Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Macau

April 5: Lost in Macau


We left our bags at Mas Agung's place and took a ferry ride to Macau. Upon embarking in Macau, we realized something: the cellphone signal was gone! (insert horror soundtrack here). Okay, so maybe we're overreacting, but for two girls who can't speak Cantonese or Portuguese (Macau uses Portuguese, instead of English, for the street signage and other information, internet is a lifesaver.

We tried to calm ourselves and opened our gadget to see if there were Wi-Fi around. We found Wifigo, a Wi-Fi in every tourism attraction in Macau. It's Godsend. 

I've been wanting to go see the giant panda in Macau Giant Panda Pavillion, so we Googled how to get there. The instruction was not clear in the internet, it only said that we should go to Avenida Dr. Sun Yat Sen and take Bus No. 25. So we asked an officer at the ferry terminal. One officer relayed us to the other, and then it dawned on us: they didn't understand!

When traveling, be resourceful. I took a map at the information desk upon landing on Macau ground. There's Cantonese transliteration on places of interest. I pointed at Avenida Dr. Sun Yat Sen on the map. The officer told us to take the shuttle bus that goes to MGM Casino. "No need to pay. It's free," she said.

The ride was free, but we went in circles, wasting time from one casino to another. When we finally reached MGM Casino, we were sleepy. Macau on April 5 was foggy and a bit cooler than Hong Kong. We consulted our paper maps (because no Wifigo there! *cries*), and decided to go down a random road.

We stumbled upon this place: Kun Iam Ecumenical Center. Kun Iam was a princess who wanted to be a priest. Her father wanted her to marry a prince from another country, so he tried to stop her becoming a priest. Kun Iam persisted and later on she became a kind of saint who protected the area.

 
After all the effort to reach this place, it was closed *cries*. The officer said that it would be opened the next day.

From Macau Giant Panda Pavillion, we walked for a bit to buy Lord Stow's egg tart. A must-try when you're in Macau. It's the most delicious egg tart I've ever tried during the trip.

 
We also stopped by at St. Francis Xavier's Church in Coloane, Macau.

 
We had early dinner at Broadway Galaxy Macau. I forgot the name of the restaurant, but I remembered it was Singaporean laksa on the left and Malaysian beef dish on the right.

 
We managed to reach Macau Tower before the closing hour. Unfortunately it was very foggy that night. We couldn't see anything from the top. 

April 6: Getting Better in Macau

We left our accommodation at 8 a.m. and wandered on the empty streets. Life in Macau starts at around 9.30 a.m. so we just walked around, until we reached this place:

It's called Lotus Monument. The lotus flower in full bloom symbolises the everlasting prosperity of Macau. The sculpture was presented by the State Council of People's Republic of China in 1999 to mark the Macau sovereignty transfer from Portugal to the PRC.

In front of the Monument, there was Wine Museum and Grand Prix Museum. Admittance is free, so we went in.

 You can do wine tasting for 15 MOP

Michael Schumacher's car

 
One of the cars exhibited at the Grand Prix Museum

 
From those museums, we decided to go to Largo do Senado. After consulting the paper maps, I led the way. We passed this roundabout.

 
After walking for more than 30 minutes, we reached Largo do Senado. That was one huge proud grin from a girl who managed to read the maps in Macau. Yeah!

 

 

  Today's newspapers in Macau: a mix of English and Portuguese-language newspaper

 
St. Dominic's Church

 
Spiky head hahaha

 
Most shops around Largo do Senado sell snacks for souvenirs. This one is an exception.

 
The shops along the road to Ruins of St. Paul provide snack samples. We tried almost everything. I asked Aneen to eat first and inform me if it contained pork, because many snacks have pork fillings.

 
At Ruins of St. Paul

 
View from top of the stairs

 

 
 From Largo do Senado, we went back to Macau Giant Panda Pavillion, which was open that day, alhamdulillah. The pavillion houses two giant pandas, Kai Kai and Xin Xin.

 
Awww. Why do giant pandas have to look so cute?

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We took the 17.45 ferry to Hong Kong. The second our feet touched Hong Kong soil, it felt like home. No kidding. Next post: Disneyland!

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