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Day 4 – Birthday in Macau

May 24, 2010

Day 4 (April 25) – Macau Adventure

In my 2006 HK visit, I (together with Mom and my 2 aunts) had a short side trip to Shenzhen, China for some quick shopping. While in 2008, I failed to see Macau due to heavy rains. Together with a colleague and some friends from church, I got stranded inside our hostel room and had to wait for 3 hours for the flood water to subside. So this time, I really prayed hard that everything will be fine as I have been dying to see Macau for the longest time ūüôā

And so, Mom and I woke up early so that we could at least spend the entire day in Macau. Since it was my first time to travel there, I had to research from the internet some instructions on how to get to¬†Macau.¬†And I did that just some minutes before we left the hotel. That’s how unprepared I was, hahaha! I didn’t know that there was a Turbojet ferry station in Tsim Sha Tsui. We had to travel to Hong Kong Island and opted to take the ferry at a station near the Shueng Wan MTR exit. Well, that’s the prize I get for not researching ahead of time. LOL.

At around 9:00 a.m., we were in line to purchase¬†our ferry tickets. Too bad though¬†but¬†the cashier was already selling¬†tickets for 11:15 a.m. trip.¬†Well,¬†we really should have left the hostel earlier. So,¬†Mom and I opted¬†to have breakfast. She had her’s¬†at Starbucks while I¬†ate at¬†KFC. Magastos ang nanay ko noh?!¬†Hehehe! After breakfast, we tried to pass time¬†by doing some window shopping. Oh yes,¬†it was a¬†successful “window shopping” activity! I didn’t buy anything. Yipee!¬†LOL.

After a few minutes, I dragged Mommy to the ferry station. It was a bit too early. But hey, we still needed to pass through immigration. SOP thingie when transfering from one country to another. And there we saw long queues of travelers. It took us some 20 minutes to wait for our turn. And another 20 minutes for actual boarding. I have already secured return tickets, 7pm that is. Which means, we only have 5 to 6 hours to see Macau.

It was just a short 1 and 1/2 ferry ride. And before 1:30 p.m., we were already in Macau.

Before we left Manila, we were able to contact a former female neighbor¬†who is now living in Macau.¬†She was kind enough to meet¬†us at the station and¬†alloted the¬†entire day to be with us.¬†The old lady is a¬†friend of Mom’s and they haven’t seen¬†each other for more than 16 years.¬†I was the one to first¬†see our neighbor.¬†She was with another companion.¬†¬†I approached them, called¬†our neighbor by her name and introduced myself.¬†She looked at me, a bit¬†confused, and said, “Winkie? Ikaw na ba yan? Ay, dalaga ka na pala!” Hmmm,¬†I think her¬†last statement was wrong. I¬†guess it should have been, “Ay, dalaga ka pa rin?!” LOL.¬†¬†I took them to Mom, who was a few feet away from us. They hugged as soon as they saw each other. Our neighbor was in tears… tears of joy, that is. She said she was so happy to see old friends.

We didn’t spend too much time at the ferry station and decided that we catch up while touring the place.

I was really amazed with how Macau looked like. It’s much better than the pics. The place is so clean. Roads are so wide. No jammed traffic on the road. And what’s best is that almost everything is free! LOL. Well, we traveled around expense-free as hotel shuttles are available everywhere that took us to places that we wanted to go to. Rule of thumb though, read the bus signs so you won’t get lost. LOL.

Our first stop: the famous Venetian Hotel.

Since we had a very limited time, we just stayed a little over an hour at the Venetian Hotel. Just a quick late lunch and some photo ops. Maybe I should quit with my long story telling and  just let the pictures tell you how we explored the place:

Next stop was the City of Dream. It was just across Venetian Hotel. But hey, we still had some photo ops while transferring from one hotel to another. LOL.

