Two Boots and a Farwa

Hong Kong! (Day 3 and Macau Part One)

Ahlan! It’s us. Again. Do let us know what you think of our posts, please, and don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions. Please.

Third day breakfast was in a cafe in the Lane Crawford department store in Harbour City.

the cafe can be found by right by the escalators that take you to the entrance at harbour city. I think they open earlier than 10:30am, which is a plus here.

the cafe can be found by right by the escalators that take you to the entrance at harbour city. I think they open earlier than 10:30am, which is a plus here.

one of the best carrot cakes I've ever had. It had the perfect balance of everything: nuts, frosting, carrots, cake.

one of the best carrot cakes I’ve ever had. It had the perfect balance of everything: nuts, frosting, carrots, cake.

hot chocolate. HOW ADORABLE IS THAT BISCUIT? It's in the shape of a shoe. We approve.

hot chocolate. HOW ADORABLE IS THAT BISCUIT? It’s in the shape of a shoe. We approve.

scrambled eggs and beans are a standard fare here, I think. the eggs were fluffy.

scrambled eggs and beans are a standard fare in HK, I think. the eggs were fluffy.

And then it was off to the Hong Kong Heritage Museum because we love museums and Hong Kong’s history is quite interesting for a small island. It’s a 15 minute walk from the Peninsula, and pretty easy to find.

a playground in this overpass we found that is the surprisingly most tranquil place in the city. It's like time slowed down, all of a sudden.

a playground in this overpass we found that is the surprisingly most tranquil place in the city. It’s like time slowed down, all of a sudden.

I mean, just look at that view...

I mean, just look at that view…

entrance. the science museum was right next to it, and there was a crazy  long queue for a dinosaur exhibition, I think.

entrance. the science museum was right next to it, and there was a crazy long queue for a dinosaur exhibition, I think.

Another thing I liked about the people in Hong Kong: They like to take their kids to museums and educational events. And very rarely did I see a child alone, they were always with their parents and their parents took care to explain everything to them. Thumbs up, Hong Kong.

Tickets are 10HK for aduts and children. Students get your ID with you, it’s 5HK for the concessionary ticket.

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It really was a gorgeous museum, and you’ll need at least three to four hours put aside for it. If you have a free day, cross over to the science museum and let us know what you find!

Like the little guy from land before time, all grown up and... taxidermied. I'll go away now.

Like the little guy from land before time, all grown up and… taxidermied. I’ll go away now.

Lunch was from another halal turkish restaurant, the Istanbul Express, in a building on the second floor across the street from the Iconic Hotel. Our parents had gotten us take out, so I can’t comment on the seating. Mind you, this place’s shawerma was really good, much better than the first one. I’d go for that and maybe the falafel, those weren’t special but they were light and well made and decent for a light lunch. That’s four halal restaurants to add to your list now.

pictured: hastily snapped shot of falafel mid-frenzied eating. We were really hungry.

pictured: hastily snapped shot of falafel mid-frenzied eating. We were really hungry.

Manaeesh. I didn't like them much. Not pictured: Shawerma because we ate it before we realized we ate it.

Manaeesh. I didn’t like them much. Not pictured: Shawerma because we ate it before we realized we ate it.

charlie brown cafe! we were too full to try it but, you can eat snoopy's head!

charlie brown cafe! we were too full to try it but, you can eat snoopy’s head!

snoopy's head, ripe for the munching.

snoopy’s head, ripe for the munching. and charlie brown’s, too, but who cares. YAY SNOOPY.

Later that night, we passed by a chinese department store that we’d read online was supposed to have traditional stuff at decent fixed prices. If you want porcelain and the like, you can find some really pretty stuff here, but it isn’t that cheap.

chinese department store, should anyone want chinese products.

chinese department store, should anyone want chinese products.

Also. My new favorite Hong Kongian find. Found in any 7/11 near you. Did we mention how widespread 7/11 is here? It is. They’re packed with mostly imported stuff, but they’re a pretty decent baqalah if you’re in need of one.

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Would you look at that? All (kind of) concise and (partially) summarized! We are quite proud of ourselves.

And, now, to the Macau part of the trip!

First of all. I love ferries. They’re slow, and you get to see the sea, and ships, and maybe a mermaid- and, anyway. The Macau ferry (giant jet boat?) wasn’t any different. Except there wasn’t a deck you could stand on, but that’s okay.

walkin' down the plank~ Quite literally.

walkin’ down the plank~ Quite literally.

Pay the 60HK (about 25-30ish riyals) upgrade for first class. It’s not much and makes a difference when you’re the first out and into customs. Also, you don’t have to reserve your ticket before hand, there’s a ferry to Macau every 30 minutes, I think. Just check with your hotel about the timetable. And have your taxi driver drop you off at the Royal Pacific Hotel, it has a gateway to the ferry.

macau ferry

plus. comfy seats, YAY.

airplaine ferry snacks.

airplane ferry snacks.

water jet ferry thing plan. when the engines started i half expected us to take off into the air like a plane.

water jet ferry thing plan. when the engines started i half expected us to take off into the air like a plane.

and we're out!

and we’re out!

Quick info: Macau was colonized by Portugal, so any signs in the city always include Portugese.

More quick info: Egg tarts are Portugese! They’re a speciality in Macau.

to your left you'll find a door labeled 'visas', if you don't have one go there and get your visa, don't line up with the queue in the middle of the room. It won't take long.

to your left you’ll find a door labeled ‘visas’, if you don’t have one go there and get your visa, don’t line up with the queue in the middle of the room. It won’t take long.

the venetian shuttle bus. Every hotel here has a free shuttle bus to take you to and from  the ferry and the hotel. Luckily we got there at a time it was empty.

the venetian shuttle bus. Every hotel here has a free shuttle bus to take you to and from the ferry and the hotel. Luckily we got there at a time it was empty.

