Saturday, August 15, 2015

Day 7 - Las Vegas

Simple Joy of Life => Having Breakfast together as a family. =)
@ Hampton Inn Las Vegas

For me, this trip is not about exploring new places or new experiences.
It is just spending quality time with family and knowing that my family enjoys the trip.

The swimming pool that I didn't dip in (which is not my usual habit).
And it was freaking hot in Las Vegas (around 40 degrees), and dip would be heavenly. =)

We spent the whole day shopping in the factory outlet.
It is really really cheap. 

For instance, I wanted to buy a Polo Ralph Lauren Polo T-shirt in Singapore this year, and the retail price was around S$260 (US$195), so I decided not to buy it. I bought the exact same Polo T-shirt in Las Vegas, and the discounted price was around S$70 (US$51) - 75% difference!!!!

Even for a non-shopper like myself, I can't resist the urge to purchase!

2nd round of shopping!! =)


Wiki: "Zumanity is a resident cabaret-style show by Cirque du Soleil at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. The production was unveiled on September 20, 2003.[1] It is the first "adult-themed" Cirque du Soleil show, billed as "the sensual side of Cirque du Soleil" or "another side of Cirque du Soleil". Created by René Richard Cyr and Dominic Champagne, Zumanity is a departure from the standard Cirque format. Intended to be for mature adult audiences only, this show is centered on erotic song, dance, and acrobatics.[2]
The inspiration to create Zumanity came from multiple sources. Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté had been offered the chance to create two new shows in Las Vegas, and wanted something completely new and original rather than multiple similar shows that would cannibalize off of each other's sales and audiences. Another reason was that the New York-New York Hotel and Casino wanted to make their entertainment appear more "trendy". The hotel liked the concept of a more adult Cirque du Soleil performance.[2]
Laliberté admits that the biggest reason to produce this show was the chance to create something with riskier subject matter. He was interested in the idea of creating a show that explored human sexuality, something that was at complete odds with the other, more family-oriented Cirque du Soleil shows. "Our previous shows have all been family-oriented and politically correct, which is great," Laliberté said, "but we're human beings, we won't hide it. We're a bunch of happy campers. We like to live new experiences. Zumanity deals with some of those experiences."[2]"

When I was in Las Vegas around 11 years ago, I wanted to watch Zumanity, but unfortunately, I couldn't afford it as I was still a student. To my surprise, it was in production, and without any hesitation, I booked it and watched it with my parents and brother.

Watching a production with sexual content and homosexual element with my parents was surprisingly not so awkward. It was a pity that my parents did not understand English, hence, we could only appreciate the visual performance.

Overall, it was a good production, and it did not reach my expectation. 
Previously, when I could not afford to watch Zumanity, I thought that the performance will be fantastic. 

Just like many desires in our lives, we always imagine the good things about our desires in an upsized disproportionate manner. Quite often, we fulfilled our desires, it is often not as good as what we have imagined previously. After that, we continue to seek new desires to fulfill our insatiable needs. That's our human nature, gotta be mindful and keep our desires in check.

New York New York Casino.

New York New York Casino.

Las Vegas Strip.

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