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Macau: The Home of mouth-watering Egg Tarts

Well, I didn’t know what really is an egg tart before, and I haven’t tried one…but when I went to Macau..I had a great first meeting with this yummy and healthy egg tarts—and for that I always remember the taste and how it melts in my mouth (*I wanna eat egg tarts now!!!! *sigh!)

Egg Tarts from Lord Stows(Photos from Dude for Food)

Egg Tarts are mixture of cream, egg and sugar! Yum! The Egg Tarts in Macau is an influence of the Portuguese in this country… however, they now made it with some Chinese flair! Now it can be said Portuguese-Chinese egg tarts 🙂

The yummy-ness (if there’s such a word 🙂 ) is something that you won’t easily forget. The taste is a little bit sweet and a little bit salty… but the sweetness overrides the saltiness… But the mixture is just great… And it literally melts in your mouth.. One bite and you won’t notice that you already ate the whole box (trust me, this is based on my experience! J )

*arrghh… I don’t know how to express how yummy this is… anyway, I’ll provide you with the well-known bakeries in Macau where I have tried these uber yummy egg tarts

Koi Kei Bakery – they have branches in Venetian and the Senado Square (Bigger branch with a lot of choices to choose from)…

  •  yummiest egg tarts I have ever tasted.. It is more on the sweet side (It’s sweet but not that sweet–hard to explain 😦 ), moreover, you can buy here other “pasalubong” or gifts. They had beef/pork jerky, and almond cookies (definitely recommended!!!! Ooohh.. I miss almond cookies!!)
  • To see their website click here.

Lord Stow’s Bakery – The branch that I saw was in Venetian

  •  also yummy… although I loved the Koi Kei brand more, this is the BEST according to other people who came to eat their egg tarts… and according to my Mom, Dad and brother (hehe! People definitely have different opinions when it comes to taste). But this is the egg tarts which really melts in your mouth…
  • To view their website click here. However, for Filipinos out there, don’t worry, you can eat this Macau delicacy here in the Philippines. No need to go to Macau, just visit their branches in MOA (2 branches there) and in Binondo.
  • And a little trivia: This brand of egg tarts doesn’t put preservatives… It is fresh and organic 🙂
  • Click here for another Blogger’s take on Lord Stow’s tarts

Some other stalls in Senado Square also sells this yummy dessert… It wouldn’t hurt if you try other egg tarts from simple stalls like in Macau. They are yummy!!!

 —anyway, it’s hard to say since I think all of them are yummy!

However, when you are in Macau, why not try their best delicacy?? Don’t just do Casino-hopping also do some Egg-Tart Tasting! The next time I’ll be in Macau I’ll taste all of them 🙂 Wanna Join???

CLICK HERE TO SEE MY OTHER POSTS ABOUT MACAU

 

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Venetian Hotel Macau: A Glimpse of Europe

The Venetian Hotel and Resorts is simply amazing. It is like feeling, sensing or even tasting Europe while you are in Asia.

I’ve never been outside the continent of Asia, so I cannot say if it really looks like Venice,  but still, seeing such a wonderful thing in an unknown place is just plain amazing!

The Facade during the Day

I told you from my other post that I don’t even care about what Macau has to offer, so I didn’t expect anything from it, but when I entered this place, my jaw literally dropped… and it stayed like that for about 5 minutes. I was like “Wow! So this is Macau!”

Look at the clouds... Remember it's inside a mall

The Venetian Hotel is like Venice itself (maybe I’m overreacting) but it is designed to look like one. It is an imitation of Venice in a closed room and inside a mall. It is within a mall! It is Venice but located indoors!—That’s a good thing especially Asians like to have fairer skin—- no need for sunblock! Yey! And the freezing cold air-conditioning is a plus correctly addressing Macau’s unusual heat during the summer.  Macau’s weather during summer will make you sweat like a pig. Trust me!

The Indoor Canal which gives the "Venice" Vibe--- Romantic and Suave

Maybe those who already went to Venice or Las Vegas might not enjoy this place like I do, but as a person like me who still have no means to go to Europe, you will enjoy and be stunned on what this place has to offer. We all know that being Manilenyos (people from Manila, Philippines) are used to having big shopping malls but I tell you this is different! Very different than the ones you see in Manila. It is a theme park! A casino! A hotel and a shopping Mall merged into one! Where can you see that in the Philippines? (Comment in the box if you see one.. hehe)

The Main Lobby of the Building (2010 shot)

But to those who has the means to go to Europe, don’t worry this place is good for shopping! There are a lot of branded goods offered here… and I think it is cheaper to buy this kind of stuff here… I heard that some of the shops offer it tax-free (But I don’t know where and how) and you can go have some fun in the Casino— that Casino there is really big!!! And actually my first time there (back in 2009) was my first time to see a Casino and I saw a really big one!!! What a great first experience! But I almost didn’t get inside because the guard thought I’m a minor but I was already 18 years old… maybe, I really look young 🙂

Anyway, this is a theme park sans the rides… but the sights to see here is more than what you can see in the whole city of Macau (overreacting?!)

