Wednesday, December 26, 2007

hong kong december 2007 - day 2

day 2 (19th) - Coloane Island, Macau Tower, Ruins of St. Paul
we woke up late, at around 10.30am! I was busy peeling my dead layer of skin from my face last night =x and the Nivea after-sun cooling spray didn’t really help; my upper arms started to flake this morning. Had porridge near Senado Square, then quickly hailed a cab to Coloane Island.

i have been wanting to go Coloane Island since I watched Goong (Princess Hours) early this year – filming for the last episode took place there. Using my MOP120 internet access to re-watch the episode, the scenes came from Coloane Village. The taxi fare was MOP72, really expensive! But I got what I wanted; the coast where Shin and Chae Kyeung met, and the church where they got married. Plus, we spent sometime having high tea at Lord Stow’s CafĂ©, tasting their famous eggtarts. I ordered a smoked salmon plate, which looked kinda odd. Taxi back to Macau was a big problem – Coloane Village is rather remote, thus no taxis were nearby. Luckily someone was coming in via a taxi in the 30 minutes we waited. Went back to Taipa, then Macau via the Sai Van Bridge.

St. Xavier's Church

Lord Stow's Cafe

next stop was Macau Tower. Wanted to do the Skywalk X, where the walker gets to walk round the outermost rim of the Tower @ 200+ meters, in the open! But the weather was foggy, we decided against spending MOP248 for that. Took the chance to buy Chinese character chops from a nice auntie, whom told us about the next amazing discovery – Macau Tower is linked to Grand Lisboa, a hotel-cum-casino in town via a free shuttle. This isn’t shocking, but actually all casinos provide free shuttles from the ferry terminal =x so we wasted much money last night to Venetian, when we can just hop onto a shuttle from Emperor Hotel (opposite my hotel) to the ferry terminal, then to Venetian. We did just that for New Yaohan later.

Macau Tower

took another taxi to Ah-Ma temple, which is at Barra Hill. Nothing much there, except that a pretty girl asked HK to take a picture for her. Lolz.. then walked a great distance along Rua do Almirante Sergio and Rua da Praia do Manduco. Got lost in the midst of many tall housing estates, tried to bash through and got to Avenida da Praia Grande, which was close to our hotel. Upon popular request, took a nap in the hotel, before going to the Ruins of St. Pauls via Senado Square. I was the last visitor up the wall for the day, at 6pm (the sky is already dark). Dinner was a so-so drunken chicken rice set, then walked over to Lisboa Casino to look around. Got the transportation trick earlier, so we took the free shuttle to Ferry Terminal and walked over to New Yaohan.

Ah-Ma Temple

Casino Lisboa

Koi Kei pasteries

New Yaohan

booked our tickets back to Hong Kong too, just in case we can’t get the exact timing tomorrow. Shuttled back to Emperor and went for their casino (zzz), then hung around at mac, snacked a bit in the room, bathed and it’s now 1.30am.

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