Christmas 2013: Hello, Macau

Like Hong Kong, we have never been to Macau as well!

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Before the trip, we had an ongoing debate on where best to spend Christmas Day: Disneyland, just go shopping or visit Macau. I guess you could now tell what option we went with. :p

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For some reason, my brother and I blended in with the locals. We have been approached by locals, or asked by other tourists for directions countless times!

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After getting off the boat, passing through immigration and whatnot, we took a random hotel bus that would take us back to their hotel. We weren’t staying for the night, we simply availed of the free transportation. There were a lot of those buses, you could just take your pick. :)

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Also took advantage of the Christmas-decor inside.

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Dad wanted to check out St. Paul’s Cathedral, and frankly, it was the only place in our itinerary. Haha! Our Hong Kong itinerary was so detailed while our Macau itinerary lacked tourist destinations to see.

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Macau was a former colony of Portugal so it had a lot of Portuguese influence.

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Macau Post

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This famous egg tarts are so good! I think we consumed three boxes while we were there - not in one sitting. We bought a box thrice and at least one of those boxes was supposed to reach Hong Kong..

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This good!

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Sigh, I just love the Yuletide season. It’s the season where most places are well lighted and decorated.

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Side streets like this makes me wonder how it would feel like to live here. My heels would make some noise while I walk up the brick street, carrying my groceries and fumbling for door keys. My imagination is crazy, I know.

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A lot of people were hearing the mass since it’s Christmas day.

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I wonder how we look like locals. We look fairly tourist-to me.

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When I was in Denmark and I tell people that I’m pure Filipino, some of them wouldn’t believe me. Apparently, I look half Asian and half something else (no idea, really). But in Hong Kong and Macau, I look too Asian. Which is it then?!

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I don’t know why this ice cream is famous but it is, I guess? If it isn’t then I would wonder why this guy had such an air of arrogance surrounding him. Haha! 

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A lot of pastry shops and gadget shops lining the street towards the cathedral.

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We found a souvenir shop in a side street and bought pasalubong! We got discounts because the store owner is Filipina. ;)

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I really wanted to try their street food - so we did! Whenever I travel, it’s one of the things I insist on doing. Unless it’s insects (like crickets in some Asian country), rats.. there’s a line to my adventurous side okay.

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But you could also test the stores’ offerings. I got real full after entering a number of food shops and taste testing whatever they had to offer.

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Up next, the cathedral ruins!

Christmas 2013: Hello, Hong KongVictoria Peak, Madame TussaudsHarbour CityHong Kong DisneylandOcean Park Hong Kong, Nathan Road on Christmas EveRuins of St. Paul’sGood night, Macau!Goodbye Hong Kong!

It feels crazy writing about how cold it was that night - in the middle of Philippine summer.

The wind blew hard, but the people were relentless. Loud music blaring, a lot of people partied on the street that Christmas Eve of 2013. No car could pass Nathan Road that night. I could almost feel everyone’s heart beat along with the thud thud thud of the stereo.. playing music so loud I cannot even locate where the music was coming from.

Christmas 2013: Hello, Hong KongVictoria PeakMadame TussaudsHarbour CityHong Kong DisneylandOcean Park Hong KongHello, Macau, Ruins of St. Paul’sGood night, Macau!Goodbye Hong Kong!

Christmas 2013: Ocean Park Hong Kong

Before everything else, meet our parents! My sister looks like a mini version of mom, and my brother is the taller version of our dad. I’m the kid where I never got a unanimous decision who I look like the most.

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My sister asked me to curl her hair for her so I did. See, we look alike but not really? Haha!

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When I was told that we were going to the Ocean Park, I kind of went “ehh?”.

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I’d be glad to tell you how much all our tickets cost but since dad bought them, I left it up to him. Haha!

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My expectations for an ocean park is fishes, fishes and more fishes. But boy, was I wrong. This park is huge!

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Prepare yourselves for another photo heavy post. You’ve been warned.

