Travel: Macau, China (City Tour)

My Macau adventure was my most unplanned trip so far. It was never a priority. In fact, going to any Chinese-speaking country is not on my top to-do list in terms of traveling since I’m already accustomed here in Singapore, where there are lots of Chinese people everywhere.

I only came to Macau for one reason, that is to jump. I spent many hours in the internet looking for cheap fares, and when the perfect opportunity came (thanks to lowest fare sales), I was able to buy a very cheap round trip ticket for peanuts price! And since I’m a ‘frugal’ traveler, I only brought S$100 as pocket-money since I have no plans to shop nor play at the casinos. Just simple walking around and taking pictures will suffice. πŸ™‚

Anyway, since I already shared the bungy story, I might as well share now the little details of my walkabout trip. It happened after they told me that the bungy will be close until further notice due to the weather condition. Since I’m already there and not to waste the 3.5 hrs of travel, I’ve decided to visit some of the attractions while waiting for my afternoon flight (Yes. It’s all a one day activity solely intended originally just for the jump).

I took a cab and went straight to The Venetian. It’s a Hotel/Casino built almost the same as the one seen in Las Vegas. I didn’t spend a single centavo here since the entrance is for free and as I’ve mentioned, no to casinos. πŸ˜‰ I just walked around and see the shops, gondolas and mini shows inside. There’s a magic show in the plaza area for free (ang pogi ng magician! hahaha). Some of the gondola singers are Pinoys too. Well yes, Pinoys are just everywhere.

Plaza, Gondola, Shops, Magic Show and Casino View

After going to The Venetian, I took another cab to bring me to Senado Square. It is in Central Macau and one of the major attractions of the city. It’s like a small plaza where people gather to relax and chill with their friends. I’ve noticed that the building structures are similar to the ones seen at Intramuros. No wonder, this place is also included as part of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ang sarap lang mag picture!

Senado Square, St Paul Ruins, St Dominic Church and Shops

Street food is very cheap. I was able to buy 1 stick of chicken gizzard for 5 MOP (1 SGD = 6 MO Pataca), less than a dollar!:)

Cheap Street Food

Since I have limited funds, I couldn’t afford to food experiment and eat elsewhere. So I just stick to my 1 bag of Mr.Chips and 2 bottled drinks, which I bought at the SG airport before I left for Macau. I have to scrimp on some parts of the trip by not eating much and deciding to sleep at the airport, just to fulfill my mission. πŸ™‚ After all, there are sacrifices we need to make to make our dreams come true. Keri lang kahit busabos looking na ako dahil sa walang ligo at maghapong naglalakad, masaya pa rin. Kaya sorry wala akong ipopost na solo pic ko dahil dugyot na ako sa buong araw. Haha!

After the walkabout trip, the weather improved as in sunny bright sa init. Since it’s almost time for my check-in at the airport and I still want to do the jump (sayang naman yun talaga ang pinunta ko), I called them to ask if they’re now open. And confirmed, bungy is now open to the public.

So I stayed for another night, bought one way ticket for the next day and go for my dreams. Ayoko muna isipin yung presyo ng ticket pauwi, saka na. Happy now poor later muna ang drama ko. Haha! πŸ™‚ Minsan lang naman to in a year. I walked around the casinos, satisfied taking lots of pictures of the brightly lit buildings.

Casinos

I spent the night at the airport and chose a secluded area to sleep. Fortunately, there aren’t any night trips arriving to Macau so the airport is very much deserted. Malinis pati ang airport.Β Maliban sa sakit ng katawan, ok naman nakatulog naman ako. πŸ™‚ And good morning, pag gising ko may ka paa-nan na ako. Hahaha!Β 

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Travel: Macau, China and Bungy Jumping

Muntik pa akong umuwi ng luhaan. My dad sent me an SMS message this morning to greet me, “Anak, Happy Birthday. Ang lakas ng ulan dito. Naalala ko tuloy nung pinanganak ka noon, ang lakas din ng ulan.” (Taray ni Pudra may reminiscinghahaha!) πŸ™‚

I’ve thought of doing this (bungy) since last year.Β I’ll make my bungy jump experience as a separate entry post here, simply because: 1) It coincides (almost) with my 27th birthday and 2) I can cross it out from my to do list — Bungy Jump at Macau (World’s Highest Bungy Jump at 233 meters/764 ft) βœ“. I’m still at a state of euphoria, so please bear with me friends if you see me in this funny I-have-this-big-grin-all-over-my-face-look-with-tingin-sa-kawalan moment. πŸ˜‰

Story

I arrived from the airport and went to Macau Tower for the scheduled 11AM jump. But due to strong winds (there’s an impending typhoon galing pa ng Pinas at hindi ko na realize na ang birthday ko ay laging tag-ulan), they have to close the Bungy til further notice. Ok, put@#$%*^ maiiyak ba ako? Ayoko umuwi ng luhaan noh! So I waited for an hour and a half hoping for a miracle, but then the rain started to pour. As in, big drops of rain with matching strong winds pa. As much as I’m trying to be positive, the gray heavy clouds were telling me, “Wala na yan, ipasyal mo na lang sa iba yan, para di naman sayang ang effort“.

(So I’ve decided to go on a walking tour instead.Β Other details soon.:))

Since I’m the poorest of the poor at Macau, I only afford to eat my Mr.Chips and bottled juice drinks which I bought at 7-11 Changi Budget Terminal for $SGD1 each. Tipid limited edition ang budgey!

God is good all the time. The weather improved during the afternoon. Unfortunately, check-in time ko na sa airport yun. I’m torn — should I go home empty-handed? Or happy?Β As always, I choose to be happy and decided to go for it. Wala din pala yung cheap ticket na round trip since I bought a one way ticket pauwi kinabukasan. Hehehe! πŸ˜€

To make the story short, I survived and conquered my most thrilling life experience — to jump from the World’s Highest Bungy. I wasn’t scared at all. Di ko ma explain ang feeling pero basta masaya! Sinong normal na tao ba naman ang mag buwis buhay di ba!? But, just like what I always tell myself…”Normal is Boring”. So hayan magpaka-gaga tayo minsan. πŸ™‚

“Why live on the edge when you can jump off?”

LoL @ Falling People

Strapping the Safety Harness – excited!

Boarding Pass

Safety straps for the feet

The cord attached to the feet starts pulling me

Getting Ready

LoL at kapit sa braso ni Kuya – ang hangin sa taas!

5…4…3…2…

1!

From πŸ™‚ …

…to πŸ˜€

I got a picture/video CD, certificate and lifetime membership card as souvenirs. On my 4th jump, it’s for free. Eh kung gawin kong panata every year?! Hahaha! 2nd jump at 28th…3rd jump at 29th and 4th ‘FREE’ jump on the 30th. Ayos, another milestone. πŸ™‚

Bungy Certificate

Souvenirs

I’m happy, ecstatic, thrilled…naku lahat na ng kasiyahan adjectives! Happy from the jump, walking alone and getting lost at Macau, kumain sa Senado Square ng spaghetti from 7-11 dahil wala ako enough funds pang kain sa masarap at matulog sa airport dahil wala akong enough funds pang overnight…kahit sa hostel!

Life is good…God is good. Looking forward to another year of happy life. πŸ™‚