we woke up early on friday, 1 May, coz we needed to be at the harbour before the crowd at the immigration. and moreover, we already bought the ticket, so we can not change the schedule. (￣︿￣)
arrived at the sheung wan MTR station, we rushed to find the ticket counter to change our e-ticket with the boarding pass. lucky we didn’t have to queue at the ticket counter, we just need to scan our e-ticket at the machine and we can rushed inside to the boarding room. the ship arrived within 10 minutes, and we managed to get our seats based on our tickets. the journey took about 1 hour. (´｡• ω •｡`)
arrived at the Macao Ferry Terminal, we crossed the street and queue for the free shuttle bus to the Grand Lisboa Hotel. the queue was quite fast, because the shuttle bus pick us every 10 to 15 minutes. ｡ﾟ( ﾟ^∀^ﾟ)ﾟ｡
from the Grand Lisboa Hotel, we walked to find Café e Nata Margaret’s. they sell famous egg tart. but too bad the cafe was closed when we arrived there. probably because today was a labour day. so we continued to walk to the Central Post Office which located just next to the Senado Square. but the post office was closed as well. (ﾒ｀ﾛ´)
we took quite a lot of pictures and selfies at the Senado Square, and had our porky sandwich for lunch. we found a very cute hello kitty egg tart store along the way from the sandwich restaurant back to the square. (=^･ｪ･^=)
our next stop was St. Dominic’s Church. a little bit of history taken from wiki; the church was established in 1587 by three Spanish Dominican priests who arrived from Acapulco, Mexico. It was the scene of violence in 1644, when a Spanish officer—loyal to the King of Spain and opposing the colony’s determination to stay allegiant with Portugal after the dissolution of the Iberian Union—entered the church in order to seek refuge from an angry mob. He was promptly murdered at the foot of the altar while mass was being celebrated. Sixty-three years later, in 1707, the Dominicans supported the Pope’s stance with regards to the Chinese Rites controversy. This was in opposition and defiance to the view of the Bishop of Macau, who subsequently excommunicated them. When soldiers were sent to the church in order to uphold this ruling, the friars responded by closing the church for three days and throwing rocks to repel them.
The first Portuguese-language newspaper in China—A Abelha da China (The China Bee)—was published at St. Dominic’s on September 12, 1822. The church closed down in 1834 when monastic orders were dissolved and expropriated to the government, who then converted it into barracks, a stable and an office for public works. However, it later reopened and was given many works of sacred art from other religious orders dissolved back in Portugal.
too bad this church has turned into tourism place, where all the tourist could enter the church freely and some of them has no respect to the church. (ノ_<。)
after some photos taken and a quick prayer, we continued walk to the Ruins of Saint Paul’s Cathedral. about this ruins, wiki said; the church was built from 1602 to 1640 by the Jesuits, the collegiate was one of the largest Catholic churches in Asia at the time, and the royalty of Europe vied with each other to bestow upon the temple the best gifts.
The Ruins of St. Paul’s refer to the façade of what was originally the Church of Mater Dei and the ruins of St. Paul’s College, which stood adjacent to the Church, both destroyed by fire in 1835. As a whole, the old Church of Mater Dei, St. Paul’s College and Mount Fortress were all Jesuit constructions and formed what can be perceived as the Macao’s “acropolis”.
we didn’t manage to go behind the ruins as it was suuuper hot and humid. so we took refuge under the cool of the aircon at the forever21 nearby the ruins. (⌒▽⌒)☆
from the ruins, we decided to take taxi to go The Venetian. it was such a grande luxury resort hotel and casino. we walked along the man-made river and took a lot of pictures. as well as being stunned by the man-made blue sky above our heads. the casino was huge. but since none of us are good at betting our $$, we decided just walked around the casino and watched people play. ╰(*´︶`*)╯
it was already dark even though our–man made–sky was still blue. so we decided to had our dinner there. we don’t have much choices, but we eventually stopped at another expensive western restaurant. the food wasn’t great. but what surprised us was, we met Katy Perry at the same restaurant. she has concert within few hours, and her loyal fans were already waiting for her at the other wings of this huge resort hotel. my impression about katy was she looked as normal as a human. the one we usually look at the tv now seemed like another person. ヽ(o^―^o)ﾉ
my friend didn’t want to take pictures with katy and so do i. even though all my friends said they would go for taking pic together with katy, but i don’t think so. if i was katy, i would like to enjoy my dinner peacefully without any picture taken once in a while, enjoying the holiday before the tiring concert, wouldn’t i?? anyway, i’m not a fans of her. especially after i heard about the hilltop convent in california. <(￣ ﹌ ￣)>