Travel Guide to Macao, The Vegas of the East.


Macao (or Macau) which also known as the Vegas of the East is Portugal’s last colony in Asia which was handed back to China in 1999. With its fusion of Portuguese and Chinese cultures, Macao has an amazing World Heritage City Centre with fortresses, churches, temples, gardens and museums. In addition, even if you’re not into gambling, you’ll still have plenty to do in the Vegas of the East. For instance, stuff yourself with all the Portuguese egg tarts you can handle. My words to you, don’t underestimate Macao. It’s an incredible destination to visit with so many gems around every turn. We spent 5 days leaving no rock unturned, discovering its best sights, secrets and everything in between.

Things to do in Macao

1. In awe of the world heritage site – Ruins of St. Paul

Located within Senado Square is arguably the most well-known historical structure of Macau: the Ruins of St. Paul. Make sure you visit it early in the morning to avoid the crowd and take good photos.

2. Wander around Senado Square

Senado Square is perhaps Macau’s most recognisable public spaces/centres. It is filled with many shops, heritage sites, restaurants and various snack and souvenir vendors. Wander around and stop by for photos and some tasty almond cookies and jerky.

3. Fall in love at Travessa Da Paixao

From St. Paul, walk down the street to Travessa da Paixão, which is also known as lover’s lane 戀愛巷. It’s a short cobblestone street lined with brightly colored buildings. This alley is definitely worth a quick peek or a photo.

4. Casino hopping

Even though you’re not a fan of gambling, you should not miss the chance of visiting casinos in Macao. The most popular ones include the Grand Lisboa, The Venetian Casino, and Galaxy among others. In fact, the Grand Lisboa is an iconic structure of the city, being one of the oldest and most long-standing hotels in Macau.

5. Go on a photography run at night

Macao is a city that never sleeps. When the sun goes down, the skyscrapers and casinos will light up the dark sky. You can even catch city lights of Zhu Hai which is just opposite Macao.

6. Ride the Studio City Golden Reel, the world’s first figure 8 ferris wheel

For spectacular views of the area around the Cotai Strip, take a ride on the Golden Reel, the world’s highest figure-8 ferris wheel. Built to resemble a film reel, these air-conditioned glass cabins head up and down between the towers of this impressive art deco style hotel.

7. Check out the late Dame Zaha Hadid’s architectural masterpiece – the Morpheus hotel

The futuristic 40-storey building is no ordinary Macau hotel. The infrastructure is described as the first free-form exoskeleton-bound high-rise building in the world and is an impressive landmark in Macau.

8. Laze the day away on the sands of Hac Sa Beach

Hac Sa Beach is the largest natural beach in Macau. The beach got its name from the natural black sand on the beach (Hac Sa means black sand in Cantonese).

9. Be serenaded by real gondoliers 

Who says you can only ride gondola in Venice? Just like the canals at the original property in Las Vegas (or indeed in Venice itself), these are patrolled by gondolas manned by gondoliers warbling out tunes like “Amore” and “Volare” from the old country.

10. Climb the Eiffel Tower during the day, and watch the Light Show during the night

The Eiffel Tower’s observation deck is another great spot for panoramic skyline of the Cotai Strip. Every evening a light show takes place every 15 minutes from 6.15pm until midnight. Jazz music fills the air and the Eiffel Tower is lit up from top to bottom, casting a romantic glow.

11. Exploring old Taipa village and grab some souvenirs along the way

Situated just a stone’s throw away from the main casino strip, Taipa Village is Macao’s leading destination for culture and heritage. Here, among its winding lanes and pedestrianised alleys, you get to see Macao’s East-meets-West character on full display. PS. you can get great souvenirs such as Almond cookies here.

12. Visit the Lady of Carmo Church, the only Catholic church in Taipa

Lady of Carmo Church is the only Catholic church in Taipa. Built in 1885, it still operates today and is a distinctive neoclassical structure with its exterior painted in pastel shades of yellow. In recent years, it’s become a popular backdrop for wedding photos. The church and its grounds are an ideal spot to come for a place to relax.

13. Walk around Taipa Houses Museum and garden

If you’re a fan of architecture or history, check out these gorgeous pastel-colored colonial houses which have been converted into a free museum for the public. You’ll get an interesting look into Macau’s Portuguese heritage as you walk through the five old homes and surrounding gardens.

14. Prepare to be mesmerised by the large A-Ma Statue at Tin Hao Temple 天后宫

Situated on top of the hill, Tin Hao Temple not only keep your soul at peace. It also offers a fantastic view of the the architectural temples, goddess A-Ma statue and the panoramic view of Macao.

15. Get adrenaline rush at Macao Tower

For an incredible view of Macau, take the 60-second elevator ride up 223 meters at the Macau Tower. You can even drop off the edge with the Skyjump or bungy off the top!

16. Pretend you’re in Rome at Fisherman’s Wharf

For Instagrammers out there, Fisherman’s Wharf is definitely a great photo stop.With a small replica of Colosseum, you will feel like you’re wandering around in Rome.

17. Catch a sunset at Our Lady of Penha’s forecourt.

This quiet church which is located on a hill offers an astonishing view of Macao Tower, Sai Van Lake and the bridges. Apart from these, this is a great spot to catch sunset!

18. Check out the city via Macao Light Rail Transit (MLM)

Macao LRT is the first rapid transit system in Macao. The 9.3km Taipa Line will serve 11 stations. Along the way, you can get a glimpse of The Venetian, The Parisian, Wynn Palace, Macao Tower, and Zhu Hai.

19. Cross the ocean via the world’s longest sea bridge (HZMB)

The 55-km Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB), comprising the 12km Hong Kong Link Road, 29.6km Main Bridge and 13.4km Zhuhai Link Road, is the longest bridge-cum-tunnel sea crossing in the world. It will take only 40 minutes to travel the distance of approximately 42km from Hong Kong Port to Zhuhai Port and Macao Port.

