despite the weather looking gloomy and with the skies threatening to rain, we decided to take our chances and headed out to sansia (aka sanxia or sanshia) old street.....
this is the sansia qingshui zushi temple located at one end of the old street.
here's a look at the old street. the last time i was out here was almost 15 years ago and it has changed a lot since. it has been cleaned up and remodeled and altho' the essence and culture is still there, it just feels way too commercial and touristy.
cool retro architecture.
another temple located within the street.
the buildings have been remodeled but they did retain the original address plates.
all sort of stuff was being sold. from chinese calligraphy brushes...
to toy windmills...
to incense burners...
to blocks of handmade soap.
old style shop sign.
father and daughter enjoying the retro stroll.
she's always happy to be out and about!
the rain really started to pour, so we decided to find a place to sit and eat.
pig blood rice cake with peanut butter. sounds like something out of the show bizarre foods.
old style game machines.
karaoke setup right in the middle of the road, with disregard for anyone walking by of course. i say that because they had these huge ass, loud f*cking speakers all around including right next to the stage; and since the stage was blocking most of the road you had to walk right by the stage and one of the speakers. it didn't help that these old men were really screaming instead of singing.
the river that runs through the city.
google maps location.....
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Sunday, August 31, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
there have been a lot of famous kung-fu masters in recent history that inspired us all with their flying kicks
most notably, there was bruce lee.....
then along came jackie chan and jet li.....
and now, there's a new kid on the block, creating fear in all and destroying everything and everyone that comes across her path showing no mercy
i present to you, master olivia yu.....
oh be afraid, be very afraid!
she will kick your ass even in her sleep!
Monday, August 25, 2008
continuing with our mini-honeymoon to macau in 2006, here's part 2 of the 2 part series.....
rua do cunha
the macau tower
this place's specialty is pork chop bun. they are only open for a couple hours a day and there's usually a line-up too. it was well worth the wait tho'. this place is so good we came both days we were here.
the best pork chop bun. ever.
back in the hotel lobby killing time and acting the fool for the camera while awaiting for our shuttle to the airport.
was a fun but tiring weekend!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
since i had to make a "visa" run to macau last week, i thought i'd make a retro post about our trip to macau in 2006
when the wifey and i "officially" got engaged in january 2006, we went to macau the following weekend for a mini-honeymoon
here's part 1 of the 2 part series.....
waiting for our flight to macau at the taoyuan airport.
our hotel in macau, the grandview.
after checking into the hotel, we walked around a bit and checked out some sights, which included this golden four-faced buddha shrine right across the street.
the next morning we got up bright and early ready to explore macau. unfortunately, it was ranining but that didn't stop us from going out and around the city.
some typical macaunese homes and neighbourhoods with a touch portuguese influence.
inside a public bus.
when we got to the senado plaza in the heart of macau, it started raining even harder so we hung out on the sidewalk waiting and hoping the rain would die down. as i started taking photos of the buildings around the plaza from the sidewalk, karen kept sticking her head into the shots.
after waiting for a while, we decided to go to the mcdonald's located in the plaza to get some hot coffee and warm up a bit.
as the weather improved, we ventured out into the streets again taking in the sights.
ruins of st. paul
the sands casino resort. when it opened, it was the largest casino on the world at the time.
after walking around most of the day, we decided to get a foot massage to relax a bit, plus we wanted to go somewhere indoors and away from the rain.
our tour package included a free dinner for two at the hotel.
to be continued...