Friday, October 11, 2013

Hong Kong and Macau Revisited Part Two (Macau Day Tour)

i remember when i have just arrived in Singapore back in 2007, the first country i visited outside of Singapore was Macau. but i had to wait until February of 2008 to do this. i considered it my sneak preview to Europe since i haven't been anywhere in Europe at the time.

i went to Macau with my friend, Jen because she wanted to jump off the Macau Tower. she was convincing me to do it with her then but i told her i was saving my money for shopping in Hong Kong. that was just an excuse because i was a bit scared to do it then. and still scared to do it up to now. jumping off buildings is not really my thing.


i wouldn't want to hang off the side of tall towers either... jumping off city towers is just not my style

my friend Jen, dangling like a key chain

now, i just got back in Singapore again (having lived in Toulouse, France for a couple of years), and this opportunity to revisit Macau just popped up during me and hubby's HK trip.

upon arriving in Macau, we headed off to the Venetian by taking the free service bus from the ferry port. we wouldn't have gone there had we known how far away it is from everything else. we just made a few bets at the roulette and off we went to the touristy area for lunch.



some old dilapidated buildings at the street where the Portuguese restaurant Alfonso III is located

 we had quite a bit of trouble with the cab driver going to Alfonso III restaurant. it was quite weird that he didn't understand the map and the address even when it was written in Chinese and located right next to the tourist spots. it was a bit frustrating. we just got off at an area close to the restaurant instead. so we had to take a bit of a walk getting there.

 outside, Alfonso III didn't look so appealing. and when we got inside it was quite dusty and small. but the owner is Portuguese and there were ONLY Portuguese people eating there, except for the two of us. the Filipina waitress, who i guess, is the owner's wife was grumpy and a bit nasty. LOL. she reminded me so much of the grumpy Italian waitresses when hubby and i were in Rome.

my lunch -- grilled cod with garlic, olives and olive oil overload, his lunch --- pork livers, potatoes and egg

i had some fish and hubby had the pork livers. he likes these types of food. we had some leche flan (although, they call it pudding, not leche flan) for dessert and then hubby had espresso. it made us feel like we were in Europe again.

then we were off to the usual touristy sites:

 last time i was in Macau, i wanted to see the Guia Lighthouse. but it was quite far away from everything else. and we ran out of time to see it. this time around, the taxi cabs were crazy, and scant. the ones that pass us by didn't want to take passengers (or maybe, just us, being foreigners).

cooling off in the shadows after a long climb to this fort


Macau makes him sleepy

Macau cab drivers are the nastiest things about Macau. they don't speak so much English and they are impatient to try to communicate with foreigners. they don't have a subway system and their buses get stuck in heavy traffic jams. so you are stuck trying to get a cab, which is impossible.


model-modelan! hahaha

view of the ruins from the fort

mountains

 after almost an hour of trying to get a cab to Guia Fort, we finally gave up and just headed off to the Grand Lisboa, the biggest and grandest casino in Macau for some refreshments and to try our luck with the roulette again. we took some photos outside and then headed back to the ferry going back to Hong Kong.

this was my merienda and dinner at the Grand Lisboa... i super like the refreshing lemon water with honey.

last sighting of the Grand Lisboa

i really enjoyed Macau the first time i was there because i mostly took the bus during that time. this time around, the taxi cabs annoyed me too much. and the invasion of the Chinese tourists made the small country much too much annoyingly crowded. i didn't like it so much this second time. still, i had a nice time with all the photo-ops with hubby.


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