Fun-filled Spring comes to Broadway Macau

The month of April brings with it blooming flowers and warmer days – although that doesn’t mean much to me in ever-tropical Malaysia where the four seasons are hot, rainy, durian and mosquito season (!) 😀

Those planning a trip to Macau, however, can look to ushering in a fun-filled spring at Broadway Macau, the new landmark entertainment destination on the island. Comprising Broadway Macau and Galaxy Macau, the two properties span across 1.1mil square meters of entertainment attractions, including six world-class hotels, the world’s longest skytop aquatic adventure river ride, over 120 F&B outlets and high-end retail. From March 31 to April 17, visitors can expect a series of splendid and bountiful Easter holiday-themed activities throughout the establishments! 🙂

The Joyful Garden at Broadway Macau will transform into a whimsical fantasyland filled with magnificent Easter decorations, including colourful, spirited Easter eggs, and endearing Easter bunnies. Families will enjoy the one-of-a-kind decorations: the perfect setting for memorable holiday photos.

Street performances abound throughout the season; from pedicab singers and performers dressed up as adorable Easter Bunnies, entertaining guests on Broadway Street. On the night of 31 March, Happy Square will host a farewell party for the popular band High Five, and welcome the new resident band Voice of Broadway. The two bands will together bring guests a spectacular live-music performance. Guests can also enjoy the exclusive “Buy One Get One for Free” promotion on selected beers.

To top off the celebrations, don’t miss out on the series of time-limited Easter promotions and discounts at selected outlets.

More info on galaxymacau.com or broadwaymacau.com.mo

 

Macau Day 3 – Home

Really sorry for the lack of updates.. been sooo lazy lately and no mood to blog ^^ Busy gaming and reading Ranma (407 chapters! And I’m only at 50, lol). It seems not many people visit this blog anyway.

This is my third post about Macau, so enjoy!

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Woke up a little later on the last day of our visit to Macau island. Flight would be in the evening so we decided to do some more sightseeing.Walked around to this temple/monastery near our hotel and took a few pix, then walked back to the hotel again. Lol

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The famed casino in Macau : the Venetian!
Wanting to save on taxi money, we foolishly decided to walk to the place, since our hotel’s pretty receptionist told us we could get there on foot.
OMG it was so frickin’ far! We walked for over half an hour, until our legs nearly broke. Lol.
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We finally made it!
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The Venetian is a 5 star hotel/casino/shopping centre and it is themed on Venice and European grandiose. The interior is decorated with mock buildings in an old European style.
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Quaint lamps decorating a ‘street’.
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The whole ceiling was painted to resemble a blue sky with white clouds. They also have deep blue water canals where gondoliers will take you around and sing, just like in Venice (for a price, of course).
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The mock buildings were really beautiful and elaborate. Makes me want to go see the real Venice!
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Bro remembering his gf back in Malaysia and acting emo… just kidding he doesn’t have one
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Soaring columns of gold in the shopping center. Felt like I was in a palace or something!
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Pinocchio puppet. It looked so life like with its intricate costume and beady eyes that seem to look at you.
They had this whole shop selling dolls such as these with costumes straight out of the renaissance era. They also sold beautiful masks of gold, silver and every colour imaginable, such as those you see in movies and costume parties. The mysterious stranger with the mask asks the heroine for a dance.
I couldn’t take pictures though because the salesperson shooed me away (rather rudely) when they saw me trying to.
The sight was so beautiful and mysterious: all those lovely masks arranged neatly on the wall, of every shape and colour and hues imaginable.
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A gondolier on his rounds
And man, can these guys really sing ! With their soprano voices that ring clear and loud, the whole stretch down the canal could hear their melodic voices.
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Souvenirs on sale
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Ceiling with beautiful paintings. Bro was like ‘Yer why so many naked people one’ lol.
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Even the toilet was super grand
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One of the gondoliers was kind enough to pose for me, but it was hard to get a good shot becoz the boat was moving and my camera sucks and the light was bad. T__T
But OMG the guy was like, SUPER HOTTTT!
Dark hair, fair skin, dark dark eyes, deep soprano voice. (not to mention hot bod and muscular arms ;P)
Even hotter than jared leto if i may say so… *nah, jared’s always the hottest * ^^
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Time for lunch! There’s this famous row of shops here that sells good food. I think it was called Rio de Cunha, or something along those lines. Road names here are a mouthful.
Nothing like a piping hot, fresh out of the oven glazed egg tart on a cold day!
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The lane that sells so many goodies and delectables. I wish I could’ve tried every shop ( and regret it later when I tip the scales) but even the glutton-est part of me could’nt stuff so much in one day. There was just too many to choose from.
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My last ever pork chop bun here.
*sobs*
I’ve fallen in love with you, pork chop bun !
When will I ever see or taste you again?
T__T
And so, ends my holiday. I enjoyed it, short though it was. 😀

