For a very long time, well at least I think, I have been craving to get away from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong life but it just wasn’t possible with all the assignment deadlines as a student and preparations to be done for the summer course at work! As soon as I submitted my last assignment, I had to celebrate and so last weekend, I planned a mini weekend getaway with my friend to Macau! My short vacay lasted for 2 days (16-18 May, 2015) but I felt like it was one of the most satisfying getaway even though Macau is pretty much similar to HK (in terms of the hustle and bustle in downtown).
We checked in Saturday night at this hotel near the beach called the Pousada De Coloane. It lies a bit remote from the city area and we didn’t realize this until we got there, which was about a 40 minute ride form the ferry terminal. Unexpectedly, it was quite worth it hearing the waves hitting the shore early in the morning! So, I would say it’s a great location if you are looking for a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere in a city like Macau! To be honest, from my experience, it actually balanced the day, from shopping and visiting hectic busy areas to winding down and having a piece of mind at the end of the day!
I only visited the Macau Tower and the Venetian the first time, so of course I had to visit other main attractions, like the Galaxy, City of Dreams and the Ruins of St. Paul. On the night we arrived, we visited the City of Dreams and partied all night at one of Macau’s top Clubs, called Cubic. It had such a concert sort-of- vibe with its huge stage and the DJ’s hitting their jam on the stage. We literally danced all night and thank god, we decided to ditch our heels before we left the hotel! So yes, we were partying in our flats and vans, but hey we still got free shots and drinks at the bar! 😀
The next day, we could hardly get up and the weather was not cooperating too! It was drizzling all afternoon and we were pretty much stuck indoors for a good 2 hours during lunch at the hotel.
Then, late afternoon, we headed to Venetian to explore the casinos and shop around. It was my first time in a casino and it’s not like I even know how things work, so obviously I was only comfortable with pressing as few buttons as possible and to try my luck! So we played the Big Wheel, where we just had to insert a few dollars, choose a number and hope for the best!
Then we tried searching for Bath & Body Works, since we don’t have it in Hong Kong and it literally took us like an hour! It was all worth it when we got to smell all those yummy candles (what I was looking forward to most!). It got a bit overwhelming after a while and I ended up getting just 1 candle that I initially smelled and loveeeed! Coconut Leaves! Two of my favorite thing in a jar! JUST AN EXPLOSION OF WONDERFULNESS! Btw, I also went a little nuts over Lush, especially their bath bombs.
After Venetian, we hopped on the shuttle and got a free ride to the Galaxy! We bought little charms from pandora that signified Macau to add onto our bracelets and bangles. The fountain in one of the entrance was humongous and the fountain show was even more amazing! They also had a peacock dance performance and they were just as amazing! After that, it was Casino time to try our luck again at the Galaxy! I’ll admit, it was a short-term gain! 😛
Finally, we made our way to see the very famous Ruins of St. Paul (because it wouldn’t be a Macau vacay without it!). We had to walk through Senado Square, which is another popular venue infused with history with its wave-patterned mosaic stones that were built by the Portuguese and modern culture with various shopping attractions and cuisines! Indeed, the architecture has been preserved so well that it seems like you have travelled back in centuries. As dreamy as the walk is to St. Paul, there is nothing like seeing the mesmerizing facade that stands so grand. Personally, I think it is even more spectacular at night and there is something about it that is so calming as you climb through the steps and make your way to it. I am very glad that I got to visit it and probably is the highlight of my trip like many tourists!
A vacay isn’t a vacay without a little spending, so we popped into Forever 21 that was next to the church and got some goodies for ourselves! After that, we were exhausted to the max and hungry (hangry even!) and we decided to get Indian food to fulfill our cravings! We went to this small resto called Indian Spice and the food was divine! Finally gathering up our energy, we headed back to our hotel to get some rest and spent the rest of the night in hot bubble baths, movies and chit-chats over wine!
Though a short trip, it did its magic by making my weekend a lot more interesting than usual! It made me miss last summer and the year before where I spent a few months away, like really away from home! Having no plans this summer, I am more excited about making spontaneous trips here and there, even if it is in this tiny place called Hong Kong! I figured I should aim to visit each and every corner of my own hometown while I am home for summer.
Xoxo, Oddinary Girl