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November 21, 2011 / samgrowdon

Why Universe?

I’m sulking!

It’s not usually my style, but I’m indulging myself!

It’s not often that I feel the universe might be conspiring against me, but today it just might be. Handsome M, The Jackstar and I took the hour long ferry over to Macau (Vegas of the East)* yesterday to spend the night and then try out Fernando’s – the much talked about Portuguese restaurant in Taipa – not quite as good as the famous Nando’s (no Peri-peri) but a change from noodles.

Anyway, on my way back from the restaurant I left my wallet in the taxi!
SCREEETCH! Yup, my lovely shiny, bright-red Louis Vuitton (gift from Handsome M)!
It’s really less the fact that the wallet has gone and more the aftermath of WWYT? that is annoying me. And as usual all the way back to the ferry (which we missed and then had to buy new tickets since the old ones were in my wallet, and did I mention that The Jackstar was seasick and vomited ALL over me??!), I was wondering what the lesson was today!

A reminder to detach oneself from material goods? A little knock just to say, “stay present, in the moment and stop thinking about was was then and what’s still to come” – is this when we make mistakes, when our minds are elsewhere instead of right here, right now?

Sigh, just tell me the lesson cause I’m a real quick learner…

… and while I wait, I guess I’ll start cancelling those bank cards and start the application for a new Hong Kong ID, medical insurance etc, etc, etc…

Anytime universe, anytime.

*Macau (Chinese: 澳門), also spelled Macao (play /məˈk/), is, along with Hong Kong, one of the two special administrative regions of the People’s Republic of China. It lies on the western side of the Pearl River Delta, bordering Guangdong province to the north and facing the South China Sea to the east and south.[6]

The territory’s economy is heavily dependent on gambling and tourism but also includes manufacturing.

Macau was a Portuguese colony and both the first and last European colony in China.[7][8] Portuguese traders first settled in Macau in the 16th century and subsequently administered the region until the handover on 20 December 1999.

Starting in 1962, the gambling industry had been operated under a government-issued monopoly license by Stanley Ho‘s Sociedade de Turismo e Diversões de Macau. The monopoly ended in 2002 and several casino owners from Las Vegas attempted to enter the market. With the opening of the Sands Macao,[70] in 2004 and Wynn Macau in 2006,[71] gambling revenues from Macau’s casinos were greatly prosperous.[72][73][74] In 2007, Venetian Macau, at the time the second (now sixth) largest building in the world by floor space, opened its doors to the public, followed by MGM Grand Macau. Numerous other hotel casinos, including Galaxy Cotai Megaresort, are also to be opened in the near future.

In 2002, the Macau government ended the monopoly system and six casino operating concessions and subconcessions are granted to Sociedade de Turismo e Diversões de Macau, Wynn Resorts, Las Vegas Sands, Galaxy Entertainment Group, the partnership of MGM Mirage and Pansy Ho (daughter of Stanley Ho), and the partnership of Melco and Publishing and Broadcasting Limited (PBL). Today, there are 16 casinos operated by the STDM, and they are still crucial in the casino industry in Macau, but in 2004, the opening of the Sands Macau ushered in the new era.[70][75][76] Gambling revenue has made Macau the world’s top casino market, surpassing Las Vegas.[77]


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  1. simon / Feb 3 2012 4:38 PM

    thanks for the follow Sam – how are you doing? Not been posting for a while – so guess you went home for Christmas?
    Hope you guys are still loving HK.
    love to the family, simon

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