Macau – Hong Kong

This is my 2nd post about my trip to Macau/Hong Kong.
I looked at the time after I finished uploading these pix and wtf, already an hour?
Woke up quite early to catch the shuttle bus from the hotel to the ferry terminal. Had breakfast at the hotel cafeteria.. buffet style – American Breakfast. People here love to eat meat, especially pork and beef. They put it in almost every dish.
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My hearty western breakfast: 2 of everything – bacon, nuggets, sausages, ham, a big dollop of scrambled eggs. What diet?
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The weather did not improve on the second day . Still cloudy, cold and misty. This is the exterior of the ferry terminal.. the blurriness is not due to my cam
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Check out this cool massage chair! You have to put coins into the slots for it to work.
The ferry was delayed for half an hour coz of the fog, so it was too dangerous for the ferry to move. We waited.. and waited… and waited…
zzz..
40 minutes later: ” Dear ladies and gentlemen, we are still experiencing bad weather, will be delayed for another 20 minutes” *groans from the crowd*
20 minutes later.. ” we will be delayed for another hour…” WTF!!!! We wasted two hours waiting for the ferry. Roars.
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When we got to Hong Kong it was already 1230. There goes our plans to visit all those places.
So we decided to go see the Big Buddha statue at Lantau Island. No tour guide to take us around so we had to take the MTR ourselves.
And you can’t buy tickets at the counter, unlike in Malaysia!
It was so funny. Mum and Dad went to the counter to buy tickets. The guy changed coins for us. Then my parents were like “Er, where’s the ticket?”
He gave us this weird look. We later realised that we had to buy the ticket from the machine, which is why they give you small change.
I noticed that the people here don’t walk – they jog. Unlike Malaysians who take their own sweet time. Even when they’re on the escalator, they don’t stop. They’re also pretty rude, as I got bumped into several times and nobody said sorry -_-
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Finally we reached! It’s very convenient to take the MTR if you know how to, coz all the stations are interconnected. You don’t have to buy different tickets to change to a different line, unlike in KL where you have to change from STAR to PUTRA and buy the tix all over again.
And of course, no mumbling announcements whenever the train pulls in to a station.
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To get to Ngong Ping village where the Big Buddha is, we had to take a cable car! I think it is one of the longest rides in asia.. took us 25 minutes to get to the top. It’s not as steep or as scary as Genting though.
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*shuts eyes*
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Unlike the tropical rainforest and jungles of Malaysia, the hills here are short grass and undergrowth. Well, the upside is you’ll never have to worry about not getting spotted if you’re lost.
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Hooray! After the long ride, we reached Ngong Ping 360 village. It’s touristy, with the attraction being the Buddha statue. They have many shops selling souvenirs, food and a few temples around the area.
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The Big Buddha statue.
You have to climb a few hundred steps to get to the top.
Not as many as Batu Caves, but still tiring for little old ladies like me. Haha
After panting and wheezing for a couple of minutes, we reached the top.Too bad it was so misty, or else it would be much more beautiful. The buddha is made of bronze, if I’m not mistaken.
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Joss sticks for prayers. Nearby are shops selling souvenirs, handicrafts, charms, etc.
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Outer temple
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Inner temple, decorated with fresh flowers. Isn’t it gorgeous?
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The flowers here are really pretty. Probably becoz of the cool weather that they can thrive in. It’s 18 degrees Celcius (mid winter)
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Inside the temple. Golden statues of the gods are surrounded by various types of flowers, fruits and other offerings.
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Place where devotees can kneel and pray.
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Ornate carvings of dragons and phoenixes adorn the stone pillars.
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And I saw this guy!
I wonder if it’s the temple pet, or if it’s a manifestation of a God, or whatever ~ but it was just sitting there like, “I don’t care less” type of attitude. I stroked it on its back and it didn’t even flinch. It just sort of mewed at me and yawned. lmao.
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More flowers
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A real cow. I was only inches away from it xD
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We decided to leave the place at 4pm and guess what? the queue to the cable car was freakkkinggg long.
Tired of waiting, I got myself an ice blended caramel frappucino. Nothing beats having a freezing cold drink in cold weather – it’ll freeze your brain. Ever had that sensation?
Even on the mountain top one can get Starbucks – I guess there really is no escape from commercialisation.
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The sky was already darkening when we got to Tsim Tsa Shui , where we planned to visit the Avenue of Stars. This is a Hollywood-like Boulevard where celebrities have their hands imprinted on the walkway (and get stepped on by hundreds of visitors everyday)
It wasn’t anything special. They do say it is very pretty at night (if it wasn’t for the freaking fog!) coz you can see part of HK island lit up from a distance.
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Sorry.. the pix here are kinda blurry coz my phone didn’t have night mode and it was so dark.
But its a pretty good place for couples to have a romantic stroll at night .
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Can’t believe it! My hands are the same size as Eric Tsang’s. (you know, the short bald guy in “zheong mun yan” game show?)
I dunno whether to smile, or just run screaming away from it.
Why cant I have same size hands as Charmaine Sheh or Myolie Wu? 😦
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It was late by the time we left so the subway was empty by then.
We took a ferry back to Macau, and thank God the fog had cleared up.The sea was rather choppy though and I got a massive headache coz we were sitting on the upper bunk.
Well, so far, I’ve almost tried every mode of transport imaginable.
Bus, taxi, cable car, ferry, MTR… lol.
Will be going back to hometown for grandpa’s birthday tomoro, so I’ll update my final holiday post when I come back. ^^
till then.

