I woke up pretty late on day 2 at 10:30 AM. My flight wasn’t leaving until 10:15 PM that night, so I had so much time. I prepped for the day and packed my things, checking out of the hotel around 11:30 AM. After which, I took a leisurely walk back to Senado Square, stopping on the way to eat lunch.
A colleague of mine gave me a mission to look for a certain pair of shoes, because he found that they were cheaper in Macau than back home. So I had set aside a few hours to do what I would like to call a search operation around Macau for the particular make and model he wanted. At the same time, I also bought souvenirs as pasalubong (a home-coming gift) for my sisters and my friends.
This was a good activity for me and took a big chunk of my day, but after 3 hours of going through the various sports shops in Macau, I gave up. Empty-handed, I headed to the Grand Lisboa hotel to ride the shuttle back to the ferry terminal. At the ferry terminal, I looked for the shuttle that went to The Venetian Macao, located across the bridge to the island of Taipa, where the airport was also located.
The Venetian Macao is a hotel and casino resort operated by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation. One of the famous attractions for the hotel is the canal mimicking the canals in Venice, complete with gondola rides (for a fee, of course!). I decided to try my luck finding my colleague’s shoe here, but was a bit unlucky. However, I was a bit luckier in terms of timing.
One of the exhibits showing at the Venetian during my visit was the Human Bodies Exhibition. I had missed this exhibit while it was in Manila and I was glad that I got a chance to check it out while I was in Macau.
At the same time, they had Titanic: The Exhibition running. Another interesting exhibit that showcased the relics from the wreckage of the Titanic, items from the survivors and various props from the movie. The exhibits on their own cost HKD120 each, but if you buy a ticket to both, it costs HKD180, which was the ticket I purchased.
From the Venetian, I crossed the street to the City of Dreams, to check out the Dragon Bubble Show, which a friend told me was free. However, when I got to the casino, I found out that this attraction is no longer free. I thought, pay the 50MOP fee or skip it altogether? I decided to skip it, because of my unexpected expense at the Human Bodies and Titanic exhibits. I decided to call it a day and headed to the airport via taxi (HKD27).
Going home after this trip gave me a sense of accomplishment because I had done two things I had never done before. I had successfully completed the bungy jump off the Macau Tower and I had travelled to a foreign country on my own. There’s this sense of pride I felt when I see people’s surprised looks when they find out that I was travelling alone. Sure, Macau may not be the most challenging country for a solo traveler, but it showed me that I could do it. While I had always known that I was a very independent person, this trip cemented my belief that if I really wanted to accomplish something and I wanted to go somewhere, the only thing that will hold me back is myself and my fears. I felt like I could do anything.
I’ll be trying another solo trip next year, this time to a more challenging venue, and I’m incredibly excited. This was such a fun trip and a nice little adventure and I can’t wait to start another.
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