Macau Part 2

08 March 2012

Oh it's been such a long week! It's almost the end of the 1st week of my 2 month stint working in Hong Kong which explains the lack of posting. I've not really been up to very much apart from working and being at home but I'll put together an Instagram post about my typical day later on. Firstly, let's complete that last post on Macau, I sooo wish I was back there and chilling out in that hotel room. Swoon!
Cheesy wardrobe shot
We only stayed in Macau over night so on the Saturday we checked out about mid-day. Not before I took a photo in the walk in wardrobe area of the Hotel room. Yeah it's cheesy but it had to be done! After we checked out we wondered next door to the adjoining hotel, The Okura.
Banyan tREE
As I mentioned in the last post, where we stayed is a group of 3 hotels which are all attached. The hotels are The Galaxy, Banyan Tree and Okura. The Galaxy which is the biggest and slightly cheaper of the three, is if I'm honest, a littttle tacky (evident in the previous posts pic of the colour-changing water feature) and the Okura and Banyan Tree are the swankier of the two. Both the Okura and Banyan Tree employ staff from the relevant countries to provide an authentic experience for the guests. I would love to stay at the Okura one day mainly because it's Japanese themed and has lovely tranquil water features inside. Though, it's a little pricey but actually significantly cheaper than say a 5 star hotel in London. My aunt is familiar with the Okura and wanted to show us the Tea Ceremony room. We followed one of the hosts who was dressed in a Kimono to the special area of the hotel where the Tea ceremony is taught. There was an authentic Tea Ceremony master who teaches guests the ancient art of Tea Ceremony (at a fixed price). Unfortunately I didn't have time that day but one day, I would love the opportunity to actually have a go at learning the symbolic ceremony.
Tea ceremony Okura
Sake Bar
The Okura also has the only Sake Bar in Macau which is an interesting feature...not that I drink Sake regularly, Rice Wine makes my head spin! Afterwards, we hopped in a taxi and headed back to the older part of Macau, away from the glitz of the hotels and Casinos!
Macau Money
Our first stop was for some authentic Portuguese food at Restaurante Escada which is literally round the corner from Senado Square (Pics in this post) and housed in one of the traditional Portuguese buildings. I think decent Portuguese food is hard to find nowadays in Macau but this place wasn't too bad. I'm sure that the Portuguese-Macaunese food has a slight Chinese spin too, especially with the rice dishes!
Duck baked rice
Portuguese Chicken
Above are Portuguese Duck and Baked Rice, andPortuguese Chicken. Below are Clams in Lemon and Stuffed Crab. The Clams and Crab were my fave!
clams in lemon
Stuffed crab
Kind of wish they hadn't placed the Olives like 'eyes', not that it bothers me but it's a bit silly!
We soon left with very full stomachs and we wandered around the old town and of course, I took plenty of photos! These old buildings are still occupied with the ground floors mainly filled with small restaurants and shops selling traditional foods and random trinkets.
Macau old street
Macau old street
I love this area of town. Most of the shop owners are of the older community and I was surprised to see washing hanging up just beyond those red shutters in the tiny rooms upstairs!
Macau windows
This door is kind of new and the colour is super vibrant and not authentic at all but I had to take a photo. I quite like the contrast between the brand new fittings and the tradtional Chinese ornamental knocker. knocker
Macau is a funny old place. Like the door above, it has a big contrast between the old and new cultures, it's a clash of different personalities from Portuguese, Chinese, Old Town and the glitz of the Casino culture which draws in a crowd from all parts of Asia. It's probably a place where you don't need to stay for more than two days as you do run out of things to do quickly. People from HK visit mainly for the traditional foods and as my dad has always mentioned, the nostalgic feel of the old town which is reminiscent of Old Hong Kong before the onset of skyscrapers. The fancy hotels with fancy luxury malls cater more towards the wealthy Mainlanders who visit and drop their cash on luxury goodies. So soon enough our short trip to Macau reached it's end and we all hopped on the Turbo Jet ferry and whizzed off back to Hong Kong in one short hour!
turbo jet
congee and prunes When we arrived back home, we stopped for a light dinner. One of my favourite traditional Chinese meals is Congee which is definitely a comfort food. So yummy! On the right is a purchase from Macau that we all snacked on. It's a packet of preserved prunes which on paper sounds kind of dodgy doesn't it? I'm sure most Chinese readers will be familiar with them, they're kind of sweet and sour. But seriously, I used to eat these ALL the time when I was little and they make me feel so nostalgic!

