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Old 05-25-2012, 08:49 PM   #961
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Anytime I have been somewhere that was of fashion shopping, I have always felt the need to buy something and never have, not that I regretted it later, but the one time I did buy I was very happy I did, so I think it all comes down to what really calls to you.


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Just caught up on the report. Oh The Peninsula! I love that hotel and it has one of my favourite restaurants in the world there, it's a swiss restaurant. Beautiful hotel to stay at, they pick you up from the airport in the Rolls

I really loved reading about the giant Budda and the shopping. Shame about the rain at Ocean Park.

This report makes me SO want to go back to HK! Damm my peanut allergy! It is just so very annoying and restrictive sometimes!
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I am finding it interesting that HK looks nothing like I imagined it would. I guess I thought it would look more like Singapore instead a lot of your pics remind me of Malaysia ie parts of Kuala Lumpur.
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Very cool pictures. The Buddha is quite an awesome statue. Fran is still determined to go to HKDL but not anywhere else because of the lack of HA access.
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Sorry your dinner was not better. I am not a big tofu or vegetable fan, so I would not have been brave enough to try it. The shopping seemed fun even if you did not buy much. All of my socks are made out of cotton, I think. I laughed at the people watching to make sure you were not stealing when putting your camera away. That has happened to me.
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The shots of the Red Panda are amazing!

And the park is so big and on the edge of the mountain! I am fascinated by the coasters along the mountainside. If I ever get to HK I must see this place!!!

But I imagine that walking that big park could tire you out and I didn't see any ECVs. Did they have them?

Love the Crystal Cabin in the gondolas especially over all that water; reminds me a little of the Toronto CNN Tower but would scare the XXXX out of my DH and DS!

And the first Buddha shot above the trees is very atmospheric.....I really like it!

Actually all the Buddha shots are great! Made me feel like I was up in the clouds with you!

And the pink colored lotus bowl picture is my favorite! Very well done! I would enlarge that one for framing!
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Anytime I have been somewhere that was of fashion shopping, I have always felt the need to buy something and never have, not that I regretted it later, but the one time I did buy I was very happy I did, so I think it all comes down to what really calls to you.


And here is to planning for next time!
I always have the philosophy that when on holiday, if I want something, I should get it. Afterall, I might not come by this way again for a long time. I moderated this view after the 2000 holiday.....we came back with so much stuff! Now, I go with a shopping list in mind but also look after here to see how much it would cost. That way, I know what is value for money when I do find it!

Tourist souvenirs naturally do not fall in this bracket.


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Just caught up on the report. Oh The Peninsula! I love that hotel and it has one of my favourite restaurants in the world there, it's a swiss restaurant. Beautiful hotel to stay at, they pick you up from the airport in the Rolls

I really loved reading about the giant Budda and the shopping. Shame about the rain at Ocean Park.

This report makes me SO want to go back to HK! Damm my peanut allergy! It is just so very annoying and restrictive sometimes!
I think that if I had to stay in Hong Kong for a night or two, I would be tempted to stay at either the Peninsula or the Intercontinental.

I still have a couple of full days in HK to report on....maybe you need to stock up on epipen and start looking at tix to HK.


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I am finding it interesting that HK looks nothing like I imagined it would. I guess I thought it would look more like Singapore instead a lot of your pics remind me of Malaysia ie parts of Kuala Lumpur.
I was really surprised at how clean HK was. In that respect it was like Singapore. But yes....it is more like KL than Singapore. The markets in HK are definitely more like the markets you might find in KL. I really feel sad going to Singapore these days. They have sanitised it so much that it hardly feels like Asia any more.


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Very cool pictures. The Buddha is quite an awesome statue. Fran is still determined to go to HKDL but not anywhere else because of the lack of HA access.
I think that there are some attractions in HK that might be okay from a HA access perspective; the Buddha being one of them. And it is also on Lantau Island; so if you and Fran make it out to HKDL, it might be a cool day trip for you to go to.


