When I told my mother that Matt and I were planning to go to Macao, she insisted that we stay with my “aunt” while we were there.
Let’s be frank here, this “aunt” isn’t really my aunt. She’s my mother’s first cousin from Burma who is now living in Macao with her husband (whom I’ve never met). My mother hasn’t even talked to my “aunt” since we last saw her (briefly) in Burma a number of years ago. I can’t remember ever exchanging a word with this “aunt.” On top of all this, I was quite uncomfortable with the idea of Matt and I staying with a virtual stranger who was, without a doubt in my mind, going to report every single move we made back to my mother.
“Family is family” my mother told me and the situation was settled. Matt and I were to stay with my “aunt.”
When we arrived in Macao, I was a bit nervous as I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t even know if my “aunt” and I would recognize one another! As Matt and I came out of the Macao ferry terminal, my anxiety vanished as I instantly recognized my “aunt” and the big grin on her face showed that she had recognized me too.
|Meeting my distant “aunt” in Macao|
“You look just like your father!” she exclaimed and started taking bags from my and herding Matt and I towards the taxi stand.
The week in Macao with my “aunt” turned out to be a fantastic week and Matt and I both grew very fond of her and her husband, Stanley. The two of them showed us boundless hospitality and we really enjoyed spending time with them in their home sharing midnight tea, eating fabulous food all over Macao and gambling at the famed Macao casinos (revert to Matt and my gambling addiction blog). Stanley even treated Matt and I to a fabulously luxurious day at the incredible Malo Clinic Spa at the Venetian, complete with 180 minute aromatic massage and an afternoon in the jacuzzis!
Here are some of the fun photos Matt and I took while meeting and getting to know my extended family in Macao!
|Tired after a day of walking around Macao|
|Do you see any family resemblance with me and my aunts?|
|Gorging at a local seafood restaurant|
|The new family portrait
Although I was a bit hesitant to meet and stay with my extended family in the beginning, I’m really glad that I did! Matt and I ended up having a great time and now we stay in touch with my “aunt” often. Now that we’re living just a short ferry ride from Macao, Matt and I are planning to go back to visit them!
My mom was right: Family is family, no matter the distance and even if you’ve never met before!
Have you ever met distant relatives while traveling? What was that like?
© Connie Hum 2011