It’s a battle of Blogger vs. Photographer — See how the Filipino blogger and photographer fare on their trip in Macau.
Five Cuevas @fivetravels
Three guesses to where I’m going next. Starts with an M. Ends with a U. Has a lechon named after it. #travel
Twenty-something travel blogger Five thinks she has hit the jackpot when she gets invited to glittering Macau for an all-expense-paid bloggers tour. Think majestic old churches, sparkling casinos, exhilarating bungee jumps, and the world’s most unforgettable egg tarts. The trip is practically perfect, except for one little glitch. She gets assigned to be travel buddies with Jesse, the world’s most infuriating photo blogger, and it’s definitely war at first sight.
Will Five let Jesse turn her dream vacation into a total nightmare? Or will falling in love be on the itinerary?
“We are currently in Taipa, an island to the north of the Macau Peninsula. . . .For the next few days, you’ll be making your home along Ponte 16. It used to be the first fisherman’s port and is known for its iconic clock tower.”
–Chrissie Peria, All’s Fair in Blog and War (Loc 424)
City of Dreams
aka “the Las Vegas of Asia”
Ruins of St. Paul
“The church facade behind me is all that’s left of the church of Mater Dei. It was built in 1602 but it was destroyed by a fire in 1835. Most of the church and the college beside it was made of wood, so other than the facade, most of the foundations, and the church’s front steps, everything burned. . . .The ruins of St. Paul is an icon of Macau. . .”
–Chrissie Peria, All’s Fair in Blog and War (Loc 616)
“Macau Tower is an internally acclaimed convention and entertainment center that offers the highest and most dramatic views of Macau.”
–Chrissie Peria, All’s Fair in Blog and War (Loc 652)
Lord Stow’s Cafe
Clube Militar de Macau
Read about the history of Macau’s most historic buildings here.
“(T)his part of town turned sleepy as the stores closed before 9pm. Instead of the glittery bright lights from the hotels, the only illumination came from yellow-tinged incandescent street lamps. All around us were shuttered storefronts. . .”
–Chrissie Peria, All’s Fair in Blog and War (Loc 1024)
Margaret’s Cafe e Nata
“Margaret’s Cafe e Nata was a small bakery coupled with outdoor seating nestled along one of Macau’s side streets.”
–Chrissie Peria, All’s Fair in Blog and War (Loc 831)
Five’s To-Do List
Five, our MC, sets 5 goals to do while on the trip to Macau.
- Explore Senado Square and surrounding streets at night
- Share a meal with the locals
- Taste every stall’s offering along the road to St. Paul’s
- See St. Paul’s Ruins at night
- Bungee jump off the Macau Tower
— What would be on YOUR list if you visited Macau? —
Pasalubong = souvenir
Manong = older male relative
Manang = older female relative
Chedeng = car (specifically Mercedes-Benz)
It was a bit disappointing, that for this story taking place in Macau, that there wasn’t much or at all Macanese or Portuguese (languages mainly spoken in Macau) spoken besides Bienvenido a Macau, which is said to mean: “Welcome to Macau.”
There’s so much glorious food in this book, take a look at a few of them below.
“Blog events create the strangest bedfellows.”
–Chrissie Peria, All’s Fair in Blog and War (Loc 208)
“Hey, don’t beat yourself over it. It’s an honest mistake. We’re Filipino, we’re not the reservation making kind.”
Hahahaha where is the lie!? We also are the late-to-everything kind. XD
Meet Chrissie Peria
Chrissie Peria is the author of All’s Fair in Blog and War, a contemporary romance novella set in Macau, featuring a pair of feuding travel bloggers. While it is her first foray in writing a novella, she isn’t a stranger to writing, having been an advertising copywriter in her past life.
When not writing, Chrissie looks after Miffy, her boss and overlord; and Miffy’s minion, Cooper, a miniature red poodle. She also enjoys reading, taking photos, cooking, and playing with dolls.