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Trip Start Aug 24, 2010
Trip End Sep 01, 2011

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Macau...the Las Vegas of the East! It doesn't quite compare, but it is pretty awesome...especially for Asia! Tons of lights, lots of casinos, and great big giant hotels! MGM, Wynn, The Venetian...and a couple others.

We arrived, found our shuttle bus (after a little bit of confusion...since we weren't on the list), and enjoyed the drive to the hotel...across the bridge, through the city, up the hill...and there it was! Our five star hotel! Ahh...nice to have luxuries again...slippers, robes, soaps...

The hotel was great! There are shuttle services to most of the big casinos and it is within walking distance to the majority of the main attractions. Aside from the casinos and big hotels, Macau is a wonderful little city. It's built on a bunch of hills, some rather steep with narrow roads only big enough for one car. There is so much history here and the city is rather artsy...in the right locations! And I can't forget...the famous Portuguese Egg Tarts!!!! My favorite! I won't tell you how many we actually ate...lol.

We walked around the whole city one day...stopping at the the ruins of St.Paul's (with only the facade from the 1600's church left standing), walked through Senado Square (the shopping area with awesome Portuguese architecture), and around the Historic areas, over past the large casinos, where we tried to catch the shuttle bus back to the hotel....with an EPIC FAIL! We waited for about 30 minutes...then decided to start walking again. Just as we started walking...whoosh...there goes the shuttle bus!! UGH! He drove right past us! So we continued to walk down to Fisherman's Wharf area to check out the themed buildings...the Roman Colosseum, Egyptian Pyramid, and much more...only to discover...after another 25 minutes of walking...that nothing is open!! It is closed for renovations or something! So we continued on the the Ferry Terminal in hopes to catch our shuttle bus...making it with only about 30 seconds to spare!!

Of course, you can't be in Macau without checking out the casinos! We hit up every free show at every hotel...and they were spectacular! We spent some time at the Venetian, wandering around the canals and getting lost in the shops. They have an Ice Kingdom set up...minus 10 degrees Celsius, we got bundled up in our winter jackets (supplied by the place) and entered the land of ice! Tons of sculptures...even the Taj Mahal! We were sure not to miss the ice slide at the end....which was a little crazy. After 30 minutes of being in the minus temperatures, we were glad to get out...it was SO cold!! Too bad we didn't have mitts or scarves! As we exited...yes...exited the area, we claimed our "free" gift....a scarf!! Why would they give you a scarf AFTER you've already been through the ice area??? Will we need it for the plus 30 temperatures outside??! haha. They should give it to you before you go in...it would've been appreciated! lol. After the ice kingdom, we splurged and booked some tickets to Cirque du Soleil...ZAIA...second row, with no seats in front of us! It was fantastic! We felt like we were actually "in" the show with the seats we had...and the clowns had no mercy on us either...lol. The show was great, adding an Asian flare with an extra large dragon and some lion dancers! They do need more practice though as there were quite a few mistakes made...for the price you pay!

The Macau tower...233 meters with a SKYWALK! Unbelievable! We took the elevator up, watched a guy do the bungy jump, got our harnesses on (with our awesome neon orange shirts), and stepped out on the outer ledge of the tower!! Spectacular! We had a "tour guide" who told us about the view and convinced us to do crazy things...like hang over the edge, swing over the edge, and even run and swing around the track! It was a ton of fun and we got some funny pics from it! Too bad Jay is too chicken to do the freefall with me....I managed to get him past his fear of roller coasters...haha...so one day, I'm sure he'll give in to the bungy jump stuff!!

We took a taxi down to Senado Square to find a place to eat. There were workers standing outside one place soliciting customers...we watched a couple people go in and figured it must be good. The prices were reasonable and the menu looked delicious! So up we went...to the third floor. It wasn't a fancy restaurant...just noodles, rice, etc. We sat down and ordered a couple iced teas and a teriyaki rice bowl. The waitress brought our ice teas so we were drinking them. Just as she was bringing out our food, we looked up and....GULP!!...there goes three jumbo sized rats, running along the piping!! No way! So the food, which looked and smelled awesome, was left sitting in front of us. We looked at each other, wondering if we should actually eat it, and a bit disgusted that we were drinking the iced teas...now having second thoughts on the cleanliness and safety of the water used in our drinks! haha. About 5 minutes later, after a long debate, and watching over 15...yes...15 rats run along the piping...INTO the kitchen...we decided to leave. We weren't sure of the protocol in Macau, so we went to pay for our meal. The lady didn't speak any English and was confused as to why we weren't eating our dinner. She asked, in Chinese, if we'd like it wrapped up to go! haha. So, not having spoken Chinese for quite awhile, I blurt out..."No thanks. There are too many rats so I think the place is dirty". She understood my Chinese perfectly and giggled and repeated..."heehee...too many rats...heehee"...as if I had just said the funniest thing ever!! lol. I guess they are their "friends". So we just paid and left. Down the street was Pizza Hut...looked brand new and was packed with people. Pizza Hut in Macau and China is like fine dining at home. A big Chandelier hung in the center of the restaurant...haha. So we went for some pizza.

We'll definitely miss the Egg Tarts! See ya Macau!
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