|Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral|
|Street shot at Senado Square|
|Statues at Senado Square|
The second visit was in my thirties. My then girlfriend (now my dearly wife) put Macau in her itinerary when I visited her in Hong Kong. How could I say no then? We visited Macau again. The jet ride to Macau for that trip was horrendous. The ride took more than the normal time due to some engine issue. Both of us got seasick and vomited. Luckily, my good friend Kenny was around to clear our mess. Guess where was our first stop when we touched down at Macau. You guessed it! We took a cab to the Ruins of St Paul's Cathedral again.
|Macau's Taxi and Famous Almond Cakes' Ad|
|Macau's Street Sign|
Surprisingly, I found that "the piece of old wall" looked somehow attractive to me this time. I began to pay attention to the details. It never occur to me till then why the Macau people are so proud of this UNESCO World Heritage site. I would dig into it's history. The once grand Cathedral was built by the Jesuits in 1582. It has experienced three big fire and eventually only the facade was left intact. The Portuguese-influenced architecture has stood against calls for it's demolition and became a famous Macau's icon today. I found the planned 1 day trip was terribly short to appreciate Macau's heritage. As I boarded the evening jet headed back to Hong Kong, I promised myself that the next trip to Macau would surely be a longer one.
|Dancing Fountain at Wynn|
|The Galaxy Hotel|
I visited Macau again in my forties. It was a family trip consisted of my father-in-law, brother-in-law, my wife, my daughter and myself. Instead of the past usual 1 day trip, I have planned for a 3 days trip. Many famous new Casinos have sprung up in Macau. The Venetian Casino, The Galaxy, The Wynn, The Sand Macau, Lisboa Casino and the list goes on. These casinos have not only done their part in boosting up Macau's economic growth but also contributed in decorating the illustrious night scenes. As we explored the streets in the night, we could see that each casino has their own unique Leon display to distinguish itself from others. All of them are competing with each other with their sexy light dance to attract potential customers. Although this might not be it's primary objectives, my wife and I actually found the colourful illumination actually added a romantic feel to the atmosphere. For those going to Macau, I strongly recommend you spend at least a night walking the streets and admire it's nightly beauty.
|Architecture at The Venetian|
Of course, I have not forgotten my favorite Macau's haunt. We actually did not pick a good date to visit the Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral. It was a public holiday (20 December) to celebrate the return of control over Macau from Portuguese to China. Senado Square was crowded with tourists and there was a performance at the Macau's famous landmark. We could only watch the Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral at a distance. But we never give up and came back the next day early morning to greet my old friend. There was not much people around and we felt that we owned the whole place by ourselves. It was a special feeling as I saw my daughter running happily up and down the steps at the Cathedral. The Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral has witnessed the different stages of my life. It has also taught me that one would learn to look at things at a different perspective during the different stages of your life. From just "a piece of old wall" to now my friend of old, many things have evolved and changed. Macau have changed a lot since my first visit and so do I. I have raised my status from a bachelor to a husband and now a father. But I know the charm of the Cathedral will stay forever.
|The Fisherman's Wharf|
|Scene at A-Ma Temple|
|Details of the Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral|
|Family Photo at the Steps of the Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral|