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Monday 21 January 2008

The Blink of Fortune

As I have mentioned in my previous entry, walking in the city centre of Macao Peninsula is like entering an amusement park. Almost every hotel has neon lights or hundreds of light bulbs to attract your eyes. Probably the blinking light denotes fortune. If that's not convincing enough, how about explicitly spelling it out!

Almost every hotel has a casino attached, or perhaps that's an understatement. I probably have to take back that statement and rephrase it to "every casino has accommodation facility". Just take a look at the casino signboard compared with the hotel signboard and you'll understand what I mean.

The ladies may be convinced that they may take home their best friends from here.

If you expect to see Monalisa or the glass pyramid in here, they may just appear on the slot machines.

I know Stanley Ho but he doesn't know me. This is the place where everybody pays him salary.

And also settle his electricity bills.

Or ride his alien spaceship.

Compared with the casinos run by Asians, the Americans really lose out! I could recognise Casino Lisboa from more than a kilometre away but I could only see Wynn when I went as near as 200 metres.

If those casinos are the masters in blinking building, then this one must be the grandmaster of all blinking buildings! Stanley Ho will never lose in the bullfight.

Because by the time you enter the casino, you are already swallowed by the 'jaws'. Please watch Jaws, Jaws II and Jaws III if you haven't.

However, I didn't walk out of the Grand Lisboa empty-handed. Tips to travellers: walk into Grand Lisboa if you want a free drink. Heaps of mineral water can be found near the escalators and soft drinks are served on trolley carts.

Words of advice: don't linger around too long, leave immediately after taking the free drinks, or else you may end up walking into one of these! Don't understand Mandarin? It says: "Pawnshop".


AVCr8teur said...

Nice pictures of Macao. This place reminds me of Las Vegas. You can also get free water at the casinos, but the waitresses would appreciate a tip.

SandyCarlson said...

Wonderful images of Macao, CK. Great camera work aside, the first thing I noticed was the amount of green in the lighting. That is my favorite color, so I'm quick to take it in. It is a rich and happy color, I think. Thanks for posting these.

Terri @ A Daily Obsession said...

very nice pics! i love neon lights, must be the showgirl in me.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Those are spectacular images!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE the alien ship, gorgeous. Great photos!

haan said...

the drink - i got brought back one and kept till now, not opened yet :)

the pic above the drink - i like this the most.

WoMbOk™♂ said...

Research shows that long exposures to flashy neon alien like lights will cause your wallets to thin. keke

I am glad to see that the casino is at least giving back drinks :P

Henry Chiah said...

Nice set of collection ... i never thought about this before. It sharp and vibrant. Shuttle speed should less than 1 second, with the intention of capturing the neon light only right? by

CK Ng said...

avcr8teur> The heaps of bottled water just pile up at the side of escalator, so there's no need to tip the waiters/waitresses. :)

sandy carlson> Ya, the primary colours of red, yellow and blue are used to the fullest to boost the colour contrast.

terri> Wow! I didn't know there's a showgirl in you!

sue & hippyhappyhay> Thanks. :)

haan> Initially I thought of keeping it too, but after I took the photos of it, I just gobbled it up. LOL!

wombok> Luckily I'm immune to the flashy neon lights. LOL!

henry chiah> Ya, the intention is to capture the flashy neon lights and blinking bulbs, so the shutter speed was around 1/25 to 1/50 s.

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