“This is it, this is the place!” my sister said, leading the way into a makeshift metal fence. We went in this deserted lot–and I suspected we were trespassing into private property–but once we got in, there were 6 more people in the area, all taking pictures. of the walls.
You know? walls–the structure that defines an area and separates one space or room to another? Like this one:
OK, Let me backtrack a bit to give you some context.
Although I love traveling, but absolutely hate planning. I loathe packing. I am probably the least person enthusiastic about making travel preparations.
So often in travel, I let other people do the lead, while I just sit in the backseat. I let them do whatever they want to do and I just come there to grace them with my sparkling presence. LOL
My sister on the other hand loves planning, and I am honestly guilty for not reading her messages she poured into our Viber group chat. I knew she could do it all herself.
We traveled to Macau with the whole family and stayed in the heart of Cotai Strip. All the major casinos were within walking distance – The Venetian, The Parisian, Wynne, Studio City, City of Dreams, etc. This is what Macau is most known for–the ‘Vegas in Asia’ fueled by gaming and nightlife.
And though I’ve been to Macau a dozen times, I never really ventured into Coloane. It’s ‘too far’, my local friends say. Yet, it is only 5 km away–in reality, not that far, but everything beyond 5km is already ‘far’ for the Macanese, anyway. Macau is tiny–a land area of only 32 sq. km, it is just the size of Mactan Island in Cebu! (Although I also read that they are currently reclaiming 85 sq. km. of land in their marine territory).
So here we are now venturing out to Coloane village, almost feels like we are far from civilization; nothing like the fake skies in the Venetian, the dancing waters, or the bright lights in the casinos.
Coloane Village is reminiscent of the old Portuguese heritage it had before it became known as the Vegas of Asia. Here in Coloane, it feels more authentic. Heck, even their egg tarts tasted better. We went to the original Lord Stow’s, walked around and admired the unique architecture and got lost in the passageways, while my sister was expertly navigating us to our destination.
Sister finally found it. The first thing we saw was the front part, a colorful house, with very colorful shirts hung out to dry. I snapped a pic.
The Residential Houses in the area have been repainted in vivid and pastel colors. Moreover, the architecture had features of Chinese ornaments and Portuguese elements made the effect more interesting.
But my sister was shaking her head and telling me this isn’t the one. Then she walked to the back and found an entrance at the back, and waved us all to come in.
She led the way into a makeshift metal fence. We went in this deserted lot–and I suspected we were trespassing into private property–but once we got in, there were 6 more people in the area, all taking pictures. of the walls.
“Oh! A bunch of walls!” I thought. so this is the place we traveled thirty minutes to and got lost for! Sweet.
This made me wonder–do you think if it hadn’t been for Instagram, maybe people would be less excited over walls? Sure, we have the Berlin Wall and the Great Wall of China, both having been discussed in our high school history and geography classes. But now thanks to IG, more walls around the world have gained tourist fame as they lend themselves in Instagrammers’ news feeds.
There is the iconic pink wall in Los Angeles. The Melrose Avenue walls. The Hosier Lane walls. And walls that will cause you major anxiety, such as the Famous Gum Wall in Seattle.
Still, I do admit we did have shitloads of fun with it. Enjoy our pictures!
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