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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

One of many trips to Thailand

2006 was the year of traveling solo. Part I of III

Bangkok's new Suvarnabhumi International Airport

Prayers in Bangkok

Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok

Ladies boys in a go go bar in Bangkok. He/she said feels like a woman and loves being so. Then I noticed he/she was wearing a wedding ring. Wonder he/she was married to a man, a woman or another lady boy. Couldn't make myself ask the question... now every time I see this picture I wonder.

Hard Rock Beach Club Pattaya is for people that love music cause there's music all day long

All rooms have a different theme , mine was of Beatles

Foam party

Friday, August 22, 2008

The trip to Egypt in 2005

Pyramid of Menkaure

Pyramids of Giza

Pyramid of Khafre and the Great Sphinx

Great Sphinx of Giza

River Nile

River Nile

River Nile

Along the Nile

Romans in Egypt

Romans in Egypt

Mummified crocodiles

Sunbathing on a cruise along the Nile

Older form of Pyramid

Luxor Temple


Obelisk are made of one block of rock

Hatshepsut's Temple

Hatshepsut's Temple

Colossi of Memnon

Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel

Part of a calendar

Hurghada at Red Sea

Today's photo - Alex

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Peninsula of Macau, Taipa & Coloane Islands

Macau economy depends on tourism and gambling. The latter has had and has a primary role. Macau has become known for many years as the Monte Carlo of the Orient, and now the Las Vegas of the East.
The monopoly of gambling began in 1962 with the company, Sociedade de Turismo e Diversões de Macau (STDM), first, with the Casino Estoril and then, the Casino Lisboa in 1970. That monopoly ended in 2002.
New casinos and other complementary infrastructures came into operation in Macau and in the Cotai Strip of Taipa. Macau has seen a very rapid development, so much so that local people are struggling to keep up the pace.
However, in my opinion, if Macau knows how to maintain its culture, its historical legacy, modernize without entering the global homogenization, it is by itself special in the world, the pearl of the orient.

Lisboa Hotel
Bank of China and Grand Lisboa

Nobre de Carvalho (Macau-Taipa) Bridge

Macau International Airport in Taipa Island
Lotus Bridge that connects Taipa to mainland China

Macau Jockey Club (Taipa)


Macau Dome, Venetian at the Cotai Strip and the bushes that egrets love
Venetian under construction
More hotel casinos under construction and the old village of Taipa
Another hotel casino at Cotai Strip

Some fun time and mainland China just across the river (Taipa)

Macau hosted the 4th East Asian Games. 3 sport facilities in Taipa: Macau Dome, Macau Stadium (by the way, the British team trained here right before participating in the Olympics in Beijing and stayed in the Westin Resort, Coloane) and Macau's Olympic Aquatic Center
Westin Resort with its golf course, Hac-Sa beach in Coloane Island
Hac-Sa Beach (Black sand beach)
Cheoc-Van Beach (bamboo beach) where, quite often, I had my breakfasts on the weekends, accompanied by a good book or the iPod and of course some dives in the beach or the pool close by.
A whale and a white dolphin that died off the coast of Taipa

A house in the old village of Coloane

Seafood in a bucket

I would like to recommend this site for more pictures of Macau