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Sorry your dinner was not better. I am not a big tofu or vegetable fan, so I would not have been brave enough to try it. The shopping seemed fun even if you did not buy much. All of my socks are made out of cotton, I think. I laughed at the people watching to make sure you were not stealing when putting your camera away. That has happened to me.
Shopping was incredibly fun at all the markets! And dinner wasn't a complete waste....we still ate most of the food.


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The shots of the Red Panda are amazing!

And the park is so big and on the edge of the mountain! I am fascinated by the coasters along the mountainside. If I ever get to HK I must see this place!!!

But I imagine that walking that big park could tire you out and I didn't see any ECVs. Did they have them?

Love the Crystal Cabin in the gondolas especially over all that water; reminds me a little of the Toronto CNN Tower but would scare the XXXX out of my DH and DS!

And the first Buddha shot above the trees is very atmospheric.....I really like it!

Actually all the Buddha shots are great! Made me feel like I was up in the clouds with you!

And the pink colored lotus bowl picture is my favorite! Very well done! I would enlarge that one for framing!
I did try to keep an eye out for HA/DA accesses in HK. Sadly, it didn't seem to meet America standards on that front.

There were strollers at Ocean Park and I didn't see any ECV.


And....there might be a post on a tower similar to the Toronto tower coming up in a day or two......maybe.
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Does this mean that you've finally caught up again?
Finally yes.

Interesting seeing the 'slower' approach to Hong Kong. I'm not sure why I didn't go to the monastery though? How far was it from Buddha?
I do know having falling down a flight of stairs twice I was taking it a bit easy...but it was actually never specifically on the list and I had no interest on going inside Buddha so didn't investigate that. Oh well

Great seeing the photos I "might" go back to Hong Kong DL after the new development meeting DBF there...and it is an easy trip there from Disney...although I don't think we'd stay there

Ocean Park reminds me of Busch Gardens sort of...sort of Sea World and Movie World in Australia...
Interesting but 'not on par' with anything Disney.

I saw Pandas when they visited Australia and in Atlanta Zoo so for now I'm good
Plus Red Panadas are actually my favourite and they are in Sydney and that southern city.


I'm mostly appreciative of the city photos because other than around the two Star Ferry ports (love the star ferry...and the downstairs is actually better for photo taking..), I didn't stop too much for photos city wise nor visit markets.
And there was no 'view' from the peak

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I'm not sure why I didn't go to the monastery though? How far was it from Buddha?
When you walk from the Village to the Giant Buddha, the Giant Buddha is on your right. The Monastery is on your left. The gate to the monastery was all of 30 - 50 m on the left.



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I still have a few markets around the city to visit....and more food.
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I am so excited to have found your report. I have not read anything but the first post because I am already late for a lunch meeting, but you have made my day with this report to look forward to.

My college daughter is spending the summer in Guangzhou and DH and I are traveling over to meet her in Hong Kong later this summer. I am just starting the planning (we have plane tickets but nothing else) and of course I am starting with HK Disney!
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I am so excited to have found your report. I have not read anything but the first post because I am already late for a lunch meeting, but you have made my day with this report to look forward to.

My college daughter is spending the summer in Guangzhou and DH and I are traveling over to meet her in Hong Kong later this summer. I am just starting the planning (we have plane tickets but nothing else) and of course I am starting with HK Disney!

Welcome ClaireinTN and thank you for finding this thread. I hope you'll still be as excited about this report when you get to the last post.


Your holiday sounds like it will be a lot of fun! How long are you going to be gone for?
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All Aboard for Macau – Bring your passport



Day 7 of this vacation and it was time for us to leave Hong Kong. We’re heading to Macau today!


When I originally asked my parents to come along on this trip, I had no idea that my Party@5 would be playing “Pick a ph-lend! Pick a ph-lend” for this trip. If I did, I might have reconsidered that invitation….but then today would not have turned out the way it did. And I don’t think I would have seen as much as we did today. So it was probably just as well in the end.

