We had a long day on the 3rd day of ze Macau trip, so I'm splitting the post up into 2!

All the pictures seen in this blog post are taken with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5. Thank you Panasonic for the sponsor of the camera for our trip!

First up! We went to visit the Macau Wine Museum.

I learnt quite a bit about the history of wine making in Macau. It was an eye opener for me to be able to understand the process of fermentation and the tools that were used!

They had real wine displayed in accordance with the vintages respective region of origin. I saw a one from the 1800s, untouched! :O

We had a wine-tasting session, and I got myself the "no kick" one since I am no wine drinker. I guess I really AM a kid - the wine was bitter and I felt so warm on the inside. Time to grow up, I'm 19 already! :/

If you like the wine, there's a wine store on your way out. BUY ALL THE WINE!

Just opposite the Macau Wine Museum is the Macau Grand Prix Museum. The Museum pays tribute to individuals who contributed extensively to the success of the Grand Prix. You can find many familiar F1 drivers names here!

In 1958, there was a Singaporean driver who won the Grand Prix! His name is Chan Lye-Choon. I heard that during that year, Singaporeans were all very proud of his win; students pretended to be like him, vroom-ing away in school. Well done, nation pride! :D

I'd like to thank my parents for bringing me to this world, my family for their love, my friends for their never ending support............... Hahaha, just kiddin'. There was this mini podium in the museum, so interesting!

What a sight to see oldest blogger Chun See zooming off on the simulator. Look at how much he's enjoying himself!

A collection of magnificent machines that raced and won the Guia circuit are displayed in the museum. They represent the history of one of the most exciting world races. I love the vintage ones!


After all that "woahhh" and "ahh...", we made our way to MGM Macau! THAT PLACE IS SO BEAUTIFUL LIKE SOME PALACE, I LIKE I LIKE! *.*

From now till October, they are having Macau's first ever Butterfly Exhibition at the Butterfly Pavilion! It is a very magical blend of the elements of nature into a modern art piece designed by US designer Stephen Stefanou.

In this enchanted world of nature were 130 different species of butterflies.

Now, I am not a fan of these creepy crawlies (in fact, I'm very afraid of them), but the place was so beautiful and it was a lifetime experience, so I had to overcome my fear and grab my chance!

For more information about the Butterfly Pavilion, you can visit their website here: http://www.mgmmacau.com/en/butterfly_pavilion

Inside one of the MGM Cafe was this butterfly laboratory. We had the exclusive chance to talk to a butterfly doctor and saw the birth of a butterfly! It was a beautiful sight! :')

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The doctor found this rare butterfly which was exhibited by itself in a corner. The size of this butterfly was unlike your usual ones - this was HUGE!

Thanks to the Management at MGM Macau, we had a tour around the special VIP lounge area that was not easily opened to public! VIP area was indeed different from the outside - very atas and one of its kind.

I found myself adoring the place because it was like a mini museum. There were so many fine works of art pieces around!

After the short experience of the life of a million bucks, we headed to Sky 21 for our pan-asian lunch. Our lunch that day was delicious, and best of it all? It was sponsored! You can find out more about Sky 21 here:  http://www.sky21macau.com/home/main/en/

Place wise, the ambiance was very personal and relaxing since we dined in a huge room with splendid view. There was a wide variety of Set Lunches from different countries to choose from. I settled for the Macanese Set Lunch in the end since we're in Macau.

All of us had a Thai tuna salad as our appetizer. It was raw and spicy, but surprisingly good!

Moving on to the Macanese Set Lunch, it indeed brought out the fusion of East and West in their dishes. My favourite was the pork knuckle. It was braised; very Chinese style. The interesting part was that the sauce was tomato based!

After our lunch, we made our way to the top of the building. It overlooks Macau and I had a clear and magnificent view of the surrounding. It was breezy and ethereal; I could stay there and admire for hours!


So here's Day 2 of ze Macau trip! :D

All the pictures seen in this blog post are taken with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5. Thank you Panasonic for the sponsor of the camera for our trip!


We started off our day with the Mini Macau Amazing Race. I was all pumped up in my sports attire; Y-Bloggist must be all energetic right!

We were teamed up in pairs, and each team was given a booklet of questions to fill up. My partner was none other than Ai Sakura, the mummy blogger! YAY, I felt so taken care of hehehehe.

The race started off at Sofitel @ Ponte 16. We were all together at first, but slowly all of us split up and headed our own ways to find the answers by ourselves, at our own pace.

