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Las Vegas: I shall return.

At Vegas airport exit

Police Officer: How are yeah doin’ boy? Passport please!

BM: I’m good, Sir. Would you mind to wait for a while, it’s in my luggage. (and while looking for it, I said) I understand this is a local flight and of course I don’t need it…..sorry Sir to keep you waiting, here’s my passport.

Police Officer: So you’re going to the Casino?

BM: Yeah?? Uhh I guess that’s why we’re here!

Police Officer: (while looking at my passport) Thanks, just wanted to make it sure that you’re not a minor. Enjoy gambling. Have a great time.

BM: Thank you, Sir. (wink)

My friends then looked at me and said: Damn Joel, you really look f****** young! Cheater!!!!

I guess that’s pretty cool, at least my Las Vegas escape started with that lucky moment ;) hahaha.

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas! The moment I saw this sign, I thought I was just watching a movie, but hell nah, it was real. It was hard to believe that I was once in this fabulous city that most people would want to go to enjoy, relax, to have fun and of course, gamble.


I spent 4 nights at Monte Carlo with my best friends and we had to squeeze in everything since we have a quite limited time. We had casino hopping for 3 nights. Curious to gamble, I set aside 300 bucks just for the sake of Vegas gambling experience. I really had fun playing the slots, I played penny’s to keep me alive ‘till dawn haha. I even tried 3-card poker and I won hundred and fifty bucks on the first night, not bad!. We hopped from the Bellagio, Caesar’s Palace, Luxor, Excalibur, Treasure Island, New York New York, The Paris, Monte Carlo, Queens, and of course to MGM Grand (i think this one’s close to Manny Pacquiao’s heart lels).

Beer, tequila, vodka unlimited for free, just a 50-cent tip to the “gorgeous” waitresses around the casino and then you’d be served right away, their pretty nice and friendly too. Though there were several times I was asked for my passport before I could get my free beer hahaha. I met lots of kababayans too, from food servers, waitresses, waiters, card dealers, hotel managers and gamblers, they were all nice and likewise it was such a great experience to have a short conversation with them.

On the 4th night, it was my first time to watch a foreign musical play. My best friend’s mom treated us to watch “The Producers” at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, it was a hella fun musical. And after the play, it’s casino again, nothing to do but casino haha.

And during daytime, we splurged for food. We ate like it’s gonna be the last haha. Of course I didn’t miss to try the best ribs in town @ Harrah’s Casino. Rapsa!

I really enjoyed each moment of my stay in Las Vegas. But, going to Vegas at least for me (who is not a gambler) is not all about casinos, gambling, and entertainment. Still, spending time with friends and loved ones makes it more fun and memorable. I couldn’t imagine playing the slots alone, having shots of vodka alone, watching shows and musical by myself, and having breakfast inside the room, it’s gonna be so boring.

But really, it’s not about how much you have in your pocket, it’s about how are you gonna make it last. Money can buy everything but really not happiness.

On the second thought, I’d still love to go back to Las Vegas!

Sands & Sun

I thought I was dreaming! But it’s real, I just couldn’t believe that finally I have experienced the sands and sun in the Middle East.  Not only that, it’s amazing to feel weightless and to accelerate into the sky in less than 5 seconds in a true F1 experience only @ Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the home of the world’s fastest roller coaster  yaaaaaaaaaaaah!!! Visit for more details of Ferrari World Experience. (You may click image for a larger view.)

I remember when Bon of once mentioned this…”BM, I know you can go to so many places for your travel escapes but you can never go to Saudi Arabia, unless for work.” hahaha, yeah he’s right, but now, I should say, I have at least stepped on the sands of the United Arab Emirates, an Arab country in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council of which Saudi Arabia is also a part of the Council). And as shown in the Google map, UAE is adjacent to Saudi Arabia, so geographically, I guess, there’s no big difference  – and the people, the culture, the weather, the food — everything (I guess) is almost the same, which means, I’ve almost gone to Saudi Arabia haha huwag ng kokontra! :)

But of course I’d like to share with you some photos I took as I witness the spectacular and distinct beauty of the land of the Emirates!

Magnificent  architectural design of buildings in Abu Dhabi and Dubai including the Burj Al Arab, a 7-star hotel and the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world today.

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – the most imposing religious and national landmark in Abu Dhabi (I landed on the world’s largest hand-knotted carpet inside the big dome. Wow!

Kubus and veggies unlimited – SARAP! Served with roasted chicken..I think I gained some pounds haha!

The Atlantis at the heart of the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai (seen from the Monorail)

Dubai’s The Palm Jumeirah and The World (a man-made island of paradise, sea and sky! One of today’s great engineering epic, absolutely fantastic creation (photos taken from my seat while on board EY428 bound for Manila)

And no doubt, it was really an awesome, a very very HOT and another one of a kind adventure, haha. Everything is fantastic!  What more can I say? Sila na ang mayaman!