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My friend, Grace and I went on a Macau – HK trip last April 11-15. The whole trip was fun and stress-free. Transportation was accessible and easy. Although there were minor mishaps such as getting on the wrong bus, my bag’s padlock combination accidentally changed or we couldn’t find our hotel (and there’s the language barrier) but these were easily solved and we were on a lucky streak the whole trip.

MACAU

What to see and do in Macau (other than gambling in casinos).

 Swim in Cheoc-Van Beach

Eat egg tarts at the first Lord Stow’s Bakery in Coloane (and at Lord Stow’s Garden Cafe)

Go to the Historical Center of Macau

Climb up the stairs of the Ruins of St. Paul

Climb up (again) to see Fortaleza do Monte and Museu de Macau

Smell the flowers at Flora de Jardin

Walk a-“round” Senado “Square” haha!

 Go inside Lou Kau’s Mansion

Experience East meets West at the Fisherman’s Wharf

Catch a glimpse of the mermaid in the Vquarium (Virtual Aquarium) at City of Dreams

Hop on a Gondola at The Venetian

Get some luck with the Wishing Crystals and Fortune Diamond at Galaxy

and when you’re done with all that…

Take a ferry to Hong Kong! (via Cotaijet or Turbojet)


As I’ve said, we had a difficult time locating our hotel because got so confused by the numerous bus routes  that we even reached the barrier gate to China!

Although the next day, we learned that our hotel was just one bus ride away from the airport. In fact, the first bus ride we took to Vila de Coloane was right!

Once we got a hang of the bus routes, travelling in Macau was a breeze. It’s easy to find a bus stop and there are loads of hotel shuttles you can hop on for free.

Our first 2 nights were spent in Hotel Pousada de Coloane at Praia de Cheoc-Van Beach, Coloane, Macau.

Cozy, comfortable and peaceful – words that best describe the hotel. It was away from all the noise and hustle. Plus, it was located right in front of the beach.

Swimming in Cheoc-Van Beach definitely gets your blood pumping since the water is FREEZING cold!

No Macau trip would be complete without visiting the first Lord Stow’s Bakery at Coloane Town Square and having some egg tarts. Lucky for us, it was only one bus stop away from our hotel (walking distance even). And then we had lunch at the Lord Stow’s Garden Cafe which was just a few steps away from the bakery.

    

After lunch we went around Macau, with only our map as guides as to where and which places should we see and do such as:

Walking around the Historical Center of Macau

 

 

Climbing up the stair of the Ruin’s of St. Paul

Ruin’s of St. Paul

   

Going up to see Fortaleza do Monte and Museu de Macau

     

then munching on some seafood and meatballs dipped in curry sauce after photo-ops

And at night we visited places that Macau is most famous for: Casinos (and hotels).

The Venetian, Macau

City of Dreams

etc… and etc…

For dinner, I tried this pork chop in noodle soup at Venetian’s food court. I’ve noticed pork chop seemed to be very famous in Macau because I’ve seen a lot of restaurants selling pork chop buns or pork chop this, pork chop that. Definitely the pork chop was good since it was soft but didn’t have any flavor which complimented the light but slightly spicy soup.

 The next day started out no different – breakfast and then hopping on a bus because… we were off to our hotel in Macau.

  

and then off we go to see more of Macau.

A quick stop at Prace de Amizade

 and then to Senado Square,
and then to Fisherman’s Wharf
 
 
and then we waited for the mermaid to come out the Vquarium in City of Dreams,
and then we hopped on a Gondola and ate great tasting burgers at The Venetian.
 
 
 The next morning, we went back to The Venetian to leave our luggage (baggage service at the Venetian is free) and bought tickets via Cotaijet since it was more convenient because of the free shuttle bus to the ferry.
(When I was walking outside our hotel, I spotted a group of (old) men playing chess or checker. I took there picture because I rarely see people playing chess outside anymore, let alone groups of men.)
 
