Saturday, September 15, 2012
One of the places on my checklist when I visited Macau was the Venetian - a hotel and casino resort located at the Cotai District. Unfortunately, accommodation rates at this posh hotel is quite expensive for a budget traveler like me. I heard a 1 night stay at this 5 star hotel costs around a whopping Php 15,000 so I just had to settle for a decent hotel in Taipa which is just a few blocks away.
The first sight of this marvelous hotel and casino was truly breathtaking. I really loved the fine detailing on the architectural design of this casino resort especially the lamp posts and even the audio that was playing all over the place to make everyone feel as if they are in Venice.
Upon entering the main lobby we were welcomed by a huge golden globe and at the behind it are the magnificent paintings on ceiling which is one of the main reasons why I wanted to visit this place. Oh and the other reason why we were also at this casino is because no money changer at Taipa would accept our pocket money which happens to be in dollars. Their reason is that our money has some sort of stamp that from the bank so our last option was to have it exchanged for Patacas at the casino. I had a sigh of relief after the Chinese staff accepted our money because we've already passed by several money changers and none of them were accepting our cash.
We were actually on a time crunch so I only had a few minutes to see the real the gambling action at this casino. If ever I had the chance, I would have tried playing several games like slot machines or poker which seems to be pretty interesting especially for newbies like me. Speaking of poker, I'm hearing a lot of buzz about the Battle of Malta. At first I thought it was some sort of historical event that happened in the past but I was surprised to learn that it's a live poker tournament that is scheduled to be held at the Portomaso Casino in St. Julian’s, Malta which happens to be another place in my bucket list if ever I have the chance to visit this Southern European country.
I regret that I never had the chance to try out any of the games at the Venetian because it was already late and we needed to go back to our hotel to rest for the scheduled city tour for the next day. And so I promised myself that if ever I'll go back to Macau, I certainly wouldn't miss the opportunity to play a good game of slots, roulette or any game that this popular casino has to offer. Who knows, maybe lady luck is on my side and I'll have enough money to buy a round-trip ticket to another destination. Maldives perhaps?