“Vacation, all I ever wanted… vacation, had to get away…”
That ’80s song from The Go-go’s just keeps playing in my head as I type this blog. Don’t we all crave for that vacation… Two or three days of being away from home, traveling to a different place, seeing new things, meeting new people, eating different food… leaving behind the daily routine. Such bliss!
I was blessed enough to spend four days in Macau with the family last week. It was really a spur of the moment thing — Thank you, mother dear for being generous and for making the trip possible. ❤
It was a tiring trip, really. There were mishaps along the way. But in the end, the memories we made and we brought home with us were worth every aching muscle.
I will let the pictures tell the story… (I added some notes, too. I’m a writer, of course I have to have notes…) 😉
Macau Moments, Day 1
We left on a Friday. The flight was supposed to be at 1:20pm… Lo and behold, we boarded the plane, well, around 1:20pm. It was okay, though. There were six of us in the group (Dad, mom, brother, my hubby, son and yours truly), so we pretty much just entertained ourselves during the wait — meaning we got something to eat while waiting.
We finally boarded… then we were off!
Of course I had to take selfies while on the plane! I just loved the lighting. That photo is filter-free!! Happy to look relaxed 30,000 feet above the ground! 🙂
Did I say I loved the natural light??
So we got to Hotel Sofitel around 6:00pm, checked in, went to the rooms, fixed our things, settled down a bit, then decided to start exploring downtown Macau by 7:30pm.
The universe had a different plan, though. It rained. Welcome showers and breeze. We couldn’t go out just yet. So we just decided to have dinner first at the hotel.
Our first dinner was a feast! Though on a perennial diet like me, my mom is not one who scrimps when it comes to food, so with her consent, we ordered away. Our first dinner pretty much felt like, well, the last supper. Like I said, it felt like a feast. Everything was delicious, too.
What made our meal more enjoyable was the fact that our servers were fellow Filipinos. They were truly so welcoming and courteous. They made sure that we were well taken care of (we even got dessert and fruit platter on the house). How blessed are we?!
After that sumptuous dinner, we knew we had to walk the calories off. The rain had stopped, the air was cool. Perfect time for walking.
First stop: Largo do Senado (Senado Square). Approximately 15 minutes away from the hotel.
The street behind us is a popular pictorial spot, reminiscent of the crooked, winding road in San Francisco, though much shorter. It was really pretty to look at, especially at night with all the lights on. But there was a line so we couldn’t take a photo on the actual street… so this was the best that I could do. (My mom’s so pretty, huh?! Thanks mom for the genes…❤ )
Second stop: Ruins of St. Paul. Approximately 5 mins. from where we were. 10 mins if you walk leisurely. 15-20 mins. if you stop by the shops that were around (Bossini, Giordano, Baleno, Sasa, etc. etc.)
And so we walked, enjoyed the cobblestones and the old structures. We walked until we reached two diverging alleys. Do we turn left or right? Surely the Ruins is not that far now.
We chose to turn right. Walked some more. Still no road leading to our destination. We checked our GPS (courtesy of the hotel phone that we were allowed to bring around). Hmm. GPS showed a route — 15 more minutes. What?! Thought the place was so near?
We trusted GPS… and ended up walking farther than where we were supposed to go. 15 mins later, we were still walking, huffing and puffing. Okay, so we were lost. We were walking towards the main road and not towards the Ruins. Thank you GPS for recalibrating.
And then just as we were about to cross an alley, we came across an angel! Another Filipino who lived there, and who was out for a jog. He must have sensed that we were lost… asked where we were headed, and very nicely offered to bring us to our destination. Bless your soul, mister!!
After about an eternity of walking — yep, it pretty much felt like an eternity — and climbing a gazillion steps… We finally, FINALLY reached the top.
Behind me is what they call the Ruins of St.Paul’s, former site of Church of St. Paul.
I stood in front of the large (and I mean large) spotlights lighting up the facade of the church… Perfect spot for a selfie, with disheveled hair and all. My face has never been fairer. Too bad I only took like one-fourth of the structure. Oh well.
The group rested for about half an hour. Tried to get our bearings before heading back to the hotel. Eventually we found out that we were, indeed, 5mins away from Largo de Senado. Sigh.
Was back at the hotel by 11:00pm. End of Day 1.
Let me stop here first. I still get exhausted just remembering that long walk to forever, I mean, to the Ruins.
Watch out for Days 2, 3 and 4. Maybe next time I will just let the pictures do the storytelling… 😉
— B ❤
credits: photos used were mostly mine ❤
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