Macau Part 1

04 March 2012

On Friday, my family and I ventured over to neighbouring Macau. The former Portuguese colony is only an hours ferry ride away and a popular tourist destination for Asia. I visited last Summer in the crazy heat and this time, it was a lot more comfortable walking around the old town. The buildings here are so vibrant and the Macau government have put a lot of money into the upkeep of the old Portuguese style buildings (which I took more pics of last Summer) but are easily visible with their pastel coloured buildings and European influences. However there is an abundance of more run down buildings which also add to the charm of Macau.
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One of the first things we did is stop in one of the traditional dessert shops. I had a Water chestnut soup with egg white and some sesame tong yuen (balls made from glutinous rice flour). This is one part of Asian culture that I especially love!
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We were super lucky that my aunt had some business over in Macau and we were able to stay at the super luxurious, 5 star Banyan Tree hotel which is a resort hotel from Thailand. It was super posh and has a variety of rooms ranging from the standard suite which we stayed in (which was not at all standard/small on any terms!) to huge villas complete with pool. I'm not sure if I'd ever have the chance to stay in a hotel like this ever again. So I made the most of it! My aunt who often visits Macau for work, says that and the hotel next door (The Okura) were the most exclusive hotels in Macau. Wow.
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Our 'standard' room had a shallow pool, living room area and a huge bathroom, complete with awesome wooden bath tub, double shower room with rain shower and to my surprise...the toilet seat was even heated! Mind boggling. The whole place smelled of lemongrass. It was quite the experience. My aunt said that the hotel caters especially towards couples which explains the resort feel and the double features in the suite.
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I'm not sure what they call the pool below because it's super shallow and I suppose they're perfect for having a bit of a soak or even just soaking weary feet.  SDC11751
Obviously judging from the photo below on the right, that's exactly what I did, please excuse the PJ bottoms! How could I resist testing out the lovely warm water? I look ridiculously happy and believe me, I was since I felt so lucky to be in that hotel.
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IMG_5430 After lots of oohing and aahing over the hotel room, we left the room and hopped into a taxi to a restaurant which my grandparents really love and rave on about. I figured it must be good because it's hard to please my grandparents more mature tastebuds! At To To Koi, we had yummy Guangzhou cuisine consisting of crispy roast Chicken, sweet and sour pork and crispy suckling pig. I quickly realised that they were right to rave on about it and our meal cost about $500 for 4 people, which is about £40. So good.
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After the meal we headed back to the hotel but stopped off at the Galaxy Hotel which adjoins our hotel and the Japanese themed Okura Hotel which I'll mention in the next post]. We wandered through the Galaxy hotel which has a huge casino on the main floor (Macau is famed for it's casinos) and a crazy amount of luxury brands. Macau caters a lot for Chinese tourism and plenty of mainland Chinese flock to Macau to load up on their designer goods, just like they do in Hong Kong too.
SDC11789 However we soon found ourselves back in our hotel room where I made my aunt take a photo of me posing in that tub (if I wasn't sharing a room then I totally would have filled it up and had a right old soak!  tub and egg tartSince we were in Macau, we had to pick up some Portuguese egg tarts. Compared to normal Chinese egg tarts, the pastry is really flaky and crispy. They're so good! We also bought a box of these fresh old fashioned Chinese candies which is spun sugar (like candy floss) with a peanut filling. They look and feel a lot like cotton wool balls which is kind of odd at first! My family said that it made them feel quite nostalgic because they were such traditional Chinese candies.
SDC11802 IMG_5439 The rest of the night, we watched Cantonese TVB dramas from bed and looked forward to the following day which I will share with you guys in the next post!

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61 comments:

  1. it looks lovely, what a wonderful little adventure!
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  2. Wow that hotel looks amazing! I want to go there just to have a soak in that barrel bath tub! haha :)

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  3. Oh my, the hotel looks so luxurious! And I love the sound of the traditional candies with peanut filling, yum! <3

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  4. Tong sui shop! The tong yuen looks yummy. Looks like you're having so much fun! And eating lots of yummy food too. ♡ Think I'll plan a trip to Macao next time I go to HK :)!

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  5. Oh wow that hotel is lush lucky you! Also haha I just bought some of those egg tarts from Chinatown they're my fave to xoxo

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  6. Waaha so cool! you're so lucky Winnie! That hotel is so awesome wow wow wow haha XD I'm glad you made the most of it :)) I remember your last Macau post, I really like the mix between Chinese and Portuguese culture, the first photo in this post is awesome and really symbolises that!
    Also, as always, I want to eat everything you eat. That candy floss with peanut filling seems SO YUMMY waah! : 3 Looking forward for your next post!

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  7. Love 'Tong Yuen' dessert <3 so chewy!
    I love the Venetian Casino at Macau, they really put alot of effort in building it!

    Darn, the hotel looks Hea-ven! The picture of you in the wooden bucket is cute ^^

    xx

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  8. See, whenever I go to macau it frickin rains. Constantly.

    BUT THAT FOOD. ZOMG. #foodgasm.

    Whenever I read your HK/Asia posts I start to seriously reconsider moving back home...

    xx

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  9. travelling around asia is definitely up there on my to do list when i'm a bit older and have some money :)
    looks great and very fun especially the food and culture

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  10. Oh my, how very exciting this all is! Thanks for sharing it with us :D!

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  11. wooooah wow thank you for sharing this with us, almost felt like i was there too! how incredible! staying at a hotel like that has to be a dream for everyone, definitely on my lifetime wishlist!x

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  12. sweet photos, hope you had a lovely time! x

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  13. woweee that hotel looks amazing! looks like you had an amazing time :) xx

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  14. Totally, awesome post! Wow, what a beautiful room. Loved the foodie pics too.

