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Macau Final - So, after we got my new phone, we headed back to the hotel and gambled a bit.  We then hit the Dragon’s Treasure show at the City of Dreams.  It’s a short 10 minute Disney-like 360 panorama type thing that’s free to hotel guests.  Not really sure what the story line of the show is, but it was sort of entertaining.  Haha!

Let’s fast forward to Sunday, our last full day… we slept in late and then gambled a lot more.  Mostly just fun cheap slot machines and the wife had a nice winning streak for a while.  We eventually got enough points for the day to get one free meal voucher each and an umbrella!  Lol.  We could’ve gotten Macau ferry tickets for free too… but we’ve already bought our return tickets.  Good tip for next time though.  It’s likely that you can get these for free if you play for a while at the Casino.

The highlight of the day is the show “House of the Dancing Water”.  It’s created by the world famous Franco Dragone (Cirque du Soleil fame  and later his own group) and it costs a whopping 2 billion HKD!  Watching the staging and the show… it reminded us of his other water based show “O” in Vegas.  Overall, very entertaining and probably the best show to see in Macau by far.  Was it greatly hyped… yep.  Were we as impressed by it as when we say “O”, probably not.  I think part of the problem is that the plot was a bit confusing at times and there was a sudden time-shift that didn’t really make any sense to us, but oh well.  At the end of the day… don’t think too much and just enjoy the show!

So, this last set of pics basically sums up a little bit of this and that on our Macau trip.  I think we would definitely go back to check out some of the other mega hotel complexes.

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Macau Saturday Continued - So, while I like to say that we continued touring old Macau and took in a lot of cultural stuff… that’s not really the case. Ha!  I’ve been distracted by phone shops since we left for HK.  Basically, my old non-smartphone Sony phone died literally 2 days before the trip… so I intended to take this opportunity to find a replacement.
And…. after searching in HK and then of all places in Macau… I bought my very first smartphone.  Yep!  I know… I’m like a dinosaur.  For those that know me well… I was always on the cutting edge of electronics when I was younger.  Then last 4-5 years, I just haven’t kept in touch or really cared.  Plus, I’ve had BBs for work, so never really cared about my own phone.  Well, now that I’m a house husband and basically semi-blogger… I finally caved in.  So, what did I get?  I literally was at Fortress looking at phones with the wife and debating back and forth on what to get and finally picked the Motorola Razr Maxx with the crazy huge battery life.  So far… it’s lived up to its name and I’ve gone 2.5 - 3 days in between charges.  Ok, will continue with more posts tomorrow… time for bed.

Macau Saturday Continued - So, while I like to say that we continued touring old Macau and took in a lot of cultural stuff… that’s not really the case. Ha!  I’ve been distracted by phone shops since we left for HK.  Basically, my old non-smartphone Sony phone died literally 2 days before the trip… so I intended to take this opportunity to find a replacement.

And…. after searching in HK and then of all places in Macau… I bought my very first smartphone.  Yep!  I know… I’m like a dinosaur.  For those that know me well… I was always on the cutting edge of electronics when I was younger.  Then last 4-5 years, I just haven’t kept in touch or really cared.  Plus, I’ve had BBs for work, so never really cared about my own phone.  Well, now that I’m a house husband and basically semi-blogger… I finally caved in.  So, what did I get?  I literally was at Fortress looking at phones with the wife and debating back and forth on what to get and finally picked the Motorola Razr Maxx with the crazy huge battery life.  So far… it’s lived up to its name and I’ve gone 2.5 - 3 days in between charges.  Ok, will continue with more posts tomorrow… time for bed.

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On the first person to put a pork chop on a roll: "Thomas Jefferson or someone of that caliber."
On today’s lesson: "I think we learned something today. Pork, good. Pork on sandwich, better."

 - Anthony Bourdain, Macau Episode

So… while walking around the historic center of Macau and just at the steps of the ruins of Saint Paul…. I see a guy holding up a older lady/pig sign??  I then recognized the name Tai Lei Loi Kei as the same cafe/chain that Anthony Bourdain ate the famous pork chop buns in Macau!!  So, naturally, we have to have some.  We each got the original pork chop bun and an order of fish balls and sat down at the steps to a small street.  My my my… the pork chop buns were delicious!!!!!  No kidding.  They were really really good!  

