A cousin of mine who currently works in Hongkong graciously helped me tour Macau and some areas of Hongkong I had never been to before.
On my first night, she took me to a Lebanese Restaurant in Lan Kwai Fong, which I learned was the hottest night spot in Hongkong. After dinner, we had fondue at the nearby Haagen Daaz Cafe, fortunate enough to snag a table by the window -- so we could people-watch. As we enjoyed our fondue and exchanged notes about life and love, there was a commotion of sorts outside the cafe. At first, we thought that a famous movie star was causing all that fuss. Then we realized what it was -- an actual proposal was taking place! A woman in a dark blue gown had an enormous bouquet on her arm, and a man (who I presumed was her boyfriend) was kneeling beside her, presenting her with a ring in a box. Cameras started clicking outside and although I wanted to capture the moment, my camera just couldn't get a right angle. So, my heart took a picture to remember that night. I do remember though my fondue with much fondness...Slurp.
After spending an hour or two at the nearby Ikea outlet store, we headed back to Kowloon and lined up to experience the famous high tea at the Peninsula. The line was already quite long when we arrived -- about 30 heads were waiting to be seated. While we made ourselves full with scones, pastries, finger sandwiches and rose tea, we giggled as we counted three brides coming and going at the lobby, scrutinizing their gowns and bouquets, deciding on which bride looked the best. :-)
High tea at the Peninsula is a great way to spend the afternoon after sight-seeing and shopping.
After checking in and a quick lunch, we headed straight to Macau's tourist spots. At Senado Square, we walked through the shop-lined streets on the way to the famous Ruins of St. Paul's, and got our souvenir photos at one of the first churches erected in Macau by the Jesuits.
And now, for one of the highlights of my Macau visit (no, I was so not interested in any of the casinos)...