Category: Macau

Revisiting Hong Kong

 

Every year, I find myself buying a ticket to go to Hong Kong during promo events with budget airlines. I just love this place. I don’t know why I keep coming back but I do.

 

 

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Lost Camera in Macau – Found!

 

I lost my camera in a Macau Taxi on our family trip in Macau last February. It was my fault to leave it there. It was stupid of me, I know. I wrote how sad I was about it here.

In spite of my frustration, I’m glad that I was proactive about the whole thing. Right after I realized that I lost it, I reported it to the Taxi Company. I couldn’t speak Cantonese so kudos to the girls at the reception desk of the Macau Museum for helping us report it on a rainy, windy morning. When I got back home, I emailed the Macau Tourism Office. They replied and gave me the link to the Police Lost and Found website. The site is initially in Chinese – Google translate helps me in these kinds of situation. You have to input the month and the kind of item to search for it. The first time I checked, it wasn’t there. I checked again a couple days later and it was there! With picture and all.. So my lost camera in Macau was found! 🙂

 

 

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Hotel Kou Va Review

Hotel Kou Va Review

 

I was pleasantly surprised with Hotel Kou Va. I was really scared at first that the place would be horrible since there were bad reviews on Tripadvisor.

 

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My Hong Kong Loot

 

Well, and one piece from Macau – a souvenir item from a casino since it’s Chinese New Year. They were giving out calendar cards. I can’t really get anything from Macau except for food that’s why I get most of my stuff in Hong Kong.

I bought a couple of souvenirs but not much. I’ve learned over a few trips not to buy so much. First, it costs a lot (when accumulated) even on small things. Second, most people I’ve given things to don’t really appreciate it so I’ve learned to only give to close friends and for example, the person who was house sitting for us. I would have given the driver something if he didn’t try to overcharge us. Anyways..

This was my favorite, I would have frozen to death if not for this knitted sweater I got at this little store. I got it for HKD70. I found a similar one in avocado green at this cute store and they were selling it for HKD150 but I couldn’t bring myself to buy it since it’s so expensive but I was really tempted. I’m just glad I didn’t get that one and instead got this one.. ^^

 

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Lost my Camera in a Macau Taxi

It sucks. I’m really bummed.

We hailed a black taxi with blue paint from A-Ma Temple going to Flora Garden (where you get a cable to go up to Guia Hill) at around 9am yesterday (February 13, 2011). I left my Canon G9 camera with its black case in it. I’m sure of it. I didn’t get the information of the taxi driver but he was older (around 50-60 years old), had glasses and was wearing a baseball cap. He also spoke English which is rare based on my experience with Macau Taxi Drivers. So after that, we took a taxi to go to the Macao Tourism office. Instead the driver dropped us off at the Macau Museum. It was raining and hardly anyone was around. The girls at the desk were really nice to help us report the incident to the Taxi company and we gave our hotel information at Hotel Kou Va. We checked out yesterday noon but left our information at Hotel Kou Va just in case it turns up. They can keep the camera, even the memory card and email us the pictures. We just really want the pictures.

I want to be pleasantly surprised Dear Lord.

Final Accommodations for Hongkong and Macau

 

We settled for budget accommodations so that we would have more money to spend on food and experiences.

 

THE WINNERHongkong Category

The Dragon Hostel
Why: good location – close to MTR and Ladies Market, good rates (HKD370 for triple room ensuite), communication was prompt, convenient transaction as I was able to make a deposit on their bank account here (China bank or HSBC) – I don’t like giving out my credit card details, it has good reviews.

 

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Looking for Accommodation in Hong Kong and Macau

 

It will be my third trip to Hong Kong in the past two years since I’ve come home. I really love the place. My aunt asked me to take my cousins out of the country. The place that I would suggest for first-timers is definitely Hong Kong. So this is going to be a family trip. There will be 6 of us travelling. Thanks to the Cebu Pacific sale, I got cheap tickets for Hong Kong and Macau.

I’m currently looking for accommodations. Well, I’ve booked one actually but I’m still kind of in the fence about it since my aunt has limited budget for my cousins. I would rather splurge on “experiences” rather than accommodation but at the same time, I wanted them to experience a hotel like stay since we really don’t do it often. My previous stays were with: The Cityview Hotel which I really loved, so close to the MTR and bigger rooms than the average and the Dorsett Seaview Hotel which was nice  and really close to the Temple Street market but it’s a block or two away from the nearest MTR exit. I booked 3 rooms at the Casa Hotel at a really good rate. It’s really close to the MTR exit. I’ve actually passed by this hotel several times. It had good reviews on Tripadvisor and It didn’t require a deposit at Booking.com. So that’s that..

