Macau Peninsula

"Puntahan mo na ang Macau, maliit lang naman un, matatapos mong pasyalan yun ng isang half-day!" said my friend D2 the day before I left for Hong Kong. My main agenda: to attend the Vestibular Rehabilitation seminar-workshop that was recommended to me by Master Val. The venue was in Hong Kong, but I was a day early. So I decided to head to Macau and waste my time there. It was so easy since the China Ferry Terminal is situated near my hotel (Shamrock) in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. It was a good 10-minute walk. But it was really hot that day, parang Manila lang (minus the alikabok and black fumes from vehicles).

I managed to get there without asking anyone for directions. Of course, I have my blackberry with me so I didn't have to worry about the maps. Besides, when I tried looking for a Kowloon map in 7-eleven (Hillwood St. Branch), I saw that the "Maps for Tourists" have no English translation in it. Whack!

I fell asleep during the one-hour ferry ride from Tsim Sha Tsui to Macau. Their ferries are faster than the SuperCat from Batangas-Calapan! From the ferry terminal, I went to Senado Square by taxi. Then from there, I started looking for all the churches within the vicinity of the square. I did find and was able to take pictures of 85% of them including the famous St. Paul Ruins.

I finished roaming the churches by 6:30pm. Sun is still up. Galing! Gabi na pero maliwanag pa rin. Hehe. I didn't go to the remaining churches coz they were already closed. I was only able to take pictures outside the gate of the last 2 churches i visited.

I decided to take the 8pm ferry back to Kowloon (I have an open ticket, last trip 10:30pm) since I don't have anything to do anymore. I really wanted to go to Venetian but I'm tired after all the walking. I just told myself, babalik na lang ako dito, and next time may kasama na ako. As I was about to head back to Senado Square, I met a Filipina named Aika in St. Augustine's square. She was there reading and learning Cantonese. She works at a hotel in Tai Pa. She offered to tour me around so I can go to Venetian because according to her: "wag ka aalis ng Macau na di mo napupuntahan ang Venetian, sayang naman!" She insisted. And since I have an open-time ticket, I didn't hesitate to say no.

It was a fun 2 hours with Aika. We went to City of Dreams, Venetian and Sands. I became a member of three Casinos in one night, plus I get to hear the European man sing for the couple riding the Gondola. Hopefully, next time I go back, I will have someone with me to ride the Gondola. :)

My adventure in Macau happened between 3:30pm to 10pm last August 20, 2010. In less than 7 hours, I was able to tour around an entire SAR. I'll definitely go back since there are a lot of places I didn't go to yet. And of course, I should go back for the food as well.

Special thanks to Veronica "Aika" Mababa. Hope to see you again!

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