The Venetian….Culinary, Picnic and Gambling.

Gambling and Casino are two things which are very identical with Macao. So if you go to Macao and don’t see their casino, it won’t leave an impression..

It’s easy.…

Do you want to gamble? Who knows, you will return from Macao then become wealthy.

Or….

Just want to see how is gambling at casino?…Yup, no one forbids.

One thing when you travel to Macao….Decide immediately! Which casino will you visit. Because there are many casinos there.

For me, because I was just curious about real casino, I decided to visit The Venetian.

Why does The Venetian?

Yes, I will close my exploration by having dinner there, then see gondola to feel Venice sensation and finally I will close my exploration by seeing gambling at casino….The Venetian can fulfill all three. So I chose it.

Christmas atmosphere at The Venetian.

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This time I easily got bus, just turned left from Macao Tower front yard then I got a bus stop (Torre Stop / Tunel Rodoviarios) and I waited for city bus no. MT4.

By paying bus fare for about USD 0.5, I arrived at The Venetian in 15 minutes.

I saw a blue bus passing by in front of The Venetian’s lobby. I understood that I would ride it later after exploring The Venetian. Yes, it’s The Venetian’s free bus to take tourists from Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal.

Admiring classic style of The Venetian’s building when I started stepping into building. Hunger which had attacked since leaving Macao Tower made me immediately move to 5th floor when I entered The Venetian.

Surrounding food court, I tried to find the cheapest menu for my dinner. Made sure with surrounding twice before I spent USD 6.8 for a portion of fried rice and USD 1.5 for a half liter of mineral water….So expensive.

Not finished eating it because a portion is so large, then I looked for existence of gondolas in Venice’s gondolas style to ending my curiosity which appeared since watching them on a television show several months before my departure to Macao.

This is an artificial river at The Venetian for gondola tours.

You only need to spend USD 16.6 to enjoy this tour.

I was so absorbed in enjoying beauty of The Venetian, passing around every corridor which provided branded products.

Shops at The Venetian.
Shops too.

A step later I was right in front of casino entrance. My main target destination that I finally visited in my tour closing session in Macao.

Entering casino at The Venetian is quite easy, just need to show your passport to security officer at front gate so you will easily enter.

Like being in an old Hong Kong movie, I searched every side of casino to see how did people gamble at casino. At each table, there was always a dealer who always offered me to gamble. Of course, I would never do it. I just smiled to respond their request to gamble.

Very special ending. Finally I could directly see casino in Macao. The darkening of day was required me to leave The Venetian.

As I stated above, I wouldn’t miss another session i.e riding free shuttle bus which was provided by major hotels in Macao. This time I boarded The Venetian’s free blue shuttle bus. I headed to Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal using this shuttle bus.

From Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal, I continued on my way back to hotel using bus no 10A like I did when I first arrived in Macao. With a tariff of USD 0.4, I arrived back at Villa Ka Meng Hotel to rest and continued my trip tomorrow to Shenzhen using fast ferry.

Bye The Venetian….Bye Macao.

5 Macao’s Tourist Attractions in 24 hours

Macao is 10th country that I visited. Starting from getting for Cebu Pacific Airlines’ promo ticket worth USD 38 which accidentally drove me to Manila. And instead of buying return ticket from Manila which was very expensive, it was better to go home from Shenzhen (China) because Tiger Air offered cheaper return ticket.

In Manila to Shenzhen trip, I was stranded in Hong Kong and Macau. Fortunately didn’t for long time….Only 48 hours in Hong Kong and 24 hours in Macau.

After writing 48 hours story in Hong Kong. So now, I will tell about what did I visited for 24 hours in Macao.

1. Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal

That moment arrived when I chose to use TurboJet Ferry to leaving Hong Kong. On exactly 8:55 hours and in distance about 70 km from Hong Kong, I arrived at ferry terminal located in east of Macao island.

At outside building, this port has a name in Portuguese, namely Terminal Maritimo de Passageiros do Porto Exterior. Portuguese scripts are very commonly seen throughout Macao. This was happen because for 4 centuries, China rented Macao to Portuguese to be used as a trading port.

If on Google maps, there are terms i.e Macao Maritime Ferry Terminal, Macao Ferry Terminal or Hong Kong Macao Ferry Pier then thar are different names for a same place, i.e Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal.

So if you are docked at this ferry terminal then just enjoy being there.

2. Senado Square

I deliberately chose a dormitory near Ruins of St. Paul complex. Because in this complex, there are two leading tourist destinations namely Ruins of St. Paul and Senado Square. So that, I could freely explore both of them by walking.

Immediately putting my backpack in Villa Ka Meng Hotel after getting down bus on Avenue de Almeida Ribeiro street closed to Ponte Cais No. 16. And after enjoying breakfast at Loulan Islam restaurant, I rushed to Senado Square

Senado Square itself is a square which was built since 1918. It is shopping tourism for branded goods hunters to street food ones. Being one of UNESCO’s heritage, Senado Square offers great views of classic buildings which were built from Chinese and Portuguese culture aculturation along its sides.

3. Ruins St. Paul

Leaving Senado Square, the next closest destination which I visited was ruins of a cathedral called Ruins of St Paul. If you go to Macao and haven’t take a picture in front of Ruins St. Paul, then your trip would feel like it isn’t “legal”. Therefore this place was the busiest destination which visited by tourists during my journey to Macao.