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Saturday in Macau - The next day, we hopped on a free shuttle and headed to the historic center of Macau which as a whole is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The main point is to check out the architecture, Portuguese influences, Senado Square, and the ruins of Saint Paul.  The square is quite beautiful and festive with all the tourists, shoppers milling around and all the buildings look great.  Walking up to the ruins of Saint Paul, which my wife described to me as one of the few things she remembered when visiting Macau with her family as a kid… ‘only the facade is left’.  She was not kidding.  Literally, only the outer front facade of the church is left and it is quite beautiful.  We checked out the grounds and the little museum and excavation exhibits… we climbed up to the upper section of the facade and looked at the city of Macau from there.  Caught the gawdy looking Grand Lisboa in one of the shots!

It was really hot at this point so, we did stop to take a break and get a bite to eat… which will be posted next!

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The next set are mostly pictures from our walk before and after dinner… we checked out Hard Rock and then walked out to the Venetian, which is right across the street… and checked out the shops there.  What a maze of endless shops!!!!  The coolest store has to be the DC Comics shop in the City of Dreams complex (Hard Rock).  The Venetian as a whole is pretty similar to the Vegas one and I’m so glad that we didn’t stay there as it’s huge and just corridors after corridors.  I can see one walking a lot to go from point to point.

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So, after unpacking and changing… we headed out for dinner.  We walked around the City of Dreams complex (mainly the shopping areas) and decided to go to Beijing Kitchen for dinner.  It’s one of the signature restaurants at the complex and we love Beijing duck!!!

Sure enough, we were not disappointed with the food.  While the price is a little high, the quality and quantity of expensive ingredients are there.  We just sat back and enjoyed the food with a couple glasses of nice Portugese rose and some Macau beer!  There were all standouts, but that fried lamb encrusted with sesame and the duck were tremendous!! the Enjoy the pictures!

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So, this past Thursday night, we took off for HK as the wife had a follow-up doctor’s appt and a PT session during the day on Friday.  We hopped on the train and the ride to HK was uneventful.  Checked into the Luxe Manor (one of our favorite hotels) in the TST area and we went out to eat at some nice restaurant.  Fast forward to Friday and all the checkups were great!!!  We’ll have to make a couple more trips in the next couple months, but I think the recovery is going well for Mrs. RHHOG.

So, we hopped into a cab and went to the China Ferry Terminal, which is pretty much due west of the Luxe Manor hotel.  We booked tickets with First Ferry and immigration and getting to the ship were all pretty easy and quick.  After getting on the ship, we took off from the harbor and headed to Macau!  You can definitely feel the waves, but overall, the catamarans are pretty smooth.  My wife is prone to sea sickness, so she had a patch on, which worked great.

We got to Macau in about 1 hour.  Really, it went by so quick.  Once again, we had to go through immigrations and after 20 minutes, we were through.  We then walked out of the terminal to where all the shuttle buses for the hotel and hopped on the City of Dreams bus, which will take us to the Hard Rock Hotel.

Hard Rock Hotel… I have never stayed at one and the reason I booked this hotel for this trip is because they had a good package for the “House of the Dancing Waters” show.  The show is at the City of Dreams complex and for those familiar to the Cirque show “O” in Vegas… it’s similar, but has more of a story line, I guess.

We checked into the Hard Rock and people were really nice and spoke good English.  Bear in mind that the main language spoken in Macau is Cantonese.  They had set us up on a high floor facing the Cotai strip (Venetian) as requested… and the view was really nice!  The thing is though… the Venetian looks… well, like the Venetian in Vegas!  Hahahaha.

Another nice touch from the hotel is the birthday brownie and the huge fruit bowl! When I booked the trip, I had let them know that this is a belated birthday trip for my wife since she broke her elbow around her actual birthday.  So, kudos to the Hard Rock for setting us up.  The brownie cake… very very good!  Loved the sugar guitar that they put on it.

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