City Lights and Then Some...
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November 10th, 2008 – by: issa005
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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