Macao


If you guys know me, you’ll definitely know that I’m always up for an adventure or rather, a vacation. Some days I would just daydream that I’m a world traveller and I can just travel to all parts of the world and share my experiences with you guys. Oh well, tough luck. I hold a normal office job and going for a vacation doesn’t happen as often as I would like it to.

Firstly, I would need to plan my budget for the trip and secondly, I would need to calculate how many days of leave from work I would have to apply. In a year, I would usually go for 1 long vacation and around 3-4 shorter trips.

For 2016, I’ve been to a long trip to Japan, a short trip to Bangkok and another short trip to Hong Kong. I’m looking at squeezing in another short vacation around the end of the year and I’m looking at Macao!


Macao, is a city of world heritage that also boasts one of the world’s most spectacular and modern skylines; a city that blends the rich traditions of Chinese and Portuguese cultures that is reflected in its lifestyle, food, architecture and festivities that happens all year round.

I’ve only been to Macao once, and it was just a short day’s trip as I was in Hong Kong and decided to hop on a ferry and I didn’t have enough time to explore the entire city. So this time round, I can definitely add in more places to cover on my itinerary!

Now, let me share with you what are my must-visits for the trip.

Historical & Cultural places to cover:


Needless to say, the Ruins of St. Paul’s is definitely one of the “die also must visit” places. If you don’t have photo of yourself standing with the Ruins of St. Paul as your backdrop, you’ve never been to Macao. It is the most iconic landmark of Macao, in my opinion. I’ve been there once in the night time and it was still pretty spectacular. It was originally the Church of Mater Dei which was built in 1600s and was destroyed by a fire in 1835.


The Senado Square is another place not to be missed. Located in the central area of the Macao Peninsula, it is one of the 4 largest squares in Macao & there are several shopping centres and Chinese restaurants around the square. It was named after the Leal Senado, a meeting place for the Chinese and Portuguese in the 16th to 18th centuries, located directly in front of the square, where Leal Senado Building stands today  and there was a fountain that was constructed in the 70s, hence its nickname “the Fountain”.

Senado Square has been Macao’s urban centre for centuries since the port of Macao was opened for trade even till today, it is still the most popular venue for events and celebrations.  This attraction has been a splendid blend of Chinese and Portuguese cultural traits.


The Taipa Houses – Museum looks really beautiful and I’ve seen many positive reviews of the place on Tripadvisor. Almost every single one recommends a visit to the Taipa Houses- Museum. There are a total of 5 typical green houses with Macanese architectural characteristics of Portuguese’s matrix. It is considered as one of the cultural relics and heritages of Macao. It was built in 1921 and had been the residences for higher superior civil servants and Macanese families. It was remodelled in late 90s by the government as they recognized its important architectural value, transforming them into the museums they are today! The place is perfect for taking Instagram-worthy shots and I read that many couples take their wedding photos there too!


The Lou Lim Ieoc Garden is another place that I see myself enjoying when I’m in Macao. Sometimes, we just have to immense ourselves with nature, taking a break from our hectic city life. 

It is a Chinese garden built by a wealthy 19th century Chinese merchant, Lou Kau, and was inherited by his son Lou Lim Ieoc in 1906. When the family fortunes declined, the garden fell into ruins, but it was eventually purchased and restored by the government and opened to the public in 1974. The garden is modeled on those of Suzhou, the most famous of all Chinese classical gardens. There are frequent art and craft exhibitions in the pavilion, which also serves as an auditorium for recitals during the annual International Music Festival.


Events & Festivals not to be missed (during Dec):


The Macao Light Festival will take place across various famous attractions in Macao, including several world heritage attractions in town. The main highlights include 3D mapping shows, romantic light installations and fun interactive games. The Light Festival is very popular among families, couples and especially the children. I can imagine myself getting all excited by all the beautiful light displays and how romantic and fun it would be to experience the city’s enchanting ambience.

I strongly recommend you to note this down if you are planning to visit Macao during December this year!


