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Zoe Raymond|Fitness & Yoga|Beauty & Fashion

Macao Tourism Board

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Just a search on my older posts and I actually visited Macao twice in 2014. Once in Feb 14 and another time in the same year, in Dec 14 for Christmas! When someone mentions Macao, those piping hot and fresh Portuguese tarts, Pork Chop buns, 鸡鱼翅, 虾子面 comes to my mind instantly!

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This was probably my 3rd Portuguese tarts when I was there in December 2014! 

I always wish I could pack some tarts home! But you know you can't, you just have to visit Macao for these fresh tarts! Thankful that I blog every trip so I can always look back on my vacations!
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This lunch which we had with friends around Ruins of St Paul's, worked out to just 740 HKG (S$120), and it was sure very satisfying! We paid S$120 for abalone porridge, sharks' fin, cod fish, shrimp noodles and we even had hashima for dessert!

Mandatory shots in front of Ruins of St. Paul's after our hearty lunch! It is always filled with tourists! Did you know that in 2005, Ruins of St. Paul's  were officially listed as part of the Historic Centre of Macao, a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
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The weather was so good that day, the sky's so beautifully blue!!
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Because I was so into Running Man, and on an episode, they featured Macao Tower where the crew did Bungee jumps, sky walk challenges! I wasn't there to jump or walk, I chicken leh haha, the jump is 233m high!

The World's Highest Bungy Jump at Macao Tower will take its guests on a free fall at a speed of up to 200km/h for the ultimate extreme journey! Plunging from a platform 233m high, challengers will experience a 4-5 second freefall before stretching the 50 meter bungy cord nearly four times its unloaded length and rebounding at approximately 30 meters above the ground!

That said, Macao, is a world-class destination that leaves people enchanted and fascinated with iconic cultural sights, thrilling adventures, entertaining performances, various city festivals and a foodie paradise with a wide selection of local snacks and delicacies!

Macao is much more than just what I have visited! I visited the Macao on Wheels Activation at Bugis+ the other weekend and it surely brought back some of my Macao experiences like the good food and activities!
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Besides learning a bit more about Macao, I got my hands on some piping hot Portuguese egg tarts from these gorgeous ladies!
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I also had free photos printed instantly in the Macao kombi van!
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Also got pulled into an interview with the host of the event, Kanny! She got me to share where I have been in Macao and I also got some valuable Macao information from her as she shared with me on some new places which I have yet to visit!
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Visiting the roadshow and looking through Macao Tourism website actually made me want to go back to Macao again just to visit these places!

Here are some of the places, activities and food that I would be adding to my itinerary for my next Macao trip!

As I have shared earlier, I have been to Macao Tower and seen tourists do AJ Hackett Activities! I have really no guts but I may try the next time! Look at how much fun and great view the bungee jump and sky walk can bring!
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If you are not a dare devil, Macao is a city of rich multi-cultural heritage that blends the rich traditions of Chinese and Portuguese cultures. Macao is even has a UNESCO World Heritage status! I have been to Ruins of St Paul's, Macao Museum, Hidden Gems/Village Life but after looking through the Macao Tourism website, there are so many more historical and heritage places I should visit! I want to visit The Taipa Houses-Museum, I always love colonial houses!
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The Taipa Houses-Museum includes five typical green houses with Macanese architectural characteristics of Portuguese matrix and is considered one of the cultural relics and heritages of the Island. The Taipa Houses-Museum was built in 1921!

Another place I would visit is Lou Lim Ieoc Garden which is so beautiful, reminds me of those Hong Kong/ China filmed dramas I always watch!
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Lou Lim Ieoc Garden was built by a wealthy 19th century Chinese merchant, Lou Kau. When the family fortunes declined the garden fell into ruins, but it was eventually purchased and restored by the government and opened to the public in 1974.  The garden is modeled on those of Suzhou, the most famous of all Chinese classical gardens. Enclosed by a high wall, it is a miniaturized landscape with narrow paths winding through groves of bamboo and flowering bushes, under moulded concrete "mountains" to a large pond filled with golden carp and lotus flowers!

