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Weekend trip@Macau

26 Apr

I have been longing to see The House of Dancing Water since the day I saw their advertisement, but have never had the chance to pay a short visit to Macau. Therefore, I was so excited when my friend suggested going to Macau during Easter. We bought the Hard Rock Hotel Package through The House of Dancing Water’s official website, and paid an extra MOP$280 to upgrade our tickets from Zone C to Zone B. While we called the hotel to upgrade our tickets, the staff  kindly reminded me that the seats available are near the stage and we would get wet during the performance; so if you don’t want to get wet, do check with the staff before buying your tickets.

Day 1

We bought our Turbojet tickets online and chose to leave Hong Kong at 10:30am. We took the free shuttle bus to the Grand Lisboa after we arrived Macau. We weren’t interested in gambling at all, we just wanted to get off somewhere close to the area around Ruins of St.Paul’s. The shuttle bus stopped in the basement, so we had to pass through the casino to get back to ground level, and I think many people were also taking advantage of the free shuttle bus service too.

When we got to the area near Ruins of St. Paul’s, we spotted a long queue outside 2 shops. I have seen them being recommended in our travel guide book so we decided to give it a try. The 2 shops are next to each other, so we split up, my friend queued for the egg crisps while I queued for the pepper meat balls.

Pepper meat balls (Pepper buns) are one of my favourite Taiwanese foods, but I haven’t seen them being sold in Hong Kong, so I was very happy to see them. Although this shop is also from Taiwan, it cannot be compared with the ones I ate in Kaohsiung. It was yummy and juicy inside, but I think there’s not enough meat fillings and spring onions inside, and I think it’s a little bit pricey. Pepper meat balls are very hot just out of the oven, so be careful!

Tai Kwan: Pepper meat ball (Pepper bun)

Tai Kwan’s pepper meat ball (MOP$13)

As for the egg crisps, the shop was packed with people, so customers could only choose either buying a small pack at MOP$10 or a larger pack at MOP$20. We chose the smaller pack because we weren’t sure if it was good or not. My thought? I didn’t really like it, neither did my friend. They are just egg biscuits, smell good but were a bit dry, not particularly tasty. I, however, do appreciate and support these traditional shops  for their history and their insistence to keep these traditional food. I enjoy watching them make these egg crisps by just using simple tools and everything is hand-made.

Pun Veng Kei

Pun Veng Kei: Egg Crisp

Pun Veng Kei’s egg crisp (a packet@MOP$10)

It was very crowded in the tourism area and the weather wasn’t really good, so I wasn’t in mood to take photos.

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I wonder how local people react to the crowd of tourists around their home every day

A sneak peek of Macau

A sneak peek of Macau from the top of Ruins of St. Paul’s

We then walked to the Fishermen’s Wharf, which was absolutely a disappointment. Not sure if we went there at the wrong time or day, there wasn’t anything special at the area. No shops, no restaurants, nothing to see at all. Maybe it would have been better if it was a sunny day, at least it would be nice to walk along the promenade. If you only have a day in Macau, don’t bother going there.

We then went back to the area near the Ruins of St. Paul’s to buy some souvenirs. I only got a pack of dried meat, as I wasn’t interested in almond cakes or any other products.

Dried meat

Dried meat

After that, we went for lunch at Wong Chi Kei. Well, I have to say I’m not a fan of Chinese-style noodles like wonton noodles and fish ball noodles, but I tried their restaurant in Hong Kong and I liked it, so when my friend said she wanna try Wong Chi Kei, I didn’t object. I wasn’t feeling well, so I chose something light, noodles with ginger and spring onions. It was tasty and reasonably priced, considering it’s located at the center of the tourism district.

