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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The rest of the day was spent walking around the shopping mall and eating, basically.
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.
And I found vegetarian noodles at a singaporean restaurant and they were SO GOOD. First proper noodles since we got here, who could imagine?
and dessert, because I really love torturing myself with these pictures. *stuffs popcorn in her face*
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.
And then some more eating.
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