Place with red lanterns is the Heritage Exhibition of Traditional Pawnshop Business. Admission fee is MOP$5.

The street you see is the Rua da Felicidade, or Happiness Street.

Somehow, we found ourselves at the historic centre of Macau - Senado Square! I can recognize the paved area with a wave-patterned mosaic of coloured-stones any time, because they're one of its kind.

LE RUINS OF ST PAUL'S! HI I AM BACK! :D

It is Macau's most famous landmark - if you didn't take a photo with it, nobody will believe that you went to Macau before!

Luckily for us, there was a Portuguese traditional dance performance in front of the Ruins of St Paul's going on. I love the lively music and unique dance moves - especially the ballooning of skirts when the girls take a turn!

Na Tcha Temple (哪咤庙), a small old building next to the Ruins of St Paul's.

Trishaw in Macau - what a familiar sight! It made me feel so close to home. ;)

St Dominic's Church. I love the yellow colour!

Travessa De Se, the alley with Portuguese tiled walls.

After what seemed a long time acting smart, being curious cats, interacting with the locals and discovering the hidden treasures of Macau (and maybe also trying to cheat by looking at other team's booklets), we reached  the ending point - Margaret's Cafe!

They are very well known in Macau. I love their Portuguese egg tarts so much; awesome is such an understatement to describe how good they are!


Here's a video of the race prepared by the omy.sg team, Rui Long and Ming Choy! :D



The rest of the day was free and easy.

Together with some of the bloggers, we headed to well known noodle house Cheong Kei Noodles House (祥记面食专家)!

Ordered wantons, fish skin, shrimp roe noodles and fried fish balls.

Super yummy, I miss the food there already! :(

Singaporeans - no matter how full we are, we will have space for desserts!

We headed to Leitaria I Son (义顺牛奶公司). Since they are famous for their milk pudding, we ordered 1 in original, 1 with red bean, and 1 with ginkgo nuts to share. We also ordered the ginger milk pudding, which I am not very fond of because of the strong gingery taste.

I don't like milk, but I tell you they were FANTASTIC! The milk taste wasn't very strong, and it was soooooooooo smooth~ *.*

After having our tummies filled, I went back to the starting point, Ponte 16, to take a look at the Michael Jackson Cafe X Gallery!

As a fan of his, it was definitely a feast for my eyes! I felt so honoured to look at the things he left behind. He may not be with us anymore, but he'll always be remembered in our hearts.


I headed back to Senado Square to continue what I love doing the most - wandering around.

My eyes lid up in glee as I found so many shops that stocks really high fashion clothes, accessories and beauty products that cannot be found in Singapore. I also found a bookshop which displayed a wide variety of books that I didn't want to leave!

Not to forget - gluttony me was on the look out for interesting food. I found this egg waffle that tasted different from the ones you can find in Singapore. Unlike those found here, it wasn't empty in the middle, if you know what I mean.

At some alley, I found this shop selling cute toys at dirt prices! A huge soft toy was only MOP$50? If only my luggage had space! :(

They had a lot of cartoon stuff. Found so many kawaii Rilakkuma items~ Was shrieking so loudly on the inside!

For dinner, I met up with the rest at Wong Chi Kei, another famous noodle house. They have been in business for 66 years already! :O

Psssst... I prefer their shrimp roe noodles over Cheong Kei's though! It was more "q" and flavourful.

Before heading back to the hotel, I went to buy food souveniers from the famous Koi Kei! Check out the huge bak kua. Nom nom nom :D

Damages for the day!

Thank you Grand Lapa Hotel, Macau for the delicious macarons and spring rolls. They were good! Surprising moment indeed ;P

Random street shots.

Spanish indie and folk singer-songwriter Russian Red is coming to Singapore!

She will sing songs from her latest album, Fuerteventura, at F&N Sparkling Drinks brand new television series titled MTV Sessions. Her unique songwriting skills, exceptional voice and natural ability to connect with her audience prompted Spain‘s national daily EL PAÍS to proclaim her as the “revelation of the year” in 2008.

You can check out her music here:



F&N Sparkling Drinks is organizing a contest to give out 20 pairs of invites through our ongoing facebook contest! Want to get a chance to meet Russian Red upclose and personal at MTV Sessions and be part of this live recording?

MTV Sessions – featuring Russian Red!
Date: 7.30pm, Sunday, 30 September 2012
Place: Waterfront Studio at Resorts World Sentosa

HOW?

