Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Restaurant Albergue 1601 Review (Macao)

I came across this restaurant while searching for where to dine during our trip. The review is good with a few recommendation of dishes to order. Plus, the location is near St Paul Ruins so it kinda fit in our schedule and here we are. This is really the best meal during our trip and I would say one of the best meal I ever had in my life so ya, I definitely highly super recommend this place when u come and visit Macao :)

Ambience is good and definitely good enough for special occasion. It is located in this super old building that is build in 1601 hence the name. The building has been redecorated and it looks pretty now. 

After we ordered, we were given a complimentary bread basket and warm/cold water. 
Enjoying the warm complimentary bread basket
We have ordered stuffed squid as entree but it was kinda disappointing. The squid is so small and there is hardly any stuffing inside. Cost MOP$88. At this point, I was a little disappointed but luckily the main course save the day. Ya, so just don't order this dish.

Super mini squid

Main dish has arrived and they are so good! We had cod fish with shredded potato and it is very nice. Portion is generous as well. 

Cod fish, MOP $198
And the African chicken is to die for. OMG! I love this dish so so much! It is that good! Grilled chicken served with a spicy coconut sauce. The sauce is so special and so nice that I licked the whole thing even after finishing the chicken. Did I also mention that the chicken is soft and tender and well marinated. Perfectly executed dish. 

African Chicken MOP$168
Pair the meal with a house wine (Portuguese wine) and it is a perfect meal. 

See their happy and satisfied face and you know this meal is worth it

Hong Kong Macao Travelogue March 2016 -Day 2

Day 2

Today we woke up when we are fully rested without the aid of an alarm clock. This is my definition of holiday, to rest, relax and at the same time explore a foreign country/place. So, I don't plan a hectic schedule, rather it is more of free and easy trip. 

Nevertheless we manage to wake up at 8am. We wanted to go for dim sum but ended up eating something simple from a local breakfast shop. The food has really nothing to shout about so I won't be commenting much. My mum bought some fruits and dried sweet potatoes (which is really nice by the way) and we are on our way to Macao. 

It was rather tricky to get to the ferry terminal as we needed to take a bus or MTR and then walked. So to save all the trouble, we just took a cab. And we only paid additional HKD$10 compared to the price we had to pay if we take bus and walked so I think it is super worth it.

We reached the terminal at 10.20am and there are a couple of freelance ticket seller selling ticket for 10.30am. Initially I was reluctant to buy from them but when I checked out the official ticket counter, they only have ticket for 11.30am onwards and the ticket is selling at HKD$164 for one way. The freelance seller is selling at HKD$160 and I don't have to wait an hour for the next ferry so I guess why not. Bought the ticket and we are on our way to Macao...

On board ferry. Macao is an hour away, so sit back, relax and off we go.

Upon reaching Macao, we passed through the immigration and off we go for our day trip. First stop is Fisherman's Wharf which is within 10 minutes walk from the ferry terminal. It is a mini Rome with a mini Coliseum. It is more of a sightsee and photo taking place for us. By the way, this place is free so just feel free to walk around.

Moving on, Sands Casino is just opposite so of course we walked over to catch a glimpse. Just ask where is the casino once you enter the hotel and the staff will gladly point you to the correct way. We explored a bit and then took a cab for lunch.

This place is really a gem and I have to say it is the best meal during this trip. I never knew Portuguese cuisine can be so good! Must try if you are in Macao even for a day trip like us...

Albergue 1601- Best meal of our trip!
Super old tree outside which dad is intrigue.
Albergue 1601 review:

After a satisfying meal, we walked over to St Paul's ruins and it is still standing strong as the landmark of Macao. Lots of visitor around the area and it is a great place for more photos...

Selfie stick to the rescue :)
Love the flowers...

We stroll along the old town, bought cookies from Koi Kee (lots of free sampling by the way), ate a pork bun and I even bought a pair of sports shoe as my shoes is killing me from all the walking. It is nice when we do not have to rush as the ferry back to Hong Kong operates 24 hours (with less frequent ferry in the night of course but nevertheless, at least I know we won't be stranded)

Initially my plan include a visit to Taipa village for more local food but we are kinda tired and our stomach don't really  have much space so decided to give that a miss. So, moved on to Venetian which is my next stop. We took a cab and it is nice that the cab in Macao is all metered so no worries about being ripped off. Prices are reasonable as well. 

We reached Venetian, explore the casino and the shopping area. 

Fake sky.. so the sky is always blue and nice.. 

We ended the trip with an afternoon tea with the famous Lord Stow egg tart at the Venetian Shoppes. Cost MOP$10 each, the egg tart is to die for. It is very nice and for someone who is not a big fan of egg tart to say that, it definitely mean something. The coffee served here is good too!

Egg tart
We took the free casino shuttle bus to the ferry terminal (do note that there is another ferry terminal so make sure you take the correct bus). We bought the ticket for 6.35pm ferry back to Hong Kong and we reached at 7.30pm. We make a mistake on our way back. We took the correct bus but missed the stop and we kinda go round Hong Kong and reach Tai-O area... We finally reach hotel at 10pm after going on "bus ride". Had a quick dinner at Temple Street at one of the claypot rice place and went back to rest.

Day 3-

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

September 2015- Some School Holidays Fun

This is a post-dated short blog post on what we did last September during the school holidays. It is more of a cousin bonding time whereby my kids spends time with their cousin whom they do not see often during term time.

As there are 4 kids in the house (wide range of age - from a couple of months to 4 years old), they have different sleeping, eating and drinking schedule so our outdoor activities are kept to minimum. Rather, we spend most time bonding at home over playing toys for the kids and some chatting for the adults :)

My niece during her milk time.
Just hanging around
Niece is enjoying her "ball" pool...

So cute...
One of our lunch is spend over Kiseki buffet. It is very affordable and variety is good especially when you go for weekday lunch. Do make booking ahead as they are quite popular. 

Kiseki Buffet @ Orchard Central:

Eating buffet with so many kids definitely require time and the buffet provide us with sufficient time. We take turn to eat, and feed the kids. It was tiring but I am glad everyone had a good meal.

At night, little one get to play "TangLung" aka Lantern with grandma.
And some watch TV...
We even went out to shop at Ikea one of the day.... The kids get to eat some ice cream, and had fun playing with the "show room".

Such a happy girl...

A picture with grandma... with all of her grandkid (more to come :p)
Lastly, we went shopping at IMM Daiso and lunch before they head back after a 2 night stay. We did not do much but am glad for the precious and rare bonding time. 

Hello cutie...

My cheeky monkey..