Earlier this year, I went back to Hong Kong and celebrated my birthday. I decided to visit Macau not to play casino of course but to visit the famous St. Paul Ruins and other tourist destinations. It was also the first time I experienced a 1 degree temperature! After we checked in our hotel at Tsim Tsa Tsui, me and my cousin Lj immediately went to Cotai Jetty Port bound for Macau.
We had a lot of misadventures before we made it to the port, mainly getting confused on which MTR station we needed to take. I must say that we had a smooth sail going to Macau but the moment we stepped out the port, It was the coldest temperature I’ve ever experienced. A bone chilling 1 degree! not to mention the rain and wind that came hand in hand.The struggle was real! My lips started to get dry and my ears started to feel like it was to fall off.
After we passed immigration, we looked for the free shuttle bus going to the Venetian Hotel,20 minutes later we arrived at the hotel.We roamed around for a bit but since Chinese New Year was just around the corner, a lot of tourists from the Mainland were there.We looked for a place to eat but because I have the habit of always converting everything to peso(which you should avoid when visiting other countries) , all the restaurants within the Venetian Hotel seemed expensive for me.
I told my cousin to have our lunch near St. Paul ruins since according to my research there was a lot of food stalls around the area. So we took a cab from the hotel to St. Paul Ruins and since it was very cold, we decided to eat noodles which luckily we immediately found a place for.
I honestly didn’t know what we ate, all i know was we found a small restaurant that served noodles.I guess that’s another kind of hot pot because there’s a variety of dim sum, meat to vegetables that you can add to your noodles. One of my struggles when travelling abroad was the food, I’m not really into Asian food especially authentic Asian cuisine.
The taste is very strong and they love putting some curry powder which I really don’t like. I wasn’t satisfied with what we ate so when I saw McDonald’s I hurried up and ordered nuggets with fries only to find out that the taste wasn’t the same here in PH (poor me). I tried my best to finish what I ordered because it was my first decent meal of the day.
After we ate, we roamed around Senado Square until it started to rain which made the temperature drop even more. We decided to end our Macau tour with a glimpse of the St. Paul Ruins.The Ruins of St. Paul’s (also known as Sam Ba Sing Tzik) stands adjacent to the famous Mount Fortress and Macau Museum. The front facade and the grand stone stairs are the only remains of the greatest church.
HOW TO GET THERE FROM HONG KONG:
There are two ferry terminals in Hong Kong;
1.Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal -3/F Shun Tak Centre, 200 Connaught Road Central, Sheung Wan–MTR Sheung Wan Station, Exit D
2. Hong Kong China Ferry Terminal-33 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon–MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit A1
We purchased our round trip Cotai Jet Ticket from our Hotel Golden Crown at 290HKD (we got it for a discounted price). But you can also book via Turbo Jet
GETTING AROUND IN MACAU:
1. Free shuttle service provided by the hotels and casino, bus and taxi.
|Hong Kong – MACAU||WEEKDAYS||WEEKEND||NIGHT SAILING|
|COTAI JET CLASS||165hkd||177hkd||201hkd|
|Turbo Jet Economy||164hkd||177hkd||200hkd|
|MACAU – HONG KONG||WEEKDAYS||WEEKEND||NIGHT SAILING|
|COTAI JET CLASS||154hkd||167hkd||190hkd|
|Turbo Jet Economy||153hkd||166hkd||189hkd|
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