■ 16:56 (UTC+08:00), 10 OCT 2011 | MAC MACAO
■ ITEM FIRST POSTED BEFORE 07 FEB 2014
…19 countries, regions or territories visited.
It started when I left Beijing for Switzerland in December 1988, and it continued ever since: I’ve been in Germany since 1989 (although always on very short trips, more often than not cross-border trips from Koblenz to Waldshut), and as of late, I’ve just done something pretty big: I’ve just finished all of Greater China. The visit to Macao has meant that I’ve been to mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.
Macao is OK — I just find the excessive abundance of casinos not to be my cup of tea, as it doesn’t match my “moral principles”. Nevertheless, on this issue, I’ll let it settle as per the stance of “each to his or her own”, and move on…
Macao has also been my first place of contact with the Portuguese language, and I think I’ve started off on the right foot. I started by translating the Portuguese part of a public service sign into Chinese (while letting my wife Tracy hide the Chinese part from my view). She says I got about 80% of it right. I’m happy…
I have to say, one of the more memorable moments was actually at the Starbucks, as they remembered my name and treated us really well. Their Mandarin Chinese is pretty good. Now the only things missing are a lack of mosquitoes and my favourite Bi Luo Chun tea… ■ ■ ■