Day three didn’t start out so well. Let me tell you why:
- We all crammed last minute shopping in Hong Kong. (Not fun.)
- When I had finally spotted H&M (it’s on Canton Road, folks), the lines to the cashier were too long (these things are enough to turn me off haha), plus the blazer I liked (fuchsia one) was several sizes too small. #chubclubproblems
- My boots gave up on me!
- (Most importantly) It started to rain like crazy when we were en route to the terminal.
But as always, there were far more relevant “good” things in exchange of the bad:
- My family waited patiently as I scanned through H&M’s million racks (it had already been raining at the time, but they still allowed me to go, aww).
- Our hotel was near enough the terminal so we didn’t have to walk around with our heavy bags for so long.
- We met a multilingual security guard at the terminal who knew so many Filipino words and phrases. She’s a character.
- Everyone was in a cheery mood because we were headed to Macau!
Here’s my family, figuring out the game plan as I rested my feet. (As mentioned, my chipipay boots were trouble). Everyone was starting to get a bit uneasy at this point (due to many factors — hunger, the weather, shoes..) but mom’s always been a trooper so she had everything under control. =)
She even got me new shoes, too! Ferry Terminal Trash Bin, I hope you enjoy my boots hahahaha.
While waiting for our ferry, we had lunch at Kung Fu Dim Sum (Promenade Level, Tower 2, 33 Canton Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong). We were fairly satisfied with everything other than the rice rolls (left most photo, middle row) which most of us had ordered under the impression that they’d come in a different form. It didn’t help either that the whole thing was just bland. Blech. The sesame seed balls (or buchi if you are Filipino), were very delicious, though!
Right after lunch, we hurried to the terminal and settled into the turbojet. (Seats are assigned, so no worries having to elbow your way to get a good seat.)
Here’s Josh doing what he does best when in transit: disconnect himself from the world and listen to his music on full blast.
Oh and be prepared to feel a little woozy when on the turbojet!
I was asleep through most of the trip though, so before I knew it we were in Macau. It had been really cloudy that day, too, so it was extra cold and windy. This was my view from the vessel.
It took us quite a while to fully marvel at Macau’s sights upon arrival because their immigration process ate up about an hour of our time. Thank goodness we didn’t have to wait any longer to get to our hotel, thanks to Macau’s efficient bus system.
The great thing about hotels in Macau is that most of its big hotels offer bus rides free of charge. This is done to encourage movement and patronage of the hotels and related establishments, thereby increasing tourism activities. All we had to do was ask around, find out which bus we should be on, and show up at the designated waiting stops a few minutes before departure.
Here I am with the Sands hotel sign, just because I am a “Sands” to some, and an obligatory annoying photo was in order. (Funny thing is, we did not stay in Sands Macau.) See the blue bus behind me? That’s where we got on because our home for the next few days would be Macau’s The Venetian. (Ang daming Pilipino sa The Venetian!)
Check out our beautiful hotel. Now, usually, too many golds and shimmery things run the risk of being gaudy, but not The Venetian, no. Everything was tastefully done, so the whole place, albeit extravagant, was quite a sight!
Josh, mom, and Jae feigning awe at the shoppes part of the hotel.
One of the best things about The Venetian is that it’s connected to a HUGE shopping mall. Almost all the name brands are there, plus a few (relatively) cheap ones like Zara, Bershka, Pull and Bear, Stradivarius, etc. They have a food court, too, which offers an extensive range of (mostly) Asian grub at reasonable prices.
Our suite was just as impressive. Wide, fluffy beds, comfortable seating areas, huge bathroom complete with amenities… what more could we have asked for? It was a dream temporary home! (I don’t normally take photos of hotel rooms — because why – but The Venetian was just top-notch to let pass.)
Just a little welcome treat from The Venetian staff — a candy cane. (Which we ironically left in the hotel room because nobody was up for candy canes at the time. Haha.) Plus, a little preview of what was to come in the following days: Winter in Venice!
We were dead tired from the traveling so we got Venetian Food Court food to go and consume in our suite. What we ate: Pizza Pizza pizza (yes, the place is called Pizza Pizza), Fatburger burgers and fries, and my favorite discovery, Boost fruit shakes.
We were addicted to these things throughout our stay in Macau. Pretty pricey at MOP48 each (when you convert to peso), but they were so good. :( We got to try three flavors: All Berry Bang (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, apple juice, strawberry yogurt, and ice), Strawberry Squeeze (strawberries, banana, apple juice, strawberry yogurt, and ice), and King William Chocolate (chocolate, banana, low fat milk, vanilla yogurt, and ice). Two thumbs up! =)
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