Oh, oh! Another lovely thing about Hong Kong (and Macau), there's wifi everywhere you go. HUZZAH TO FOREVER BEING HOOKED UP TO THE MATRIX.

Oh, oh! Another lovely thing about Hong Kong (and Macau), there’s wifi everywhere you go. HUZZAH TO FOREVER BEING HOOKED UP TO THE MATRIX.

point in case.

point in case.

DON'T TEXT AND DRIVE. You can text and be a passenger, though. Actually no, don't do that either.

DON’T TEXT AND DRIVE. You can text and be a passenger, though. Actually no, don’t do that either.

Hard Rock Hotel. S wondered if the hotel beds looked like guitars. Avoid as much as you can, please.

Hard Rock Hotel. S wondered if the hotel beds looked like guitars. Avoid as much as you can, please.

cotai sands hotel entrance.

conrad’s hotel entrance.

Another interesting tidbit: Most of the hotels in the area are owned by Sands. As in the American company. Which is why The Venetian (biggest hotel in the area, I think) is a direct copy of the one in Las Vegas.

lobby at the venetian.

lobby at the venetian.

Okay, so crashing portraits is a hobby of ours. Heh.

Okay, so crashing portraits is a hobby of ours. Heh.

beautiful ceiling.

beautiful ceiling.

beautiful ceiling, part two.

beautiful ceiling, part two.

We stayed at, er, well, The Venetian obviously. Ah, what do I have to say about The Venetian and Macau in general… For starters, it is a giant hotel. And I do mean giant. I think there’s about 3000 rooms in the place and it’s like a giant labyrinth basically, and for a person born with a broken inner GPS like I am… let’s just say I got lost a bit (a lot). There are four lobbies and each reception or concierge had cordoned queues. It reminded me of a Disneyland hotel, but for adults. Which was fun!

Besides the size, do be advised it’s very much an american hotel. Standard wise, I mean. That’s reflected in the prices as well, so if you’re looking for a well-priced way to spend in a giant suite, book a room here! We did, the space was awesome. And since our whole stay was only for a day and a half, The Venetian suited us just fine.

when we got to our rooms we found out they had a quraan ready, plus a sign that showed the qiblah and a schedule with the local prayer times. Very much appreciated, to be honest, and very respectful.

when we got to our rooms we found out they had a quraan ready, plus a sign that showed the qiblah and a schedule with the local prayer times. Very much appreciated, to be honest, and very respectful.

and a sijjadah!

and a sijjadah!

coffee machine that wasn't used at all. nespresso should make chocolate shot thingies, they should.

coffee machine that wasn’t used at all. nespresso should make chocolate shot thingies, they should.

The rest of the day was spent walking around the shopping mall and eating, basically.

awesome fake venetian facade. you know, we've never seen buildings as gorgeous as these in the actual venice. puzzling.

awesome fake venetian facade. you know, we’ve never seen buildings as gorgeous as these in the actual venice. puzzling.

they were preparing for the carnivale event in a few days, this man on stilts was part of the crew.

they were preparing for the carnivale event in a few days, this man on stilts was part of the crew. friendly dude.

jesters!

jesters! acting like jesters.

For lunch, we explored the food court. There was a great vegetarian ‘halal’ restaurant called Pita Pan that I loved mostly because of the name. Pita Pan. Peter Pan in an accent but with pita as a pun and pan because you use a pan to cook? Yeah? Geddit? Yeah? No? Hah! Amza7. Anyway, it had great falafel, this ‘liver’ sandwich that tasted damn close to liver, and they had great pizza too. Also a dish called ‘shakshooka’ (yes!! I know!!) that was really close to our shakshooka. If shakshooka was soup-ish. We found out later that the cashier had lived in khobar for 14 years, which was cool.

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Pita PAAAAAAAAAN.

messy photo for documentation. sorry we're not sorry.

messy photo for documentation. sorry we’re not sorry.

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And I found vegetarian noodles at a singaporean restaurant and they were SO GOOD. First proper noodles since we got here, who could imagine?

MAH BEBE.

MAH BEBE.

from here. there's a little vegetarian menu to the left of the cashier.

from here. there’s a little vegetarian menu to the left of the cashier.

and dessert, because I really love torturing myself with these pictures. *stuffs popcorn in her face*

avoid the yellow one. for some reason the custard here tasted weird. the white one, on the other hand (milk pudding) tastes like mhalabiya :')

avoid the yellow one. for some reason the custard here tasted weird. the white one, on the other hand (milk pudding) tastes like mhalabiya :’)

The kids meanwhile had discovered this sort of kids’ arcade that had slides and a big whatchamacallems… maze? Anyway, you sign your kids in and they get to play for two hours. Somehow the tweedledums really loved it, they wanted to stay there the whole time despite us convincing them otherwise.

kids playplace. The tweedledums surprisingly had fun here.

kids playplace sign. ask about it if you’re there, it’s not hard to miss.

And then some more eating.

yum. YUM.

yum. YUM. see those polar bear paws? Yeah. We ate the hell out of those.

one does not travel and not eat. tis blasphemy

evidence. one does not travel and not eat. tis blasphemy.

and a shot of a waving gondolier to cap this post off.

and a shot of a waving gondolier to cap this post off.

And that is it for today’s post. Next one will have the rest of Macau (we visited the other part of the island/peninsula!) and more hong kong.

sincerely dedicated to all things happiness,

two boots and a farwa

 

 

 

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This entry was written by themysteriousscribe and published on April 2, 2014 at 4:31 pm. It’s filed under travel and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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