Day 1: Bem-vindo a Macau!

Hello from Macau! Kaoko, Ferdz, Estan, Ivan, Christine and I touched down at 9:30pm Thursday night. Aside from Ivan, Christine and Charina, the representative from the Macau Government Tourism Office in Manila, we are all first timers. We were welcomed with the glittering lights of the casinos, and as we drive towards the old city, the scenery has changed to old buildings and dark streets. Even with that short preview of the city, you know that this is a city of contrasts whose charm is its ability to seamlessly mix the old and the new.

Turtle Man
Turtle Man cooking up a storm


Aside from seeing the sights, we’re also looking forward to trying out all the great food offerings that Macau have. Our first meal was a hit among all of us: a small hole in the wall restaurant called Turtle Place with the main chef cooking noodles in the street corner. Interestingly, the first noodle they served us was something that resembles char kway teow in appearance and slight taste, except that it’s made with beef instead of seafood. It was great, and so was the next two noodles they served, the deep fried shrimp dumpling, the fried fish ball, the crispy small fish and the fisherman’s congee.

Fisherman's Congee
Turtle Place’s Fisherman’s Congee (also known as Sailor’s Congee)

We are billeted at the Sofitel Macau, a gorgeous luxury hotel that I am sure will spoil us for the next four days. I am now dreading the day I go back to hostels. Earlier, I was so happy to do what I’ve been looking forward to doing the past days: unpack.

Sofitel Macau
My room at the Sofitel Macau

Day 2 starts in eight hours, so I better go check if that bed is as comfortable as it looks.

Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 9 Comments
  1. We stayed at a (terribly expensive) Sofitel in London once, and spoiled is an understatement. You won’t want to get out of bed — they’re the most comfortable beds we’ve ever slept in!

    Enjoy Macau! Can’t wait to read about it.

  2. dyanie says:

    wootwoot!!! enjoy and have fun! regards to kaoko pls! egg tarts!!! 😛

  3. RON says:

    Nina, you shouldn’t miss the egg tarts!!!
    enjoy!!!!

  4. kat says:

    Hi Nina!

    I agree with the Dyanie and Ron. Don’t leave Macau without tasting the egg tarts! =)

  5. tin z. says:

    don’t forget to check out Koi Kei Bakery and try their dried tapa!
    On your way to the St. Paul ruins, you’ll pass by stores which offer free taste of their goods. Tikim ka lang ng tikim!

  6. stella says:

    hey nina thanks again. friends and i are planning to take a trip to macau..although target is next year pa. hope to get more travel insight about macau from this entry and others who would share their experiences in their visit 😉

  7. […] evening, so the first thing on our agenda was to grab a late dinner. Together with fellow bloggers Nina, Christine, Ferdz, Estan and Ivan, and our Macau Government Tourism Office hosts Charina and Joao, […]

  8. Kristine says:

    WOW! The Sofitel looks pretty! I hope to stay overnight in Macau soon. Sometimes when you travel from HK and go back the same day, it really isn’t the same as staying in. 🙂

  9. Procne says:

    Hi. wooow. i envy you. you have been to a lot of places. how do you do that? i mean, how do you sustain all these travels. Gosh, Share ka naman!

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