Over the weekend, some friends and I took a short ferry ride over to Macau.  Known for their mix of Portuguese and Chinese culture, we wanted to taste the egg tarts and pork buns, see old Catholic buildings, visit the Vegas-like hotels, and of course gamble a bit.

The weather was nice and sunny… and a little too warm.  We first started by walking around the touristy areas of Macau, exploring Senado Square and just walking along the crowded roads to find the Ruins of St. Paul.

Senado Square

Ruins of St. Paul

We then continued to roam the touristy areas of Macau and found our way to the top of an old fort, which came with a nice view of the city.  We stopped to rest in the shade for quite a while.

Later in the evening, we went down to the Macau Fisherman’s Wharf, which was filled with fun architecture and buildings and arcades.  Most definitely a photo-op kind of place to draw in tourists to the nearby Sands casino.

We were off to the largest casino and hotel of them all, the Venetian!  Not only is it bigger and grander than the one in Vegas, it was quite the site to see after BBF was partially shot there!  Three canals and plenty of shops later, we found one of the most famous Portuguese tart shops in Macau, Lord Stow’s!  I swear, these were THE best po-tat I have ever eaten, and trust me, I’ve had my fair share of them.  I have yet to try their rival, Margaret’s (Lord Stow’s ex-wife), but hopefully I will get the chance one day!

Crispiest, smoothest, most delectable Portuguese egg tart

Enjoying the world's best po tat

Later in the night, we went to the Wynn and saw the Rising Tree!  We walked in and just our pure luck, we got to see this spectacular show that was put on by the casino every hour.  And it turns out that it was my lucky night; I made HK$3 on the slot machines!  After that winnings, I thought it would be best to call it a night! 🙂

The next morning, we headed up to the Macau tower.  It was a friend’s birthday so we surprised her with a Skyjump off the 233 meter high tower.  It was fun to watch her go down the the rope and probably one of the best birthday presents we could’ve given her! 🙂

View from the top

It was a great weekend getaway.  Definitely less crowded from all the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong, and it was fun to be away from school and just to go out and have fun.  I can’t wait for more adventures to come!