The other night just before we hit the sack, I taught the kids on how to sign the popular song : “Leaving on a Jet Plane”, a song written by John Denver in 1966. Why? Because in two days time, the whole family will be going back to Mindanao to spend our Christmas holidays.
Since 3 days ago, I can’t concentrate on my work so much anymore. Perhaps, overly excited? Anxious? I also suffer a heart palpitation oh well, perhaps I just need a nice 2 hours massage! Will surely enjoy that the moment I arrived in my home province. But prior to going, I still have the Christmas wish lists of my kids, mother, parents-in-law and both sides siblings. For my brother in Bukidnon, he requested for a Rocky Patel cigars as apparently, its very cold in Bukidnon these days.
If a holiday to Las Vegas is in your cards, then why not up the ante and book a stay at the Luxor Hotel and Casino? The Las Vegas strip is filled with wall-to-wall neon and behemoth mega-resorts, but in all that glitz, glamour and postmodern special effects the Luxor Hotel and Casino towers above the competition in its sheer architectural marvel and ingenuity. It is the most universally recognized hotel on the Vegas strip. Designed by Veldon Simpson, the Luxor is a 30-story, pyramid shaped hotel. The hotel is 11 meters high, and it contains over 4000 rooms. The Luxor Hotel takes it moniker from the ancient city in Egypt. To further accentuate the Egyptian ambiance, the Luxor also features a giant replica of the Great Sphinx of Giza. However, the Luxor’s most famous attribute is its high-powered spotlight. Shooting directly out of the top of the pyramid, it is said that this fixed beam is the brightest in the world and visible from outer space. Whether this is true or not is up for debate. However, there is no doubt it can be seen from the crowded markets in Cairo.
After you marvel at the Luxor’s architectural innovation like an archaeologist uncovering an ancient city, it is time to explore the rest of Las Vegas.
1. Start your journey by visiting another famous city. If you have never had a chance to ride the Chunnel and visit the City of Lights, then a trip to Paris is essential. There is a replica of the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas. Ride a 460-foot elevator to the top of the tower and be rewarded with a majestic, panoramic view of Las Vegas. Wearing a beret is optional, but be sure to have your camera ready.
2. Explore Freemont Street and uncover the beauty of vintage Las Vegas. Before the arrival of the mega-casinos, Freemont was the heart of the action. This is the old Las Vegas. Nicknamed Glitter Gulch in the old days, Freemont Street is home to such iconic casinos as the Golden Nugget, Mint and Eldorado Club.
3. Is it time for lunch? When it comes to cuisine, Las Vegas has come a long way. There is more to Vegas than cheap buffets. Spago, Coyote Café and Emeril’s are great foodie destinations. Emeril’s is located in the MGM Grand, and it is an excellent place to stop for lunch. It is a Cajun and Creole style restaurant, and it serves up the best seafood in Vegas.
After lunch, head back to the Luxor. It is time to hit the blackjack tables. Good luck will have you living like a Pharaoh in no time.
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If you love theme parks but don’t exactly look forward to theme park fast food, there are plenty of other options. Theme park fast food; burgers, fries, and pizza can seem completely boring and unappetizing after a while. You might also be concerned about the nutrition value you’re getting. But you don’t have to live on food stall food just to enjoy the theme park experience.
The California Grill is rated the best of Disney eateries. With spectacular views day or night, you can even sit on the balcony and enjoy the fireworks show. Seared bison and oak-fired filet of beet are just a few of the delectable entrees offered here.
Jiko-The Cooking Place in the Animal Kingdom is centered on mostly African fare. Specialty teas are offered as well as a large selection of South African wines.
At Epcot’s Teppan Edo you can indulge in the best of Japanese cuisine. Sushi dishes are abundant, and you can watch your personal chef prepare your meal on grills right by your table. This is a great place to go if you have a large group of people who want to enjoy the experience together. Or if Chinese is more your craving, Nine Dragons Restaurant has all your favourites. You can even order family meals and sample everything.
If you prefer a nice juicy steak, Epcot’s Le Cellier Steakhouse is the perfect choice. The dim atmosphere is a nice change from the busy crowded streets of the park. The filet mignon’s maple barbecue sauce is a tasty alternative to the normal.
At the Hard Rock Hotel Orlando in Universal, you can let your inner rock star loose. Peruse the fantastic collection of famous rock and roll memorabilia (the largest collection of any Hard Rock cafe) while you dine on mouth watering appetizers, amazing entrees and legendary burgers. If you choose to stay at the Hard Rock Hotel, you will enjoy all the comforts of home. Flat screen TVs, CD players, and a Spa and fitness centre are just a few of the amenities to pamper you. Relax by the pool, or let the concierge help you plan your visit. Guests of the Hard Rock Hotel will include special park privileges as well. Early admission to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and special ride passes make this a super place to stay. Just show your hotel key and get VIP admission to the rides. You can also enjoy complimentary shuttle service, priority seating at restaurants, character dining and the privilege of having your purchases delivered to your room.
There is plenty of fabulous dining at Disney World and the surrounding attractions to suit any taste or budget. Don’t settle for fast food.
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As I have mentioned in my earlier post, we went to Singapore for 5 days with the kiddos. We had some days solely for business and some for pleasure. For instance, on our third days was solely for pleasure.
First stop : Vivo City. When you plan to go to Singapore, its a must to visit Resorts World Sentosa. Really! The last MRT station is for Vivo City so we took our lunch there in preparation for our Universal Studios.
The Viva Family Mega Pose infront of VIVO CITY:
View at the back:
My handsome son F:
My bouncy son C:
The Viva Couple: notice our back view, that was our next stop – Universal Studios!
It was a fun-filled day! Thank you Lord for the blessings!