Macau: Last Colony of the East

As you step off the Cotai Jet onto the Taipa ferry terminal in Macau, signs to the main terminal and exits are displayed in four languages – Mandarin, Cantonese, English and Portuguese – the first signs of this peninsula’s Portuguese heritage. The Portuguese settled in Macau in the late 1500’s when the Ming Dynasty leased…

Food Trail: Macau

Macau’s colourful colonial past and place as a thriving port city has over the last few decades been overtaken by rapid development, which paved the way for the construction of opulent hotels and casinos, and swanky shopping centres offering tourist and locals an array of branded products. This last European colony of the Far East…

Discovering Hong Kong Phooey & More

I landed in Hong Kong with not much time to research or plan out a proper itinerary. This was the fourth trip to Hong Kong for the husband who was too busy preparing for a conference he was attending in Kowloon to give any input. So other than introducing me the theme song of 1970s cartoon…

Food Trail: The Felix Hong Kong

I love old hotels – not the ghost stories and apparent haunting in these places. I can do without those. Have lived in a few old buildings – never experienced anything  and never want to – lets keep it that way! To me it’s just the notion of walking through a room, hall or passageway just…

Las Vegas + Lisbon = Macau

Known as the Las Vegas of the East, Macau is famous for it’s casinos, bright lights, luxurious hotels and shopping facilities. This bright and glitzy part of this former Portuguese colony is evident along the famous Cotai strip. But behind the scenes, lies the older part of Macau, the parts where early Portuguese settlers  built their…