Minci travels Macao 2019. Family friendly places of interest

We tried sightseeing to as many places as we could in Macao. Indeed, this place is fairly easy to navigate especially with its reliable cab services. Here are some of the places we went to.

Senado Square → Ruins of St Pauls Cathedral → Monte forte

Senado Square is very pretty at night. It is a public place (pedestrian-zoned) with tourists shops in between the historically designed buildings. We found the Turkish ice cream place around the corners and came to discover that the owner used to sell the kebab we were looking for based on what we read from blogs. Only, he does not sell them anymore.

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The Ruins of St Pauls had whats left was this stone facade with 68 steps leading up to it. The structure has carvings of Jesuit images that has an oriental theme to it which may be of interest to some visitors.

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Fortaleza do Monte is the historical military centre in Macao. It was initially built to keep of pirates but was later taken over by the Portugese. Ee was very excited to see the cannons and boy it was one heck of a climb to the top of the fort. I perspired like crazy.

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Matteo Ricci : The European scholar who mastered the Chinese script and Classical Chinese

Fishermans Wharf

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It’s like a theme park but maybe we picked the wrong time of the day to go there. Too early in the day? It has hotels, casinos, many interesting East meets West architecture and restaurants. Perhaps a visit to this place later at night would be more colourful as it was a bit too quiet during the day. Furthermore, we didn’t really have an idea of what to do there apart from taking pictures and enjoying the sea-nery. 

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Macao Science Center

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This place reminded me of Petrosains Kuala Lumpur. However, because some of the science stuff uses chinese as its communication language – we find it quite difficult to enjoy certain things. Ee got bored.  Even then, my favourite section was the Biomimicry area. It showcases how modern human technology draws inspirations of its innovations from animal kingdom.

For instance, the Shinkansen 500 series in Japan is designed in the shape of the kingfisher’s beak, which not only eliminates the issue of noise but also enhances the trains fuel efficiency. This change is made after Eiji Nakatsu, an engineer with JR West discovered that this bird are able to dive into water without making noise or splashing water because of Nature’s design.

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You could also use your AirAsia boarding pass priviledge here for a discount. Anyhow, for us the entrance fee is cheaper using their bundle package rather than our pass.

Kun Lam Ecumenical Centre

Kun Lam is The Goddess of Mercy and here she stands 20ft tall emblemed in a special bronze. underneath her feet is a lotus shaped dome which houses information regarding Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism.

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The Chinese Buddhist Goddess of Mercy is widely worshipped for her readiness to rescue those in need, and her responsiveness to peoples’ wishes.

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Macao Tower

I like that this tower is full of life with all the adrenaline rush activities. They have Bungee Jumping, SkyJump, Sky Walk and Tower Climb. Although I did not try them myself, it was still fun to watch. The 360 degrees view was majestic and great. We bought popcorn and just sat there enjoying Macao.

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To sum up my experience..

…Macao is to us, a different option unlike the Krabi that we went to for like almost 3 years in a row. We look forward to coming back to Macao especially when most of the constructions have been completed. I really hope that there will be more dining out options for Muslim travelers too.

As a souvenir, we bought the usual tourist stuff – fridge magnets and “I Love Macao’ TShirts.

Perhaps next time, we would interpret the weather forecast better for half of our luggage were almost winter wear jackets when in fact Macao this time around (March/April) – is like suhu bilik ekon. Macam tu la… 

I hope this gives some insights into how you could enjoy Macao as a muslim traveler without the gambling and the booze. HA HA HA HA.

 

 

A Weekend Affair of a Meeting , Pyjamas Party and the Merisik Entourage (Malay Surveying Custom)

For most of the time, it’s an alhamdulilah when my stars are aligned by Allah as I get to complete a lot of things in a little amount of time. Just like the recent weekend where I get to spend time with my friends, family and mengumpat other people.

The Meeting

I may have mentioned before that my high school friends (batch 2000) are planning a Back To School (BTS) event next year. It’s not just any reunion for this was an opportunity for us to get back together having left the school for 20 years on top of making a contribution to the school. There were a few new faces at the meeting which was great. I like that we are reshuffling groups as I feel I did not contribute that much in my previous team. Most importantly, it is awesome when the heads of the committee echo my thoughts of wanting us all to have FUN but not to the extent of syok sendiri. ha ha.

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I also like that our batch is now registered as a society and we can move forward as sisters – looking out for each other and our kids. The meeting was very fruitful and I guess we could all see our directions better.

PYJAMAS PARTY

Then there was my nephews 3rd birthday party. His mom, my younger sister prepares the best food in the world. Despite the recycled decorations of Ben 10, we had a great time – as always.

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The cake was pre-ordered from Berry’s. It was a delicious choc and vanilla cake covered with fresh cream.

