17 July 2006



I went to Macau and Hong Kong in Jun 06. This is my second visit to Macau. The first one was umpteen years ago. Macau has undergone plenty of changes. Still quite a fair bit of conservation is done on some of the historical buildings and I find the Portuguese style arhitecture to be quite interesting.

I went to the theme park Fisherman's Wharf and it wasn't
crowded as I had expected it to be. Perhaps it's due to the fact that it was a weekday. Entry to the park is free, however you'll need to pay for the rides/performance/certain theme sections.
The theme park is located right in front of a pretty famous hotel /casino and is the first thing you'll see on route to the Macau city from the airport.
Macau Fisherman’s Wharf is mainly divided into 3 themed sections:
(1)Dynasty Wharf(2)East Meets West(3)Legend Wharf

Dynasty Wharf is a replica of Tang Dynasty architectures with an international array of products to satisfy your shopping desire.
East Meets West is a children entertainment and functional area which includes a mixture of F&B outlets, multi-functional live show venues, convention and exhibition facilities, various family rides, all set in a uniquely themed environment which incorporated both Eastern and Western cultural elements.
I was feeling adventurous with my travel khaki and we decided to take the first bus that came around. That was after we shopped at Yaohan, and popped by a small eatery to fill our stomachs. I remember it was bus Service no. 10 and it brought us all the way to the border in between Macau and China.......:P, Well we just took the same service from the "bus interchange" there and somehow as luck would have it, we reached the main square, Largo do Senado, with its Portuguese pavement of wave-patterned stones and globular fountain which was pretty near the famous St Paul's Cathedral.
I think a trip to Macau would not be complete if you did not go to the Macau Tower.

Nice View from the Tower - From the highest viewing deck it is possible to see 55km away!

On the 58/F Observation Lounge, there's the glass floor. Looking down as you walk on the floor made me dizzy.

We waited for a while before the crowd there dispersed before deciding to try the Sky Walk. Still as you can see, the other curious visitors there followed us around.....haha.
I was pretty lucky I guess to be able to locate a famous eatery at Taipa that serves the famous local delight "猪扒饱" Pork Chop Bun -

It was said that this famous shop makes and sells more than 300 pork chop buns per day. It was pretty good except that perhaps when we were there (around 4pm) the buns were I 'm guessing not cooked to order but produced in bulk, (think around 3pm) and so the pork chops were not piping hot as I would like it to be. Ironically, located diagonally accross the road from this shop was a MacDonald's....quite an interesting contrast.

Another historical site not to be missed would be the St Paul's Cathedral Ruins.

There you'll also find generous shop owners stuffing into your hands the local tibits or asking you to sample the BBQ meats.

Of course while in Macau, you gotta visit the casinos even if you don't gamble.

Here's me outside one of the casino.....feels like a Pharoah....

~~~~~Works in Progress~~~~~~

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