Things Macao

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These are some of the things that I found in Macao:

Egg Tarts: Although egg tarts can be found abundantly in Macao, the most famous one is Lord Stow’s Egg Tart. Englishman, Andrew Stow opened Lord Stow’s Bakery on Coloane Island, Macau on 15th September 1989. It was a modest affair, in a small village shop, in an area he loved. Local people quickly took to his European produce – a phenomenon in an area with no strong tradition of bread eating.

During a trip to Portugal in the late-80s, Andrew had become familiar with their popular Pasteis de Nata – a kind of egg tart, which had its origins in Belem, Lisbon in 1837. Andrew wanted to produce Pasteis de Nata for his customers, but had no recipe. His Pharmaceutical background made him no stranger to experimentation and Andrew set forth, experimenting with his own version. He dispensed with some conventional methods & ingredients, and introduced an English touch. By doing so, Andrew created his own specialty and introduced the “Portuguese” Egg Tart to Asia in the form they are now recognized and known.

Portuguese ceramic tiles (Azulejos): The influence of Portuguese art, architecture and craft still linger in the form of azulejos – the unique ceramic tiles characteristically used to decorate colonial-era buildings and public spaces. I noticed that one of the buildings in the Historic Center of Macao that still have Azulejos art is Leal Senado Building. Other building that I also noticed having Azulejos is Central plaza at MGM Macao.

Goddess of Mercy (Kun Iam)Goddess of Mercy is 20 meters high and weighs 50 tons. She is a deity embodying love, mercy and compassion, and a figure that represents this message of solidarity and rapprochement between people, worshipped even beyond the scope of the Buddhist religion.

Macao Tower: Macao Tower measures 338m (in height from ground level to the highest point. An observation deck with panoramic views, restaurants, theaters, shopping malls and the Skywalk X, a thrilling walking tour around the outer rim. It offers the best view of Macau and in recent years has been used for a variety of adventurous activities.

Giant Panda: Miles from the glitter and gold of Macau’s resorts, nestled against a hill in Coloane, you’ll find the real treasures of Macau. The feature attraction at Seac Pai Van Park, the Macao Giant Panda Pavilion is home to two rare giant pandas, Kai Kai and Xin Xin. They count amongst the 320 giant pandas living in breeding centers and zoos around the world and are part of an endangered species that has only 1600 left living in the wild.

Door god: I noticed that all temples that I visited have Door God. I am very intrigued by the artwork on some of the doors and took some photos for my drawing reference.  A door god is a Chinese decoration placed on each side of an entry to a temple, home, business, etc., which is believed to keep evil spirits from entering.

Lotus: Standing in Lotus Square next to the Forum, the large sculpture of “Lotus Flower In Full Bloom” presented by the State Council of China in 1999, marks the return of sovereignty of Macao. The sculpture stands at 6 meters high and the major part is composed of a stem, petals and pistil, with a total of 16 components. The base of the flower consists of 23 pieces of red granite.

 

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ACE Malaysia Lucky Contest

ACE Malaysia is celebrating its 1st anniversary in Malaysia and is giving away great prizes! If you are up to it, all you have to do is:

  1. Head over to Ace Bags & Luggage shops at Isetan KLCC or Mitsui Outlet Park, Sepang
  2. Spend more than RM300 to be entitled for Lucky Draw.

Prizes:

  • 1st: JAL air tickets for 2 persons worth RM4000
  • 2nd: Panasonic product worth RM1500 (43″ Viera TV)
  • 3rd: HITACHI product worth RM1500
  • 4th: SUSHI KING food voucher worth RM100 x 20 winners

Closing date:31 May, 2016.

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Macao: concrete jungle where dreams are made of

Hi all! Just came back from Macao. Had a great time exploring Macao and thought I share some photos and thoughts about Macao.

Macao buildings

Macao is pretty much a commercial and industrialized city that is made of hundreds of high-rise buildings that include Grand Lisboa, The Venetian, L’Arc Macau, Wynn Diamond Suites, MGM Grand Macau, Galaxy Star World and many more.

And roaming further around Macao, it is evident that more buildings are on the rise at every corner.

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But as I explored in-between the buildings, I discovered historical ones; some ruined from war, some preserved and some turned into museums—evidence of Portuguese colonisation in Macao since the 16th century. It’s pretty amazing to see baroque European-influenced buildings among the high-rise modern buildings.

HolyHouseofMeryHoly House of Mercy. The main building was built in 1569, while the neo-classical structure was added in 1905.

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Leal Senado. Originally built in 1784 as the municipal office, this building possesses a distinct  Southern European architectural style. After the handover of Macau to China in 1999 it became the headquarters of the Institute of Civic and Municipal Affairs.

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A façade of what remains of the Church of Mater Dei that was built in 1602.

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A post of street signs comprises of 3 languages: Cantonese, Portuguese and English. Now I know that ‘gereja’  (Malay) comes from ‘igreja’ (Portuguese).  Since I am at it; do you know that the Malay word ‘sabun’ comes from French word ‘savon’?

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St. Dominic’s Church. Built in 1587, this was the first church built in China by Dominican priests.

The above buildings are among those listed in Historic Centre of Macao, a collection of over twenty sites that witness the unique assimilation and co-existence of Chinese and Portuguese cultures in Macao. It represents the architectural legacies of the city’s cultural heritage, including monuments such as urban squares, streetscapes, churches and temples. In 2005 the Historic Centre of Macao was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, making it the 31st designated World Heritage site in China.

Among sites that I visited include A-Ma Temple, Barra Square, Moorish Barracks, St Lawrence’s Church, St. Augustine’s Square, Sir Robert Ho Tung Library, Leal Senado Building, Senado Square, Holy House of Mercy, St. Dominic’s Church, St. Dominic’s Square, Ruins of St. Paul’s, Lilau Square.

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A-Ma Temple.

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Sir Robert Ho Tung Library. Sir Robert bought the building in 1918 and when he passed away in 1955, the building was given to the government (according to his will) for use as public library.

leoOther than the heritage sites, I also visited  Macao Science Center, said hi to two giant pandas, had a fling with Leo di Caprio at the Wax & 3D Museum, ate some egg tarts, had a great vegetarian lunch at The Blissful Carrot, see some greeneries at Taipa and Coloane, had lunch at Grand MGM, had a great dinner at Sofitel Macao at Ponte 16, visited The Venetian and had a great lunch at The Golden Peacock, listened to two beautiful ladies playing violin, and discover arts (will tell you about this in another post).

 

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Macao has developed itself as one of the world-class tourism players with a wide choice of hotels, resorts, MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing, Exhibitions) facilities, restaurants, casinos,  family entertainment, financial and banking services, staff training, transport and communications support. With all the offerings, I like to think that Macao is a concrete jungle where dreams are made of; where people come to work and make money, flock casinos and get rich in one day (or two, or not), experience fusion cuisines of Portuguese and Chinese, learn about the culture and history, attend or participate in festivals (or shows, concerts or business events), bring family for a holiday, or simply go shopping.

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Macanese go about their daily lives. Rua do Gamboa, Macao.

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I am glad to have the chance to visit Macao and learn about everything that it has to offer. Viewing neon-lit Macao at night from the 18th floor of Sofitel Macao is so satisfying. While it looks gritty from up here during the day, it looks so darn pretty at night.

 

 

Sources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portuguese_Empire
http://www.historyworld.net/wrldhis/PlainTextHistories.asp?historyid=ab48
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portuguese_Macau
http://www.everyculture.com/Ja-Ma/Macau.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historic_Centre_of_Macau
http://en.macaotourism.gov.mo

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