Too exhausted to write a complete recap of today’s activity, so I’m just going to list down the places we went to, with some notes.
Lovely place on a hill where the people of the neighborhood go for their exercises and tai chi. The highlight was this foot massage by pebbles where we had to walk sans shoes through a pebbled path. Rather painful and quite an ordeal, but once we put on our shoes and walked on the paved path, it felt oh so good.
Old Protestant Cemetery
Right beside the Camoes Garden is the Old Protestant Cemetery, which was the first in China.
Met with Chef Antonio Coelho of Michelin recognized restaurant, Antonio’s, to pick up stuff for that night’s dinner. Lots of seafood.
Guia Light House
The light house is on the top of another hill, and to go up we had to take a cable car followed by a 10 minute stroll through the hillside. Went through the old bomb shelter, which was pleasantly cool in contrast with the heat outside. Finally reached Guia Light House and was rewarded with a view of Macau Peninsula and Taipa across the sea.
Macau Grand Prix Museum and Macau Wine Museum
One is about Macau’s annual racing event, and the other about wine making and wines around the world. Pretty easy to figure out which is which, no?
We’ve tasted Chinese cuisine on our first night in Macau, then Portuguese in our 2nd night. Lunch today was our first taste of Macanese cuisine. It was a beautiful fusion of flavors and textures using ingredients indigenous to Macau and imported from Portugal.
A-ma Temple/Chinese Opera
It’s the A-ma festival and one of the highlights was the Chinese Opera. We aren’t due to visit the temple until tomorrow, but our guide found out that tomorrow’s Chinese Opera performance will not involve costumes. It was a quick stop, just enough for us to take pictures and videos.
The Venetian Hotel
Free time before Zaia’s show at 8pm. Kaoko and I just walked around, taking pictures occasionally. There were plenty of shops so you can enjoy yourself even if you don’t gamble or stay in the hotel. They don’t have the shops we are interested in though (doll shops, Kinokuniya, Muji…)
Zaia by Cirque du Soleil
Gorgeous show. It was quite impressive how they made full use of the theater for their performances. Lovely lovely show.
Late dinner with plenty of fantastic Portuguese wine and superb food. Chef Antonio made a prawn cocktail with the prawns he bought from the Red Market, as well as seafood rice with the crab, scallops, mussels and more prawns. Aside from the seafood, we also had some pata negra (black pig).