Walking COTAI STRIP (Macau’s Casino Strip)

Walking COTAI STRIP (Macau’s Casino Strip)


Venetian Casino right there
Studio City is where we are right now
We’re going to walk down the Cotai Strip
You can see that little MGM guy
We’re going to go down the Strip
I don’t know what they are doing? I guess a photo.
Taking photos too. I guess everyone is taking photos here.
Studio City
They are doing a selfie photo there
We’re going to try to get across this red light
We’re going to go down this strip and see what we see tonight.
We’re going to go into the Lobby of a few of these casinos
I was just inside Studio City, but it is completely empty right now.
This is also the weekend of the Macau Grand Prix
I want to see if…
I want to see if the Grand Prix brings out a lot more people or not
So we’ll see…
We’re going to go into the Parisian in a second
I want to walk through all of this though, because there is always people outside too
Let’s see what people are doing. Christmas Tree. Selfie.
There’s the Parisian
We’re just going to walk
Christmas
We’re going to through the middle here, and then cut across
A lot of people doing selfies here
For this right here
They have put out the Christmas lights now
We’re going to keep walking straight, then take a left into the casinos, and then come back out again
I thought there would be a lot more people. Tonight is a Saturday night with the Grand Prix this weekend
I would have thought a lot of people (tourists) would be down in this area
But I guess not
A lot of people in this area
These people look like they were here for the Grand Prix
Let’s see
I’ll walk through here real quick
Who knows what’s going on here
I can take a guess though.
We’re just going to walk back through
I guess these are hooker here
Those girls are, and those girls are
We’re going to keep going through here
We’re going to head on up to the…
Parisian Lobby
And see what we see
There’s the casino there
This is the whole strip right here
That’s the Venetian over there
This is the Parisian here
So we’re just going to go into the front lobby
And come back out again
Actually there are a lot more casinos in the city, but this is the Cotai Strip
So when I first moved here, this casino didn’t exist
I moved here 6 years ago
I think this came about…right now it is 2018
Maybe around 2015 or 2016
I remember they were building in this big area
Let’s see if we can get in here
This right here…this is…
A mimic of something in Paris
It’s quiet here too.
There is not a lot going on at the moment
I guess there are a lot of people inside the casino though
It makes sense, I guess
In the daytime it is a lot more crowded
I guess they are inside the casinos now
We’re just going to go around the circle here
Going in a circular pattern so we don’t miss anything
So if you are watching this on YouTube, you can get a sense of the Cotai Strip
I thought it would be busier on a Saturday night
I usually don’t come here, especially on a Saturday night
Usually I would come here in the daytime
And it is usually quite busy
Anyway, we are going to keep walking
Over there used to be Hard Rock Cafe which is now gone
Parisian is new. The Sands has been here
It’s been here the entire six years that I have been here
Venetian has been here the full six years that I’ve been here
I guess when I first came here, it had recently opened
I don’t know the exact dates, but I think it was 2012
I came in 2013
To Macau
And I’ve been living here ever since
If YouTube ever takes a following, I’ve been in Asia since 1996
I spent quite a few years in South Korea
And quite a few years in Japan
Quite a few meaning that I was in and out of Korea for 12 years
And I was in Japan straight for six years
And in that time that I was in and out of Korea…
I was in Europe. Brazil.
I’m not sure what that is all about. I see that quite a bit.
I guess I do know what it is about.
But I don’t know where they meet them.
Might just meet them on the street, I’m not sure.
It’s hard to know who is who at times
Who is a tourist and who is not
I guess sometimes it is quite clear, but
Usually I don’t come here at all on a Saturday though
If you live in Macau, you don’t go to this Cotai Strip
Cotai Strip
There are other bars that locals go
That guy. That one looks like a guy.
Everybody is exchanging their numbers here
A busy street
There’s the Venetian
Let’s see. We’re going to keep going
See what else is going on
There are a lot of people working the Strip
I guess they are working the tourists
If you are local, we go into…
Taipa or Macau
They look like ladyboys, I think
The girl had really long arms
and butt implants
Anyway, we are going to keep walking
The locals always go to…
Taipa, there are some bars
and on the Macau side, there are some bars too
There isn’t a lot in Macau
Not like Hong Kong
So, if you really want to go out, you’d go to Hong Kong
in a hearbeat
Zhuhai isn’t too far away
It’s just across the border. You can walk across it
with your passport
That’s an even bigger city than Macau
They got stuff going on there too
Macau at night, there is more….well, there are all kinds…but
But you can hangout with some Portuguese, or Macaunese, or…
or definitely Chinese
and expats. Mostly….
Brits, and Aussies, and Americans
Some of them are casino workers
There is the Sands over there
I used to teach English in Korea for…quite a while
And when I was in Korea, almost all of the expats are…
They are all either…
English teachers or American military
Or American military contractors
So, anybody that I met…
Well, my hair was never short military style…but
Whenever I knew other English teachers who…
hair was like that way
They usually…well, they could get stopped by the Military Police
MPs – Military Police
Anyway, Korea had a completely different scene
So everywhere you go, there is a different scene
I’ve also visited unusual places like Madagascar
And you have more security people and different types
Here you get a lot of casino workers
Some of them are also into construction
And there are also Grand Prix people too
So I’ve also met people who were involved with the Grand Prix
What’s going on here? Just tourists?
