Monday, January 28, 2008

Macau Streets and Temple

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On the 4th day, we headed over to Macau; the famous casino-infested city:p
There are 3 ways to get to Macau from Hong Kong; by air, by land or by sea (like Duh!)
You can choose to fly to Macau, take a bus or like me, go for the most common method picked by everyone - board the TurboJet and get yourself there.
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Okay, not so good idea; the sea was rough and the hour and a half journey almost emptied my stomach.
I was nauseous but I didn't throw up; almost did though when I heard all those sick and throwing up sounds (UGH!)
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I was definitely glad and relieved to land after the journey!

The streets somehow reminded me of Taiwan:)
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They still have those scooters with loud hooters!

One of the casinos I spotted while I was on the bus to the Central Square (I think that's the name)
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Even Yaohan still exists here!!
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(I start to sound like a snobbish chic!:P)

The bus was comfortable; well air-conditioned:)
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Arriving at the town centre
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It was really hot (although it was cold and rainy in Hong Kong), and I had to protect myself with an umbrella while posing at the town square:p
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Nice street cavern
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The narrow streets with the conventional shophouses
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Hawker food stalls
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One of the famous temples in Macau (described on the map)
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This is an ancient temple popular among the local folks.
It was actually the first of the Chinese Lunar month when i was there; and joss sticks were lighted up for worship.
In fact, the temple caretakers ushered us to make our worship too; and urged us to donate to the temple's funds.
Well, we felt a little awkward but obliged as a form of respect, to the deities; not to the caretakers whom we felt were a little pushy and taking advantage of the situation.
To be continued with the churches' visit...

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Dinner at Jumbo Floating Restaurant

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It was just supposed to be a short visit by boat to see the magnificent Jumbo Floating Restaurant which was one of Hong Kong's famous landmarks as well; and a symbol of the Eastern Pearl.
However, this innocent notion of a visit during dinner time turned out more than we expected and without us knowing it, we were on our way to one fine Oriental dining experience that we can never forget:)

The grand boat provided by the restaurant to ferry their customers from this mini docking pier to their floating platform.
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The ride is for free; of course:)

A glimpse of the lights as we were approaching the restaurant
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These were all the other restaurants trying their luck at imitating the famous restaurant
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Which was nothing close to this grandeur and impressive palace-like restaurant!
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The interior of the dining area
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This place made me feel like a Manchurian Princess or something!!:D

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The menu
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My Cup of Tea:)
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A bowl of lemon juice with a hint of XO in it
This was used for rinsing your hands after peeling your prawns and was definitely not meant for drinking!
*Rumours had it that Queen Elizabeth once drank this; unknowingly as her majesty thought that it was XO:p
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Chilli sauce in a dynamic angle
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We ordered the Course-set dinner for 2 pax; HKD638++ (~RM300++) which consists of 5-6 dishes with dessert.

Steamed freshwater prawns
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Sweet corn with crabmeat and prawns soup
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Next, the dish came covered
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Stir-fried celeries with fresh scallops
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Really delicious and the scallops were so succulent in taste!:)
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Next was the fish; Steamed Tiger Garoupa
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Yangchow Fried Rice
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Our Mango Pudding:)
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I am allergic to Mangoes; and rarely take mangoes; but I tried this and it was really nice!:D

I am the next generation's Princess:)
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The royal garments/costumes for change for photo
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The beautiful architecture and carvings of dragons and phoenixes; the symbol of the Chinese dynasties and power
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The different emblems for their classification of dining halls
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The chef who cooked the nice food? :)
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Leaving on a boat...
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