History, Culture, Art & Food of Macau all in a day! | Macau, China

It’s pretty amazing how our Saturday in Macau started at a climax with our bungy jump at Macau Tower and we just had to spend the rest of the day on a slower note and trying to calm down! Haha… Of course, Macau can offer so many attractions and destinations that can help us do just that! Read on to find out more! 🙂

[Experience Macau May 2013]
18th May 2013 – Day 3
History, Culture, Art & Food of Macau all in a day!


Grand Prix Museum 大賽車博物館 & Wine Museum 葡萄酒博物館
Website: http://www.museums.gov.mo/eng/home.html

Grand Prix Museum 大賽車博物館 & Wine Museum 葡萄酒博物館 | Macau, China
The exhibition galleries of both the Grand Prix Museum and Wine Museum are actually located side by side in the same building. Thus, it’ll be great to make time for both if you are planning to head that way!

And so, we started off with the Grand Prix Museum…

The Grand Prix Museum was officially opened in 1993 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Macau Grand Prix. The gallery exhibits close to 30 exhibits that ranges from the most unique F3 cars and motorbikes or legendary drivers and riders as well as their related memorabilia.

Grand Prix Museum 大賽車博物館 | Macau, China
The first exhibit when you enter the gallery, they take you right back to the halycon days through an informative storyboard and a display of the triumph TR2 driven by Eduardo de Carvalho who won the first Macau Grand Prix!

Grand Prix Museum 大賽車博物館 | Macau, China
Arsenio Dodjie Laurel’s car on display to pay tribute to his death at the Macau Grand Prix in 1967..

Grand Prix Museum 大賽車博物館 | Macau, China

Grand Prix Museum 大賽車博物館 | Macau, China
Aside from F3 cars, there’s also a series of vintage cars on display too…

Grand Prix Museum 大賽車博物館 | Macau, China
Interactive race game to let you experience the Macau Grand Prix like a real F3 driver!

Grand Prix Museum 大賽車博物館 | Macau, China
Hiroshi Hasegawa’s bike!

Grand Prix Museum 大賽車博物館 | Macau, China
It surely is a must to have a very well equipped and professional rescue team at every race!

Grand Prix Museum 大賽車博物館 | Macau, China

Grand Prix Museum 大賽車博物館 | Macau, China
Ayrton Senna’s car and mementos…

Grand Prix Museum 大賽車博物館 | Macau, China
Though I don’t watch much of the race action, I sure know who is Michael Schumacher.
And that’s his car!

Grand Prix Museum 大賽車博物館 | Macau, China
A scaled model of Macau Peninsula showing the famous Guia Circuit…

And moving on to the Wine Museum…

At the spacious Wine Museum, you can learn and pick up on the history and information of Portuguese culture, traditions, daily life and celebratory rituals and at the same time, experience wine production through the exhibits. The exhibition space houses more than 1000 different wine brands of Portuguese wine (600 are commercial wines and the rest are collection wines) which comes from the different regions of Portugal.

Wine Museum 葡萄酒博物館 | Macau, China
A wall with a Portuguese folk tile-painting art… Beautiful isn’t it? 🙂

Wine Museum 葡萄酒博物館 | Macau, China
A basket full of grapes! Each basket weighs almost 50kg when it is filled!

Wine Museum 葡萄酒博物館 | Macau, China
The bottle right in front is an almost 200 year old bottle of wine! Wow!

Wine Museum 葡萄酒博物館 | Macau, China
I always thought it is a cool idea to have a collection of corks from the wine you drink but I’m not much of a wine person after all…

Wine Museum 葡萄酒博物館 | Macau, China
There were Portuguese traditional costumes on display too!

These black colored costume is actually a wedding outfit! Very much in contrary to our Chinese traditional ones isn’t it?

Wine Museum 葡萄酒博物館 | Macau, China
Wine tasting available! If you like sweet wines, you can consider Portuguese wines which are generally sweeter!