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  15. So exciting! What a lovely trip. I don't think I would have wanted to go anywhere, but stay right there in that beautiful room.

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  16. So beautiful! Yummy food too. Sounds like a wonderful trip.

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  17. Oh wow, it looks amazing! WHat a totally stunning hotel to stay in, lucky you!

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  18. Oh, the envy! Looks like you had a wonderful time.

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  19. Would love to experience this culture.
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  20. Good lord, that looks amazing!

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  21. OMG that hotel looks like the most amazing place in the world!
    xx

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  22. you so make me want to travel! x

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  23. Aamzing. I am happy for you. :) This is great.

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  24. Whoa, that hotel looks AWESOME! I love it! It looks pretty big, too!

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  25. Everything looks so amazing, from the food to the hotel! I'm totally jealous:) Your blog is lovely! Xx

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  26. Wow the hotel really does look amazing! And the food looks yummy too
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  27. Wow your hotel looks amazing! And you food pics are amazing as per usual, I really want Chinese food now. Macau looks like an incredible place to visit! x

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  28. I've never been to Macau, I'd love to visit it one day! That hotel looks AMAZING, true luxury!

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  29. That hotel looks amazing! I'd have been straight in that giant tub, I think. You lucky thing!

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  30. Oh wow, that sounds like so much fun and as always, your photos are amazing. ♥

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  31. This looks incredible, what a fantastic experience!

    Maria xxx

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  32. This is so different from everything I am used to seeing around here! I would love to visit different cultures. It would be a great experience.

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  33. yay winnie it looks so beautiful...that hotel looks soooooo amazing, thanks for sharing
    xoxo stephi

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  34. Wow such a luxurious hotel!! I LOVE the bath tub! I'm definitely going to Macau next time I'm in Hong Kong, it's such a beautiful place with delicious food! :)

    <3

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  35. Such an amazing hotel room! I can not wait for part 2! Please keep us posted!! xxx

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  36. what stunning pictures Winnie! everything looks so adventurous! I love the pictures of the city...
    what a luck to be able to stay at uch a cool place! the 'tub' is fabulous! every girl's dream :D thank you for sharing these magnificient photos!

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  37. i am such a jelly belly right now. your vay cay sounds sooo fun! and your Standard room sounds awesome!! i hope you guys are having the time of your life :) keep the photos coming, dear!

    love, james

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  38. Oh, how wonderful, darling Winnie!

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  39. lucky you! are you still there

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  40. Wow, the hotel looks amazing! Macau looks like a great place to visit!

    Caroline x
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  41. It looks like such a great hotel.

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  42. Ridiculously gorgeous hotel!! I would totally feel like a queen there. I love all these pictures! Makes me want to travel even more D:

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  43. I've been to Hong Kong twice, but never went over to Macau. I really want to visit that place.
    Looks like you're having a lahvely time! I'm totally instagram-stalking you :P

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  44. Great photos-that hotel looks amazing!!
    xxx

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  45. I need to visit macau I actually read a post on macau on another blog and it looks amazing. I wanna visit soo many places in Asia - I may need to spend a whole summer there.

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  46. beautiful photos i wanna try that soup!

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  47. Wow Winnie! It looks and sounds like you are having a blast! I actually just went to Macau as well to spend Christmas eve with a friend and watched the House of dancing water. We stayed at some crappy hotel tho, despite it claiming to be 5 stars! Did u manage to watch the house of dancing water?

    Gosh, you are one lucky one to experience the Banyan Tree Hotel experience, it sounds sooo luxurious! I love how it has a shallow pool and that wooden bath tub is sooo adorable (kinda Japanese-y if u ask me,lol). I didn't know this hotel was catered to couples tho.

    Did u enjoy the Galaxy? I thought it was okay, much prefer to Venetian, it's my fave hotel, hehe. Yes, there are loads of mainlanders in Macau and HK, they shop like mad! lol

    I love tong yuen too, and reminds me, i haven't had some in a while! That spun sugar candy is yum too, think it's called "low so tong"??? pardon me if i'm wrong, my chinese aint the best,,lol.

    The food looks delish! I have got to try that restaurant when i go back to Macau next time. Sweet and sour pork is actually my fave dish, hehehe.

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  48. What a great trip Winnie! I imagine how familiar Macau must be for me... once we also have a lot from Portugal here...

    all my love always my dear friend

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  49. Nice photos! Love your blouse.
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  50. My brain is really sturggling with Portuguese and Chinese next to each other. How bizarre. Looks like an awesome trip, the hotel is to die for, I continue to be jealous of your adventures and thos chinese candies made from spun sugar sound like exactly my kind of sugar rush! Peanut Butter AND Candy Floss

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  51. Lovely pictures! The food looks amazing. Hope you're having a great time! x

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  52. OMG, your hotel tho! I have never seen nor been to a hotel like that. One day, I will definitely have to go there! It looks divine! I loved seeing your pictures on IG, so I'm glad that I got to see your post! --Ciara

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  53. You're so lucky! I wish i would be there....

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  54. Omg you've done so much in HK already! I stayed at the Banyan tree as well which was quite fun. It took forever to fill that tub up with water- and by the time we did it was way too hot so we had to empty half of it and put cold water in it. Super unenvironmentally friendly...

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  55. that hotel is amazing!i love everything - the design is stellar. all of your photos are so wonderful

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  56. Oh the bathtub is so cute! I love going on holiday and indulging in a bath! The food looks so good!

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  57. Looks like an amazing hotel and really delicious looking food.

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  58. Looks like an amazing hotel and really delicious looking food.

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