Two Boots and a Farwa

Hong Kong! (Macau Part Two)

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.

free shuttle downtown. the next one was going to make us wait an extra ten minutes, so we took a cab instead.

free shuttle downtown. the next one was going to make us wait an extra ten minutes, so we took a cab instead.

cab. and lights! we like lights. they may be kitschy but it makes everything happier.

cab. and lights! we like lights. they may be kitschy but it makes everything happier.

the imperial conqueror. I think. let's just assume this place is called the imperial conqueror for added epic effect, please.

the imperial conqueror. I think. let’s just assume this place is called the imperial conqueror for added epic effect, please.

fancy watch place to spend ill-gotten gambling gains. Or to wish you spent your money at, instead of losing it all trying to get said ill-gotten gambling gains.

fancy watch place to spend ill-gotten gambling gains. Or wish you spent your money at, instead of losing it all trying to get said ill-gotten gambling gains. Gambling is stupid, folks.

downtown macau! a little less lively than Hong Kong. but then again I don't there's anywhere that's as lively 24 hours as HK is.

downtown macau! a little less lively than Hong Kong. but then again I don’t there’s anywhere that’s as lively 24 hours as HK is.

senado square! I think it's a lot better in the morning.

senado square! I think it’s a lot better in the morning.

fountain at senado square.

fountain at senado square.

still crashing portrait shoots. forever crashing portrait shoots.

still crashing portrait shoots. forever crashing portrait shoots.

portugese architecture. I have mentioned that macau was colonized (until recently) by portugal, yes?

portugese architecture. I have mentioned that macau was colonized (until recently) by portugal, yes?

very accurate review of the products inside, yes.

very accurate review of the products inside, yes.

more wayward signs, yay!

more wayward signs, yay! this one for a pharmacy.

slightly trashed alleyway. I wonder what they hawk here.

slightly trashed alleyway. I wonder what they hawk here in the morning.

burnt out front of a building with a street food cart in front of it.

burnt out front of a building with a street food cart in front of it.

chinese medicine place! these stores are everywhere here and in HK.

chinese medicine place! these stores are everywhere here and in HK.

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.

menu at the milk tea-slash-baqalah place.

menu at the milk tea-slash-baqalah place.

downtown macau

see that little strappy device in the back with the milkshakers on that looks like the sort of torture devices bad guys use when they catch superheroes and rotate them? well. they shake the milkshakes. which is so cool. they also have this neat plastic heat wrap thing that puts a cover on the drink cup without the barista guy ever touching it. we approve.

chocolate ice milk tea. yes, I enjoyed saying that.

chocolate ice milk tea. yes, I enjoyed saying that.

S's version, which had crushed ice instead of ice blocks and which was a lot better, one must admit.

S’s version, which had crushed ice instead of ice blocks and which was a lot better, one must admit.

shopseller.

shopseller. (in b&w because fanciness)

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.

the ubiquitous cafe from afar. fyi, seems like this is a chain restaurant, we found one in victoria peak as well.

the ubiquitous cafe from afar. fyi, seems like this is a chain restaurant, we found one in victoria peak as well.

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).

yes, this is my (j's) plate and yes I know it looks hilarious, but I hate buffets and I figured I'd only eat the things that appealed to me at the time. Which meant a few cubes of cheese, a chocolate muffin, a custard dumpling, a pineapple bun (anyone know where to get pineapple buns in Riyadh? please?), a vegetarian sambosa (best thing there), and some singaporean noodles.

yes, this is my (j’s) plate and yes I know it looks hilarious, but I hate buffets and I figured I’d only eat the things that appealed to me at the time. Which meant a few cubes of cheese, a chocolate muffin, a custard dumpling, a pineapple bun (anyone know where to get pineapple buns in Riyadh? please?), a vegetarian sambosa (best thing there), and some singaporean noodles.

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.)

the four seasons shopping mall area.

the four seasons shopping mall area.

is it just me or do the moschino stores look pretty in any country?

is it just me or do the moschino stores look pretty in any country?

walkway connecting the hotels together. one thing I realized, Macau and HKers in general love their escalators/speedy walking things. They're everywhere.

walkway connecting the hotels together. one thing I realized, Macau and HKers in general love their escalators/speedy walking things. They’re everywhere.

stepped outside a bit on one of the balconies on the walkway.

stepped outside a bit on one of the balconies on the walkway to to take a few photos. venetian’s to the left, right is the crown plaza and city of dreams, straight ahead is… I’m not entirely sure. And if I’m not mistaken, they’re all owned by sands.

this dudes had the same idea. heh.

these dudes had the same idea. heh.

this guy's foot is HUGE. mashAllah.

this guy’s foot is HUGE. mashAllah.

letter fountain at the sheraton macau. FYI, if you have kids, stay here. There's this dreamworks breakfast experience thing that looks cool. Actually, stay here even if you don't have kids. Who wouldn't want to eat a kung fu panda rice ball or hug puss in boots, hm? No one, that's who.

letter fountain at the sheraton macau. FYI, if you have kids, stay here. There’s this dreamworks breakfast experience thing that looks cool. Actually, stay here even if you don’t have kids. Who wouldn’t want to eat a kung fu panda rice ball or hug puss in boots or punch shrek in the face for shrek 4? No one cool, that’s who.

