Viva Macau: Senado Square

Fondle the Mediterranean atmosphere as you walk through the paved town square that has stood for centuries.
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Labeled as the heart of Macau, Senado Square (Largo de Senado in Portuguese), has been one of the most prominent landmarks in this former Portuguese colony. The famed square was also part of the Historic Centre of Macau, which is included in UNESCO World Heritage List.  Today, it is still considered as a favored venue for various celebrations and events.
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When we visited Macau last year, it was Chinese New Year. The air was crisp and cold and Chinese New Year-inspired ornaments were noticeable in the area. Chinese lanterns were like reachable stars glowing in the middle of the night and the black and white cobblestones, cinched in a wavy pattern, added polish in this colonial setting.
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When my eyes roamed around the area, it isn’t too hard to notice that all signs were translated mainly in two languages: Chinese and Portuguese. The aura is like visiting two countries in one location. Such an amazing alloy of two cultures.
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It was evident from the historic buildings that the whole stretch was loaded with rich ancestry. The various architecture brims with elegance as the walls were painted white and yellow, and were completed with regal colonnades.
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Leal Senado

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Since there were very few people strolling around the vast space that evening, my sister was able to snatch an arresting panoramic view of the entire breadth.
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The next morning, since Senado Square is the jump-off point in going around the diverse attractions in Macau, we passed by the area again and get to see clearly the renowned Leal Senado, General Post Office, St. Dominic’s church, and Macau Business Tourism Centre in broad daylight.

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Everything was in bright red and glittering gold. The spirit of Chinese New Year has indeed enveloped the whole place. For a moment, we felt like we landed in a city of lucky charms and horoscopes.
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Chain of shops and restaurants were dispersed. From clothing brands, to jewelry outlets, to local food stores and even giant fast food chain, Mc Donald’s, can be seen. Though most of them were still closed by the time we arrived.
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Senado Square is one of those must-see tourist spots in Macau. And while you’re too busy rambling around this significant place, make sure to find time to grab your cameras and get that Instagram-worthy shot.

Getting Here:
Address: Senado Square, Macau
Bus routes nearby:3, 4, 6A, 8A, 18A, 19, 26A, 33, N1A

(Directions courtesy of Macau Tourism’s website)

Note: This trip was held last March 2013.

Homemade Recipes: Spanish Sardines and Black Olives Pasta

Ditch the usual tomato or cream sauce and fancy an oil-based pasta for today’s lunch. Recipe by Karen Humilde
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Ingredients:
1 bottle of Spanish sardines, scales removed
reserved oil from the bottled sardines
2 medium sized tomatoes, sliced
1 bottle of black olives, drained
olive oil
8 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium sized onion, minced
1/2 kilo spaghetti or capellini pasta, cooked in package directions
1 pack seasoning mix
salt and pepper
grated parmesan cheese

Serves 3-4
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cooking time 20 minutes

Directions:
1. In a large saute pan, saute onions and garlic in olive oil and the reserved oil from the bottled sardines.
2. Add tomatoes and toss quickly. Add spanish sardines and cook for a minute or two.
3. Toss in cooked spaghetti pasta.
4. Add black olives and seasoning mix. Season with salt and pepper.
5. Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese. Serve hot.

The Old Man and the Well

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To infinity. Captured in one of the remote provinces in Pangasinan, Philippines.

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