Looking at my files for March 2012 I noticed that Mrs. Ha and I had been in Macau at the end of the month. We had obviously had excellent weather so I sent the lady in question an RFA (Request for Approval): 1 trip to Macau for two, week after next. For the avoidance of doubt Mrs. Ha would be number 2. She interrupted her girls lunch to issue an AIP, (Agreement in Principle). A formal application would have to be submitted including details of proposed accommodation etc. but conceptually it sounded like a jolly good wheeze.
My proposal is the rather plush Pousada De Sao Tiago, where we had a late tiffin last time. The rack rates are egregiously high but by the wonders of the interweb you can book at significantly reduced rates. So that is the plan of action.
Macau is far from being solely a gambling paradise. All it needs is a little willingness to explore. The casinos are normally easily identifiable by the shockingly bad taste of the decor and the pall of mainland Chinese cigarette smoke hanging over them. We did stay at The Venetian once. We took the girls for a weekend and frankly it was tacky. Very, very tacky. Appallingly tacky in fact. Quite the tackiest hotel I have ever stayed in. I have never been to Vegas but I am sure The Venetian would feel quite at home there. Indeed I half expected a Chinese Engelbert Humperdinck to appear, at which point I would have screamed Please release me, let me go…………… And I would encourage Mrs. Ha not to throw her knickers at him. One of the sadder admissions I have to make in life is that my mother actually bought that record. She quite liked our Engelbert. Dad liked Chopin and I liked Freddie and the Dreamers. Well I was very young at the time. Guilty as charged.
So in anticipation of the forthcoming trip, here are some previously unprocessed images from the bowels of the 2012 Macau Archive.
Through the door
Smoke gets in your eyes (Esso Blue?)
All shot with a Leica M9.
And of course we shall certainly indulge in the Portuguese egg tarts and the macaroons. All I need now is for Mrs. Ha to sign off. Have a very happy weekend.