On the night that we went to Aberdeen to eat where the locals eat, the friends of our TA were keen to join us when we went to Macau. The only thing was that due to work commitments, they were only free on Easter Saturday to go. It seemed as good a day as any and picking Saturday to go to Macau made so many of my other travel companions happy. DH and I did wonder how we were going to get-about as a pack and figured that if the day didn’t move in accordance with my plans, we always had the option of breaking off as a splinter group. But we were happy to go along with the arrangement to see how it ended up.

For today, we are travelling as a Party@12:
  • DH, DS and I
  • My parents
  • Our TA friend and Mr TA
  • The Angel and his wife
  • I1 and I2
  • The Saint

And because it was such a large group, our TA friend and my parents went to organised tickets on Thursday, when we were at Ocean Park.
I digress here for a bit – I know we were going on a weekend and it was Easter holidays; but for anyone thinking of going to Macau from Hong Kong for a day trip, you might want to consider booking early. Even with 2 days in advance, we found that the later return times were fully booked up. We’d managed to get on an 8 am trip out but had to settle for a 6 pm trip back, which was the latest time we could get. There are quite a few departure times for the trip back, all the way through to midnight!
We were travelling by high speed catamaran. The company we had booked with was the CotaiJet Ferry Company. The company runs a ferry service between the China Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui Kowloon and Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal in Macau. We paid about HK$350 for the trip there and back in Cotai (or cattle) Class; which is about $45 in our money. I believe that the cost might be cheaper if you travel during a weekday.

For anyone staying at HKDL, I would suggest that you look at catching the service out from the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal at Sheung Wan over on Hong Kong Island. The CotaiJet also runs services out of that terminal; and I should point out that there are other companies that will run a service to Macau from the Ferry Terminals. You would take the MTR out to Hong Kong station (just stay on the yellow line to the Hong Kong terminus). You could walk across to Central station and then catch the line out to Sheung Wan (blue line), exit D and you'll be right next to the Shun Tak Centre building where the ferry terrminal is located. But I would probably catch a taxi out from the Hong Kong station if you were running out of time.

You will need to check in a minimum of 30 minutes before departure time to clear immigration and customs.
Bring your passport – you will be leaving Hong Kong for this trip. And they do take the immigration departure card from you at this point. This is the card HK immigration would have left in your passport when you first entered the country. I was a little concerned at first, and then figured that I would need to fill in a similar entry card when I re-entered Hong Kong later that day, only this time I would be marking my card as entry by Ferry instead of by air and flight number. And that is exactly how it panned out.



It was an early start for us – we met in the hotel lobby shortly after 7 am and caught a taxi from our hotel to the China Ferry Terminal, which worked out to be about HK$30, or $4 in our money. Immigration processing was rather efficient and it didn’t take long before we were inside the waiting room.





That’s our gate details!





We were going to be entering Macau from Taipa. The CotaiJet is the only company that has access to the Taipa Temporary Terminal. There is another ferry terminal in Macau proper and if I had been organising tickets for our journey that would have been the ferry terminal I would have headed for. I never worked out why we were entering and exiting from the Taipa side of Macau. I would certainly recommend that you enter Macau at the Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal (Terminal Maritimo de Porto Exterior) as there are public transport options to bring you into the city.

Macau is roughly 35 miles away from Hong Kong and travel time on this trip was going to take about 45 – 60 minutes.

We were called in to board our catamaran 10 – 15 minutes before departure time.





Cotai class seats were rather comfortable.





As a result of the early start time, we’d missed out on grabbing anything for breakfast. I’d also started to feel poorly somewhere during the middle of the night and had woken up with a sore throat and a headache. DH had found a Starbucks in the China Ferry Terminal building and got us one of these to eat. This was the first opportunity we had to eat our breakfast.





