Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Why Three Card Poker Is A Better Game for Players Than Mini Flush

Let me first explain why there is a need for this article. Three Card Poker is a very popular casino game and for many players it the second most preferable game after Blackjack. The popularity of Three Card Poker is due to its high paying potential which comes from a mix of an ante bet and a bonus bet called Pair Plus. Yet in many of the casinos in the Indian sub continent, in places like Goa, Sikkim, and Sri Lanka, it is always hard to find a Three Card Poker table. On the other hand, we find several tables everywhere of another game called Mini Flush that is a variant of Three Card Poker. Like I have said in my earlier article on Why Casino Owners Love Roulette & Baccarat, casino owners love the games where the casino margin or 'house edge' is the maximum. So is that the reason why casinos prefer Mini Flush to Three Card Poker? Read on for the answer...

Monday, May 25, 2015

Holiday Inn Sands Cotai Central Macau Review

Its a good idea to book an expensive hotel in Macau after you win big money in a Macau casino or when you get the expensive hotel at a discount. The later happened with me when a discount offer on advance purchase from an Indian travel site made me do a booking for Holiday Inn at Sands Cotai Central. The hotel is in four star category and honestly I do not know what that means but what was important to me was the location of the hotel. Sands Cotai Central has three other major casino resorts in its vicinity: The Venetian, City of Dreams, and Galaxy Macau. Another big advantage fo this location is  connectivity because free shuttle buses and Macau public buses are available from here to almost any part of Macau. On top of that, Macau International Airport and Taipa Ferry Terminal are very close by. Still, let us know that its an expensive hotel and even after a big discount it will cost more than a budget hotel like London Hotel on the city side. For a couple travelling along with kids, Holiday Inn Cotai Central has a lot to offer but for others, its just plain expensive. Read on for details...

Sunday, May 24, 2015

5FootWay Inn Macau Hotel Review

This was one Macau hotel booking that I came to regret later. Actually, I got cheated with this one, not by my booking site but by the hotel itself. This hotel being marketed as a hostel was the biggest trick I fell pray to. And on top of that, it was not cheap at all. What I had expected was a place with a friendly touristy atmosphere where tourists get to interact with each other and enjoy a homely kind of stay. What I got instead was a hotel devoid of even the basic comforts and a bunch of frustrated staff to interact with. This failed attempt of mine also shattered my last hope of finding any good budget accommodation in Macau. Trust me, if there is some, it is not available online. I am writing this article merely to properly expose this fraud called 5FootWay Inn. Keep reading...

A Trip to Taipa Village in Macau

After a must do visit to the Coloane Village in Macau, if you have still have time on your hands, it will not hurt to take a trip to Taipa Village too. Macau Tourism Board's "Step-Out" Guide lists "Bygone Days of Taipa Village" as one of the eight suggested walking tours of Macau. Taipa Village, actually not a village anymore, is much more modern and commercialized than Coloane Village and if due to paucity of time you need to choose between Coloane and Taipa, I strongly recommend visiting Coloane Village. Yet, I know you may not like to come back from Macau without visiting Rua Do Cunha, in this page I have given essential information that you will need to do a visit to Taipa Village. Keep reading...

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Cambodia Visa / Immigration Scams Continue

Its been long since we started reading and hearing about visa or immigration scams in Cambodia. These scams were run by Cambodian government officials with or without the help of some private parties like road transport operators (including Mekong Express) or others whereby tourists entering or leaving Cambodia through land borders were conned in to or even forced to shell out extra sums of money for a visa or even an immigration stamp. Not much seems to have changed since then because I personally experienced something similar in the year 2014 when I went to Cambodia. A friend of mine from India who visited Cambodia in 2015 too has reported some bad experiences due to the misconduct of Cambodian visa/immigration officials. I am writing this post because I  feel that my fellow tourists visiting Cambodia need to be prepared for this kind of things even though it is obvious that any real change in the situation on the ground there will come only when the corrupt Cambodian officials themselves have a change of heart. Keep reading...

