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[17 Jul 2009 | 4 Comments | ]

While the aircraft’s tilting to make a 90 deg turn to the reclaimed runway, we saw lights beaming from the ground–alas, the sin city of the orient.
We arrived at the Macau International Airport past 9pm. Even though the casinos are kilometers away, I can feel the Las Vegas ambiance by merely looking at the uniformed chauffeur in the airport.
We wasted no time, after throwing our luggage randomly on our beds, we ran-off the street to search for our perfect Macanese dinner. The streets are narrow and rustic (reminiscent of Venice …

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[13 Jul 2009 | No Comment | ]

Macau is a walkable city… So walkable that we went out only to have breakfast and suddenly, the towering icon loomed over us. Since we were there already, we decided to seize the moment for a photo-op.

The place is not even a church church… What tourists see now is the façade of the Church of Mater Dei destroyed by fire in 1835 and the ruins of St. Paul’s College; which stood adjacent to the church.
Ruinas de Sao Paolo now functions symbolically as an altar to the city amongst other …

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[12 Jul 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

photos by ron cruz
We are both caffeine fueled creatures (Homo sapiens caffeinensis fabulousness). Starbucks is a basic necessity and it can be found at the bottom of our food pyramid. So it is imperative to say that whenever we travel we make it a point that we spend several unproductive hours sitting on an al fresco chair, shifting to trance mode while almost robotically sipping our fix.
It is also our way of recharging the energy that we exhausted while walking around the city. So we found a Starbucks shop (the …

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[12 Jul 2009 | No Comment | ]

A Video Montage of our trip to Macau and Hong Kong (August 2008)
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[11 Jul 2009 | No Comment | ]

Macau shares a colonized past with the Philippines. The Portuguese stayed in the island for more than 400 hundred years and had set up the city to look like Lisbon, their capital. This holds evident looking at the black and white cobbled-stone streets on Lagro De Senado as well as streets and alleys leading to government offices and famous landmarks of Macau. Even the buildings have an Iberian air.

Lagro De Senado is a converging point where people would find designer and local boutiques and Chinese and Macanese restaurants lined up, …

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[9 Jul 2009 | No Comment | ]

This is probably the most popular and most visited structure in the country. It was made exactly like the one in las Vegas, the largest modern structure in Asia and fourth in the world. Now who would want to miss that?
We never got the chance to explore the whole resort/hotel. You need to allocate one whole day to do so. It has 38 floors, 3000 suites and 280 elevators? GO FIGURE!

Venetian Macao is home to the only Cirque du Soleil stage in Asia, ZAIA. (Ticket prices range from MOP388-MOP1288)

Another popular …

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food, macau »

[6 Jul 2009 | One Comment | ]

Food is the best way to a man’s heart, that’s why we try to sample most, if not all, famous cuisines one country has to offer. We Filipinos are known to be adventurous in terms of anything that can please the most longing of stomachs, and so we embark our travels with our palates to please.
Macau started out as a trading gate for fishermen and farmers and in the 1550’s, a port from which the Portuguese emerged. Their cuisine is a fusion of Iberian flavor and ingredients of home. We …

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macau, transportation, travel tips, world travel »

[5 Jul 2009 | No Comment | ]

Macau is not a member of the ASEAN circle, but the Philippine passport holders are given a 30-day pass to stay in the island. In the past three years, it became a side-trip destination for tourists who are visiting Hong Kong.
Macau is 1,147 kms or 619 nautical miles away from Manila. Flying from Manila will only take 50 minutes to reach Aeroporto Internacional de Macao. Pretty much like my daily drive to work.  It is kind of a bit scary when I saw the reclaimed strip of land when the …

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