Never judge a place by its size.
What I initially thought as a day-trip-destination turned out to be a place where I couldn’t get enough of after 4D3N! Here are my list of “top things to do in Macau”.
＃1 － Snap a picture with Ruins of St Paul’s (与大三巴牌坊合影）
Guess I don’t have to elaborate why this place topped the list. What’s a trip to Macau without a touristy snap at the Ruins of St Paul’s?
Instead of getting photo-bombed by a thousand tourists at the facade front, I found this little spot to be the most ideal photo location. After running up and down the place for an hour and getting myself a shade darker, finally I’ve managed to capture my own interpretation of Macau’s #1 tourist attraction.
每每提到“大三巴牌坊”这个名字我都会觉得好好笑。身为堂堂“澳门八景”之一，为什么它会有这么一个不是很尊敬女性的读音呢？原来，这牌坊的前身是一座名为圣保禄的天主教堂，而“三巴”这一名字是來自于“圣保禄”的葡萄牙文 São Paulo。建于1580年的圣保禄教堂在经历了两次大火之后被焚毁不堪，最后就只给后人留下了一座前壁，与很多想象的空间。
Ever wondered what’s behind the majestic ruin?
Am I qualified to be a wedding photographer?
#2 – Wander around the neighbourhood (穿街走巷）
St Lazarus District
I simply love how well-preserved the old buildings and shophouses are :)
The street sign says “Beauty Avenue”. Right opposite the Beauty Avenue, you’ll find Old Folks Avenue.
#3 – Visit a Museum (博物馆走透透）
If you’re a museum lover, there are more than a dozen to choose from. Wine, Cars, MJ, Heritage, Art… what would you like to see?
The Macau Museum is a small one but offers a good “Macau 101” for those who come clueless about this small but fascinating city.
A secret garden atop the museum.
This photo is one of my personal favourites. I borrowed a fellow blogger friend’s camera as my prop and framed this picture in a way which silently depicts my rebellious inner-self ;)
And of course, the security yelled at me right after the picture was snapped.
For your own safety, please don’t follow my bad example. It was actually pretty intimidating to be standing up there.
The Grand Prix Museum was inaugurated at the 40th Macau Grand Prix in November 1933. Due to the challenging nature of the hairpin turns tight corners, the Macau Grand Prix established itself as one of the toughest circuits in the world. Fast and Furious 7..? ;)
Here comes the oldest race car with oil-lit headlights!
Adjacent to the Grand Prix Museum is the Macau Wine Museum which tells the story of Portuguese windyards and winery traditions.
Taipa Houses Museum, a place with the richest Portuguese mood in Macau. Take a walk along the scenic street and once in a while pop into the 5 brightly painted turquoise houses, you can easily spend a lazy afternoon there.
A glimpse back into the past…
For more information on the museums in Macau, go to: http://www.macautouristguide.com/en/museum.html
#4 – Join the Crowd During the Feast of the Drunken Dragon Festival （醉龙节凑热闹）
A unique local festival held in the month of May where intoxicated performers would dance their way through the crowd with wooden dragon parts.
Every once in a while, the performers would “Merlion” alcohol into the air, symbolising the splendor of a mighty dragon.
噗～～～ 噗～～～ 噗～～～
There were at least 50 photographers on that day, hovering and tramping their way through the crowd…..
….. to capture a salivary moment like this.
This is what I would nominate as a sterling example of a well-prepared photographer:
High performing and waterproof camera – Checked!
A compact backpack to squeeze through the corners and rowdy crowd – Checked!
All valuables secured in body-hugging money belts – Checked!
Dark-coloured clothing – Checked!
DIY umbrella to prevent salivar attack from the drunken dragon – Checked!
Spotted a resting performer and went up to strike a conversation. Only to realise we don’t share the same tongue. Nevertheless he was spontaneous enough to play along with my request for a candid shot. Such an adorable old man :)
Within seconds, we were surrounded by an overwhelming photographer crowd! The poor Shi Ting under my request to help snapped a picture was being shuffled aside and we had to retake the shots.
Photo taken by another blogger friend, Yuxiang, who wasn’t spared from the multiple sandwich attacks by other photographers, either.
谁知道，不到几秒钟的时间，我们就被一大群的摄影师包围！帮我拍照的Shi Ting 与 钰翔很可怜地被挤倒一旁。。。
Interactive moments with the locals have always been my best travel memories. If language is a barrier, communicate with a smile :)
#5 – Be awed by the magnificent resorts （感受娱乐场的多元化）
Yes there are countless casinos and resorts in Macau, but the common misconception is that gambling is the only thing to do in those places.
During my free-and-easy day, I paid The Venetian a visit.
The sky is forever bright and blue in the Venetian.
In Venice? In Macau?
For SGD 20, you get to onboard a gondola with a friendly sailor who sings.
A tourist trap, one might say. But I was a willing tourist to be trapped. Haha. Since I have not yet been to Venice, I was happily enjoying my 10 minutes of Venetian dream :)
I was scolded by the security guard, once again.
On my way to the taxi stand, I took a shortcut by cutting across the casino. Fascinated by the buzzing scene and the sheer amount of gambling machines snaring at the crowd, I started taking photos. On hindsight it was such a lack-of-common-sense act to do. OF COURSE PHOTOGRAPHY IS PROHIBITED IN A CASINO! But hey, I’ve never been to one you see, so I wouldn’t know. Anyhow, I was caught. Haha!
An angry Korean gambler and a fierce security guard scolded me for a good 5 minutes in langues which I couldn’t understand and I apologised profusely in a language which they couldn’t understand. The obedient side of me obliged by deleting all the photos, but the naughty side of me kept the souvenir above which I now regard as a token of consolation for my bravery and for my 5 minutes of public humiliation.
Overflowing grandur of The Venetian.
Back for a victorious third year return, the month-long Venetian Carnevale was held by the resort from April to May. Mesmerising light shows, amazing aerial dance, fire-juggling, face painting, fanfare game booths… I was soaked in the liveliness of a Venetian extravaganza.
I think the guy at the left hand corner of the picture was more surprised by the clown’s sudden act of lifting me off the ground. (And the man in blue tee was such an annoying photo-bomb)
Made friends with the bubbly clowns. They are a group of foreign workers from the Philippines, dressed up as entertainers to earn extra income for their families back home. There’s a story behind each of those black masks and heavy makeups.
#6 – Experience the Macanese Boardway at House of Dancing Water （《水舞间》视觉盛宴）
Astounding in every sense, the House of Dancing Water is a remarkable theater production that combines music, dance, gymnastic artistry, high-altitude diving and motorcycle stunts into a 90 minutes amusement. Trying not to be a spoiler for those who have not yet seen the performance, I shall reserve the storyline and the rest of the photos for myself. But I can guarantee the worthiness of your tickets!
Once again, huge thanks to the Macau Government Tourist Office and Tiger Airways for being our sponsors, as well as OMY for being the awesome media partner. The trip will never be as wonderful without them! OMY has even created a dedicated website for the 5 of us to showcase our photos and travel experience, check it out here: http://blog.omy.sg/experience-macau/
I will also be doing a travel and photography sharing session at the SCAPE building on 9th June afternoon. On top of that, 5 of my travel photos are selected for public display at the Chinatown shopping mall during mid July. If lucky, some of the photos will be chosen by public and eventually landed on the desk calendars to be produced by MGTO! Keep a lookout! :)