Food to try in Macao

1. Grab Lord Stow’s Portuguese Tart

There are branches throughout the peninsula but the very first branch of Lord Stow’s Bakery is in Coloane. If you’re a fan of their egg tarts, make sure you stop by here and grab a bite!

2. Indulge yourself with delicious Macanese cuisine at Fernando Restaurant

Probably one of Macau’s most recommended restaurants, Fernando’s is a charming Portuguese restaurant located on the Southern side of Coloane island, close to Hac Sa beach. It serves Macanese favourites such as African chicken, clams, sardines and prawns alongside salads of fresh garden-picked tomatoes and onions and limitless homemade bread. Lively ambiance and friendly service are definitely a huge bonus.

3. Try steamed milk pudding at 義順牛奶公司

Steamed milk pudding is a traditional Chinese dessert that’s similar to douhua and pannacotta. Only made from three ingredients, milk, sugar, and egg white, steamed egg pudding is very smooth and delicate. You can order it hot or cold. I love it cold and with red beans as topping.

4. Feast on mouth-watering seafood suckling pig claypot 海鮮乳豬煲 at Feng Shun
If you’re a huge fan of seafood and spicy food like me. This seafood suckling pig claypot will definitely satisfy your tastebuds. The sour and spicy soup base filled with fresh and juicy seafood, every spoon makes you crave for more!

5. Have congee as breakfast like the locals at 盛记白粥 Cheng Ji Congee Waking up to bowls and bowls of the smoothest congee which is served with its traditional fixings, slices of fresh fish, liver, pork intestine, meatballs, and Chinese fried doughnuts is a bless.

6. Bite on the delicious and juicy bursting meatballs at 武二广潮福粉面食馆

Need something hot to warm up your stomach? You can’t go wrong with this bowl of delicious Chao Zhou noodles with bursting meatballs topped with fried garlics.

7. Dim Sum at 聚龙海鲜火锅酒家

When in Macau or Hong Kong, one of the delicacies you simply must have is Dim Sum. So, never ever skip breakfast! The trick to dim sum is to come with a big group of people so you can try everything.

8. Drink milk tea and have finger-licking good pork chop bun and pineapple bun at 青洲灶記咖啡

When you’re in Macau, the combination of milk tea, pork chop bun and pineapple bun cannot be missed! I can literally have this combo every day!


London Through My Eyes

London, the city that will always have a spot in my heart.

Perhaps, London is the first city that I traveled to all by myself.

Perhaps, is the gloomy rainy weather that I enjoy.

Perhaps, the more I try to understand, the more London beckons to me with fresh mysteries.

I FINALLY have the time to document everything I enjoy about London. P.S it is pretty weird how I never write about London even though I’ve been there three times.

Continue reading “London Through My Eyes”

Kyoto, Japan: 72 Hours to Wander Around


Kyoto is by far my favourite city in Japan even though I have just been to Osaka, Nara and Kyoto. You will be amazed how Kyoto able to master the perfect mixture of modern trends, traditional Japanese culture, and numerous iconic sites. Kyoto is literally the best place to see Japanese traditions and culture comes to live in everyday life. If it’s your first time in Kyoto and you only have 72 hours to spend, here is a great itinerary that will allow you to see many of the highlights. P.S is more than enough to delight your eyes and stimulate the mind.

Continue reading “Kyoto, Japan: 72 Hours to Wander Around”

Edinburgh Ultimate Travel Guide for First Timers

Edinburgh, capital of Scotland, not only it is a well-known tourist destination alongside with Glasgow. Edinburgh is also a definite contender for one of the United Kingdom’s most breathtaking cities. In addition, Edinburgh was the first city to be called the UNESCO city of literature! With its picturesque mediaeval town, romantic cobblestone streets, rich history and culture, nature, and friendliest people, you are guaranteed to have an incredible time there!


Continue reading “Edinburgh Ultimate Travel Guide for First Timers”

Penang Hill, A Great Spot to Catch Sunrise

Penang Hill which is also known as Bukit Bendera, is a place which almost every Malaysian knows especially we, Penangites. I’ve been there a couple of times but I never catch a sunrise. Hence, on one Saturday, my friend and I woke up at 6am and head over to Penang Hill to catch the earliest tram up the hill. Not only you get to avoid the crowd while enjoying the sunrise, you also get to enjoy the cheapest fare with your MyKad.

Penang-Hill- A-Great-Spot-to-Catch-Sunrise

Continue reading “Penang Hill, A Great Spot to Catch Sunrise”

What to Wear for Summer Beach Vacation

What to wear for summer beach vacation? I bet this question comes across most of our minds since it is officially the summer time, and most of us are going on a beach vacation! Hitting the beach is always one of my favourite things to do in Summer. Not only I get to enjoy the warm sun, sound of the rolling waves, toes in the sand and breeze in my hair. Beach is also a great place for me to calm my mind.

This summer, you will see many rattan and straw bags, button down pieces, crop tops, denim shorts, slides, espadrilles as well as wrap dresses.

What-to Wear-for-Summer-Beach-Vacation

Continue reading “What to Wear for Summer Beach Vacation”

10 Best and Free Spots to Photograph the Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower is one of the reasons which makes many of us dreaming of traveling to Paris. And no doubt, the Eiffel Tower is going to be the highlight of everyone’s trip to Paris, France. If you are wondering where are the best spots to view and photograph the Eiffel Tower without spending a penny? You are in luck! Below are my 10 favourite (free) locations to admire and capture the Iron Lady.


Continue reading “10 Best and Free Spots to Photograph the Eiffel Tower”