KL – Macau Day 1

Hi everyone! I’m back from my 3-day holiday in Macau/Hong Kong. Why such a short stay? Coz everyone had to go to school /work (except me lol), and my dad’s boss only paid for 3 days lodging anyway.

The plane tat we were taking would be leaving at 6.15 am, and the required check-in time was 45 minutes before boarding time, but we went early (like, really early – 3am) so we could get the best seats.

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We arrived at the LCCT(Low cost carrier terminal) KL at around 4. This is the departure area where people can wait to board their flights.We weren’t allowed to bring any water or food onto the plane, so we had to wait until we got onto the plane to buy breakfast.

We lined up quite early and were at the front of the line, so we managed to get front seats in the plane. We were taking AirAsia (free seating), so everyone rushed like rugby players to get the best seats. Bro was beside himself with excitement(it’s his first time on a plane) and insisted on sitting next to the window. -.-“
I couldn’t take any pix on the plane coz we aren’t supposed to switch on our electronic devices coz it would interfere with the plane’s navigation system.. but i saw many people switching on their cams to take pix anyway. -__- Hey, you’re putting everyone’s lives at risk here, jerks.

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So, no pix on the plane. We arrived at Macau International Airport around four hours later, at 10 am. Had a meagre breakfast of chicken ham and cheese sandwich for a whopping 7 bucks. lol~ damn expensive (and still freaking hungry).

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Took a cab to Grandview Hotel (mum said its a four star hotel, but it didn’t seem very nice or grand xD). Since our family of four are all bananas, the cabbie had a hard time understanding us when we told him to go to the particular hotel in English. So we had to go in the airport and ask someone to translate it for us before he understood what we meant.
Note: taxi drivers in Macau are like F1 racers. they even drive faster than my dad! (that’s saying a lot) – They weave through traffic, squeeze through every available space and cranny like nobody’s business. And i thought Malaysian cabbies were reckless! ._.”
Our hotel rooms were pretty basic: 2 single beds, a TV, dresser, bathroom, etc.

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After dumping our luggage, we wasted no time in starting our sightseeing. Our first stop was the Ruins of St. Paul in Senado Square. The cab ride was 40++ ! (about RM20) – transportation is very expensive here if you dunno how to take the bus and have nobody to ferry you around.
The weather is similar to Genting Highlands: cold and misty, becoz it’s mid-winter there. We bundled ourselves up in jackets to keep the cold out.
But what freaking rotten luck! It started raining as soon as we got there. There was no shelter whatsoever, so we had to buy a couple of umbrellas from this cunning looking auntie at the roadside who charged us 20MOP each. -.-“

 

 

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We braved the rain and started our walk around the place.

The shops were all clustered around tiny cramped alleyways. Just like you see in all those Hong Kong movies XD haha!

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Eventually the rain cleared up a little and we were able to start enjoying the sights. (Albeit, with soaked socks and shoes)

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There is a strong Portuguese element in Macau’s history, and there are many cathedrals and churches to prove that. In Senado Square, you can find many such churches alongside Chinese temples, and modern shops such as McDs, Giordano, etc.

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Inside one of the churches. I like the atmosphere of being in one. It gives a sense of peace, quiet and solitude.

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Back outside: It’d be nice to visit the place at night, because then it would be lit by countless colourful lanterns.

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After walking around so much and after the tiring flight, we were all feeling ravenous, so we stopped by at a random cafe to have lunch. (I think the cafe was called Macau Recipes). While most cafes in Malaysia are on the ground floor, the ones here are located upstairs. In fact there are a lot of tall buildings here, due to space constraints. virtually everyone lives in an apartment, except the rich people.
The above is mum’s wonton mee soup. I tried a little and it was absolutely delicious! (but its 28 MOP, equivalent to RM14 here… for a bowl of wonton mee….lol)