HONG KONG
We arrived in Hong Kong a bit tired from lugging around our stuff and walking around the train station to our “hotel” (hostel) and the fact that it was a tiny room in a commercial building full of people didn’t help relieve our exhaustion. But of course that didn’t stop us from going around HK.
We were only in HK for only 2 days, so we really didn’t have much time to go and visit a lot of places but it was a good thing Grace had already been to HK, she knew which places should we go.
Watch the Symphonies of Lights
Intense haggling at Tung Choi street
Take silly pictures at Avenue of the Stars 
Ride trains all day
Eat delicious Tom Yum Kung at Koon Thai Han Nam Chicken
I forgot what this bread was but it was absolutely DELICIOUS!
Saw turtles, puppies, crabs etc. the “Goldfish” Market
And lastly, Peak Tram
I don’t have much to share about my HK experience since it was quite short. I hope I can visit again soon!
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I was back reading all of my blog entries to check grammar or spelling mistakes. I was horrified to see my errors – how could I over look such errors? I edited a few simple errors but decided to keep some mistakes.

Why? Because:

– I want to keep the imperfect, raw and unedited feel of my entries.

– I feel it is unnecessary to edit or proof read everything.

– It is a simple way to see the progress of my writing skills.

Side note:

When I was in high school, I frequently wrote good (if not great) poems, stories and simple journal entries just for fun. After reading all of my posts, I came to the conclusion that my writing was better in high school. Hopefully, I can find the time to write some more to regain good writing skills.

Keeping my fingers crossed.

Keep a hold of your dreams no matter how ridiculous and far-fetched it maybe.

It keeps you young, optimistic and enthusiastic.

But don’t keep your head in the clouds for too long.

You wouldn’t want to crash down to reality faster than the speed of light.

Keep dreaming… But know when and how you’ll go back down and face reality.

Sometimes, THOUGHTS are so hard to organize.

Now that our midterms are over, I finally have time to re-organize my thoughts.

My brain feels like a messy attic filled with ideas, thoughts, plans, random moments and memories –  it is so hard to pull out a single idea and focus.

Pure chaos.

I have a lot of cleaning up to do.

If only our brain had a disk cleanup installed, a large storage capacity and an external hard drive so we can organize, delete, hide or save ideas or memories we would like to ponder, forget or cherish and access someday…

After a stressful yet satisfying week, I felt I deserved a celebratory steak for the favorable response I received from Hult.

I had a restaurant in mind – Steak Plus at Timog. (http://food.clickthecity.com/b/MN1cb62)

I  tried this restaurant before with my cousin, Ishi, and I liked their steak. So I was really hankering for one.

To my dismay, when I got there mid-afternoon, it was still closed.

I was bummed out but I was too hungry to find a different restaurant, so I just went to the café next to it which was Metro Blend Coffee (http://food.clickthecity.com/b/Wo1c605)

To my surprise, the waiter handed me the menu of Steak Plus. Turns out, Steak Plus and Metro Blend Coffee share one kitchen.

However, after browsing the menu, I decided to order a burger but did not know what to get.

As usual, I asked one of the waiters which burger was good. He answered confidently “lahat” (everything).

So I ordered the “Steak Plus Burger” (if I remember correctly)

Toasted bun with sesame seeds

bacon

fried egg

a slice of cheese

mayonnaise

flavorful and juicy patty

onion ring

crunchy lettuce

bottom bun

And it was DELICIOUS.

I am a bit particular with mayonnaise but theirs was just right.

I took my time, savoring every bite. It was a great calorie-filled burger. Hahaha

Definitely a good buy for only P195. 🙂

It shall be forever known to me as my memorable Celebratory Burger.

After my admissions interview last Monday, I tried not to think about it too much to avoid any disappointment.

But when I got the call from them on Wednesday saying they already have the result and they’ll give it to me on Friday, I was a bit rattled.

So….

This afternoon I got a call from Hult and…

I got accepted to the Boston campus for September 2012!

🙂