This post marks the last installment of the HK-Macau 2012 series, though my trip lasted six days. You see, we took very few photos on the last day and they’re mostly just of us killing time before our trip back to Manila. I wouldn’t wanna bore you with those. Haha!
So day five was just a take-it-easy, see-how-things-go type of day. We wanted to save our energy for the long day ahead. After all, it was New Year’s Eve!! =) (Check out last year’s NYE celebration here.)
But first, let’s backtrack to the events leading to the celebration of 2013.
We decided to hotel-and-casino (one and the same, really) hop that day. I learned that so many people in Macau like to take a breather from their everyday lives (it was the Holidays anyway) by going to hotel-casinos, so these places were really packed at the time of our visit.
Our first stop was the Galaxy Macau, which looked every bit like a middle eastern palace: gold and creme furnishings from all corners of the infrastructure. Adjacent to it are two other hotels, Hotel Okura and Banyan Tree. Much like our hotel, The Venetian, the Galaxy is also home to swanky shops and a huge gaming area.
My brother, Jae, had been in awe of the Galaxy at first sight — he liked how the hotel was so excessively extravagant. I agree. It was a sight to see!
In one wing of the hotel, we spotted these Wishing Crystals, which are essentially giant, rainbow-colored crystals that float on water. (The crystals are said to light up when guests walk near them, so when many people are in the area, the crystals can be quite magical.) I noticed a sign near it, instructing guests to wave at the crystals while making a wish. We looked silly doing it, but we wished on the crystals anyway. You never know. ;)
Check out Galaxy’s main lobby. Beautiful isn’t it?
Galaxy Macau also has a food court, like The Venetian. The only difference is that you have to avail of prepaid cards before you can order from the food stalls. (I don’t quite understand the logic of this, but anyway.) We had Hainanese chicken, laksa, and milk tea (so many “chewables” in their version of milk tea, I loved it!).
After the Galaxy Macau, we headed to Holiday Inn and hotels adjacent to it like Conrad and Sheraton. Holiday Inn was a little more toned down in terms of ambience, as compared to other more lavish and modern hotels like the Galaxy and The Venetian. Lots of greens inside and out. Entertainment for the guests came in the form of these musicians who had been playing some sort of indigenous tune when we stopped by.
And when there was nothing left to see, we walked back to our hotel and took photos at one of its grand wings.
A few minutes before midnight, we went to the hotel’s west wing where they had set up for the Winter in Venice event. The place was heavily dressed up: pseudo ice skating rink for the kids, a huge, white Christmas tree, an upbeat outdoor concert, and machine-generated snow.
When the clock struck 12, out came the wonderful fireworks! Too bad the “show” only lasted a few minutes.
Just across the street, the Conrad Hotel answers back with their own take on fireworks. I failed to get the shot, but at one point, firecrackers had sprouted out on either side of their buildings. It was pretty. <3
When it got too cold, we went inside the hotel and warmed ourselves with food. Here’s what we had for our media noche at Imperial House Dim Sum: noodles, fried rice, chicken, pork, dimsum, and dessert. All in all a highly satisfying meal for everyone. <3
Oh and no photos in the casinos because cameras aren’t allowed inside.
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