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Michael Jackson Experience at Ponte 16 Macau

Even today, one of the attractions listed in Macau tourist guides is the 'MJ Gallery' at Ponte 16. Here, a collection of over 40 iconic items in MJ's career including the renowned white rhinestone glove were on display. Sadly, the gallery is no longer open and in its place a new '3D' attraction is on the way. But that does not mean that Ponte 16 has completely abandoned Michael Jackson. What can still be found there is an MJ Cafe that housed MJ Gallery and an MJ Gallery Gift Shop. Ponte 16's casino has an MJ surprise too (Ponte 16 is an integrated casino-hotel resort close to Senado Square in Macau. Hotel Sofitel, a part of this resort, is a really nice hotel). Keep reading for more...

Monday, April 20, 2015

Bus Routes from Geylang Road to Tourist Places in Singapore

The public bus stop outside Lorong 10, opposite Mohd Salleh Mosque, on Geylang Road (turn left after coming out from Lorong 10) is really valuable from a tourist's point of view. From this bus stop, one can get buses to several important places in Singapore that most tourists like to visit. There are always passengers, both local and tourists, waiting at this bus stop and as such all the buses stop here. This is important because some public buses do not stop at their designated bus stops when there is no passenger in the bus who wants to alight at that bus stop. In such a case the bus driver will decide not to stop the bus at that bus stop unless some waiting passengers at the bus stop waive their hands to signal the driver to stop the bus. Most of the tourists do not know this and hence will see their bus pass them by without stopping. My hotel on Lorong 10, Fragrance Sapphire, gave me this really helpful list of bus route numbers along with the destinations that can be boarded from Lorong 10 bus stop. There are 25 destinations on this list out of which 16 destinations are connected via the Lorong 10 bus stop. This bus stop is not accessible to wheelchair users. The other nine destinations are connected via another nearby bus stop (which unfortunately I was not able to locate) on Sims Drive (Bus Stop A). Still, if the Fragrance Hotel list says that there is a bus stop on Sims Drive, then it must be there. Next time, I will try harder to locate it. Keep reading for the list...

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Two Essential Macau Tourist Maps

Once you land in Macau, either at the airport or one of the two ferry terminals, you will find tourist maps and other printed material meant for tourists everywhere. Some of those are really useful too. And then there are two maps that are absolutely essential if you wish to make the most of your holiday in Macau. These are: 1) Macau Government Tourist Office's 'Step Out, Walking Tour Routes' and 2) Macau Government Tourist Office's 'Macau Tourist Map'. Let us talk about the 'Tourist Map' first. When there are several other Macau tourist maps available, why only select the Tourist Office's map? There are two main reasons: One, this map is choke full of information that a tourist can really use in Macau. Two, this map has no advertisements which means that the information given in this map is not commercially motivated. Keep reading...

Lou Lim Iok (Ieoc) Garden Macau

Jardim Lou Lim Ieoc or Lou Lim Iok Garden is one of the best free tourist attractions in Macau. This Chinese Suzhou-Style garden is so beautiful that it has been called a little pocket of surprise in Macau. Its beauty also lies in the fact that apart from being a tourist attraction, Jardim Lou Lim Ieoc is a part of the local life in its neighbourhood. Local residents come to garden to take their walks, to exercise, to play a Chinese board game with their friends or just to have a quiet time in this haven of peace. There is a long history of transformation of Jardim Lou Lim Ieoc to the present day leisure garden. It all began in the year 1870 when a wealthy Chinese merchant Lou Wah Siu bought this site. It was a vegetable garden then. The merchant's son Lou Lim Ieoc decided to turn the vegetable garden into a 'Suzhou-Style' garden. An architect named 'Liu Jiliu' is said to have been commissioned for the job. Keep reading...
Blog by: Narinder Singh