During our flight, there’s a massive typhoon happening in the Philippines and is on its way to Hong Kong too. Our flight was delayed for an hour (though not a surprising thing with Cebu Pacific) and it was drizzling too when we got to Hong Kong. Our trip was 5 days and 4 nights, but we kind of lost a day because of the typhoon. In Hong Kong, when there’s a big storm, almost all of Hong Kong is shut down so you can’t do anything really. The only places that are open are 24-7 convenience stores.
But all in all, it was a very nice trip; especially that I got to do my very first trip out of the country with my best college friends (I was supposed to go to HK back in 2011 but that got cancelled because of some unfortunate events). We’ve been planning a trip together but only that this time around that we finally got to do it. It was almost a decade in the making but was a memorable one especially that I got to spend it with people that meant a lot to me.
I will try my best to recall what transpired during this trip; the places that we went to, the experiences that we had, the things that we did etc. Though I might do blog posts that have more photos than words in it. This will probably be more like a photo diary and sharing of experience than reviews or how-to’s. But for this post, I will share my experience, observations and impressions of both Hong Kong and Macau.
After our visit to the Macau Giant Panda Pavillion, this was our next stop. Right off the bat, the Parisian Macau is so grand! The lobby is massive with lots of chandeliers and artwork replicas on the ceiling. As you enter the hotel through gilded doors inspired by the famous Paris opera house, Palais Garnier, your attention draws to the ornate dome inside the Rotunda, which is inspired by one of France’s most famous domed buildings the L’Hotel National des Invalides. Here you will also find a replica of the Fontaine de Mers from the heart of Paris. There are also promoters that dress up as people from the Renaissance. We met one of the Musketeers by the way, hahaha!
After going around the lobby, my friend and I decided that we visit the Eiffel Tower just in front of the hotel. And of course what should girls who dream of going to Paris someday must do? Photo-op! We took like hundreds of photos literally! After all, les filles veulent s'amuser!!!
We know it ain't the real thing, it's only half the size of the real Eiffel Tower, but seeing it made us both almost emotional. We conversed that while we're seeing this replica we are already overwhelmed, what more if it is the real thing? Right? Sorry, not sorry, we both are passionate for things like this that we can't help but feel. We made a pinky-promise we will do what we can to go and see the City of Lights, by hook or by crook. #Goals!