Why did I say that this is a theme park? It is a theme park because its theme is Venice or Europe as a whole!

The wonderful paintings in its ceiling reminds me of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel (I really wanna visit that place!) The paintings are really great and you can see all the tourists are looking at it with awe..

Painting in the Ceiling-- got this during my visit in 2009
Paintings-- Simply fantastic (got this during my visit in 2010)

And this is the first time I saw a Curving Escalator. The main lobby of the building (not the hotel) reminds me of Titanic.. I don’t know why… maybe because of the yellow lights??

The Curving Escalator (2009 shot)

And there is a canal (water canal) where you can ride a gondola just like how they do it in Venice. Take note that the Gondola ride is made inside the mall, not the lake (or moat) outside. Though the ride here is not for free, it comes with a fee..

Gondola-- Venice Style

How to Buy Tickets for the Gondola Ride:

Ticketing Place:

  • Boutique di Gondola (Shop No. 2301)
  • Emporio di Gondola (Shop No. 2660)

Pricing:

  • MOP118  PHP649, 15USD(per ride) for adults
  • MOP88    PHP484, 12USD(per ride) for kids
  • MOP472 PHP2596, 61USD(per ride) Private Gondola

And also, there is ZAiA by Cirque du Soleil, this is one of the well-known performances in Macau but I haven’t watched this since it is quite expensive. To book your tickets please click here.

And while walking in the busy streets of Venice in Venetian, you can find some entertainment, like the one we found during our visit. It is like a puppet show with a love story twist.

The Puppets and the Puppeteer

One more trivia, if you are familiar with Boys over Flowers a Korean TV series then this is one of the place they shoot some scenes!

The cast and crewwhile riding the Gondola in Venetian Macau

How to get here:

1. Ride the plenty shuttle buses of Venetian Macau. They all over the place! 🙂

2. Most of your hotel will have a complimentary shuttle bus to and from this place

Macau Casa Real Hotel: A “So-So” Hotel

Right after my stay in this hotel, I put a ranting of my bad experience in tripadvisor. But, suddenly, now I understand some of the aspects of what happened… what made me feel bad is that I expected too much for this hotel and it definitely failed my expectations…

As for the objective part (no bias whatsoever):

This hotel has a good location if you wanna visit the places in downtown Macau, such as Fisherman’s wharf or the other major casinos, but this hotel is far from the well-known Venetian and City of Dreams.

The rooms are simple and lighting is poor (the lighting is so deem). Clean Bathrooms and with complete complimentary bathroom stuff (toothpaste, soap, toothbrush).

No noise coming from the outside so you can sleep very well…

In my review below, the italicized sentences/ words are what I added for my current post.

And here starts my ranting:

Summary: Bad experience with the Chinese staff, especially with the front desk staff and the security guard. BAD TREATMENT TO HOTEL GUESTS, room is like of 3 star hotel, no view, so little window. Location is near to some sights but far from the major sights such as Venetian and City of dreams.

EXPERIENCE:
Well, I decided to book my stay (with the help of my travel agent)  because of all of these wonderful reviews from the other tripadvisor members. I decided to get this hotel because of the alleged  nice service, nice and spacious hotel rooms and such— and because of this I got a good impression and great expectation from this hotel however, everything failed.

Before we went to this hotel on December 25, 2010 we came from a 3 day stay in Hong Kong and we are kind of tired and the temperature was beating us to a pulp (we are not used with the temperature of 4 degrees celsius and because of that we haven’t explored the city as soon as we stepped in macau. (Maybe that is one the reason why I got so angry with them… and also we just stayed in L’Hotel Nina in HK so I’m expecting somehow a good room to greet us, anyway, I understand them already… Forgive..Forgive…Forgive)

We stayed in the hotel, and the front desk staff (Chinese) gave us a room in 629 and 534. the other as triple room while the other is with double beds. So, we first went to the other room (534) where my brother and his son (3 years old) and wife will stay; we found that it was quite nice, with a big window and seems to be fully refurbished (though there is nothing to see in the window; there’s no view) so there I was expecting too much that our room will be much better or the same with them.