What is that? It looks like….?
I don’t know what that is
I guess they are tourists…but she…
She’s dressed in a certain way that looks
It’s hard to really know
Let’s see
So okay. Here. Take a look at that clock up there
Can you see those little people?
I don’t know if you can see it in this camera or not
They always look like they are…
cleaning up there
So I remember when they first put it up there. It was on New Year’s Eve
So I thought people were preparing for New Years Eve
But now I can see it is just permanently there, so…
That used to be where Hard Rock Cafe used to be
There’s a Rolls Royce
I’ll see if I can get….yeap, it’s a Rolls Royce right there
Let’s see
Yeah, Rolls Royce
There are a bunch of them parked up there – Rolls Royces
So they go and pick up people I guess
Okay, City of Dreams
It’s been here the whole time that I’ve been here
We’re going to walk into Venetian in a minute
We might even walk through it
We’re actually getting near the end of the Cotai Strip
If you go inside of these places, for example, the Sands…
they have malls
Some locals will go there. Venetian too.
Venetian has the malls that the locals will go to
Because they have different stuff in here
So the casinos kind of take the place of malls
Actually they used to have a lot of venue stuff going on here (out front the Venetian)
You can see Christmas lights here
I haven’t seen so many events recently
We’re going to walk straight up this way
A Winter in Venice
Alright
So they used to have more gondola rides stuff here
and winter stuff. But, I guess…
Maybe more days there are more casinos. Like six years ago, the Parisian
The Venetian would have been one of the main ones
But Parisian, with the Eiffel Tower, is actually new
It’s actually almost the same – Venetian & Parisian
That has the French theme, and this has the Italian theme
Venice theme. The Paris theme.
It’s pretty quiet
This used to have events all of the time
Sometimes you’d have live music. But, I don’t know now.
Not much is going on here anymore
Anyway
Let’s walk in and see
if there is anything going on
If not, I’m going to head home
Okay
It is livelier in here
I’m surprised. I thought more would be going on in this area
So, I think what I’m going to do is….
I’ll just walk through this casino
with the camera
and I’m just going to walk home
Call it a night
So we are going up the back way here
I don’t know. There is some strange lighting when I look into the camera here
I’m not a single person, so I can’t do things
I can’t do single things.
But I think if I were a single person…
I don’t know what Macau would be like
A lot of tourists come through all of the time
They come from Japan, from Korea
A lot of mainlanders from China
A lot of Filipinos everywhere.
So it is an interesting place.
And they usually come and go to the casinos
and they go to Hong Kong
Make a little road trip
A lot of people from Hong Kong come over here all the time too
A lot of Mainlanders from Mainland China
Alright
We’re going to…
It looks empty
They look like they are from Hong Kong on the Grand Prix weekend
All dressed up
I don’t know if they are dressed up to go to the casinos….
There are also some nightclubs in the casinos
At this time of night…maybe it is a little early still though
I don’t have a watch with me
I don’t have my cellphone with me either
I think it is probably 10:30pm
Feels like it because a lot of things are closed
One thing there is no shortage of is jewelry shops
I’ll keep walking
We’re going walk through it…and then
get to the other side, and go home
I guess to make this interesting, I will share more…
I’ve been…ahm…well, everywhere has a different expat scene
Some of the bars around here, they’ll have a lot of…
casinos workers
We can actually walk by there
It’s not too far from here
It’s not quite on my way home, but…
It’ll give you a feel for what Macau is like
Here’s a food court
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Food court is actually…
There are not many people here
Usually this place used to be 100% packed
Packed with people
Singapore.
Pizza Pizza
You can actually drink beer here too
People drink beer in here
Taiwanese or Vietnamese
Let’s walk across
Usually in the daytime, you cannot get a seat in here
Usually I’m walking around here with my tray, looking for any open seat
Somewhere to sit. But tonight, you wouldn’t need to do that
Pretty boring though
Have to film here when it is super crowded
I might not buy anything
Ah, I’m just going to go home
I have this new camera – GoPro7
And it has a strap that I am resting it on my shoulder
Christmas tree. But it’s just kind of dead right now
Not a whole lot going on
I’m trying to get my YouTube Channel going a little bit
There is the casino floor right there
I’m not supposed to film this. But every tourist you see takes this elevator with their camera on.
Filming everything
I don’t know
This is Macau on a Saturday
Sometimes…There is an ATM machine over that I sometimes use
Actually, these guys look like they are trying to ask people stuff…
I don’t know what this is all about
Security?
Security guys
That’s weird the way they were acting
Anyway, there is an ATM machine over there
I use that ATM machine every once in a while
Sometimes there will be people who will come up asking you questions while you are withdrawing money
Saying stuff in Chinese
It is suspicious if they are doing that while you are using the ATM
But, generally, in Macau, there is almost no crime
But occasionally you’ll get something suspiciousness like that.
I like the ones where they walk around
Richard’s World Traveler. Keezi Walks
They film themselves walking all over
different cities in the world
This is where all the expats go
A lot of locals
I’m just going to walk into this area real quick
See if I recognize anyone
I don’t know
That’s one of the main spots
You can drink a beer right here and sit, or get one from the bar
You could do either one
Anyway…let’s see if the pizza place nearby is open
Ah…okay. (probably closed)
Let’s see if I can catch a cab
Here comes a taxi right here. Let’s catch that

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