Let’s Visit !….Senado Square

My trip by city bus No. 10A ended when passing Kam Pex Community Center Bus Stop Avenue de Almeida Riberio. Luckily, bus driver allowed me to get off at a T-junction which nice view of Ponte Cais 16 Hotel in its center.

Kam Pex Community Centre bus stop.

That receptionist seemed to be son of hotel owner. Every question which I threw to him, He always answered easily, “Wait sir, I firtly ask to my mom”. Gosh, very luckily kid who will get a legacy a hotel later….Hahaha

Checking-in finished after I gave USD 16 to get Villa Ka Meng Hotel’s room key.

As easy as clicking my fingers, suddenly my eyes saw big “halal” logo in front of a restaurant. And the surprise was, a Chinese was the owner of restaurant. Loulan Islam is that restaurant name.

With a big smile, he asked what did I want to eat and offered a menu with such effort. His index finger danced around to writing various Chinese alpabhets in the air. My irresistible laughing made whole restaurant visitor happily laugh. Burying my sleepiness which affect me since early morning.

I paid a little more than standard street food prices which I ussually hunt. At least, I got a Halal dish reference in Macao.

Passing at left side of the road….I headed to Senado Square which was very near. But before actually achieving it, I stopped at a money changer to exchange my US Dollars for Macao Dollars.

Exchange only a little of USD Dollars !….Don’t forget to little preparing in Shenzhen !.

Finally I set foot in Senado Square, second destination in Macao that I visited.

The uniqueness of Senado Square is its floor motif which seems to be bumpy and identical to white and black color. The square which was full of tourists really showed that this place is a UNESCO historical heritage. It wasn’t a big surprise about its visitors who very crowd.

Classic buildings which adorn every sides of square were be easy targets for tourist’s camera.

St. Dominic’s Church.
Historical museum which ever functioned as an orphanage and health clinic.
Macao city hall which very classic.

Main Square’s wide limited my ability to explore all of it. And then, I sat at its side to hide from sun which very hot.

Chinese tourists: “Malaysian?” A middle-aged man greeted me under a tree which effectively reduced heat of the sun.

Me : “Me?….Oh, I’m Indonesian”.

Chinese Tourist: “Waaa…Indonesian. Nice country”.

Me : “Ever go to Indonesia?”.

Chinese Tourist: “Yes….Bali, Medan and Batam”.

Me : “Great….How about Indonesia?”.

Chinese Tourist: “I Like….I eat Nasi Padang there. Nice”.

Me : “Hahaha….Ya ya ya. The most delicious food in the world”.

Chinese Tourist: “Ever go to China?

Me : “Absolutely….I will go to Shenzen after my journey in Macao”.

Chinese Tourist: “Ohhoo….Good good. Welcome to my country”.

Me : “Thanks Sir

Our conversation ended when a woman who I suspected as his wife approached and invited him to continue their seightseeing at Senado Square.

Some spots at Senado Square:

“Taxi zone” map.
Taxi which was waiting for passengers.
Damn….Why did I capture that trash can.
Payphone.
A city bus which passes Senado Square.

So….If you go there when in Macau….Just enjoy it.

Yuk Tengok….Senado Square

Perjalananku bersama bus kota No 10A berakhir dengan terlewatnya Halte Bus Kam Pex Community Centre di bilangan Jalan Avenue de Almeida Riberio. Beruntung si pengemudi bus masih mau menurunkanku di sebuah pertigaan dengan pemandangan Hotel Ponte Cais 16 tepat di pusatnya.

Halte Bus Kam Pex Community Centre.

Resepsionis itu sepertinya anak si empunya hotel. Setiap pertanyaan yang kulempar selalu dijawabnya mudah, “Wait sir, I firtly ask to my mom”. Duh, enaknya tuh bocah dapat warisan hotel kelak….Hahaha

Check in pun selesai setelah kuberikan Rp 220.000 untuk mendapatkan kunci kamar Hotel Villa Ka Meng.

Semudah menjetikkan jari, tiba-tiba mataku melihat tulisan halal sebegitu besarnya di depan sebuah rumah makan. Dan terkejutnya, orang Tionghoa adalah si pemilik rumah makan itu. Rumah makan Loulan Islam namanya.

Dengan senyum lebarnya, dia bertanya mau makan apa dan menawarkan menu dengan usaha sebegitu kerasnya. Telunjuk jarinya menari-nari menuliskan berbagai aksara China di udara. Gelak tawaku yang tak tertahan membuat seisi rumah makan tertawa riang. Memendam kantuk yang dari pagi tadi menggelayutiku.

Aku membayarnya sedikit mahal dari standar harga street food yang biasa kuburu. Setidaknya mendapatkan referensi sajian halal di Macau.

Melewati sisi kiri jalan….aku menuju Senado Square yang tinggal selemparan batu. Tapi sebelum benar-benar mencapainya, aku berhenti di sebuah money changer untuk menukarkan Dolar Amerika ke Dolar Macau.

Tukarkan sedikit saja….Sisakan untuk mengeksplore Shenzen.

Akhirnya aku menginjakkan kaki di Senado Square, destinasi kedua di Macau yang kukunjungi.

Keunikan Senado Square adalah motif lantainya yang seolah bergelombang dan identik dengan warna putih hitam. Alun-alun yang penuh dengan turis ini benar-benar menunjukkan bahwa tempat ini merupakan warisan sejarah UNESCO. Tidaklah mengherankan atas keramaian itu.

Bangunan-bangunan klasik yang menghiasi kiri kanan alun-alun itu menjadi sasaran empuk para pemilik kamera untuk mengabadikannya.

St. Dominic’s Church.
Museum bersejarah yang pernah berfungsi sebagai panti asuhan dan klinik kesehatan
Balai kota Macau tempoe doeloe.

Luasnya alun-alun membatasi kemampuanku untuk mengitarinya sekali saja dan kemudian terduduk di salah satu ujungnya lalu berteduh dari sengatan surya yang mulai meninggi.

Turis China: “Malaysian?”. Seorang lelaki setengah baya menyapaku di bawah sebuah pohon yang mengurangi panasnya matahari.

Aku: “Me?….Oh, I’m Indonesian”.

Turis China: “Waaa…Indonesian. Nice country”.

Aku: “Ever go to Indonesia?”.

Turis China: “Yes….Bali, Medan and Batam”.

Aku: “Great….How about Indonesia?”.

Turis China: “I Like….I eat Nasi Padang there. Nice”.

Aku: “Hahaha….Ya ya ya. The most delicious food in the world”.

Turis China: “Ever go to China?

Aku: “Absolutely….I will go to Shenzen after my journey in Macau”.

Turis China: “Ohhoo….Good good. Welcome to my country”.

Aku: “Thanks Sir

Percakapan pun berakhir ketika seorang perempuan yang kuduga istrinya menghampiri dan mengajaknya melanjutkan eksplorasi Senado Square.

Beberapa spot di Senado Square:

Peta zona taxi.
Taxi yang sedang menunggu penumpang.
Geblek….Ngapain juga guwe motoin tuh tempat sampah.
Telepon umum.
Bus kota yang melewati Senado Square.

So….If you go there when in Macau….Just enjoy it.