Visit Macau!

Living in Hongkong SAR (Special Administrative Region of China) for three years gave me a few chances to visit Macau as well. Yes. I did visit Macau in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

My husband and I went to China Ferry Terminal to board the TurboJet Ferry. We bought two Super Class ferry tickets before boarding. It cost between 330-360 hkd, depending on your travel time. The Super Class cabin was not crowded; that’s why we chose that over the Economy Class down. There was free merienda or dinner on board via the Super Class. It took us an hour before we reached the Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal.

Macau, a former Portuguese colony and another SAR, has lots of magnificent hotels and casinos. The architectural designs of the hotels like The Venetian Macau, The Parisian Macau, City of Dreams, Conrad Hotel, MGM Macau, Wynn Hotel and others are truly breathtaking.

We went to Venetian and Parisian Hotels in 2016 and 2018 and to City of Dreams in 2017 and 2018. These hotels were really elegantly constructed. The facades and interior designs were different from one another, and the smell.. ohhh! The smell inside the hotels and casinos enthralled us. The distinct fragrance in every corner was so appealing to our senses.

I could not forget the ceiling of The Venetian Hotel. I was in awe to be honest! I’ve never seen such a lovely ceiling. Good thing I had my Samsung Note 8 and Sony camera haha. Capturing the beauty of its ceiling was mission accomplished for me.

And yes, the totally striking water-based stage production called The House of Dancing Water in the City of Dreams gave us goosebumps. It was a superb show showcasing great talents, lovely water effects, and powerful acts and/or stunts. Really. It’s a one-of-a-kind performance that gave us a lot to remember.

Another tourist spot we visited in Macau was the Ruins of St. Paul’s , one of Macau’s famous landmarks and once acclaimed as the ‘Vatican of the Far East’. The old beautiful church was full of tourists when we went there. Many came from Asia but there were also plenty of Western people coming to see the said landmark.

I was lucky to visit the church and the little museum down the ruins twice, in winter and in autumn. What a historical place to see and visit!

Macau Museum, adjacent to Ruins of St. Paul’s, was also a must-see in Santo Antonio, Macau. I went there with my parents-in-law and our helper last year. We were fascinated with the cool items we saw in there. As usual, a lot of photos were again taken for the sake of souvenir lol.

Aside from the hotels, musuem, and the Ruins of St. Paul’s, we also had a nice time unwinding at Guia Fortress. There we saw the Guia Chapel and Guia Lighthouse. We also walked around the area, and took some photos there when I was still pregnant with our first born.

By the way, most of the signs in Macau were written in Portuguese and Cantonese, whereas in Hongkong, it’s more of English and Cantonese. The taxi fare was also cheaper than in Hongkong. You could see a lot of motorbikes along and on the roads.

These were some of the differences of Macau, dubbed as the Las Vegas of Asia, from Hongkong, the Fragrant Harbour of Asia

Did I enjoy my Macau trip? Of course I did. It was a memorable experience for me especially the time when I was with my beloved husband.

I wish to go there again after a few years, with our whole family. Who knows, right? Everything is possible. All I have to do is to wait and be patient.

Anyway, it’s kinda late here. Bye for now. Till my next blog entry, ok? Thanks a lot.

P.S. The above photo was taken by my dear mother-in-law. Credits to her.

Ciao.

JL

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Missing HongKong

It’s been almost a month since we moved to another country, but it seemed as if it were just yesterday.

Waaaaah, I miss Hongkong very much– the beautiful skyscrapers, the tall buildings and towers, the long yet fascinating Victoria harbour, the ever fast MTR, the effective and efficient medical system, the delectable HK and Chinese cuisines, and the rich HK culture……. ahhhh, I indeed miss it (especially our humble abode).

My last day in the Fragrant Harbour of Asia was very emotional. I had almost the whole day crying. Only the thought of leaving our place made me cry like a river. What the heck! Such emotion was so strong that I felt as though my heart was literally squeezed.

While looking outside our apartment’s glass window, my tears began rolling down my cheeks. Leaving that apartment (which of course I called home for three years) was tough.

My husband knew that it’s a sad day for me, but he was still a bit surprised to see me weeping like that. He even asked me this while holding my hands: “Is it really hard, Babe?” I could not even answer his simple question because a big lump on my throat prevented me to do so.

To tell you honestly, I also did not expect that leaving Hongkong would be as painful as moving away from my home country for the first time. But my three years in HK gave me freedom, new learnings, and awesome experiences. I fell in love with the place, so to speak. And when I fell, I really fell, so departing from the Harbour made it hard for me.

When we were at the Hongkong International Airport, my eyes were swollen. Couldn’t think of the right word to describe my facial expression and emotion then. I was silent and contemplating.

After 12 hours of flight, we arrived at our destination. Sadly, we’re totally far from Asia. New timezone. New culture. New language. New residence. Everything new.

But there’s something a little older and will not change, however sad or happy I am– That’s my love for my baby blue eyes.

He’s the main reason behind my frequent travels for the past few years. Like what I’ve told him before, I would be with him whichever country he resides in.

Having my own family has helped me to cope with my new life here in Europe. Thanks to them! And yes, thanks to my husband’s family for welcoming me wholeheartedly. Couldn’t ask for more. Really.

Anyway, enough of sad moments and homesickness. Time to move forward for tomorrow is another day. Yes, it is!

P.S.

I will surely see Hongkong in the future. That’s a promise.

-J.L.