Friday, September 28, 2012

SG Bloggers Trip to Macau - Day 4

Our final day began with a visit to the set of the House of Dancing Water show that we had enjoyed the previous night. We were accorded the rare privilege of a conducted tour of the special theatre and the various props and equipment. We were able to do that because Tuesday was a rest day for the performers.

Our next stop was the St Francis Xavier Church in Coloane. This was the first time we had a chance to see the more rustic side of Macau. I took the opportunity to take some photos of Zhuhai in Mainland China just across the waters from this village. After that we did a bit of shopping at the Lord Stow Bakery which was famous for their delicious egg tarts.

Can you see the wind farm on the mountain top? This is Zhuhai, China.

Mission accomplished! Our bus is now heavier by several kilos of egg tarts.

Lunch was at the cosy O’Manuel Portuguese Restaurant where we were treated to a variety of delicious Portuguese dishes. Thanks to the Macau Government Tourist Office for the lunch treat.

Our final stop was the Taipa Houses Museum and the nearby Taipa Food Street at the Taipa Village. Here we had the opportunity to savour Macau’s famous Bird Nest Tarts and Pork Chop Buns.

At the Taipa Houses Museum, I was pleasantly surprised to see many household items that I had used in my childhood days; such as the charcoal tongs, charcoal iron, mosquito net and oil lamp.  Now I have more photos of the kampong days to share with readers.

Finally, it was time to board the bus to bring us to the airport where we bid goodbye to Macau.

The sight of this Tiger Airways plane brought to mind words from a famous John Denver song; “I’m leaving on a jet plane. Don’t know when I’ll be back again. Oh babe, I hate to go”.

Final thoughts.

In all, I had a very enjoyable four-day vacation in Macau. Initially, I was a bit hesitant to take up the offer to come for this trip. For one, I was afraid that I might have to refuse any invitation to enter a casino. I also feared that I would feel out of place with a group of youngsters. But as it turned out; they were such a swell bunch of people to hang out with.

Once again, I thank our sponsors,, Macau Government Tourist Office, and Tiger Airways for sponsoring this trip; as well as the various organisations for hosting our visits.


Zen said...

It is good to mix with young people
and interact with them so that there would not be a generation gap. Don't be surprised you can also learn a lot from them.

Zen said...

Just because Macau has an infamous image of being a global city which associates with the gambling industry, most people tend to view it in bad light. However, there is always the other side of the coin, it has also wholesome activities which tourists can participate in.

Zen said...

When portugal wanted to hand back Macau to PRC way ahead of 1997, the chinese wisely refused to take it back. Smart PRC! - who wants to take back a place which practically churn out money on daily basis (not through printing). The chinese use to say: "do not treat money as your enemy".

Lam Chun See said...

Last week, I gave a short talk to a group of mainly seniors at the official launch of the Council for Third Age (C3A) Portal and new logo. Whilst encouraging them to use the portal to reminisce about Spore's past, I shared that I had learnt a lot from the young people during the past few years. For example, during this Macau trip, they taught me how to use this latest very 'cool' thing called Instagram.

Lam Chun See said...

By the way, we did not even go near a casino during the entire trip; even though all the major hotels and resorts have a casino.