After doing my research, I realized that the “Parade through Macao, Latin City” event will be taking place in December too. It is a cultural event that was created just in 2011, held to mark the anniversary of Macao’s Handover to China. & each year, different foreign performing groups and hundreds of talented local artists are invited as creative participants. You’ll see them leading the residents and tourists through the streets and alleyways of Macao and bringing songs & dances to the City’s historical quarters. Oh my, it sounds like such a vibrant and upbeat event! 

This Parade highlights Macao’s unique cultural features and the city’s multicultural atmosphere through the grand joint performances. I think it would be a huge delight to be able to soak up all that energy at the Parade.


The last event that I’ve come across is the Macao International Marathon. This is an annual running event and was the first international marathon to be held in the region back in 1981. & it has attracted a large number of local & international long distance runners ever since. The full route of the marathon includes Macao Peninsula, Taipa and Coloane. However, there are half and mini marathons for beginner runners to test their endurance. I’ve never been to a marathon or participated in one, so I’m pretty glad that I may be able to witness it during my time in Macao.

Now, let’s talk about FOOD!! 
& it is favourite part of each vacation as I’m able to taste famous local food.


Number 1 on my list, would have to be Portuguese egg tarts!!
These egg tarts always make my mouth water, even by just looking at the picture. I just really love the combination of the soft and warm custard egg filling with the extra crispy crust.


Another item that I noticed many tourists purchasing was Almond Cookies. 
It is definitely a local delights that everyone will buy a few boxes home & share with their friends, families and colleagues. These almond cookies melt in your mouth and contain tiny crunch bits of almonds.



The 3rd item on my list is Pork Chop Bun!
Imagine a thick slice of juicy pork fillet sandwiched in fragrance and warm toasted bun. This is a favourite hit amongst the locals and I tried it myself during my last trip and it was really filling. So I suggest you share this with a friend unless you have a huge stomach. You have to try this to complete the Macao experience.

I also came across a list of the top 15 “Must Eats” in Macao and since I’ve already named 3, let me share the other 13 with you!
 Seaweed Pork Floss Rolls, Shrimp Roe Noodles, Steamed Milk Pudding, Crab Porridge, Bacalhau (Salted Cod), Caldo Verde, Minchi (Sautéed Minced Pork), African Chicken, Ameijoas Com Alho (Portuguese Clams in Garlic Sauce), Portuguese Seafood Rice, Portuguese Baked Duck Rice and lastly, Serradura (‘Sawdust’ Pudding).

Now that I’ve covered the food portion, let’s head over to some thrilling adventure activities. 


Bungee Jump.


Sky walk.


Tower Climb.

I consider myself an adrenaline junkie and I’m always very enthusiastic about any sports or activities that are exciting and fun. & I seriously can see myself participating in the Sky Walk, maybe Tower Climb but not the Bungee Jump. When I was in Macao 3 years back, I really wanted to do the Sky Walk but my fiancé said that we didn’t have enough time to do so and I was seriously bummed. You’ll definitely see me signing up for it during my next trip! This has been added to my “bucket list”.

If my itinerary isn’t enough, you can actually head over to the Official Macao Website: http://synad3.nuffnang.com.sg/gtrack/click/14881

Where you can use the Trip Planner to help plan out your very own itinerary!


It is so helpful and I really like this feature because planning itineraries is real hard work.

If you are planning a short vacation out of Singapore, you can consider Macao because it will definitely leave you with rich memories from all aspects. From food, cultural and historical sights, to entertaining performances, city festivals and thrilling adventures. There’s something for everyone!


And here’s an opportunity to win a pair of tickets to Macao! Just head to Experience Macao-SG’s Facebook page , like the page and leave a comment on their top post sharing which activity appeals to you and why you want to head to Macao with the hashtag #MacaoOnSocialSG to qualify!

Contest ends 9th Aug, and winners will be notified on their FB page.

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Japan Wedding Shoot with Decollte - Part 2

If you haven't read part 1 of my pre-wedding shoot in Japan with Decollte Wedding Photography, then you should click here first: 

So previously I shared all about the Behind The Scene experience from exchanging emails and skyping sessions to heading down 1 day before the shoot to pick out my Kimono and gowns. & I actually received several emails from you guys asking me about the shoot and asking me to show the final pictures soon! Haha.

