Lunching in Macau, Day 1

31 03 2014

I had decided early on that I was going to do a Portuguese meal while in Macau though I did not realize then that there was a more varied Macau-Portuguese cuisine.

The restaurant I picked for my first lunch boasted to be Portuguese but it was also famous for its “African chicken” which is a localized Portuguese dish.

I did not get that but I did get myself a very good chicken dish, full of garlic and soy-sauce based gravy with what seemed like star-anise aroma.  The cod croquette was excellent as well.

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Cod croquettes with homemade potato chips

Cod croquettes with homemade potato chips

The white Portuguese wine was unfortunately very bad.  The water I was served was hot.  A friend who lived in Malaysia told me it was the same there; that if you didn’t ask for cold water it would normally be served hot like tea.  I guess it’s a Chinese thing as they traditionally don’t drink anything cold.

My chicken which the menu said would take 30 minutes to be cooked and served.  It was worth the wait.

My chicken which the menu said would take 30 minutes to cook and be served. It was worth the wait.

Restaurante Fat Siu Lau





Breakfasting in Macau, Day 1

30 03 2014

I booked myself into a French-owned hotel in Macau and decided when I did so that I would be breakfasting out to try to eat like the locals.

 

This proved to be an excellent move.  My first breakfast was at this well-known establishment in the tourist neighborhood of the Senado Square but it was no tourist trap.  Oh yes, it was the real deal.

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My prawn soup noodle

My prawn wonton soup noodle

 

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Thinner than angel hair pasta.

And as I came out from the restaurant it started to literally pour.

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Wong Chi Kei

 





From Hong Kong to Macau

29 03 2014

I knew it was going to be a long day getting from work (yes, I did go into the office in the morning and it was very important that I did unfortunately for me) to Narita to Taipei to Hong Kong and onward to my final destination Macau in one go.

 

The Hong Kong leg was tricky because while you can go, if you arrive early enough and if a seat is available, on a direct ferry from the HK Airport to Macau w/o having to have to enter HK, I was not going to arrive before the last ferry.  My solution was to go through HK immigration, go into the city, and take the HK-Macau ferry which runs 24 hours from there.

 

Though I had done all the research in advance, it was a little nerve-racking mostly due to “money” issues such as the HK Airport Express vending machine not taking credit card and the Macau money exchange at the ferry port being closed upon my arrival with no taxi taking anything but cash in local currency.  But I guess anything is possible in a city that does not sleep.  I managed and am now enjoying my very short stay.

 

Hong Kong immigration.  I don't think I was allowed to take any pictures but there was no sign saying so...

Hong Kong immigration. I don’t think I was allowed to take any pictures but there was no sign saying so…

 

 

 

 

Transferring to a local subway.

Transferring to a local subway.

 

The ticket counter for the ferry from HK to Macau.

The ticket counter for the ferry from HK to Macau.

 

 

Arrived in Macau but from here was the most challenging...

Arrived in Macau but from here was the most challenging…





Leaving on a Jet Plane

28 03 2014

Well, I have already left and am in transit.

 

Took the Limousine Bus from Tokyo City Air Terminal which I hadn't done in a long time.

Took the Limousine Bus from Tokyo City Air Terminal to Narita which I hadn’t done in a long time.

 

Checking in.

Checking in.

 

 

 

Off to gate.

Off to gate.

 

 

 

 

Never been to this lounge before.  In fact this terminal is unfamiliar territory as most Skyteam airlines are in Terminal 1.

Never been to this lounge before. In fact this terminal is unfamiliar territory as most Skyteam airlines are in Terminal 1.

 

One of them is my ride.

One of them is my ride.

 

Leaving on time (though we did not take off for 45 minutes after we left the gate because of heavy traffic on the runway.)

Leaving on time (though we did not take off for more than 45 minutes after we left the gate because of heavy traffic on the runway.)

 

 

 

 

 

Surprisingly good pork.

Surprisingly good pork

 

 

 

that I even took a picture of the bones.

that I even took a picture of the bones.

 

 

 

In Taipei, Taiwan for my next flight to Hong Kong.

In Taipei, Taiwan for my next flight to Hong Kong.

 

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Skytrain to the other end of the terminal.

 

Empty train.

Empty train.

 

Taiwanese beer!

Taiwanese beer!

 

 

 





Movies! in the Month of March, 2014

27 03 2014

It was a month of many movies, a record for me, though I did not see everything that I wanted and intended to see.

 

Anyway, here we go…

Viaggio Sola

Viaggio Sola

 

To Rome with Love

To Rome with Love

 

 

 

The Butler

The Butler

 

 

The Immigrant

The Immigrant

 

 

Gebo et l'Ombre

Gebo et l’Ombre

 

Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club

 

 

Lovelace

Lovelace

 

Gloria

Gloria

 

Grand Piano

Grand Piano

 

 

 

Fruitvale Station

Fruitvale Station

 

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

 

Saving Mr. Banks

Saving Mr. Banks

 

And while I am always tempted to buy a bucket of fresh pop corns at the theater, they look just too dangerous calorie-wise.  The other day I found this at my supermarket so decided to take a bag along to see Saving Mr. Banks last night.

 

Great flavor and only 105 calories a pop.

Great flavor and only 105 calories a pop.

 

My regular movie companion, a dates and fig chew.  Yum.

My regular movie companion, a dates and fig chew, that I have a whole stash of at home with two other flavors. Yum.

 

 








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