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One Day in Macau Part I (Old Taipa Village & Coloane Village)
I have been visiting Macau since 2011 and am so fortunate to see its classic "Old Taipa" / "Taipa Village." Back then my friend Douglon and I could rent bikes to bike all over the islands and explore. Now, I don't see as many bike riders but after an overnight party, my new friend Shannon, from Australia, and I explored the old town.
Here is the rundown on what to do and how we navigated
2. Taipa Village has so many traditional buildings, street art to snap pictures at, and enjoy traditional Portuguese food.
3. Visit the historical Vila da Taipa Historical Center Archway for some pictures.
4. Find a new and upcoming trendy and hipster cafe like Rooftop Macau | instagram.com/rooftopmacau. At this cafe sustainable and locally designed products and clothes are sold. There Shannon and I enjoyed a rooftop view with our coffee and ice cream!
5. If you're hungry visit the local and street food street Run do Cunha | çå°å¤§è¡ and youâll find Turkish ice cream, Cantonese Chinese beef jerky, popular dessert and lunch restaurants. It can be packed!
6. Go to the Our Lady of Carmel Church, the historic yellow Catholic church in Taipa, Macau, to pray and take pictures. If you are Catholic or enjoy historical churches, this is a must.
7. Visit the Casas-Museu da Taipa | Taipa Houses-Museum | to learn about Macau's colonial, Portuguese, and Chinese multicultural historyâ.
8. Snap pics with the backdrop of the Taipa Casinos against the Lake | Wetland in Avenida da Praia, Taipa.
9. Enjoy dinner or lunch at one of the famous Portuguese restaurants, like Le Cesar Old Taipa with sangria, seafood, suckling pig, or Cozinha Pinocchio da Taipa.
10. If you have more time to explore, you can take a taxi (there is no uber or grab) to visit the Coloane Village and visit the original Lord Stow's Bakery. You must try their delectable, melt-in-your-mouth, Macanese "Portuguese" egg tarts*! Not only are they buttery puff pastry cups, THEY ARE LIKE MINI CREME BRULEES you can pop in your mouth! YUM!
You can even sit in one of Lord Stow's 3 cafes on the same block and enjoy a full meal and menu, while egg tarts are constantly being prepared and baked. The scenteven wafts out of the bakeries!
*Note: Although they may be called Portuguese eggs tarts, they are actually a modified historical recipe, with Portuguese pastries and British fillings, with a French creme brulee style crust. You can read more from the SCMP article.
11. Snap pictures at the Chapel of St. Francis Xavier | Capela de Sao Francisco Xavier and village library bibliotheca.
Bonus: Go have dinner at Fernando's, the famous Portuguese Macanese restaurant.
Say you're going to Myanmar for one day and you choose Mandalay as a destination:
Where would you go?
What would you see?
For me, unfortunately living in Hong Kong and travelling quite often means I am often so busy that the last thing I can do is plan things out. So I tried to ask friends, what to do when I visit Mandalay but but no one knew. Now for Mandalay, you have to prepare, as I discovered Mandalay is full of tours from temple tours to strawberry picking, but here is a short guide into what I did and you can do in One Day while backpacking in Mandalay, Myanmar.
2. Later, we walked towards the white pagodas across the street but we didn't know what they were. Amazingly, as we arrived we witnessed the most spectacular moment as young monks in red hues with chaperones posing at this historic site for group pictures. It was so sweet to see all their cheery faces and such a large group of about 30 posing in traditional Buddhist religious wear.
3. Then as the sun set, we climbed the steps past more temples to almost the top of the massive hill with seemingly never ending stairs. Then, as the night descended upon us, with only our cell phone torches/flashlights with us we were so fortunate on the way down, young students engaged us in English conversation, to practice their English. Now, one should always be careful when any stranger approaches, but there were so many people, we felt safe and the students were so curious. My friend was so lucky, one of her new admirers & language buddies offered to give a ride back to our hostel for 3000Ks/Burmese Kyat. Unbelievable, all 3 of us fit as we bounced down a massive hill rivaling the Hollywood sign area in Los Angeles, California, USA, or the Hong Kong Peak. He literally, roared down the never ending stairs, tight forests, through people walking, and after 10 minutes onto pavement, to drive us into the city.
4. Then we we a relaxing night on the hostel's rooftop and enjoyed the breeze with fresh papaya juice and local dinner cuisine. Our hostel offered a movie night for that day, I wish could have watched, but I had an early morning bus right to Bagan, Myanmar, the most famous place in Myanmar besides Yangon and Aung Sung Suu Kyi's prison house. Now the the trip to Bagan, is one I can't wait to share with you "One Day..."
5. Things I Wish I Did
Hong Kong - Little did I know my friend and artist #YIMI would surprise me with a message after a long, sleepless, exhausting weekend.
"...Up for a quick drink tomorrow night? I have VIP tickets for Art Central :)", she texts me suddenly. Obviously, me being the work-a-holic I am, had missed the message and the social media invites I had RSVPed to, because I had been focusing on work and planning a trip to Malaysia and Indonesia.
But upon actually zooming in on the picture of the invitation. I graciously agreed. Her picture to me was a black and silver ticket like an open christmas gift beckoning me to attend the annual event on the harbourfront.
To tell the truth, I had no idea how massive the event would be and didn't have the time to think about it. I was honestly excited to hang with #YIMI and hopefully leave the office by 6 PM, for an artistic cultural purpose #culturalcapital.
So after an almost sleepless night after seeing my non-profit sister B. Jersey who cheered me up on the Tsuen Wan line, I slept a few hour, woke up had a full day of Monday work and waited for #YIMI.
All the while, the torrential rain down poured all over Hong Kong and me. No matter, I walked to the event at the Central Harbourfront and much to my surprise was impressed by the large white tents set up and the massive amounts of people attending the first day. I felt foolish, not realizing this Artistic mecca event was taking place, and little did I know I would meet some great people who loved art. Here are the photos and snapchats of the journey featuring:
and of course my BEST DRESSED LIST!
In order of appearances:
1. @hanbing212 / Artist (above)
2. @_tracy_morgan_ for @JCrew / Studio Designer and Painter / New York City
3. Male Fashionista in Silver / Hong Kong
4. Brown Leader Clad Sculpter / USA&Bali
5. Photographer / Hong Kong
6. @miwa_komatsu_official / Japan AND #YIMI Netherlands&HongKong
Get your tickets before they're gone! http://artcentralhongkong.com/
"Art Central, Hong Kong’s contemporary art fair with a distinctly Asian opened on Monday night to thousands of collectors, VIPs and Hong Kong’s social elite. Billed as one of the most anticipated events on the city’s cultural calendar the evening was the perfect start to Hong Kong Art Week. The fair is open from 23-26 March (VIP Preview Tuesday 22 March) with a program that includes interactive installations, engaging panel discussions, performance art, tours and Hong Kong’s hottest eateries, Art Central 2016 is set to be one of the most anticipated Hong Kong Art Week events and the perfect place to discover and buy art. "