I was trying my hardest to catch shrek in the letter fountain. my hardest failed, obviously.

I was trying my hardest to catch shrek in the letter fountain. my hardest failed, obviously.

chocolate tea bars from the candy and toy store in sheraton macau. The purple boxed bar tasted a lot better than the orange one.

chocolate tea bars from the candy and toy store in sheraton macau. The purple boxed bar tasted a lot better than the orange one.

dark dramatic image of sheraton macau's food court for dramatic reasons.

dark dramatic image of sheraton macau’s food court for dramatic reasons.

city of dreams pretty lighting.

city of dreams’ pretty lighting. (and guardian dragon.)

not so pretty carpet, though.

not so pretty carpet, though. (badass dragon still badass and unaffected by weirdly red carpet)

superhero store! they had awesome green lantern shoes that had awesome green lantern shoes (s says the supermans were better.)

superhero store! they had awesome green lantern shoes that had awesome green lantern shoes (s says the supermans were better.)

quick stop at pacific coffee. just so you know, their cheesecake is really good.

quick stop at pacific coffee. just so you know, their cheesecake is really good. I’d skip on the cinnamon sugar donuts though.

the venetian's side entrance, getting ready for the carnivale that was exactly a day after our stay.

the venetian’s side entrance, getting ready for the carnivale that was exactly a day after our stay.

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.

diner dessert place.

diner dessert place.

Pictured: not as good as I imagined they would be.

Pictured: not as good as I imagined they would be.

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.

crushing crowds. it was crazy.

partial representation of the crushing crowds. it was crazy.

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.

 

another photobooth! I love these.

another photobooth! I love these.

we hired cars from the hotel to take us to the ferry as opposed to waiting for the bus. not entirely sure why, though.

we hired cars from the hotel to take us to the ferry as opposed to waiting for the bus. not entirely sure why, though.

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.

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And then it was back to Kowloon we go.

pretty pretty sea.

pretty pretty sea.

we found this japanese store by the macau ferry terminal and it is SO CUTE. all the things in it, I mean. I have no idea what their stuff tastes like but seriously. adorable.

we found this japanese store in the same building as the kowloon ferry terminal and it is SO CUTE. all the things in it, I mean. I have no idea what their stuff tastes like but seriously. adorable.

we wanted to buy everything. we nearly did.

we wanted to buy everything. we nearly did.

GIANT POCKY AND PRETZ HELLOOOOO THERE did it hurt when you fell out of the giant pocky factory in the sky? amza7.

GIANT POCKY AND PRETZ HELLOOOOO THERE did it hurt when you fell out of the giant pocky factory in the sky? amza7.

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.

except for this lovely extra! point 4 for the peninsula for gifting books, and gorgreous ones at that, we at two boots and a farwa are huge fans of literature.

except for this lovely extra! point 4 for the peninsula for gifting books, and gorgreous ones at that, we at two boots and a farwa are huge fans of literature. I love this hotel.

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.

 

on the fourth floor. take the stairs for a healthier and safer life.

on the fourth floor. take the stairs for a healthier and safer life.

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.

decent seating, and the service is wonderful, regardless of the language barrier.

decent seating, and the service is wonderful, regardless of the language barrier.

the menu. pictures always come in handy. always.

the menu. pictures always come in handy. always.

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.

miso soup.

miso soup.

it kinda disappeared by the time we remembered we should take pics.

it kinda disappeared by the time we remembered we should take pics.

sweet and sour 'chicken'. tasted pretty close to the real thing!

sweet and sour ‘chicken’. tasted pretty close to the real thing!

spinach something dumplings.

spinach something dumplings.

fat noodles. GET THESE.

fat noodles. GET THESE.

fake calamari and the best dish we ordered by far.

fake calamari and the best dish we ordered by far.

biryani tasting noodles.

biryani tasting noodles.

fried rice. one dish would have been more than enough for the six of us, take note.

fried rice. one dish would have been more than enough for the six of us, take note.

singaporean noodles. also very good.

singaporean noodles. also very good.

post-meal war zone.

post-meal war zone.

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.

lock on a shrubbery, and what looks like a wish paper tucked in the leaves.

lock on a shrubbery, and what looks like a wish paper tucked in the leaves.

breaking news! man crosses street alone.

breaking news! man crosses street alone.

spotted: the hamptons' type foreigners.

spotted: the hamptons’ type foreigners.

more crabs. seafood is also an excellent option for muslims here.

more crabs. seafood is also an excellent option for muslims here.

spotted: band revving up for a street show.

spotted: band revving up for a street show.

always keep it real, yo.

always keep it real, yo.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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