Venturing into the un-googled…..
Yesterday I woke up and spontaneously went to Macao! Wahoo! I knew nothing about this place except the gambling, and that I had to bring my passport.
As a fitness trainer and avid gym goer, hitting step quota is the base minimum of what I can do to feel authentic in my values. I mean, I insist that my clients do it, so it wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t! Walking is such an important part of living to your potential as a human being. It’s what we were designed to do!
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If you’ve been following me recently, you’ll know I’m randomly roaming around Asia for ten weeks. With all the new and amazing things to see, hitting step quota (15,000 minimum) is easily done.
If you love historical buildings and Portuguese architecture, you’ll definitely love Senado Square. I know I did. It was so much fun people watching, walking around and having coffee in one of the cafes. The streets are wavey-like mosaic pavements that are really a delight. It made walking more fun!
St. Pauls Cathedral Ruins
With all the walking I had to do in Macau, I was happy I wore comfortable shoes. The streets weren’t completely even but the historical and stunning views made up for it. St Pauls Cathedral Ruins is one of the best spots to take great photos.
The A-Ma Temple is probably one of the nicest temples around Macau. It’s small in size but very authentic. It seems that you can see some ceremonies here with the bells and the gongs. Unfortunately, I didn’t see any. Though, if you’re lucky, you might.
This popular website explains: “Taoism teaches a person to follow their breath, to embrace wonder and the joy of living gracefully with style.”
They explain that it’s based on 3 simple principals:
– Acceptance of your life.
– Following your breath to find peace.
– Opening up a smile to enable possibility.
Tao literally means ‘‘the way’’ and is a pretty common religion/philosophy in China.
Mount Fortress is just a quick climb from St Paul’s. From the bottom of the hill, I walked up to the fortress and passed many beautiful gardens and ancient trees. This alone made my visit worth it. When I reached the top, the view of Macau was stunning! It’s no wonder why the Mount Fortress is considered to be one of the World Heritage Sites.
Here’s a view from the top. Can you spot St Paul’s? From the Mount Fortress, you can see the well-tended beautiful parks with lots of floral displays. There’s also a diversity of gorgeous gardens and lush greeneries all around Macau despite all the crazy skyscrapers. I’ve seen locals enjoy the tranquility the place brings with some Tai Chi.
All the Caribbean colors and vibe made me feel like I was in Portugal. The 18-century churches resemble gingerbread cookies with its bright colors. With the glimmering mega casinos, Macau is such a colorful, bright and happy place to be.
So much joyful color and I loved the Spanish feel of the cobblestones from Senata square and beyond, all around the tourist district.
If you love historical places, as well as walking, Macau is a must-visit. By the time I was done exploring the place, I went back to my gorgeous hotel in time for the sunset and a swim. I was really feeling proud, accomplished, and adventurous. Before I went to sleep, the lessons from today in geography, culture and world knowledge really wrapped up my trip to Macau.