MERISIK ENTOURAGE

It’s a mini entourage on behalf of my youngest brother in law to seek a particular ladies hand in marriage. In traditional Malay custom, we don’t get down on one knee. Instead, if you really like a girl and wants to marry her, you inform your parents so they could meet the parents/guardian of this particular lady, get some information about the girl and her family and most importantly find out if she is seeing someone in particular. Of course, in modern context, we already know that they are seeing each other. 

Perhaps, this is a way of getting the parents involved. So that, these youngsters do not cross the line and respect the relationship they have with each other and form a good impression to the respective families.

The merisik (spying) part from our side was done by the eldest uncle. If this was England, you’d hear proper English being spoken complete with their beautiful idioms and proverbs between the 2 parties. In our setting, we had a serious yet calm opening statement mentioning the purpose of the visit and what both families hope to achieve, interlaced with mini pantuns here and there. Kinda reminded me of my own merisik ceremony sometime ago. If done rightly, it is a beautiful Malay custom.

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The future bride’s side did not set any amount for the hantaran. But of course, knowing my in laws, they would give the best for this lady. Just like how it was for me. My mother in law put a ring on the girls finger to officiate this ‘spying’ ceremony. InsyaAllah, they will have a quick engagement and nikah on the same day later of the year. I just hope my weekend is not disrupted with anything.

HoboMinci and side kicks

Salam and Hi. For those who have not known yet I affectionately call my hobonichi my Hobominci.

Yesterday I took the opportunity to declutter and rearrange the furniture and planner related stuff I have in my Minci Cave. As expected, there’s a lot of dust. I sneezed almost all the time but I managed to get the place in order about 70% I still have another 30% to go today. Naturally I got distracted looking into my washi tapes journalling cards and the thousand many things I have at my pretty table.

Later at night, I get to update my memory book in this particular floral book which was given by Zawaniz. I selected my photos from my archives in Google photos and that was when I realised that I don’t really have a lot of pictures with my husband. So it was very difficult to choose a photo of the both of us to go inside the book. In a way, this will remind me to snap more pictures of the both of us together.

I printed the photos on an A4 glossy paper using the Brother’s printer. I think I need to re adjust the printing settings to get the best quality photos.

Spend the best 2 hours in my Minci Cave. Today is another day of cleaning and sorting. What an awesome way to spend my Sunday.

My word for 2019

2018 was hard. New baby. New workplace. New job. And nature of work.

Banyak makan hati. Banyak marah. Penat. I had to pretend I do not care or ignore certain hurtful remarks especially when I wanted to start dieting or pick up an exercise. It was easier to be alone. Or just keep things to myself. Because well, I am just not interested in some of them opinions.

I can see that it will be the same this year. I need to choose my companions well. Who I spend time with or follow on Instagram. I need to set goals for myself. I need to find my JOY. Re-enact my PASSION. Cultivate my MOTIVATION.

Hence this year my word is BURN.

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God knows whether I go around with this BURNing desire to be the THIS GIRL IS ON FIRE!!!  on a positive note all the time or end up kena bakar. HA HA HA.

I will be playing multiple roles in 2019. Both at work and outside. My extra curricular activities seem more interesting though. Haha. I have my doTERRA.AOF family, my Back TO School (BTS) committee buddies, HyperDime, HoboMinci, Wanita Besi Eropah clan and many more adventures. InsyaAllah. ha ha.. I mean, do not get me wrong.. I love being a medical doctor. Especially the clinical aspect of it. However, the passion in treating my patients is frequently dampened nowadays by the non clinical parts of it – percayalah, benda2 mcm tuh mmg ada.. sometimes, it gives me a wadahek headache.

So here is for 2019. Lets see if I could take more pictures of myself too.

8th wedding anniversary

For our 7th Wedding anniversary, there was no grand celebration. In fact, I was a bit moody because I just gave birth. I was tired and tetiba was whisked away to a foreign state. Kononnya nak holiday but I ended up miserable. For the rest of the year. LOL

At first I was a bit hesitant to celebrate our NOW 8th wedding anniversary. It’s on the 31st of December. Macam malas. But then I remembered that syaitan will always find a way to break a marriage. It can be through soft whispers of grudges, or make you feel useless, unattractive and such. So I put aside all those negative emotions and concentrated on the efforts of keeping a marriage together.

We are both tired. We both have superiors to answer too. We have our differences in personality, opinions, food, even movies but we could still come together as a team for ourselves and our kids. I think that is already a wonderful reason to celebrate.

I enlisted the help of midiatorpro for a fee of course to help me create a song with lyrics that I could use , somehow, in say… a video. The creative service they offered was The Story Song Service. Midiator Production also conducts workshops for songwriting and music production.

Alhamdulilah, I received the song just before my anniversary and funnily sung by a non professional vocalists (my brother, not that bad) and this was what I managed to come up with.

You saw it here first.

 

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What a wonderful way to end the year, kan?