Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Bits & Pieces of HK and Macau

before I toss the entire album into recycle bin............

This will be the last post of my HK & Macau '10 trip :)

Friday, November 26, 2010

The Venetian Macao

We got a pretty good deal for our hotel stay at The Venetian Macao :D Much thanks to James! I had been looking forward to stay at The Venetian Macao that everyone’s raving about since its opening. We missed the chance to stay there 2 years ago, so finally this time, we made it there!

Surely, I had seen some photos of their room before we went – very royalty and classic. It turned out exactly the same as the photos, thankfully. The moment I entered the room, everything was very appealing. The bed, the bathroom and… the living room! The entire room was very spacious and elegantly decorated. More like a mini suite to me…

I'm still practising on how to shoot a better human potrait :) I'm a noob in that. Do these look ok?

The first thing we did was, record a video of the room and shortly after, we turned the hotel room into a photo studio! Snapped loads of portrait for Chris’s parent and the result was pretty good, with the help of external flash.

Left: Chris & Parents
Right: I asked them to kiss Chris on the cheek. A very rare but lovely sight ~

How can I be left out? Can't get enough of the plushy bed.

But appearances can be deceiving. There were flaws behind all those glittery golden furnishings. The living room chair for an example, may look expensive but actually it’s very light-weighted, as if it’s made of low quality wood. Same goes to the mirror frame. You get the picture. While the bathroom on the other hand, would be perfect if it can be more ergonomically-designed.

Nevertheless, on the whole, it was a pleasant stay. The most spacious hotel room I have stayed so far.


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Macau Fisherman's Wharf

No money to travel around the world yet, like many of us? Well, Macau Fisherman's Wharf (澳門漁人碼頭) can make your dream (partially) come true. Inspired by a few famous landmarks from China, Tibet, Rome and so on, they imitated and built them right inside their theme park. And the best thing of all, you don’t need to pay a thing to visit the theme park. Just get ready your camera and show your camwhore potential to the max!

A word of advice: Can be freaking hot during afternoon/summer!

Hi, we are at The (Fake) Coliseum, Rome!~

My dream came true, yay! (Hope I can visit the real one next time *sigh*)

Self-hypnosis: I'm in Rome, I'm in Rome..... -o-

Joey: Can we go yet? It's super hot here, I'm melting! -_-

The next second, I'm in China! Back to the mainland :D

Emm, maybe I should change into a Cheongsam and put two fake braids to look the part :D

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

An Afternoon at Downtown Macau

2 things you must do at Macau (otherwise your trip to Macau wouldn’t be complete):-

1. Snap heaps of photos at Ruins of St. Paul’s (大三巴牌坊)

Ruins of St. Paul’s. Still as charming as ever.

Bustling with endless tourists from all around the world.

The sun was roaring at its highest pitch.

I can barely open my eyes but I forced it to open wide for the sake of taking photos +.+

Camwhore, camwhore.

My first visit was during winter season when the temperature was much more comfortable and less humid! Photos much nicer as well! I LOVE WINTER T.T

2. Grab dozens of biscuits at Koi Kee Bakery (鉅記)

Hand-made egg roll. The aroma is very alluring.

There is a dozen of Koi Kee’s shop along the street, with promoters luring you to try their biscuit. One might think that Koi Kee has been commercialized but all in all, the quality and taste of their biscuits are very well maintained.

Every tourist would most possibly end up carrying a few bags of Koi Kee’s biscuits in their hand after a walk at the streets near Ruins of St Paul’s.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Home-cooked Lunch at Macau

Woo hoo, I love home-cooked meal! After days of eating heavy and sinful meals, a good old home-cooked meal is simply delightful. Nothing can beat a home-cooked meal!

Scrumptious lunch at James’s house (Chris’s cousin brother) - Fried Prawn in Batter, Steamed Fish, Stir-fried Vegetable, Braised Pork & Egg. Oh, and the soup (not in the picture)! The fish maw in the soup was so smooth and gooey. Mmm, love it! Another favourite of mine was the Fried Prawn in Batter – crispy to the bite.

All cooked by Chris’s aunt. She was there at Macau to visit her granddaughter.

Playing with Qing Qing .. Her skin was so soft to the touch. Can I hug her to sleep? But count me out when it comes to midnight milk-feeding and napkin-changing =.=

See ya again Qing Qing ~

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

金桃源饭店 & 晴晴

Chris’s cousin brother was too kind enough to bring us around for local delicacies and sightseeing in Macau when we were there for the first time 2 years ago. Chris and I have been missing the 脆皮鸡 (Crispy Skin Chicken) we had in a Chinese seafood restaurant. Without him, I swear we wouldn’t know where to find such a good restaurant as it is located in town, away from tourist spots. One of those local’s best-kept secret s! Hence, we were so looking forward to revisit this restaurant this time BUT the luck was not on our side – the restaurant was on a rest day the day we went! *sigh*

But anyway, he brought us to another Chinese restaurant, 金桃源饭店. Which, thankfully, was as good as the previous one! Not even one dish was below “Good” rating. Everything was so flavourful, I wished I could order another 2 bowls of rice BUT I didn’t because I was too ‘paiseh’ (shy) …. -_-“ No doubt why it was soooooo crowded. Worth the 20 minutes of waiting outside the restaurant!

Ready to get hungry?? Scroll down……!

金牌炸子鸡 (Crispy Skin Chicken) – Not as crispy as the previous restaurant but still good enough to cure our craving for the time being. I simply love those crackers.

豉椒炒蜆 (Stir-fried La La with Black Bean Sauce and Chili) – Salty & spicy. One more bowl of rice please!

蒜茸蒸虾 (Steamed Prawn with Garlic) – strong flavour of garlic! The glass noodles in the bottom tasted so good after absorbing all the flavours from the sauce! My favourite dish of the bunch. Just make sure to pop a lot of mint candies into the mouth after that!

海味煲 (Seafood claypot) – a pot of seafood goodness.

椒盐九肚鱼 (Pepper & Salt Fish) – the flesh of 九肚鱼 is very tender naturally. I have tried the braised version at Chris’s home but it was my first time eating fried ones. The tenderness of the flesh remained even after been through a frying process, credits to the chef, but it can be quite salty if eaten as it is (without rice).

酸甜猪扒 (Sweet and Sour Pork Chop) – I didn’t eat much of this but Chris said the meat was tender.

腐乳油麦 (Stir-fried Lettuce) – 7 plates of seafood/meat but only 1 plate of greens – not at all a balanced meal! :D

脆皮乳鸽 (Deep-fried Pigeon) – This is the only dish that we didn’t touch because… we don’t eat bird… I mean pigeon :/

I think we all need a break from all those sinful foods!

So let’s navigate away from it for a while and adore this cute little baby girl, 晴晴 (Qing Qing).

She is Chris’s 9-months-old niece, born at Macau. Ohh, how I love baby girl! So tame and calm… Chubby and bubbly ~ Yummy yummy, come give Jie Jie a bite !

Just so cute *sniff & kiss*
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