Ruis St. Paul was originally a Portuguese cathedral which built in 16th century. It is also a UNESCO’s world heritage site when it became a historical conservation after a great fire in 1959. The iconic part which is often be a photo object by tourists is remaining front gate of cathedral.

4. Macao Tower

Ruis St. Paul to Macao Tower was a route which made me stucked for some time in Avenue Da Praia Grande street. Focus and fast understanding of complex and massive Macao bus route, I finally found a bus stop which passed by city bus no. 9A towards Macao Tower.

“A 338 meters in high” tower offers observation deck tours, restaurants, theaters, malls and bungee jumping activities. While in tower park, there is a plaza and a pool for sport activities or just for spending time in afternoon for Macao residents.

5. The Venetian

Perception of The Venetian’s grandeur made my visitation in Macao Tower wasn’t focus. I seemed to be in a hurry to immediately enjoy The Venetian. Curiosity to entering the biggest casino in Macao and even one of the biggest in the world, made me to want to immediately go there. Besides casino, one thing which I always remembered about The Venetian is gondola rides which would take us to the tourism nuances in Venice, Italy.

It is an integration of two functions, namely luxury hotel and casino. This 39-storey building is located on reclaimed island of Cotai and is affiliated with The Venetian Las Vegas.

And then….I completely visited those five destinations within 14 hours of exploration in Macao. I spent remaining time to took a rest and sleeping in a hotel to recover my body condition after a few days before exploring Manila and Hong Kong.

It is very crazy….

Macao and Shenzen Story Continued….

I saw Shekou Port Station’s gate at the front. It wasn’t clearly visible because it was directly heading to underground.

My Friend “The Fat” suddenly stopped my step to down the escalator after he called me to waited for him to bought something. Somehow the transaction happened, I only saw the Moslem trader gave code  an index finger and I saw “The Fat”  was carrying a hundred yuan. Ohhh … I thought he just buy a hundred Yuan.

OK … I just waited. Another trader came to helped him cutted the peanut and cashew nut cake then putted it on a small scales…. “a kilo”, I thought.

#patforehead …. “What is this, Don?”, “The Fat” felt sad and wanted me paid a half …. I asked him to paid all….it was no funny. “The Fat” often made unnecessary problems”.

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Apparently he must pay 400 Yuan for it….Crazy. Drama on Shekou Port toilet had continued to “the most expensive cake in the world” drama. A kilo of cake for IDR 800,000

OK….What was the next drama?

After the incident, I immediately rushed to the platform for going to Fumin Station. I would put my backpack in Shenzen FOMO Hostel.

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Situation in Shenzhen Metro

Arriving at Fumin Station, I confidently walked along Jintian Road, I only needed to read a simple map. Turn right from exit gate, passed 2-junction then turn left at third-junction.

I couldn’t wait to checked-in in the tent room on rooftop Shenzen FOMO Hostel. Couldn’t wait for the night to enjoyed sky in Shenzhen by sleeping in a tent.

The final destination of a map that I brought was an apartment which was guarded by a fat security who only could speak Chinese language. I showed him the booking form … then he tried to explained as much as possible with sign language while speaking chinese language … yes, I still failed to understood … haha.

Then, a senior high school girl came, the security guard called her and told her to talked to me….Finally, he could speak english….”shutdown … shutdown”…. the security guard crossed his arms on his chest….owhh….the hotel was closed….closed because of bankrupt….OK, third drama had happened … the last one was really shocking.

I tried still relax before do next plan….finally, I stopped by at Mc Donald’s for lunch. Shelter bus was the best place to take a break whenever fatigued to brought a backpack on my back.

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Statue of Philosopher Zhuangzi in front of MC Donald’s

After lunch, I decided to went to Dongmen “backpacker area in Shenzhen” to looked for impromptu cheap hotel there.business hotel5Shopping complex situation in Dongmen

Arriving at Laojie Station “The Boss” looked for Local Sim Card. He wanted to called “Anggi” in Jakarta to booked a dormitory for us. While waiting for “The Boss”, I tried to sat on stairs in front of the shop. I approached a local girl who sat for waited someone.

“Do you know a hostel for backpackers near here?” … he took out his handphone from his bag….I thought she was understood.

But….evidently She gave me a English-Chinese translator application in her phone. Hahahahah ….So We finally talked via handphone. Every english question that I typed, she would read it in the Chinese column….so funny.

The conversation gave a conclusion for me to went to the end of a junction and there was a cheap hotel that had triple rooms.

Finally we stranded at Xin Chao Business Hotel. Only 300 Yuan for 3 person was required to enjoyed this business class hotel. It was OK for forgetting the sadness of 3 dramas all day in Shenzen.

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Situation in front and in the room of Xin Chao Business Hotel

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This is unique … Basement was marked with number -1 in elevator, a free snack was Sumedang (Indonesia) product….and unusual for me as Indonesian…hotel provided condoms in a desk….haha

At that night, I went to the fountain and light show on a cruise ship which was changed to a hotel and restaurant….and there was a fourth drama there.

Drama that always challenged me to travel anywhere …