1. Just answer a simple question:
Tell us one of the song titles from Russian Red’s latest album, “Fuerteventura”.

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The contest ends on 23.59 hours, 26 September 2012. Good luck! :)
As many of you know and noticed, yes, I was on Let's Talk 3 last Sunday! :D

My apologies to you guys as I accidentally deleted the pictures I took during filming (trying to retrieve back for weeks already but they're still lost in SD Card Wonderland T^T), but I do have some snapshots of me on tv!

Jong the Brinjal Warrior. Haaaaaaai-yah!

For Episode 5, the topic was about peculiar habits.

As shown on tv, my peculiar habit is that I do not like eating weird looking vegetables, and basically all the vegetables that are not green in colour. For example brinjal, tomato, corn, carrots etc. That's because when I think of vegetables, they're just green in my impression. It's very difficult for me to accept vegetables of other colours; my brain automatically shuts and pukes them out of my mouth. I don't know why, but it's just me.

Of course, I do not like all green vegetables too. Like humans, no vegetable is perfect. I do not eat lady's finger and green capsicum to name a few. They're just so weird and gooey and plain disgusting!

Other peculiar habits of mine (I think. They're not the worst coz I'm not telling in case more people judge me!), on top of many others, include:
- I hate to drink milk. I'm not lactose intolerant or anything, just hate the taste and smell.
- Washing my hands with soap repeatedly when putting on make up. I don't like my hands to be overly dirty.
- Replying to Twitter mentions only when a lot of them are accumulated, so that I can reply all together (unless otherwise).
- Do not like chatting in Whatsapp groups. People flood, there's too much to catch up, and it seems like nobody is interested in what I have to say as I am too lagged behind.

Yeah, I'm weird like that.

Anyway, I was browsing through the official Let's Talk Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/letstalkpage), and a comment got my notice. It goes like this: "After watching the programme, there's only one conclusion and confirmation. 你们这年代太好命了。 简直就是草莓族。none of them is a 病态; just bad habits。 what a waste of one episode to encourage such indulgence。"

I think the person was referring to this episode. Why, I beg to differ. If Google did not fail me, peculiar habits literally just means the unusual habits we have, and not bad habits.

While Strawberry Generation, according to Wikipedia, refers to "people who get "bruised easily" like strawberries – meaning they can not withstand social pressure or work hard like their parents' generation; the term refers to people who are insubordinate, spoiled, selfish, arrogant, and sluggish in work."

I see no link.

No matter what habits, don't we all have them? What I am trying to imply is that, relax~ It's only a youth talk show! Why get so uptight and "disappointed" over a bunch of youths trying to express their own honest opinions? Yes, generations have changed, but don't every generation have their good and bad points? I don't think we're entirely that bad. This is the generation where we dare to stand up and speak out for ourselves. Which is also what this show is trying to do as a platform to help us.

养不教,父之过;教不严,师之惰。子不学,非所宜,幼不学,老何为?玉不琢,不成器;人不教,不知义。

If you have too much "fire" in you, why not get angry at parents who pamper their kindergarten kids with iPads, and those who scold teachers at the slightest of issues instead? The future generation is the one we need to worry for. Our generation where got like this!?


Let's Talk 3 is a youth talk show broadcasted on Channel U. It is shown every Sunday at 7.30pm.

Finally after much procrastination and unbelievable laziness, I got down to starting my travelogue on ze trip to Macau. YAY! :D

Many of you asked about my trip, and there's only 1 word to describe it: Awesome. The food there is so yummy, it wins Singapore hands down! The best part of the trip was that I was travelling with bloggers. It's nice to hang around these people because nobody chided me for being a slowpoke and hurried me to be quick when taking pictures! We're all just equally slow, hahaha! :P

This is the very first time I travelled overseas without my parents, so I felt like I'm all grown up. Very shiok indeed; I can spend my money on anything I want without having to worry about whether they will approve.

Up till now, I think I'm still having withdrawal symptoms. Oh well, I won't be going back anytime soon, so all I can do now is to look back at the pictures I took and reminisce.....

All the pictures seen in this blog post are taken with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5. Thank you Panasonic for the sponsor of the camera for our trip!

On the morning of 8 September 2012, a group of 10 winning/finalist bloggers from the Singapore Blog Awards (http://sgblogawards.omy.sg/) and their "nannies" headed to the Budget Terminal to catch their direct flight to Macau!

