Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A biyahera in the City of Dreams -- Macau!

[Trip from April 2010]

On our second day, we’ve managed to get ourselves to wake up real early for a Macau Day trip. Macau is actually one of the few places near HKG that is very easy to access (can be accessed by ferry/boat). And since you won’t be needing a visa to enter Macau, it was all the more very hassle-free to get into. And apart from its luxurious hotels and casinos, we were also set on exploring the beautiful make of this place (art-wise). It was my first time to go around Macau, since I was only able to experience the Venetian hotel, the last time I visited it.

Oh by the way, the nearest MTR station at Anne Black was the Yau Ma Tei station. From our hotel, it would usually take us about 10 minutes to get to the station by foot. But we hardly ever noticed the long walk since the cool weather condition in HKG hugged us deeply! It was the best weather yet!

Now before anything else, let me just give you a quick runthrough of our stay in this hotel. Well, Anne Black had a very nice ambiance to it. Their staff were very nice, accommodating, and always smiling.  And their standard rooms were also very cozy. It wasn't the 5-star type with all the egyptian cotton sheets and the works, but each of our beds were made up in a way that could still give our tired bodies a good night's sleep. Now each of our rooms had a sink attached to the wall. The standard room only had the sink for our personal use. But for toilet & bath purposes, they provided a common T&B for the floor we were in. But of course, it was still a safe area since the ladies bath were kept separate from the gents. Plus, they each provided us with a key to the T&B, so it was still a very much safe place to do your number 2's and all. All in all, our stay went well as can be. We truly had value for our money. :)

Anyway, here’s how our day went in Macau. =)

DAY 2 (in MACAU)
6 AM -              Breakfast
                         *Breakfast place and budget @ nearby 7-eleven store - HK$24 (water &         
7-8 AM -           Purchase Turbo Jet tickets (roundtrip) to Macau at Shun Tak Centre (HK Central)
                          *MTR from Yau Me Tei  interchange to Tsuen Wan red line, going to Central, then interchange again to Sheung Wan MTR HK$ 10.5
                          *Roundtrip Ferry Tickets to Macau HK$ 134 +176 -> night service rate
                          (SCHEDULE: 9 am to 11 PM)
9-10 AM -         MACAU ARRIVAL (take free shuttle to the Venetian or the Grand Lisboa) 
10:30-14:30 PM-  *Lunch and budget @ Ishii Ichiban  HK$ 36 (rice w/beef topping + coke + 
                          octopus fried balls)
                           *Take Bus #3 to Almiere Ribiero to get to the Senate Square (less than $10)
                          -Senate Square – Sau Paulo Ruins – Egg tarts @  HK$ 6/each
                           *Take free shuttle to City of Dreams from Hotel Sintra, to get to the Venetian   
4:30-7 PM -      Macau Sightseeing, Casino and Dinner (The Venetian and/or Grand Lisboa)
                          *Tried the slot machines, just for fun!  HK$ 10/each token
                          *Free Shuttle from the Venetian to Macau Pier
                          *Long walk (about 30+ minutes) from pier to Macau Fisherman's Wharf theme park (where miniature monuments from parts of the world are located)
9:30 PM -         MACAU DEPARTURE
11 PM -            HKG ARRIVAL
                          *Take Sheung Wan MTR – central interchange – Yau Ma Tei HK$ 10.5
                          *Northern Barn Dinner (foodcourt by Mongkok) -  HK$ 10.5
                          *Midnight snack @ Mcdo – Big Mac Meal -  HK$ 20
12 AM -            HOTEL ARRIVAL

Hong Kong Port (bound for Macau)

Macau City

The famous Sau Paulo Ruins

Venetian Hotel Day Tour!

Trying out the slot machines! =)

Visiting Macau's Fisherman's Wharf

3 more days left! I hope I already got you hooked on my HKG-MFM adventures! But don't worry, there’s more to come! =)

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