Around 15 hours after arriving in Manila (from London) last Tuesday night, I headed to Macau with the fam for three days before going to Hong Kong for the rest of Holy Week. It was a good call to spend it there since the Christian holidays coincided with the Chinese version of All Soul’s Day this year so there was less congestion in Macau and HK since a lot of people went back to Mainland China.
But I must admit we didn’t do much in line with Holy Week. Basically, 30% of our time was spent on eating, 25% on shopping, 30% of mine recovering from jet lag, 10% on CR time, and 5% holding other people’s cameras to take their photos with our Dad, who takes the shape of a theme park’s cartoon mascot whenever he’s out in public.
Off topic: An interesting thing I found out from Dad over the week was how Macau’s sudden economic growth in recent years would’ve also been experienced by Manila. He regrettably told me and my siblings that he was approached by Stanley Ho during his presidency as the latter planned to invest in the Philippines. But as soon as Ho’s Floating Casino opened in Manila, then Archbishop of Manila, Jaime Sin, meddled with our politics again and opposed it.
Sure, gambling may not be the most moral thing, but imagine if we had hotels like the Venetian and Galaxy in Manila. Not only would it generate tens of thousands of jobs, but it would also boost our country’s tourism for many years which is equally beneficial. The fact that the Filipino workers in Macau make up the second largest group of non-resident workers in the city (after the mainland Chinese) only goes to show how we would’ve been more than ready and capable for it. And now with Resorts World, it’s as if we only settled for a slice of the cake when we could’ve easily devoured the entire thing.