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Macau, Day 21/22 (cont’d) and to Hong Kong

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We walked and I gaped. I’m sure I stuck out like a greenhorn tourist. A jewelry store which displayed sparkling diamonds caught my attention. I leaned in for a closer look and banged my forehead on the window. Ouch. The glass was solid as a brick wall. The lights were so bright, the glass seemed non-existent. I felt stupid and hoped no-one had noticed. Why would anyone notice? There were all sorts of more interesting people around. I couldn’t believe the fashionably-dressed chic young women, hanging on to boyfriends’ or husbands’ arms. I don’t know why I was sure they weren’t young marrieds, but who knows.

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One last look: Night Pictures in Macau

Worn out by all the excitement, a bed and pillow beckoned. Before turning in, I had another bathroom story. While I ran the sink tap, it didn’t sound right. I turned off the water to clear my head. I turned it on again. The bathtub drain gurgled water. I could not hear water going own the sink drain. Let me explain the layout. The foot of the tub was tucked lengthwise into left corner and the sink and cabinet were perpendicular at the foot, like an upside down L, the tub being the long end. A glass-doored shower shared a wall with the faucet end of the tub. Would you call that fancy plumbing? I can’t figure it out either. The biggest hotel in the world. Hm.

When I asked Sue about it, she hadn’t noticed the sound, but wondered why the tub was wet with water, which neither of us had used. Nice. What’s the reason North American hotels don’t have a 13th floor? Oh! It’s not because of the plumbing?

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Wakeup call buzzed at 7:30 a.m., on Saturday, Day 22. Luggage had to be downstairs near reception area by 8:15. Sue and I weren’t comfortable with this as a zillion people moved in and out around nearby elevators and the casino. The bellboy assured us he’d stand guard until they were transferred to the bus.

Steam coming out of the chimneys early morning before leaving for H.K.

Upon arrival at the ferry terminal, we lined up and were given numbered tickets. We had to fill out Hong Kong immigration forms while on board the Cotal Jet Ferry. It was a deep blue fearsome machine and looked like an army tank on water. Walking past, at about a third of its length, I changed my mind. It looked more like a plane. Inside the layout wasn’t unlike an airplane: 3-seat rows x 18 seats long x 5 sections across (270 passengers from my rough count). The ride was smooth as silk; quiet as a hydrofoil, but that’s my guesswork. I’ve never had the experience before.

Our ticket said next departure at 10:30, but it felt like hours before we finally were allowed inside and took off. The trip took about an hour. Water sprayed the ferry as we flew across the black water into the misty weather.

More Images Cotal Jet Ferry

Muted T.V. screens were turned on in front of every row. The seats were supplied with belts no-one used. If there were rules for them, I saw no signs, nor did anyone come around or make an announcement.

Upon arrival, we passed through roped off aisles with a million other people. I considered the process would take forever. I was wrong. After the experience in Macau, everything was so Chinese and foreign again. We craned our necks and gawked at expensive wines on display before the exit, but there was no opportunity or invitation to buy any.

Welcome to downtown Hong Kong

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Next on May 29, Day 22 (cont’d) Hong Kong (with lots of pictures)

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I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

39 thoughts on “Macau, Day 21/22 (cont’d) and to Hong Kong

  1. That bathroom plumbing sounds very odd indeed.
    Cool video and fun commentary. 🙂
    Despite your lack of Chinese food descriptions, I’m still craving Chinese food just reading this, interesting. 😉
    Hope you have a lovely weekend, Tess, all the best. 🙂

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  2. Wow! That’s one reason I hate to travel- the plumbing issues! But, I enjoy reading about others’ experiences, the ones braver than I!
    Melinda

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  3. So even in this exclusive hotel, the plumbing leaves MUCH to be desired – ugh! My take is that whatever the touring company ceded in charging so reasonably for this grand tour, they made up for it in Macau, expecting to reap in gazillions from a nearly captive and hopefully gambling audience. (But you resisted!) Or perhaps I’m just a cynic at heart. Did you like Macau? What did you think of the food in Macau? You certainly took the trip of a lifetime – such diverse experiences. So far, my favorites are the more historic parts of China. What were your favorite parts?

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  4. But it sounds like the plumbing worked.

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  5. What a great trip you and Sue are having. The video was amazing and showed how over the top the Chinese can be. Hope your head is better!

