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Asia » Macau » Macau September 15th 2011

Asia » Macau » Taipa Island August 18th 2011

Ååååå... For en by.. ;) Her har du ALT mellom himmel og jord! I det minste så trodde vi det. Vel faktum er at vi skulle avslutte kvelden rolig (Onsdag 17.08), kun med noen drinker/Patron Tequilla på strippeklubb! Men igjen så møter vi på kulturforskjellene her. Fordi strippeklubb, nei det finnes det ikke av her. Her har du valget mellom «Happy Show» som er mennesker som har seg på scenen eller Sauna som de kaller det. Som er profesjonelle bordeller. High class. Faktisk såpass profesjonelle at på de andre casinone (ikke vår), så har de egne etasjer, hvor du blir møtt av 5-10 flotte velkledde (blazer og skjørt) damer som smiler og forteller deg om dagens spesialitet og utvalget. Nesten som om du skulle bestilt deg mat og en god vin på en resturant. Så typ ... read more
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Asia » Macau » Macau August 18th 2011

I stayed up late last night watching a movie so today I slept in really late. I did most of the sight-seeing I care to see, so a new plan was needed for the day. I went to Margaret's for brunch but was disappointed to see that they don't have an actual breakfast menu. So I ended up with a delicious (but too large) sandwich and egg tarts. But I think we all know the egg tarts are the main reason to come! I took a bus south and across the bridge to Taipa, another part of Macau. I planned to spend the day there and then return after dinner. I wandered, I looked, I got lost. Just when I wasn't sure what to do next, I stopped on some stairs and pulled out my map. ... read more
Along Avenida da Praia
Old Fireworks Factory
Refuge!

Asia » Macau » Macau August 17th 2011

It was one of those mornings where nothing quite went right. By the time I was done with breakfast I decided there was only one way to fix things: gelato. This time I opted for lemoncello and black sesame flavors. Then I caught the bus to the ferry pier to buy my ticket for Friday. It took quite a while to find the one window selling tickets to Shenzhen; one woman even directed me outside by where the buses are, which I knew couldn't be right. Finally, I got my ticket and left to visit the Guia Fortress, but the only stop for the fortress is only hit in one direction, so I ended up riding the bus the full route. Because the entrance is in the middle of the city and next to a large ... read more
Lighthouse at Guia Fortress
Hello, view
A Ma Temple

Asia » Macau » Macau August 17th 2011

Macau! Endelig kom dagen. Dagen DH har ventet på siden februar iår på å få oppleve. Dagen han tok sats og hoppet utfor verdens høyeste bungy-jump, 233 meter! Vanskelig å rettferdiggjøre høyden på bildene som er tatt. Spesielt når fotografen (Seb) har en høydeskrekk på alt over 2 meter. Så anbefaler linken til videoen som nå ligger ute på youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QochivDtpJg Bortsett fra bungy-jump (!), så har vi idag forflyttet oss fra Hong-Kong til Macau med ferje. Seb slapp inn i landet uten å bli sjekket av lege denne gangen. YEY! (Selv om forkjølelsen er verre). Vi ble imponert av hotellet ved adkomst, og ikke uten grunn. Men idet vi var ferdige med å sjekke inn at vi virkelig fikk sett hva The Venetian egentlig er, 51 tusen kvadratmeter med casino! Resten av hotellet er 100 ... read more
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Asia » Macau » Macau August 16th 2011

It's my first full day in Macau and I am ready to go! I slept surprisingly well considering how tall my walls aren't and even managed to sleep in! I went to Pacific Coffee for brunch around 10am, thus saving a meal and giving me a chance to read an actual newspaper. It was a lovely way to start things off. My plan for the day didn't go according to plan. But that's okay since it went even better than what I thought was going to happen. I set off through Sendao Square and stopped briefly at St Dominic's Church. It was built in 1587 and tucks neatly into a corner of the square. Watching the other tourists was the most fun. For many, it was clear that this was their first time in a church. ... read more
Senado Square
Senado Square
Senado Square

Asia » Macau » Macau August 15th 2011

I left home at 830 am, made my way into downtown Guangzhou, bought a bus ticket to Zhuhai, and made it to Macau customs by 130pm. It's amazing how something so close can still be so far away. I took a taxi to my hotel. It's a former brothel in the former red light district. When they said that the rooms had character, they weren't kidding! My walls reach 80% of the way to the ceiling and if you bump them too hard, they move a bit. It's evident that they used to go only 50% of the way up, so I guess this is an improvement. But I do have my own sink and the room is pretty clean. I'm not quite sure how they think two people fit into the bed, since it fits ... read more
The walls were 80% tall
But I did have a sink in my room!
Old Fireworks Factory Office

Asia » Macau » Macau July 17th 2011

I started appreciating all my travels way back in 1999 when Alia, Ellen, Joseph and I went to a spur-of-the-moment adventure in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. I got introduced to adventure travelling when we braved Sagada, Mountain Province in 2000. I started making a detailed itinerary when we made a “tuhog” trip to Bohol, Negros Oriental and Siquijor in 2002. Since then, I knew I wasn’t just any tourist going places and taking souvenir photos. I am more of a traveller, taking the time to appreciate the new place I am in, taking pride of the culture I discover of which I am a part of, meeting great people who made all my trips so memorable. I celebrate the travels that I have made and the traveller that I am. I believe I have become a better ... read more

Asia » Macau » Macau July 10th 2011

Our last day in Macau was about its Portuguese cultural heritage. Even though Macau is known for its gambling, there are parts of the city where its heritage can be seen and appreciated. Today we heard a lecture about Portuguese cultural heritage and how it is visible in the architecture. We took a quick tour through the Macau Museum and then had free time to explore the shops near the historical center. I was able to snack on pork buns and almond cookies, which Macau is known for. We took our last field trip as a group to an old Catholic church, which is from the Portuguese presence. In order to get from Macau to Guangzhou we had to go through immigration. It was a process because we had to depart Macau, then wheel our suitcases ... read more
Macau
Macau
Macau Museum

Asia » Macau » Taipa Island July 10th 2011

So today when I went to get breakfast I realized I couldn’t find my meal card. So I ended up just walking in anyways and eating my free meal. Because we were leaving today for Guangzhou we all had to be packed and ready in the lobby by 9am. Today we went to the Macau museum for another lecture on Macau from a cultural perspective. After that I bought another shot glass in the museum souvenir store. And then we proceeded into this very interesting tourist town. This part of Macau that we were in resembled the European style of architecture even down to the tiles they used instead of tar. I found a dairy queen!! So naturally I order a kit-kat blizzard, it was amazing! Then we ate Japanese style in some building and after ... read more
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