However…

When I opened the door of 629, it is nothing like the other room downstairs, It is old, with a little window and without a view and the bathroom is eeking dirty and the flush does not work quite well.

So…

I’m disturbed of what I saw therefore I called the front desk staff and asked for change of rooms but I spoke with a Chinese girl employee and she did not grant our request even though I told her that I’m willing to pay for a higher price but she just ignored me coldly and said that we should be contented of what we got (Woahh?! What a thing to say to a paying customer… be contented of what we got???!)  My head seems to be blurry and I’m really angry of what that staff said; (I’ll understand if you just said there is no available rooms! But you said be contented of what you got???! Now, my head is spinning again!)

I had stayed in a 3-star hotel in Macau called the Best western Taipa Hotel and I might say that it’s much better to stay there instead of here since at least the service there is good and is nearer to the main attractions (Venetian and City of dreams),  moreover, they price there is much more cheaper and…Taipa Hotel has big rooms and big windows with a view!

This so-called 4 star hotel room wise— the best western taipa is much better, roomier, cheaper and cleaner than this one

More bad experiences:
After we walked the city the day after we checked-in and we are just waiting for my brother from the comfort room. My mom, who is 58 years old, kind of closed her eyes in one of the couch in the lobby, because she is tired (and the weather seems to be singing a lullaby) but not as enough to be called sleeping, one of the staff (one wearing black and seems to be a security guard) was rudely pointing his index finger to my mother (who is also looking at him, since my father alarmed my mom) and he still continued to go near my mom and he did not say a word but shook his head after seeing that my mom was fully aware of what he is doing.

I asked him what his problem but he did not say a word. I just thought that there should be no sleeping in the lobby. I might say that the policy is okay, but hey, my mom is not really sleeping like a pig in the couch, it seems that she is just tired and unknowingly almost fell asleep of waiting for my brother. Moreover, the action of pointing instead of informing us gently and professionally that there should be no sleeping is such a rude way of stating the policy knowing that we are one paying customer.

The rude way on how they treat their guest is a big no-no! (No sleeping signs in the lobby anyway! if they doesn’t want a guest falling asleep accidentally then they should put a big damn sign of NO SLEEPING! (Okay, Now I understand that Sleeping in the lobby is really a no-no to hotels…. and MAYBE the reason the security guard just pointed his index finger is because MAYBE just MAYBE he doesn’t understand English… okay.. I’ll understand.. I’ll understand.. Forgive.. Forgive…)

The same guy who showed that bad attitude with my mom, also showed a bad thing with my 3 year old nephew. This happened earlier than the incident with my mom but I never put it into heart (but amplified because of the incident which he did to my mom).

My 3 year old nephew, so excited of the next hotel we are staying at was so energetic that he is quite running to me and to my brother, however, that guy stopped my nephew by saying loudly “Hey! Hey! Hey!” then holding him to the arms  and with a louder voice said  “stop running”. Such a rude way of stopping a little boy knowing nothing in such kind of a thing. furthermore, if they don’t want running then put a no-running sign! (Oohhh!!! This is making me crazy! I remembered this again! That guy is really rude, he should be fired! This is not making any good for the hotel… I know that running in the hotel lobby is bad but he is just a kid… he doesn’t know anything about these “rules” Tsk! So Bad!)

The way that the employees of this hotel treats their guests are very RUDE! however, this being compensated with some Filipino staff who were very helpful to us such as Alex and Aileen. They helped us for the places we should go. As well as for the bell boys who always helped us for our luggage (they are very helpful) and I commend that.

This is the only hotel that I experienced such BAD TREATMENT to hotel guests. Alright, this hotel have such good service in terms of some of your employees but some of them TREATS YOUR GUESTS RUDELY! and we experienced such.

LOCATION:

One good thing about this hotel is the location, near the macau ferry terminal (but it won’t help you if you’ll ride the Cotai Strip ferry from Hong Kong since it uses the Taipa ferry terminal; you can use Turbo Jet if you like but make sure that the arrival terminal will be in Macau ferry terminal since it uses both of the terminal/ports.

The hotel is also near to Sands and the Fisherman Wharf, as well as the Grand Prix museum and Wine Museum—It’s just walking distance (Good right?!) However, nothing much to see there—(I realize, how angry I am when I was writing this post..haha). Better to spend your day in Venetian (you will enjoy taking pictures there and it is such a good place to spend your day shopping or taking pictures)– Venetian is far from here, it crosses a long bridge before getting there so taking a cab is expensive (as for filipino standards) take the bus instead if you are on a cheaper budget.

