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    Time to explore the park. Saw lots of wooden sheep. Dickie, this is for you. Sorry they're not white and fluffy.


    Tried to get a pic of the windmills, but there's this pesky girl again...


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    We used this 'walkalator' to get to the casinos... that building is The Venetian (casino-hotel-mall)


    Galaxy Casino-hotel

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    This is another large casino-hotel that could be seen from one side of The Venetian. Don't know the name.


    I liked these windows at The Venetian hotel..

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    Other large casino-hotels as viewed from The Venetian


    Crown hotel and City of Dreams. There's a (new-ish) City of Dreams near Mall of Asia (in PI), but it's not as grand as this.

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    Close up of the windows. I liked how they tried to mimic the houses in Venice.


    There was fake snow in the vicinity of the casino-hotel. What do they use for this fake snow? Anyone? Is it the same stuff used in movies (snow-machines)?


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    We went inside The Venetian and explored a bit. No pics for now, since we went back there on Day 3 and I'll post pics from that time. The Venetian was very opulent, lots of gold glittery paint, and the ceilings were painted with reproductions of paintings of Italian ceilings from the Renaissance (sp?) period. We also visited the other nearby casino-hotels, and the lobby/front areas were very opulent. Being girls from the province, it was very gold and glittery and opulent for us! We didn't take many pics and just took in the opulence. No wonder that people like to go to casinos - because of the lights, the chance of winning, etc.

    However, "all that glitters is not gold" and I know of some old relatives who lost land due to gambling. My sis and I didn't gamble, since we were kuripot (kee neow?) backpackers and we wanted to save our hard-earned $$ for food, transpo and souvenirs - more important stuff! Personally, I have an aversion to gambling, since when we were kids, our dad drilled into us that "gambling is bad!" and that we had some relatives who lost land due to gambling addiction. They were poor country folk and land was all they had - which they lost due to gambling.

    We watched the lights show at The Venetian, then took another bus to get back to our friend's condo. Then a quiet dinner and much needed rest! It was a long day of sightseeing!

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    This is NOT my video, I got this from utube. I'll show it so that you'll get a feel of the lights show at The Venetian casino-hotel. There are many other vids on utube, if interested. I don't know if this one's good as I didn't see it in full.

    Let's see if this works...

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    Did it work? If it didn't work, then my apologies. You can view the vid on utube.
    End of Day 1 for now... Day 2 was the trip to HK Disneyland.

    to be continued...

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23
    Did it work?
    Worked just fine. Another great travel thread katie. Thanks.

    Maligayang pasko.

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    From 2012? Bit late isn't it.

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    better late than never

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    Nice thread as per, Katie. Just wondering about the ban on quoting - are you or your sis claiming copyright or just wanna protect the babe in the pics? She looks maganda to me but has a strange head that keeps changing. The windswept looks okay to me as well.


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    Thnx for the replies and the greens. It's lunch break of my last working day for the year and I'll try to post some pics. Tomorrow I'll be leaving for the province and the holidays. Won't have much internet there, and I'll be busy with festivities.

    @Norton - thanks for the luv. Maligayang Pasko rin sa iyo at iyong pamilya!

    @BLD - thanks for the back-up. Now I know why cujo is called the 'sheriff'. lol

    @cujo - it's clearly stated in the thread title, and in my OP, and the date stamps, that the pics were taken FOUR years ago. I didn't want to share these photos before bcos they had lots of me/my sis in them. However, I showed them now, because it's Christmas and I'm feeling Christmassy, and this was a holiday trip that my sister and I enjoyed. We had good bonding moments (and some arguing too! lol, but we kissed and made up). I'm trying to show the Macau that is not commonly seen by tourists, since they usually just see the casinos or the old Portuguese city center (Senado Square, St. Paul's Ruins, etc.) Now, if you don't like seeing OLD pics, you can just shove it! And a Merry Christmas to you too!

    @grasshopper - re: the no quoting, it's just for the pics with me/my sis in them. The person you see on the pics is an ordinary working girl and I don't want her to be associated with Sophia or smoochi. (Heck, maybe Sophia is now a mamasan at smoochi! lol) As for her looks, I don't know if she's "maganda", but she has a maganda heart. Heh.

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    Day 2 - trip to HK Disneyland

    So the next day, we were up bright and early to catch the ferry to HK. Since our friend's condo was in Taipa island, we had to take a bus, which crossed the bridge to Macau island where the ferry terminal is located. Crossing the bridge...


    View of Macau Tower. You can do bungee-jumping there.

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    New ferry terminal


    Inside the ferry terminal. @Fishlocker - this answers your query about xmas decorations.

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    The ticket booths. We took the 8:30 am ferry to HK. Jacket is from friend-host. Thick & bulky, but it kept us warm.


    Inside the ferry. It was smooth sailing and took ~ 1hr.


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    For those who like boats. I think this was still on the Macau side.


    Before you ride the ferry, you'll go through immigration to be stamped out of Macau. Then upon reaching HK, you'll be stamped in to HK. I found it cool and I got 2 additional stamps on my pp!

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    This is on the HK side already, near immigration.


    View of the HK skyline from a glass window.


    Before this trip, I had visited HK on a separate trip (but my sister hadn't), so I was already familiar with the HK railway system. So I was the guide during the short journey to Disneyland.

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    The HK ferry terminal is near (inside?) a mall, so we explored it a bit.


    This photo now reminds me of Luigi's supposed "xmas gift" to me, the tutu. Heh. I like the black/red one.

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    Map of HK MTR (mass transit railway) system, but I don't know if it's updated. Got it from the net. From Sheung Wan station of the island line (ISL, dark blue), we needed to get to Disneyland. It took around 45 min with all the walking and transfers. I remember timing our journey/train ride, since we had already purchased the return ferry tickets and we didn't want to be left by the boat!


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    To the trains... I think this was one of the interchange stations.


    Inside the HK MTR. It was a bit early (and a weekend, I think), so not much ppl.

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    At Sunny Bay station, you'll have to change trains to the Disney line. In the Disney train car, even the hand grips were Mouse-shaped.


    The windows were also Mouse-shaped.

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    People alighting from the train. It was the xmas holidays, so the place was bursting w/ ppl.


    At HK Disneyland. At this point, sis and I were both very excited. We grew up with tales of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Bambi, Pinocchio & the Little Mermaid. We were both kids at heart.

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    It was cold and gray in Macau, but it was blue and sunny in HK. Great day for a visit!


    Even the grass was Mouse-shaped. Pls do not quote this post!

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    House of Performing Arts.



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