 

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Part Deux: Macau Day Trip

Macau
Macau

I’ve always wanted to see Macau. My desire was reignited after watching an episode of Boys Over Flowers when JanDi sought JunPyo. The scenes were filmed so beautifully. I just wished I had rich good-looking friends who would let me stay in a Venetian suite for free, buy me shoes I fancy and an elusive and handsome JunPyo I would go after. Even if he does break my heart over a bridge, I think it would be worth it.

On our 2nd day in Hong Kong, I planned a day trip to Macau. Since we were already in the Kowloon side, we took the MRT from Yau Ma Tei to Tsim Hsa Tsui and took a ferry to Macau. We had breakfast at the terminal. They had limited options. It took about an hour to go to Macau. I read on another blog that if he were to optimize his visit, he would do things differently. He suggested to see the following: Senado Square, Ruins of St. Paul, Macau Tower, Cotai Strip, Fisherman’s Wharf and skip the rest. I thought it was sound advice. So, I decided to do the same itinerary. We didn’t take the bus like he did. We took a taxi instead outside the terminal. The first one we went into didn’t speak english so he refused us. The second one did take us to Senado Square. He understood it better as Largo de Senado.

The Wave Patterned Mosaic at Largo de Senado
The Wave Patterned Mosaic at Largo de Senado
The Yellow church
The Yellow church

After taking pictures at Largo de Senado, we walked to the St. Paul Ruin. There are a lot of signs to direct you to it from Largo de Senado. If in doubt, follow the crowd. We also bought a couple of Macau shirts which were HK$25 each as we passed through shops. Hong Kong dollar is widely accepted in Macau so there’s no need to change it to the Macau currency. However, the Macau currency is not widely accepted in Hong Kong.

 

Ruins of St. Paul
Ruins of St. Paul

Since the Museo de Macau was right next to it. We dropped by or I mean, we hiked up.

Climb to Museo de Macau
Climb to Museo de Macau

It was really tiring so when we were back on the street, we had to try the egg tarts, jerky and the almond cookies. We even took a few home. 🙂

An egg tart stand
An egg tart stand

Then we took a taxi to see the Macau Tower. Taxi fares here were cheaper than Hong Kong. Macau is smaller compared to Hong Kong. It doesn’t take long to get from place to place. An average taxi fare is around HK$20-25 which is about US$3-4.

The Macau Tower from below
The Macau Tower from below

We didn’t bother going up since it was a little expensive to go up. I didn’t think it was worth it. So we just took a few pictures. Then we took a taxi to the Venetian Macau.

Lunch Buffet at Bambu at the Venetian
Dim Sum at Bambu at the Venetian

We had lunch at Bambu inside the Venetian which was a buffet. We paid US$20-25 per person. It was okay. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great either. It was one of the cheapest buffet at a world class casino in Macau. I just wanted my brother to experience it but he wasn’t impressed.

Gondola at the Venetian Macau
Gondola at the Venetian Macau

The Venetian Macau is almost exactly the same in feel as the one in Vegas. After that, we took the free shuttle to the Ferry station. Make sure to read the sign as there are a few shuttles going in different directions. We almost took the one going to the China border. Good thing the line was long and the one that was on standby was already full. Only when we saw the sign, we realized we were at the wrong line!

A chinese courtyard at the Fisherman's Wharf
A chinese courtyard at the Fisherman's Wharf

The Fisherman’s Wharf is right next to the Ferry Terminal. We walked on the crosswalks to get to it. It may seem near but it’s a lot of walking. It’s a nice place to take pictures as it has a theme park like feel. It has an old chinese architecture part, alladin’s volcano, a faux roman coliseum. If you have time like we did, drop by. We left Macau at 6pm. After arriving in Hong Kong, we had time to go to Temple Street night market and the Jade Market. We bought a few trinkets like keychains. I wish I bought a piece of Jade.

I bought a Toshiba SD card from a store on Nathan Road which was about US$15 for an 8GB. I thought that was a good deal. We were close to running out of memory because we took so many pictures in the last two days. We badly needed to buy a memory card.

That was our 2nd day.