Our son’s birthday wish was to celebrate his 16th abroad…especially Macau.
How can we say no to a wonderful young man who is the source of our pride and joy.
We left Hong Kong via TurboJet Ferry at the Sheung Wan Ferry Terminal, HK.
It was a rainy morning when we left Sham Shui Po. After an hour of fast ferry ride, we arrived in Macau Ferry Terminal at 1030am. The other ferry service is Cotai Water Jet dock at Taipa Terminal. We took a taxi from the terminal to Jardim Flora where we booked for an overnight stay.
- Sham Shui Po to Central Station or transfer train then take train to Sheung Wan (we opted to walk).
- Head inside the mall and buy ticket at their ticketing office or reserve and pay online (we bought on site at HKD 164 per head)
- Get in their boarding area
- After an hour of fast and scenic ferry ride, the first structure to see from afar is the long bridge connecting the islands of Macau and Taipa/ Coloane.
- Taxi from Macau Ferry Terminal to Jardim Flora (if you are booked in a posh hotel, they have free shuttle buses)
Getting around is by bus or taxi or walk. Macau is about the size of Pasig City (about 30 square km.) while Taipa and Coloane combined is about 14 square km or about 30% the size of Manila.
We checked in and changed into lighter clothes and headed out for lunch. It was raining and according to our “Macau-related-transpo-Apps” on our phones, we need to take a bus to the Ruins of St. Paul. We took the Bus no. 25 which took us to Venetian in Cotai. I learned later that day, from my cousin who is based in Macau that the bus route just changed that weekend.
So, birthday lunch was at Canton Restaurant in Venetian Macau. The serving sizes were small but the food was rich in taste.
We were mesmerized by both flickering and bright lights inside the Venetian. Shops everywhere… well most items can be found in Makati and MOA so we were not really interested. After taking some pictures of the fascinating Venetian ceiling simulating the sky, a light walk on the bridges over the manmade Venice Canal and listening to the sonorous voice of gondola boat men and lady, my cousin and niece came by to meet us.
We went out of the hotel and the rain already stopped. We hopped into Bus No. 25 and headed to Hac Sa. The coastal area of Hac Sa has its own charm…hiking the Coloane trail then came out from a well paved rocky Long Chao Kok Coastal Trail overlooking the China Sea.
- Take Bus No. 25 at the bus stop in front of Sands Cotai (across Parisian or the replica of Eiffel Tower)
- Alight at Hellene Garden or hac Sa Youth Hostel (we alighted too soon at Villa Chok Wan Hou then took the Morro de Hacsa Family Trail)
- Follow the coastline and the row of luxurious white houses and at the last white house go straight the path to the restroom and the paved costal trail can be seen.
It was almost 7pm when we headed back to Hellene Garden. From the waterfront promenade, one can see the bright lights illuminating the clouds at Cotai strip and the statue of the goddess A-ma on top a mountain in Coloane.
We took bus No. 25 back to Taipa for dinner at B.Leaf Restaurant. After dinner we walked to the Old Taipa Houses Museum but it was already closed. We just enjoyed the view of bright skyline of Cotai and sat on the benches fronting the marshes. It was magical to see that the once neglected wetlands of Taipa and Cotai were now the sites of the brightest and busiest part of this side of China.
We walked again to the Cotai strip and used the longest walkalator on this part of the planet. We emerged at the area of Galaxy Hotel and watched their free indoor fountain show called “Diamond Show” featuring cascading play of water and lights underwater and above. It was relaxing to watch the dancing spurts of water and the monotonous yet refreshing splashing sound.
We walked again inside Parisian took pictures of the bright Eiffel tower and while listening to classical Mozart.
We took a taxi to Wynn Hotel at 12AM (yes midnight), to see the outdoor fountain show. But it was windy and we moved to a place near the cable cars with little water splashes. The music of Bocelli’s “Con te Partiro” or “Time To Say Goodbye” was magical to our ears and the water dancing to the melody was amazing.
Well it’s past midnight and “time to say goodbye” and call it a night. We took bus no. 26 back to Macau in front of Wynn then took another bus to Jardim de Flora.
We slept around 230am. We still have one day in Macau… how we spent it… in our next post…!