My verdict on Macau after three visits over the past three years: it’s just not my cup of tea. Don’t get me wrong, most of the people visiting during the APPT absolutely loved it – especially my co-workers. The boys particularly loved the place with the cheap spas (not necessarily those spas) and gorgeous girls filling out Vegas-style nightclubs, selling drinks at a quarter of the price to its idol city. It’s certainly every bit of Las Vegas, just an oriental translation.
That Awkward Moment When You Get in the Elevator…
At least once everyday, I had to share my elevator with a couple. Not your ordinary couple though. A 30-minute relationship that began on the ground floor, also known as the “race track”, and happily ended on the sixth floor of my hotel. It started off intriguing, and while I’m certainly not judging the profession whatsoever, I just couldn’t help but begin to resent the commonly rude, dominant men that I had to share my elevator with, along with their timid, unspoken “purchasee”. People can certainly do what they want, and it’s one of the biggest businesses in the world, but after having it in my face all week, I just didn’t like the energy.
On my last day in Macau, I sent a Tweet to try to understand why many Chinese men, mostly 40+, constantly spit. And I don’t mean just spit… I mean the full “haaauuuhhooooochhhhh”. You hear (and see) it every 10 minutes when walking around Macau. Some people responded on Twitter that it was about the pollution or smoking, but there are other cities in the world that are just as polluted and don’t do this. Others said it was a spiritual belief of ridding bad energy from their bodies. Although they seem to just attract bad energy from those in the room around them! That was one custom I was really struggling to adjust to! Apparently now Hong Kong deliver fines for anyone caught spitting in public.
Macau has been in the poker-spotlight for quite some time now, and it really is a poker-players heaven for most, with places such as The Grand Waldo Spa to spend your Sunday grind kicking back on a giant recliner while getting super cheap pedicures and massages. There is a great selection of restaurants at Grand Lisboa, and of course the stunning Grand Lisboa hotel that I was lucky enough to stay in last year. My APPT tip: order coffee at Crystal Cafe (under the poker room) when Lincoln is working – he was the only one who made an awesome coffee! And the white bread they use there for their toast is amazing. Random, but true.
As for the sights, there are some great things to see. I show off some of them in the video featured above.