, pero over si ateng. Walang preno magsalita. Hindi marunong makaramdam na nakakabingi siya. Hindi kasi lahat ng bagay napipilit. Pero sana hindi rin siya naging manhid. (Hugh Goth – “hugot” yun. Baka may na-slow. Haha) I snapped and I remember telling her to stop talking because her voice is too loud and it’s annoying. I was so pissed so I tell my mom not to get a tour guide anymore. So we hopped in a bus going to Venetian Macau to finally start exploring the city.

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The Venetian Macao is a luxury hotel and casino.

Meron pa rin nakabuntot kay mama na tour guide. Hahaha!

Since we had no plans to play in casino or even stay here for a night, inappreciate na lang namin ang magandang architecture nito. Talaga nga namang nakakabighani. Maging ang interior ng restrooms ay picturesque.

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As our legs sore, we decided to look for a place to eat. Akalain mong may food court sa Macau?! Haha! We saw a lot of Filipinos working in Venetian, so I was no longer surprised to see more Filipinos (tourists) in the food court. Aminin natin, karamihan sa mga pinoy prefer ang food court to have more food options na pocket friendly at masarap at the same time. *winks*

After a quick lunch we strolled outside and ride a bus to Ruins of St. Paul’s.

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Ruins of St. Paul’s

You know what I regret on this trip? Being worried of my camera’s battery life. I was too conscious to take too much video clips and photos cos I want to save it and make it lasts for the day, but failed. Feeling ko there were a lot of things that I missed to capture. It was really sayang. So, it is better to bring a spare para wantusawa in taking pictures.

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Had a good time in Macau even though all we did was walk around, eat egg tarts and drink lemonade, check on thrift shops, souvenir stores and clothing boutiques and then we went back to Hong Kong just in time for dinner. Hope to visit Macau again!

 

 

Flickr Album: https://flic.kr/s/aHskUjXnje

 

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