And with a toast of the wine, we ended our tour at the museums! Unknowingly, it was lunch time already! We do deserve a feast after the bungy jump that morning, don’t we? 🙂

天 Sky 21 Bar & Restaurant
21/F, AIA Tower, 251A – 301
Avenida Comercial de Macau, Macau

Website: http://sky21macau.com/home/main/en/

Lunch @ 天 Sky 21 Bar & Restaurant | Macau, China

Lunch @ 天 Sky 21 Bar & Restaurant | Macau, China

Lunch @ 天 Sky 21 Bar & Restaurant | Macau, China
Sky 21 is the ultimate have-it-all entertainment destination set atop a sky-high landmark to serve first-rate Asian gourmet with the best mix of music in a sleek and luxurious bar and restaurant space. And since we started off our morning on the high at Macau Tower, of course that calls for lunch on the high too at the only restaurant in Macau located on high grounds!

Lunch @ 天 Sky 21 Bar & Restaurant | Macau, China

Lunch @ 天 Sky 21 Bar & Restaurant | Macau, China019

Lunch @ 天 Sky 21 Bar & Restaurant | Macau, China
From the deck on the bar level, you get a panoramic view of a transition of Macau… From the old residential area, to the scenic Nam Van Lake 南湾湖 to the commercial areas on the Macau Peninsular. And I’m sure this will be an awesome place to be to experience a sunset in Macau! 🙂

Enough of the scenery, here’s the food we had over lunch!

Sangria @ 天 Sky 21 Bar & Restaurant | Macau, China
Sangria

蜜柚蟹肉沙律 @ 天 Sky 21 Bar & Restaurant | Macau, China
Pomelo and Crab Meat Salad 蜜柚蟹肉沙律

特盛刺身 @ 天 Sky 21 Bar & Restaurant | Macau, China
Deluxe Sashimi 特盛刺身

樱花蝦炸豆腐 @ 天 Sky 21 Bar & Restaurant | Macau, China
Deep Fried Sakura Ebi Tofu 樱花蝦炸豆腐

紅咖哩炒豬頸肉 @ 天 Sky 21 Bar & Restaurant | Macau, China
Stir Fried Pork Neck in Red Curry 紅咖哩炒豬頸肉

冬陰公炒飯釀椰子 @ 天 Sky 21 Bar & Restaurant | Macau, China
‘Tom Yum Goong’ Fried Rice in Young Coconut 冬陰公炒飯釀椰子

脆皮百花雞 @ 天 Sky 21 Bar & Restaurant | Macau, China
Crispy Chicken with Shrimp mousse 脆皮百花雞

雜錦天婦羅 @ 天 Sky 21 Bar & Restaurant | Macau, China
Assorted Tempura 雜錦天婦羅

沙茶醬爆雙菇 @ 天 Sky 21 Bar & Restaurant | Macau, China
Stir Fried Mixed Mushrooms with Sa Cha sauce 沙茶醬爆雙菇

鮮果拼盤 @ 天 Sky 21 Bar & Restaurant | Macau, China
Fruit Platter 鮮果拼盤

Lunch at Sky 21 was one of my favourite most over this trip to Macau. I’m not too sure if I am just too comfortable with these familiar Asian flavors but I really enjoyed the food served to us. And if I have to pick out one dish to recommend, I will say the Stir Fried Pork Neck in Red Curry! Love the soft and tender pork neck slices coated in luscious flavors in the red curry. Divine combination!

Museum of Macau 澳門博物館
Website: http://www.macaumuseum.gov.mo/w3ENG/default.aspx

Museum of Macau 澳門博物館 | Macau, China
Our next stop immediately after lunch was at Meseu de Macau or simply The Macau Museum. It is a historical and cultural museum with a vast number of objects with great historical values that demonstrates the way of life and cultures of the various communities which have inhabited the city of Macau.

The museum is located in Mount Fortress which was built by the Jesuits in the early 17th century where it serves as the city’s principal military defense structure.

Museum of Macau 澳門博物館 | Macau, China

Museum of Macau 澳門博物館 | Macau, China

Museum of Macau 澳門博物館 | Macau, China

Museum of Macau 澳門博物館 | Macau, China
History and Culture of Macau in cute scaled models!

