Hi, Macao!….Welcome to Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal!

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.

I watched closely rows of car which passed 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.

First time know that bottom of ferry is hollow.

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.

Urinoir at Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal.
Smoking is fined for about USD 74.
Baby changing station from California.

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.

Hunting for tourism information via digital platforms at ferry terminal.
The easiest way is approaching tourist information centre which is usually awaited by beautiful staffs.

I grasped a map of Macao city bus. Make me more confident when leaving ferry terminal.

A few steps when leaving main building of Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal.
Another part of Outer Harbor 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.

Here it is free bus platforms.

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.

But I don’t get on this bus, guys?

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.

Hai, Macau!….Selamat Datang di Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal!

Akhirnya aku menginjakkan kaki juga di “Kota Dosa Asia”….Ya, dikenal demikian memang. Mengingat Macau adalah surganya judi di Asia. Casino berteberan dimana-mana bahkan untuk memudahkan aksesnya, casino-casino ini diintegrasikan dengan pusat perbelanjaan dan hotel….Penasaran kan?.

Pagi itu, 08:55, TurboJet ferry yang kutumpangi melambatkan lajunya ketika melintas dibawah jembatan raksasa yang merupakan akses antar pulau di Macau, yaitu Macau-Taipa Bridge.

Kuperhatikan lekat-lekat deretan kendaraan yang melewati Macau-Taipa Bridge itu.

Dalam hitungan menit, ferry cepat berwarna merah itu pun berlabuh. Tak sabar menginjakkan kaki di Macau, aku sedikit bergegas keluar dari ferry itu untuk segera menuju konter imigrasi.

Baru tahu bagian bawah ferry itu berongga.

Mendekat konter imigrasi, aku mengamati dengan seksama para petugas imigrasi yang mayoritas menggunakan sarung tangan berwarna putih. Sama ketika masuk ke Hong Kong, sangat cepat dan mudah. Mereka hanya memberiku selembar kertas imigrasi untuk memasuki Macau. Jadi aku tak pernah mendapatkan koleksi stempel imigrasi dari Wilayah Administrasi Khusus Macau.

Dinginnya kabin ferry yang kunaiki selama 55 menit membuat kemih tak bisa kompromi. Sedikit menahan rasa pipis hingga toilet menjadi satu-satunya yang ada dalam pikiranku begitu lolos dari konter imigrasi.

Urinoir di Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal.
Ketangkap merokok didenda 1 juta.
Baby changing station produk asli California.

Menenteng passport “hijau” membuatku mudah diamati oleh para pemburu turis…yess, gue diincar oleh seorang penyedia jasa transportasi untuk turis.

Dia : “Mas dari Indonesia ya?”. Beuh bisa Bahasa Indonesia….Doi terus menempelku disisi kiri.

Aku: (pertanyaan skala biasa buat PDKT), “Iya pak”.

Dia: “Loh suaranya medok….Jawane ngendi mas?

Aku: (Wah keren nih Macau, ada Bahasa Jawa disonoh, njirrr), “Sragen, mas”.

Dia: “Oh Jawa Tengah yo mas. Meh nang endi, mas?….Opo makai mobilku ae?”.

Aku: (Geblek, Gua bisa senyum nyengir terus nih saking denger bahasa Jawa di Macau), “Walah pak, iki bekpekeran eee….Pas-pasan duitku….Meh numpak bis ae lah pak….Sepurane ae yo pak.

Dia: “Oooo…..Hotelmu nang endi mas?

Aku: “Villa Ka Meng Hotel, pak. Numpak bis nomer piro yo mas? Mudun ngendi?”.

Dia: “Tenanan ki ra nyilih mobilku ae mas?”.

Aku: “Sumprit ora pak”.

Dia: “Yowes mas….numpak bis no 10A ae yo….mudun Ponte Cais No. 16”. (Ponte 16 adalah casino di jalan Rua do Visconde Paco D’Arcos)

Aku: “Oh matur suwun yo pak. Pernah urip ning Jowo to pak?”.

Dia: “Ora pernah ee mas….cuman kancaku wong Jowo akeh”.

Dia pun mencari calon customernya yang lain karena tak berhasil menangkapku.

Untuk memudahkan menjelajah maka seperti biasa, aku berburu brosur dan informasi pariwisata Macau lainnya.

Berburu informasi pariwisata via digital platform di ferry terminal.
Paling mudah dan menyenangkan adalah menghampiri tourist information yang biasanya ditunggu wajah-wajah cantik.

Tergenggam sudah peta bus kota Macau. Membuatku semakin percaya diri meninggalkan pelabuhan.

Beberapa langkah ketika meninggalkan bangunan utama Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal.
Bagian lain dari Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal.

Macau memang memanjakan para pengunjungnya. Hal itu terlihat dari keberadaan minibus-minibus gratis penjemput yang disediakan oleh beberapa hotel terkemuka di dataran Macau.

Ini dia platform bus gratis itu.

Para tampang backpacker tak perlu risau karena bus itu bisa juga mengangkutmu walau kamu tidak menginap di hotel asal bus tersebut. Kamu hanya perlu berani bilang ke sopirnya bahwa kamu akan bermain judi di hotel asal bus. Pasti kamu akan diberikan bangku di bus tersebut. Sampai hotel, kamu tinggal memasuki casino sebentar lalu keluar lagi dan carilah dormitory yang kamu inapi. Makanya kalau ke Macau cari dormitory di dekat hotel-hotel ternama ya….hahaha.

Tapi gue ga naik bus ini ya gaes….

Gue lebih baik menggunakan bus kota biasa dengan membayar Rp. 5.500 karena hotelku berada di dekat Senado Square yang lumayan jauh dari hotel-hotel pemilik bus gratis itu.

Kesan pertama ketika tiba di Macau….Hebat lah Macau.