Monday, January 18, 2010

Macau Magic - Cirque du Soleil


Day 4 (26 December 2009). It's a kind of magic.



I‘ve been sooooooo absolutely busy lately, I have to helped with the dept trip of 100pax, I have my personal end month trip to Chiang Mai to Bangkok to plan & book, 2 workshops to manage, 1 event to organise, quarter 2 funding to submit, budget to plan…. Ads to finalized…. Etc etc etc…. ARGH!!!! SUPER DUPER BUSY MONTH! And I sooo wanna blog to forget my work! I believe it’s called WORK LIVE BALANCE - of which is lacking! I even went to office on a Sunday and rushed back to attend my darling niece’s birthday. BUT BUT BUT the thing is…. I work better under pressure; unfortunately you die faster too….(so they say) sigh….. I need to take it slooooooowly. Breath in……… breath out…… Inhale….. Outhale (!!??!?!)…..heeehehe ops! Exhale I mean….
;p


Let’s trip blooooooog……


I went a bit dress-overboard for this… as usual I must look good for any photo session in every country, so much so that I can’t or should I won’t (DON’T) be repeating the same clothes I wore per country, not to mentioned those longer holidays; I make sure all colours planned, coordinate with the excursion, the site, the sky, the scenery etc etc etc…. HEY! I will even change my hair style - KID YOU NOT. Been preaching this to all my friends and my colleagues AND my friends fully agree and doing it too…. YUP! DRAMA QUEEN! (or some said CAMW***E, my nieces/nephews my be reading blog…. Aunt Lily need to watch out what she says in the blog) But seriously! I fork out a lot of money per trip (aaaaand before). I mean, I BETTER look GOOD right… I even have tips on this for people….. Haahahaha…. (really! After all, I AM not gonna go back yo THAT country JUST BECAUSE am not satisfied with the pics I’ve taken, I have no one to blame but myself for this mah… right!? Thus, solution = I better be prepared and be a drama queen - it’s for the better of the world… and MOI ofcos :p)

The main question is why is today abit different? Hemm….


1. We are going to Macau - totally different country

2. Taking ferry - different experience

3. Going to Venetian - definitely different ambience

4. Cirque du Soleil - different… HEY! need I say more!?!?

You heard it alwight! Am going to watch THE Cirque du Soleil (note the word “T.H.E” in CAPITAL!) the last time I watched this was in Las Vegas about 12-14 years back… Finally. Again. Now (targeting the one in Japan too this or next year). Excited! Excited! EXXXCITED! Watched the preview on my notebook many a times….looks great, am sure the live show will even be better. Very the kan cheong…

OK! Back to the storyline… ( I can reaaaally be long winded!) Wake up early, reached ferry terminal on time, but somehow the queue was EXCEPTIONALLY long, and we were called for boarding by the time we reach our turn at the immigration (sort of), apa lagi… run like make woman/girl/boy (imagine ALL 10 of us… screaming and shouting = PANDAMONIUM) luckily we’ve checked in our bigger luggage, else KANTOI punya. NO way am “seret-ing” my huge luggage for 300 mtr (seret = drag). Board the ferry, 5 min after that it depart Hong Kong… new journey awaits us…ceh wah…

Guess what? Some of my relative mabuk laut (seasick)…. Hence, they choose to take a nap, somehow lil’ Misha rugged (age 8) - no seasick… infact she was playing my sis’s Nintendo Lite. Way to go Mish! Uni can take you on trips again… anyway, the queue at the immigration was also looooooooong - peak period with the Christmas holiday, school holiday & new year holiday (what a time to pick a trip huh!). After queuing for 1 hour, we manage to get a van that can FIT ALL 10 of us, and off we go to the hotel… a real hotel this time (Macau Master Hotel = cheap, English speaking, friend, helpful, decent and near Senado Square) NOT hostel as like in Hong Kong. Heehehhee…. My cousin said, finally rasa macam orang kaya sikit….ahahhahah…. I kinda agree…. Oh well, we checked in and agreed to come down at 3pm sharp to hitch the free shuttle to Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel. Yup! The KEY activity in Macau - Cirque du Soleil. We took a quick snack in our room which should reads it as Maggie Mee, roti with serunding and nasi him pit with sambal ikan bilis = YUMMY!


All came down on time, boarded the bus and off to our show. It was a 30 mins journey…. And you can see the mega structure of Venetian Macau Resort Hotel from afar…. Really breathtaking…. Inside was even more breathtaking…. It also took our heart, eyes, leg, hand, CAMERA away…. Word can’t describe….
How best can I show everyone…. I guess post as much pics as possible - so pleaseeeeee don’t be bored yah, just that it’s tooooooooo beautiful!

OK! Some pics of us human too against the nice building, canal and the indoor sky effect! Love it!

The funny thing is that everyone was excited about the canal and they want and must have a pic together gather with THE CANAL…..sigh… me included
:p

Anyone watches Korean movie or listens to Korean song? If you do, the reddish pics if “inspired” by 2pm - HEARTBEAT performance. SEEEEEE!!!! Everyone was surprise, shocked and amazed even flabbergasted with them. You know me… love the drama, it’s like a must have kinda thingy…. Else it felt incomplete! The kids as usual will corporate with my nonsense. YEAY TO KIDS!

This is my sis favourite - HELLO KITTY! She bought one shirt - I “Hello Kitty” Macau; she is a collector of I “heart” xxxx country. Was ecstatic to purchase her shirt and I bought one for her as well… Yup! That night she slept exceptionally well dreaming of Hello Kitty. Fatin! Say thank you to you sis!