Wong Chi Kei: Noodles with ginger and spring onions

Wong Chi Kei’s noodles with ginger and spring onions

After that we took the shuttle bus to our hotel. We were lucky to discover that the hotel offers free shuttle bus service somewhere near the tourism district while we walked to the Fishermen’s Wharf. My first impression of the Hard Rock Hotel: it was hippy and modern but I didn’t like the uniform of the reception staff. Our room was pretty spacious. The facilities inside the bathroom were nice too, especially the bathroom scale, a very good tool to check if you have gained too much weight during your trip. There’s also a very creepy magnifying mirror inside the bathroom, it’s so clear that you can see every pore and every fine hair on your face. I, however, didn’t really like the idea of separating the toilet and the bathroom, especially because there’s no wash basin inside the toilet.

Hard Rock Hotel

Hard Rock Hotel

Hard Rock Hotel

After a short rest at the hotel, we went down and had a walk around the City of Dreams. We also got our free tickets to watch the Dragon’s Treasure Show after the House of Dancing Water.

Finally the highlight of the trip! My camera wasn’t good enough to take fantastic photos, as it was pretty dark inside and the performers were moving around all the time, so it was hard to capture them. Even so, I would definitely recommend people watching it. It was full of excitement and laughter. We were seated in the 2nd row in Zone B, and we did get wet, but it was fun. The performers tried to interact with the audience, and sometimes they intended to get the audience wet. To me, the most exciting part of this performance was seeing Faye Leung, a former principal dancer of Hong Kong Ballet and one of my favourite dancers; I love watching her dance, so it was great to see her dance and perform again, though it wasn’t a real ballet performance and she wasn’t wearing pointe shoes. If I have a chance, I would like to watch it again, because I believe you will have a different experience each time, depending on where you sit and the performers’ interaction with the audience.

After the amazing performance, we went to watch the Dragon’s Treasure Show, which was disappointing. I think this show is made to suit people who are planning to gamble and get some luck while they are at the casinos. Little kids might like it too, but definitely not for me. Only watch it if you have time and can get the tickets for free.

Day 2

We didn’t plan anything special for the next day, we just went to The Venetian and had a walk at the Grand Canal Shoppes. It was a little bit disappointing too, as it wasn’t as lively as I thought it would be. We firstly had a Portuguese egg tart at Lord Stow’s Bakery & Cafe, which was just okay, it wasn’t hot enough.

Lord Stow's Bakery & Cafe: Portuguese Egg Tart

Lord Stow’s Bakery & Cafe’s Portuguese egg tart

Then we went to Victoria’s Secrets, but didn’t find anything, as they only sell a small range of products. After hanging round a bit, we went to Tai Lei Lok Kei to eat their famous pork chop bun. They are a bit pricey, and they are marked a bit higher than their original store. However I think it’s very delicious; the pork chop was tender and juicy, and the bun was crispy on the outside and soft inside. It would be perfect if there were caramelized onions, but it seems like the Macau-style pork chop bun doesn’t come with onions. Anyway, I would still recommend this!

Tai Lei Loi Kei: Pork Chop Bun

Tai Lei Loi Kei’s pork chop bun

After a delicious and simple lunch, we headed back to our hotel to grab our stuffs, and took the free shuttle bus to the Taipa temporary ferry terminal. The ferry trip back to Hong Kong was included in our hotel package, and you can choose your own schedule when you check-in the hotel, as long as tickets are still available.

Getting on board the ferry wasn’t fun at all. We originally planned to take the ferry at 2pm, but we arrived earlier than expected. It took us a relatively long wait to pass through immigration, and when we arrived at the waiting area it was a few minutes to 1pm, but the staff still put us on the 1pm ferry instead of the 1:30pm one. In the end, we had to run to get on board, and I’m not joking, it was a very long run from the waiting area till we reached the ferry. We knew the ferry would wait for us, but we also knew that all the other customers were on board already, and we felt like we have to run to avoid them waiting for us.

Slightly chaotic, anyhow that’s the end of my weekend trip in Macau!

P.S. Do make good use of the free shuttle bus service offered by different hotels and casinos when you are in Macau. 

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