Hi! How did everyone’s weekend go? Hopefully better than ours. Mind you, the weather in Riyadh was wonderful the past few weeks. Here’s to it holding out until May, at least.
Anyway, on with the show! Or shows, if you’re lucky enough to be in Macau during one of their festival or not on a monday/tuesday (which we were.). They have a ton of entertainment on normal days apparently, and different shows/concerts/fight matches going on all year round, except during our stay there weren’t any. At all. Which turned out to be a blessing of sorts, because we got to see ‘mainland’ Macau at night, which was awesome because that part of the city had a lot more liveliness and lights than the bit that had the Venetian.
We accidentally found a little convenience store that sold all sorts of drinks and got milkshakes just because- no human needs a reason for milkshakes. Period.
And then it was back home and then dinner. A tip to the wise: if you plan on staying in downtown Macau past 9:30 (which is the time the last hotel shuttle bus goes back), I suggest you either arrange transport or agree with a taxi to come pick you up at a certain time. Otherwise you might end up discovering you repel taxis when you most need them and spend half an hour waiting for a single working one to pass by before walking to the nearest hotel. Trust us.
Now, good thing is, breakfast is early-ish here (compared to HK). Which meant that we could wake up early and make the most out of what was left of our stay in Macau. The Venetian on occasion bundles their rooms with either a breakfast or lunch coupon for each guest per day, and as we had opted for breakfast (it’s very hard to mess up breakfast. Even airplanes don’t mess up breakfast. Much.), we headed to Cafe Deco for food first thing.
It’s a buffet, which I think is a legal binding rule over any restaurants connected to casinos, and it had both asian and european fare. I wouldn’t say it’s gourmet or commendable, but they do make decent omelets on the spot, and their sunny side ups are fresh. Also I got a huge kick out of eating noodles and Indian samboosa in the morning. I suppose it’s a byproduct of my naturally lazy ways (we rarely order out unless on occasion or as a cheap treat which made it an indulgence in my head. So normally, last night’s take out dinner for breakfast the next morning is the best thing ever and – most importantly – effort free).
Then it was off to explore the nearby hotels. You can ask for late check-in at The Venetian, and ours was at 4pm, but we still felt like there wasn’t enough time to venture outside the hotel’s area to visit places that might end up duds (like the panda reserve and an old house.)
One hour in the sun, and I ended up with a two day tan. In March. Keep that in mind when you plan your trip to HK and Macau in the summer. (By which I mean, don’t. Do not plan your trip to HK in the summer. Please.)
Good news is, though, I found the elusive egg custard waffles! In a diner dessert place in the venetian’s food court. It wasn’t as good as I thought it would be, probably because they weren’t fresh.
Unfortunately, we left Hong Kong before I could find them again. I’m not entirely sure where I can find street food in abundance there, we went to a lot of places and most of them sold meat jerky, and if you’re lucky you’d see a bun stall. Maybe street food was phased out of Kowloon? Or maybe they can only be found in cha chaan tengs. Whatever the reason, I really wish I’d gotten to try more stuff.
And then it was time to leave Macau, which was rather fortunate because all of a sudden The Venetian got seriously crowded with tourist groups.
Fun fact: entering The Venetian is free, but the tour companies charge their clients upwards to 300HK to visit. Which is blatant thievery, if you ask me.
The ferry tickets were also part of the hotel package- they asked you whether you wanted those or a gondola ride, the gondola ride was a no for obvious reasons- so all we paid for was the upgrade to first class.
My personal advice for Macau? Stay in the Wynn or some other hotel downtown, and pay the venetian a visit, as opposed to doing it the other way around. Also, if you’ve been to Las Vegas, skip it altogether. The Tweedledums have never been so they enjoyed it, and we did as well because it was a change of pace from HK and it’s been a while since we last saw Vegas.
Also, go here and let me know whether it’s worth a visit, I didn’t get the chance to.
And then it was back to Kowloon we go.
We heart the foodstuffs stores in Hong Kong, we really do. FYI, the ferry terminal has some interesting stores around it, give them a peek.
We caught two cabs from the Royal Pacific Hotel (an entrance to the terminal, in case you’re wondering what the easiest way to find a taxi from there would be), and back to The Peninsula we went. We checked in again, and it was the same welcome we had had when we first came, luckily.
And because we’d missed lunch (on purpose), we decided to go somewhere with a proper dinner (finally) and it was brilliant. Regardless of the fact that it involved tofu, which we normally would never ever ever endorse.
The restaurant is on Nathan Road, in the same building as Toastbox and Breadtalk. Add it to your HK halal list. Now. Please.
Sidenote: For purposes of epicness and adventure and other things that have to do with our love of mulan, the reader (you) shall henceforth believe that the Dragon Dynasty in the above picture refers to the headquarters of an actual dragon clan that runs the mob in HK. That is all.
We were hungry and everything sounded good so we… ordered. A lot. There was something about not having to check every ingredient in the menu and being able to order safely for the first time in days that unleashed our inner Jugheads.
Not pictured: We also accidentally ordered a fried rice patty with stuffed with ground ‘meat’ that was really good (but a meal on its own).
Just so you know, apparently in Hong Kong there’s a tradition of washing your utensils in the hot tea they have waiting on the table when you first sit down. there’s a bowl to rinse it in. you can read more about it here: http://jinwong.com/2013/04/29/hong-kong-restaurants-serve-hot-water/
Also, there’ll be two pairs of oversized chopsticks in the middle of the table. Those are for serving, since it’s normally considered rude to pick up food from the shared plates with the same chopsticks you eat with. We were too hungry to bother with either. 😀
Summary: if you do go to the Three Virtues, our recommendation is that you order the following food (by number to make it easier): 1102, 1007, 1142, 205.
Best thing about the whole meal (asides from the fact that we ate lot of noodles)? We got up not feeling heavy at all. From the amount of food we consumed, we shouldn’t have had the energy to walk, but it was almost like we hadn’t eaten at all. Which was pretty fortunate, because that meant we got to walk around a little more, comfortably.
and with that example of HK street fashion, we end this monster of a post.
Don’t hesitate to let us know what you think!
sincerely dedicated to all things happiness,
two boots and a farwa