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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Bachelorette Trip to Las Vegas, Part III

The pics included were from our 2nd day/night in Vegas, unless someone else was named as photo credit!

Photo by Raymond Ming

Have you ever stayed at the beautiful Bellagio in Las Vegas? Maybe you have seen it in the movies - Oceans Eleven, Rush Hour 2, What Happens in Vegas, The Hangover, etc. It is just such a beautiful place - and when it was built and opened in 1998 it was the most expensive hotel ever built (over $1.6 billion). Note, even though the Burj Al Arab is a more exclusive hotel, it did not cost as much to build! I thought that was interesting since people always go on and on about the Burj.

Photo by Raymond Ming

The pools at The Bellagio are so beautiful! It is not the party like it is at Monte Carlo or Mandalay Bay - it is much more your luxe, Palm Springs/Palm Beach atmosphere... much more my cup of tea! I love to party... but not poolside. Think of all the people in those big party pools the celebs host. The water quality in particular. Ew. Give me a beautiful cabana anytime.

Photo by Raymond Ming

The famous Dale Chihuly ceiling art installation, 'Fiori di Como,' next to the check-in and check-out desk at The Bellagio. There are always one or two massive 6' tall floral arrangements underneath, and the lobby reminds you that you are in Vegas - kind-of like Texas - everything is bigger! This photo faces the revolving door entrance, which is comically large to me (I think you could fit 5+ my-size people in each partition quite easily). Behind you (if you were taking this photo), would be a piano lounge immediately at your 7/8 o'clock, and at your 6 o'clock is the Bellagio Conservatory and the Cafe. I am a big fan of Dale Chihuly - since 1998/99 really - even though I am not a major modern art fan. I guess I put glass in it's own category!

Lets pretend that my eyes are open in this picture. I hate that I ruined it in this way. I am SO bad about it. The girls will tell you even on my wedding day I was closing my eyes at the WORST possible time during pre-wedding pictures. Durr. So annoying! A really wonderful (and intimidatingly big) bodyguard took this photo for us as we headed to The Bank nightclub for the night. We had pregamed ahead of time and I def was feeling it!! Oh, and we were the most covered up girls there... yes, including me. These girls were barely covered up. It was both interesting and horrifying. I know at one point a bartender gave me a shot and I then started dancing like I was on the Jersey Shore (yikes) and started rapping along to a song with Izzy (awesome).

Inside The Bank nightclub. Let me just say, we had an hysterically entertaining night, with ALMEC getting hit on by a Hasidic Jew (yes, in a nightclub) and Izzy and I danced like fools together... while occasionally running away from crazy people. It was a blast. I loved the outfits (albeit skimpy) that the dancers were wearing, apparently not long after we left - Labor Day weekend maybe? - they now dance in black bikinis - like Lady Gaga in Telephone - from what my friends have told me. Not as flattering, IMHO! The lighting in the club is crazy, and we had a "not famous" famous DJ spinning the night we went and he transitioned pretty horribly. But the atmosphere was so much fun to be in. ALMEC actually got so tired of her creeper that she pretended to be hammered and we hid from him in a banquette... yes, that actually happened.

I love my ladies. I have some of the best friends a girl could ask for, honestly. And yes, my boobs are hanging out. But I swear I was still more covered up compared to other girls that night. Some lady in Hong Kong made this silk dress for me about five years ago. I love it and it makes an appearance every once in a while!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Bachelorette Trip to Las Vegas, Part II (NSFW)

**NSFW post**

Day two of the Bachelorette Trip in Vegas was probably our best day. We slept for a while until we were all caught up on sleep, excluding my MOH who is used to the time difference. What I can remember fondly of that day, was our awesome view from our room. Here is the view during the day and than at night.

The room's view meant we faced Caesar's Palace VIP entrance and pools, as well as the mountain/ridgeline. We were not facing the Bellagio fountains, which means more guests and louder hall (and outside) traffic. So, a quieter room as we sobered up/napped/slept, pretty much a winner! We were super happy with the accomodations.

We had a gorgeous room with a massive marble bathroom. I did not take pictures of the bathroom or bedroom but there was plenty of space for at least six girlfriends in the room. The bathroom had both a huge soaking tub and walk in shower, and I think my only issue is due to the shower not being treated glass we were forced to all used the tub/toilet/shower at separate times. One of my favorite things about the Four Seasons hotels is that the W.C., shower (treated glass), and tub are in their own space so you can have people use toilet and shower at the same time without it being awkward. So that was kind-of restrictive... you can see what I mean below, roomy, but not as people-friendly as it could be:


Anyway! I took a nice relaxing tub soak when I got up since Izzy was not awake yet and I didn't want to disturb her. We planned on getting room service once everyone was up. Well, it was relaxing for a short period of time until we, as a group, all heard (yes, even me in the bathroom) a pair of voices next door. We quickly surmised that this had to have been an escort or sexual encounter with some BDSM undertones as there was a lot of smacking noises as well as lots of crying out words in Chinese. There may or may not have been the occasional "Oh God" but we just sat around and laughed and laughed while being curious/immature. Of course it was shocking but we knew we were in Vegas so we could not really complain... but at least we had a good story to share. (and yes, I know, I cannot believe I went there on this blog, oh well! ha!!)

Eventually my jet lag finally subsided, so we decided to go outside. Before heading off-property, we got to enjoy some of the famous Bellagio fountain show, and took it all in:

[IPP and ALMEC watching the fountain show...]

[Here is a great photo of the show, facing the Bellagio, by Alvaro Cardona]

We knew we needed to buy some liquor for the room, so we went across the street to the Planet Hollywood Casino.
There is a mall next to the casino and it is pretty much a generic mall, not a lot of high roller stores like City Center. But the liquor store was there so we got a handle of vodka for the room. Be smart like us and keep your champagne bucket from room service breakfast so you can cool your liquor in your room and then use the ice bucket for mixing drinks. Yay!

We then decided to go all the way to the Mandalay Bay end of the Strip and walk our way back. The Mandalay Bay is where the Four Season's tower is located in Vegas, too!

[You can sneak a peek at IPP here! We enjoyed checking out the flora and water throughout the Mandalay Bay property.]

I had no idea how long the walk to Mandalay Bay was on foot. We did not take the trams as I wanted to take everything in and it was such a gorgeous day. Even though it was maybe lunchtime on Friday the sidewalk was packed. I cannot imagine having to drive in from somewhere during daylight hours.

[ALMEC and I! She was very popular with guys thanks to her attention-grabbing outfit...]

It seemed like it was a nightmare if you were staying anywhere below Bellagio/Caesar's Palace (which mercifully has a major road bisecting between the two properties).

We wanted to check out all of the casinos to really familiarize with their 'brand' which I think was smart. My parents love The Venetian but I'd rather be on the strip, in the middle like at Bellagio and Aria. Just seems more convenient! Maybe it is an age thing? So we went in Luxor, Excalibur, New York New York, Monte Carlo, Aria, Cosmopolitan, and then back to the Bellagio... where on the side escalator entrance ALMEC made a friend:

At this point I was feeling PRETTY GOOD. My Maids decided that it would be advantageous to buy me a jello shot or cocktail at every counter that offered them as we walked back to Bellagio. Yup, good times. Little did I know how crazy the night would be!