Sunday, April 17, 2011

Macau - Day 2 - Morning Tour

We started the day with an amazing buffet breakfast that came with our room package. :)
Starbucks coffee for breakfast anyone?



Armed with a map (and a GPS care-of our iPad), we headed out to explore the beautiful and grand Macau.



Macau have small roads but a good mixture of good and new. Of culture and of commercial appeal. We saw a couple of churches along the way.



And the number of Filipinos in Macau is amazing. I thought Singapore was full of Pinoys. Macau have more pala (by % being smaller than SG...).. saw this Filipino store too. Hey most of the souvenir shops have "Bili Na!" signs.



After about 15 minutes of walk (including stopping here and there for pictures), we finally reached the Ruins of St. Paul's. We got a little confused because it turned out we arrived from the back side.




They built a platform at the back of the ruins so it's height was amazing.



After a few pictures, we headed to the nearby Macau Museum. There were 2 ways, and unsure which way to take we took the right side. Ending up hiking.. (again). I got thirsty along the way and bought a coke at a small shop. The auntie was very nice. The coke was supposed to be $7 but because I only had $6 she didn't mind. Cute shop too!



And finally! 15 minutes later. Here's the Museum. The place reminded me so much of Intramuros with the walls and canyons. But the view up here was amazing.



After walking a bit.. here's the bugger.. there's actually an escalator to go up to the museum! Dang!



The sun was up and there were so many tourists everywhere. So it was crowded and hot too. So when we couldn't resist Gong Cha when we reached down.



We headed out to find the Senado Square, enjoying the food stalls and shops along the way.



Finally reached Senado Square after less than 5 minutes. I didn't even realize I was still looking for it because of the shops around.



Wiki Trivia:
The Senado Square, or Senate Square (Portuguese: Largo do Senado; traditional Chinese: 議事亭前地), is a paved area in the centre of the former Portuguese colony of Macau, China, enclosed by the buildings of the Leal Senado, the General Post Office, and St. Dominic’s Church. The square is paved in the traditional Portuguese pavement. The main road of Macau's historic centre, Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro passes through the square. The square is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Macau".

While at the Square, can you resist an egg tart? Noooo! It was soooo goood and cheap at 70cents! I wish I had more!



Ended our morning making a quick stop at this small establishment just in front of the Senado Square. They have benches where you can rest and toilet if you need to go. Such a cute place.



Next. Our Afternoon Tour. :)
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