Travel Diary: Macau

I have to admit, I wasn’t expecting this Macau trip to be as fun and interesting as my other trips. I don’t really gamble, first of all, so I wasn’t looking forward to the whole Las Vegas casino theme it had going for it. But you know what: overall, it was a really exceptional trip. I learned about Macau’s history, got to do a little shopping, and actually learned how to gamble–well, kind of haha. This was, of course, a work trip. I was there for Trending Now (shameless plug: its on every Sunday at 9pm on ANC), but that didn’t stop me from appreciating Macau and all it had to offer.

We stayed at the Venetian Hotel–one of the newest hotels in Macau. And I have to say, it was pretty awesome. The rooms were so grand and you can really get lost while exploring its malls and casinos. One thing I kind of enjoyed in the beginning, but later got tired of: getting ID-ed all the time. They are really strict with their policy “no minors on the casino floor” and for some reason all the bouncers and casino personnel thought I was a minor. In the end I kept telling them–I’m a Pond’s model, that’s why I look so young hahaha.

My favorite part was visiting all the tourist sites. I’ve been to Macau a couple of times for work back when I was still modelling in Hong Kong, and I never really got to see its heritage sites, nor did I ever get to buy their famous egg tarts or that yummy preserved pork (it comes in these sweet, glazed sheets–they have it all over Hong Kong and Singapore). Anyway, I really really enjoyed learning about Macau’s history and was happy to be there to experience its everyday hustle and bustle. Whenever I go on a trip, I make sure to see how the city works. There is something so interesting about seeing how other people live, especially when its so different from the Manila life we all know.

Here are photos from my trip.

IMG_6626When at the Venetian, do as the Venetians do haha–ride a gondola!

IMG_6621Okay, so I had to do this for the show. I did enjoy it though very much. Its a requirement for these gondoliers to be able to sing well, and this guy could really sing!

IMG_6645What you don’t see on the show–the camera and crew of Trending Now!

IMG_6649With all these talented gondoliers. They can really belt it out–I really enjoyed their singing.

IMG_6652Now with the Trending Now team!

IMG_6661Apart from riding a gondola, I got to eat in a Michelin star restaurant. The Golden Peacock is this amazing Indian restaurant at the Venetian. Its a must-visit when in Macau.

IMG_6671I got to dine with its head chef, too. He cooked their bestsellers for us–they were, of course, so good!!! A real feast!

IMG_6697While at The Golden Peacock, I couldn’t help but admire its interiors.

IMG_6698I mean, look at those chandeliers!

IMG_6699I love this wall and mirror!IMG_6713I had an incredible time trying out the food here!

IMG_6768Check out my room at the Venetian!

IMG_6770It is so pretty! <3

IMG_6797Taking a selfie!

IMG_6825Taken while waiting for the team to set up.

IMG_6877With the brains behind the show, Reynold Giba. He’s in charge of writing all my spiels.

IMG_6879I really love this dress from Guess.

IMG_6955I did my spiels here. I love this part of the Venetian.

IMG_6957It is almost like being in Venice, or Las Vegas haha.

IMG_7018While waiting for them to set up, this tall guy posed with me.

IMG_7055Senado Square (Largo do Senado) is a public square in Macau. This is one of the four largest squares in Macau; the others being Praça do Centro Cultural, Praça do Lago Sai Van and Praça do Tap Seac. In 2005, it was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List as it forms part of the Historic Centre of Macau.

IMG_7091Lots to see.

IMG_7164The Holy House of Mercy of Macau (Portuguese: Santa Casa da Misericórdia), is an historic white building in Macau’s Senado Square. Established as a branch of the Santa Casa da Misericordia, it was built in 1569 on the orders of the Bishop of Macao. It was a medical clinic and several other social welfare structures in early Macau. It later served as an orphanage and refuge for widows of sailors lost at sea. It is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

IMG_7072I love their street signs!IMG_7073St. Dominic’s Church (Portuguese: Igreja de São Domingos) is a late 16th century Baroque-style church that serves within the Cathedral Parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Macau.

IMG_7079I couldn’t help but admire its architecture.

IMG_7085Where Portuguese and Chinese influences meet.

IMG_7145One of its busy streets.

IMG_7136My view from the steps going up to St. Paul’s Ruins.

IMG_7132The Ruins of St. Paul’s (Portuguese: Ruínas de São Paulo) refers to the ruins of this 16th-century complex, including of what was originally St. Paul’s College and the Cathedral of St. Paul also known as “Mater Dei”. This was once a 17th-century Portuguese cathedral dedicated to Saint Paul the Apostle. Today, the ruins are one of Macau’s most famous landmarks and also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

IMG_7131Mater Dei.

IMG_7128It is such a beautiful facade.

IMG_7099The street going to Ruins of St. Paul’s. It is so busy, and each shop offers “food tasting”, so you can get full just walking this street!

IMG_7159Macau’s famous Portuguese egg tarts! My favorite!

IMG_7157And pork fillet, in different “flavors”–so good!

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