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Viva La Macau :)


Wanted to bring Aidan for a short holiday somewhere since it was the school hols but was undecided for a while on where to bring him to. Couldn't take too long a holiday as I didn't have many leave days left so places like Australia & NZ were out. I didn't want to go Hong Kong again since we were there earlier in the year and his daddy has promised to bring him there this November so..Macau it was! Heh, a few people were surprised at my choice since Macau ain't exactly a haven for kids since it is largely a casino town. But I've read so much about The Venetian hotel and have done quite a bit of online surfing on the place so I thought why not..something different and not too expensive :)

I didn't regret my decision at all! Macau was a place I'd wanted to visit and never got the chance even though I've been to HK so many times. And of course as most of you know, I do gamble which means that the casinos would be a definite attraction for moi. But making sure Aidan had fun was a high priority so I had to ensure that there was enough activities for him so that he'll enjoy himself there. Which was why my only choice of hotel there was the luxurious, grand Venetian Macau, a fully integrated resort. It was modelled after its sister casino in Vegas so not surprisingly, the hotel also came with the same faux Venetian design and canal and the fake blue skies and it supposedly has the biggest casino in the world. The mere size of the hotel itself was amazing and its gorgeous architecture and interior were a sight to behold I must say. Nenita was awestruck for a while and Aidan was basically ecstatic that he had so much space to run about.


The gorgeous interior of the hotel. Oh, the hotel offers free shuttle bus transporation from and to the airport. I didn't know about it and went into a cab. On realising that I wanted to go the The Venetian, the cab driver told me about the free shuttle and asked me not to waste my money taking his cab and still bothered to come out of the cab to help us with the luggage. So nice of him! Great way to start a holiday too :)



The Bella Suite..

Nenita actually squealed when she entered the room..it was pretty luxurious and spacious..the bedroom and living area was segregated and there was a tv set in each room so both Aidan & Nenita could enjoy their own programme in peace and harmony :P

Along the Grand Canal Shopping Mall..check out the fake blue sky.
Aidan kept saying that the sky was falling as he could see li' 'holes' in them..


Doing the touristy thingy- taking a ride on the gondola..
The boy really enjoyed the ride kept asking to go on it again (but I refused :P)
The Qube which was located at The Venetian Hotel itself was one of the key reasons why I chose to stay there. When I saw the description of this activity centre at the Venetian website, I knew instantly that Aidan would love the place. it isn't unlike Go-Go Bambini except that it was much bigger and had many more other activities. Apart from the super fun climbing structures with slides and nets & free fall slides, they also had wii and xbox game consoles, a pool table and free access to the computers (which enabled me to login to fb hehe). Parents could simply check their kids in there and come back a few hours later to collect them. In the end, we went to Qube every single day that we were there because Aidan couldn't get enough of it!

kids had to change into this blue outfit in order to play on the slide..







The game consoles area..


I was checking my email and when I was finished, I saw him sitting down at the lounge area enjoying an orange juice that he'd purchased on his own..He looks so adult..

Thought the Macau Fisherman's Wharf was a must-visit as it was reportedly the first theme park in Macau and supposedly had loads of activities for kids. But it was a dead-town when we got there. I guess The Venetian took away loads of their business. Quite a waste actually because it was actually quite fun place..


Yeah..we were the only ones on the bumper car ride..

Aidan trying his hand at foodtball at the Man U store

More touristy pics to proof that I didn't stay in the hotel the whole day (although the weather made me want to). It was so hot and humid!

At the Ruins of St Paul's, probably the most famous landmark in Macau and a designated UN heritage site..
It was located in the older portions of the city, next to old cobbled streets lined with small quaint shops..

The ugly gold building at the background is the Grand Lisboa hotel...




Icecream to cool us down!!

the warm weather made us crave for the pool so we did just that after our visit to the Ruins ..


All in all, it was a relaxing and enjoyable trip and again, the big smile on Aidan's face gave me loads of satisfaction. And yes, I did win some dough at the casino..not that much but more than enough to cover my 3 nights stay at The Venetian hehe....


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oiseauxbleu
Jun. 24th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
Aidan really looks like he had great fun! What do you play at the casino anyway?
angeliatay
Jun. 24th, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah he did. He even thanked me at the end of the trip and asked that we go Macau again..i was like errr, Macau not like HK disneyland where we should be going often.

i was playing mostly caribbean stud poker and baccarat. won mainly in baccarat...:)
twerped
Jun. 24th, 2009 02:43 pm (UTC)
the photos of aidan going down the slides makes me wanna go on them!! hahaha
angeliatay
Jun. 24th, 2009 02:52 pm (UTC)
hehe i know what u mean. i wanted to try it out too but was too paiseh since there weren't any adults doing so :P it looks so fun :)
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delightt
Jun. 24th, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
Heh! Congrats on covering your Macau expenses at the casino! Looks like so much fun. Aidan sure is a lucky boy! I was there in Oct, but was "working" instead, unfortunately. The Venetian's incredible, huh?? I really love the place, it reminds me of HK.
angeliatay
Jun. 24th, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
heh, only covered the accomodation..not the airticket and the other expenses but good enough :)