41 comments:

  1. beautiful pictures and the food looks amazing!!

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  2. beautiful pictures and the food looks amazing!!

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  3. ah I'm sad you didn't have time to learn traditional tea ceremony! When you come back to stay in this resort again (I'm sure it'll happen someday! XD) you'll larn it, I guess XD I really wish I could try all this food, it all looks so good! specially the crab, how cute. Also the pictures of Macau are really nice, I love the clash between the old and the new too :))

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  4. Yum!! That really looks like portuguese food. And we do use lots of rice too, so the duck rice is just as we cook it in Portugal, although we cut the meat in smaller pieces :) damn, now i am hungry!!

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  5. Such a beautiful place. I enjoyed reading your descriptions too!

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  6. Totally awesome place! What a fun pic of you! Yummy, foods too!

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  7. Oh, my goodness. Love your take on the city!

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  8. Fantastic post, sounds like you're having fun!x

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  9. You are so adorable. What fun. :)

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  10. as usual your food pictures are drool-worthy!! Hoping to have some yummy nosh with you in HK haha. Ahh yeah they always give you yukata in hotels in Japan (when there's a hotspring about) :D

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  11. Food pictures are making me light-headed with hunger. Drool-worthy. Thanks for taking me back. I went to Macau as well and really enjoyed it. You're exactly right - "clash" is what I would say about Macau as well. So many influences all crowded into that little place. But I loved it and would like to go back.

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  12. winnie it all looks SO GOOD! that food...interesting that a HK 5 star hotel is cheaper than a london one...maybe that's how i can justify a little visit to myself! xxx

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  13. Hello lovely Winnie! The pictures of you is so cuuute =) I've never seen a ball-shaped room like this! It's looks amazing... I would love to sepnt some time inside there =) And what interesting food! I've never had most of it! But I would gladly try it ;) the two olives as eyes look really a bit funny :P ... and the streets are stunning! the grey and red colors look so stunning <3

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  14. Haha I also remember the prunes, I'm actually salivating at the thought of them, love their taste! I never had the chance to go to Macau but would so love to. This makes me wanna hop on a plane back to my homeland! xx

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  15. you look so cute!!lovely good<3 x

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  16. macau's adorable!! the food looks very delicious!

    natzcracker

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  17. Arrrgh made the mistake of reading this on an empty stomach, why do you do this to me?!

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  18. Hmm I wish I have explored Macau abit more, all I've been is the casino area~

    I agree about the so-called Portuguese food, it totally has
    a big Asian twist in it. Where are
    the tapas?? :P

    xx

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  19. ah! i love all the photos. the olives on that dish that are placed like eyes made me laugh - it's kinda funny and random. the sake bar is beautiful! and that area of town looks amazing - i love all the red

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  22. These foods made me so hungry.
    Have fun in Macau.

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  23. what a beautiful adventure your having over there =) so jealous, thanks for sharing it hun xoxo

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  24. Looks like a great time!

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  25. Oh all of these traveling pictures are making me jelly! Looks like so much fun! :)

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  26. wow it looks like such an amazing place :)
    xxx
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  27. wow it looks like such an amazing place :)
    xxx
    INSIDE IN INSIDE OUT

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  28. The crabs with OLIVES EYES was freaky lol.
    That dome looking room like an amazing santuary...for meditation or something...Looks like you had a blast there ;)

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  30. The clams and crab dishes look amazing. xx

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  32. You must have had the best time! I love that picture of you in that robe (kimono? I don't know ...) because you look SO CUTE.

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  33. that place looks wonderful and so beautiful. I would love to go there! Also I have to say that those dishes made me feel so hungry beacuse I am so sure those are delicious!
    Seems you had a great time!

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  34. Awesome photos! I've always wanted to go to Macau!


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  35. Haha I actually though the olives in the crab looked kinda cute! It looks a bit like a cartoon or something :)

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  37. Nice Win, Dan said he went to Macau so I showed him your pics. Hope he takes me someday :)

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