Macau: Day 2 (Part 3)

May 24, 2012
I am not Macanese, nor am I Chinese (though I am convinced that in a past life I was), thus I feel as if I have no right to have an opinion on whether or not Macau is officially a part of China.  Having said that, I do feel that the region is heavily influenced by the Chinese and that is most likely the reason why I left completely enamored with it, since I have quite a soft spot for this special part of the world.

China has played a significant role in my life, in fact I would go so far as to say that I somewhat of an expert on the country.  My majors in college were Comparative Religious Studies (with a focus on the Asian religions) and Asian Studies (with a focus on China) and I am Chinese Medicine Doctor.  I speak Mandarin, briefly studied/worked in China, and have visited the country five times.

Wandering around Macau can be likened to going on a treasure hunt, since around every corner a new surprise awaits you.  What was my favorite discovery of the day?  I loved the wall of graffiti that was commissioned by the government to teach its residents the Macanese rules and laws.  I think it is brilliant that they found a humorous way to approach a serious subject.

We had one last stop in Macau’s historical center.  Having had such an unforgettable day already, I doubted that I could like anything more than what we had seen already.  I was wrong, as it ended up being my favorite stop of the day. . .

144 thoughts on “Macau: Day 2 (Part 3)

  1. Annie

    gorgeous photos, again.

    i love all the tiled designs that are all over ground in the downtown areas. one of my favorite parts of Macau…..

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    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      Thank you sweetheart!!! I looooved the tiled designs too. Portugal definitely left a beautiful touch upon the city, as well as the Chinese. Such a cool mix of cultures!

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  2. Rebecca

    I love your photos! Like Annette, I’m also curious about the delicious-looking stuff on a stick. The little girl looks like she’s enjoying it. 🙂

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    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      I wish I knew what it was! I’m sad that I didn’t ask. I don’t eat meat, so if it looks like meat I tend to stay away from it. That girl was sooo precious!!!

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  3. Waegook Tom

    Love love LOVING these photos, Andi! So much colour! Macau isn’t a place I’ve ever considered visiting before, but you’re changing my mind here! 🙂

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    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      Awww thank you kindly!!! So touched that you liked them that much! Macau is totally full of colors, textures, patterns, designs. Please do visit if you get the chance!

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  4. Meghan

    These photos are beautiful, Andi. The little girl is such a doll.

    I love reading about travels when people are in a place that they have studied or have long been fascinated by. They tend to see it with different eyes that the casual traveler. This seems to be the case with you and China(/Macau). Thanks for sharing your perspective!

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    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      Thank you so much for your kind words Meghan! Isn’t that little girl gorgeous? Her Mom asked me to take her pic haha!!! I love reading about peoples travels to places that are special to them in some way as well, whether their family is from there, they studied them, etc. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. 🙂

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  5. Katherina

    Macau is lovely… it’s so much more than just casinos! I didn’t know you were so linked to China and that you speak mandarin, I’m impressed, girl! 😉

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    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      Thanks darling, yes I’m super linked (good word!) to the country!!! I’m glad to read that you too think there is SO MUCH more to Macau than just casinos.

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  6. Krista

    I had no idea you knew so much about Chinese culture, language, history, and landscape, Andi! You speak Mandarin?!! I’ve always been impressed by your character and talents, but this blew me out of the water. You’re amazing. 🙂

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  7. Roxanne

    I have a little confession: I save your blog entries for slow Friday afternoons, right before Shabbat starts in Jerusalem. The traffic grinds to a halt, the sun is almost down, the streets are quiet, I make a cup of tea and I travel through your words and photos. This is why your journeys always feel like a treat to me… This, and your ability to bring your studies, past experience and expertise into all your travels. Thank you for letting us see it all through your beautiful mind. Big love to you.

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    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      I’m not quite sure how to respond to this comment, as I don’t think I could ever succinctly express my depth of gratitude! Thank you for your beautiful words and for following my blog!!! I’m so touched that someone as talented as you enjoys my words and photos as much as you do. All my love back to you!!!

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  8. Karla

    Your pictures are a work of art! Simply stunning.

    I love that yellow house nestled between 2 buildings.

    The rules to follow are pretty funny but hey, anything to educate people 😉

    I can’t wait to visit…in the near future!

    *Abrazos* xo

    Karlita 😉

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    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      Awww thank you so much Karla, you are so sweet my love! Isn’t that yellow house so special? I would have loved to have met the owners of it and explore inside. Abrazos y besos bonita!!!

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  9. Kali Forschner

    Hi there, i just needed to drop you a line to say that i thoroughly enjoyed this detailed post of yours, I have subscribed to your RSS feeds and have skimmed a few of your posts before but this one really stood out for me. I know that I am just a stranger to you but I figured you might appreciate the admiration Take care and keep blogging.

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    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      Thank you sooo much for your super kind words, I’m really touched! The colors of Macau are just incredible…especially the Chinese red. I hope you can make it to Macau soon!!!

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    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      You so did spot Tiger Balm — great catch!!! It’s amazing stuff right? That was a TCM shop I photographed. I’m so delighted that you enjoyed the post and pics. XO

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    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      I wish I had taken even more pics of it now!!! It was hysterical. Love those heart shaped eyes too. And the “fine” being brought over with wings hahaha.

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  10. Andrea

    These are some of my favourite photos that you’ve ever posted! The street art style looks almost like it was done all by the same person – do you know if it was?

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    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      WOW what a big compliment thank you!!! Unfortunately, I don’t know too many details about the mural. I regret that, because now I’m in love with it and I want more pics and more info.

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  11. Emily in Chile

    I love that there are two murals dedicated to dog poop (and apparently one dedicated to people poop?). Definitely not something you’d find in every culture, and I love seeing little details like that that really remind you you’re somewhere specific in the world.

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    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      Hahahaha only you would say that and that’s why I love you! 🙂 Nope, definitely not something you’d find in every culture, that’s for sure!!!

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    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      They would be pretty easy to miss, since they were on a side street! Next time you’re in Macau you’ll have to look for them!!! And take more pics than I did!

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  12. Pink Ronnie

    Such vibrant photos, Andi.
    When I was little, my parents took me to Macau but that was some 28 years ago. I don’t have any memory of it, except the photo of my mum and me in front of a famous crumbling wall.
    Would love to go back there one day.
    Ronnie xo

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  14. Callie

    Great photos and description! I’m planning a trip to Asia now and never would have thought about Macau, but this inspires me to put it on my bucket list…

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