Macau on the south coast of China is called the Las Vegas of the East because it is widely known as a huge gambling centre in Asia. But there’s more to it than the glamour of luxurious casinos and fancy poker chips. It reflects a harmonious blend of Eastern and Western cultural influences since it used to be a Portuguese colony for more than 3 centuries. Enjoy the best of both Chinese and Portuguese cultures as you dive into a coexistence of traditions, cuisines, architectures, and languages.
I thought I could last without traveling but I keep falling under its spell! This time, I blame it on Hong Kong and Macau. This was my boyfriend and I’s first international trip together. I’ve already been to Hong Kong last 2012 but I really didn’t do much then except going to the markets and Ocean Park. It didn’t give a lasting impression on me so I never had the intention of going back. However, I’ve been longing to visit a Disneyland Resort so I could turn my childhood dream into a reality. I decided to go to the one in Hong Kong which is the most accessible from the Philippines. I figured that I might as well include Macau since it’s only an hour away from Hong Kong via ferry. I’m glad I went back to Hong Kong because it was sweeter to me the second time around!
Travel scams are common nearly everywhere around the world, and gullible tourists are more inclined to fall for these despicable schemes. My friends and I just came across a clever and well-rehearsed scam in Yogyakarta, Indonesia where we were persuaded to go to a specific place because the attractions we wanted to visit were “closed” as claimed by the scammer. Avoid being a victim by having a thorough research about your destination and being careful of overfriendly locals.
Last summer, I took a spontaneous vacation for a week with my best friends of more than a decade, Espee and Lea. It involved 2 days in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 2 days in Yogyakarta, Indonesia; and 3 days in Jakarta, Indonesia. Our original plan was simply a domestic trip before Espee leaves for school abroad. But one day, we just went all YOLO and had a spur-of-the-moment decision. A week later, we found ourselves in the countries of Malaysia and Indonesia.