More importantly for me – breakfast had come packaged in this bag. I’d forgotten to take Dramamine today and given that sea travel is the only form of travel that has the potential to make me sick, I was really glad to have this bag with me.





Although, if I had been sick, I would have had to rush to the bathroom anyway as the paper bag was not going to contain the contents of my stomach for long.

I noted that we had in-seat entertainment in Cotai class, even if the image was static.






I would imagine that our jet looked a lot like this when travelling.





I was rather thankful that my stomach held up during this trip. It had been pretty smooth sailing and we arrived at the Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal without any drama. We got off the boat and made our way to the arrivals hall. It was a short walk.





I’d forgotten that you’re not meant to be taking any pictures near any immigration checkpoint. I did get yelled at for having my camera out. It was my first and only brush with the Macanese authorities and I was to discover that they are all sticklers for rules!





Inside the hall, we all got yelled at…we needed to queue in single file and stand behind the yellow line for each processing counter. There was no deviation allowed by the guards, who all had rather loud whistles and loud voices!

The boat that we travelled on originated from Hong Kong, so most of the Hong Kong locals and tourists like us were law-abiding citizens. By and large, after the first couple of minutes, the hall settled on the low hum of gentle conversation punctuated by the occasional stamp on passport from one immigration officer or another.

But 10 minutes after this relative calm, another boat arrived at the Ferry Terminal. I don’t know where this boat originated from but the passengers on this boat were all Mainland Chinese. They could have been part of a tour group…but they all wore similar clothes and had the same hat on and carried similar bags. The noise in the hall was beyond description. Any push and shove that I had experienced at HKDL paled in comparison. This group of passengers did not respect the single file nor did they respect the yellow line. Friend pushed friend, shoes moved inches to gain advantage over another shoe, yellow lines became non-existent and the whistles just seem to go on forever. Within minutes, the number of officers in the hall quadrupled and slowly…ever so slowly….the single file slowly morphed back into formation. The yellow line never quite recovered; neither did the officer voices nor their whistles. The noise was more than a cacophony in the hall.

Thankfully, we made it to an immigration counter before we were completely overrun by this group. The person who was manning our counter was lenient on us – he processed all 3 of us together; rather than in two groups.

I managed to get a picture of part of the Mainland China group outside.





I was to find out that there were smaller sub-sets of the groups….they were all heading for the different complimentary casino buses.





One of the benefits of today was that Mr TA had worked out that we needed to organise transportation for our group to travel around Macau and see the sights. He had contacts in Macau and within 15 minutes of us exiting immigration, he had placed a call and organised a minivan for our group. We had to wait a further 20 minutes for the van to arrive. I believe that there was public transport at this ferry terminal to take you to the various towns and the city; but we never had to work it out.





By this stage, I had started my cough and was not feeling great. I was perfectly happy with the arrangement!




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The Venetian at the Strip – the Cotai Strip



Our minivan arrived shortly after and we all piled in. There was plenty of space for everyone, with room to spare. Our wheels turned out great. We were to have use of it for 5 hours and it cost us HK$100 each, about $13 in our money.





The thing about having Mr TA with us was that he truly was…a TA. He provided us with information about Macau and the sights we were seeing; our own personal tour guide.


As a consequence of being on the Taipa side of the island, our first stop was the Venetian.





And it was located on a Strip! The Cotai Strip.

Macau consists of the Macau Peninsula, which is connected to Mainland China, and the ‘islands’ of Taipa and Coloane. The two islands are now connected by reclaimed land and that strip of land is the Cotai Strip. The Cotai Strip is home to a heap of casinos. Remember my in-seat entertainment on the CotaiJet? The Sands was located directly across the road from the Venetian.





…and more casinos are being built! We saw lots of signs of construction.





Mr TA told us that there were over 30 casinos in Macau and the turnover from gambling was three times the volume of Las Vegas. That’s a lot of money changing hands!



