Viva Macau: Macau Fortress

Inhale the stunning view of Macau’s concrete jungle after a heart-stopping climb on the way to the top.

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Just a few steps away from St. Paul Ruins is the historic Macau Fortress (sometimes called Monte Forte and Fortaleza do Monte in Portuguese). It has been a silent witness of Macau’s rich colonial past over a hundred years ago and has claimed a spot as one of the the must-see tourist attractions in the country.

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Visitors flock to Mount Fortress to see what’s on top and since it’s just a stone throw away from the famed Ruins.

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The entire landscape of the park which is covered with lush of trees and patch of green grass was absolutely lovely and totally refreshing to one’s eyes. A morning run along the path or a leisurely walk with your adorable dog would be a perfect activity in this venue.

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Wooden benches are also available to provide comfort for every visitor’s tired feet. A good place to relax while enjoying the beautiful scenery below.

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Cannons bigger than us and tainted walls  heaves an old and historical ambiance that is what the fortress trying to depict.

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Perched on top of the hill is the Macau Museum (Museu de Macau in Portuguese).  From what I heard, it holds a variety of galleries that features Macau’s traditions, culture and history. Should we have more time, we could have explored what’s inside of this building.

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Along with the crisp air that filled my lungs, the view from the top is a glimpse of Macau’s everyday living. Bunch of glorious casinos, gray-colored apartments and an average neighborhood. There’s nothing much to do in the area but I still consider Macau Fortress worth a visit.

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Getting here:
From St. Paul Ruins, follow the green post signs leading to the Fortress.

Entrance Fee:
None

Note: This Macau 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.

Homemade Recipes: Grilled Chicken with Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Try pairing your bold meat dish with a healthier alternative. Recipe by Karen Humilde
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Ingredients:
For Grilled Chicken
4 pcs chicken thigh or breast
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 tbsp calamansi juice or lime juice
1/4 cup worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup barbecue marinade
3 cloves garlic, crushed
salt and pepper
butter

For Mashed Sweet Potatoes
3 medium sized sweet potatoes (kamote), boiled and peeled
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp butter

Serves 3
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cooking time 30 minutes

Directions:

For Grilled Chicken:
1. Bring water into a boil and cook chicken for 5 minutes. Drain all the water and set aside.
2. In a medium-sized container with lid, combine all ingredients except for butter. Turn each side of the chicken until fully coated. Cover and let it stand for an hour.
3. Pre-heat grill.
4. Place each chicken in a griller and flip each side until thoroughly cooked. Top with a slice of butter while hot to add flavor and gloss.

For Mashed Sweet Potatoes:
1. In a large bowl, mash boiled sweet potatoes until smooth.
2. Add butter and milk. Mix well.
3. Season with salt and pepper (optional). Serve with chicken. Keep it warm.

Everyone has a story: Karen Humilde

A BIG thank you to Shelly of The Goal List for the time and chance to be part of your inspiring blog. 🙂

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Today’s mini-interview is with Karen Humilde, who describes herself (on her blog livewanderlove) as “a full time dreamer and a part time wanderer […] who falls in love with life.” She shares recipes, photos, and travel stories on her blog, and today she shares some of her dreams, goals, and advice with you.

(If you’re interested in being interviewed for this blog or have someone in mind for me to interview, please let me know or leave a note in the comments section.)

Photo provided by Karen Humilde (livewanderlove.wordpress.com) - Used with permission Photo provided by Karen Humilde – Used with permission

What is one of your dreams for your life?
Personally, I want to have a family on my own. I want to get married with the man I love and be a mother of 5 adorable kids. As simple as that.

What is something on your bucket list?
I have 5 destinations in mind that I really would love…

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Homemade Recipes: Pork Salpicao and Thai Mango Salad

Dig in to this tender pork recipe with a perfect contrast of tangy salad. Recipe by Karen Humilde.
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Ingredients:
For Pork Salpicao
1 1/2 cup pork tenderloin
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup garlic (for toppings)
1/4 cup garlic (for marinade)
1/2 tbsp liquid seasoning
1/4 cup water
pepper

For Thai Mango Salad
1 green mango, cut into strips
1 ripe mango (yellow), cut into strips
1/2 cup salted peanuts, slightly toasted
2 teaspoons fish sauce
3 teaspoons white or brown sugar

Serves 3
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cooking time 20 minutes

Directions:

For Pork Salpicao:
1. Marinate pork in worcestershire sauce, liquid seasoning, garlic, pepper and water. Let it stand for 15 minutes.
2. Heat oil in a pan. Add garlic until cooked but not toasted. Set aside.
3. Using the remaining oil, add the marinated pork and cook for 15 minutes.
4. Top it with cooked garlic. Serve hot with a cup of rice.

For Thai Mango Salad:
1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine green and ripe mango.
2. Add fish sauce and sugar. Mix well. Top it with salted nuts.

Merry Malaysia: Legoland

Get those creative juices flowing as you assemble, build and construct every colorful bricks in this land of Lego.
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The world’s most popular construction toy has finally come to Asia. And I’m not saying that it has just been available in the market.  Malaysia has been so far the first country in the continent to hold this kind of international theme park.

So, for all those Lego junkies, immerse yourself at the photos below. 🙂
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As you enter, you’ll be welcome by a big, spacious souvenir shop christened as The Big Store, it offers a wide selection of Legoland merchandise like toys, bags, DVDs and books. Just get your wallets ready because the prices are a bit costly. Beside the store is the Information Center, where in you can ask for a map to maximize your Lego experience.

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Merry Malaysia: Genting Highlands

More than casinos and world-class hotels, play all day at the famous hill resort nested in Pahang, Malaysia.
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Perched at the chilly mountains of Titiwangsa, Resorts World Genting attracts visitors with their entertaining theme park. After our wonderment in the marvelous Petronas Twin Towers, we managed to visit the nearest church in the bus station before hopping on a bus bounded to the Genting Skyway cable car.

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