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OOTD: Ukay jacket, Sunnies from Sunnies by Charlie, SM Department Store Lace top, Hong Kong Disneyland leggings, Charles & Keith shoulder bag, ALDO boots

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As usual, it was the three of us who stuck together while the parents toured at their own pace. Like I said, the park is big! I think it’s bigger than Disneyland. We got to ride some rides twice in Disneyland but we didn’t even finish touring Ocean Park.

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Have I mentioned how my sister has a habit of dipping her hands in water wherever she goes?

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Immediately took the cable car to get to the farthest area of the park. We planned on working our way back out.

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It was a long cable car ride. I just couldn’t gauge which took longer though, this or the one that will bring you to Genting Highlands in Malaysia.

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Seriously, if this place had Disney characters, it would have been better than Disneyland. Look at this ride!

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This was the first ride we lined up for. I love crazy rides and Ocean Park have about three exciting ones.

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Giant stuff!

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Why is this huge chocolate bar fake? I want one!

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My little sister on top of a giant tortoise.

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Apparently, these are Macaws. Their colors are so vivid!

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Penguin pose!

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Baby brother, baby sister,and sea lion says hi!

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Fake animals are displayed all over the place, making it perfect for family outings.

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Our next ride! Getting here burned a lot of my calories!! It was a downhill slope and having to get to our next ride took a lot of steps.

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I’m so glad Tin is finally tall enough to get on amusement park rides with us! It looks like she is happy with it too. Haha!

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Up next is the Wild West Mine Trail.

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A repeat of Disneyland set up had me paying for lunch at Cafe Ocean. Again, the meals range around HK$100.

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After having lunch, we rode this roller coaster. All three of us were hesitant to do so since we didn’t want to vomit after the ride. No worries though, my ride-induced vomit incidents are still non-existent!

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We passed on the Ferris Wheel due to the long line, and amusements parks usually has it.

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We did not miss this though; which is similar to local amusement park, Enchanted Kingdom’s Flying Fiesta.

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The shops in this area are oh so cute!

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This was a photo I took for C, just because he loves Golden Fried Chicken.

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See, I’m a jeje pose fan!

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More giant food.

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When it comes to wacky poses, it’s usually me and my sister who is willing to do it.

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I love being a tourist during Christmas season.

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The craziest ride in the whole park. The sibs unfortunately backed out, so I definitely need to go back here with C!!! I bet this is so awesome!

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Polar Adventure

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Penguins really remind me of the quirky ones from the film Madagascar.

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Posing with the penguins.

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There was an entire penguin exhibit, along with real live penguins!

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Not a penguin, but included in the penguin area. Heh.

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Now here are the real ones!

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Some of the male penguins were sitting on eggs and we watched as a baby penguin slowly go out of its’ egg. Wow!

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Penguins are so lovable! If I lived in Antarctica, I want a couple of ‘em as pets!

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One of the things I have noticed while lining up for rides the whole day, is that the locals have a habit of cutting the line. I went all bitchy mode on and whenever someone tried to cut the line and tried talking to me in whatever language, I say “sorry I don’t understand what you’re saying. Please say it in English only” and they ended up queuing behind us. Mwahahaha!

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It was already dark when we got off the ride.

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South Pole Spectacular

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Polar bears!

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Underwater viewing for dugongs, sea lions, etc.

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We took the train to meet up with our parents. Yes, a cable car and a train within the park. So awesome!

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After meeting up with them, we went to the Giant Panda Adventure.

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Unfortunately, the following are the only photos of pandas I have taken while we were there.

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I bought this snow globe for my collection! Ever since I started to travel using my own money, I buy a snow globe every time I go out of the country. I only have four as of now but I just know I can expand it. :)

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We stayed to watch the musical fountain show. It was okay, I guess.

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I really want to go back here as I have missed a lot of attractions! Until the next Hong Kong trip (in four-five years? :D).

Christmas 2013: Hello, Hong KongVictoria PeakMadame TussaudsHarbour CityHong Kong DisneylandNathan Road on Christmas EveHello, MacauRuins of St. Paul’sGood night, Macau!Goodbye Hong Kong!