We cannot thank Tiger Airways enough for sponsoring our flight. *cue claps and whistles*

For more information about Tiger Airways, you can visit them at http://www.tigerairways.com, or contact the Tiger Airways customer service (+65 6808 4437 Monday to Sunday 9am-9pm).

After the 4 hours flight, at last we reached Macau! *breathes in Macau air*

We headed to Grand Lapa Hotel, Macau (www.mandarinoriental.com/grandlapa) upon arrival. It was where we were stayed at during our 4D3N there. Thank you Macau Government Tourist Office for the sponsorship of the hotel (1 person 1 room some more) and Wifi connection! AND ALSO THE 3G DATA SIM CARD! Can't imagine being without 3G for 4 days, I will cry T^T

You can visit them at http://www.macautourism.gov.mo/.

While the rest decided to stay in their rooms to freshen up, I roamed around the streets of Macau (near the hotel of course) with some bloggers. We randomly settled for Can Ji Noodle House.

I ordered the Pork Bun Set that came with milk tea. It costs MOP$20, roughly SGD$4.

The meat was a little bit thinner and not as meaty as expected.. As for the bread, it tasted different from the usual ones in Singapore because of the crispiness of the crust. I have to add that it didn't taste very "plain"! It was not that bad, I felt like I was having a crispy burger!

As for the milk tea, it tasted a little bit bland, which I learnt that actually most of the milk tea in Macau are like that. You have to add in sugar according to your own preference. It was weird for me at first because I was used to my milk tea sweet when served, but then it was also a wake up call for me to stop drinking so much milk tea judging by the amount of sugar added! So horrifyingggggggggg :O

After that we headed to the Macau Tower!

It costs MOP$120 per adult, and MOP$60 per child (age 11 and under). Luckily ours was sponsored, doh jeh (thank you)!

You might want to visit them at http://www.macautower.com.mo/en/home/index.html.

There's this place in the Macau Tower that is used to function all sorts of events! During the time we were there, they were busy with the preparations of the Global Tourism Economy Forum.

A look out of the window is the M & M Bridge. Our "nanny" Iris from MGTO kept telling us about this bridge, and we saw it pretty often when we were travelling around!

After the tour around, we headed to the Observation Lounge. It is a breathtaking 223m above the ground. That's equivalent to 61 stories high! :O

We were marveled at the panorama view as it offers the best view of Macau.

Of course, who can forget about the World's Highest Bungy Jump?

Initially, I was all daring and gamed on to try! I did my research and looked at a lot of videos before I went. It looked like no kick, such a short distance only! But when I was there, it was a totally different story. Imagine the height from 61 stories high, and you have to jump down.......... That is why they say do not trust everything you see in the internet.

Not only that, it costs MOP$2,488 per person for that 1 jump. That's almost SGD$500!? But... I'm only a poor student :'(

I have to thank Money (yes, that's her name. I NEED TO CHANGE MY NAME TO A SWAG ONE LIKE HERS) from Macau Tower for touring us around!

Was very eager to shake her hand, hahaha! I shook hands with Money everybodyyy! (Pun intended)

The fun did not end there!

We had a buffet dinner at their revolving restaurant, 360° CAFÉ. The view was so beautiful and the chefs were lovely. There was even a chocolate fountain! :D

Stunning night scenery from on top *.*

After our dinner, we went to the outdoor plaza to enjoy the 24th Macau International Fireworks Display Contest. Heard that the budget this year is higher! *wink wink* This row of people are obviously the judges, all preparing their professional stuff.

As it was the first day of the competition, we watched Team Korea and Team Thailand doing their thing as they were up first!

While waiting, all of us were snapping here and there....

The following pictures, including the one above, were taken with the Night Scene modes, namely Clear Nightscape, Cool Night Sky and Warm Glowing Nightscape. They are all in random order.

I apologise for the shaky pictures of the fireworks. Lesson learnt - Bring a tripod if you were to shoot fireworks!

Team Korea


Team Thailand


I personally prefer Team Korea because they did not waste any opportunity in shooting the fireworks. It was boom all the way!

However, I have to applaud for Team Thailand. It's their first time in the competition! Although the time between each firework was rather slow (felt kind of impatient waiting) and there was a lot of smoke, I felt that they did produce fireworks that were surprisingly nice and according to the music!


All right, so that's Day 1 of my Macau trip for you! Stay tuned to http://iisjong.blogspot.com and http://blog.omy.sg/experience-macau for more updates! :D


WATCH! Video of us on the Macau Tower specially produced by ze omy.sg "nanny" Rui Long and filmed by videographer Ming Choy!