Argh…. We need to rush to our Cirque du Soleil…. So busy taking pics we almost overlook at the time… shucks! By the way, did some googling Cirque du soleil means "Circus of the Sun". is a Canadian entertainment company, self-described as a "dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment." Based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and located in the inner-city area of Saint-Michel, it was founded in Baie-Saint-Paul in 1984 by two former street performers, Guy Laliberté and Daniel Gauthier. Now that we all know, we feel smart huh.

Sorry no pics on this as we are not allowed to take any pics during the show, but we manage to take after and outside the show…. Kinda consoling lor… at least mah. About my nephew pic here…hemm…. We’ll let him explain himself…. I just thought it… cool & creative.
I went to Macau Hard Rock Hotel to buy my collection of Hard Rock shirt and shot glass for Andrea and also a shirt for my cousin before go back to Macau island. Oh! A little info of which I too was not aware, Those big casino are located in Taipa island except for Grand Lisboa and Wynn and MGM.

After settling my sourvenirs, we took the bus back to hotel and decided to take night pics of the famous Ruins of St. Paul. the façade of what was originally the Cathedral of St. Paul, a 17th century Portuguese cathedral in Macau dedicated to Saint Paul the Apostle. The Ruins of St. Paul were officially enlisted as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Yeay! One more UNESCO site in my list.

OK! OK! OK! Before showing how it actually look like, we need to walk ie cut thru the Senado Square, it was Christmassy I must say with the Chinese lantern Santa Claus, all the lights with touches of Portugese old architecture…. Really different I must say.

One thing I like about Senado Square is the perspective path… somehow it look good in the pic or at least to me lar…

The excitement as we approach St. Paul ruins at night time…

Ta dah……. The ruins itself! I took EVERY ANGLE I can think of (which is only 1 so far)….. with my normal boring digital old auto camera… I guess this is the time you wish you have a DSLR; thus only showcasing 3. Oh! The ruins are only of this one flat piece meaning there nothing at the back of the wall…. What a sight neh…

It was approaching midnight… we're calling it a day… or a night? Hemm....

Tomorrow? It’s tulip season in Macau!




Credit Hyperlink : Wikipedia, Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel, Cirque du Soleil, Wynn Macau, Grand Lisboa Macau, Hard Rock Hotel Macau, UNESCO, Macau Master Hotel

12 comments:

MKL said...

Wow, Lily! Great pics! Last year, when I went to HK, I planned to go to Macau, too. But then 5 days in HK were so exciting, I didn't make it. In my next trip to HK I most definitely will go to Macau, too. And I may contact you then to advise me, hehe. Loved the pics, especiall the ruins of St.Paul, wow. So beautiful.

manglish said...

everyone in msia has gone to macau, you, me, wenn (another blogger) and a whole of ppl i do not know hahahhaa...

Lily Riani said...

mkl,

yeah! i believe they might have other stuff that is intersting but i failed to detect.... ahhaha.... first is language barrier - despite learning chinese for 15 yrs, they speaks cantonese more and also slightly diff perhaps the slang. and everything is in either chinese or portugese... and teh chinese dont know portugese nor english. sigh....more to learn.

manglish,

yeah man! everyONE has been there... it's so near HK and so easy peasy... but dont think i will be going again (soon), but hk on the other hand.... YES! must go again! and this time extend trip to china.

Shingo T said...

Never seen tulips in real-life.

Buy, are they pretty!

Wenny Yap said...

Wow, Lily. Great pics! Much much better than those I took when I was there back in 2008. I didn't get to enjoy my trip then coz I was down with serious flu the whole trip ... DAMN!!!

Btw, thanks for following my blog. Apreciate it very much.

Lily Riani said...

ShingoT,

I did, little patches of them in my recent trip to NZ... nothing like Amsterdam I heard.

Wenny,

Thanks for the compliment... it's the venue that was nice...I merely snappy snap only..ahhahah.... Too abd with the flu though, you try another round they say the food there is nice especially the egg tart unfortunately non-halal.

Toothfairy said...

from your pics, it looks nice. though I think macau is not that interesting! I don't like gambling and casino's, and I feel like besides that, there's not much to see and do in macau...

loves

Lily Riani said...

toothfairy,

i kinda agree... my sis & me tried very hard to find things that facinate us... not easy let me tell you that. sigh.... next post will be on this place i went with plenty n plenty of tulips... that we tot was interesting but it rained soon after....

i heard the netherland tulip season is even nicer but hv yet the chance to visit during that month.

Kate said...

Great pics and a great post. Chiang Mai and Bangkok are fabulous places and I'm sure you'll love them. Well, maybe not all the polution! Make sure you go to the Sunday market in Bangkok and the Walking market in Chiang Mai. Brilliant and you can find so many trinkets and bargains!

Kate x
http://search-for-the-perfect10.blogspot.com

Lily Riani said...

Kate,

Agree, Chiang Mai & Bangkok are great... infact, so great that i have been there many a times at least once a year....

However, if you ever go there again, I would recommand a city near Bangkok - Ayutthaya. You will never regret, try to go during the sunflower season.

http://lilyrianitravelholic.blogspot.com/2009/11/sunflower-elephant-ride.html

MKL said...

My hostel is near Ruins of St. Paul's :) You made some lovely pics. Today a Chinese girl asked me to take a pic with her at St. Paul's, was funny, hehe. Even here many Chinese look at me like I'm so "interesting" and I've seen more whites here than in Taipei, hehe.

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