It was supposed to be a family trip to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary so I felt guilty knowing the hubby and my son couldn’t go after all. On the other hand, I knew it was a break I so much needed. Being the daughter of a pilot, I learned at an early age how travel can heal a tired, beat up and weary soul. I reminded myself that my two daughters and mom were going on this trip and it slowly started to feel like an adventure-specially without the boys.
The time away from work and the usual daily routine did wonders. I got reacquainted with my love for food and allowed myself some indulgences. It was specially fun exploring the different flavors and textures of foreign cuisine once again.
The highlight of the trip was being with my mom and daughters, without having to worry about deadlines and to-do lists. For once they had my undivided attention. It felt wonderful just being in the moment. It was extremely liberating to bask in nothing but the absolute present. I felt like a ton of bricks had been lifted off my shoulders and my batteries were recharged. I’m truly grateful for those five days.
Hong Kong Holiday
It’s been ages since I’ve last visited Hong Kong and this is my first trip with my daughters and my mom. So the first order of business, naturally was some shopping and then a day in Disneyland. It was a special treat to have my elder daughter’s best friend join us on this trip!
Because we only had two nights and three days in Hong Kong, I was happy with our decision to stay at The Prince Marco Polo Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui at Kowloon. The hotel has its own access to Harbour City and it was just a few minutes walk from Silvercord Mall. The hotel also provided us with one cellphone per room which we were able to use to call each other and as our pocket wifi, free of charge. The phones helped us out a lot when we were out shopping and during our day at Disneyland, plus we had wifi wherever we went. The hotel was also just a few minutes walk to the ferry terminal and this was so convenient since we were crossing over to Macau. This made the hotel’s location just superb for us.
Macau in three days
While the three days in Hong Kong was a blur, Macau was more leisurely paced. We had enough time to visit both Senado Square at Macau Peninsula and then Taipa Island. The rest of the time was spent at The Venetian on Cotai Island. It was really interesting to see the mix of Portuguese and Macau culture in the architecture as well as the food.
More scenes at Senado Square:
Here’s a look at Taipa Island:
The Venetian Macao Resort and Hotel, Cotai Island:
We stayed at The Venetian Macao for two nights and three days. Due to budget constraints we chose the smallest room, the 70 square meter Bella Suite. With 2 queen size beds and a living room with sofa, chairs, and dining or work table, the suite was more than comfortable for the four of us. I loved that the third level of The Venetian housed The Shoppes, an indoor mall. The food court was also on the third level, so we had a wide array of affordable but delicious food to choose from. It was a challenge trying to decide among so many options – Chinese, Indian, Italian, and of course Portuguese and more.
It was a great five days in Hong Kong and Macau with my mom and my girls. The time off from work and household responsibilities no doubt rejuvenated my spirit and I’m thankful I had this opportunity. Still, I can’t help but think how much better it would have been with the boys whom we missed so much. Perhaps I can put this to rest when we finally have a chance to celebrate our 20th anniversary out of town. That’s something I am certainly and happily still looking forward to this year.