We also spent a day in Macau, where we met fellow Filipinos who toured us around the former Portuguese colony. Touted as the Las Vegas of the East, Macau surely does opulence very well, with casinos mushrooming all over. But it’s not all about gambling and living the lifestyle of the rich — magnificently typified by the recently built Venetian Hotel/Casino/Resort — as Macau does boast some cultural attractions as well, including the Largo do Senado and the ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Not to mention the renowned Portuguese egg tarts. It’s this close we can get to Europe. For now. Maybe. Hopefully.