This is what I have always dreamed of ---to be in another country and actually feel that I am in a new place. That said, I wanted to experience weather that is completely different from the all-year warm temperature we have in the Philippines. So we decided to travel to Hongkong and Macau on winter, during the Lunar New year that is. Taking advantage of my holiday as South Korea also celebrates lunar new year, we boarded the place and conquered 2 new territories in 60 hours --ala amazing race. It's me and my wife's 2nd out of the country together!!!!
The journey began in Macau on the eve of Thursday, February 3,2011. This was DAY 1 of our trip. We landed at Macau International Airport at 10:30pm.
I find the airport simple yet organized. Airport officers are visible everywhere. They are very stiff. On certain occasions prohibiting passengers from taking photos inside the airport.. We felt a bit uneasy. I think they are strict on Filipinos entering the country due to the influx of people going there to find a job. We were not asked any questions in the immigration section but I got the chance to talk to another passenger who is there to look for a job. She said she was denied three times back in Manila. She made it on her first fourth try.
After immigration, I immediately went to the foreign exchange section to buy Patacas (MOP). I also noticed that the person in charge doesn't smile at all. His actions were actually a little unfriendly for me. I started becoming paranoid. Good thing I got to see a few Filipinos talking to each other. That's where we met kuya Eddie who is an employee in the airport. We asked for some directions but he admonished us to just go with him as his place is just near our accommodation. We took the bus which is a cheaper way to go to North Island ( Main Island of Macao). 4 MOP per ride per person in contrast to 70 MOP on a taxi. That's a big saving despite 2 rides.
The next stop, MGM Grand Casino with it's Grande Praca --
Ro Anne, Teresa and me braving the chilly night of Macau....