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Hong Kong-Macau, Day Two

Feb 13 – Husband and I were supposed to be up and prepared by 7am because Joel N. and his wife would be meeting us for breakfast however, it was colder than the preceding day. Temperature had dropped down to 8 degrees C and it was cloudy with bits of light shower later on. We even didn’t make an attempt to turn on the ac as we sleep and yet it was freezing, and getting a bath is an ordeal. Since husband and I didn’t lug too much clothes I wore the Esprit pullover knit top I bought the night before. I need a thicker clothing this time.

We left Tin Hau area by Island Tram to Wanchai with Joel N. and his wife. We were supposed to dine at Rose Kitchen however, it was still closed for breakfast.

We end up at Café de Coral –the leading Chinese fast food chain in HK. Similar to McDonald’s and Jollibee, you can’t order anything that is not offered during breakfast. And most of their crew doesn’t speak English so if you know Cantonese that would be an advantage, otherwise you can always do the ordering by pointing at the picture 🙂 , hehehe…

Mapple Chicken Fillet, roasted chicken fillet with maple syrup, sausage, thick toast with butter and freshly brewed coffee. The three of them got this set. Roasted chicken is tasty 🙂 !

Hokkaido Milk, Hokkaido Milk scrambled egg with plus sausage, thick toast with butter and milk tea. This is my set, which I enjoyed with that silky smooth and aromatic milk tea without that bitter after-taste! Yum!

Café de Coral breakfast set cost around HDK20-30 only, good value for money!

Husband and I were Macau bound that day and since Joel N. and wife cannot join us Joel N. called a colleague in Macau to help us get around the countryside.

They went along with us at the HK-Macau Ferry Terminal in Shun Tak Centre, Sheung Wan. Since it was a Sunday, there were plenty of travelers and ticketing is a busy sight. Turbo Jet would transport us to Macau at 12:45pm, fare is HKD146.00 Economy Class.

We got a window aisle seat, which was good if there was no rain because we get to see the sea and its surroundings. Travel time is about an hour from HK to Macau. I’m used to riding ferries and small boats but this ride was different, my first time to feel seasickness 😦 . Maybe because the sea was rough, so, the rocking motion of the craft is still normal.

Arriving in Macau, you need to pass Immigration too so your passport will be required. Wesley met us at the Macau Ferry Terminal. He was our tour guide and official photographer to this Macau break.

Before we started our tour, I discussed with him the places I wanted to see, given that limited time I know we should make plans 🙂 .

I bumped with The Venetian mascot our way out…

From the ferry terminal there’s a free ride going to The Venetian, so we make use of it to save on. Btw, HKD is accepted in Macau so no need to change it to MOP.

The Venetian-Macao Resort Hotel was grand, no not just grand it was classy, every part is eye-catching. Wesley knew where and what to see inside the hotel so we let him do the job 🙂 .

The Grand Canal Shoppes, referred to as Asia’s most unique and opulent shopping destination surrounds most finest brands. It houses 330 stores, such a wow! However, it is because we have a very limited time I didn’t have the chance to peep to any of it…sigh!

Anyway, the best part of this experience is touring the interiors under a permanent blue sky.

Gondola Ride is one of The Venetian’s major amusement, Gondoliers will serenade you as you take a leisurely ride through, the San Luca, Marco Polo and Grand Canals, aboard a beautifully crafted Venetian gondolas. Husband and I settled of watching these things, I think MOP108 is a little lavish for us.

Every inch of this hotel is extravagance, its bright settings takes elegance to a new level.

Btw, we have a quick peek at the Casino, where picture taking is now allowed.

And before we left The Venetian, we gave Portuguese-Macanese cuisine a try. This eatery is Wesley’s recommendation.

I don’t exactly remember what we had but I kept photos of that irresistible special combinations.

This chicken dish is like curry with a different flavor-blending culture seasoned with spices and coconut milk and baked –I assume its Macanese. This spilling over serving cost HKD55.

Husband had pork rib, which was seasoned and baked too, served like rice toppings. Cost of this appetizing plate is around HKD50. You will find this affordable dining at the Festivita Food Court though you have the option to sample fine dining at the 30 stylish restaurants throughout the resort.

Even from outside The Venetian is picturesque, I wanted to be back and explore more of its attractions and amenities especially the shopping part Honey 🙂 .

From The Venetian, City of Dreams is a stone’s throw away. Wesley took us for a quick look around the casino.

The breathtaking show at The House of Dancing Water is a must see; I would add in this on my second visit perhaps.

