Birthday Bash in Macau, China

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

DECEMBER! It is not just the first month of the winter and the last month of the year but there's a big celebration during this month (not that big though...exaggerating...). Well, it's just that, it is my birth month! Yes! For my 26th birthday, I decided to book that flight to Macau all by myself and did solo traveling again. My first solo travel was when I was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia way back 2014. You can read my post HERE.
Leaved Chubu International Airport late in the afternoon and arrived in Hongkong in the evening. Transferred to Hongkong Ferry Terminal for my evening trip bound to Macau. Arrived in Macau late in the evening so I rented a taxi to send me to my reserved hotel via I stayed my entire trip in Fu Hua Guang Dong Hotel Macau for 1,653HKD for 3 nights. Contrary to a frugal me, I stayed in a hotel on this trip since you know, it's my BIRTHDAY! It served as an inclusive in my birthday package. After checking in, I arranged my things, had a shower and put my self into bed and rest after a tiring day 1.

Day 2 serves as a free day. Went sightseeing, food tripping alone and sleeping in my cozy hotel bed. Yes! I spent my trip almost sleeping. Maybe the trip served also as a holiday from work. Walked around with a map, offline Google map and my traveler's instinct. Went to places I wasn't able to visit the last time in August 2014. Yes, it's my second time here.You can read my post HERE. This time, I was able to visit the Jardim Lou Lim Leoc, Ruins of St. Paul, Senado Square, St. Augustine's Church and Macau Museum and of course with some food trips and window shopping around the area. I was thankful that these places are close to each other.
First on the list, is the Jardim Lou Liem Louc which is a walk away from the hotel. This is a public park in the city which is popular to Macau residents and even to foreigners who loves to spend their morning doing nothing or even exercising. There are many of them there.

Ruins of St. Paul is a Portuguese church which is a landmark of Macau. Your visit will not be complete without visiting this place. That's why I came back. After it had been through, the church's ruins stand still up to this date. The place is always packed of people from around the world, by the way.
This Baroque style church has a marble altar that contains a statue of Jesus carrying the cross. You can see around the church but observe silence. You can also light candles for whatever your purpose is. It has English services during Saturdays and Sundays. Unfortunately, I was there on a weekday, so wasn't able to observe the church's mass.
Just around the St. Augustine church is the Senado Square or Largo do Senado in Portuguese. Since Christmas is approaching on this time, there was a man-made tunnel of lights, nativity scene and some Christmas decorations along the square. Shops are everywhere in this large square too.
Entered Macau museum too but since this gal is not into history museums, I got bored and went back to the hotel to sleep. When I woke up, it's almost late so went around the area to search for some good dinner and prepared myself for a great day the next morning.
Unlike the second day, the third day was different. I woke up early since this will be a long day ahead for me. Welcoming the 26 year old me!
Starting the day with a smile!
Western style for breakfast.
Not so early in the morning, went to the Macau Giant Panda Pavilion in Seac Pai Van Park. It is a pavilion inside the park featuring 2 giant pandas in their indoor and outdoor habitats. Maybe, we  will have a separate post for these cute giant pandas. After I enjoyed those pandas, went back to the city center for my awaited itinerary of the day, Macau Tower. Before going, went on some light lunch to prepare the stomach for bungee jumping. YES! BUNGEE JUMPING! The highlight of my birthday package. I went to Macau to experience for the first time this dangerous but fulfilling jump. A check on my 30 by 30 bucket list.
Asian cuisine for lumch.
Went up to Macau Tower and enjoyed the spectacular 360 degree view of Macau from above. It has a height of 338 meters and in 233 meters, you can try their bungee jump. The tower is open 10am - 9pm in the weekdays and 9am - 9pm in the weekends. Admission for going up the tower is 135MOP/HKD for adults and 70MOP?HKD for senior citizens and kids aged 3-11 year's old. This admission ticket includes an admission to Level 58 Observation Lounge and Level 61 Adventure Deck where you can see the whole Macau and see the people doing the bungee jump and walking along the deck. If you want to do some of their activities, there is a separate fees for that. Let us leave that to my next post above my jump. So better watch out for that post.
After a fulfilling day, I went to the original shop of Lord Stow's Bakery in Coloane, Macau despite of the many branches around Macau. This is famous for its egg tarts throughout Asia for some souvenir before leaving for home early in the morning the next day. As expected, it was packed! And guess what, it was really delicious. Sulit!
Went on some Japanese for dinner.
End the day with some sweets I bought from Macau Tower that served as my birthday cake without the candle. First time to celebrate it alone but no regrets. It was the best alone time this far.
That's it guys for my 26th birthday celebration. Sorry for the very late update. Well, you gotta look out for my upcoming posts, still about my birthday celebration.

Jardim Lou Liem Louc
You can ride the nearby bus route numbers 2, 2A, 5, 9, 9A, 12, 16, 22, 25, 25X, 28C, or N2.

Ruins of St. Paul/Senado Square/St. Augustine's Church/Macau Museum
You can ride the nearby bus route numbers 3, 3X, 4, 6A, 8A, 18A, 19, 26A, 33, N1A

Macau Tower
Taxi's are the best just be sure you have your destination in Chinese since most drivers don't speak English. Or you can ride the public buses number 9A, 18, 23, 32, MT4(Taipa route), or 26(Coloane route) and get off at Macau Tower.

Lord Stow's Bakery
Rode public bus numbers 15, 21A, 25, 26, 26A, or 50 and get off at Coloane village

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