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  6. If I had a dollar for every window or glass door I’ve banged into I’d be…well, let’s just say I could probably take every blogger I follow out to dinner. 😉

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  7. I can’t believe my trip to China is almost over! I hope you stretch the last day out of several weeks.

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  8. Always wanted to do Macau… love the pics and all, whets my curiosity until the day I can actually get to it on my “must travel to” list.
    Cheers!

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    • Cheers back to you. Hope you get there. This was Easter weekend last year. A lot of people took advantage of the long weekend, a perfect time to drive to Macau to gamble.

      Have you taken a peek at my China tab? There’s a whole list of posts about China if you’re interested. 🙂

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      • I haven’t but I will! I’ve sadly only managed Shanghai for work and thus far not had time to get out to the rest of the country – the countryside and the smaller reaches are where I really want to go. Again, someday soon…

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  9. That ferry looks similar to the horrid things in the Greek Islands that have replaced proper ferries with decks and sun loungers.

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  10. I love travelling as in them you learnt many customs we don’t have in our countries, some nice and good, others quite different, that’s the quid!!!!! In all of them I’ve learnt interestings matters.

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  11. Indeed very strange plumbing. I’ve seen some odd things, but usually in old places not brand new and in theory luxury hotels. What a place for contrasts! Thanks Tess!

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  12. Wait a minute… displaying wine, but not sharing or even selling it? That’s just mean. 😀
    The ferry looks really interesting; futuristic. And i agree with everyone else about the bizarre plumbing. Shudder to think where the toilet goes. Great big hug!

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  13. The plumbing, hmm. The Venetian China is amazing. Huge. I was in the one in Las Vegas years ago but nowhere near as big, bright, and colorful as this one. 🙂

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  14. It sounds like an extraordinarily busy place Tess. I can almost feel the crush of the crowd through your description. I will admit to a wee chuckle at the description of banging your head on the glass. 🙂

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  15. Wondered what all the smoke was… looked kinda creepy 😀
    I’ve seen this vid, somewhere before… I’m sure if it. Very good.

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  16. Plumbing does not seem to be a top priority anywhere in China….. I am gearing up for your next trip and we haven’t even finished this one yet!!!!!!

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  17. Your plumbing is why the room below yours is so cheap. (and you have to know how to swim) Loved looking at the ferry.

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  18. Macau looks amazing. What an experience you had. One you will never forget. Love that you have blogged about it in detail. look forward to pictures from Hong Kong.

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    • Thanks, Darlene. Only two days left to the vacation. I can’t believe blogging about it has lasted this long. Okay, so it’s only once a week. I takes all afternoon getting links, videos and sorting pictures or maybe I’m just a slowpoke.
      Thanks so much for coming along with me. ❤

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  19. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Finally got to make my weekly trip in China courtesy of Tess Karlinski – saying goodby to Macau and hello to Hong Kong with some wonky plumbing in the middle.. Great job as always Tess.. fascinating series.

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  20. Oh dear, strange plumbing Tess, good job you weren’t there long!

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  21. Amazing experience and place!

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  22. Amazing, truly. Loved the video. The hotel with the strange plumbing, well not so much you know.

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  23. This wet bath thing is decidedly worrying. A sort of plumbing reflux from elsewhere in the hotel? Evidence that in fact the plumbing was possessed? We do need to know. I hope the relevant authorities are investigating! Lovely series.

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  24. Very strange with the bath…hmmm. Love your last photo. And now Hong Kong, wow! Looking forward to hearing what you thought of it. My son went there a couple of years ago and absolutely loved it 🙂 ❤

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  25. You know how I am about about foreign plumbing. I find your bathroom anecdotes troubling.

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  26. liked the pictures of the steam 🙂

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  27. Oh my re the plumbing!

    Tess, I do enjoy reading about your traveling adventures. Great photos and the video is terrific. 🙂

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  28. Thank you, Kate. I’m pleased to share when I relived again after-the-fact and this time could examine the details more closely than first time around. Way to fast and over my head at first. I’m thankful my chicken scratch improved as i took copious notes. Had no idea I would. My greatest fear was running out of ink Who knew?

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  29. Great video Tess. The Venetian hotel looked exactly like it’s inspiration in Las Vegas. If one didn’t know better they would think it was Vegas. Did you go to that magnificent show?

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  30. The Venetian was a surreal experience. Yes, Vegas of the East. No, we didn’t see that show but it was fabulous, wasn’t it?

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