Finally I set foot also in “City of Asian Sin”….Yes, so known indeed. Considering Macau is a gambling paradise in Asia. Casinos are everywhere and even for easy access, these casinos are integrated with shopping centers and hotels …. Are you curious?
That morning, 8:55 a.m., TurboJet ferry which I was traveling on slowed down when it passed under a giant bridge which was an inter-island access in Macao, i.e Macao-Taipa Bridge.
Within minutes, that “red fast ferry” was anchored. Impatient to set foot in Macao, I rushed out of the ferry towards immigration counter immediately.
Approaching immigration counter, I closely watched immigration officers, majority of them used white gloves. It was similar when I was entering Hong Kong, very fast and easy. They only gave me a piece of immigration paper to entering Macau. So I never got a collection of immigration stamps from the Macao Special Administrative Region.
The coldness of ferry cabin which I rode for 55 minutes made my bladder was unable to compromise. Slightly held back a piss until toilet became a only thing in my mind as soon as I passed immigration counter.
Carrying a Indonesian passport made me be easily observed by tourist hunters….Yess, I was targeted by a salesman of transportation service provider for tourists.
He: “Hi Sir, are you from Indonesia? (speak in Indonesian language)”. Beuh, he could speak Indonesian language….He kept sticking to my left side.
Me: (it is usual scale question for offering something), “Yes sir“.
He: “Upss….your accent is javanese english….Which java are you come from sir? (speaking in Javanese language)”
After that, we was both speaking in Javanese language. This is our conversation.
Me: (Wow, Macao is cool, there is Javanese language here), “I am from Sragen (a small city in Central Java), Sir“.
He: “Oh Central Java, Sir. Where are you going, Sir?….Do you want rent a car? “.
Me: (Damn it, I could smile when I heard Javanese language in Macao), “Wow, sir, I am backpacker….My money isn’t enough….I will use bus…. I’m sorry sir“.
He: “Oooh….Where do you stay in Macao?”
Me: “Villa Ka Meng Hotel, sir. Which bus can I use? Where must I stop?“
He: “Are you sure, you don’t want rent my car, sir?”.
Me: “Yes, sure“
He: “Oh, okay….You can use bus number 10A….Stop in Ponte Cais No. 16“. (Ponte 16 is a casino at Rua do Visconde Paco D’Arcos Street)
Me: “Oh, thank you, sir. Have you stay in Java, Sir?. Your Javanese language is fluent“.
He: “Oh, Never sir….But, many of my friend are from Java“.
He was looking for other prospective customers because he couldn’t catch me.
To make my exploration easier then as usual, I hunted for brochures and other Macao tourism information.
I grasped a map of Macao city bus. Make me more confident when leaving ferry terminal.
Macao makes its visitor to get easy journey. This can be seen from existence of free minibuses which provided by several leading hotels in Macao.
Backpackers don’t need to worry because that bus can also carry you even if you don’t stay at hotel which is a bus owner. You just need to tell the driver that you will play gambling in its hotel. Surely you will be given a seat on bus. Arriving at hotel, you just need to enter in casino for a while and then go out again and then looking for a dormitory which is you have booked. So if you go to Macao, booked a dormitory near famous hotels !…Hahaha.
I better use an city bus by paying USD 0.40 because my hotel is near Senado Square which is quite far from hotel that have that free buses.
Kesan pertama ketika tiba di Macau….Hebat lah Macau.