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Diary of a Dentist (Journeys)

APDC 2017 in Macau - 
An old city cloaked in urbanization
 

In my bucket list, I have always included Macau as one of my top travel destinations. I envisioned Macau as a city full of mystery concealed underneath its bright colored buildings and city streets. With its large casinos side by side sprawled along the Cotai Strip hauntingly calling out to visitors and tourists like me to explore a tableau of what the city has to offer, the sweet allure of this bustling metropolitan has captivated my senses because of its unique history. And in spite of its rising popularity as one of Asia’s gambling mecca, travelers have journeyed east to discover the other side of Macau for its picturesque architecture combined with its charming culture influenced by two great polities.  So, when the Asia Pacific Dental Congress 2017 took place in Macau, it was the opportune time for me to journey on and discover the wonderment of this great city. 

Dr Armi Cabero

Pulbisher

It may have the grand facade of a modern civilization that equally matches any urban city in the world but Macau has maintained its old glory through its historical landmarks that dates back in the 1500s. During my two day trip, I explored the city together with our dental colleagues in the profession who came along whilst attending the APDC 2017. 

Here are the top 5 places I visited in Macau:
Monte Forte - a historical landmark that dates back during the Portuguese reign, is an old military center built to protect the properties of the Jesuits. Its a 400 year old site that offers historical significance and a great view from the top. 
Largo do Senado - also called Senado Square is considered as the main historical center of Macao situated next to Monte Forte. A place that combines European and Chinese elements that depicts the early civilization of Macau. 
St Dominic’s Church - dates back in the 16th century, this baroque style inspired architectural element was declared by UNESCO a heritage site that houses more than 300 artifacts and sacred arts located at the main building. 
Teatro de Pedro V - considered as one of the first western theaters in East Asia, it was built by a local Portuguese to commemorate King Peter V and was used a s refugee center during the World War 2. Today it remains an important landmark in Macau where public events and celebrations are held. 
Ruins of St Paul - A 17th Century Portuguese Church dedicated to St. Paul the Apostle, hit a  violent typhoon in 1835 and caught fire for the third time. The remains of its oriental characteristic and baroque facade are one of the major interests for tourists. 



Must - try local food: 
Lord Stow Bakery - known for its egg tart, it is served hot with a warm creamy filling cupped in the crunchy pastry. (Location: Rua de Cunha No. 20, Taipa Island | Junto ao Mercado da Taipa, Macau, China)
Hung Heng Cocos - a historic coconut ice cream that is passed on from four generations, it started operations since 1869. (Location: No.14, Rua de Tercena, Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro, Macau, China)
3.   Margaret’s Cafe e Nata Restaurant -  Also known for its warm egg tarts, expect a long line when you pop in their restaurant. (Location: 17B, Goldlion building, Rua do Comandante Mata e Oliveira, Macau, China)
4. A Petisqueira Restaurant - try their Portuguese dish Paella and salivate on the saltiness of the fresh seafood especially the clams. (Location: Rua de S. Joao, no. 15, A/B, R/C, Taipa, Macau, China)
5. Tai Lei Loi Kei Restaurant - famous for their pork chopped bun, the soft bread gently smudges your lips while the pork delicately cooked and softened just completes the meal. (Location: 18, Largo Governador Tamagnnini Barbosa | Taipa Village, Macau, China)

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Largo do Senado 
Photo: Dr Christine Marie Gara

Lord Stow Bakery
Photo: Dr Sarah Bello