We took the free ride going to our next destination, Mocha –this club features electronic gaming. Husband and I tried the video baccarat and lost some HKD20 after a few game. Ain’t bad for a little fun and leisure, right? I noticed that most Pinoy workers favored this place during time off. Like what we did at City of Dreams, Wesley asked over if we want to avail the membership and so we did! It’s free anyway 🙂 .

Next stop was Grand Emperor Hotel, I remember we went on foot from Mocha to this casino hotel, which is located at the heart of Macau’s entertainment and commercial district. Like many tourist who come and go at the hotel lobby, we went there to see the 78 pieces of gold bars under the floor surrounding the fountain, which was said to be owned by Jacky Chan.

And what amaze every guest is the two guards wearing red tunics and bearskins, photo op is welcome so don’t forget to steal the moment. Maybe because we exit on the other side of the hotel, we didn’t see the golden carriage.

Just a small tip, don’t have your photo taken at the middle part of the fountain facing the main entrance. You don’t want some officer call your attention at all 🙂 .

From Grand Emperor, Senado Square is a 15-minute leisurely walk. We have to cover from side streets because of light rains. It’s fun and at the same time we get to check some stores along our way.

It’s because Chinese New Year just ended a week ago during this visit, the square was decked with fragrant flowers, money tree, Chinese lanterns and glimmering lights.

Going to Ruins of St. Paul’s you wouldn’t missed Saint Dominic Church, which is located on a junction. We pay a visit and like we always do, wish the first time you step in.

I remember buying some Macau souvenir shirts, 5 pieces for HKD100.

Before hitting the main road again, Wesley warned us. I thought he was joking when he asked if we were ready for a food trip, which turned out to be more of a food-treat on the streets of Rua de Sao Paolo. Be ready to sample assortment of pork barbeque (bakk-wa in SG and HK) and almond cookies.

I remember having a mouthful of sample while store vendors keep on offering me more and more. I know husband enjoyed this experience very much, c’mon Honey I caught you seizing anything that pleases your eyes 🙂 .

We bought boxes of almond cookies, egg rolls and meat jerky all from Pastelaria Koi Kei, which is recognized as the most popular food souvenir in Macau. Almond Cookies priced at HKD35 per box.

The base of the most well-known historic monument in Macau is just a few steps away from this food stalls. Ruins of St. Paul’s (Pinoy call it Putol na Simbahan) refer to a façade of what was the originally the church of Mater Dei built in 1602-1640.

We explore the place and take photos like most tourists care for. Thanks to Wesley for those decent shots of us together on this wonderful place 🙂 .

And to our last stop –Macau Fisherman’s Wharf. From Senado Square we took bus 3A to Ferry Terminal and getting at the theme park would be a 10-minute walk. We actually have pictures only and a view of the complex. By this time, I was already so tired and all I wanted was to go back in our hostel. I would find time to explore this side next time (should fortune allow me to…). There’s more to see in Macau so husband says we need to make the most of our time on our next visit, I wonder when is this Honey? hehehe…

Wesley was with us until we checked in back to Hong Kong. He was one of the nicest Pinoy guys in Macau who does tour guide as part of their living, so, don’t forget to hand over some HKD before you depart. Thank you for the plenty of stories and for the friendliness, we would definitely see you soon Bro 🙂 !

Our sailing schedule back to HK was at 10:30pm however, you can take an earlier schedule provided that the seats are still available. We were lucky to get a slot via New World First Ferry this time; the route would be Macau to Kowloon for HKD175. Night sailing is expensive than day service.

Joel N. met us at Kowloon Ferry Terminal and walked with us from Canton Street to Nathan Street. Since the following day would be a work day, Joel N. had to retire early so we part directions at the MTR. He was so regretful that he wasn’t able to spend more time with us during this trip nevertheless, thank you for all the arrangements. Husband and I would be back soon 🙂 !

By the way, before we left TST we shopped at H&M –polo shirts for HKD79.90, oversized tee and leggings for SAM HKD129.00, basic tees for P HKD49.90 each, fancy make up starting from HKD29.90 to HKD49.90. I didn’t get anything for me 😦 .

And before we went back to Tin Hau, husband and I alight at Causeway Bay for a very late supper. We pick out this hole-in-the-wall eatery at the back alleys of Causeway Bay, which is very much like Estero in Binondo, I don’t even get the name because it was written in Chinese.

The super later dinner with no captions,

Braised Beef brisket and tendon

Barbeque Pork Roast

That’s how we ended our second day in Hong Kong, cheap eats!

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