Yeah..i thought the hotel was awesome but it was huge..we got lost several times trying to find our suite and getting around the mall! i guess it reminded u of HK coz everyone was speaking in cantonese!
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tiffanyx
Jun. 24th, 2009 03:00 pm (UTC)
the st paul ruins was featured on SOOO many hk/tw/korean dramas! O.o

i feel like a proud mama when you said aidan bought his own orange juice!! :P
angeliatay
Jun. 24th, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
yeah..i think it is the most famous landmark in Macau. And the Venetian hotel was featured in the Korean version of Meteor Garden..

heh..the boy has no problems purchasing stuff on his own.
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moxielass
Jun. 24th, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
cool. i have always wanted to visit macau. the kiddo playland seems too big for alex, no?
angeliatay
Jun. 24th, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
yup..he should be at least 5 years old to really enjoy the activities there. HK Disneyland could be a better choice of holiday venue.
vamprila
Jun. 24th, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
did you do anything shopping at the venetian mall?
now you made it sound so kids-friendly that it might go on my reserve list for future instead. wahahaha! ;p
angeliatay
Jun. 24th, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
yup i did. i bought..erm 3 pairs of shoes :P Nenita got 1 pair! Got some summer outfits from the city area shops.

heh..The Venetian was very kids friendly! i didn't have to make it up hehe. But we were actually turned away from other hotels like Sands because I had Aidan with me..!
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janisme
Jun. 24th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
Wow, enough to cover 3 nights at the Venetian! Not bad! Hehe.
Glad that both Aidan and you enjoyed yourselves.. The pics look fabulous. Even Nenita takes pretty nice photos! =)
angeliatay
Jun. 25th, 2009 12:34 am (UTC)
heh Nenita got loads of training :)
l1sh
Jun. 24th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
very nice! Now I must show it to BY because his idea of macau is a mini las vegas with nothing else to do!
angeliatay
Jun. 25th, 2009 12:35 am (UTC)
well, I thought there's loads to do in Vegas *grin* But then again, Macau isn't a place u go intentionally to have 'family' fun!
bbhome
Jun. 24th, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
I never knew they have child friendly stuff in Macau. I guess most people are either in the casino or HK.
angeliatay
Jun. 25th, 2009 12:42 am (UTC)
It does make sense to cater to the family crowd if they intend to attract more tourist and promote strongly their IR theme too. The pple behind the Venetian are also the ones building the Sands IR in Singapore..
japonais
Jun. 25th, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)
wow. congrats on winning at the casino! :D a free stay at the venetian is a pretty good prize! :D

and all I could think about was 'Boys over Flowers' when I saw your photos. haha!
angeliatay
Jun. 25th, 2009 02:25 am (UTC)
heh yeah..that particular boys over flowers episode was like a tourist promotion for macau and venetian hotel..makes it look really romantic eh!
burbur
Jun. 25th, 2009 01:34 am (UTC)
love Aidan's expressions, esp in the last pic.
angeliatay
Jun. 25th, 2009 02:23 am (UTC)
heh that expression is a result of taking too many pictures! :P
alisonrae
Jun. 25th, 2009 01:35 am (UTC)
Wahlau the hotel is too grand lor! *dies of luxury overload*
angeliatay
Jun. 25th, 2009 02:25 am (UTC)
heh..it was really luxurious..okay lah, once in a while stay in this kinda hotel also shioks :P
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imatraveller
Jun. 25th, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
nice pics! how much is the hotel per night?
angeliatay
Jun. 25th, 2009 02:23 am (UTC)
not cheap! high 300+ for a double room!
glacier_gan
Jun. 25th, 2009 02:09 am (UTC)
my son will go crazy at the Qube! Esp with the wii... wow he'll really love tat place, wont' want to leave I think! So fun!

so amazed how u always bring ur maid along for holidays like tt... even staying at such a grand hotel, she is really blessed to have u as her employer. ~g's mummy
angeliatay
Jun. 25th, 2009 02:19 am (UTC)
yeah..im sure most kids btwn the ages of 5-8 would love Qube!!

I have no choice especially if I wanna go out on my own after Aidan sleeps..like in Macau, I only go to the casino after abt 11pm after the boy goes to bed and Nenita would be in the room with him. It would be easier when he gets older i guess..and then i'll be able to go on hols with him only...but it really isn't that much esp for Macau, mainly the airfare & food. I'll only need one hotel room.
wordaddicts
Jun. 25th, 2009 02:29 am (UTC)
Wow! Are adults allowed on the slide / game apparatus in the Qube?? :P
angeliatay
Jun. 25th, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
haha i have no idea. there were no adults on the slides but the oldest 'kids' were abt 13-15 and some were abt my size or even bigger! i think the adults were too paiseh to ask :P
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