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Senado Square
Macau is a very small place. Some of my friends from work said that a day tour is enough too see everything it has to offer. Coming to Macau, I thought I would have plenty of time to read a book recommended to me by a friend, or to lie around the bed, with my much needed rest especially that the itinerary prepared for us was indeed just a full day tour, including the hotel inspections and the Macau highlights. Well, that's what I thought.

We started the day late in the afternoon as we arrived Macau International Airport at around 1415H. From the airport, we went straight to our hotel for check-in. After that, we had the entire time free to ourselves, while we wait for the 18300H call time for dinner. While waiting for our room keys, I asked the hotel staff about the famous San  Ma Lo street where , from what I've read, all the good shopping finds are.
Emperor and Sintra
Hotel Sintra, where we were staying, was a 5 minute walk from the shopping center- the Senado Square. It had retail outlets of clothing, side streets with outdoor stalls much like the streets in Baclaran, Quiapo and Divisoria back home---only the ones in Macau were quite more expensive still, and there were less items to find.

Of course, being a true blue Pinoy, the first thing on my mind on a free hour of roaming would be pasalubong shopping for my family, friends and co-workers. It actually helped me that I found an acquaintance from the Macau Tourism Office in in Manila who gave me helpful maps, food guide and destination guide book. Again, being a typical me, I only used these to memorize the names of the places  Iwant to go to, streets to find, but not exactly how to or where to find them.
I'd rather ask around to find my way. Haha....

Anyways, top of my pasalubong list were stuff for my family members, and since some clothing stores offered big sale discounts, I got all the stuff I needed from my family except for Mom, in less than an hour of Senado Square  'exploration.'

Next on my agenda was to find the famous Cheon Heong Yuen Bakery where food souvenirs for my colleagues at home could be bought. There was a nice English speaking sales attendant at that time, who sold me almost every good thing that store had to offer. She gave free tasting of all the things she offered, and I was delighted to have my stomach filled with such good things for free. In the end, I purchased 2 big bags of pastries. It was all good.

I realized my bags were a bit too heavy, and a 7-minute fastwalk back to the hotel could be a challenge.
My Team at dinner table
  I started walking back, got a bit lost, until I made a 7-minute walk into a 10. It wasn't too bad. I was quite early for the calltime for dinner.

At 1830H, my entire group of 16 was  dinner ready. We went to a Portuguese restaurant called Vinha, which served really good food we have not tried before. The flavor profiles were great (Please read my food review for more).

Supposedly back at camp  by 2000H, everyone wanted to find out where the cheap retail stores were, so our tour guide took us for a walk in one of the small streets in Macau which led to a small store offering export overruns of different brands of clothing. I was lucky to dig into a pile and find myself a decent Topshop knit top worth only HKD20.
I was really happy, because I know I could not find the same thing back  home for the same or cheaper price.

To continue our city walk at night, we headed to the Casino area, and marveled at the bright lights all around. The casinos really keep this city alive. Seeing the number of people trying to gamble their way through life or as leisure activity made me realize how big a business Macau makes. The city lights of the casinos reflect the life that sustains the small yet prosperous city.

After the survey of the casino strip, we headed back to the hotel to save up energy for a the next day's of Macau exploration.

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Senado Square
Senado Square
Emperor and Sintra
Emperor and Sintra
My Team at dinner table
My Team at dinner table
Me and the pinya building
Me and the pinya building
My entire team
My entire team
with my team at NAIA Centennial Te…
with my team at NAIA Centennial T…
Read me
Read me
Vinha Portuguese Resto
Vinha Portuguese Resto
Fresh Salad
Fresh Salad
African Chili Chicken, super yum
African Chili Chicken, super yum
Baked Veggies
Baked Veggies
The side street that led to the ov…
The side street that led to the o…
Grand Lisboa
Grand Lisboa
Grand Lisboa pineapple building
Grand Lisboa 'pineapple building'
happy crew
happy crew
Grand Lisboa lobby
Grand Lisboa lobby
Golden Lotus at Grand Lisboa lobby
Golden Lotus at Grand Lisboa lobby
Casino strip
Casino strip
Me at the Grand Lisboa golden lotus
Me at the Grand Lisboa golden lotus
Sintra Hotel
Sintra Hotel
San Ma Lo/ Avenida de Ribeiro
San Ma Lo/ Avenida de Ribeiro
The Famous Bakery
The Famous Bakery
Macau General Tips & Advice review
Best stuff to Take Home from Macau
One stop at the Choi Heong Yuen Bakery is enough to bring family and friends back home great souvenirs of Macau. Since they have 9 branch shops scatte… read entire review
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