Macau has always been an interesting detour every time I wander the streets of Hong Kong. An hour away from Hong Kong Island, Macau is a whole new world.
I've seen Macau both in day and night and it always gives me this surreal feeling surrounded in sky high casinos and luxury hotels. But beyond the fancy alleys wrapped in shining shimmering splendid, I have experienced what it's like to be in the candid areas of Macau.
Unlike my usual visits, Macau welcomed me with an erratic weather, paired with rains pouring tantrums in between cool breezes, I didn't mind though, in fact, I am quite fond of this kind of weather. Because the weather comes in unpredictable around February and March, I came in prepared with an apparel that was easy to customize to whatever the day would give me.
It was a calm and lazy afternoon in downtown Macau, it's very quaint and contrasting to the active and fancy Macau scene we would usually imagine. The architecture at every corner, draws inspiration to the Portuguese colonization years back.
I haven't had the chance to explore downtown in the past and although it was a bit gloomy and the skies were not really friendly, I felt there was something beyond the streets' husky look that I should see up close.
As always, the alleys of the St. Paul Ruins are always very active and busy. Macau's food and delicacy takes the spotlight at this point of the city. Egg tarts, almond cookies and meat jerkies are among the most famous treats, those of which I can enjoy without the need to spend.
Being a Catholic Christian, Macau didn't seem very strange to me as Catholic churches were easy to find. I knelt at Saint Dominic's Church at the Senado Square for a quick prayer and onwards to the lively alleys of the Ruins of St Paul where you can devour on endless free food bites.