Museum of Macau 澳門博物館 | Macau, China

Museum of Macau 澳門博物館 | Macau, China
Mini-sized houses displaying the architectural styles Macau had adopted in the past..

Museum of Macau 澳門博物館 | Macau, China

Museum of Macau 澳門博物館 | Macau, China
Or life-sized rooms decorated to mimic a home in Macau during the good o’ days…

Museum of Macau 澳門博物館 | Macau, China
The traditional Chinese wedding certificate!

I so want my marriage certificate like that! Feels more impressive and momentous as compared to what the marriage certificates looked like these days don’t you think? 😀

Museum of Macau 澳門博物館 | Macau, China
Traditional Chinese puppets.
Pretty creepy standing right there among the puppets that are about the size of a young kid actually!

Mount Fortress | Macau, China
At the roof deck of the museum is Monte Fort (Mount Fortress)!

Mount Fortress | Macau, China
A beautiful water lily was in full bloom! 🙂

Mount Fortress | Macau, China

Mount Fortress | Macau, China
Beautiful view of Macau from the roof deck!

Mount Fortress | Macau, China
Sometimes, life plays a prank and give you a window of opportunity but complete with a totally wrong goal to hit! Don’t you agree?

Ruins of St. Paul’s 大三巴牌坊
Ruins of St. Paul's 大三巴牌坊 | Macau, China

Ruins of St. Paul's 大三巴牌坊 | Macau, China
The Church of Mater Dei built in 1602-1640 but destroyed by a fire in 1835 and leaving behind only the facade and what we all know it as the Ruins of St. Paul’s. Today, the facade is about 200 years old and had to be supported with reinforced structures. But evidly, you can see still see on the walls, the cross of Western and Chinese cultures in the olden days of Macau.

This a popular tourist spot in Macau and the square in front of the Ruins of St. Paul’s is forever crowded unless you visit the place in the middle of the night. And it’s obvious I refused to take a photo of the full wall and let the crowd ruin the picture isn’t it? Hehe…

And if you’re wondering why such abstract shots of the facade, it’s simply because I can’t get one without a massive crowd mingling around! See example below… Haha!

Ruins of St. Paul's 大三巴牌坊 | Macau, China

Ruins of St. Paul's 大三巴牌坊 | Macau, China
Humans, humans and more Humans!!!

Ruins of St. Paul's 大三巴牌坊 | Macau, China
Left my footprints at the square in front of the Ruins of St. Paul’s!

St. Lazarus District
The European-inspired district consists of cobbled streets and historic houses and if you like a break from the bustling Macau streets, this is the way to go!

St. Lazarus District | Macau, China

St. Lazarus District | Macau, China
The highlight of the area is the Albergue da Santa Casa da Misericórdia 澳門仁慈堂婆仔屋 or also known as the Old Ladies’ House where elderly spinsters used to live. Today, the place serves as a venue for the display of works by Macanese and Portuguese artists.

There, I spotted a restaurant in its quaint courtyard. It must be really nice to unwind and enjoy dinner there with a couple of good friends after a long day at work! I must head there if I ever go back to Macau again!

St. Lazarus District | Macau, China

St. Lazarus District | Macau, China

St. Lazarus District | Macau, China
The cobbled streets of the St. Lazarus District!

After a couple of blocks from the Albergue SCM in the St. Lazarus District, we arrived at Tap Seac Square!

Tap Seac District 塔石廣場
Tap Seac District 塔石廣場 | Macau, China

Tap Seac District 塔石廣場 | Macau, China

Tap Seac District 塔石廣場 | Macau, China
The square features a collection of neo-classical buildings built in the early 20th century and with their facades painted in dark red and ochre, I entered one building in search of a public washroom and found myself standing in the Central Library of Macau!

Tap Seac District 塔石廣場 | Macau, China
And outside, there’s a fair going on at the square, and most of the vendors are retailing their beautiful art and handicrafts!

Tap Seac District 塔石廣場 | Macau, China
And when you see the sun setting, this can only mean the day is ending…


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