Minci Travels Macao 2019. Spending the day in Cotai

Cotai spells out Luxury, Prestigious, Posh etc. It is a center where the buildings are huge, expensive and casinos are just everywhere. We felt a bit under-dressed walking underneath the glittering chandelier the size of our sofa at its shopping area. Perhaps next time I’ll wear a nice dress with heels. And a fashionable shawl to match. With a pair of classy sneakers in my posh backpack, just in case.

We managed to visit 3 places there. The place is so huge that we managed to lose our sense of direction even though the map for the area is readily available. Perhaps we were hungry. Even then, we couldn’t find the Indian restaurant that we badly wanted to go and try. I think they have the Peacock Restaurant there at The Venetian.

The Venetian Macao

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In short, we wanted to see the much talked about San Luca Canal. Indeed, it was a beautiful place. We did not get into the gondola. We only took a picture.

The Parisian Macao

This is a separated building that houses also many shopping brands, hotel and casino. It is however connected with a bridge that you can walk through. The highlight of this particular hotel is the replica of the Eiffel Tower. You can enjoy the scenery at the observation deck if you stay at the hotel. But we weren’t guest. And we were also not members (of god knows what). So we paid for our tickets. The building was breathtaking with its tall, magnificent features but the view, was a tad disappointing.

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Tickets were

MOP $108.00 for adults, MOP $85.00 for children. 

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It is because constructions were still happening on the Cotai Strip. So, it is not that ready yet with all the cranes, lorries and sand.

Studio City

This has got to be my favourite place. This is also a hotel and casino resort but more cinematic in appearance. The design of the external building was very Gotham city with the statues on the roof. Their collaboration with Time Warner ( which means they are also friends with Warner Bros and DC Comics) enables visitors to enjoy DC character features such as the Batman Dark Flight. We could not enter because Ee had height restrictions.

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We did however enjoyed the Golden Reel, a figure 8 ferris wheel. Walking to the entrance of the elevator to the reel felt like walking to an Academy Award Show. They were playing the OST of Jurassic Park and gosh, it felt so majestic to walk through the glittering, sparkling hallway. Again, we felt under-dressed. Haha.

This is also the part where it got interesting. The guy at the counter asked if we brought our boarding passes to which my husband fortunately had. He said for any passengers boarding the Air Asia flight which flew directly to Macao can benefit from a discount to the entrance fee. So keep your boarding passes people! I am however not sure which other airline also has this perks.

By the time we finished our 15 min ride on the wheel, we were really really tired from all the walking. Yup, you can actually walk from one resort to another. It burns the calories but kills your feet. Especially with Mr Husband having to carry our 12kg Ninie.

it was only nearing 4 pm but totally exhausted. So we took the cab back home to Metropole Hotel and retired quite early to bed that day (lights out by 9pm) as we have another full day the next morning.

Take home messages :

Prepare snacks kids are familiar with. They might not want to try something new.

Wear, comfortable (fashionable, if you must) shoes

Bring a fold-able umbrella, just in case.

A lovy dovey La Patisefrance weekend ..

It was a simple Saturday. Although I was on-call the next day, ( oh how I dread weekend calls) I still managed to squeeze some time with my mini family, showering each other with little acts of love to stock up during my absence over the weekend.

The early morning started with breakfast together and basic household chores. One of which I dread the most is mopping the kitchen floor and sorting the laundry. Thank God for washing machines and a husband who loves to hang out the laundry. And Thank god for the wife who loves folding the laundry. NOT!

Lunch was at the in laws house so I was secretly thrilled in not having to crack my head to think of a dish. Later, we just went jalan2 at Old Jusco and Melaka Mall along the AMJ highway. Both shopping complexes were having sales at their respective departmental stores – I was not in the shopaholic mood – so we just went to a comfy little bakery for pastry and ice cream at the Melaka Mall foyer. It was Patisefrance.

Patisefrance Bakery
Melaka Mall, Lebuh Ayer Keroh,
75450 Malacca, Melaka

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The pastry selection was so & so but Hazeeq who loves roti ate everything that has cheese or sausages to it. I had a Danish pastry and Mr Husband ordered gelato. Price was cheap and reasonable.

makan.. makan.. dan makan..

We talked about work – couldn’t help it – we’re both medical professionals. We also talked about our next proposed trip to Thailand. We gossiped about colleagues. We bitched about evil people in general and how more of us should make an effort to be nice to each other. We commented on the many groups of young boys and girls loitering at the mall – without purpose and just playing with their phones.

In the tabloid, there were news of a celebrity couple breaking up and Mr Husband commented out loud of how these people should know what they’re getting into prior to marriage.

“Like I know how you wouldn’t be able to make it to all family functions, that you won’t be home at most nights because you’re on-call and that you don’t cook as well as other people – and yet you make the best spaghetti meatball in the whole wide world”

And I choose to take the last statement as a compliment. Ha ha ha.