We left LA 12 plus in the afternoon, the girl woke up late. We had to wake her up as we didn't want to be too late. Afterall, the drive will take 4-5 hours at least with stops in between. She behaved pretty well in the car, surprisingly. She did get bored which I let her play with her toys or gave her some snacks. She also slept for over an hour, perhaps 2 in the ride (she's getting more sleep than usual and adjusting very well to all the changes).
was kept entertained in the car with her toys
about to reach LV
reaching towards our hotel
We realized that each hotels have its own theme and all of them will have the usual casino inside, with a shopping lobby, restaurants or food court and other entertainment stuff. Our hotel has all these too and even if you don't leave the hotel, you will be just fine.
We were looking for a place to have dinner but we couldn't decide so we walked and walked. Luckily, the girl was alright with her stroller (if not, I'll surely be suffering from sore arms and back aches now!). We walked all the way to Caesars Palace Hotel, went through it...saw some interesting stuff and decided to head back. By now it's 8pm and we still haven't decided on what to eat. We saw some nice eateries on the way back but we noticed there were all adults and we thought having Rye Li around would be more of a nuisance to them so we walked on. In the end, we settled on McDonalds. Haha.
The weather was hot when we reached there, became cooler when we had our walk but after our dinner, it became colder (maybe coz I had ice cream!) but bearable. When we got back to the hotel, I called room service to get some hot water for the girl to make her milk (the room do not have coffee/tea maker facility - the first I came across for such a nice hotel!) and they wanted to charge me US$4-85 for it! I said it's alright and they suggested I go downstairs to the McDonald's to get some which I did. The girl there was surprised that I asked for some and said it will costs US$0.65 and I agreed (I got no choice!). But in the end, she said it's alright when she passed me back my hot flask, think she didn't feel right charging me. We realised then that everything in Las Vegas is about money....and definitely not baby friendly. Well, at least they have a play pen for babies to sleep in.
Hubby had to work the next 2 days (this was why we planned this trip) so it was just me, the girl and sister-in-law (sil). Thank God that I had sil around or else I will go mad with the girl alone. Haha...I shouldn't be complaining as the girl is pretty well behaved already but she became very attached to me at times and insisted that I do everything for her only, like push her stroller, carry her, change her, feed her, etc so it can be pretty tiring. And when sil tried to intervene, she protested. This girl bullies her Ah Mai at times and when she wants something, she can be so nice to her Ah Mai.
the biggest chocolate fountain in the world in Bellagio Hotel
the flowery ceiling at the lobby of Bellagio Hotel
At the center court of Bellagio Hotel....with its Halloween theme
real apples flowing out
at night, the musical fountain is even more beautiful!
our first time trying out this ice cream, nothing to shout about but we found out the girl prefers choc to strawberry
playing around at the Levi's outlet, not easy shopping with a toddler
posing with her new shoes
On our way back to our room, I took some pictures of Rye Li in the casino, something we will not be able to back home. This girl willingly posed for me with a smile too...by the 3rd picture, the security guard came and I apologized to him (he said it's alright) and we quickly got out of there. I think he was there to say that we are not allowed to loiter about rather than taking pictures since there were no signs saying that we can't take photos. This is also another interesting fact I noticed at Las Vegas. There is no dress code in the casino and anyone (even babies and kids) can walk through the casino but they are not allowed to loiter around at the games area. I had to be 21 to enter Gentings back home! Also, the casino was not as smoky as I thought it would be. I was warned that it's very smoky and it's not a place for kids so I was expecting Gentings kind of smoky but compared to Gentings, the casinos at Vegas can be considered very mild already. Haha. Anyway, as much as we had to go through the casinos at times, I made sure it was very quick (except for that photo-taking session) for the girl's sake.
trying out the long breadstick
the girl's meal!
helping herself to the fries and sauce only
a picture with the boss at the Shark's reef aquarium
We drove back to LA the next day, stopping by another outlet on the way and the girl was alright with the journey again. Of course, she did get cranky when she was tired and especially towards the end after the long ride which I had to result in tempting her with sweets which worked! ;)
this was how I kept the girl quiet in the car....a lollipop! ;)
would you believe that this is the biggest thermometer in the world? it's on the way to LV! if hubby's boss didn't mention it, we wouldn't even realised what it was!