Every year, I find myself buying a ticket to go to Hong Kong during promo events with budget airlines. I just love this place. I don’t know why I keep coming back but I do.
I lost my camera in a Macau Taxi on our family trip in Macau last February. It was my fault to leave it there. It was stupid of me, I know. I wrote how sad I was about it here.
In spite of my frustration, I’m glad that I was proactive about the whole thing. Right after I realized that I lost it, I reported it to the Taxi Company. I couldn’t speak Cantonese so kudos to the girls at the reception desk of the Macau Museum for helping us report it on a rainy, windy morning. When I got back home, I emailed the Macau Tourism Office. They replied and gave me the link to the Police Lost and Found website. The site is initially in Chinese – Google translate helps me in these kinds of situation. You have to input the month and the kind of item to search for it. The first time I checked, it wasn’t there. I checked again a couple days later and it was there! With picture and all..
At this point, I’m ecstatic! I email Macau Tourism Office. They direct me to the lady in charge for Lost and Found who speaks English. They gave me her number so I can find out how to claim my camera.
I talk to the lady, she asks for proof like the serial number of my camera. I don’t know this anymore since I bought this in the US and I have already thrown away my box. It’s a good thing that I did register my camera with Canon so I email Canon to get this information after verifying my information. Since, it won’t be economical for me to claim the camera myself. I asked a friend who works in Macau to claim it on my behalf. I had to mail him the following to present at the Police Station as proof of my ownership of the camera: authorization letter with the camera’s serial number stating why I couldn’t claim it myself and who will claim it on my behalf, pictures of us who are in the camera, copy of my passport, email from Canon stating my name as the owner when I registered it. I didn’t mind the trouble of producing these. I think it’s a good thing since no one can just falsely claim it. The only disadvantage of asking a friend is that you base everything on their availability so It took a while, much longer than I expected but it was all good since I’m not really in a hurry to get it.
My friend just gave me news that he already claimed it today. He’ll mail it in a couple of weeks so I’m hoping that I will see my camera soon. I’m so happy! I already bought a new Canon S95. I considered selling the Canon G9 once I got it but I don’t know if I can still part with it after all that we’ve been through.
I’m really grateful for the goodness of people. I actually didn’t expect that it would be returned. I have actually considered it lost. I’m just really happy that I was pleasantly surprised and that my prayers were answered, not instantly – I had to suffer through it but I appreciate it more. I’m grateful for that person who returned it. I wish that I could send him my thanks in some way. I did ask for that information on my letter to the Police but I don’t know if they will give me the information on the person that returned it. I doubt they will because of privacy. Whoever you are, I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. You made one person extremely happy and believe more in humanity. I’m hoping that God would send him plenty of blessings. :) I’m grateful for Macau Tourism for their help and the Macau Police for having a system that is orderly and accessible to people like me. Thank you Macau for imprinting in me that your people are honest and good because of this experience.
I will definitely return to Macao. :)
I was pleasantly surprised with Hotel Kou Va. I was really scared at first that the place would be horrible since there were bad reviews on Tripadvisor.
Location: Good. It’s about two and a half blocks from the nearest bus stop. It’s close to Senado Square though you still have to walk to it. It’s not on your doorstep. It was hard to find at first too but we asked around. It’s on a charming street laden with restaurants specializing in Bird’s nest soup. Same area as Hotel San Va. There’s a Koi Kee bakery directly in front of it. Sofitel Ponte 16 is also close by, about two blocks away. We can see it from our rooms.
Rooms: Really huge coming from Hong Kong. Our room had a room within the room. We had two of these on the 3rd floor right across each other. It was basic, no hairdryer, no fridge, no frills. It had a flat screen TV with plenty of channels but we didn’t really watch. I just had it on Channel V most of the time. Unlimited hot water felt so good!
Service: The receptionists mostly don’t speak English but when I needed to communicate something, she contacted a person by phone whom I talked to and she translated for the receptionist. I had to leave clear instructions since I lost my camera and I put their hotel as contact information just in case it gets returned. They did try to help as much as they could. A smile goes a long way.
Value: Good value for money. We paid for HKD700 for a triple room per night. We had to put down HKD400 for deposit for both rooms which we get back on check out. It was the cheapest hotel I could find. Macau hotels are really expensive and I’m glad that I didn’t spend more since I thought it was really good value.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone who wants a comfortable place to stay in a nice area. People who knit pick everything should find another place.
Well, and one piece from Macau – a souvenir item from a casino since it’s Chinese New Year. They were giving out calendar cards. I can’t really get anything from Macau except for food that’s why I get most of my stuff in Hong Kong.
I bought a couple of souvenirs but not much. I’ve learned over a few trips not to buy so much. First, it costs a lot (when accumulated) even on small things. Second, most people I’ve given things to don’t really appreciate it so I’ve learned to only give to close friends and for example, the person who was house sitting for us. I would have given the driver something if he didn’t try to overcharge us. Anyways..
This was my favorite, I would have frozen to death if not for this knitted sweater I got at this little store. I got it for HKD70. I found a similar one in avocado green at this cute store and they were selling it for HKD150 but I couldn’t bring myself to buy it since it’s so expensive but I was really tempted. I’m just glad I didn’t get that one and instead got this one.. ^^
This is my second favorite item I got from this trip.. My pink beanie! I couldn’t let it go. The stall owner was selling it to me for HKD80, then she went down to HKD70. I came back for it and asked for HKD50. I got it. It was so nice and warm..
I got this lighter from the Ladies Market for HKD20. We got 4. It’s so cool. It lights up. Although, I burned my palm trying to show my cousin how it works. I put the wrong end on my palm and it was just a couple seconds after I lit it, my skin bubbled. It wasn’t bad, it’s healed now.
I got these necklaces from the Temple Street Night Market for HKD25.
I got these cute keychains at the Ladies Market too for HKD10 each.
I got these make up stuff from Sasa in Macau which I could technically still get in Hong Kong. The lip vitamins are 2 for HKD35 so me and my cousin each bought one. I got fake lashes for HKD30 and the waterproof mascara for HKD15.
It sucks. I’m really bummed.
We hailed a black taxi with blue paint from A-Ma Temple going to Flora Garden (where you get a cable to go up to Guia Hill) at around 9am yesterday (February 13, 2011). I left my Canon G9 camera with its black case in it. I’m sure of it. I didn’t get the information of the taxi driver but he was older (around 50-60 years old), had glasses and was wearing a baseball cap. He also spoke English which is rare based on my experience with Macau Taxi Drivers. So after that, we took a taxi to go to the Macao Tourism office. Instead the driver dropped us off at the Macau Museum. It was raining and hardly anyone was around. The girls at the desk were really nice to help us report the incident to the Taxi company and we gave our hotel information at Hotel Kou Va. We checked out yesterday noon but left our information at Hotel Kou Va just in case it turns up. They can keep the camera, even the memory card and email us the pictures. We just really want the pictures.
I want to be pleasantly surprised Dear Lord.