Old Macau and a porkchop bun

We went to Macau recently and had the smoothest flight via Cebu Pacific. The same guy headed the plane going in and out of Manila – a certain Capt. Florencio. It’s been 5 years since I flew international with Cebu Pacific and my good experience will probably make me consider travelling with them to some exotic destinations like Hanoi or Siem Reap. The sandwich they serve is terrible though. I felt bad paying P100 each for something that tasted like cardboard. Needless to say, we left it unfinished.

Cebu Pacific flights from Manila to Macau arrive at an unholy hour of 9:45 p.m. so it doesn’t make sense booking a swanky hotel when you’re just going to check out after 12 hours. It was the busy Labor Day weekend and I found out that even the so-called two-star hotels charged a minimum of US$100 a night. Even so, I enjoyed our stay at Hotel Hong Thai along Rua de Cinco (or some such) because it kept me in touch with the old Macau. It seems I preferred this area more than the location of the glitzy casinos. Landmarks like Senado Square and St.Paul’s Ruins were also just a five minute walk away.

I enjoyed eating in the local restaurants where the waitresses didn’t understand me and I had to point at the pictures written in Chinese characters.

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For this trip, I was glad to be acquainted with a popular snack in Macau called the pork chop bun.Flavorful and tender boneless pork chop is enclosed in a perfect, semi-crusty bread that resembles our local pan de sal. Only P100 per serving, I swear I can finish two of this in one seating. Please note that you can also have chicken or beef fillet in the bun.

Pork Chop bun

I love fried rice. I love it when it’s perfectly fried like this , with my fave shrimps, egg & veggies.

Fried rice

More scenes from old Macau:

The original outpost of the famous Pastelaria Koi Kei was located near our hotel.This is a great place to buy pasalubong, especially sought-after Macanese pastries laid out in pretty boxes.

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Man having his morning coffee and newspapers in his apartment. Note the two “boxy” TVs in the background.

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Dried fish being sold in roadside stalls. I wonder how these taste. I saw the fish hanging in most places.

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A street in old Macau at night. No vendors spotted, it seemed so peaceful. I commend Macau for retaining their heritage despite the onslaught of those gambling meccas in the other side of town.

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