Hi everyone! I’m back from my 3-day holiday in Macau/Hong Kong. Why such a short stay? Coz everyone had to go to school /work (except me lol), and my dad’s boss only paid for 3 days lodging anyway.
The plane tat we were taking would be leaving at 6.15 am, and the required check-in time was 45 minutes before boarding time, but we went early (like, really early – 3am) so we could get the best seats.
We arrived at the LCCT(Low cost carrier terminal) KL at around 4. This is the departure area where people can wait to board their flights.We weren’t allowed to bring any water or food onto the plane, so we had to wait until we got onto the plane to buy breakfast.
So, no pix on the plane. We arrived at Macau International Airport around four hours later, at 10 am. Had a meagre breakfast of chicken ham and cheese sandwich for a whopping 7 bucks. lol~ damn expensive (and still freaking hungry).
We braved the rain and started our walk around the place.
The shops were all clustered around tiny cramped alleyways. Just like you see in all those Hong Kong movies XD haha!
There is a strong Portuguese element in Macau’s history, and there are many cathedrals and churches to prove that. In Senado Square, you can find many such churches alongside Chinese temples, and modern shops such as McDs, Giordano, etc.
Inside one of the churches. I like the atmosphere of being in one. It gives a sense of peace, quiet and solitude.
Coiled incense hanging from the temple ceiling
I like the lamp post with the flowers. They have a charming, rustic feel. ^^
Another church that we visited.
Most of these buildings date back decades and even centuries ago.
The place even has their very own street art. (And u dun see DBKL whitewashing the walls here) This is art!
The Square was crowded with people. Probably coz it was Valentine’s.
We went to Macau Tower after that. The weather was very misty, so I couldn’t take a pic of its exterior when we approached the place. Our confident lady cabbie got us to the place in under 5 minutes.
Macau tower is the tallest tower on the island. There is bungee jumping here. We were all too chicken to try it (I’m too young to die!) At first, mum wanted to try the Skywalk(it’s basically you walking around the top of the tower on an open platform with a safety cord holding you up) but the price was 616 MOP per person (like, RM300 here) so bloody freaking expensive!Was what mum said. so, we just went up to look at the view of the whole city.
View from 59th floor. The glass floor made me feel giddy.
I cant imagine why anyone would want to jump down from the 61st floor with nothing attached to them but a couple of ropes. -.-” (I timed this shot painstakingly, ok!)
Our next stop was the Grand Lisboa Casino. It’s peculiar design is like a lotus flower, with a round base and ‘petals’ protruding outwards like a blooming flowr. The whole building is done in shiny and reflective gold, and it shone when the sun it its windows. Magnificent.
Rock statues at the entrance
The ceiling – are you gasping in awe yet? XD
Even the reception is freaking extravagant
There were many beautiful (not to mention expensive) things on display in the main lobby, such as this carving made out of wood. If you look closely you’ll see that they are actually carvings of many little temples, shrines, trees etc.
Monkeys carved out of ivory
Golden eagle statues and floating lotus flowers on a little pond.
The golden dragon boat on display
Golden mountain village, with golden little scholar on a golden little bridge under golden trees *argh blinded*
There are a cluster of casinos all around this area. This is the old grand lisboa~ before they opened the new one jus opposite it. Looks normal in the day right?
Another famous casino = Wynn, located jus a stones throw away
And this is what they look like when it is dark and the fun begins. A dazzlingly bright and colourful display of neon lights everywhere. I guess it’s apt that they call Macau the Las Vegas of Asia.