& today I'm here to show you guys all the pictures we've taken from the 1 full day shoot with Decollte Wedding Photography. Okay, I have 40+ pictures to share but these are just 10% of what Toshiya Mizuma shot of us. He gave us all the soft copies and there were around 500+ pictures. SX and I spent 2 hours+ going through all the pictures to pick out 35 for our wedding album, which Decollte will print out and mail over to Singapore! 

Our shoot started at around 8+am at Gion area in Kyoto and it was just starting to drizzle. In fact, when we met up the day before to select the gowns and kimono, the photography crew told us that they've checked the weather forecast it would be raining the whole day during our shoot.

& it did.

But thank god during our traditional kimono shoot, the rain was very minimal.


Traditional Japanese Style Shoot at Kyoto



I can't stop admiring my hair and the pretty fresh flowers on it. Akiko San did an amazing job at styling my outfits and doing my makeup. 


I like how during the shoot, many times we were told to just be ourselves and Toshiya Mizuma will do his job. Also, we were wearing the traditional wedding kimono, that was the highest in hierarchy amongst all kimonos, we had to "respect" it and that means we had to "behave" in a proper manner so no crazy ideas. But that wasn't my style too so, it worked perfectly fine for me.


I love this picture so much!
The rain actually did us a favor instead and made the pictures more romantic and moody (a style that I really like!). You'll see what I mean in the next set of pictures.


Western Style Shoot at Kobe


We arrived at Kobe after a 2 hour+ drive and had a change of outfit + hair & makeup and it was already around 4-5pm by then. The sky was looking slightly dark and gloomy plus the rain was pretty big. But, the show must go on so we braved the rain and hit the streets of Kobe.


Not joking when I said the rain was pretty heavy, check out the rain droplets on SX's tuxedo. Haha, and my wedding gown was soaked wet up till my knees. But it was definitely all worth it.


Another shot that we both agreed to use for the wedding album immediately upon seeing it.


Another set of pictures that left SX and I with serious dilemma because there were so many shots that we went "OMG, SO NICE", "This one also nice!" and "This one too! How? Which one should we pick?" 

We ended up picking 3 to be in the album.


This was the picture that I used for our "Save The Date".
It is so amazingly gorgeous.

The entire feel is something beyond my expectations. 


"Till death do us part"

This Toshiya Mizuma san is really something. I told him that I specially bought this pair of heels from US and I wanted it to be in the pictures because of the quirky bottoms and that was it. He came up with all these angles right on the spot and mind you, we were all hiding from the rain at every possible shelter and moved from 1 location to the next very quickly. All I had on my mind was how the rain was going to ruin my curls and how icky it felt dragging the wet gown as I walked and staying under the umbrella. 


I love how the pictures could look and feel so different with just a portable flash.


A last shot which was super impromptu before we headed back to the studio. & I really liked this picture too!


Indoor studio Kebaya shoot


This indoor kebaya shoot was added in really last minute, like a week before I flew to Japan I had this light bulb go on in my head, telling me that I should take some pictures of me wearing the SQ uniform for memories sake. & so we did! I didn't want too much focus to be on this so I told the Decollte wedding team that I just needed a few simple pictures and we both agreed that an indoor studio shoot would be most suitable.


So these are my pre-wedding pictures by Decollte Wedding Photography.

If you are keen on finding out more about the wedding packages provide by Decollte, you can visit their website - http://d-weddingphoto.com/ , 
or email them at overseas@decollte.co.jp !

Here's the Personal Page and Portfolios for you to check out:

Mizuma Toshiya (photographer):http://www.deco-studios.jp/member/mizumatoshiya 


SX and I are so thankful to work with such a professional team. They were not only friendly and helpful, they treated us with genuine care. Every time we were done taking a shot, the crew would rush over with umbrellas to shelter us from the rain even though their hands were already full from holding the flowers and props. 

We came to Japan with high hopes for our pre-wedding shoot because, come on, it's Japan. The pictures would definitely turn out pretty, that's what we thought. And it turned out way better than our expectations. We had such a hard time picking out the precious 35 pictures that will be printed out on the wedding album because there were so many good looking ones! I am really very happy and lucky to work with Decollte Wedding Photography for my pre-wedding shoot.

Thank you for leaving me with such wonderful memories to look back on.