Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Viva Las Vegas 2010 New Year

Happy new year! Jessie and I had our vacation in Las Vegas during the new year's period. It was fun to count down in the middle of the strip. We found it wasn't easy to see all fireworks from the road. All fireworks were shot from the top of some hotels such as Planet Hollywood, Treasure Island, etc.

The security policy at Vancouver airport was bad... My original plan was to bring a few lenses to shoot video, but I ended up taking only one lens with 5D Mark II and a 580EX without a bag. It was bad. What if we needed to shoot a destination wedding in Las Vegas? How could we take all our equipment with bare hands?

This trip was a 100% pure vacation. Not work related. We were not so sure whether we would go to WPPI convention @ LV in March this year because we should have a lot of engagement sessions to shoot around that time. We drove around in these 5 days and ate a lot of steaks, prime ribs, king crabs, and seafood everyday. Many hotels offered very good deals on meals. The best one was Monte Carlo's "Late night steak & egg special" for $5.99 from 12am to 6am. In downtown, Fremont Casino offered "Steak & Lobster" for $11.99 from 9pm to 11pm. Coach had a great sale at the nearby outlets. 50% off and then 30% off on top (crazy, right?). Finally, we had time to watch some shows and do some activities we missed in our past Las Vegas trips. In Europe, we visited the real Eiffel Tower,and we went to the mini one at Paris Paris Hotel this time.

The new CityCenter opened in December, 2009. Many stores inside the mall were not opened yet. The tram at the back ran 24 hours a day. The rail had 3 stops: Monte Carlo, Crystal (CityCenter Mall), and Bellagio. In our mind, the best part of CityCenter was the lunch buffet. Strongly recommended!




King Crab

Fremont Casino has a lot of good deals on meals

See the 2 specials

The actual Steak & Lobster

Hoover Dam

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