Besides these historical sides, Macao has some very happening annual Events and Festivals, which incldues large-scale international events!
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I may just visit in October for Macao International Music Festival, a major annual event attracting hundreds of thousands to the city in October and November - assembles internationally renowned artists from all over the world in a feast of the senses. The programme typically features opera, orchestral and chamber music, Chinese folk music, jazz, Broadway numbers and a dynamic mix of all things musical from every corner of the globe. That is really a whole lot of different kinds of music!

If you always travel in December because of school holidays, you are in a treat because there are so many events in December! There are Parade through Macao, Latin City, Macao Light Festival, Macao Grand Prix, Macao International Marathon!
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Parade through Macao, Latin City!
After reading the reviews, I would strongly encourage Parade through Macao, Latin City which is something we will not see often! The “Parade through Macao, Latin City” is a cultural event that unfolds as a procession through the streets of Macao.
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This Parade is held to mark the anniversary of Macao’s Handover to China. Every year, several foreign performing groups as well as hundreds of talented local artists are invited to be creative participants. Performers also lead the residents and tourists on this adventure through Macao’s streets and alleyways and bring songs and dances to the city’s historical quarters! What a beautiful sight that would be!

I would also want to explore every part of Macao so these Macao Walking routes will be useful! It includes very detailed maps of how you can move around some worthy places of interest like...
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Taipa Village and Crossroads of China and Portugal walking route where you can take a stroll down the historic path in which two civilisations encountered!

After a full day outdoor activities, what about catching some shows! I have not watched any shows in Macao yet and I would love to watch The House of Dancing Water which is World’s largest and most spectacular water-based show! I always enjoy dancing and if you didn't know, I was in Dance when I was in University!
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Inspired by the Chinese culture, story takes the audience through 7 emotions – Joy, Anger, Sorrow, Fear, Love, Hate and Desire.  It even includes water diving stunts, motorbikes acrobat , I always love such high energy performances!

I am not going to stop at just performances, activities, hiking. As tourists, we always want to enjoy the country's cuisine. So how can we forget all the food in Macao! Definitely no guilt to eat all the popular food because we are going to be walking a lot based on my itinerary above! That said, here are the 15 must-eats in Macao!
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Abalone Porridge, 虾子面 (Shrimp Roe Noodles), Signature Claypot Shark’s Fin with Chicken

Some of the 15 must-eats in Macao include Pork Chop Buns, Almond cookies, Seaweed Pork Floss Rolls!  Having visited Macao quite a number of times, I am glad that I have savoured 7 out of the 15 must-eats in Macao that were listed! But that's not going to be enough! I want to try the other 8 which I have not like Ameijoas Com Alho and Serradura! Oh boy, their names are surely not easy to pronounce!
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Ameijoas Com Alho (Clams in Garlic Sauce) - One of the most popular Portuguese Clams in Garlic Sauce dishes. Great for dipping with bread, isn't that interesting?
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Serradura - A biscuit pudding that literally means ‘Sawdust Pudding’, the taste it brings is far from sawdust. Made with alternating layers of finely-crushed cookies and cream, it is pure satisfaction! For the sweet tooth in me and you!

If you are looking to visit Macao soon, I believe that these places of interest, entertainment and activities would be useful for your itinerary! However, you can also visit Macao Tourism website to read up more for your itinerary! The website is very intuitive and there is even a Macanese Cuisine Recipe tab!

If you are always on the go, savvy and prefer to browse apps, you may like to download What's on Macao Mobile App on your App Store or Playstore!
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This app introduces Macao's latest tourist attractions and monthly highlights from local events, activities, festivals, performances to exhibitions! I have tried it myself, the app is very easy to navigate around and enriching.
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Check out the number of tabs in this app! They have so many recommendations on local events, activities, festivals, performances and even sports!
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So this is one of the June events in Macao! Clear image, event period, write up. And the information doesn't stop there! When I click show all, there's even a more detailed write up for me to decide if this event is suitable for me!
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Have my activities and food tempt you enough that you want to head to Macao this year? Great news! ExperienceMacao.SG is holding an Instagram contest where you can win a pair of tickets to Macao!
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You can win the tickets by:

1. Liking ExperienceMacao.SG‘s Facebook page 
2. Leave a comment on their top post sharing what activities in Macao entices you most with this hashtag - #MacaoOnSocialSG
You could be that lucky one and be on the next flight to enjoy Macao- all for free!!
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Stay tuned on their page for exciting information about Macao and check if you are the lucky winner of the pair of Macao tickets! Good luck!

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