As I am more inclined to see castles, temples and palaces, I was in deep thoughts for what to see in Macau. I checked on TripAdvisor and some sites and in an instant, I came across a castle they call, Mysterious Castle. I said to myself this could be a must-see. Armed with a good research on the Mysterious Castle and a photo of it on my IPad, I felt confident and carefree, I would see it.
The moment I and my group went to Macau, I hurriedly choose a light fabric pants, Cambodian-long sleeves and brought with me my Yakan-woven scarf. My friends jokingly commented why I was on my pajamas as they were on trousers and what use for the scarf when it is all sunny. I told them, they have to wait until we reach Macau for it will rain. Little did they know that I was checking the weather forecasts already and it says it will rain. The scarf has a multi-utilitarian uses, for cover for the rain, to protect my DSLR, to hide it from the public when I am walking around, to shield me from the sun, to protect me from the cold airconditioning unit in buses and public transport. True, when we arrived in Macau, it rained. I get to uses my Yakan scarf and they told me I was lucky.
The first destination we went upon our arrival in Macau is fisherman’s village in Macau. When we arrived, I saw a familiar castle from afar and this I was excited. This is the mysterious castle I saw and this will be a fun day. I went to take on many photos of the mysterious castle and as I did, this young man was just checking on me and what I am doing. He looked sorry why I took pains taking photos of the castle. I went up to him and ask how old the castle is, and then he replied: It is just 6 years old! I was floored, literally my jaw dropped. This could have explained his sorry state awhile back when I was taking photos. Who constructed it and where it was copied, he never knew one answer. I was outsmarted in Macau and left in disgust!
Good heavens when we were hungry and no restaurant can take us in not until 1pm since we arrived past 11am in Macau. I saw street vendors selling food and it is where the fake “Mysterious Castle” is located. I ask for a siomai for HK$10, canned soda for HK$10 and a delightful, spicy squid balls for another HK$10. I was full to forget about my first Macau experience. Needlessly, I may have been outsmarted in this Mysterious Castle, surely, as I continue to explore Macau, authenticity beckons from afar.