DINING:
the breakfast buffet doesn’t have much to offer. They also served some spoiled food, my father said that one of the sausages he got does not taste the same as the others. And I tasted it and indeed it is spoiled (the smell says everything–Or maybe it just smells that way???)

The staff in the buffet takes time before getting the used plates. Kind of annoying since the plates are crowding the table already– though not a big deal

The taste is not that excellent– just okay– however the carbonara pasta they served had caught our attention since the taste is great but far from excellent (But in fairness to them, the taste is really good! Thumbs up!!)

there are also stores or dining stalls near the area and they offer in good price and they have english menus and the taste was excellent. (we dined near the overpass going to fisherman’s wharf, quite behind the hotel and it was great!)

Okay, so if you wanna stay here then you can… this post is just mainly my experience with them maybe yours will not be like this 🙂

Lessons Learned:

  1.  Don’t be too picky (You might be irritated by the front desk staff)
  2.  Don’t close your eyes in the lounge area
  3. Don’t run in the lobby
  4. If expecting too much.. Stay in a 5 star hotel

To see their rates click here

Macau Best Western Taipa Hotel: One good hotel for the budget minded

Actually we stayed here on Aug 23, 2009. The rooms are really big, but there’s few furniture inside. It is like a big empty room with two double beds and a coffee table (note: we are only two-I’m with my mom)

The carpet is rough, seems to be very tired, but seems clean…

The breakfast is good, not so many choices but it was okay. I don’t know about the wifi since I haven’t used it.

As for the location, you can always ride on their shuttle buses that runs every 15 min (however sometimes it is late). It goes to venetian, city of dreams and to macau ferry terminal. If you will be taking a cab, well, it is better if you ask the front desk staff to write in Chinese character the name of the hotel since when we said Best Western Taipa, the cab driver only said No, no! and left us! so rude! well I guess it is because of the language barrier

Check in and Check out was a breeze, no problem with that! There is also a convenience/grocery store nearby, but it is scary to walk at night, we noticed some men looking at us (we are only 2 and we are both women) so we just went back to the hotel after buying some food—or were just being paranoid 🙂

There is a swimming pool but I never tried it, though it looks clean. Regarding the CR, well the hotel provides complete basic toiletries in packs and it was clean… no problem with the CR.

The lobby looks nice but it needs more couch!

Overall our stay was great… it is just an ordinary hotel which is good for its price. A simple 3 star hotel– so don’t expect much. if you want a good luxury hotel then go somewhere else! This hotel is good for sleeping after a day of touring the city. If you want to spend your day in casinos then stay in VENETIAN or somewhere near there, although this hotel has one small casino it’s nothing compared to that of the Venetian.

This is a good place if you wanna be near the Venetian and City of Dreams since it is located in Taipa, where those attractions are located, but is quite far from the Macau city center; you need to cross a long bridge before getting there.

Sorry. No photos, since my stay was too long ago and I can’t find any photos in my FB or any other account. This review is from my Tripadvisor.

How to Get here upon disembarking from the Macau Ferry Terminal?

  • There’s a shuttle bus that goes every 15 minutes to the Macau Ferry Terminal which can bring you to this hotel
  • You can always ride the taxi, prices are lower than the one in HongKong

To know more about their rates, click here

HAPPY WANDERING!!

My Macau Expedition: An Introduction

I’ve posted a lot regarding China’s Beijing, Xian and Hong Kong during this past few days, but I should not forget to give some credit to the Amazing Macau.

Macau is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) just like Hong Kong; So, what makes this small place Amazing? It is because of its rapid development… from an unknown city to be widely known as the Las Vegas of Asia.

Ironically, in Macau’s neighbor, Hong Kong, which is only an hour away from this thriving city; Gambling is prohibited (except of course their favorite horse-racing)…

Casinos etc. are not allowed in Hong Kong that is why a lot of Hong Kong people visit Macau to gamble and splurge

I have no image of Macau before my visit here in 2009, I just thought of it as a city, just a small city with no further development…However, this place is part of our itinerary during my 1st trip to Hong Kong, so I have no choice but to visit this place… and as a matter of fact, I’m not interested at all with this place, I just don’t care about it, I just care about Hong Kong… since I always hear Hong Kong from my friends, relatives etc. and for me (during that time) Hong Kong is a much popular place than Macau.

I didn’t expect anything wonderful to see in Macau, I didn’t even research what this place has to offer…. I just researched about Hong Kong and Hong Kong alone… But, what I didn’t know.. this place has also a different side of it, which makes it a Very Interesting Place to Visit.

Tune in for my Macau series 🙂 Happy New Year everyone!

HAPPY WANDERING!