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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Macau Adventure 2006

My Sunday Macau Trip was an interesting one.
I went with HK locals so they would know how to communicate effectively and can explore the city more. Our schedule is outlined below but of course, these things change as you get there. :)

Proposed Itinerary - Same Day Return Trip to Macau on October 22, 2006
8:40am: Gather at the Ticketing office at either Shun Tak / TST China Ferry Terminal**
9:00am: Take 9:00am Ferry from HK to Macau
10:15am: Meet at the lobby of Macau Ferry Terminal (Next to Souvenirs after checking from the Custom)
10:30am – 12:30pm: Free Activities or Sightseeing in Taipa or Cotai
12:30pm – 2:30pm: ASM Group Lunch at 九如坊葡國餐廳, 澳門板樟堂巷3號地下(近噴水池麥當勞) Tel:(852) 331 818
2:30pm – 7:00pm: 1) Gamblers!! Win $$$$$ from casinos; 2) For Age Under 18 - Sightseeing / Eating in Macau Peninsula
7:00pm: return to Hong Kong

Now let me tell you what really happened instead. :)
Actually Itinerary...
7:00am: woke up...folks called me long distance too so I won't miss the ferry.
8:15am: Met Michelle at the Fortress Metro MTR Station to go together to Sheung Wan Station - went through smoothly.
8:45am: Met the rest of the gang at the Macau-Sheung Wan Terminal - boss was the earliest...amazingly enough to everyone's surprise!
9:00am: Ferry to Macau - smooth, no hitched. slept along the way since I woke up early and slept late the night before; yes, I can sleep through anything and anywhere.
10:15am: Arrive Macau - met up with a few of the other people who left at the earlier ferry.
10:30am: Arrived at the car rental place to rent our "interesting" six-seater car. I knew by then that I should have taken the camry.
11:00am: Left the car rental place (yes, it took forever to get out of there! First getting the "manual" took a long time but then they had to fill-up the car upon arrival!)
12:00pm: Got lost to a steep curvy area (you had to see the car we were on to undersand our fear) then found our barrings, whereupon we went food tripping before lunch..all in the span of 30min ~ coconut ice cream, soya bean dessert (hot), tofu made out of milk dessert (hot)...all in the order we went to.
12:30pm: Had lunch with the gang
2:30pm: Finished lunch...bosses went off too do more work (on a Sunday!) and the rest went off to explore the city - a lot of the photos are self-explanatory since I kinda forgot a few of the names. (forgive me!)
Some of the places we visited were:
- Macau Motorsports Club: the track was booked up for a private event and we weren't allowed to sign up for go karting till 5pm so that was a bust so...instead we just tried our hand with the rental cars that we have and a few took on the "manual". Only Marcus could really handle the car and Wesley failed miserably on the "manual" and even on the automatic! We all came to the conclusion that Wesley is NOT allowed to be near any motorized vehicle for everyone's safety!
- A-Ma Temple: really awesome decor! I don't know why but I always have this real admiration and fascination with temples. I love the intricate decor, the sacredness and the aura in these places. A-Ma Temple is no exception to this.
Below is a bit of the journaling for the A-Ma Temple page that I did can be found at the link below:
http://www.orientaltravel.com/province/city/area/Macau_A_Ma_Temple.htm
- Black Sand Beach: had to go for some BBQ! Portugese food that is local to natives. The sands were not white...so I can understand the name...but the place had so many awesome BBQ stalls! I had two sticks of chicken meat (like sate chix) but the sauce for one was with chilli sauce and something like honey glazed over it! I miss it already! :P
6:00pm: went to the casino and my co-workers played a bit. Everyone won when we met up with our other parties - our bosses and all. It was a great trip!

Overall, I enjoyed this trip a lot. I got to see Macau aside from the typical casinos since we did rent a car and explored (got lost) a lot of things. It's great to experience riding without any doors, a/c and even regular safety seatbelts (crappy car..what do you expect). It was really cool too since we didn't spend much on the car and gass - all totalled to 65 hkdollars after refilling the tank! I got to see the fun-loving side of my co-workers...though I do see that a lot too but this time it's caught on film for all of us to see and remember. It's just wonderful and I hope to do something like this again! :)

Michelle and I took a lot of photos and we made it to a company presentation. I have attached a few of the ones I liked.

At The Steps


Strike A Pose


Macau Motorsports Club


Other layouts...





**Kit used for all the pages are Sentiments by Veronica Spriggs (Vivarant), availble at Divine Digital.com

1 comment:

malou said...

Really like the pix you have taken in Macau and sounds like a fun trip! Would love to go there someday.