I really did not know what to expect from this hotel. In fact, I wasn’t much interested¬†to go¬†to that place as I thought we were just visiting another hotel-slash-casino. So I kept on telling our neighbor that I wanted to visit other famous landmarks like Ruins of Saint Paul and they always reply¬†me with “Wag kang mag-alala, makikita mo lahat yan. Maliit lang ang Macau.” But when I try to look at my watch, I felt it was too impossible to move to other places with that¬†limited time.

As we were touring inside The City of Dreams, our neighbor approached a ticket booth. Then she handed us 4 tickets for a show called “Bubble Show”. They said it’s something that we shouldn’t miss. But since it was only a little past 3pm then, we opted to tour the place a little more. A few minutes later, the son of our neighbor came and told that he will be the one to take us to Sao Paulo. Not in Brazil, Ruins of Saint Paul’s that is. LOL. We were then short of 1 ticket for the Bubble Show. Good thing that our male neighbor did not intend to watch with us as he has seen it so many times already. He basically went there just to meet us and tour us after the show.

When I entered the dome-shaped theater, it reminded me of Planetarium in Luneta Park… less the chairs! Well, I instantly knew that pictures can’t really tell how awesome the show was. So, I opted to capture it in video. But please pardon the resolution. I just used my trusty old digital camera… it’s only 5MP. Sorry!

(If you can’t view video from this page, just click HERE.)

Our neighbor was right, it was something we shouldn’t miss.¬†The Bubble Show¬†was indeed the most spectacular digital show I have seen so far. And the best part? We watched it for FREE! LOL.

It was already 5pm and we all rushed to our next pit stop. Good thing though, there was a shuttle right outside the hotel that took us directly to Sao Paulo.

They were right all along, every place in Macau is just minutes away. In less than 20 minutes, we were already in¬†San Ma Lo.¬†Everything in San Ma Lo is nice to look at… and of course, nice to take pics. LOL.

Well, photo ops wouldn’t be complete if we are not in it…

This place¬†is very¬†much similar to our local Walled City or the so called Intramuros… in¬†a much cleaner and more organized way though ūüôā¬†It brought so much history as¬†we toured the place.¬†According to our tour guide-slash-neighbor (as as checked with Wikipedia), Macau was colonized by¬†the Portuguese people¬†for¬†more than¬†years before it was turned over to China in 1999. Thus, the cobble stone look.

Since it was a Sunday, Mom asked that we visit some churches so we could at least say a short prayer.

Then, off to Sao Paolo…

It was already 6 p.m. then and we were still in Sao Paolo. I started to get worried that we might not able to make to our 7 p.m. ferry schedule. But again, our neighbor assured¬†us that we’d be at the ferry station¬†in just 15 minutes.¬†But hey,¬†we managed to buy some of Macau’s famous delicacies and take some photos while rushing to the shuttle station. Late na, shopping at picture pa rin! Hehehe!

At 6:25 p.m., we were already at the ferry station. Our neighbor was right again, we did beat the time. We were even 20 minutes earlier than required check-in time.

There was a long queue of passengers when we arrived. The lounge was already full that I had to sit on the floor while we were waiting for our ferry number to be called. We waited for like 15 minutes.

It was another 1 and 1/2 hour travel from Macau to Hong Kong. And at around 9:30 p.m., we were at the hostel room, tired and exhausted from that jammed-pack Macau trip. It may be a short trip, but Mom and I enjoyed it a¬† lot. Too bad though, we weren’t able to see Macau at night.¬†Most people say¬†it’s best to see that awesome place when it’s well lit at night.¬†Did I regret it? Hell no!¬†Because I will be coming back to Macau… real soon! ūüėõ

To be continued…


13 Comments leave one →
  1. May 24, 2010 1:40 pm

    shaks perfect attendance ako base lahat ako! hohohoho

    ate winkie!

    eh pano, nakababad ka sa facebook at nakikita mo agad pag nagpopost ako ng new entry! hahaha!

    dapat macomplete mo ung 5 entries na base ka… bigyan kita ng prize! starbucks venti! hehehe!

