Tuesday, September 18, 2012

SG Bloggers Trip to Macau - Day 1

During my recent 4D/3N trip to Macau, I took a few hundred photos with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 camera kindly provided (on loan) by our sponsors. My favourite photo is this one of a night scene of the Ponte De Sai Van or Sai Van Bridge, one of 3 bridges linking Macau to Taipa Island. It was taken from the waterfront at the outdoor plaza of the famous Macau Tower. We were there to enjoy the beautiful fireworks display by teams from Korea and Thailand, two of the 10 countries taking part in the 24th Macau International Fireworks Display Contest. This was one of the highlights of our itinerary.

Although we have our own fireworks display here, in Singapore, every year during the National Day celebrations, I have never seen one live, for the simple reason that I did not want to jostle with the crowds. However, on this occasion, our delegation was accorded VIP treatment by the organisers. We were given "the best seats in the house" in a fenced off area just next to the judges' table. Even the Chief Operating Officer of Macau Tower, Mr Rutger Verschuren, came out to bid us a special welcome. Here are two photos of the Macau Tower by night. The 2nd photo shows a courageous guy who had just bungy-jumped from the top of the tower. 

Earlier, our team was given a tour of this tower and hosted to a sumptuous buffet dinner at the 360° Cafe at the top of the Tower. We were briefed on the array of activities visitors could enjoy such as the Bungy-jumping, Skywalk X and Mast Climb. We also enjoyed the panoramic view from the observation deck. What a glorious experience it was to enjoy dinner and savour the fantastic view of the surrounding from 223 metres above the ground.

Finally, here are some photos that I took of the grand finale of our first day at Macau; the fantastic fireworks display choreographed to beautiful music. I should apologize because my poor photographic skill did not do justice to the Panasonic GF5.

For more stories by my fellow bloggers; check out the Surprising Moments in Macau website.

You can view a video clip of the our tour of the Macau Tower and Fireworks display here.


Zen said...

There is certainly a difference between visiting macau as ordinary tourists and being invited there as VIPs by macau tourist board.

Lam Chun See said...

If the organisers wanted to convince us the Macau is more than casinos, they certainly succeeded. We did not take a single step into a casino.

Zen said...

Many countries in asia are trying to build more casino simply because of its ability to churn out more revenue despite of having an unwholesome image. In the future we can expect to see more casinos(even world wide)springing up like 'wild grass'. A chinese explains like this: if we see a rare thing too often, it would no longer be an object of attraction.

Joan said...

Those are very beautiful photos, It is good to read on your trip story. Thanks for this.