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Dec
1

Pre Wedding Photography Macau Experience (Part 2)

Following my blogpost on Pre-Wedding Photography Thomson Wedding Collections (Part 1), I will now blog about the whole travel photography experience with Thomson Wedding Collections (TWC) in this post. So just 2 days before we flew to Macau, we visited Fiona at the TWC Tanjong Pagar branch to collect: 4 Gowns, 3 Suits, 1 Can-can, Crystal Flower Bouquet, Hair Accessories, Necklaces and Earrings, Veil. All these are provided by TWV and are required to be brought by us to Macau. Although TWC had our measurements from earlier fittings, Fiona got us to change into all the clothes again and her staff helped with the last minute alterations. They were quick in making the amendments, say 10-15 minutes. The staff then rolled up and folded the gowns into our baggage and we were all set to go! Note:      1. Please bring a BIG size luggage! We brought a medium sized luggage and had to repack because all the wedding stuff just can’t get into the medium sized luggage… Zzz! 2. The gowns/suits etc. will roughly weigh slightly <20kg. Therefore, select your baggage weight wisely when buying your air tickets I previously got TWC to prepare a Crystal Flower Bouquet for me (See Blog: The Pre-Wedding Preparation) but it didn’t turn out to be what I expected. Anyway, I didn’t want to be a bride-zilla so I made do with what was done.  This was put into my hand carry baggage as I was required to return it in good shape to TWC after the wedding shot. — M . A . C . A . U .      P. H . O . T . O . G . R . A .P . H. Y —  We checked in at Hotel Okura Macau (Blogpost: The Perfect Getaway in Macau at Hotel Okura Macau) for 2 days and I got myself tanned. =__=    A little wrong planning on my end but whatever… For the actual photography, we checked into Royal Hotel Macau as we didn’t want to spend too much on the room since we would be most of the time outdoors. This hotel is situated on a steep slope and is near to attractions like Casino Lisboa, which is one of the oldest casinos in Asia, and is also a good base to explore heritage such as Ruins of St Paul’s – a Christian church dating from 1607. The night before the actual wedding shoot, Dawn and Joyce came by our...
Jun
19

China Travel Blog – Macau Canal Shoppes Venetian

After we checked into Hotel Okura Macau (see previous post), we began on our journey to the Venetian on the Cotai Strip via Galaxy Hotel buses.   Note: Shuttle buses are complimentary to all guests and they bring you to all popular tourist attractions. Do ask the hotel staff for a copy of the shuttle buses schedule. Canal Shoppes Venetian Macau I’ve been to Venetian before and I do recall the opulence and excitement that got to me on my first trip. The Venetian on the Cotai Strip in Macau is modeled on its sister casino resort The Venetian Las Vegas, and is the seventh-largest building in the world by floor area. The Venetian Macao is the largest casino in the world, and the largest single structure hotel building in Asia. It’s a mammoth building which is visited by loads of tourists everyday. Landscape view of the shopping area… An Opera Singer performing at Venetian… We found some golden eggs!  The wow factor of this place comes from strolling through the shops lining the canals. If you look up, the ceilings are painted to resemble a pretty blue sky which gives you the impression that it’s always daytime and there’s no need to rest or sleep. It’s a pretty clever use of lighting to lull shoppers into thinking that it’s not yet time to go and that there’s still more time to shop. Other parts of this place have also installed replicated pieces of artworks from the Las Vegas casinos as well. The Venetian Gondolier sings the Italian opera melodies. It’s rather enchanting as they have very good vocals and perform with great passion. The casino at Venetian is super packed and extremely smoky. I didn’t like going in there but it’s the area that leads us to the other parts of the building. This is the centre-piece ceiling art attraction. Worth taking a look if you’re there.   Festivita Foodcourt We had our meals at Festivita Foodcourt which offers a wide array of dining choices from all over the world (e.g. Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Mexican and American). The 1,000 seats foodcourt is located on the 3rd floor of the Grand Canal Shoppes. However, do note that one bowl of Wanton noodle can set you back SGD$8 or MOP$48. If you ask me, please don’t order the wanton noodle. Try the Duck rice store. Yes the price may be steep like SGD$20 or MOP$120 for 2 pax portion (comes with 2 bowls of rice). Egg...

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