Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Vegas with the parents. Day 1

It's been over a decade since we have gone on a family trip with my parents. My brother came up with the idea of taking our parents to Vegas for a short trip. My mom's a workaholic and a penny pincher. Took my brother a little bit of coaxing to get her to agree to the trip.

So we headed off to Vegas. My parents aren't aware of the amount of money that we spend in Vegas so this is going to be interesting.

On the cover of SkyMall this month is a 3D doodle pen. I guess similar to a 3D printer, but freehanded.

What's on the menu today?
For our in-flight meal. My brother and I had a Heineken and Jack with coke. Thank you Southwest for the free drink tickets.

The last time my mom flew on a plane was over 30 years ago when she arrived to america. So she had a headache from the flight and her ears were plugged up. She didn't know how to pop her ears. Took me a while to explain to her how to do it. Lol.

Vegas, we are here to take your money............................... or vice versa.

My parents first time ever going to Vegas. Of course we had to take a limo. What did my mom think? All she could say was "how much does this cost?"

My dad on the other hand was having fun.

We arrived at the Cosmopolitan. It's been our go to casino for some time now. They keep comping us rooms, so why not.

First time I have seen the TV pillars in the Cosmo lobby not working.

Pierce and Phat have their own host and have also reached a level where they can get a comp room for themselves and a room for another guest.

So Phillip and I stayed in Pierce's guestroom and Phat got a guestroom for my Parents. Peter and Nicole stayed with phat. The only room that was ready when we arrived was Pierce's guestroom.

Not bad of a view for a comp room.

While we were waiting for the other rooms to be ready we went down to gamble and boy was I glad that I did.

I love dinosaurs and Jurassic Park is one of my favorite movies of all time, so I had to jump on this Jurassic Park slot machine.

You can win slot bonuses and you can hold on to them and play them all at once at a higher multiplier. I had 8 of them so I went for an 8x bonus or I could of played the bonus 8 time at 1x multiplier bonus value.

What slots is all about... the free drinks.

My mom was sitting next to the Goldfish slot so I have that a whirl and hit a small bonus of about $40.

Right behind me though was a Tarzan slot machine and after about 4 spins I got this awesome $400+ bonus. Most I have ever won from a slot machine so far and it was a great start to the trip. So the thing that's cool about this bonus is you keep leveling up on the wheel as long as you don't hit free spin on the wheel. If you keep collecting money you keep leveling up. There are 8 wheel levels to get up to. If your lucky you can go beyond that.

More drinks

After gambling we headed to Walgreen to get some supplies for the night.

Just happen to see these fancy cars on our way to Walgreens

When we got back from Walgreens the other rooms were ready.

So everyone went to drop off their luggage. Phillip and I met up with our sister for a little bit more gambling.

Hit another nice bonus of about $90+

Tried our luck at the Life Slots. It didn't pay out so well and the bonuses are pretty boring.

I hit $150+ bonus once on Buffalo slots. So I thought I would try it again. John normally likes this machine.

I got about $70+ on the free spin bonus.

Eventually we stopped gambling cause we were hungry. So we made our way over to the Caesar's Palace buffet.

The Bellagio always has an awesome display at their hotel.

Everyone thought the Christmas tree was fake. I went behind it to get a better looks and it was real. I don't think any of the plants in Vegas are fake... except for this lit up white tree.

This was my first time at the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesar's. It had quite a spread, but they are mainly known for their seafood which there was a nice hefty line for. I'm not to fond of steamed or boiled seafood, but the food was good. It was around $50 a person.

Pizza, Sushi, dim-sum, fried fish, and black bean crab. Yes I know it's a weird assortment.

Truffled scalloped potatos and some pasta.


The egg tarts we're really good. Probably the best I have ever had at a buffet.

These cupcakes came with tiny plastic syringe like things that injected flavoring into them.

From the left: Red Velvet cupcake, carrot cake, flan, creme brulee, egg tarts, and chocolate toffee covered strawberry.

After dinner we walked around the forum shops for a bit.

On our way back we were able to catch the Bellagio water show.

A nice view at night.

Originally we had planned to go to Marquee (not with my parents of course) but with my brother's and sister, but instead of spending all that money on bottle service we decided to gamble and drink. Probably one of our best ideas yet, because after Phillip and I changed into more comfortable clothes to gamble for the night we headed downstairs and the first slot machine we saw was this Little Shot of Horrors.

Phillip ended up hitting this awesome $800+ bonus off of a $2 dollar bet.

In case anyone was wondering you can ask for champagne also. I'm kind of curious on how extensive the free drink menu is?

Kim and Peter getting drunk.

Pretty much we gambled our night away until like 4 am. Ended up going to Rhino with my brother's, sister and her husband Duke.

When we got back everyone crashed out, but I really wanted to McDonald's. I was bummed that it was still breakfast hours though. I wanted a Big Mac.

My last meal before bed.

That's it for day 1. The slots have been very generous today. Hopefully they are tomorrow also.

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