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Viva Macau! (One year later)

I just realized that we've blown past the 1 year anniversary of the first post with barely a mention. I'm usually pretty in tune with anniversary events like this, so I'm shocked this one got dropped.

This "journey into the great unknown" called Macau has yielded much more than a batch of photos, hotel reviews, the first accurate map of Macau's casinos, random thoughts, and casino biz conjecture through the gigabytes of data transferred. The best part for me is the the brand new semi anonymous friends I've made in all corners of this round edged world.

Allow me to give big shout outs and thanks to everyone who has posted comments, sent in tips, shared photos, offered encouragement, made corrections, shared MT with their friends and sent us kudos or hate mail. I'm even willing to thank a certain someone who posted, then deleted a truly awesome thread about how junket cap will affect Melco Crown Entertainment in the future (*ahem* macauman *ahem*).

Looking backwards is great, but I'm much more interested in looking towards the future - Cotai 2009.

I've been starting to gather some preliminary thoughts about next years Macau barnstorming trip which will be booked around the grand opening of City of Dreams during the first half of 2009. If I follow a similar pattern of the last trip, I'm going to hit six or seven different properties within during a 10-12 day trip (including the mindfuck of a plane ride from California).

So where? Here:

City Of Dreams (for the opening)
- Hard Rock
- Crown Towers Cotai

MGM Grand Macau
Sands Macao
Four Seasons Macao (if I can afford it)
Grand Lisboa
Galaxy Mega Resort (if it's ready in time)

I'm also interested in checking out the The Rocks over by Babylon Casino on the Fishermans Wharf and maybe the Sofitel at Ponte 16 since that just opened as well. I've also promised my dear friend Hammermoto (who translated MacauTripping for the logo) that I'm going to visit him in Hong Kong. We had plans last year, but I completely crashed out at the Holiday Inn in Kowloon the night before the flight home. Hong Kong itself probably deserves a week long trip of its own... it's a truly fascinating place.

So, here's to hoping that the economy does a u-turn, oil prices and airfare trend back towards normalcy and the slowly getting mightier U.S. dollar all decide to bounce in the right direction.

Somewhere... out in the future... is a seat on the CotaiJet that has my name on it... Sheldon Adelson.

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