Monday, December 13, 2004


Three years ago, I tried to enter a casino. I was 15 years old. In front of me was my sis and mom, and for sure mom got in. The security guard stopped me and my sis and ask for our identity cards. Well, we left. Obviously it was a pretty lame approach, but we tried anyway. And my mom insisted my sis could have got in if I wasn't behind her. My sis was 18 that time and it's easier for her to disguise as a 21 year old without me tailing her. I was in Genting Highlands.

This year, I made my second attempt to enter a casino. And I succeeded. Well, I was in Macau and the illegal age to enter is 18. I was three months away from turning 18 and I don't think they could tell the difference since my 39 year old big cousin made me wear my glasses instead of contact lenses in which he said gave me a more mature or corporate look. He even suggested I tied up my hair in a bun. That was really nonsense since he was the only one fussing that I look like a kid in which I'm pretty sure that I do not though I wish too.

Anyway, the casino is not really big even though its the top casino in Macau. But it's pretty crowded although it's just a normal weekday. The casino is like a round shaped room. Its slightly lower because we have to go down a few steps of stairs in the entrance. Instead of those Las Vegas casino which is just a big entrance door. There are also others VIP rooms of course and with someone standing at the door. It consists of a few tables with lots of people. Placing their bets. And honestly I couldn't recall what games are their apart from those usual pokers, black jack, the roulette, the Chinese "Big and Small" , dominoes, and also others. All I remember was that its freaking smelly and I was told not all casinos in Macau allowed smoking. And its pretty hard to move around. The surrounding corridor also has some tables. And those jackpot machines. And the there was a row of big numbers that keep changing indicating the jackpot value which never stop increasing. Now that's interesting. Well, I didn't gamble. None of us did. We weren't that thick to "spend" our money in buying a story "that we lose our gambles".

The constructions of casinos in Macau are mostly build according to "Feng Shui" which benefits them in bringing profit. Now that's a nice way say it. In other words, to make the gamblers lose. Most casinos are like round shape. Instead of those huge casinos in Las Vegas we see on TV which is so big you can't even figure what shape is the room. The round shape and the constructions of it with the nicely decorated pillars around it and also the top ceiling which is like a cone with a pointy end, like a big circus tent. All of the casino construction resembles the Chinese traditional bird cage. Those kind of bird cage that we see on telly like Wong Fei Hung's dad carry while whistling with the bird. Those like Lao Fu Zhi carried in his comics. Anyway, most casino normally is lower than the original level of the entrance or the particular floor it is situated and occasionally a few stairs of steps to go down from its entrances. And most casino in Macau comes along with its hotel. And their restaurants are situated at the basement floor. And also some other features of the casinos that I was told which I couldn't recall. All of these are based with their Feng Shui. The bird cage. Its like, you're in a bird cage. Something like your trapped. Locked. And bound to lose money since you can't run away from a cage. I'm not really sure since I can't really remember but its somehow connected in bringing the casino benefits. And the lower level in entrance, its like the Chinese beliefs that the water can't flow out which means the money can't flow out from the casino. And the restaurant in the basement. Restaurant represent fires because of the cooking. I cant remember what the fire in the basement mean though but because there's a superstitious Chinese thingy about disapproving basements floor at home for its a bad sign. Well, its because the deceased are buried underground. And basement is underground floor.

I was told all of these by a lady in china. Where she informed tourist about all these casino stuff because she was promoting a jade locket. In which most casinos in Macau forbid gamblers to bring in with for their mostly wore on a necklace because its a bad luck mascot to the casino. While it benefits the gambler.

I can't help it but realise that what she said really matches the one and only one casino I entered. Although I really can't recall that much on what she said. And well, this entry is in response to reignspeek entry regarding casinos and gambling. Hehehe...


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