Photos taken all over the world

Places

I have recently extensively updated my Flickr collection for photos taken all over the world. In particular I added in subcollections for

All of the above had been made possible by my vast collection of photos in general and I hope to extend these series even further with my upcoming travels in Europe.

Galaxy Macau Phase 2 / Broadway Macau – First Impressions on Opening Night

This bridge is still without any fitout - preparation for Phase 3?

Galaxy Macau opened its Phase 2 as well as the adjacent Broadway Macau. Having received 150 gaming table quota from government expectations were high for the opening and construction was ongoing until the very last minute.

Note: With 150 gaming tables given to Galaxy, there are only 25 tables available for further allocation (good luck, Studio City). Also next year will be a tight fight for these tables.

However Galaxy Macau Phase 2 as well as Broadway Macau were not only about Gaming. Galaxy had promised a lot of non-gaming elements including an extensive retail promenade, a food street and a big theater. Were they ready for the Grand Opening? Well, in parts… from my walk at Phase 2 and Broadway there are a lot of retail shops still under construction and hidden behind hoarding:

Galaxy Phase 2 Retail Promenade

Further it seems that Galaxy could have used some more time prior opening as there was visible a lot of construction dust and dirt as well as finishing defects.

Where is the waterproof seal?

Weather seal/waterproofing not complete at this exterior column.

Escalator is dirty with construction dust

Escalators were full of deep construction dirt.

Paint and stickers on new marble

Marble had the typical well-known Galaxy defects (cracks) as well as, in this case, factory stickers, excessive adhesive and paint droplets.

But these things can be fixed relatively quickly within a few weeks of opening one by one. More worrisome was the fact that during my visit at the opening night it was not too crowded. Arriving around 8PM there were tables available at many food outlets (or with a reasonably short waiting time), it was not too crowded and in general one was able to walk from one end to the other. Given that the opening happened during a mid week day, this weekend will given Galaxy the real test if their plan worked out and they can make the additional gaming revenue they anticipated.

Cotai 2.0 has started and time will very quickly tell how the story will continue …

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Smog in Macau – No more green

That is why Macau never has green plants ~ dust turns them greyish green

In line with my recent post about the current AQI levels in Macau, I would like to present another two photos that left me thinking about the air quality in Macau. The above photo, as well as the below one, are part of my 2015 Smog in Macau photo set on Flickr, in which I collect all screenshots, readings and related photos about pollution in Macau.

The photo above was taken in Macau close to government offices in proximity of the chapel of Our Lady of Penha and Lilau Square. What can be seen is a layer of dust that sits on the leaves of this plant. This is the main reason that Macau is not green and plants, trees and flowers do not look as vivid as e.g. in Europe or other parts of the world.

The second photo, below, shows our balcony’s washing machine. Here, again, dust has accumulated on the cover. This is the accumulated dust of approximatelly two weeks. A thin layer of black and grey. The AQI in recent days reached 150 and above for several hours per day. That is categorized as “unhealthy”.

Once again I recommend everyone to get themselves a PM2.5 protection mask (N95 mask) from a local store. A pack of 50 masks costs about 300 MOP (3M type).

Dust on the washing machine