Macao: Day 1

November 5, 2018

After a 16 hour flight, a bus ride, and a ferry ride, we finally made it to Macao. I was there with travel mates Ashley (@ashyi), Chloe (@bychloesee), and Christine (@kkarmalove) to document the food scene of Macao to celebrate its recent designation as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy. This was my first international press trip and I couldn’t have been more excited to begin my exploration. For a recap of my HK Airlines flight, click here.

As our bus made its way towards the Cotai Strip, the flashing neon lights pulsated with electricity and massive casinos were lining the streets. People compare Macao to Vegas but trust me - Macao was on another level of opulence and stimulation.

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Hong Kong Airlines: Macao - bound!

After arriving at the Tom Bradley International Airport, I made a beeline to the Hong Kong Airlines check in area where I met Carman, our Macao Tourism rep as well as Dean, a Hong Kong Airlines rep. My travel mates, Chloe, Ashley, and Christine were already there with way too much energy for a 6am call time.  After breezing through security, we were told that two upgrades to business class cleared so two of us took the seats while the other two would be given priority on the return flight.

Even though I was in economy, I had the whole row to myself. This meant I could stretch out and even lie down to take a nap. The 16 hour flight passed quickly as I watched movies and enjoyed the delicious airline food.  My first meal was a delicious stewed pork with veggies over rice. To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect but the flavors were spot on. The dish could have been from any Chinese restaurant in LA.

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