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September 26, 2013

Day 16: Three countries in a day

Our objective for the day: wake up in Hong Kong, spend the day in Macau and sleep in Singapore.  We knew we had a tough day ahead, but, at the same time, we were excited about the idea of being in three different countries in only 24 hours.

Hong Kong: we woke up quite early since we had a lot to do. We stuffed all we needed for the next four days in our day backpack and we headed to the Mui Wo Ferry station to get to Hong Kong city center. Once there, we had some breakfast, took a ride on the “Double Deckers” and had a walk around the Western Market and some shopping streets. When we got to the IFC Mall, a very popular commercial center, we were surprised to find groups of Filipino women sitting on the floor sharing laughs and having picnic. We found out later that since it was Sunday, and most of them are domestic workers, this is the only way they can come together and enjoy their day off. After that, we headed to the Ferry Terminal to take the first available boat to Macau.


Macau: with a new stamp in our passports and some Patacas (Macau currency), we took a bus to the city center. The former Portuguese colony is the most densely populated city in the world and has a shopping street full of Jerky beef and cookies/sweets shops. It also has some Casinos and, luckily, it still has some European style buildings like the Sao Paulo Cathedral and the Penha Church.


The tiles on the floor of the main streets make you feel as if you would be walking around Lisbon and, although there are almost no Macanese that can speak Portuguese, the names of nearly all streets, squares, parks, bus stops and some shops are written in Portuguese as well as Chinese.


Adam´s target in Macau was to eat a pastel de nata. Well, looking at his face and taking into account that I had no opportunity to taste any, I guess that they were really good.


In the afternoon, we headed back to Hong Kong to reach our flight to the next destination.

Singapore: A Tigerair flight took us to Singapore. We arrived late and tired. Huang, our third CS host was waiting for us at the airport and, very kindly, drove us to his place. After a short chat with him we went to sleep to get ready for our three days in the city.

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