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And of coz, you can’t say you’ve visited Macau without trying its signature ” zhu pa bao” or pork chop bun , which it’s famous for.
Basically a piece of juicy pork chop sandwiched between two pieces of crisp, toasted bread. No sauces, no nothing. A good pork chop bun would be so juicy and tender, it wouldn’t require sauces to complement it.
I dunno if it was the fact that i was nearly starving, but the moment that piece of pork chop bun entered my mouth, I felt light headed. It was piping hot, so I had to chew slowly and carefully, but upon the first bite, I could feel the juices squirting out onto my tongue. It was soft, tender and oh so juicy. I’ve never tasted anything so good in my life! (and I’m not exaggerating here!) the meat was just right and had just the amount of savoury and sweetish flavour to my taste. Gah! I’m hungry just remembering that taste. 😦

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After lunch, we walked around some more. CNY decos can still be seen around the place.
Bro was kinda surprised to see that police regularly patrolled the areas. You can see them everywhere. And there are women police officers. Hot ones at that. And as bro put it, they’re about “half the size of the ones in Malaysia”. lol

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Visiting a temple. That’s my dad burning some joss sticks for prayer.
The moment the guy there laid eyes on my family, he asked us, “Not from around here? “
Dad: yeah, how did u know? got face to see one ar?
Guy: haha, no lah, can see by your skin tone ma
Everyone here is very fair and rosy cheeked, and even the dark ones are fairer compared to us.
And boy oh boy, are there many pretty people here. All the guys and gals are so lengzai and leng lui. there was even this guy who looked like a live version of cloud from final fantasy! *faints*

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Coiled incense hanging from the temple ceiling

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I like the lamp post with the flowers. They have a charming, rustic feel. ^^

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Another church that we visited.

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Giant goblet.

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Most of these buildings date back decades and even centuries ago.

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Look at the roads here! Free from even a scrap of rubbish. Coz you’ll be fined if you litter. And it’s not cheap at all. You can be fined for spitting all over the place too. Or if you kick dogs by the roadside.

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The place even has their very own street art. (And u dun see DBKL whitewashing the walls here) This is art!

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The Square was crowded with people. Probably coz it was Valentine’s.

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We went to Macau Tower after that. The weather was very misty, so I couldn’t take a pic of its exterior when we approached the place. Our confident lady cabbie got us to the place in under 5 minutes.

Macau tower is the tallest tower on the island. There is bungee jumping here.  We were all too chicken to try it (I’m too young to die!) At first, mum wanted to try the Skywalk(it’s basically you walking around the top of the tower on an open platform with a safety cord holding you up) but the price was 616 MOP per person (like, RM300 here) so bloody freaking expensive!Was what mum said. so, we just went up to look at the view of the whole city.

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View from 59th floor. The glass floor made me feel giddy.

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I cant imagine why anyone would want to jump down from the 61st floor with nothing attached to them but a couple of ropes. -.-” (I timed this shot painstakingly, ok!)

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Our next stop was the Grand Lisboa Casino. It’s peculiar design is like a lotus flower, with a round base and ‘petals’ protruding outwards like a blooming flowr. The whole building is done in shiny and reflective gold, and it shone when the sun it its windows. Magnificent.

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Rock statues at the entrance

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The ceiling – are you gasping in awe yet? XD

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Even the reception is freaking extravagant

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There were many beautiful (not to mention expensive) things on display in the main lobby, such as this carving made out of wood. If you look closely you’ll see that they are actually carvings of many little temples, shrines, trees etc.

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Monkeys carved out of ivory

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Golden eagle statues and floating lotus flowers on a little pond.

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The golden dragon boat on display

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Golden mountain village, with golden little scholar on a golden little bridge under golden trees *argh blinded*

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Enter the casino! Funny thing is, they let 18 year olds go in, as opposed to our Genting that requires you to be 21. Not many pix, coz I’m not supposed to, so I’ll just describe it here. The place was quite big, with a dark stage in the middle raised on a platform, and a bar running along the stage at the base. There was a show on at the moment, so we stayed to watch.
It was kinda like, bikini girls dancing on poles. LOL.
The place smelled heavily of smoke. Took me days to wash it out of my hair. It was noisy (of course), there were many Mainland Chinese talking in their heavy accents. There was nobody in jacket and jeans (except me!) so I got out fairly quick.
Casinos = not for me XD

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There are a cluster of casinos all around this area. This is the old grand lisboa~ before they opened the new one jus opposite it. Looks normal in the day right?

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Another famous casino = Wynn, located jus a stones throw away

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And this is what they look like when it is dark and the fun begins. A dazzlingly bright and colourful display of neon lights everywhere. I guess it’s apt that they call Macau the Las Vegas of Asia.

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It gets dark early in Macau. By 7 the sky looks like 8pm. and its freaking cold!
Lots of girls here like to wear boots. I counted about 60 pairs on my first day alone. Is it a trend here? lol. (and of coz, nobody wears slippers in this kind of weather… except me)
Will be posting the second day of my trip next time.
This entry already taken me more than 2 hours uploading and typing all the stuff.
Toodles!