  2. May 24, 2010 1:41 pm

    nood muna ko youtube video mo!

    teka makaagaw pansin ang mga photos…

    may artista nga!! shaks ate winkee!

    loko, si mommy ang artista, hindi ako! hahaha!

  3. May 24, 2010 1:45 pm

    shaks may dragon sa video!

    uy nanood nga! kaasar ang youtube eh, 10-minute clips lang ang allowed. eh ang haba nyan bubble show. ang ganda ganda pa naman!

  4. May 24, 2010 2:15 pm

    wow! todo ang tour nila ni Mommy! hehe.

    niceeee.. ūüôā

    sayang eh… segue na rin sa Macau! hehehe!

  5. IKAY permalink
    May 24, 2010 5:53 pm

    at syempre late n nman ako ūüė¶
    day 4 n pla ito…pero natawa ko d2 ah… “Winkie? Ikaw na ba yan? Ay, dalaga ka na pala!‚ÄĚ Hmmm, I think her last statement was wrong. I guess it should have been, ‚ÄúAy, dalaga ka pa rin”..LOL!

    mukang mega enjoy tlga kyo ni mudra sa lakwatsa nyo ha!
    kelan nman kya yang pagbabalik mo sa macau??sama nman jan oh!..hehehe

    nafeel ko kasi yun ang gustong sabihin ng kapitbahay namin. nahiya lang siguro! hahaha!

    super enjoy, rons! sige sama ka next time… balik ako sa june 19 eh! hehehe!

  6. May 25, 2010 9:05 am

    ang ganda ng header sino gumawa hehe..
    and nice sandals ate winks.
    haha katuwa ung sa dalaga ka na pala..:))

    ay, may mabuting loob lang na nagtyagang gumawa ng header ko. babes ang name nya. friend ng officemate ko. ganda ng design noh? ūüôā

    hahaha oo nga, maski ako natawa nung sinabi yun ng kapitbahay namin. kasi naman nasa high school pa ako nung umalis sya for macau. ūüėõ

  7. May 27, 2010 11:00 am

    ms winkie,

    nangangarir ka sa travel blog mo ha… ehhe…

    at sadya namang nakaka aliw mga litrato mo… akalain mo, dka pa nakuntento, babalik ka pa dito…

    sarap… ehhe

    expensive ba sa macau ms winkie?

    gusto ko nga nga palitan title ng blog ko ng “Winkie’s Travel World” or “Winkie, Travelling the World”. whehehe!

    di ako napagstay ng matagal sa Macau, yhen. pero ung 5 hour stay ko eh super wala akong gastos. kasi nga free ang shuttle everywhere u wanna go, tapos pati ung show sa hotel, free din! bale pang-pasalubong lang ginastos ko jan. di ko na-try magshopping galore eh! hehehe!

  8. June 7, 2010 9:02 pm

    Nice pictures you have here, it made me missed Macau..

  9. hisnameisdencios permalink
    June 8, 2010 12:30 pm

    nice legs =P

  10. June 14, 2010 9:54 am

    Wow, awesome. Pero kung ako siguro, di ko mae-enjoy yun given the time. Time-concious kasi ako, haha. Pero I’m sure you enjoyed it alot especially you’re with your mom. ^^

    Happy Birthday! ;0

  11. June 24, 2010 10:42 am

    namimiss na kita winkiedoodledoo! Kamusta ka na? Naks naman, todo trip with mother ang drama! ūüôā

  12. June 25, 2010 6:39 am

    etong si mommy kakagaling lang sa sakit chumorva na naman sa macau… lolz

  13. July 9, 2010 9:05 am

    natuwa ako kay Nanay, glad to see her enjoying the trip. ūüėČ
    i miss my granny tuloy. ^^
    Hi Ms Winkie, how is you na? ūüėČ

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