Las Vegas, Nevada (USA) or the so-called "The Entertainment Capital of the World",is again in the limelight as the venue for this year's Miss Universe Beauty pageant's series of activities and coronation slated to be held in Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on August 23, 2010. Philippines' bet Maria Venus Raj is vying for the coveted title, 11 years after a Philippine candidate made it to the Top 5 pick.
Following closely the Miss Universe Pageant activities on the internet and seeing the venue, has brought back personal memories of my first visit in Las Vegas about the same date this month of 2002.
I was in Las Vegas in the summer month (i.e summer there is from June through September) with my friend Dearie and so I experienced a real hot and dry US state when I visited my friend Maidy and mission mate KC Black.
KC and Maidy toured us around the Las Vegas Strip for at least five days we were there. Las Vegas Strip is where many of the largest hotels, casinos and resort properties in the world are located. In fact, these modern hotels, casinos, restaurants, and residential high-rises on the Strip has established Las Vegas as one of the most popular destinations for tourists.
Since ate Dearie and I do not gamble, one of the reasons I was fascinated by Las Vegas were the free attractions and shows located on the hotel casino properties. Some of those I like include the water fountains at Bellagio, the Sirens of TI show at Treasure Island - TI, the volcano at The Mirage, and the Fall of Atlantis and Festival Fountain at Caesars Palace. Inside the casino area of MGM Grand (which we entered just to satisfy my curiosity of what a casino look like (yea, not to gamble!), I like the glass-sided lion habitat, in which up to six lions are shown every day.