Macau, a small peninsula on the west side of the Pearl River bordering Guangdong Province, became a colony of Portugal sometime in the 16th century. In 1999 it was handed back to China and, like Hong Kong, it is now a Special Administrative Region, meaning it has substantially kept the pre-handover laws and systems. Its main source of income is gambling and this year it raked in four times as much as Las Vegas.
It was a bit of a jolt to realize that I have not been back to Macau since the handover. My hubby no longer has family in his home village not far over the border, and not being gamblers, we've not given any thought to going back -- until two weeks ago when I went to a special Macau marketing event and rediscovered that, beyond gambling, it could be an enjoyable place to spend a few days. I'll let you know when I do.
But this post is about a fun evening of being wined and dined while shown the attractions of Macau. The event - which was a plug for corporate convention spaces - was well-organized, from the warm welcome to the interesting presentation (seen in my photo through a mirror), the live classical music played during dinner and the singers after. And in the Philippines, no affair would be complete without a raffle, and this night, the luckiest winners won a fully paid trip for two in their choice of one of two of the best hotels in Macau.
And that is how I am entertained in my world. So this post I link with MyWorld Tuesday, where others also share their stories.