Our entry into the Venetian was via the West Side.





Mr TA gave us 45 minutes to look around. For those of you that followed my PTR, you will know that there was only one thing I was seeking here. And seek it out I went!

The Venetian at the Cotai Strip is even bigger than the Venetian at Las Vegas. There are 3 canals in this place; in addition to the lake out the front.

Needless to say, we got a little lost.

We tried to go looking by ourselves…





But every corner kinda looked the same…





…only the shop names changed!





We ran into a couple of dead-ends.





And we tried to ask people if they could point us in the right direction. Most pointed us in some general direction….and the left fork didn’t help me!





We eventually found a sales person who had a map and a shop index. She asked me to look for it in the index and provided us with more general instructions.





We were close…very close.






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A Morsel of Deliciousness



One of the things that Macau is famous for is Portuguese Tarts. In the research that I carried out before this trip, I’d worked out that the brand that most people raved as the best tarts in town was made by Lord Stow. The original shop was in Coloane; and if it had been just us and my parents, I think I would have paid for a taxi to take us there. With the rent-a-crowd, I settled on the back-up plan of tasting one at the Venetian franchise.





I swiped this picture from DH to show the kitchen….fresh baked!





We placed our order at the counter and found a table to sit at. The tarts cost $8 MOP or Macanese Official Pataca. Whilst we didn’t have any MOPs on us, we found that Hong Kong Dollars and Chinese Yuan were readily accepted everywhere. The retail conversion rate was easy….$1MOP = HK$1 = $1Yuan. So, this morsel of deliciousness cost about $1 in our money.





The Portuguese tarts or pasteis de nata are served warm. The pastry…was delightful. Flaky, buttery, puffs that dissolved into thin sheets in the mouth.





The caramelisation on the top provided an ever so slight crisp to the first bite and the custard inside was heaven. Creamy, silky, warm and not too sweet. The perfect morsel of deliciousness!





I am really lucky that both my boys were prepared to wait till the photo session was over.





The tarts were so yummy that I would have been quite happy to sit here for the rest of the day and just eat my way through the kitchen. But we still had a lot of Macau to explore. I made sure that we had a suitable collection of boxes to-go when we left.

We still had a little time left after the tarts and I decided that we should take another detour back to the West Side.





For anyone wanting a gondola ride, yes…they do have them. Services start at 11 am; which was the time we were supposed to catch up with everyone else. We heard them sing, and then pushed on.





We walked through a food court…





…and made our way along the Grand Canal.





I was determine to see St Mark’s Square…no point heading to a Venice without going here!





And time really was marching on.





Despite being late, we were the first back to our wheels!





We beat the others by a matter of minutes, so they were most apologetic.
Turns out they had stopped by a bakery that served Koi Kei portuguese tarts. They too had a suitable collection of boxes to-go; so we got to compare notes a little later on.



For the sake of completeness and because this post is all about the little morsel of deliciousness, we ate the Koi Kei tarts the next day in our room. We heated them up in the microwave (following instructions provided on the box).

The Koi Kei tarts were really good as well. The pastry was not as flaky as the Lord Stow variety, more like a short crust puff pastry (if you know what I mean).





The caramelisation at the top was not as good as Lord Stow. Perhaps heating them up in the microwave didn't help; but texture aside the colour and degree of caramelisation didn't quite match up to the Lord Stow. The custard was also creamy, silky and warm. It was sweeter than Lord Stow. To my taste, I preferred the Lord Stow variety; but there was nothing wrong with what Koi Kei had produced either. I understand that the Koi Kei tart was cheaper than Lord Stow; but given the conversion rate, not by enough to sway my preference if I had the choice between both options.






NOTE. Again for completeness sake. If you followed the PTR post on this topic, you will remember that there was a 3rd company/shop on my hit list....Margaret e Nata Cafe in the main part of town...somewhere. I didn't find the time to go find and seek this shop.



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